Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 80% Sativa / 20% Indica
THC: 25%, CBD: 1%, CBN: 2%
This winning sativa-dominant hybrid took home first place in the Medical Sativa category at the 2014 Seattle Cannabis Cup. It’s a Washington original, grown by at least two local cultivators, Olympia Mike and A Green Cure. It’s a blend of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze, and it has a sativa/indica ratio of 80:20. That means heady, peppy, cerebral effects: arousal, creativity, energy, euphoria, and intense happiness. These make for ideal tools in treating depression, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, and chronic pain. THC levels soar in this strain, with at least one sample topping 25%, and that puts Super Lemon Haze near the top of the potency pyramid. But it isn’t known for its CBD levels, which regularly test well below 1%. In other words, this strain shouldn’t be used as the only medicine for conditions that respond to CBD, such as seizure disorders. Super Lemon Haze has a tart, zesty lemon flavor and aroma, with sweet notes of candy. The bud, which has a speckled green-and-brown appearance, is covered with a dense layer of resinous trichomes. This strain is popular on the West Coast of the United States and in British Columbia.
Winning first prize for two consecutive years (2008 and 2009) in the High Times Cannabis Cup and taking home first prize the following year at the IC420 Growers Cup, Super Lemon Haze is quickly becoming a highly recognizable strain.
In its true form Super Lemon Haze is a Sativa dominant hybrid created by Arjan of Green House Seeds. The breeder began with a female from his infamous Super Silver Haze genetics – which won three consecutive Cannabis Cups in 1997, 1998 and 1999 – and carefully bred this with a 3-way cross of Haze, Skunk #1 and Northern Lights #5.
Arjan then bred that by-product with the more popular Lemon Skunk – a strain that made its way from Las Vegas to Amsterdam by way of a breeder named The Lemon Man – to get the Super Lemon Haze you see today in dispensaries throughout the West Coast.
The genetics of Super Lemon Haze combine sweet and tart, lemony tastes (partially due to the terpene Limonene) and aromas that make for a mellow high that begins in the body but quickly flows to the mind. The THC count of this strain can reach as high as 25 percent, which can lead to paranoia and anxiety when consumed in larger quantities by novice smokers.
Energetic and social, this hybrid can be great daytime medication for eliminating fatigue, anxiety and stress. The mood elevating properties of Super Lemon Haze may also help regulate mood disorders, such as chronic depression, PTSD and/or anxiety. This strain may help patients dealing with minor pains, nausea and appetite loss. It may also help patients over come migraines.
Not the best choice for an amateur’s first grow, Super Lemon Haze is a strain that does not require a lot of attention, though it may need support during flowering. That period of growth can last between 56 and 65 days, which makes plants ready for harvest in October or November outside. Super Lemon Haze is well suited for the Screen of Green technique. Inside growers may get as much as 600 grams per square meter come harvest, outdoors this may be as much as 800 grams per plant. Super Lemon Haze is resistant to the fungus Botrytis, gray mold.