This strain is named after the late Howard Marks, a.k.a. Mr. Nice, who achieved legendary status among the cannabis community during his non-conventional life. To say that Marks lived a very unorthodox life is a bit of an understatement. Having graduated from Oxford University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, his life took a very different path to what most people, and arguably he, would have expected it to take.
Long story short, Marks ultimately got involved in large-scale cannabis smuggling, something which would see him sentenced to 25 years in prison. Having served only seven years, Marks, who was described as a “model prisoner,” was released on parole. After his release from prison, Marks’ autobiography, “Mr. Nice” was published in 1996, and went on to become a bestseller, selling over a million copies worldwide.
Marks stood for election in four different constituencies in the 1997 general election in the U.K., running on the single issue of advocating for the legalization of cannabis. A life in politics wasn’t to be and, among other things, Marks divided his time between performing his one-man comedy show, writing as a columnist for Loaded magazine, and giving talks where he detailed his life as a cannabis smuggler to captivated audiences.
What Is Mr. Nice?
This strain by Sensi Seeds was originally named G13XHP. The Mr. Nice strain is a cross between Government 13 (G13) and the Hash Plant, so you can see where it got its original name from. It was released as a limited-edition strain initially and was taken off the market in the 1980s. When Sensi Seeds decided to re-release the strain in 1999, they renamed it Mr. Nice in honor of Howard Marks.
The Mr. Nice strain is a heavily indica-dominant hybrid (80:20) whose effects are said to kick in slowly and gently. Its deeply relaxing effect is also accompanied by a strong, pleasant, uplifting high. As the strain’s initial high begins to fade, its indica effects come more to the fore, producing a deep body-melt which can lead to a feeling of being couch-locked.
One of the effects of the Mr. Nice strain is that it causes smokers of this weed to become sleepy; therefore, it is recommended for evening or night time use rather than daytime use.
Mr. Nice weed’s fragrance is described as being sweet and spicy combined with a pungent, skunky, and earthy odor.
The Mr. Nice strain has a pungent, earthy flavor which is offset by a blend of sweeter and spicier flavors. Smokers of this weed say that it also has hints of pine with a woody taste on the exhale.
A Mr. Nice plant tends to remain relatively short and compact when fully grown. It produces dark green leaves with dense buds, which are heavily frosted with resinous trichomes. Rusty-orange pistils grow prominently among the leaves of a Mr. Nice plant.
Mr. Nice Grow Info:
A Mr. Nice plant is rated as being moderately difficult to grow. It is naturally highly resistant to disease, which helps, but it is considered unsuitable for a novice grower to try their hand at cultivating. When grown outdoors, this plant will flourish in a warm and dry climate with plenty of sunshine.
The flowering period for this plant can be as short as 60 days, with mid to late October being the ideal time of year for outdoor harvesting. Those growing their Mr. Nice plant indoors can expect an average yield of approximately 14 ounces per square meter, while a plant grown outdoors will yield approximately 16 ounces per plant.
THC Content – Highest Test
The highest THC content recorded in a sample of the Mr. Nice strain is believed to be 19%. More typically, though, the average THC content of this strain tends to be between 13-16%.
CBD Content – Highest Test
The highest known CBD level recorded in a Mr. Nice strain is approximately 1.0%.
Medical Benefits of the Mr. Nice Strain
The Mr. Nice strain’s dominant indica genetics, coupled with its relatively high CBD content, make this strain an excellent choice for the medicinal cannabis smoker. The deeply relaxing body-melt feeling makes this strain an excellent choice for people suffering from a whole host of painful conditions, including arthritis, muscular pain, and lower back pain, to name just a few.
This strain’s deeply relaxing effects also make this strain great at relieving stress and for unwinding after a long and busy day. As this strain is known to have a soporific effect, it also a great choice for people with insomnia.
While the Mr. Nice strain is a heavily indica strain, its sativa genetics also produce a mood-boosting and uplifting effect. For this reason, medicinal cannabis smokers suffering from mood disorders such as depression and anxiety will experience relief, albeit temporary, from the negative effects of these conditions.
Possible Side Effects of the Mr. Nice Strain
Smokers of the Mr. Nice strain are likely to experience the more common side effects like dry mouth and dry eyes. A novice cannabis smoker, or a person who overindulges on this strain, may find themselves being couch-locked due to the deep body-melt this strain produces. While this may not be an issue if you are happy to sit back and relax, some may find this unsettling.
Some smokers of this strain have also reported feeling dizzy, or experienced heightened anxiety, or had a mild headache after smoking Mr. Nice weed.
Final Thoughts About Mr. Nice:
While this strain is suitable for both the recreational and the medicinal cannabis smoker, it is arguably better suited to the latter category due to the many health benefits it has to offer. Its relatively high CBD content (approximately 1%) coupled with its heavily indica-dominant genetics make this strain an excellent choice for people suffering from painful conditions, as well as stress and insomnia.
The recreational smoker will also enjoy the uplifting effects of this strain, but it is important to limit your use of this strain to evening or nighttime, as it can leave you couch-locked.