Blue Mystic is an Indica-dominant hybrid strain which, as the name suggests, is shrouded in mystery. No one knows exactly who first bred Blue Mystic, or where it came from. Because of this, its exact genetic lineage is also unknown, making it incredibly hard to pin down. Most consider the likely parents of this strain to be Northern Lights and Blueberry. Nonetheless, Blue Mystic is its own strain with its own unique and distinct qualities and not just the name for a bunch of different strains with unknown origins.
Out of the packaging, Blue Mystic is a mismatch of both short and medium-sized, dense nuggets. These nugs are typical forest or neon green in color, with a few frosted, orange pistils accenting the shape of the bud. Users also frequently note a thick coating of milky-white trichomes encasing the bud. The flower smells of berries, particularly blueberry, in addition to fresh earth.
Many users find Blue Mystic to be, pardon the pun, a mystical strain that contains the remedies to their ailments. With a moderately high average THC level of 21%, Blue Mystic is a potent strain that some users warn can make you feel dizzy after copious consumption. Expect the flavor of the smoke to resemble its scents. Upon exhale, users are greeted with the warm embrace of happiness and euphoria. You’re likely to feel creative and energized to take on your next project or take a walk around the neighborhood. You’ll also rest easy knowing Blue Mystic’s dull, flowery scent is not attracting the attention of your neighbors the same way some Diesel strains would.
Bruce Banner is a powerhouse strain with a reputation as big and green as its comic book namesake.
Using OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel parents, breeders created five phenotypes. Bruce Banner #2 and #4 were quickly dropped, while #1, #3 and #5 were selected for their high potency. When grown indoors, breeders can expect a flowering period of 9-10 weeks, as well as a high resistance to disease, mold and pests. This tall-growing plant produces long, fluffy buds that practically glisten with trichome density.
The exact lineage and genetics of Bubble Gum remain a mystery. However, the strain’s history began in Indiana, where its original grower gave three different Bubble Gum plants to three Netherlands breeders — Adam of T.H. Seeds, and Cerebral Seeds’ Simon and Tony (who eventually split to form Serious Seeds and Sagarmatha Seeds, respectively). In the Netherlands, each breeder cultivated a slightly different Bubble Gum phenotype. Adam at T.H. Seeds describes his version as “mostly Indica,” while Simon at Cerebral Seeds considers his variation of the strain “mostly Sativa.” Bubble Gum has won 13 awards, including 2nd at High Times Cannabis Cup in 1995, 1st Outdoor at Spannabis Cup in 2005, 1st Outdoor at Spannabis Cup in 2006 and 1st Hybrid at the 4th annual Jack Herer Cup in 2018. Today, both regular and feminized seeds are available from Serious Seeds, and Bubble Gum is the only inbred strain offered by the seed bank. Simon reports Bubble Gum seeds produce a stable, uniform grow of strong, sturdy plants with thick stems. It lists the strain as both an outdoor and indoor cultivar, with an indoor flowering time of 56-63 days. It’s said to emit a sweet, bubble gum fragrance and carry a prominent strawberry flavor when it comes from feminized seeds.
Chemdog, or Chemdawg, was created in the early 1990s in the parking lot of a Grateful Dead concert. Dead concerts had a reputation for being trade centers for cannabis cultivars, and during this particular show, a breeder named Chem purchased an ounce of Dogbud from fellow growers P-Bud and Joe Brand. The flower — which supposedly originated along the California-Oregon border — tasted so strongly of chemicals that Joe Brand nicknamed it Chem. Chem (the breeder) combined the two names, and Chemdog was the result. Following the Grateful Dead tour, Chem popped Chemdog the seeds and created three phenotypes. The most famous was Chem 91, which became an instant success and served as the parent strain for some of the most popular cultivars of the past 25 years. Today’s Chemdawg is a clone of the original Chem 91 strain. It’s bred by Humboldt Seed Organization as a phenotype with both Indica and sativa characteristics. Indoor growers can expect flowering within 65-to- 70 days. Seeds produce medium-sized plants with thin, fan leaves and spicy, green, fluffy buds. Chemdawg does best when grown outdoors in a dry, sunny Mediterranean climate.
Cherry Pie by Cookie Family The Indica-leaning, clone-only version of Cherry Pie from San Francisco is a hybrid of Granddaddy Purple and an F1 Durban Poison. The strain was originally bred by the Bay Area’s Pieguy and immediately cultivated by Jigga, head of genetics for Cookie Family. During growth, the strain produces a hefty, dense flower that’s typically layered in trichomes and intertwined with rust-colored pistils. At the 2014 Denver High Times Cannabis Cup, the strain won 3rd place in the Medical Sativa category. Cherry Pie by Riot Seeds Riot Seeds offers a cross of the female Cherry Pie clone-only strain and a male WCD 710 (West Coast Dawg/Sugenite OG). This Sativa-dominant hybrid Cherry Pie produces short plants with a maroon/purple coloration. The F1 plant’s flowering time is roughly 9 weeks.
Gelato is a cross between Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, named in homage to its sweet aroma. Also known as Larry Bird, Gelato (#33) was first cultivated in Northern California’s Bay Area and is derived from a deep bank of genetics created by the Cookie Family, the Sherbinskis family, and cultivator Mario Guzman. The cultivators parted ways following its creation, and the cultivator who possesses the most “stable version” of Gelato genetics is up for debate. Cookies cultivates a few phenotypes and descendants of the strain named Gelato #42, Dolce Gelato, and a sun-grown Gelato. Sherbinskis grows four stabilized Gelato phenotypes in its rotation as well: Gelato #41 (Bacio Gelato), Gelato #43 (Gello Gelato), Gelato #47 (Mochi Gelato), and Gelato #49 (Acai Berry Gelato). Per Sherbinskis, the #33 phenotype is no longer in cultivation.