Strawberry Cough is an award-winning sativa strain focused on taste and stress-relieving properties while boosting creativity and energy levels. It was created in 2000 by former High Times editor Kyle Kushman, the master breeder himself. The strain is a cross between Strawberry Fields and evergreen Haze, boasting between 15% and 20% of THC. The highest THC content of Strawberry Cough (22.98%) was scored by Emerald Cannabis Works in 2001. The sativa genes and moderate amounts of THC make its buds perfect for daytime use to combat fatigue, stress and induce a positive state of mind.
The strain’s lush flowers are large and chunky, and contrary to its sativa genetics, Strawberry Cough is more reminiscent of typical but in its structure. It has bulky and densely packed leaves, with sativa genes showing in between with the bud’s conical shape.
Unlike other cannabis strains, the Strawberry Cough variety is threaded through with red pistils rather than orange ones. The leaves are sticky and covered with cloudy amber trichomes that add even more magic to its already exotic appearance.
Once you open the jar of your freshly bought Strawberry Cough, you’ll notice a scent of juicy strawberries with a slight kick of peppery spice. More interestingly, the aroma carries over to the strain’s scent, delivering the initial taste of strawberries with even more sweetness on the exhale. Keep in mind to inhale it with caution, though, as the “Cough” name didn’t come out of the blue.
Smoking Strawberry Cough’s buds allows you to experience a thoughtful high that arrives rapidly. While users may initially feel unsettled, this strain can make your senses razor-sharp in the right setting. Strawberry Cough works great for promoting inspirational conversations and is also capable of motivating people to easily get through mundane tasks. On top of that, Strawberry Cough has a unique way of making one open for new, non-linear concepts, which is invaluable for creative minds.
This genuine sativa is the ultimate mental health strain, acting almost immediately to relief a range of psychological conditions, from ADD to ADHD to anxiety to seasonal affective disorder. However, as the strain is quite potent, it’s advisable to start with small doses, working your way up to the sweet spot without facing potential side effects linked to overusing THC.
As the name implies, Strawberry Cough can get pretty hard on your throat. You can expect a bit of coughing, which can worsen the cottonmouth. Other than that, the strain doesn’t have any unpleasant side effects; unless, of course, you go way overboard with its buds. Then, anxiety and paranoid thinking can start knocking at your door. Fortunately, these side effects don’t last too long, so don’t panic and try to calm yourself with a couple of deep breaths.
Strawberry Cough flowers within 9 weeks when grown indoors and in late October when grown outdoors. The buds are larger than the average, and with sturdy stems and branches, the plant doesn’t usually call for extra support.