There are many cannabis strains that can help you relax, and knowing which ones will leave you feeling carefree and mellow is essential. Most consumers favor indica-dominant hybrids renowned for their body stone. Indicas are shorter and bushier than most sativas, and the classic indica high will leave the consumer with a long-lasting physical stone.
Terpenes are aromatic plant compounds that produce a plant’s aroma and flavor, they also contribute to the effects we feel from cannabis. It is also thought that the terpenes; myrcene, terpinolene, caryophyllene, and linalool, all have relaxing, and stress-relieving properties that can help to calm and soothe the body.
So continue reading with us as we guide you through 9 of our favorite mellow strains.
1. Hindu Kush
Hindu Kush is a robust and sturdy landrace strain from the Hindu Kush mountain range across with spans from northern India to Pakistan. It has since become one of the classic strains to breed with, and it has been used to create a wide range of indica-dominate genetics.
This strain has a dense and compact structure, with lush flowers coated in trichomes.
Expect an earthy profile with a terpene profile made up of caryophyllene, limonene, myrcene, and humulene—an intense aroma of freshly made charas with sweet sandalwood and pine undertones. The unique combination of cannabinoids and terpenes produces a highly potent and relaxing effect—the high starts with a euphoric cerebral high, which slowly fades away into a soothing full-body stone. Make no mistake, Hindu Kush is the definition of a mellow strain!
2. Mandarin Punch
Mandarin Punch was developed as part of the 2022 Sensi Seeds Research project; It is a cross of Maple Leaf Indica, White Widow, NYC Diesel and California Indica. It is a 60% indica and 40% sativa with a balanced profile named after its sweet and fruity citrus flavor.
Mandarin Punch is an ideal low-maintenance strain for beginners. With a potentially long-flowering period of up to 70 days, this strain could need extra time to reach its full potential. However, cultivators will be guaranteed a bountiful yield of sweet citrus flowers when the harvest is ready.
With a terpene profile featuring caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene, this cultivar offers a tropical palate of unique aromas with hints of fresh lemons and subtle grapefruit undertones. With soothing and lethargic effects that slowly guide you to sleep, Mandarin Punch is a tremendous strain to mellow out!
3. OG Kush
This strain has a compact structure with dense foliage and short lateral branches. Buds are tight and dense, reminiscent of its Afghan heritage. It has an average flowering time of up to 65 days, potentially producing an exceptional harvest of up to 450 grams per square meter. This strain is excellent for beginners looking for a substantial yield.
You can expect OG Kush to have a sweet and earthy terpene profile, with an extravagant terpene profile featuring limonene, caryophyllene, pinene, and myrcene. However, some phenotypes will be heavier on diesel and skunky flavors. Expect a classic indica body stone with a full-body relaxation that soothes the muscles.
4. Banana Kush Cake
Banana Kush Cake was created by breeding Banana Kush with Wedding Cheesecake to produce a unique new indica-dominant hybrid. It is a 65% indica and 35% sativa initially introduced into our Sensi Seeds research collection in 2021.
This strain is an excellent choice for indoor cultivation; it is compact with short internodal spacing, sturdy lateral branches and dense buds covered in resin glands. Look forward to dense clusters of buds that run up the central stem and an average flowering time of up to 60 days. It is recommended for those with experience, as it often requires extra maintenance throughout the grow cycle.
Expect a loud and exotic terpene profile! As its name suggests, expect light notes of ripe bananas with undertones of skunk. Banana Kush Cake offers the consumer a deep, full-body relaxation, and it is an excellent strain for mellowing out.
5. Big Bud
Big Bud is a cross of Aghani, Northern Lights, and Skunk #1. It is an award-winning indica dominant strain renowned for its potent effects. As its name suggests, Big Bud produces thick, dense flowers, and its lateral branches may need extra support throughout flowering!
It flourishes in Mediterranean climates and is resilient against pests and diseases. Indoors, Big Bud can reach average heights of up to one meter and outside up to two meters. With a flowering time of between 50 and 60 days, it is a great low-maintenance strain guaranteed to give outstanding results.
Its terpene profile features a high presence of limonene, caryophyllene, pinene and myrcene. Sweet fruity notes with undertones of molasses can be evident on the palate, and the effects are reminiscent of a true indica. Both lethargic and soothing, vaporizing Big Bud can result in highly a relaxing evening!
6. Skunk Dream CBD
Skunk Dream CBD is a cross of Sensi Skunk with Alpine Delight CBD. It is a 70% sativa and 30% indica strain with a CBD to THC ratio of 26:1. It is an ideal mellow strain for those looking to try cannabis for the first time without the intimidating psychotropic effects.
It is a tall, slender cultivar with long lateral branches and significant internodal gaps.
Skunk Dream thrives in warm outdoor climates, and outside, yields of up to 800 grams per plant have been recorded. It has an enticing terpene profile, with sweet floral notes with spicy undertones.
With a THC content of less than 0.25%, it is considered to produce very limited psychotropic affects. However, consuming this strain can still result in stimulating an uplifting cerebral high with a soothing physical relaxation. Due to its minimal THC, and high CBD levels, Skunk Dream CBD is an excellent strain for those looking to enhance the entourage effect, with limited pyschtropical effects.
7. Gorilla Glue #4
Gorilla Glue #4 is a world-renowned indica-dominant strain created by breeding Chem’s Sister with Sour Dubb and Chocolate Diesel. It is known for its highly potent effects, and Its genetics have been used to make other influential American hybrids like Duct Tape and Glue Berry.
With classic indica traits, this cultivator is short and stocky with sturdy lateral branches and dense foliage. Its bud structure is dense and compact, with dark green buds covered in resin glands. With a flowering period of between 40 and 50 days, greenhouses cultivators can yield multiple harvests per year with this high-yielding strain. Gorilla Glue #4 is an excellent addition to anyone’s garden!
Its terpene profile has heavy levels of myrcene, and If you are looking for a rich, full-bodied stone, look no further than Gorilla Glue #4. Cannabis enthusiasts can expect a sedative, heavy-hitting, full-body stone that will have you glued to the sofa for hours.
8. N13 Kush
N13 Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid created by crossing Mr Nice G13 x Hash Plant with Nicole Kush. Renowned as a compact strain with thick, trichome-coated buds, N13 Kush is a hard-hitting strain with THC levels of over 20%.
This strain has a robust and sturdy structure with short lateral branches that can be cultivated indoors or outdoors. It has an average flowering time of up to 55 days and can produce over 500 grams per square meter under optimal conditions. N13 Kush is a great low-maintenance strain for beginners.
With a terpene profile made primarily of myrcene, pinene and caryophyllene, dried flowers have deep earthy notes, with sweet undertones of fresh berries and pine. The high starts with an initial sense of happiness and euphoria that dissipates into a state of full-body relaxation; N13 Kush is a super mellow strain.
9. Buttercream Gelato
Buttercream Gelato was created by crossing the South African powerhouse Durban with Gelato #420 and Hindu Kush. It is a strain that boasts an exquisite flavor palate with extraordinary THC levels, perfect for the cannabis connoisseur.
This strain has a long flowering time and has the potential for an impressive harvest. She thrives in warmer, Mediterranean climates and can grow to over two meters in open soil. It is an ideal mellow strain for high-tolerance users, as its effects are extremely powerful.
This cultivar takes sweet, creamy notes from Gelato #420 and combines them with the spicy undertones reminiscent of Durban and earthy notes from Hindu Kush. Expect notes of fresh sandalwood with hints of sweet mandarin and earthy undertones. The high starts with a sense of uplifting euphoria that fades into a full-body relaxation. It is an ideal mellow strain!
What are your favorite mellow strains?
As you have seen, the list is mainly created from indica-dominant hybrids, but there are countless cannabis cultivars that can make you feel mellow and relaxed. Choosing strains that are beneficial for you is about personal preference, physical makeup, and tolerance.
Although these may be our favorite mellow strains, it is your personal preference, and your endocannabinoid system determines your direct response to cannabis. We hope our list of 9 of the best mellow cannabis strains will get you started on your mellow journey!
Please let us know your favorite mellow strains or if you think we have missed any classics on the list in the comments below. Head to the Sensi Seeds online store to pick up some mellow strains today!
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