Harlequin Cannabis Strain (Complete Review)
July 23, 2017
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Harlequin Cannabis Strain (Complete Review)

Medical benefits, Facts and more…
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on July 23, 2017

Harlequin Cannabis Strain

First produced in the early ‘70s, Harlequin marijuana strain is considered especially unique in composition and because of its benefit to cannabis users. It contains an intriguing combination of CBD and THC, with both levels sitting at a 5:2 ratio; meaning that the CBD content of this cannabis strain is much higher than usual, while the THC is lower than average but still existent, unlike some alternative CBD heavy cannabis types. Because of its untraditional balance, the Harlequin strain becomes a quintessential candidate for medical patients that desire assistance in managing a wide variety of symptoms, conditions and ailments, including anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, fatigue and stress, just to name a few.

Keep reading on to discover everything you need to know about the Harlequin marijuana strain…

What Is Harlequin?



Developed by Mr. Green himself at the House of David Collective, the Harlequin cannabis strain was initially produced with plans for it to become a hash-producing crop, but what ended up occurring turned into so much more. Harlequin is an exquisite genetic masterpiece, generated by combining the traits of three powerful sativa strains; Thai Sativa, Swiss Sativa and Columbian Gold all join hands in this balanced and healing cannabis.

As mentioned earlier, one of the most unique aspects about Harlequin, is its 5:2 CBD to THC ratio. To explain this occurrence with clearer numbers, lab tests conducted on the Harlequin strain have returned a 4-7% THC content and an 8-16% CBD content. For an individual that is desiring less of the sometimes overwhelming high effects and more of the medicinal powers of marijuana, this quintessential combination seems like a dream come true. Regarding its strain classification, Harlequin is primarily sativa, with a 75% Sativa and 25% indica ratio, although it is technically categorized as a sativa and sometimes a hybrid.

Harlequin Aroma, Flavor and Appearance

Harlequin Marijuana Strain

Harlequin marijuana contains a pleasant aroma, filled with notes of hearty earthiness that is pungent, but still not overwhelming. Additionally, the scent hints at notes of citrus and mango, setting off the senses as they preparing for some fruity deliciousness. The flavor itself is less sweet, instead featuring spicy and herbal notes that melt into woodsy undertones. The buds are beautiful appearance wise, with their yellowish green sugar leaves and bright brassy orange pistils that curl throughout the flower, serving as a gorgeous juxtaposition to the vibrant green.

Harlequin Cannabis Strain Grow Info

Harlequin cannabis is a wonderful option for a variety of marijuana growers, whether you plan to cultivate it commercially, as a career, or for personal use. Even beginning growers can take an attempt at this strain, because it offers a moderate to large yield, with just basic cannabis care efforts needed to be taken. This plant enjoys both indoors and outdoors conditions, but it is vital to regulate the humidity levels in order to ensure the results desired. The ideal outdoor climate is warm but not hot, with a humidity at around 50%. Indoors, hydroponics and soil growth can both work well, but with hydroponics the humidity may become slightly more challenging to control and regulate, so soil is a less maintenance option.

The flowering period of Harlequin is around 8-9 weeks, with outdoor harvest falling around mid-October. When the crop is ready for harvest, you will notice a visible layer of crystal trichomes on the buds. Outdoor yields typically range around 21 ounces per plant, and indoor yields at around 25 ounces per meter squared. The plant is naturally pest resistant, aside from the possible mold or powdery mildew that can arise because of the crops dense bud structure. Check the plants for these two problems regularly, but overall Harlequin seems to be a brilliant option for cultivators of all skill levels that desire a more CBD heavy cannabis strain.

Harlequin Effects

Harlequin’s effects are much more simple than most cannabis strains, providing a light and clear headed high that brings about small surges of energy and focus, as well as encouraging creative and productive work ethic. Its psychoactive effects are not nearly as powerful as most marijuana strains, primarily because of its high CBD content that is actually greater than its THC. For this reason, although Harlequin is a sativa, the CBD seems to balance out any anxious or paranoid energy typically felt with sativas. Furthermore, it is capable of helping the body to relax and unwind, but will not cause you to fall asleep or become drowsy. This makes it particularly popular amongst patients that need relief from medical situations, but don’t want to be dysfunctional throughout the day.

Medical Benefits of the Cannabis Strain Harlequin

Harlequin Cannabis Strain Review

It seems to patients and medical cannabis practitioners that the list of medical benefits Harlequin can provide is often just too long to all be explained. That is why this cannabis strain receives so many rave consumer reviews, in addition to being one of the first cannabis strains bred specifically for people with serious medical problems. In this Harlequin strain review, we will just be skimming the surface of its benefits, which range from mental to physical. Physically, individuals with chronic pain, migraines, inflammation, arthritis and fatigue can all find relief from Harlequin marijuana, although a greater than average dose may be in order to experience the full relief and benefits. If you can find them, try and search for edibles, concentrates or an alternative to smoking so you can receive a larger dose. Mentally, depression, anxiety, stress and worries can all melt away with the help of Harlequin, but sticking to an average or comfortable dose may be a wise idea just to be on the safe side.

Possible Negative Side Effects of Harlequin

Due to its balance of CBD to THC, the properties of the CBD in Harlequin are actually able to counteract any anxiety or paranoia that might be experienced as a result of the THC levels in this energizing sativa dominant strain. Sativas have a tendency to heighten the chances of having a negative experience filled with worries, sometimes producing jitters and a busy mind, but because Harlequin has such a hefty CBD content, don’t worry about it generating any unnecessary paranoia or anxiety- it is very unlikely that this will occur.

As a result, Harlequin marijuana is a brilliant option for those who are prone to THC induced paranoia, but who still want some of the effects of THC. The most commonly reported adverse effects from Harlequin are dry mouth (cotton mouth) and dry eyes, both easily manageable with a little extra planning and preparation. To avoid dry mouth, make sure to drink plenty of hydrating fluids before, during and after your high, and keep a bottle of water close by at all times to avoid any inconveniences of trying to obtain fluids.

By purchasing a bottle of moisturising eye drops ahead of time and keeping them on hand, you can avoid the pains and discomforts of dry eyes if they do arise. Overall, Harlequin cannabis seems to be truly worth it, for the pros outweigh the cons quite immensely.

Final Thoughts About the Harlequin Cannabis Strain

If you are a patient of medical marijuana looking to fight pain, stress or anxiety, while receiving fewer psychoactive effects but still all the benefits, then the Harlequin marijuana strain might be the right fit for you. We hope that you have enjoyed this article, and that you found it to not only be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user and discretion should be taken.

24 comments
  1. Charlene Blevins

    How could I get some for my chronic back pain? At this point I’d do anything! My life has literally become useless. I have zero quality of life. And my liver is failing me because of the medicines they had me on.

    1. Stormy
      Pain relief and other notes

      I endur way too much pain, but how does one get that through to their doctors? They think I am ‘faking’ it to get opiates, ha ha ha. My doctors are new, we moved to another state where I had to find new doctors. I might not have moved had I known how valuable it is to be KNOWN by your doctors. 3 and 4 decades known. Aging changes chemisty, btw.

      After a’ few’ surgeries one gets lots of opiates to try. I had a pain specialty doctor also a spinal surgeon and sports medicine doctor who watched me and all my ‘medications’ carefully. He told me he had no problems with marijuana but to be careful taking pot because they ARE some strains of pot out there that react with opiates fatally. Yup, I said fatally and I wouldn’t have believed it either if I hadn’t experienced it TWICE.

      One puff while on dilaude after spinal surgery… and before I could expel, it WAS like a freight train and I was violently ill. Violently. For the entire night. One puff. Don’t be alone if this ever happens to you. People go to sleep and never wake up. Honest. Someone played with the Genome of a marijuana species to enhance THC a few decades ago. This was in the ‘news’ for a few days back in the day and then disappeared. They call it being allergic to pot, now.

      My point is, purchasing pot that has been tested, the facility upstanding lots of testing… there is little likelihood one will run into these particular strains, and no, I don’t remember any names being thrown around. Just street pot from podunks in a podunk town?

      All drugs affect different people differently. All drugs. Each of us is a bag of chemistry with similar chemisty but everyone experiences drugs uniquely. For instance, I am not addictable to opiates. Nor addictable to tobacco. Dependency is completely different than addiction. I am addicted to my Effexor, my antidepressant. And quite pissed that I ‘allowed’ myself to be put on a drug by doctors that one is NOT able to just stop. In fact, I managed to get myself off of Effexor (Venlafaxin), very very slowly and methodically reducing the amount until I was actually OFF for two weeks. Two weeks of the world was gray and running out of tears? and I BEGGED to go back on…because the doctors didn’t have a substitute or alternative. The color of the world came back. If I miss just one pill I am dizzy and nauseous and miserable. Keep in mind antidepressants do not ADD feel good hormones to your body they simply stop the sequestration of Serotonin and Dopamine and there’s another one….anyway. We humans are taking antidepressants because all of us are experiencing far more stress than we have evolved to be able to handle and sequestration of feel good hormones, such as at the nerve endings where messages are sent to and from the brain and spinal cord. Too much firing of messages, too much constant stress we take for normalcy is truly making a world of humans unable to accept the reality of today and antidepressants work wonders.

      Kratom is supposed to be one of these drugs for some people. Also works for pain (especially Red Cap Kratom strain) and a whole list of possible BENEFICIAL effects for some people. So, of course the governments who do not like healthy flocks of humans are trying to make Kratom illegal. Illegal and put in the same category as two other completely different drugs; marijuana and LSD. Very very bad and naughty government. Pharmaceutical companies with lots of money don’t want their products to be made worthless by something they can’t control. I think it is funny that they are actually getting people to try Kratom with all the negative publicity. What does that say about our governments? Not much faith left that is for sure.

      Marijuana ‘evolved’ with us humans or so I’ve heard. Otherwise there would be no reason that our bodies have receptors JUST FOR MARIJUANA. And if any of you think synthetic drugs are stronger than organic drugs you need to listen up. Organics are powerful chemicals. In fact all of our synthetic or artificially made drugs use the templates of the chemistry of plants. Nicotine? Permectrins?

      There is no such thing as an addiction to Marijuana, nor Kratom, nor Essiac tincture, Carnivora, Rick Simpson Oil…but don’t expect one ‘drug’ to work for you as it does your friends. We are all guinea pigs for our own well being to be our own doctors and guess what that means? Get to know the chemistry and specifications of anything you take and keep a log book of what you took and what time and how it made you feel. Pain is tricky. You get inured to pain and when something works you have to cognantly notice a difference and a log book will help you ‘tune in’ to your body and drugs. Don’t just expect something to be magic. Pain medications such as Marijuana and high CBDs and Kratom are SUBTLE and help tremendously. Grins, do not tell your doctor about Kratom. They will stop any pain meds that you are getting.

  2. Booker
    i didn’t know she is this loved

    I bought the Harlequin clone only, 1-2 weeks after Harbor Side released her a few years ago and I continue to maintain her as a mother plant. I would love to grow her commercially here in Southern California or grow her commercially for a dispensary in Las Vegas. I’m truly trying to find a reason to keep this ( speciality) high cbd plant in my library ( garden ). I grow indoors, organically ( no pesticides nor herbicides ) and in soil, but I’m a true boutique farmer ( I grow only a pound every 2 months/grow cycle )

  3. Hester R.
    Harlequin needed in Michigan

    Harlequin is a highly versatile strain that should be in all plant based medicine cabinets. The trouble is…..you can’t find this strain anywhere in the metro-Detroit area. If you are a grower, please come to Michigan and grow this strain! I believe these high CBD strains will end up helping so many, if only we could find some.

  4. Joni

    I also love this strain. I do not get the paranoia like you do if you use any weed from the street. I love that I can function better. I suffer from anxiety, arthritis as well as neurologic and knee pain . I thank God that He has created this plant. I only pray that the government takes away the prohibition federal law on weed.

  5. Carmen Batty

    This is one of my favorite strains, I love it

  6. Ann Orth

    Bought it a week ago. Am really enjoying the effect of this strain

  7. Mary Westervelt

    Thank you for the info, nice article!

  8. Karla Jackson

    I find Harlequin as an extraordinarily beneficial strain for chronic pain.

  9. Nancy Wilkerson

    Harlequin is a rightstrain of inflammation. Thanks for the info.

  10. Mike

    Where can I purchase it at? I’m located in Fresno CA.
    Thank you !

  11. Art77

    A very functional strain. It gives an initial euphoric boost, numbing chronic pain , allowing for focus and
    a greatly improved mood, one of happiness. The earthy mango aroma is a bonus.

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