Clementine is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain created by cannabis breeders at Crockett Family Farms. The quality of this particular strain was recognized at the 2015 Cannabis Cup held in Michigan, with a concentrated live resin of clementine being awarded second place in the Best Sativa category.
What is Clementine Strain?
The Clementine strain was formed when the sativa Tangie was crossed with Lemon Skunk. Lemon Skunk was created by combining two skunk phenotypes with particularly strong lemony, citrusy flavors, and the Lemon Skunk genetics are very present in the Clementine strain which itself has a sweet, citrusy, lemony-orange flavour.
While Clementine’s CBD level is approximately 1%, its THC content averages around 17-19%. However, Seattle-based cannabis analysis laboratory “Analytical 360” have recorded Clementine THC results as high as 27%. The potency of this strain makes it a better choice for a more seasoned cannabis smoker rather than a novice.
Clementine Strain Aroma, Fragrance and Appearance
The Clementine strain when fully grown is quite tall with exceptionally large flowers with a dense coating of trichomes covering the entire plant. The leaves are a yellowy green with dark orange pistils growing in clusters around them.
Clementine’s fragrance is notably sweet, a citrusy combination of lemon and orange with an earthy and pine aroma thrown into the mix. Its lemon citrusy taste lingers long on the palate with smokers of Clementine also detecting orange as well as other sweet and sour flavors from this particular strain.
Clementine Strain Grow Info
Clementine seeds can be grown indoors or outdoors. Clementine thrives outdoors in a semi-humid climate with the optimal temperature range being between 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit. This particular strain can grow quite tall so you will need to regularly prune and trim this plant to keep its growth under control.
The flowering period for Clementine weed is between 8-10 weeks. If you grow your plant indoors then you can expect a yield of about 11 ounces per square meter. Outdoor growers can expect a higher average yield – approximately 15 ounces per square meter, which will be ready for harvesting around the middle of October.
Clementine is generally considered to be a relatively easy strain to grow despite its need for regular pruning and trimming. It is also naturally highly resistant to common molds and mildew. Curing the Clementine plant’s buds will help maximize its characteristically citrusy lemony orange flavors and aromas.
Start off by drying the buds by either hanging them upside down or placing them on a drying rack for seven to ten days. The buds should be completely dry in order to ensure that they don’t develop mold during the next stage of the curing process.
When the buds are completely dry place them in an airtight container such as a wide-mouthed mason jar, sealing the lid tightly before storing them in a cool dry place, e.g. a closet.
During the first week of the curing process, you will need to open the lids at least three times a day for five to ten minutes to allow any moisture to escape and the buds to breathe. After the first week, you will only have to do this a few times during the week to prevent any mold from forming.
After two or three weeks the Clementine buds will be sufficiently cured for you to experience all of the sweet citrus aromas and flavors in their full glory. You can continue to cure these buds for 4-6 weeks if you don’t mind waiting around a few weeks longer for even better results.
Medical Benefits of Clementine Strain
Clementine is a great strain of choice for medicinal cannabis smokers. It is known for producing a high that comes on strong and fast, heightening both alertness and energy levels in the user. This energy boosting effect makes it a classic “wake and bake” strain which will help smokers of Clementine weed overcome fatigue and get through a busy day. Conversely, Clementine is not a strain to smoke late at night before bed as smokers will find it hard to sleep in their energized and alert state.
Clementine is known for having a positive effect on mood, generating a high that makes smokers happy and euphoric. For this reason, Clementine is a good choice for medicinal cannabis users with mood disorders such as depression or anxiety. Clementine’s high also leaves smokers feeling more relaxed, which makes it a great stress reliever.
Medicinal cannabis smokers of Clementine weed say that it is a very effective pain reliever for treating a number of conditions, especially migraines, but also chronic pain conditions like arthritis. Clementine weed is also somewhat effective as an antiemetic, helping to alleviate the symptoms of nausea as well as boosting appetite.
Possible Side Effects of the Clementine Strain
The number one side effect associated with Clementine weed is a dry mouth, with smokers rating this negative effect at 10 out of 10 in terms of severity. The smoke from Clementine can also leave users with dry eyes but nowhere near on the same level as the dry mouth effect associated with Clementine.
As this is a particularly potent strain, smokers of Clementine have reported increased anxiety and paranoia in some cases but this may be for a number of reasons, such as a lack of tolerance to this potent strain by novice cannabis smokers, or even overindulgence. It is advisable for novice cannabis smokers to perhaps try other less potent strains to start off with before trying out Clementine weed.
Final Thoughts on Clementine Strain
Clementine weed is a great strain for either a recreational or medicinal cannabis user. Its ability to elevate mood and increase alertness and energy levels make it an ideal strain for those who like to “wake and bake.” If you are considering trying out Clementine weed for medicinal purposes you will find it a useful stress and pain reliever. It is important to note that the THC content of Clementine can reach exceptionally high levels, (as high as 27%) so it may not be one for the novice smoker.