Jolly Rancher Strain

Jolly Rancher is a well-balanced mule strain of cannabis that is known for its sativa-like effects. The strain is extremely popular on the West Coast, where it is used to produce other notable crossbreeds.

Jolly Rancher Strain

However, the strain’s origins remain unknown, making it one of the more mysterious buds available. The Jolly Rancher strain can be identified by its tart and fruity taste, which is reminiscent of the famous candy. 


The average cannabis plain is known to contain a THC content of 12%. However, Jolly Rancher is known to contain a much higher percentage, with the strain boasting a 15 – 20% THC content.

In most cases, the average number will come to 18%, making the strain one of the more potent varieties available. In contrast to this, the strain’s CBD level is very low, with the average content being zero.

Because of this, Jolly Rancher is considered a suitable choice for moderate users, even though it can prove potent for first-time users and cannabis newbies. 

What Is Jolly Rancher Strain? 

Based on the popular candy of the same name, Jolly Rancher is a popular cannabis strain that is known for its sweet taste and bitter smell. The strain is a sativa-dominant cultivar and is said to produce a clear cerebral high.

Because of this, the bud is used to relieve stress and aid concentration, making it a popular strain with students and workers in complex and stressful roles. Jolly Rancher is said to produce a slow high, with the bud also demonstrating mind-warping effects. 

How Was Jolly Rancher Developed? 

Unfortunately, there is little information concerning the strain’s development, as it remains unclear where the bud was first produced.

While it can be assumed that the strain was created for medicinal purposes, the true history of Jolly Rancher remains unknown.

Despite this, many cannabis growers have been able to develop their own version of the strain, although these productions will differ in their construction and genetics. 

Most companies have cited Jolly Rancher as being a crossbreed of several strains, although these strains will change depending on the provider.

For example, companies such as Happy Valley were able to develop their own strain through a combination of GG4, Peach Rings, Jack Herer and Zkittlez.

While other sources cite the strain as having other parents such as Tang Tang, Freedom Baby and Jack the Ripper. 


While the Jolly Rancher strain is favored for its relaxing and concentrative properties, the cannabis strain is also known for its sweet and fruity taste, which includes bitter notes of berry and lime.

Because of this, the flavor of the strain has been likened to the popular hard candy, which is how the bud earned its name. However, the strain also features a woody undertone, which doesn’t agree with some users. 


As we previously mentioned, the Jolly Rancher strain is known for its sweet and fruity taste, which does not extend to the bud’s aroma.

When burning this particular strain, you will find that it has a strong woody scent with undertones of fruit and bitterness, which can smell pleasant at first.

However, excessive smoke may reveal a more sour and putrid scent, which could be unpleasant for some. This note comes from the eucalyptol present in the strain’s genetics, which is known to produce a skunk-like smell. 

Physical Appearance 

In terms of its appearance, the Jolly Rancher plant can be identified by its sweet-smelling flowers, which are known to produce a palatable smoke once burnt.

In most cases, the Jolly Rancher’s flowers will catch your attention with their size and cohesion, as the large blooms feature iridescent hues and a distinctive spade-like shape.

The leaves of the plant are said to be dense and curled, with most specimens featuring drab olive-colored foliage. However, some varieties will feature splashes of red and purple and their leaves.

The vibrant flowers are finished off with a clutch of orange hairs, as well as a cloud of snowy trichomes and red pistils. 

How To Grow 

While Jolly Rancher is available from online retailers, no company has been able to produce the bud on a commercial scale, which can make it hard for home growers to obtain samples from mature plants.

Jolly Rancher Strain

Because of this, there is little information available on how the bud should be grown, although we can make some educated guesses.

For example, most crossbreed strains can be grown in outdoor and indoor environments, with most specimens thriving in Mediterranean climates. 

If you are looking to bring out the plant’s vibrant foliage, then you will need to expose the crops to nighttime temperatures which will fall 10 – 15 degrees below the average number.

It is important to remember that Jolly Rancher produces a distinctive smell, which will need to be controlled for discreet production. In most cases, the flowering period will last for 42 – 52 days, which should yield a decent crop. 


Despite being known for its concentrative properties, the dominant effect of the strain is drowsiness and relaxation. In some cases, users will also feel a sense of focus and concentration, however, this is not universal.

Because of this effect, the strain has become a popular choice among students and workers, especially during deadlines and final examinations.

The strain is also said to produce a serious case of the munchies – so make sure to keep some snacks close to hand. 

Side Effects

Despite its numerous benefits, Jolly Rancher also comes with its fair share of side effects, with the most common being dehydration and hunger.

First-time cannabis users may also experience headaches and a sense of confusion, as the strain’s mind-warping properties can prove too much. However, these symptoms will begin to pass the more you smoke the bud and adapt to its nature. 

Medical Uses 

Besides its recreational uses, the Jolly Rancher strain can also be used for its medical benefits, which can help to combat mental illness and physical pain.

Because of its relaxing properties, the strain can be used to ease stress and anxiety, with the bud also reducing fatigue, soreness and muscle spasms. 

Similar Strains 

Purple Jolly Rancher
Peach Rings
Jack the Ripper
Tang Tang
Freedom Baby
Blue Magoo Bx2
CBD Blue Shark
Candy Kush
Cotton-Candy Kush

Strain Cannabinoids

THC: 19 – 22.5%
CBD: 0.16 – 0.95%
CBC: 0.12 – 1.44%
CBG: 0.34 – 1.73%
CBN: 0.07 – 0.28%
THCV: 0.29 – 1.63%

Final Thoughts 

Jolly Rancher remains a popular if somewhat elusive cannabis strain, which is known for its sweet taste and bitter smell. While it can be difficult to locate a sample of the plant, growing the bud yourself should prove easy, as it requires the same conditions as most cannabis crossbreeds available on the market.

If you enjoyed this article, then you might like to read our post on the Orange Creamsicle strain.

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