Named after the famous historical disaster, Chernobyl is one of those strains that garners a lot of curiosity and attention – and for good reason too! The name aside, this is one of those sativas that just has to be tried, and today we are giving you an updated review on all the reasons why Chernobyl is one of the best buds out there.
What is the Chernobyl Strain?
Originating from the legends over at TGA Genetics, Chernobyl is the sativa-dominant hybrid that has a reputation for being one of the funkiest buds out there! With a 20:80 indica/sativa ratio, you can benefit from some pretty gnarly psychedelic moments during this cerebral high that will keep you going for hours.
Long lasting, fast acting, and one hell of a ride, Chernobyl gets its reputation and its name from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster back in 1986, which resulted in the release of radioactive particles. Don’t worry, Chernobyl isn’t unsafe, but the high is pretty trippy at times, and so this strain should be approached with caution!
On a serious note, this bud was ranked as one of the top ten strains of the year in 2010 by High Times, and has since continued to impress both marijuana lovers and patients alike. It’s thanks to its beautiful and fruity flavor, and its impressive ability to relieve both mental and physical suffering, that has made this one of our favorite strains out there.
So, what’s behind such a fantastic profile of cannabis? Well, bred from the absolute legend strain Trainwreck, crossed with Trinity and then pollinated with Jack The Ripper, it is no wonder that this delicious bud has so much to bring to the table!
Whether you love weed for the high, use it as a patient or love to cultivate plants for yourself, this insane strain has something to offer everyone.
Chernobyl Aroma, Flavor, Appearance
Anyone who has been within 5 feet of Chernobyl will tell you that the smell is reminiscent of a tropical fruit stand. Instantly you are hit with a wave of sweet, zingy scents that are pretty mouth-watering, if we do say so ourselves!
What starts as an overwhelming sweet cherry scent is soon overtaken with a hit of lime and citrus that packs one hell of a punch to the senses! Intermingled are notes of pungent earth, which works to balance out the sweetness of the overall smell.
Anyone who loves a fruity, mouth-wateringly sweet bud will LOVE Chernobyl. This is a perfect example of a strain that sounds harsher than it is, this is a real sweet-tooth bud!
If you have spent much time enjoying the smell of Chernobyl, then the taste shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise! On inhaling, you are hit with the smoothest of smokes, rich with fresh citrus flavors that are sharp and refreshing.
A real wake-up strain, Chernobyl’s flavors will make your taste buds come to life in no time as the lemon and lime notes dance on your tongue and make you want to go back for more. On exhale, the flavors take on a dank, rich, earthy profile, which helps blanket the sharpness of the citrus.
That sweetness isn’t lost in the taste of this bud, as cherry and pineapple notes can be tasted as an afterthought, leaving a pleasant taste in the mouth.
Chernobyl is a beauty of a plant and certainly takes after its mother in stature. Cultivators be warned – this bud grows TALL, with reports of it reaching around two meters in height!
Chernobyl is ripe with small- to medium-sized tight buds in a vibrant green hue. Coated in a generous amount of thick white trichomes and sprinkled throughout with orange hairs, she is a beautiful plant for sure.
Whether you are looking to grow Chernobyl for yourself or appreciate a good looking bag of bud, she is sure not to disappoint. Flavor, aroma, and appearance combined are more than enough to keep you coming back for more, and that’s before we get into how Chernobyl fairs in the efficacy stakes!
Chernobyl Grow Info
As we mentioned before, this plant grows tall, and as such requires some experience in cultivation. We wouldn’t, therefore, recommend Chernobyl to newbies.
Although the bud can be grown both indoors and out, this is a strain which thrives in the outdoors and offers its most optimal yield when grown this way. Due to its lofty height, the need for regular observation and frequent topping is required to get the most out of its yield potential.
Most cultivators report that Chernobyl requires additional support during its flowering phase to grow successfully, and she will likely need some good space to thrive, which is why outdoor growth is recommended where possible. Experienced growers can train this bud to take up less vertical space, making for a more discreet grow.
Chernobyl is a pretty speedy grower, with plants flowering after between eight to nine weeks. It yields around 14 oz per square meter; not the most abundant yield, but we can promise the quality is higher than you get with many other buds, so it is still worth a go!
Chernobyl loves the warmth and will require a sunny outdoor environment to thrive, with a harvest time around October.
THC Content – Highest Test
Chernobyl offers a mid-range THC content, with the highest test showing up to 22% and the lowest around 16%. This is a good percentage for those patients looking to use the bud as a medication.
Medical Benefits of the Chernobyl Strain
With outstandingly long-lasting effects, Chernobyl is a fantastic medicinal strain for those who can’t or prefer not to top up their cannabis levels continually. With reports of effects lasting up to three hours or more, sufferers of longstanding conditions can seek comfort in this fruity bud.
Often described as energetic and extremely cerebral, Chernobyl is first and foremost a fantastic solution for sufferers of anxiety, depression, and stress. Unlike many sativas with a similar profile, there are very few reports of Chernobyl causing paranoia or other adverse mental effects, making it a strong contender for these types of conditions.
Ideal for daytime use, this bud won’t skew regular functions or tamper with your ability to focus; in fact, it is a great to-do list strain! Power through your day with a relaxed mind, body, and soul, or enjoy it with friends as you find yourself enthusiastic and engaged in conversation.
Not only great for mental health conditions, Chernobyl also works to relieve chronic pain and headaches associated with other underlying conditions. Many sufferers of eating disorders have reported that this bud kick-starts their appetite within the first hour, also making it an excellent choice for those who have lost their passion for food as a result of another condition or medication.
Allow the happiness and relaxation to wash away your pain and stress with ease as you find yourself enjoying the little things in life and experience pure relief.
Possible Side Effects of the Chernobyl Strain
We are glad to say that unlike many sativa buds, Chernobyl has an almost clean record when it comes to mind-altering paranoia or anxiety. That’s great news for those already struggling with conditions like this, and it leaves them wide open to give this bud a go as a medication.
Potential side effects that are more likely are dry eyes and dry mouth, and possible dizziness or headaches if taken in too large a dose. As always, we recommend anyone looking to try a strain for the first time exercise caution.
Final Thoughts on the Chernobyl Strain
This sativa-dominant hybrid is a mind-melting bud that works wonders for a range of conditions. Of course, not everyone reacts the same to all strains, and so we would love to know what you think of this one in the comments below!
We love it for its fruity, exotic taste and it is incredibly social, happy effects that last so well throughout the day. It’s undoubtedly a yes from us!