This potent strain is a legendary creation of the world-renowned breeders over at Barney’s Farm in Amsterdam. As a winner of the 2010 High Times Cannabis Cup, let’s take a look at some of Tangerine Dream’s most defining qualities.
What is the Tangerine Dream Strain?
Tangerine Dream is a hybrid strain bred from G13, Afghani (both indicas) and Neville’s A5 Haze, a sativa. Tangerine Dream is an exceptionally potent strain of cannabis – its THC content averages around 19% but can reach a staggering 25%. CBD levels are usually around 0.10%.
One of the unique characteristics of Tangerine Dream is its ability to provide effective pain relief. It’s also known to produce cerebral effects that make the consumer feel more alert and focused.
Tangerine Dream is a go-to strain for people using cannabis for medicinal pain relief. And fortunately, it’s a common find in many West Coast dispensaries.
Tangerine Dream Strain Aroma, Flavor and Appearance
Tangerine Dream produces large, dense buds that are heavily covered in sticky trichomes and vibrant orange pistils. The plant is bushy, and typically reaches about a meter in height when fully grown.
True to its name, Tangerine Dream has a sweet, orange, citrusy flavor which is very pleasing to the palate. Its fragrance has a similar citrus sweetness, but is combined with a dank, pungent, earthy, aroma.
Tangerine Dream Strain Grow Info
Tangerine Dream is a moderately difficult strain to grow. One advantage is that it is naturally resistant to disease. The plant can be grown indoors or outdoors, and in soil or hydroponically. Outdoors, Tangerine Dream thrives in a warm, dry climate and benefits from plenty of sunlight. The optimal temperature range is between 68-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The flowering period for Tangerine Dream is between 8-10 weeks. When grown outdoors, Tangerine Dream can yield approximately 16 ounces of flower per square meter. Indoor yields average slightly higher, at roughly 18 ounces per square meter.
Tangerine Dream thrives when grown hydroponically — particularly when combined with the Sea of Green (SOG) method. You will have to do some heavy pruning during the vegetative stage however in order to ensure good air circulation and light exposure. Pruning this plant can be challenging, however, due to heavy resin production.
Supplementing the plant with a variety of macronutrients will help ensure good health and stronger resistance to pathogens. Silica is known to help form stronger cell walls, resulting in a healthier plant with thicker branches and leaves that are less penetrable to microbial spores (such as powdery mildew).
Where should you start?
Be sure to begin your feeding with sufficient levels of nitrogen in the vegetative stage, as this will encourage leaf development for photosynthesis. Also,
Curing the properly dried buds will help preserve terpene profile and maintain THC content. You can hang the buds upside down by the stem, or alternatively you can lay them on drying racks for five to ten days.
It is essential during the drying process to keep the buds in a dark room away from direct sunlight. Keep the temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity around 50%.
Placing a small fan in the room can help with air circulation, but make sure the buds aren’t getting excessively dried out. Ensuring properly dried bud will greatly prevent mold formation.
Additional information on how to grow Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream buds should be crisp on the outside. A useful technique to indicate moisture content is to employ the “snap test” on the plant’s smaller branches. Stems should snap rather than fold when you bend them.
When the buds are completely dry, seal them in an airtight container (such as a wide-mouthed mason jar). Store the jars in a cool, dry place. During the first week, you will need to open the jars (known as burping) at least three times a day for around 5-10 minutes at a time in order to allow excess moisture and gasses in the jars to escape.
After the first week, you should only open the jars a few times per week for 5-10 minutes (for the same reasons as above). Curing for two to three weeks is usually long enough to produce amazing results. For those with more patience, however, curing for 4-6 weeks can produce even better results. Keep in mind, curing times will vary based on bud size, environmental factors, and moisture content.
Medical Benefits of Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream is a go-to strain for many medicinal cannabis users. Consumers of Tangerine Dream describe its effects as uplifting, instilling a feeling of happiness and euphoria followed by a mellow and focused mindset.
This positive effect on mood makes Tangerine Dream a useful strain for those who suffer from mood disorders and depression. The cerebral high induces a relaxed and calm mindset, which makes it a great stress reliever and an effective treatment for anxiety.
Tangerine Dream is also useful for treating chronic pain and inflammation. It is a great strain for those with arthritic pain, and the relaxing effect helps ease muscle pain.
Possible Side Effects of the Tangerine Dream Strain
The number one negative side effect of smoking Tangerine Dream is dry mouth. Other side effects are dry eyes and dizziness, but these are less of an issue.
Overindulgence of this potent strain can lead to heightened anxiety and bouts of paranoia so be careful — responsible use of Tangerine Dream is advisable.
In terms of how much to consume, start low and go slow when trying any new strain until you are familiar with how your body reacts. Consuming higher amounts of a potent strain like Tangerine Dream can leave smokers feeling “couch-locked.” In other words, it can relax you to the point you can’t get off the couch or function properly.
Final Thoughts on Tangerine Dream Strain
For the medicinal cannabis user, Tangerine Dream is a great choice. Its ability to boost mood and help alleviate stress and anxiety – while still allowing the consumer to function at a high level – is one of its many advantages.
However, anyone considering trying out this particular strain should bear in mind that it is one of the most potent strains of cannabis out there. As long as you don’t overindulge, you should be able to enjoy the benefits of Tangerine Dream.