With ganja, you really can have your cake and eat it (or smoke it) too. Hybrid flowers are the result of crossing indica strains, the ones that make you sleepy, with sativa strains, the ones that spur creativity and the giggles. The strategic blending of flavor profiles, aromas, and highs means that users can seek tailored strains, of benefit to medical patients with specific needs. Hybrids can also be more potent than a standard indica or sativa, adding to their attractiveness among consumers. Growers are fans, too, since hybrid plants are more mold and pest resistant, and can combine the rapid growth of a sativa with the high yield typical of indicas. Not all hybrids are a 50/50 split between indica and sativa. Depending on a strain’s ancestry, one can be more dominant than the other.
Skunk Hero | Mass Grow
THC 18.1% | Sativa dominant
Deep green flowers with a woody bouquet, the aromatic Skunk Hero is well named. The strain is the result of crossing vintage Super Skunk with Mandarin Sunset, producing chunky buds might give some of you nostalgia for ‘90’s-era dime bags. It is also the most manageable of the bunch, whether a daytime toker who needs to be able to function, or a causal user who wants to remain on the more cautious side of cannabis while still enjoying the experience.
Taste: 3/5| Aroma: 2.5/5| Potency: 3/5 | Overall Rating: 3/5
Available at: Canna Provisions, Lee, Massachusetts
Caramel Apple Gelato | Nature’s Remedy
THC 21.9% | Indica dominant
Wanna get high? Caramel Apple Gelato is a rollercoaster of a ride that takes some getting used to. The strain’s indica dominant nature is quick to react and take hold, giving a false sensation that that is all there is going to be. But when the sativa giggles start, the amusement and sense of elevation can last for hours. The fruity terpene profile adds a pungent edge to both the flower’s bouquet and the burn, producing a light smoke with a piney, earthy aftertaste.
Taste: 4/5| Aroma: 3/5| Potency: 4/5 | Overall Rating: 4/5
Available at: Temescal Wellness, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Dog Patch | Bloom Brothers
THC 25.8% | Indica dominant
Bloom Brothers are all about the flower, and the big ol’ buds of Dog Patch embody all the elements of classic ganja. An herbal nose with a pleasantly skunky undertone, the result of crossing Apple Cider with Jet Fuel Gelato, Dog Patch comes on quickly with a heavy blast of indica that settles around the eyes. It is then that the sativa appears, taking the edge off the indica to combine into an elevated, calming body high that lasts. Dog Patch is well-balanced, a connoisseur’s strain in the making.
Taste: 3/5| Aroma: 4/5| Potency: 4/5 | Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Available at: Bloom Brothers, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Snowdog | Berkshire Roots
THC 21.8% | Sativa leaning
Something special, even within a group of excellent of hybrid flowers, Snowdog excels at every stage. The aroma is captivating, with a fruity bouquet of citrus and berries reminiscent of raspberry lemonade that lingers without skunking the place out. Despite being sativa leaning, the lineage coming from the legendary Chemdawg strain, combined with Superskunk and Oregon Snow, the balance is on point, providing relaxation with a sense of focus. And the grow quality of Snowdog is up there with the best—dense flowers cured to be firm and sticky that hold against crumbling yet break nicely in a grinder or picked between fingers.
Taste: 4/5| Aroma: 5/5| Potency: 3.5/5 | Overall Rating: 5/5
Available at: Berkshire Roots, Pittsfield, MA
Note: availability may vary.