The Pink Champagne strain is another impressive hybrid created by legendary cannabis breeder Ken Estes. Estes is undoubtedly best-known in the cannabis world for creating one of the highest quality strains of all time, Granddaddy Purple. It is of little surprise, then, that Pink Champagne, a descendant of Ken’s Granddaddy Purp’, is growing in popularity among cannabis smokers everywhere.
The Pink Champagne strain is known by a number of other names, such as Wow Kush, Raspberry Kush, Phantom, or Ken’s Phantom. It is also regularly and wrongly confused with Phantom Cookies which is an entirely separate strain.
What is the Pink Champagne Strain?
The Pink Champagne strain is a cross between the indica Granddaddy Purple and the hybrid Cherry Pie. While it is an indica-dominant strain (which is believed to be as high as 80:20), its effects tend to kick in rather quickly. Smokers of Pink Champagne weed say that they first experience a gentle pressure in their face and temples just before the strain’s effects take hold.
The heavy, lazy feeling that Pink Champagne weed brings about makes this strain best suited to evening use and for relaxation purposes. It’s perfect for people looking to de-stress and unwind after a busy day.
The Pink Champagne fragrance is a mixture of sweet, fruity notes, likened to blueberries, grapes, and cherries, blended with a danker, skunky odor. The muskier skunky smell is stronger when the buds are ground up. The good news is that Pink Champagne produces smoke which is smooth and easy on the throat; however, the smoke does have quite a strong, pungent odor which makes smoking this strain discreetly quite difficult.
Pink Champagne has a sweet fruity flavor, which has been described as a combination of grapes and berries. Smokers of Pink Champagne weed say that a slightly malty, yeasty taste is also detectable along with its fruity flavors on the exhale.
A mature Pink Champagne plant has a typical indica-style appearance with leaves tightly coiled around their central stems. Pink Champagne’s flowers are quite small and bunched together while its densely packed buds are coated with sticky trichomes. Growing prominently among the leaves are curly, orange pistils, which are the female reproductive organs of the plant designed to catch pollen from male plants.
This plant’s bright green leaves can also have hints of purple in them inherited from its parent strain, Granddaddy Purple. The purplish hue is believed to be due to the presence of anthocyanin pigments which are brought out by “shocking” or exposing the plant to cold temperatures shortly before flowering.
Pink Champagne Strain Grow Info
While Pink Champagne seeds may not be available, if prospective growers of this strain can source clippings of another mature Pink Champagne plant, they will be able to grow a clone. This plant can be grown indoors or outdoors, and it especially thrives in a warm, semi-humid climate with average daily temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
As mentioned above, if growers want to bring out Pink Champagne’s purplish colors, then they will need to expose this plant to cold (but not freezing) temperatures just before flowering. The flowering period for this strain is believed to be between 9-10 weeks with mid to late October being the ideal time of year for outdoor harvesting.
THC Content – Highest Test
While the THC level of Pink Champagne weed can be as low as 13%, THC levels in samples of this strain have been recorded as high as 23%.
CBD Content – Highest Test
The CBD content of Pink Champagne is believed to be around 1%, which makes this strain an excellent choice for medicinal cannabis smokers.
Medical Benefits of the Pink Champagne Strain
Smokers of Pink Champagne weed say that it is excellent at relieving migraines and milder headaches. It is also very effective at relaxing both body and mind, relieving muscle aches and pains as well as reducing stress.
As Pink Champagne’s indica effects take hold, smokers of this strain say that they start to feel so relaxed and heavy that it eventually makes them sleepy. The deeply relaxing and sleep-inducing effect of Pink Champagne weed makes this strain an excellent choice for people with insomnia.
Possible Side Effects of the Pink Champagne Strain
Smokers of Pink Champagne weed are likely to experience this strain’s more common side effects such as dry mouth and dry eyes. Those unused to more potent strains or who consume too much in one sitting may become couch-locked as a result.
If you are happy to sit back and relax and have a relaxing evening in then, this won’t be an issue, but if you have any urgent tasks to attend to then, it is probably a good idea not to smoke this weed beforehand.
Final Thoughts on the Pink Champagne Strain
The Pink Champagne strain offers many benefits to both the recreational and the medicinal cannabis smoker. The recreational smoker will enjoy the lazy vibes which this strain brings about, ideal for chilling out and relaxing in the evening after a hard day at the office.
The medicinal smoker, on the other hand, will enjoy the many health benefits this strain has to offer. As well as being an effective stress reliever, this strain is great for treating painful conditions ranging from muscle aches and pains to migraines.
One of the main drawbacks of this strain is that it is likely to cause those who smoke too much of it to become couch-locked. While this will be a hindrance for most people, for people with insomnia, this total body relaxation combined with its sleep-inducing effect may just be the solution for getting some much-needed sleep.