This is one of the first marijuana strains to gain fame for its CBD content instead of the psychoactive high it provides. In case you are still not aware, cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is the most abundant non-intoxicating compound in cannabis. Its proponents suggest that CBD offers “healing without the high,” and it is widely used to treat medical conditions such as anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and chronic pain.
As Sour Tsunami is loaded with CBD, it is mooted as an option for patients in need of relief from their condition, but who also need to remain functional.
What is Sour Tsunami?
There is some debate as to the background of Sour Tsunami. There is no doubt that the strain was created by Lawrence Ringo, a famed breeder from the Southern Humboldt Seed Collective. The mystery surrounds the strains he used to breed his popular creation. We know that Sour Diesel is definitely involved. However, some people say it was crossed with Ferrari, while others claim that Ringo crossed Sour Diesel with NYC Diesel.
Ringo initially created Sour Tsunami to help ease the severe pain he suffered from a back condition. He didn’t want to use traditional medication and hoped to find a strain with a high enough CBD content to alleviate his symptoms. Today, it is a widely used medical marijuana option, especially in Michigan, California, and the Pacific Northwest.
By modern standards, the THC content of up to 10% is rather low. What makes this Sativa dominant (60%) hybrid special is its CBD content of up to 11%. As a result, you are guaranteed a CBD: THC ratio of at least 1:1 but a 3:1 or even a 4:1 ratio is more common. This means that while you still enjoy a high of sorts, potential negative side effects of THC, mainly paranoia and anxiety, are alleviated.
Sour Tsunami Aroma, Flavor, and Appearance
Sour Tsunami is identifiable by its dense, dark green buds which have dark green leaves. You may even spot purple tinges on the leaves. As you might expect given its background, Sour Tsunami has a scent of diesel, but you are also rewarded with slightly sweet undertones. There is also a hint of diesel in play when you smoke this strain, and the citrus, pine and woody traces provide you with a unique experience.
Sour Tsunami also has a detailed terpene profile. As you may know, a plant’s terpenes are responsible for its scent, but they also have potential medical benefits. The main terpenes in Sour Tsunami are Myrcene, Pinene, and Terpinolene.
Sour Tsunami Grow Information
It is best if you are an experienced grower when trying to cultivate Sour Tsunami. It is a strain that produces numerous phenotypes. In fact, it is believed that you only have a 25% chance of growing CBD-rich bud from seed. After the plants have been growing for about 3-4 weeks (before flowering), take samples from the plants and analyze them to see if they are producing lots of CBD. If they are, we recommend taking cuttings to use as clones for future harvests.
When you grow Sour Tsunami indoors, it takes 8-9 weeks to flower and produces up to 16 ounces of bud per square meter. If you elect to grow it outdoors, your yield will be up to 16 ounces per plant. Your crop should be ready for harvest by the middle of October.
Sour Tsunami Effects
If you are looking for a marijuana strain that gets you mind-numbingly high, Sour Tsunami is not for you. It doesn’t contain a great deal of THC, and the effects of the psychoactive compound are mitigated by the high CBD level. Although it is a Sativa dominant strain, don’t expect much in the way of a cerebral buzz.
On the plus side, you may experience a different kind of sensation, one that eases any pain you are feeling. If you find a phenotype with a lower CBD level and higher THC content, you may end up with a slight head high that makes you feel uplifted and focused. In general, Sour Tsunami is an excellent daytime strain.
Medical Benefits of Sour Tsunami
The high level of CBD means that Sour Tsunami is used for medicinal, rather than recreational, purposes. Sour Tsunami could act as a powerful analgesic and is primarily used to relieve chronic pain, migraines, and muscle spasms. Its CBD content also means Sour Tsunami can be used to treat the seizures associated with epilepsy.
If you find a low THC phenotype, you may even be able to administer it to children, although strains such as Charlotte’s Web are usually preferred. It is also common for patients with depression and stress to use Sour Tsunami because it could boost their mood.
Possible Negative Side Effects
Traditionally, marijuana’s side effects include paranoia and anxiety. However, you should not experience any such problems with Sour Tsunami. The main negative side effects associated with this strain include dry eyes and dry mouth. Make sure you have a glass of water ready.
Final Thoughts on this Marijuana Strain
If you need a marijuana strain that alleviates pain but ensures you remain on your toes all day, choose Sour Tsunami. It contains enough CBD to ward off any side effects associated with THC and keeps your mind clear all day. The entourage effect, a phenomenon whereby cannabinoids work better together rather than in isolation, means that Sour Tsunami could be one of the most effective forms of medicinal marijuana on the market.