As you travel around Denver trying new dispensaries and the strains they stock, you can’t help noticing some inconsistencies in strain characteristics. One shop’s Golden Goat will smell of sweet citrus and soil (as it should), another’s will smell like hay soaked in a musty fart. Then again, while a jar may be labeled “Afghani,” that doesn’t mean what’s sitting inside is pure indica.
According to commercial marijuana data firm BDS Analytics, the three most popular strains among Coloradans in 2015 were Blue Dream, Durban Poison and Alien Dawg (in that order). To help determine if you’d enjoy these strains, too, we’ve created a field guide with the help of local growers, so you’ll know what smells, tastes and effects to expect — whether you’ve found your strain in a Boulder wook’s basement or at one of Denver’s 200-plus dispensaries. First up:
Relatively unknown in Colorado ten years ago, Blue Dream has become a force here as well as on the West Coast. The sativa-dominant hybrid has roots in California, where Blueberry and Haze birthed a commercial cannabis phenomenon. Because of Blue Dream’s high yields and resiliency against powdery mildew, dispensary owners and growers rely on the strain for easier growing periods and quantity yields. But for those same reasons, some cuts of the popular strain have muddled genetics that can lead to effects leaning toward the indica side.
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