Top 10 Citrus-Flavored Cannabis Strains
Bursting with flavor and enticing aromas, citrusy cannabis strains have captured the attention of connoisseurs ever since Super Lemon Haze won the Cannabis Cup back in 2008.
With familiar aromas reminiscent of a variety of fruits including oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes, these uniquely delicious cannabis strains have become more desirable as consumers shift their focus from THC potency to flavor.
Cannabis smells like lemons because of the presence of limonene, a terpene that’s also responsible for the aroma of citrus fruits. Terpenes are part of the molecular building blocks of all plants, with a wide variety of different terpenes working simultaneously to create the complex, luscious aromas of different cannabis strains.
Beyond the power to simply smell amazing, terpenes also have medical benefits that contribute to the healing power of cannabis. Limonene is proven to help uplift mood and thwart symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system, among other effects.
Check out KindPeoples’ Top 10 favorite citrusy strains, and let us know which one you like the most!
A local legend, Lemon Tree is cultivated in the Santa Cruz mountains, where this beautiful flower attracted international attention due to it’s incredible flavor. This cannabis is LOUD—filling your nose with fresh Meyer Lemon, savory citrus rind, pungent skunk, and a hint of sharp gas that cuts through the rest of the terps.
As you exhale, you’ll notice instantaneous effects on your mind and body as lucid euphoria sets in, invigorating the user with a joyful burst of balanced energy. Ideal for daytime use, especially in moderate doses, this flower delivers a stimulating buzz and an analgesic body high, making it a perfect choice for those trying to quell stress, anxiety, and pain without being sedated. An instant hit at social gatherings, you can’t lose with Lemon Tree! Learn more at lemonlifesc.com
Genetics: Tangie x Lemon Skunk
Like a freshly-peeled tangerine, this chunky flower fills the room with bold aromas of sweet, sharp citrus and pungent skunk. Just as refreshing as the nose, exhaling the smoke delivers a burst of flavor to your sinuses, reminiscent of being inside a citrus grove.
Enlivening and revitalizing, this strain’s psychoactivity quickly turns around a bad mood, imparting measured, calm stimulation. While Sativas can be a bit overwhelming for the average person, the buzz from Clementine remains very relaxing, despite the otherwise energizing effects. Ideal for daytime use, users will likely experience a focused, present euphoria, capable of kickstarting a lethargic morning.
“Refreshingly sharp citrus combines with the savoriness of fresh lemon zest. “
Golden Lemons (aka Lucky Lemons #7)
Genetics: Kosher Kush x Lemon Skunk
Perfectly-cured dense nugs arrive covered in peach-colored hairs and caked in bright, golden trichomes. Refreshingly sharp citrus combines with the savoriness of fresh lemon zest, and just a bit of dank, sweet earth to form a truly delicious bouquet. Expect a balanced, extremely potent high that imparts feelings of focus and motivation, coupled with a warm, buzzing physical relaxation that leads to a couchlocked sedation. Consistently lab-testing at over 25% THC, Golden Lemons is extremely potent, so prepare yourself for an impressively-strong smoking experience.
Lime green buds nestle beneath orange pistils and a shimmering blanket of golden trichomes. Bursting with flavors of sweet lemon candy, more nuanced notes of pungent cheese and savory spice waft up to your nose after grinding these amazing buds.
With the pleasant-tasting smoke still hanging in the air, the effects of this award-winning strain quickly become apparent. The high begins with a rush of stimulating euphoria, quickly evolving into a clear-headed, yet enjoyably stony focus. Great for beating fatigue and re-energizing yourself, Lemon Skunk is also quite calming, both mentally and physically, wit a gentle body high that soothes your muscles.
“This bright-green flower
exudes aromas of creamy banana candy. “
Double Banana Tangie
Genetics: Tangie x Banana OG x Tangie
So loud and so frosty, this bright-green flower exudes aromas of creamy banana candy (much like banana-flavored Laffy Taffy), mixed with hints of sharp citrus and earth in the background. The presence of the Banana OG in this genetic cross mellows multiple aspects of the flower. First, it sweetens the flavor, making for a very clean citrus taste and smell. Second, it makes for a much more relaxing high than one would expect. Double Banana Tangie delivers a typical hybrid-style effect, somewhat energizing and physically relaxing. This is a good one to share with friends, as it isn’t overly heavy in low to moderate doses.
Caked in resin, the dense, large buds of this highly sought-after flower exude a complex aroma that is at once sharp and sweet, yet extremely savory, not unlike perfectly-seasoned barbecue topped with a hefty sprinkling of lemon zest. When inhaled, the citrusy smoke releases an invigorating buzz that relieves tension in body and mind. Pleasantly euphoric, the user is now relaxed and free from the burdens of stress, anxiety, and fatigue. As the experience winds down, calming lucidity transforms into stony lethargy, so it’s best to reserve this flower for use in the evenings, especially if you have a lower tolerance for THC.
“Smells like a combination of freshly-peeled oranges and Fruity Pebbles cereal. “
Genetics: Champagne x Blackberry
Wow, this flower looks insane! The buds blend tones of bright green and a deep purple that’s almost black; swathed in an impressive layer of sparkling THC-filled trichomes. This cannabis smells like a combination of freshly-peeled oranges and Fruity Pebbles cereal, it’s very sweet and citrusy. With well-balanced genetics and significant terpene content, this strain possesses versatile psychoactive effects that create a fun, giddy high. Rainbow Sherbet often imparts a feeling of focused creativity, along with a pleasant buzz throughout the body. Patients will find that it can relieve stress, anxiety, and pain very quickly; all with very little risk of feeling “couchlocked.”.
Genetics: Tangelo x Boost
An exclusive strain grown by GoodNeighbor Co., this small batch, boutique flower boasts large, thick nugs swathed in bright shades of green, fuchsia, purple, and orange, all tinted a brilliant white by a stunning coat of milky trichomes.
With a unique aroma full of pungent citrus, sweet earth, and a skunky, savory funk, Banjo’s nose is immediately reminiscent of an expertly-grown Tangie. Surprisingly potent, the buzz causes a flurry of thought to wash through the brain, stimulating all available mental faculties, inspiring creativity and stoking motivation. Delightfully uplifting, euphoric, and quite cerebral, Banjo allows you to spring forward enthusiastically into the day, especially for users with a higher tolerance. Although classified as a Sativa, the high evolves into a deeply calming relaxation, easing tension in both body and mind. In that way, it’s a perfect choice for connoisseurs who wouldn’t normally choose a Sativa, but desire a more stimulating effect than they’re used to.
“Huge notes of freshly-peeled mandarin orange delicately mingle with a full-bodied tang. “
Genetics: California Orange x Skunk
Like many Sativa flowers, Tangie excels in the realm of flavor and effect, but is often lacking in bud structure. Fortunately, that is not the case with this specific variety! The nugs are chunky, large, extremely frosty, and of course, incredibly loud. Huge notes of freshly-peeled mandarin orange delicately mingle with a full-bodied tang, balancing the flavor with a bit of savoriness. The effects are almost jarringly uplifting, delivering a lucid, energetic buzz that quickly creeps into the brain, releasing a torrent of nonlinear thought perfect for a creative task. After the initial burst of euphoria, the high mellows into a grounded, motivated passion, making this flower a potent remedy for fatigue and stress, and also an ideal choice for daytime activities.
Genetics: Tangie x Banana Sherbet
Large, thick, perfectly-cured nugs wrapped in hues of violet, green, and gold, momentarily obstructed by tufts of delicately-colored pistils vying for space amongst a blanket of fine white trichomes. The smell explodes out of the jar, invading the nose with fresh, sharp tangerine, savory citrus rind, and just a hint of fuel.
The Banana Split’s warm, giddy buzz seeps into the user’s head, creeping up on you well after the smoke is exhaled, calming any stress, anxiety, or tension. Your eyelids get heavy, and your body feels floaty, but your mind will remain lucid and pleasantly euphoric. With uplifting effects and crazy delicious flavor, Banana Split is a perfect choice for sharing during a gathering of friends.
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Lemon Heaven: An In-Depth Look at Lemon Strains
High Times takes a closer view, smell and taste of one of 2017’s hottest flower flavors: Lemon.
The citrus flavor explodes on the tongue mere moments after the smoke of a fresh chunk of Super Lemon Haze hits the taste buds. Then, the more clearly defined taste starts to distinguish itself; as the generic—yet always welcome—”citrus” piquancy gives way to a luscious lemon that almost gets your mouth juicing and delivers total sensory satisfaction not many weed strains can equal.
But this indoor-grown Super Lemon Haze smoke is far from completing its mind-enhancing mission, as it joins the bloodstream and begins to work its metabolite magic in cohesion with our body’s own endocannabinoid system. This is truly an energetic and inspiring strain.
Clearly, if there has been one dominant dank flavor for the first half of 2017 in legal medicinal and recreational states, especially when it comes to sativa strains, it has to be Lemon. Weed excels when it displays that fruit juicy taste, enhancing the overall smoking experience, compared to other strains that bare more woodland or hash-like qualities.
Consuming a Lemon strain can be akin to a wine tasting experience, in which the “bouquet” of the bud can be taken in first with the olfactory glands, enjoying the aroma to the point where it seems a shame to put the flower to the flame.
With that in mind, we decided it was overdue to take a closer examination of Lemon-oriented strains and what makes them unique, tasty and oh-so-potent, by speaking to professional ganja growers and researching fans and cultivators’ commentary on Lemon strains via the web. We also included a bit of personal experience, to leave no Lemon question unpeeled.
ORIGINS OF LEMON
One of the defining Lemon strains is the 80 percent sativa-dominant Super Lemon Haze (SLH), which won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 20008 and 2009, back when it was exclusively held in Amsterdam. Per Wikileaf, SLH’s parents are Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk, a pair of potent sativa-dominant hybrids that genetically unify to produce an even tastier, more mind-blowing sativa-dom.
According to DNA Genetics, Lemon Skunk is a 60 percent sativa hybrid with both domestic (Las Vegas) and international (Holland) parents, and a strain that can yield great taste if flowering is limited to 50-56 days.
Sativa-dominant Super Silver Haze is a legendary strain originating in the 1990’s, and it won three consecutive Cannabis Cups spanning 1997-99.
Super Silver Haze is a complex cross of potent sativa strain Haze, pure indica Northern Lights and classic hybrid Skunk #1. From this breakdown, it’s apparent SLH had a lot go into it to produce such a tasty, cerebral strain.
QUALITIES OF LEMON
Of course, the overwhelming attribute associated with Lemon strains is the pungent, fruity, citrus aroma, taste and even aftertaste. This is due to Lemon strain’s unique terpene profile; terpenes being the aromatic molecules on pot flowers that determine the particular flavor of a given strain, such as SLH.
A strain’s “terpenoid profile” can vary significantly, for example, from a Lemon strain compared to another strain, such as indica-dominant Granddaddy Purple. This can affect everything from the intensity of the high to the medicinal attributes.
A cannabis cultivator in legal medicinal state Michigan provided insights into Super Lemon Haze harvesting. This grower noted the unique attributes of the psychoactive qualities of Super Lemon Haze: “The buzz is perfect for being active, it does not drag you down at all. It makes me get up and do stuff!”
An online board member of the Roll It Up forum praised SLH produced by Green House Seeds, noting that opening a jar “towards the end of cure is like sticking your nose into a sweet fresh lemon .”
Then, there are the indica-dominant Lemon strains—not as common, but still available, especially at legal dispensaries.
One example is Lemon Fuel from Madrone Cultivators, which we’ve personally sampled from a local San Francisco dispensary. Lemon Fuel is quite different from any Lemon Haze strains we’ve tried—the indica being very potent, which seemed to correspond with the diminished flavor of the Lemon Fuel flower’s terpenes, as well as in the smoke, inhaled through a glass pipe.
On July 13, we had the great fortune to speak at length with Matthew Woolley, executive director of Legion of Bloom, a quality cannabis company located in Northern California. Woolley described his cultivating process of growing in raised beds using amended soil (improved with additives), which are all free of chemical nutrients that produce a very flavorful outcome.
Woolley added that cultivating cannabis organically plays a tremendous role in producing a truly high terpene content. Producing a healthier flower with a superior smell and taste seems like a “win-win” as far as we’re concerned!
The marijuana farmer we spoke with in Michigan said: “The SLH phenotypes (the physical expression based on a plant’s genetic makeup) that I had (eight different phenos), all grew big outdoors, huge, eight feet around and eight feet tall. One could have grown 10 feet around and 10 feet tall, if I let it. The sativa genes made them grow so tall—even indoors.
“SLH can handle as many nutrients as you throw at it,” he added. “The strain seemed to resist mildew, mold and bud rot very, very well.”
The grower’s only complaint? “I wish it had a shorter flowering time, as it clocks in around 65-70 days.”
One online cultivator noted that the White Lemon strain from Green House Seeds didn’t produce the best quantity after vegging for 30 days under 400 mh lights and flowering under a 400 watt high pressure sodium grow light system. The forum member posted: “An average yield for a good strain, with a very fruity and citrus smell.”
PUNGENT & POPULAR
Regarding the recent popularity of flavorful strains such as Lemon, Matt Woolley commented: “‘I’ve noticed a trend with fruitier flavors, cannabis strains with fruitier terpene profiles have started to gain popularity. For the longest time, it seemed like the more ‘gassier,’ fuel-tasting type strains (like Sour Diesel) were the most popular, but now it seems like the Lemon strains and the fruitier strains are making more of a surge in popularity.”
“Fruit is a flavor everyone can identify with,” he added, “and with the same terpenes being in fruit also being present in these cannabis strains, that’s a correlation that people can make.”
When asked if more flavorful strains such as SLH will have even more appeal to novice pot users once the recreational market in California opens in 2018, Woolley was quick to agree, and elaborated: “I do think terpene profiles will be very important going forward in the adult-use (recreational) market. I think people will gravitate towards strains that have that pungent smell.
“By the very nature of it having a pungent flavor and smell, it’s going to set itself apart in the adult-use marketplace, and become the preferred choice over a strain that might not be so ‘loud’ in terms of flavor,” he continued. “The same could be said on the medical marijuana side, although patients are understandably more focused on the effects of a given strain versus the flavor.”
Matt Woolley and Legion of Bloom have cultivated several Lemon strains, one of the most trendy being a strain called “Nina Limon,” playfully named for pop singer Nina Simone. We’ve personally sampled this sativa-dominant hybrid, which is bursting with flavors that makes the user feel like they’ve downed a glass of lemonade, or maybe have a lemon candy under their tongue, with Limon’s bountiful aftertaste.
LEMON FRESH CONCENTRATES
Not surprisingly, cannabis concentrates of Lemon strains are also making an impact on the medicinal and recreational markets. Lemon extract products are not only wildly popular—they’ve been reaping rewards! Products like Lemon Skunk Rocks by Got Meds took first place for “Best Medicinally Infused Product” at the 2017 Midwest Cannabis Cup in Michigan. Most impressively, “Best Sativa Concentrate” was captured by Lemon Punch, manufactured by Maze Floriculture and Moxie Michigan.
Finally, it’s always important that the use of cannabis as a healing agent never be overlooked in the ganja gold rush to profit off the recreational market. Seeking to enhance the flavor and taste of flowers can actually have significant medicinal benefits.
In that regard, Matt Woolley noted, “there are links between the terpene profiles working with certain cannabinoids in an interaction producing what is commonly referred to as the ‘entourage effect,’ which can have what medical patients are seeking.”
When Matt referenced the ‘entourage effect,’ he wasn’t referring to a cable TV show, but rather, as noted by Project CBD, it’s the synergistic interaction of cannabis’ hundreds of trace compounds, including THC, CBD and, yes, terpenoids. This combination of compounds creating increased benefits defines cannabis as a polypharmaceutical plant.
In the context of Lemon flowers, this means that all those incredible smells and tastes that linger long after the smoke is exhaled are actually working together to make a more healthier you, putting an added smile on your day along with that great buzz and flavor of SLH and her sister strains.High Times takes a closer view, smell and taste of one of 2017’s hottest flower flavors: Lemon. ]]>