Cotton Candy is a name used to describe two apparently distinct strains — one is an indica-heavy hybrid; the other is an older, more mysterious hybrid that has circulated in Canada for decades.
Cotton Candy is a popular indica-leaning plant with memorable flavors and an enduring sedative high. It is a cross between the incredibly aromatic Lavender strain and Power Plant, which is derived from sativa landraces indigenous to South Africa. This strain’s THC content is purported to be 20%.
The buds have a textbook sativa structure, with loose, fluffy leaves that can torn easily from their central stems — their texture is not unlike the wispy spun sugar of cotton candy itself. Leaves are forest green and are shot through with pollen-collecting pistils that begin as small white hairs that turn pink as plants mature. Shades of light and dark purple add even more color, and come about as the result of anthocyanin pigments in the plants’ genetics, activated by colder than average temperatures during the growing process. Crystalline trichomes give the flowers a very sticky texture, again underscoring the strain’s similarity to carnival-bought cotton candy. When cured, these flowers smell sweet and fruity, almost bordering on saccharine. Floral and citrus notes hang out underneath. This Cotton Candy burns smooth and tastes of fruity, cloying bubble gum on the exhale.
Cotton Candy takes hold quickly but gently, conferring a tingly relaxation behind the eyes and temples that spreads into a smile and moves down through the shoulders and core. Although this strain offers some lucid mental stimulation, these effects are soon accompanied by strong sedative effects, making this a good choice for a mellow night in. Medically speaking, this Cotton Candy can be effective in treating aches and pains, depressed or anxious moods, or stubborn cases of insomnia. It’s appropriate for use anywhere between late afternoon and just before bedtime.
It comes on quickly, elevating mood and stimulating cerebral activity. This thoughtfulness is soon accompanied by a creeping feeling of body melt that can help users move more slowly and breathe more easily without totally immobilizing them. This stain can also help medical cannabis patients by easing aches and pains — whether incidental, due to injury or soreness, or chronic, due to conditions like fibromyalgia or lupus. In large enough doses, this Cotton Candy can relieve stubborn cases of insomnia. Negative side effects include a tendency to dry out sinuses and mucus membranes, leading to red eyes and dry mouth.
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