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Double Bubble packs a punch, despite low THC
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Jacqueline Austin April 10, 2016

Judging a strain based on its THC content is like judging a wine based on its alcohol content -- it only gives you a vague idea of what the overall experience might be like, and it can also be extremely misleading.

That was certainly the case with Double Bubble from Head Canndy, which came in at 11.8 percent THC, a level that most cannabis enthusiasts would call weak.

But this strain -- low percentage or no -- packs a punch similar to what you might expect from a 25 percent THC product. In the same vein, I've smoked 29 percent THC strains that felt as weak as this lower THC strain should be.

Why? Some of it may be due to some of the erratic testing methods at local labs. But that's not the only story.

Fun with cannabinoids: There's a lot more going on chemically with cannabis than just your basic THC and CBD, the chemical goodies that plug into the body's endocannabinoid system to make you feel high, reduce inflammation, or relieve pain.

There are actually more than 100 cannabinoids that do a variety of things -- some of which we understand fairly well, others we don't.

CBG, for instance, is a cannabinoid that mostly converts to THC and CBD as a plant grows. It seems to better target symptoms of depression or anxiety. THCV, another cannabinoid, is used to fight diabetes and is used for appetite suppression (goodbye, munchies!). And those are just the start.

All these chemicals make a bit of a soup inside your body, interacting with one another and with your own internal chemistry to make what medical marijuana folks call the "entourage effect."

And it's this entourage effect, not just the THC, that controls what your experience will be like.

So how do you figure out which strains will affect you in the most desirable way? Don't just ask for the THC content. Try experimenting – or ask your budtender what specific effects you're looking for.

That's how I ended up getting this Double Bubble.

The Double Bubble Experience: Double Bubble is an indica cross of Bubba Kush and Bubblegum created by SOG Seeds. The energy, as you might expect from an indica, is low and a bit couchy.

It comes on fast, kicking in after only a few minutes, with a potency that I'd call medium to strong.

After a few bong hits, the body tingles spread with some additional warmth around the face, knees, mid back and upper arms, eventually making what feels like a crown along the top of the head.

The warmth is interesting, since I generally only get that with high CBD strains – and this strain tested at zero percent CBD, which makes me think the other cannabinoids and the entourage effect may be at play.

Double Bubble was very soothing on my 40-something aches and pains, and also worked as a great after-work de-stresser. My only real complaint is that the strain was a bit too low energy for me. It's relatively fuzzy-headed, making it hard to concentrate, and when you add in the lack of energy, you're in for a somewhat mindless night on the couch.

Still, sometimes that's exactly what you need. For me it was a great way to chill out and watch my beloved Boston Bruins play hockey on TV.

Looks and jar appeal: The buds are long and lumpy, with orange hairs a nice tight trim. They ended up a bit dry, though they had been sitting in my "to sample" drawer for about a month.

The smell is divine -- sweet, fruity, a hint of pine and, if you stretch your imagination a little, even some signature Bubblegum scent.

A friend gave me an interesting tip the other day about how to better pick up different scents and flavors in cannabis: try smelling some coffee beans first to cleanse your palate, and then give the weed a good whiff. It seemed to help, although I'm not sure I'm ready to swear by the technique yet.

Other thoughts: This strain, if nothing else, shows why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover -- or its THC content.

If you're only looking for high THC, you're really missing out on a lot of the fun of exploring.

There's so much more to learn.
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The one pictured is geared towards the hobby grower and the other is for professional medicinal cannabis grows.
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My two mystery girls looking happy. Lots of buds on these two. The 3rd, 4th & 5th pictures are of the Lambs Breath that I rescued back in late June. She is no happy, healthy and beautiful indeed with some very pretty flowers going on...😎
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All are of the same girl over about 7 weeks from the sad looking one.
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CANNABIS BELONGS TO THE GENUS CANNABIS IN THE FAMILY CANNABACEAE AND INCLUDES THREE SPECIES, C. SATIVA, C. INDICA, AND C. RUDERALIS, (APG II SYSTEM). IT IS TYPICALLY A DIOECIOUS (EACH INDIVIDUAL IS EITHER MALE OR FEMALE) ANNUAL PLANT (LIFE PERIOD: APRIL–SEPTEMBER).
C. SATIVA AND C. INDICA GENERALLY GROW TALL (SOME VARIETIES REACH 13 FEET OR 4 METRES) AND THEIR FEMALES START THE PRODUCTION OF FLOWERS RICH IN TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL (THC) (UP TO 29% BY WEIGHT) AS THE SEASON CHANGES FROM SUMMER TO AUTUMN. C. RUDERALIS IS VERY SHORT, PRODUCES ONLY TRACE AMOUNTS OF THC, BUT IS VERY RICH IN CANNABIDIOL (CBD), WHICH MAY BE 40% OF THE CANNABINOIDS IN A PLANT AND IS AN ANTAGONIST TO THC, AND IT FLOWERS INDEPENDENTLY OF THE PHOTOPERIOD AND ACCORDING TO AGE. HOWEVER, COMMERCIAL CROSS-BRED HYBRIDS CONTAINING BOTH RUDERALIS, INDICA AND/OR SATIVA GENES EXIST (USUALLY CALLED AUTOFLOWERING).
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