Harlequin is an award-winning strain with a unique twist. This strain stands out by having a stronger CBD content than THC. While its THC levels are lower, the THC is still existent creating an untraditional but incredible balance. This unique quality in many ways makes Harlequin a beneficial strain for medical marijuana patients helping treat a variety of symptoms from anxiety to chronic pain.
Harlequin was created by Dr. Green at the House of David Collective. Originally, the plant was cultivated to become a hash-producing crop, but thankfully it was realized that this unique strain could be used for much more. The Harlequin marijuana strain is a blend of three powerful sativa strains; Swiss Sativa, Thai Sativa, and Columbian Gold. Harlequin is dominantly sativa at a 75% sativa, 25% indica ratio. But, you may find it classified as either a sativa or a hybrid.
Of course, what sets this strain apart is its CBD content. Harlequin typically has THC levels of only 4-7% while its CBD levels are an impressive 8-16%. This strains 5:2 CBD to THC ratio may be especially desired by medical marijuana patients who want the benefits of CBD with only a small amount of THC. However, if you are only looking for the benefits of CBD and you don’t care about THC, you should try CBD products like oils or gummies without THC.
But, why might someone want a high CBD low THC ratio?
Well, CBD has been studied and found to have a wide range of incredible benefits. It may even help prevent or treat certain health conditions. CBD is a cannabinoid produced by cannabis plants, just like THC is a cannabinoid. However, while THC will make a person high, CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects and will not make a person high. CBD may even combat the psychoactive effects produced by THC.
While the fact that CBD has no psychoactive effects may not be desired by recreational users, it may be a fantastic solution for medical marijuana patients who don’t want to be hit with a major high when they need relief. However, unlike CBD-only products, Harlequin does contain more than the legal amount of THC in most states. It will still provide some of the effects normally associated with sativa or THC, it just may not prove to be as overwhelming or potent as other strains. This aspect makes it a versatile strain that can be used during the day or night. Harlequin is fantastic for medical marijuana patients who want a higher dose of CBD and also want the effects of THC without a hard-hitting high.
Harlequin Aroma, Flavor, and Appearance
The Harlequin marijuana strain will fill your nostrils with an earthy and fruity aroma that is pungent without being overwhelming. Overall, it has a pleasantly sweet aroma. Its flavor is known to be less sweet. Instead, you might taste more spicy, herbal and woodsy flavors with hints of fruity mango and citrus.
In appearance, the Harlequin weed strain is quite beautiful. You will notice yellowish green to vibrant green colored leaves with pistils curling throughout the flower that range in color from orange to a vivid red. Even though Harlequin has a low THC content, you will also notice that it is typically covered with sticky white trichomes.
Harlequin Strain Grow Information
This is an excellent strain for both commercial growers or recreational growers who want a CBD heavy strain. It is a relatively low-maintenance strain which is fantastic for beginners to try growing. It can also be great for professional growers who want something they won’t have to put a lot of energy into, while they focus on higher-maintenance strains. Harlequin is naturally pest resistant but may be susceptible to mold or mildew due to its dense bud structure. You should check for mold and mildew regularly.
The Harlequin cannabis strain can work well growing indoors or outdoors under the right conditions.
If growing this strain indoors, the humidity levels should be carefully regulated. Soil growth and hydroponics can both work for this strain, but with hydroponics, it may be more difficult to control the humidity which can lead to mold. Soil growth is the less-maintenance option. The yield when growing this strain indoors is around 25 ounces per squared meter.
When growing these plants outdoors, the climate should be warm but not hot. The humidity levels should be around 50%. The Harlequin flowering time is approximately 8-9 weeks with harvest around mid-October. When growing outdoors, you can expect a yield of about 21 ounces per plant.
If you need relief from a medical condition, but you also don’t want to be dysfunctional during the day—this strain may be right for you. When compared to other marijuana strains, the psychoactive effects of the Harlequin strain are much less powerful.
Instead of a typical strong sativa high, with this strain, you are likely to feel a light clear headed high with slight sativa effects. Harlequin is known to provide small bursts of energy and focus. It is also known to inspire creativity and productivity. Harlequin is known to help people feel calm and relaxed without feeling drowsy. This makes it both a great day time strain or evening strain but, it may not be the best strain to use before trying to get to sleep.
Possible Negative Side Effects
Sativas are typically known to have a higher chance of producing THC induced anxiety or paranoia. However, the high CBD levels in this strain counteract the anxiety or paranoia that one might experience because of the THC. This is fantastic for medical marijuana patients or those who are sensitive to THC induced paranoia.
Unlike many pharmaceutical options, Harlequin is a natural alternative that has rare and mild side effects. The two most common side effects are dry mouth and dry eyes. These side effects can be easily managed or prevented with a little preparation. Be sure to drink plenty of water or other hydrating fluids before, during, and after your high. Keeping a bottle of moisturizing eye drops nearby will help with dry, itchy, or red eyes.
Harlequin Strain Medical Benefits
This specific strain has been an incredible natural healing source for many patients with various health conditions. In fact, the list of health benefits associated with this strain seems to go on and on.
Harlequin for Physical Conditions
When it comes to using this strain to help relieve physical conditions, you may need a higher than average dose for full effectiveness. For a higher doses, you can try concentrates, tinctures, or edibles.
Physical health conditions Harlequin may help relieve:
- Chronic pain
Harlequin for Mental Conditions
Harlequin can help relieve many different mental conditions. When using Harlequin for a mental condition, it is best to start small and work your way up to a larger dose if needed. Know your limits, and stick to a comfortable dose.
Mental health conditions Harlequin may help relieve:
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