The aroma and flavor of Candy Cane Brain are surprising given its name – it smells of sugary fruity wine and a taste of fruity sweet wine with a hint of savory skunk upon exhale that oddly complements the original taste. These buds have small to medium-sized arrowhead-shaped minty green nugs that are covered with dark twisty leaves and a thick layer of translucent chunky trichomes. The Candy Cane Brain high is reminiscent of an intense sugar rush – you’ll feel insanely uplifted and happy with powerful waves of creative and social energy washing over your body and filling you with a strong fit of the giggles. This combination of effects can be disorienting at times, making it not ideal for patients suffering from anxiety. Due to these powerful effects, Candy Cane Brain is perfect for treating patients suffering from fatigue, depression, migraines, and chronic pain.
About Candy Cane
Candy Cane is a primarily indica hybrid with a complicated genetic background and robust flavor profile to match. Created by Vancouver-based Crop King Seeds, it’s a cross between AK-47, Fruity Mango and the notoriously resinous White Widow. With a balanced effect that can be tilted in the direction preferred by the user, Candy Cane scores points for its powerful and long-lasting effects. This strain carries between 15% and 20% THC.
Candy Cane features large flowers that vary in shape from spherical clusters to conical swords. The flowers have fluffy leaves that can be removed from their central stems. The leaves themselves are forest green in color and are threaded with a preponderance of orange hairs (which are actually pistils, intended to trap pollen from male plants). Certain phenotypes of this strain are also distinguished by shades of purple; These vibrant colors are caused by a high genetic concentration of anthocyanins, pigments like chlorophyll that make plants have different shades of blue and purple when stimulated by low temperatures.
The White Widow parent strain appears to have conveyed its predisposition to resin production, as the colorful Candy Cane flowers are covered in sticky white trichomes. Candy Cane’s scent is where its appeal really comes through. The cured flowers have a sweet, herbal aroma, strikingly similar to the mint scent of candy canes. When the buds are ground or burned, they produce a spicier aroma, similar to the earthy incense aroma of the Afghani grandparent strain. Remarkably, the candy cane lacks any grape odor or flavor, this is because the same pigments that turn its leaves purple do not have a corresponding effect on its flavor.
Candy Cane takes over quickly, manifesting itself first as a change in the pulse around the eyes and temples. Users may have an initial “mental race” feeling, with thoughts jumping from one to the other. This feeling can make sensory perception feel sharper or more intense. As activity progresses, this brain activity slows to a gentle elevation in mood and thought. These mental effects are accompanied by a general feeling of physical relaxation that eliminates persistent stress. The union of the physical and mental properties makes it a great strain to socialize in a family environment or just keep a book or some music.
The versatility of this strain also makes it useful for patients with medicinal cannabis. Candy Cane’s optimistic nature can be an excellent temporary treatment for symptoms of stress and depression. Because it allows users to stay focused, it can also be helpful for those with attention deficit disorders. The relaxing physical effects can ease aches and pains, both nerve-based pain and stomach problems like nausea. The same relaxation of pressure that users can feel around the eyes also makes this strain an effective treatment for glaucoma. Candy Cane is reported by many to be a powerful appetite stimulant. Because it has some considerable brain effects, Candy Cane can lead to recursive thoughts and paranoia in larger doses, therefore people prone to anxiety should consume this strain with caution.
Candy Cane seeds are available for purchase online from producer Crop King. The robust genetics of the strain’s indigenous breed, which has its roots in Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and Afghanistan, among others, makes it a good choice for novice growers. It can be grown indoors or outdoors, although growing outdoors requires consistently hot and humid climates. Indoor growing may be more convenient since plants rarely exceed 3 feet in height. Bushy plants also have a high leaf-to-shoot ratio, meaning growers must regularly cut wide leaves that may be blocking light and air so they don’t reach low-growth flowering nodes.
Those who want to highlight the purple hues of Candy Cane should also artificially “surprise” the plants by exposing them to colder than average temperatures at night. This variety blooms in 7 weeks when grown indoors and offers moderate yield. Plants are known to have a pungent flavor throughout their shelf life; Any producer trying to keep their efforts discreet should consider odor control measures, such as exhaust fans for their grow space.
Candy cane is appropriate for consumption during the day or early at night, as it can stimulate consideration, it may not be the best option just before bed. Its sweet and minty flavor and its well-rounded and pleasant flavor make it a particularly good variety for parties or other gatherings.