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The 53 Best Weed Strains

One of the special joys of cannabis is discovering which specific strains your endocannabinoid system prefers. However, currently has 1,762 strains profiled in their database and it’s not uncommon to come across strains you won’t be able to find listed in their database.

No one even knows how many strains actually exist because cannabis can be endlessly crossbred to create as many different strains of weed as there are stars in the sky. Some strains of weed like Thai Stick , much like certain stars, have already gone extinct while others have yet to exist.

This is why selecting the 53 best weed strains is an undeniably fun task.

The first strain of weed was sent to planet Earth from Sirius, according to the Mali people of West Africa who were chronicled by Herodotus around 300 BC.

The word cannabis, or the “two-dog-plant” according to the Mali, is a combination of the words canna , or canine (dog), and bis or bi, signifying the number two because Sirius is the original homeworld of cannabis in the Mali tradition.

Every strain of the mother plant has its own fascinating short story and history.


Choosing which strains of weed to try from the limitless varieties without contemplating the kinds of pot that could potentially be growing on other planets is enough to make some green cannabis consumers anxious or excited.

It’s even quite common for really serious stoners to get a little depressed when they contemplate how no one will ever be able to smoke every single strain of wonderful weed in the universe.

We cross-referenced data from Leafly , Weedmaps , Hightimes , Complex , and Weed Horn to bring you the ultimate list of our 53 favorite mouth-watering strains of marijuana. We hope that our guide will help make your quest to find your favorite strains of cannabis a little easier.

The 53 Best Weed Strains

We’re not ranking these according to any scale, so they’re in no particular order. Enjoy!

53: Dutch Cheese

Dutch Cheese is a little bit of a mystery in the cannabis community. Why? Because only one of its parents are known (Euforia). That makes Dutch Cheese one bastard of a strain. Sorry, Dutchy.

But don’t let its parental heritage dissuade you. Dutch Cheese is a cerebral high that will leave you feeling uplifted and euphoric. All of that wrapped in a sweet, fruit-flavored package that is sure to please.

52: Chernobyl

We love this strain because it smells like teen spirit. Just kidding. It’s even better than that — it smells like lime sherbet!

Chernobyl is a mix of Trainwreck, Trinity, and Jack The Ripper. Contrary to its “powerful” and “scary” name, Chernobyl is more about floating away on a happy, relaxed cloud than it is about watching the walls have a meltdown. That makes Chernobyl great for relieving stress and bad moods.

51: Chem Dog

Chem Dog can trace its roots back to the well-known strains Kush, Hash Plant, and Northern Lights. It offers very pungent, earthy diesel flavors and results in a relaxed, euphoric high with tinges of creativity floating on the periphery.

But like many of the strains on this list, Chem Dog should be approached with the caution it deserves. THC levels top out at 15-20% so it can kick you where it counts in no time flat and take you deep inside your head (for good or bad) on a very cerebral trip.

50: Death Star

To paraphrase a classic line, “That’s no moon. It’s a ganja strain!” Death Star shares its sativa and indica effects with its parents Sensi Star and Sour Diesel and offers a truly unique experience.

Though sometimes slow to take over, Death Star never fails to zap your cares and will transport you to a state of relaxed euphoria like none other. Like its parent strain, Sour Diesel , Death Star produces flavors akin to the pungent, earthy diesel we’ve all come to know and love.

The thick frosty leaves of the Death Star strain smoke very smooth and slow while, at the same time, delivering a heady indica punch for those who want to get stuck on their couch for a few hours.

49: Ghost Train Haze

Bred from parents Ghost OG and Nevil’s Wreck, this strain measures in at 25% THC content and can serve as your express train to good times. Contrary to its name, Ghost Train Haze has a tendency to stimulate focus and creativity so you won’t be walking around in a daze (or haze)

Ghost Train Haze won’t scare you silly but it will knock your socks off with flavors reminiscent of sweet, earthy citrus. Delicious! All aboard the Ghost Train Haze express.

48: Red Dragon

Another potent strain that specializes in a heady sense of happiness, euphoria, and the seemingly-at-odds relaxation and excitement. That’s a mystical combination with an appropriately mystical name.

Legend has it that this strain got its name from the vivid red hairs that adorn the mature buds and give them a dragon-like appearance. I don’t know about all that but this is certainly an excellently powerful strain that will fly you to places you’ve never even imagined.

Do you have what it takes to tame the Red Dragon? Regardless, it will be one hell of a ride!

47: Yoda OG

Yoda OG is one of the best-matched marijuana strains for a quality couch lock session. It’s combined mental and body indica buzz will soothe your senses as your mind unwinds and your body melts between the cushions.

Any chronic pain or emotional stress will disappear in a pungent puff the moment you light up, making this the cannabis companion of choice for both recreational and medical marijuana users.

46: ChemDawg


Chemdawg can trace its roots (again, pun intended) back to the well-known strains Kush, Hash Plant, and Northern Lights. It offers very pungent, earthy diesel flavors and results in a relaxed, euphoric high with tinges of creativity floating on the periphery.

But like many of the strains on this list, Chemdawg should be approached with the caution it deserves. THC levels top out at 15-20% so it can kick you where it counts in no time flat and take you deep inside your head (for good or bad) on a very cerebral trip.

45: Cherry OG


The Cherry OG strain is the child of Cherry Thai, Afghani, and Lost Coast OG and is a 50/50 blend of indica and sativa that produces a pleasant 50/50 combination of mind and body high. You start with the heady high of sativa and end with a deep body relaxation that is a signature effect of indica.

True to its name, the first thing you’ll probably notice about this unique bud is that it is smaller and darker than most, and has a visibly reddish tone. It’s quite reminiscent of, well, what else? Cherries! Sometimes a name does really say it all.

44: Black Gorilla

Black Gorilla is a hybrid of Gorilla Glue #4 (a potent strain in itself) and Bright Berry so you know it’s gotta be good. This is one of those names that I often question.

It’s like they just picked a word out of a dictionary without giving it any thought. Aren’t most gorillas black? I certainly haven’t smoked enough weed that my answer would be no.

So why name it that? Why not get creative and call it Green Gorilla? Nice use of consonance, don’t you think? Dibs on the name, by the way! Or maybe go the rhyming way with Vanilla Gorilla?

Prosaic name aside, this is a nicely potent strain that will knock you on your ass like you’ve been hit by a black gorilla…oh, now I get it.

43: Kandy Kush

Kandy Kush is a sweet-flavored hybrid (sativa/indica mix) that produces a distinct lemon scent when smoked. It’s become a favorite amongst medical users because of its potent high and strong pain-relief quality.

Results may vary but Kandy Kush is great for relieving stress, depression, lack of appetite, and insomnia. That means, if you’re using this on a recreational basis, that you’ll feel awesome (physically and mentally), have a good meal, and get a great night’s sleep.

I’ll take that experience any day.

42: Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies

Some weed strains have very strange names and you just know they were thought up while under the influence. Other strains have names that are both appropriate and descriptive and were likely thought up in a stroke of genius (also under the influence, of course).

Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies is certainly one of the latter. Forget about the 17-28% THC. Forget about the euphoria and relaxation it creates. This strain is named appropriately because—like the delicious cookies—you can just never get enough.

41: Fruity Pebbles


The Fruity Pebbles strain is an excellent choice for the beginner and expert alike. It’s mild but powerful effects won’t have you bouncing off the walls or held captive by your couch, but it will take you to places you’ve never been before.

This strain traces its roots back to the likes of Tahoe Alien, Green Ribbon, and Granddaddy Purple. Thanks to these distinguished genetics, Fruity Pebbles is a versatile bud with plenty of beneficial effects—both recreational and medicinal—that can be used for a variety of intents and purposes.

It’s well worth a quick try.

40: Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight is famous for its small, dense nugs that give off a distinct aroma of pepper, flowers, and pine. This indica-dominant hybrid has been described as producing “a hazy aura that engulfs the mind and body.”

Other dominant effects include relaxation and euphoria which means that this uplifting strain was very aptly named.

39: Bettie Page


If you’re looking to stoke your creativity, Bettie Page may be just the thing for you. This 50/50 hybrid that tastes of berries and diesel will have you coming up with some of your best weed-fueled inspirations ever.

One cannaenthusiast described this high-THC strain as producing mellow euphoria that focuses itself in the cerebral space and encourages energy rather than lethargy. Sounds great to me!

38: Acapulco Gold


As the name suggests, Acapulco Gold originated in and around Acapulco, Mexico, although it’s becoming more and more difficult to find as grow operations move indoors.

This sativa strain is redolent with sweet, earthy, and citrus flavors that propel you into a happy place faster than a real trip to Acapulco.

37: Satori


Satori is indica/sativa hybrid that brings on feelings of extreme bliss. The high has been described as clear and powerful and will certainly fly the most jaded cannabis consumer to new euphoric and psychotropic places.

36: Alien Abduction


Alien Abduction packs a high-THC punch which may be where the strain got its name. It’s easy to imagine the original consumer of this product being sure he was being, or at least had been, abducted by aliens.

Alien Abduction combines a righteous head buzz with a “Why is my head so heavy?” body high. Medical users rave about Alien Abduction’s appetite-stimulant and sleep-aid properties.

35: AK-47


Though AK-47 may sound like it might put you down for the count faster than you can say, “Let’s get baked,” it’s really one of the more cuddly and lovable strains available.

The sweet, earthy, and woody aromas of this strain are the first thing you’ll notice, followed by a heady mix of energy, euphoria, and relaxation. This is a great choice if you want to function and have a good time rather float away into your own psychedelic world.

34: Brainwreck


Brainwreck is the love child of a threesome between the strains Trainwreck, Brain Child, and Brain. Its effects are exhilarating and cerebral, making it the smart choice for consumers looking to avoid fatigue.

The nice thing about Brainwreck is that the mental effects last a lot longer than the physical effects.

33: Gravity


Gravity is an indica strain that is becoming well-known for its high CBD content. That CBD punch makes it a popular choice for the treatment of chronic pain and stress.

Medical users like the fact that the Gravity strain can leave you relaxed but with energy to spare for normal activities.

32: Bordello


If you like sativa-like mental effects from an indica-dominant strain, you’ll love experiencing what Bordello has to offer. Users say this strain hits behind the eyes first and then spreads throughout the body.

The combination of euphoric and uplifting effects will have you wondering how you’ll ever manage to focus your brain again.

It’s wise to clear your calendar and give your whole day over to Bordello just in case you can’t find your way out. Reminds me of this strain’s namesake.

31: Savant’s Grail


Want to push your euphoria, arousal, focus, giggliness, and happiness off the charts? Try Savant’s Grail.

This hybrid strain from Michigan took second place in the 2015 Michigan Cannabis Cup because of the unique combination of effects that knock the mind around while under its influence.

30: Carl Sagan


As the late, great Carl Sagan once wrote, “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”

The Carl Sagan strain can do that for you. Nuff said.

29: Bogart

The Bogart strain is reminiscent of earth and wood with subtle undertones of lemony goodness. Add in Bogart’s high THC content, and you’ve got a hybrid strain that is particularly useful for patients suffering from PTSD, nausea, stress, and chronic pain.

Bogart is also a great choice for smokers with a well-developed cannabis tolerance.

28: Cloud 9


One toke of the Cloud 9 strain and you’ll be…on cloud nine! Sorry, that comparison is mandatory in the Strain Writer’s Handbook . If I hadn’t made that terrible joke, I’d be subjected to eight hours of the movie Back To The Beach on repeat as punishment.

Only the happy, giggly relaxation of the Cloud 9 strain could have gotten me through that hell on Earth.

27: Beastmode OG


Want a powerful punch from your weed? Try the aptly named Beastmode OG. Named after NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, this strain mimics his explosive playing style.

The nice balance of indica and sativa effects mean that you’ll experience a wonderful elevation in mood along with relief from stress and pain.

26: Charlie Sheen

Because of its parentage—Green Crack, OG Kush, and Blue Dream—this lemon-scented strain offers both relaxing and uplifting effects. The come-down is lengthy and sleepy which makes it great for insomnia and pain relief.

25: Skywalker OG


This indica dominant hybrid will save you from the dark side of physical pain. Skywalker OG is a cross between Skywalker and OG kush as opposed to Anakin and Padme.

24: Cannatonic

This hybrid has a THC to CBD ratio of nearly 1 to 1, which contrary to its name means it has very little psychoactive effect making it an ideal medical strain for use during your waking hours. Never judge a strain by its name alone!

23: MK Ultra


This indica is named after the Central Intelligence Agency’s illegal and highly disturbing mind control experiments on unwitting United States and Canadian citizens because of the strain’s powerful, hypnotic, fast-acting euphoric effects.

MK Ultra is a cross of OG Kush and G13 , another amazing indica which nearly made this list and which, according to legend, was bred by the CIA, FBI, and other intelligence agencies at a secret facility at the University of Mississippi.

22: Jack Herer


This sativa is named after the legendary legalization activist and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. This strain creates blissful, clear-headed and creative effects.

21: Maui Waui


This sativa original came out of Maui’s volcanic soil. It has sweet, tropical pineapple flavors and is known for delivering creative, high-energy euphoria.

20: Blueberry


This strain smells and tastes like blueberries and it’ll relieve pain, stress or any other form of the blues with heavy indica euphoria.

19: Purple Haze


This sativa is as classic as Jimi Hendrix’s epic 1967 hit due to its creative, high-energy, cerebral, psychedelic euphoria.

18: Super Silver Haze


This sativa has an energetic, uplifting, long-lasting body high which is perfect for stress, nausea and lack of appetite.

17: Northern Lights


Northern Lights is a very well known indica strain with powerful psychoactive effects ideal for knocking the lights out of any kind of unwanted pain, sleeplessness, depression or stress.

16: Pineapple Express


This incredibly popular, colorful, distinctly flavorful sativa has a zany comedy named after it because of its high-energy buzz, making it a great strain to get you off your couch for productive pursuits or recreational hijinks and mischief.

15: Tahoe OG Kush


This hybrid is a strong strain with a THC content as high as 25%. This nighttime strain combines indica-like sedative buzz with a kicking sativa body euphoria, making it great for treating pain, insomnia, or lack of appetite.

14: Bruce Banner #3


This hybrid smashes you with euphoria that hits you harder and faster than a gamma ray explosion with a fallout of creative relaxation to help you explore, understand, and harness your own inner, alter egos.

13: HeadBand


Some batches of Headband can have so much THC in them (up to 27%) that you might feel a little bit of slight pressure around the crown of your head if you smoke it. It burns easily and you may smoke a lot of it before you feel its effects, which are ideal for treating pain.

12: Durban Poison


This uplifting, energetic sativa is named after the port city in South Africa where it’s originally from. It’s a highly sought after strain used for making cannabis concentrates .

11: OG Kush


This hybrid flourishes on the west coast where it is well known for alleviating migraines, treating ADD/ADHD and other stress disorders with a heavy euphoria due to THC levels that can reach up to 27%.

10: Bubba Kush


Big, bulky, green, and purple Bubba Kush buds are known for their chocolate, coffee, hashish aroma and flavor, which produce a calm, tranquilizing euphoria.

9: Super Lemon Haze


If you like your weed with tart, sweet, zesty, citrus flavors then this lively, energetic sativa is the ideal choice for you!

8: White Widow


The white, crystal trichome resin of the white widow plant won’t creep up on you slowly. This world-wide known Dutch coffee shop favorite will quickly intoxicate you with energetic euphoria, entangling you in webs of conversation and creativity.

7: Trainwreck


This well-loved hybrid hits you as fast and as hard as a runaway train with euphoric relief, creativity and happiness whenever your body or mind is feeling wrecked from physical pain, arthritis, anxiety, migraines, ADD/ADHD or PTSD.

6: Green Crack


This sativa creates a sharp, electric, energetic mental buzz that is so invigorating that Snoop Dogg named it Green Crack. It’s ideal daytime treatment for fatigue, stress, and depression.

5: Girl Scout Cookies


Girl Scout Cookies is a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison that grew even more popular than it’s celebrity-like parents especially in 2014. Its aroma is sweet, earthy and smooth to smoke.

It’s high THC and CBD content induces full-body, relaxed, euphoria great for treating pain, nausea, and loss of appetite.

4: Strawberry Cough


This sativa is known for its strawberry aroma and flavor, which is strong enough to make the most seasoned stoner cough. Strawberry Cough is as well known for managing social anxieties, reducing stress, and inducing happiness as it is for its unique palatability.

3: Grandaddy Purple


GDP is a highly physically and mentally relaxing, euphoric, indica lover’s dream well known for its deep shades of purple and white, snow-like trichome resin.

GDP is a staple for treating severe pain, stress, insomnia, appetite loss, and muscle spasms, and it was invaluable in managing deadline stress over this very blog post!

2: Sour Diesel


This notorious, no-nonsense sativa is named after it’s unmistakable pungent diesel-like aroma. Sour D. is strong fuel for fast relief from stress, pain, and depression or for high-adrenaline recreation!

1: Blue Dream


Blue dream is one of the most popular strains on all the lists (Leafly, Weedmaps, The Cannabist, Complex and Weedhorn) because seasoned smokers and green cannabis users alike love the balanced full-bodied relaxation and euphoric cerebral stimulation.

It’s an ideal daytime medicine great for alleviating pain, depression, and nausea. This hybrid arguably gives you the best-balanced blend of indica and sativa effects, making it a great introductory strain into the wonderful world of cannabis.

Choosing the Choicest Cannabis


You honestly can’t go wrong with any single strain of weed you choose as long as it was grown organically .

It’s important to look up information on your indicas, sativas, and hybrids before you sample them in order to get a sense of what to expect from your weed in terms of its taste, texture, aroma, therapeutic and psychoactive effects.

And also because learning stories about the breeding heritage of your herb is its own special recreational high!

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Here you can find all info about Headband from Reserva Privada. If you are searching for information about Headband from Reserva Privada, check out our Basic Infos, Gallery, Degustation, Awards, Strain Reviews, Shop-Finder and Price Comparison, Lineage / Genealogy, Hybrids / Crossbreeds, User Comments or Threads for this cannabis variety here at this page and follow the links to get even more information – or list all Headband Strains (55) to find a different version. If you have any personal experiences with growing or consuming this cannabis variety, please use the upload links to add them to the database!

Basic / Breeders Info

Headband (aka Sour Kush) is a mostly indica variety from Reserva Privada and can be cultivated indoors (where the plants will need a flowering time of ±63 days ) and outdoors . Reserva Privadas Headband is a THC dominant variety and is/was only available as feminized seeds.

Reserva Privadas Headband Description

Headband Kush has a great yield, and the high is completely medical and not too over-powering. Finding a keeper mother is easy in a pack of 6 and this plant clones easily as well, rooting in 8-10 days. She grows fast in vegetive stage and spreads out wide to produce many tops and an even canopy. Producing heavy resin early and a great aroma, our Headband has bag and head appeal. She doesn’t grow as tall as Sour Diesel or as stretchy as the OG Kush and is not so picky with the nutrients. She has a fuely-soury taste and smell with a long lasting high. She is a good all day smoke that won’t knock you down like some of the heavy indicas and is a good strain for anxiety. This original cross is not the 707 or any other clone only “Headband,” this cross was made by reversing the OG Kush to pollinate the Sour Diesel.

Type: Mostly indica
Genetics: Sour Diesel x OG Kush

Where to buy Headband cannabis seeds?

Headband from Reserva Privada is available only as feminized seeds. Regular seeds are not available at the moment. In 2 seedbanks, we found 4 offers between EUR 40.00 for 3 feminized seeds and EUR 70.00 for 6 feminized seeds. If you are looking to buy Headband Cannabis Seeds from Reserva Privada somewhere – have a look to our Headband Price Comparison page with all current offers from all the connected seedbanks and shops – or visit one of the following tested, trustworthy and recommended seed-shops directly to check out their current Headband offers: Herbies Head Shop and Cannapot Hanfshop.

Headband Awards

Reserva Privadas Headband is a cupwinning variety and won the 3rd Place at the High Times Cannabis Cup 2009 in the category Cannabis Cup / Best Cannabis, submitted by The Green Place!

8 Tips for Growing the Headband Marijuana Strain [Ultimate Guide]

Before you read our growing guide for the Headband marijuana strain, here’s a quick overview. Headband is a cross of OG Kush and Sour Diesel. It reportedly gets its name due to the feeling of pressure it causes around the user’s forehead as its effects kick in. Some people think the sensation feels like wearing a headband.

There is some dispute over the Headband strain’s origins. Some people claim that Colorado’s Reserva Privada breeders created it, while others suggest it was created in California’s Humboldt County.

What we do know is Headband is indica-dominant (60%), and its THC content ranges from 20% to 27%! It provides a long-lasting high that can last for up to three hours.

Apart from its effects, the Headband strain has an enticing aroma and a mouth-watering taste.

Apart from its effects, the Headband strain has an enticing aroma and a mouth-watering taste. The sweet lemon scent is something to behold, as is the creamy and citrusy flavor.

As well as being an enjoyable recreational strain, Headband is also a popular medicinal option. MMJ users consume Headband to address a wide range of conditions, including; mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as stress, pain, and insomnia.

Keep reading this growing guide to discover eight tips that will help you from seed to harvest.

1 – Is Headband Better Suited to Indoor or Outdoor Growing?

Many cannabis cultivators consider Headband easy to grow. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the warm climate that this plant thrives in, you can grow it outdoors. It can yield a staggering 21 ounces per plant and is usually ready for harvest in mid-October. Outdoors, keep it sheltered from rain and protected from frost.

Headband flourishes indoors when exposed to the right amount of light. Its flowering time is 9-10 weeks, and it is capable of producing up to 18 ounces per square meter. As this strain is known for its tiny buds, you should consider training the plant to boost the yield. The Screen of Green training method is ideal, and Headband also fares particularly well using a hydroponic setup.

2 – Germinating Your Seeds the Easy Way

When you hold a Headband seed in your hand, it is hard to believe that this plant could grow up to 80 inches tall! We’re assuming that you’re using feminized seeds that are ready to use right out of the packet. When germinating seeds, the most important words to remember are warmth, moisture, and darkness.

When you provide moisture to the seed, the tiny root curled inside begins to grow and starts looking for additional moisture. A root can pop out after 12 – 26 hours of exposure to moisture.

The simplest method of germinating your seeds is the kitchen towel method. All you need is two clean plates, paper towels, and your Headband seeds. Begin by soaking four of the paper towels in water. Please make sure they are damp but not wet to the point where water is dripping off. Place two of the wet towels on one of the plates and put the seeds on top. Make sure there is around one inch of space between each seed.

Cover the seeds with the other wet paper towels. Put the other plate on top of the seeds to create darkness. Ideally, the room temperature will be between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. All you need to do is wait! Roots could appear in as little as 12 hours, or you may have to wait closer to three days. When the taproot (the root that initially sprouts out of the seed) appears, the seed has germinated.

3 – Transplanting Your Headband Seeds

This is arguably the most important step when growing marijuana. If you don’t carry out the transplantation process correctly, you will shock the seedling and possibly kill it. Make sure you have enough two-inch pots filled with the growing medium of your choice ready. If you’re using soil, make sure it is loose and airy; poke a hole about 1cm down with a pencil.

Transfer the seed using a pair of tweezers to pick it up gently. Drop it carefully into the hole you have created and lightly cover it with soil. A spray bottle is the best method of watering your seedlings at this stage. Be aware that if you overwater them, you could suffocate and kill them. Within a week or so, a seedling should emerge from the soil.

4 – Taking Care of Your Seedlings

Marijuana plants are at their most vulnerable during the first couple of weeks after germination. Rodents, insects, and other pests can destroy your crop at this stage. We recommend adding a transparent dome cover to protect them if possible. A cheap and easy method is to create domes from plastic bottles. Cut a bottle in half and place the lower half over the seedling (make sure there is enough ventilation.)

It is all too easy to overwater your seedlings. Dropping leaves is one of the most common symptoms of overwatering. As for nutrients, it is unnecessary to add any if your seedlings are already in nutrient-rich soil. High-quality potting mixes should be more than enough in the first couple of weeks.

Tip #3 is useful to any grower…

Try and keep Headband seedlings in a room with a temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit. If the room temperature is too high, the leaves will begin to curl up.

At this stage of their growth cycle, marijuana seedlings need 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness per day. Fluorescent lighting is energy efficient, and you can place these lights within four inches of your seedlings. If they don’t get enough light, your seedlings will start to grow taller and skinnier. This is a problem because they need strong stems to grow during the vegetative stage.

5 – Helping Headband Grow Strong During the Vegetative Stage

You can’t expect to have a robust flowering phase if the crop doesn’t have a good vegetative growth phase. The plants must have healthy foliage, a robust structure to cope with heavy buds, and a strong root system. As your plants get bigger, they will need more nutrients and water. Since Headband comes with OG-lineage, you need to stay on top of your plants’ feeding schedule.

Keep an eye out for curling or yellowing in the leaves, as this is a sign of dehydration or possibly a nutrient deficiency. Most growers like to use metal halide lamps at this point. You can keep your plants exposed to light 24 hours a day if you wish. However, the 18 hours light, 6 hours dark schedule still works.

Keep the growing room’s temperature between 68 and 78 degrees, although the roots’ temperature should be 65 degrees. Humidity is another vital consideration – keep it between 50% and 70% during the vegetative stage. The plants require lots of nitrogen at this stage of their growth; however, be wary of overdoing it.

6 – How to Determine Gender

Why purchase regular seeds when there is a 50% chance you will end up with a male plant? If you mix male and female plants, the males will pollinate the females and ruin your crop. Remember, only female plants will produce buds that contain cannabinoids like THC. If you purchase feminized seeds or clones from a female plant, you don’t have to worry about male plants.

There are two widely used methods to determine gender. The first involves an examination of the fifth series of leaves on the plant. Make sure you perform the check right before the plant flowers. As Headband is a hybrid with indica genetics, it will display its sex between the plant’s leaves before flowering.

Trying to spot the small developed sex organs on a plant is tricky.

You need to look out for a tiny white fiber, as this shows you have a female plant. Male plants will have a tiny ball instead. Although it is a quick method, it isn’t completely reliable. Trying to spot the small developed sex organs on a plant is tricky.

A better method involves taking cuttings of your plants while they are in the vegetative stage. Root these cuttings in a separate room and expose them to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness per day. This should help them flower in a few days. If any are male, make sure to remove them immediately from the grow room before you proceed any further.

7 – How to Force Your Plants Into the Flowering Stage

The next step is to ensure your crop is ready for the flowering stage. Double-check to ensure there are no signs of lack of growth due to insufficient light exposure. You can help your chances of enjoying a good yield by keeping the plants spaced apart. It is also essential to check the roots to see if every plant has enough space beneath the soil’s surface.

There is a possibility that you’ll need to transplant your marijuana plants because their root systems have become too big. Do this before flowering. If you allow a plant to grow in a container that is too small for it, then it could suffocate. At best, it won’t get enough nutrients to power through the final phase of growth.

When growing cannabis indoors, all you need to do to force flowering is mimic one season, changing to the next. Alter the light schedule to 12 hours light, 12 hours dark. It is a good idea to invest in a lighting system that comes with an automatic switch. All it takes is exposure to light when it should be in the dark to slow down the transition.

If this happens, your plant will become stressed and produce a much lower yield than anticipated. It will take a couple of weeks, so be patient! The vegetative stage is relatively straightforward for experienced growers. However, once your plants enter the flowering stage, it gets a little trickier.

8 – Finish In Style With a Powerful Flowering Stage

Your Headband crop grows much differently at this point than it did during the vegetative stage. There is little room for error during flowering. Depending on the strain, the flowering stage could take anywhere between 8 and 12 weeks. It is generally 9-10 weeks for Headband.

The marijuana plant transitions into flowering mode when exposed to a change of light. Once the strain meets its darkness threshold, it will start growing upwards at a lightning pace. Don’t be shocked if your Headband plant doubles in height in the space of a fortnight.

Your plants produce new leaves and stems for up to three more weeks. Although, ultimately, all the growth is focused on the buds. Any problems faced by the plant during these crucial weeks could harm your yield.

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The spaces between the leaves (internodes) reduce during flowering. While overall growth also diminishes, your plants should continue growing upwards.

The vegetative stage was all about nitrogen, but flowering is all about phosphorus and potassium. Be sure to check your crop regularly because pests and diseases could ruin it at this late stage. Ideally, your Headband plants will be lush, green, and full when they begin to grow buds. If you spot discolored leaves or any other signs of distress, find the cause and nurse your plant back to health ASAP.

Don’t panic if your plants shed a few leaves as harvest time approaches – this is normal. Humidity levels should be down to 30-40%, and the grow room temperature needs to be between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. In the final weeks before harvest, reduce the plant’s nutrient intake.

In the last week or so before harvesting, cease nutrient feeding and only give your plants water. Otherwise, you may need to perform a flush of the soil.

How to Tell When It’s Time to Harvest

There are two methods of determining when your plants are ready for harvest. With the pistil method, you need approximately 70% of the pistils to change to a reddish-brown color. The trichome method is more accurate but requires a magnifying glass. If the trichomes are a milky white or cloudy color, your plants are ready for harvesting. If they are transparent, it means you have to wait. You may also see a mushroom head on trichomes when your plants are ready to be harvested.