This potent strain is the legendary creation of the world-renowned cannabis breeders at Barney’s Farm, based in Amsterdam. It is one of many award-winning strains produced by Barney’s Farm, with this one scooping top prize in the 2010 High Times Cannabis Cup.
What is the Tangerine Dream Strain?
Tangerine Dream weed is a sativa/indica hybrid strain. This particular strain was formed when two indica varieties, namely G13 and Afghani, were combined with the sativa Neville’s A5 Haze. Tangerine Dream is an exceptionally potent strain of cannabis – its THC content averages around 19% but can reach a staggering 25% while its CBD level is approximately 0.10%.
One of the unique characteristics of Tangerine Dream is its ability to effectively provide pain relief as well as a high that makes smokers more alert and focused. For these reasons, Tangerine Dream should be considered as one of the go-to strains for people using cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Tangerine Dream Strain Aroma, Flavor and Appearance
Tangerine Dream produces large and chunky flowers with plentiful buds. Its leaves are forest green and the plant is heavily covered in sticky trichomes with vibrant orange pistils growing prominently among the leaves. This strain grows short and bushy and typically reaches about a meter in height when fully grown.
Unsurprisingly with a name like Tangerine Dream, this plant has a sweet, orange, citrusy flavor which is very pleasing to the palate. Its fragrance is similarly citrusy sweet, but combined with a dank, pungent, earthy, aroma.
Tangerine Dream Strain Grow Info
Tangerine Dream is generally considered to be a moderately difficult strain to grow. One of its advantages, however, is that it is naturally highly resistant to disease. This plant can be grown indoors or outdoors, in soil or hydroponically. Outdoors, Tangerine Dream thrives in a warm, dry climate and benefits from plenty of sunlight. The optimal temperature range for this cannabis strain is between 68-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The flowering period for Tangerine Dream is between 8-10 weeks, with October being the ideal month for harvesting. When grown outdoors, Tangerine Dream can yield approximately 16 ounces per square meter, with the indoor yield averaging slightly higher at 18 ounces per square meter.
Tangerine Dream thrives when grown hydroponically, particularly when combined with the Sea of Green (SOG) method. If you decide to use the SOG method you can begin by germinating your Tangerine Dream seeds or by using cuttings to create clones. You will have to do some heavy pruning during the vegetative stage in order to ensure good air circulation. Pruning this plant can be quite challenging due to its Haze genetics and resin production.
You can help boost the plant’s immune system by feeding it a variety of different macronutrients. Silica will help this plant form stronger cell walls which will lead to a healthier plant with thicker branches. Be sure to begin your feeding with above-average levels of nitrogen in the vegetative stage to get the most out of this plant.
Curing the Tangerine Dream plant’s buds will help preserve the citrusy orange flavor and help keep the smoke smooth. Begin the curing process by drying the buds. You can hang the buds upside down by the stem or alternatively, you can lay them on drying racks for a week to ten days.
It is essential that while drying the buds that you keep them in a dark room away from direct sunlight. Keep the temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity around 50%. Leave a small fan on in the room to help with air circulation.
It is important that the buds are completely dry in order to prevent mold from forming. The buds should be crisp on the outside. A useful tip to know when you can begin the next stage of the curing process is by performing the “snap test” on the plant’s smaller branches. They should snap rather than fold when you bend them.
When your 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 at least three times a day for around 5-10 minutes at a time in order to allow any moisture in the jars to escape and the buds to breathe.
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 but for those with more patience, curing for 4-6 weeks or even longer can produce even better results.
Medical Benefits of Tangerine Dream Strain
As already mentioned, Tangerine Dream should be one of the go-to strains for medicinal cannabis smokers. Its cerebral high induces a relaxed and calm mindset, which makes it a great stress reliever and effective treatment for anxiety.
Smokers of Tangerine Dream describe its effects as uplifting, instilling a feeling of happiness and euphoria followed by a more mellow and focused mindset. This positive effect on mood makes Tangerine Dream a useful drug for those who suffer from mood disorders such as depression.
Tangerine Dream is also useful for treating chronic pain and inflammation, making it a great strain of choice for those with arthritic pain. Its ability to relax the body also helps to ease muscle pain.
Possible Side Effects of the Tangerine Dream Strain
The number one negative side effect of smoking Tangerine Dream is dry mouth, with smokers rating this as 10 out of 10 in terms of severity. Other notable side effects are dry eyes and dizziness but smokers rate these side effects around 4 out of ten, making them less of a concern. Of greater concern is that overindulgence of this potent strain can lead to heightened anxiety and bouts of paranoia so careful, responsible use of Tangerine Dream is advised.
Smoking too much of this potent strain is also known to leave smokers feeling “couch-locked,” i.e. so stoned that you can’t get off the couch or function properly. Smokers of Tangerine Dream would be wise to stop smoking at the first sign of any of these negative effects.
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 smoker 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 will be able to enjoy all of the benefits Tangerine Dream has to offer.