Green Crack Strain Profile & Effects

Is this strain as edgy as it sounds? Find out in this article.

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One of the reasons why so many strains exist on the market today is due to the wide profile of effects that cannabis can produce. Traditionally indica strains made you feel more relaxed and sedated, while sativa strains were more stimulating and energising. 

However, due to the evolution of cross-breeding and the emergence of hybrid strains, breeders are now able to mix and match certain features at their pleasure. This results in lots of different strains with a whole range of different effects. This next strain provides a point of difference in a market dominated by strains that induce mental and physical relaxation. Our guide to 2020's most popular strains continues with the Green Crack Strain.

Green Crack is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain that is an absolute classic, having first been cultivated in Athens, Georgia in the 1970s. Originally created by the mysterious breeder Cecil C, this strain is a cross between the sativa Skunk No.1 and an indica Afghani landrace strain. 

The strain was originally called 'Green Cush' (which some people still refer to it as) until it fell into the hands of the one-and-only Snoop Dogg. After taking a few (or more) hits of this strain, Snoop re-dubbed it 'Green Crack' in regards to its potent and energetic high that was so addictive he had to keep re-dosing. This uplifting high induces sharp energy and focus that will keep you invigorated throughout the day. 

There are two main Green Crack phenotypes currently available on the market, which are a sativa variety and an indica variety. The focus of this profile will be the sativa variety, as this is the most popular and commonly consumed version. The sativa Green Crack strain also took out 3rd place for Best Sativa at the Denver High Times Cannabis Cup in 2015.

Effects

Green Crack's THC content ranges between 15-18% THC with an average of 17.5%. This puts it in the same range as other popular hybrids such as Gelato and Cherry Pie, which are below average for hybrid strains (18.3% THC) but are still fairly potent. In saying that, Green Crack produces a strong mental buzz that can be unsettling for beginner or novice cannabis consumers. As such this strain is not recommended for anyone prone to feelings of panic or paranoia. No relevant amounts of CBD are found within this strain.

Green Crack's effects are truly sativa-inspired, with a few hits of this strain being likened to downing a cup of coffee. This strain produces an invigorating sensation that will leave you feeling energised and alert. It can profoundly sharpen your focus however, this may involve drowning out your surroundings. This focus can also boost creativity, as it allows users to zero in on creative projects, inspires new ideas and draws attention to certain nuances. 

The initial boost of energy will be felt directly in the core of the body. It will then make its way to the head, where strong cerebral effects start to manifest. These effects can be uplifting and euphoric while increasing concentration and creativity. Other psychedelic effects include visual distortions and time dilation. While this buzz can be intense at first, it won't leave you feeling jittery or over-energised. Because of these effects, Green Crack is an extremely popular strain for morning and daytime use. As it leaves you feeling wired, it is not recommended for nighttime use.

Although this strain doesn't have the deeply relaxing effects and benefits of other cannabis strains, Green Crack still has some medical applications. This a terrific strain for those who suffer from fatigue or drowsiness. Many consumers utilise this strain as a pick-me-up throughout the day to improve their mood and energy levels while staying alert. It may also be used after work by some to prevent them from crashing in the evening.

While Green Crack can help consumers suffering from depression and anxiety, caution is advised. Although it can uplift mood and provide clarity, this strain can also promote recursive cerebral thinking which can induce panic or paranoia. Over-consumption or prolonged use can trigger anxiety, stress and headaches, so low doses are recommended when starting out with this strain.

Appearance, Smell & Taste

Despite its inherently sativa nature, the Green Crack strain has an indica-typical bud structure, with dense buds that congregate in clusters. These buds are normally green with yellow intertwined and can also have some purple pigments if the plant is exposed to cold temperatures during the growing process. A thick layer of trichomes coats these buds, producing a sticky resin that makes them glisten. Rust-coloured pistils can be found poking out of this frosty coat all over the buds.

Green Crack is quite an aromatic strain with a strong and tangy citrus aroma. Properly cured buds of this strain will have a scent similar to ripe mangoes but this can be subtle.  Mellow undertones of earthiness and wood are blended in which help to balance the fruity scent. The main terpenes that contribute to this aromatic profile are myrcene (earthy), caryophyllene (spicy) and limonene (citrusy).

The citrus aroma translates into the tangy and fruity flavour of this strain, with Green Crack drawing comparisons to biting into a juicy mango. As a descendant of Skunk No.1, this strain has lots of the classic skunky weed flavour, with the fruitiness most likely being contributed by the landrace strain. Landrace strains are known for their earthy and fruity flavour profiles. This strain produces smoke that is very smooth and sweet which leaves a tangy sensation on the tongue and palate. Upon exhale, this smoke can taste hashy and spicy but will leave a citrusy aftertaste in the mouth.

Availability

As the sativa variation of Green Crack has been around for a while and is still extremely popular to this day, this strain won't be too hard to track down. You should be able to find it in most dispensaries in the legal states of the US, Canada and the Netherlands. Its seeds are also widely available online from various seed vendors. The indica variant of Green Crack isn't as popular and as such is harder to find.

Due to its availability, this strain is nowhere near as expensive as other hybrids or boutique strains. Any strain that isn't super rare or was made before the year 2000 is relatively inexpensive, mainly due to there being more hard-hitting and in-demand strains on the market. The standard price to pay for this strain in most dispensaries is around $15 AUD.

If this strain sounded like it was your cup of tea (or coffee?) some other invigorating strains to check out include White Widow, Super Silver Haze and Sour Diesel. If the taste of this strain sounded appealing, but the effects did not, then check out other fruity strains such as Purple Punch, Cherry Pie, Mimosa and Forbidden Fruit.

Thanks to the unrivalled burst of energy it provides, Green Crack has been a staple of the cannabis community for many years. Whether it's to help combat fatigue, increase focus or to lift mood, this strain is adored by those that can utilise its effects to improve their day. Being praised and renamed by a cannabis aficionado in Snoop Dogg has only boosted Green Crack's legacy and has ensured it will be a popular strain for years to come.

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Josh Griffin
Josh Griffin

Josh is a Perth-based writer with a background in psychology and pharmacology. Through his studies he has gained an interest in abnormal psychology, mental health and psychopharmacology and has reported on these topics. Currently, his main focus is on cannabinoids and their medical potential.

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