New Strains Alert: Grandma’s Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Sap, and More
Happy Friday and welcome back to another New Strains Alert! This week we are focusing on a collection of hybrid phenotypes. Not sure what a phenotype is? Here’s a quick breakdown:
The plant’s genetic makeup, also called a genotype, acts as a blueprint for growth: it allows a spectrum of physical possibilities, but it is up to the environment to induce these characteristics. The physical expression of a genotype is referred to as a phenotype, which is simply defined as the traits that the environment pulls out from the plant’s genetic code.
Genetic diversification is what allows plants and animals to survive and adapt to their environment. For those of you who want to dig a little deeper, Mendelian inheritance explains how species possess dominant and recessive genetic traits that are passed on and combined in predictable, yet uncontrollable combination. Unique phenotypes of cannabis can have surprising results, such as high-THC seeds popping with higher levels of CBD or fruity seeds popping with spicy aromas, and so on.
These genetic outliers manifest in all kinds of fascinating ways. We have a few unique incarnations this week, including a Chocolate Diesel dominant version of Citrus Sap; a Tahoe OG Kush phenotype appropriately named “Grape Soda”; and an SFV OG cut that pushes its earthy, citrus OG flavors deeper into the gardening. These are just a few representations of the expansive genetic diversity in cannabis kingdom. Find your favorite phenotype and share it with community by writing a review or submitting a strain.
Clementine’s Terpentine is a skunky 24K Gold phenotype that smells like turpentine. Turpentine, for those who don’t know, is a solvent rendered from the resin of tree, usually pine trees. This hybrid strain has dense, bulbous nugs and delicate orange hairs. The buds give off a sour, sweet aroma and can help you get physically active or mentally engaged.
Chocolate Sap is a Citrus Sap (GG4 x Tangie) phenotype that leans heavily toward the Chocolate Diesel genetics of its GG4 parent. Originally nicknamed Gorilla Sap, Chocolate Sap’s smell isn’t the pungent, chemical bouquet of GG4, but rather chocolatey and herbal to the taste. The palate is subtle and smooth, with notes of cocoa nibs and basil which open up to a gentle citrus finish. This balanced hybrid is a truly recreational strain, improving mood and outlook with each flavorful puff.
A strong and fast-acting phenotype of Tahoe OG Kush, Grape Soda is an excellent evening strain. It provides an idle, heavy-bodied sensation that frees you from worry. The sweet and pungent purple buds give this heady phenotype a very distinct look and flavor. Grape Soda features a pungent citrus aroma with notable grape notes on the palate, and the breeder recommends this strain for depression, anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, inflammation, and minor pain.
Mango Habanero is a sweet and spicy SFV OG phenotype descending from The Cali Connection’s famous genetics. The dense buds smell like tropical salsa with notes of pepper, herbs, mango peel, and sour funk. Its spicy aroma can be a little overpowering, but the sweet finish and carefree buzz transport consumers to a blissful shoreline. The grower recommends Mango Habanero for consumers suffering from nausea, inflammation, and depression.
Coconut Oil is a sativa-dominant phenotype of SFV OG that was created from The Cali Connection’s genetic stock. According to the grower, this phenotype had such a strong coconut smell and flavor that it couldn’t have been named more adequately. Coconut Oil lands firmly in the body, offering pleasant and relaxing effects without drowsiness. It offers consumers happy, creative euphoria alongside mid-level physical effects that have been known to stimulate arousal.
Berry Larry is an indica-leaning phenotype of Lemon Larry OG. This strain produces a laid-back body buzz while still allowing the consumer to get things done. The effects are happy, easy-going, and useful when it comes to tempering inflammation, mood, and stress. Like other members of the OG family, this strain has a sweet, piney aroma with a tart berry flavor unique to this phenotype. Berry Larry’s buds express touches of dark, colorful foliage, giving the strain an alluring appearance.
Grandma’s Sugar Cookies by Johnston’s Genetics is a sweet cross of GSC (f.k.a Girl Scout Cookies) and Black Sugar Berry. This strain brings GSC’s happy, heavyweight buzz together with the candied indica-dominant genetics of Black Sugar Berry (Black Sugar Rose x Plushberry) to offer consumers a delectable terpene profile rich with notes of anise, tart cherries, dough, and pungent earth. It behaves similarly to GSC (f.k.a Girl Scout Cookies), but offers deeper relaxation that may lead to sleep. This strain’s strong, carefree effects make it ideal for folks looking to nullify stress and enhance mood.