The Lavender strain (sometimes also known as ‘Lavender Kush’) is a hybrid indica strain of weed. Lavender is an indica dominant hybrid, but it still has some sativa characteristics. It was bred by the Amsterdam based company Soma Seeds, so the Lavender strain also has the name Soma #10.
Read on to learn more about the Lavender strain, including the effects, potential medicinal benefits, scent, negatives and flavors.
Lavender Strain Genetics
The genetic makeup of the lavender strain is a little unclear, but there are a few iconic strains that are in its history, such as the Afghani strains, like Super Skunk and Afghani Hawaii. As it is a cross-bred hybrid strain, (it is assumed that both indicas have been crossed with sativas), there is a mix of genetics.
This means that even though they have a high amount of Indica genetics in them, the lavender strain is still able to borrow characteristics from both sativa and indica plants. They also contain a small amount of ruderalis genetics, which gives them the ability to grow quickly.
This makes the lavender strain great for growing indoors because it can be grown year-round. However, this does mean that you will need to provide extra nutrients as a supplement if you want your plant to grow rapidly. You may also find that your plant grows too tall, especially when compared to other strains.
It gives a relaxing effect. It causes a feeling of peace. A potent cerebral element hits quite unexpectedly, coming in a powerful euphoria that pushes your mind forward like a slingshot.
You’ll feel strangely motivated, yet intensely relaxed and calm. Despite the mind high, it’s the body high that will ultimately prevail. This causes an incredibly potent sensation of pure laziness.
Users of Lavender report that they can easily push through this slight knife-edge of alertness so as not to fall asleep. However, for newbies, it can be surprisingly disorienting.
As you’re teetering on the brink of closing your eyes, you still feel that pervasive sensation of awareness and mental clarity. You feel happy and optimistic about the future, despite your lack of motivation. Sleep is the best thing for you right now.
Scent And Flavor
There are many reasons why people love the lavender strain. For starters, it smells incredible! When smoked, the aroma is sweet and floral.
Unsurprisingly, there is a distinct smell of lavender when you open up your bag of weed – though it smells like sun-dried lavender, rather than fresh lavender, giving it a subtler and sweeter scent. As you get closer to the bud, the scent gets stronger.
At the end of the bud, you get a distinct taste and scent of hash, like the ever-popular Afghani strains (which lavender shares some of its genetic histories with). When you open/grind the buds, the smell gets even stronger (both the floral and the herbaceous components).
Tastewise, the flavor of this strain reflects the scent – with strong floral and herbaceous notes. In addition, if you are an inexperienced smoker, the marijuana can taste strangely spicy, with the herbaceous and flowery notes taking a backseat.
We recommend that you only ever smoke the lavender strain – though you can distil oil from lavender buds, it has an acrid aftertaste, making it sharp and challenging to eat.
Overall, the lavender strain’s flavor is best described as herb-like, flowery, and even quite spicy. It also has some traditional/expected qualities of hash hidden deeper down in it, though you will likely need to take a strong toke to experience it.
Lavender is an average-looking weed, but it’s got some great flavors. Typically, it has a mottled green look to it, which is interspersed with speckles of orange and yellow trichomes (and some colored underlying hairs). Though the name ‘lavender’ suggests that it is a purple colored strain, it is very average looking.
Rather than being a looker, this particular strain is very popular because of its powerful taste when smoked. The taste and effects are a lot stronger than the appearance!
To get the best experience with your lavender strain, we propose that you grow your own. Thankfully, it is quite an easy strain for you to try and grow yourself.
Lavender is very popular among growers due to its versatility. It grows in a wide range of temperatures and conditions, making it ideal for indoor growing, and outdoor growing, depending on your needs.
It produces buds quickly, but also produces a lot of them per plant. Growers use this trait to their advantage by cultivating several smaller plants instead of one larger one (this is known as the Sea of Green technique, and is a great idea because it increases your yield).
Additionally, you can cut off the top growth of the plants to make them grow faster – a practice known as ‘topping’, which encourages lateral growth.
You can also snip off the smaller growths at the bottom of the plants to help them grow faster (this can be done without fearing any major loss of yield, as these growths rarely get enough sunlight to produce much).
Lavender has a high level of THC, around 19%, giving it a really potent high when smoked or consumed, without being dramatically overpowering like some THC rich strains.
That being said, this high level of THC can be a little too much for some first time or occasional users. High THC levels can cause paranoia and anxiety. Be careful about how fast you smoke it. Take it slow!
There is no definite evidence for the CBD contents of an average sample of Lavender. However, a combination of user reviews and common sense dictates that, as there is plenty of THC, there is also going to be a low amount of CBD.
Expect around 1% CBD. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there isn’t significant medical use for the Lavender strain.
Lavender is a strain that can be used for many purposes. It helps people relax and sleep better, and the soporific qualities of the strain mean it is really useful for treating insomnia.
It also relieves some kinds of mental illnesses/mental disorders, such as excessive stress and anxiety, and can even be used to manage symptoms of depression and PTSD.
People can also use the lavender strain to treat conditions such as chronic headaches and migraines, as it relieves tension and encourages relaxation.
Dry eyes and a dry mouth are common side effects when smoking marijuana, especially this strain. However, drinking plenty of water helps prevent these. Dizziness and headaches are also common when using the lavender strain.
These symptoms occur because of the high concentration of THC found in lavender marijuana. If you want to avoid these side effects, just make sure you keep your usage of Lavender to a small quantity – too much of a good thing really can be bad.
Also, be careful about using higher THC strains if you’re prone to anxiety. People who smoke this strain often experience a loss of appetite, drowsiness, and dry mouth, alongside their feelings of calm and relaxation.
In conclusion, Lavender is a very strong strain that makes people feel relaxed. It has a potent cerebral high and leaves users feeling calm and happy. It also makes them lose consciousness. There are many types of cannabis strains that contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD (cannabidiol).
Lavender contains high levels of THC and low levels of CBD, making it very effective as a sleep aid. It tastes delicious, smells wonderful, and works well for treating insomnia, anxiety, depression, and headaches.