Alien Genetics offers us another potent hybrid with Alien Rock Candy, an indica-leaning cross between Sour Dubble and Tahoe Alien. This dank and funky strain offers a supremely well-balanced high that can be a great catalyst for creativity. With a mellow indica slide into relaxation on the backend, this is also the perfect strain for unwinding at the end of the day.
Cannabis testing lab Analytical 360 has found this strain to have THC levels between 16% and 18%.
Flowers of Alien Rock Candy are not very visually impressive: the buds are small and dense and cling together in popcorn-like formations. The tightly-bunched leaves are a dark shade of forest green and are threaded through with hairy, rust-colored pistils. Plentiful trichomes coat the inner and outer surfaces of the flowers, giving them a silvery sheen and a very sticky texture; in fact, Alien Rock Candy’s high resin production makes it particularly valuable in the production of hash.
Alien Rock Candy is named for a crystallized, super-saccharine treat and this strain certainly has a cloyingly sweet odor. The smell of citrus predominates, grounded out by a dank, earthy musk. Breaking up or grinding the buds releases some palate-tickling sour notes, passed on from grandparent strain Sour Diesel. When combusted, Alien Rock Candy’s smoke can be harsh and eye-watering, often inducing coughing. On the exhale, it has an herbal, lemony taste, reminiscent of a good cup of aromatic tea.
Alien Rock Candy offers a creeper of a high, often taking several minutes to reveal its effects. It begins with a pressure around the temples, accompanied by an increase in cerebral activity. Users may find themselves more acutely perceptive and may become tuned into ideas or external stimuli that might otherwise seem uninteresting. As smokers adjust to this altered state, they may find themselves ready to tackle mundane tasks or even complex problem-solving scenarios. Eventually, Alien Rock Candy’s indica side emerges with gradually heavier waves of relaxation moving down from the neck and breaking along the core and limbs. Increasing one’s dosage will amp up this strain’s sedation and leave you couch-locked while still mentally stimulated, content to contemplate deep questions and concepts or simply to daydream. Because this strain has a slow onset, smokers should moderate their intake accordingly, waiting a few minutes before toking again. Alien Rock Candy’s high is also said to be long-lasting, even for seasoned cannabis consumers. This versatile bud is best enjoyed in the early evening, when its slow body melt can be fully appreciated.
Alien Rock Candy can also have several applications for medical cannabis patients. Its consistent lucidity can be helpful for patients with attention deficit disorders, helping them to concentrate on single tasks. It can also temporarily take the edge off of moderate cases of stress, anxiety, and depression, helping users to spend their time more mindfully. The strain’s heavy indica sedation can also relieve aches and pains, both temporary and long-term. Finally, because it can stoke hunger, it is useful for those who have lost their appetites to strong medications or treatments. Because Alien Rock Candy’s cerebral energy is balanced out by its bodily effects, it may be a good choice for those who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.
Fortunately for prospective growers, Alien Genetics has made seeds of Alien Rock Candy available for sale online. It is a forgiving strain for newcomers to cannabis cultivation and it can be successfully grown indoors or out (although outdoor growing requires a humid, Mediterranean-like climate). Growers should top their plants, trimming away any obstructive fan leaves in order to let light and air reach any low-growing flowering nodes. This strain flowers within 8 weeks when grown indoors and offers a high yield of flowers. It can also be a particularly pungent grow; growers who are concerned with keeping their operations discreet should invest in odor control measures like carbon air filters.
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