When you hear the name Mimosa, you may picture yourself lounging beside the pool with the famous champagne and orange juice cocktail in your hand, basking in the warm sunshine. However, If you have been paying attention to up and coming cannabis strains like the Mimosa strain from Symbiotic Genetics, you are probably picturing a joint in your hand rather than the cocktail.
What is the Mimosa Strain?
Mimosa is a sativa-dominant hybrid (70% sativa: 30% indica) strain which was bred by combining the sativa Clementine and the indica Purple Punch. Mimosa’s popularity has been steadily growing since its arrival on the cannabis scene in 2017. Smokers of Mimosa weed love this strain’s cerebral high and uplifting effects. Following the initial euphoric buzz which tapers off gradually, you are left feeling happy, uplifted and energized.
Mimosa has a modest CBD level of 0.05% but a much more potent THC level which averages around 19-22%, so, just as if you were a bit of a lightweight drinker, you wouldn’t down a dozen Mimosa cocktails, a similarly responsible approach is required when smoking Mimosa weed. Novice cannabis smokers would be wise to try a little at first just to see how they handle Mimosa’s effects. More seasoned cannabis smokers should find Mimosa far more manageable and enjoyable.
Mimosa Strain Aroma, Flavor and Appearance
Mimosa’s delicious citrusy aroma and flavor are yet more reasons why this strain has become so popular among cannabis smokers. Mimosa has inherited all of those wonderfully delicious citrusy orange aromas and flavors from its parent strain Clementine, and these are infused with more subtle earthy and sour flavors.
Appearance wise Mimosa has a dense coating of large cone-shaped buds with a heavy covering of milky-white trichomes. Hints of purple hues, reminiscent of its parent strain Purple Punch, contrast beautifully with the heavily frosted look of the Mimosa plant. Bright orange pistils which grow prominently around the leaves and wintergreen calyxes make a Mimosa plant a sight to behold.
Mimosa Grow Info
The key to Mimosa’s deliciously sweet citrusy orange flavor lies in its terpene profile (discussed in greater detail in Mimosa’s Medical Benefits section below). There are a number of ways to help Mimosa’s terpenes reach their full potential and thus maximize the plant’s flavors. One is the quality of the soil you choose to grow the Mimosa plant in. It is highly recommended that you use a complex healthy soil medium rich in essential nutrients which will help to nourish the plant during its different growth stages. You can purchase a super soil mix in a bag for about twenty to thirty bucks or try your hand at creating your own.
Alternatively, you can provide the Mimosa plant with some of the essential macronutrients it needs at different stages of its growth. You can start off by applying above-average levels of nitrogen in the vegetative stage followed by high levels of phosphorus and potassium when in the flowering stage to help maximize the terpene content.
You can further enhance Mimosa’s citrusy orange flavor after harvesting by curing the buds. To do this, start off by drying the buds, either by hanging them upside down or placing them on a drying rack for seven to ten days. The buds need to be completely dry so 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 Mimosa 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 the Mimosa Strain
Mimosa has many medical benefits thanks to its sativa-dominant genetics. Mimosa contains a significant amount of the terpenes limonene, beta-caryophyllene and linalool. Both limonene and linalool are believed to elevate mood while beta-caryophyllene is believed to be an effective stress reliever. It is hardly surprising then that Mimosa’s effects are good for reducing stress levels and treating mood disorders such as depression.
Mimosa is also considered to be an effective pain reliever, useful for treating headaches, joint and muscular pain among other painful conditions. Mimosa’s energizing effects are great for sufferers of chronic fatigue who are looking for a much-needed energy boost to help them get through a busy day. Mimosa’s use as an antiemetic is rated fairly low, as is its use as an appetite enhancer.
Possible Side Effects of the Mimosa Strain
The main negative side effect associated with smoking Mimosa weed is dry mouth, which smokers of this strain rate at ten out of ten for severity. The next highest rated side effect is dry eyes. In much rarer cases some people have reported feeling heightened anxiety, dizziness, as well as mild bouts of paranoia. These negative effects are more likely to be experienced by novice smokers, less accustomed to strains with higher THC contents.
Mimosa’s energizing effects make it more of a “wake and bake” strain which means that you are better off avoiding this strain late at night if you intend on going to sleep anytime soon after smoking it. Another side effect associated with smoking Mimosa weed is the crash experienced later in the day after the initial euphoric high and energizing buzz has worn off.
Final Thoughts on Mimosa Strain
Mimosa’s popularity is only increasing and it is easy to see why. Its energizing and uplifting effect makes smoking Mimosa weed an enjoyable experience for both the recreational and medicinal cannabis smoker. Its relatively high THC content makes Mimosa a more suitable strain for an experienced rather a novice cannabis smoker.