South American is not technically a distinct strain of cannabis; it rather refers to a grouping of cannabis strains which come from the South American continent. The South American group consists of what are known as landraces, which are strains that have not been crossbred with other strains. They are naturally growing hemp strains. These landrace strains are often 100% sativa strains and offer a mental high, as opposed to a physical one. The THC content of the South American strains is often between 10% and 19%. The flavors are usually very fruity and tropical, as well as very herby and grassy.
Being that it has a high THC content and that it is primarily a sativa strain of cannabis, the South American strains will not affect you physically as much as they will mentally. So if you are looking for a strain that will make you nice and tired, or relax your muscles, the South American strains may be a little bit too stimulating for you. If you are looking, however, for a strain that will energize you, increase creativity, and give you a euphoric high, South American strains could be that hit you were looking for.
Many people like the South American strains for that mental high that can increase your social skills, make you think more clearly, energize you, and treat your ADHD symptoms. With their ability to help you focus, many people use them as a daytime strain because they may help you get things done.
What are the South American Strains?
The term ‘South American’ refers to South American landraces. South American strains don’t explicitly relate to one specific strain but rather to hemp strains from South America that are landraces. This means that they have not been crossbred with other strains to produce a hybrid, but are found naturally occuring. Many of these strains are pure sativa strains and contain high levels of THC. Oftentimes, these strains are very fruity, tropical, and exotic in flavor and aroma, which attracts many fruit fans.
They are definitely more of a lifter-upper than a relaxer. South American strains are noted to have the ability to give you energy, make you feel more creative, increase focus, productivity and attention. They are often reserved for daytime use since they can help you to be more productive and alert rather than sleepy and relaxed. Due to the euphoric effect that these strains can produce, though, many have found that they help with anxiety and depression.
The smoke of the South American strains is smooth and often somewhat piney and citrusy. The flavors are very fruity and grassy as well. With a very globular and extravagant appearance, the South American strains are equally as visually impressive as they are in terms of flavor and aroma.
South American Strains: Aroma, Flavor and Appearance
Aroma : The South American marijuana strains are often very musky and piney. But upon crushing and grinding the buds, you may notice a potent smell reminiscent of ammonia.
Flavor: The flavor of South American marijuana is often very tropical and fruity as it is found in the southern hemisphere where such fruits grow. It is also very earthy and grassy at the same time, so it produces a very unique flavor. The smoke has been noted to be very smooth, however, and many people like how effortlessly it is taken in.
Appearance: The South American plants are very large and can be described as somewhat globular in appearance. The buds are very tight at the core but have feathered leaves intertwined between them, giving the plants a very spectacular appearance. The buds are also moss green colored and, depending on the weather the plant is exposed to, can have shades of purple interlaced.
South American Strain Grow Info
You cannot get South American strain seeds online for sale because they are not commercially available, but if you do happen to come across a plant, you can take clippings and start your own grow. If you do happen to get your hands on some South American strains, though, you can grow them either indoors or outdoors.
They prefer a moist and humid environment similar to that which they grow in the southern hemisphere, so make sure you have plenty of moisture. If you live in a drier climate, you may be better to grow indoors so you can control the humidity levels a little better.
The flowering time for the South American strain indoors is also a bit longer than most strains, with an average around 10 weeks to start seeing flowers. When growing outdoors, you can expect to start seeing flowers around mid-October.
Luckily, the South American strains are often resistant to mold and mildew, so all that extra humidity which they so crave will not affect their quality or make them moldy. The indoor method yields around 15 ounces per square meter and the outdoor method yields about 18 oz per plant. So for the South American strains, the outdoor method seems to be the more prosperous method if you are willing to wait until October for harvest.
THC Content – Highest Test
Among the South American cannabis group, the highest THC content has been found to be at 21%.
CBD Content – Highest Test
The CBD content of the South American strains is usually 0%.
Medical Benefits of South American Strains
A lot of people love the South American strains for their mere mental and buzzy high. They have the ability to increase alertness, focus, energy, and help you to focus on the task at hand. They can help with relaxation, but they will not make you sleepy or tired per se. The most common medical conditions that people use South American strains for are for treating ADHD symptoms, depression, and migraines. Due to their ability to bring about euphoria, people suffering from depression have found them especially useful.
Possible Side Effects of South American Strains
People who are prone to THC sensitivity or sensitivity in general are told to exercise caution when smoking South American strains. They can increase paranoia and bring about anxiety to those who are either new to the world of cannabis or simply sensitive to THC. They can also cause cottonmouth (or dry mouth), dry eyes, and dizziness.
With the right preparation, however, you can minimize the risk of side effects such as being well hydrated before smoking and being sure to start small and work your way up to larger amounts.
Final Thoughts on South American Strains
The South American strains are pretty pure in genetics as they are found straight from the ground and not mixed with any other strains to produce a hybrid. As a result, these are pure strains that have high concentrations of THC. They will not produce a soft and tiring sort of high and will increase your energy levels since they provide a more mental sort of buzz. Many people use them to help treat conditions such as ADHD, migraines, and depression, but people also use them to become more focused, alert, and relaxed. If you are sensitive to THC, you may want to start small or just be prepared, because the South American strains are pretty high in THC.
So overall, if you are looking for a strain that does more lifting than it does relaxing, the South American strains may be for you. With the ability to help with many conditions of the mind, they work wonders for those suffering from any attention disorders or disorders such as depression as well.