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Why we love "Shotgun Willie"
This strain is named after the world-renowned American country singer and living legend Willie Nelson. Nelson is a hugely popular figure among the cannabis community due to his active campaigning for the legalization of marijuana for decades.
As well as being an activist for cannabis legalization, Nelson is also a co-chair on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). In 2015, Nelson’s love of marijuana led him to set up his own cannabis company named Willie’s Reserve, which sells cannabis-based products.
So how does the strain named after one of the most famous activists for cannabis legalization measure up? Well, the Willie Nelson strain was awarded the top prize in the Best Sativa Category in the 2005 High Times Cannabis Cup. Rumor has it that the great man himself was so impressed by his namesake strain that he bought the whole first crop after trying it!
What is the Willie Nelson Strain?
The Willie Nelson strain is a sativa hybrid bred by Reeferman seeds. It is a cross between two landrace strains, namely the sativas Nepalese and South Asian Sativa. Willie Nelson weed produces an uplifting euphoric and cerebral high, which makes smokers of this strain happy and giggly. This one is a great social strain to enjoy with friends.
Smokers of Willie Nelson weed say that it makes them think more abstractly and creatively, which is why this strain is so popular among artists looking for a little inspiration. The uplifting and euphoric effects of this strain make it much more suitable for daytime or early evening use.
Willie Nelson weed’s fragrance is a combination of a sweet, citrusy, lemongrass smell, fused with earthy and sour aromas.
Smokers of Willie Nelson weed say that this strain has a sweet, citrusy, lemongrass flavor with a noticeable taste of pine on the inhale. More pungent and sweet flavors are more prominent on the exhale.
A mature Willie Nelson plant grows quite tall and produces conical-shaped flowers with dense and tight buds which are covered in a generous coating of resinous trichomes. This plant is also covered in reddish-orange pistils which make this “Red Headed Stranger” quite a beautiful sight. (Red Headed Stranger, apart from being the name of one of Willie Nelson’s albums, is also the name of another cannabis strain which was named in Nelson’s honor).
Willie Nelson Strain Grow Info
The number one consideration when growing a Willie Nelson plant is that it can grow quite tall. If growing indoors in particular, it will be essential to top or FIM this plant during the vegetative stage to keep its height under control. Topping the Willie Nelson plant involves cutting the tip of the main stem, ideally at a 45-degree angle, using sterile scissors. This will encourage the development of two new colas as well as secondary branches.
Alternatively, growers may opt for another high-stress training (HST) technique known as FIMming. While topping involves neatly cutting off the whole tip of the main stem, FIMming involves cutting approximately 75% of it. Cultivators use the FIMming technique to increase the number of new colas. Whereas topping will produce two new colas, FIMming can produce four or more.
Growers of the Willie Nelson strain also recommend using the Screen of Green (SCROG) or Sea of Green (SOG) method to maximize light exposure to the lower parts of the plant. Some regular pruning will help to improve air circulation and keep the shape of the Willie Nelson plant under control.
A Willie Nelson plant thrives in a warm, sunny climate. This plant tends to take a little longer than your average strain to flower. The flowering period for this plant is usually between 10-12 weeks with November being the ideal time of year for outdoor harvesting.
Those growing their Willie Nelson plant indoors can expect an average yield of approximately 18 ounces per square meter. The average yield from a Willie Nelson plant grown outdoors is around 22 ounces per plant, which makes it worth the extra wait.
THC Content – Highest Test
The highest known THC level recorded in a sample of Willie Nelson weed is 22%. The typical THC level of this strain ranges between 18-22%.
CBD Content – Highest Test
The CBD content of an average Willie Nelson sample is approximately 0.05%.
Medical Benefits of the Willie Nelson Strain
The euphoric high that Willie Nelson weed produces makes this strain great for offering temporary relief from the negative feelings associated with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Similarly, the good vibes brought about by smoking this strain also help to reduce stress.
Smokers of Willie Nelson weed say that it is also useful for treating painful conditions, ranging from headaches to arthritic and muscular pain. The initial buzz also gives smokers of this strain a short-term energy boost, which makes it useful for counteracting fatigue.
Possible Side Effects of the Willie Nelson Strain
Smokers of the Willie Nelson strain should only experience some mild side effects such as the usual dry mouth and to a lesser extent, dry eyes. As this strain has a relatively high THC level, (ranging between 18-22%) novice smokers or smokers who consume too much in one sitting may experience heightened paranoia, but this is much less commonly reported among smokers of this strain.
Final Thoughts on the Willie Nelson Strain
When a strain is named in someone’s honor, particularly when that person is an icon among the cannabis community, you hope that it doesn’t disappoint. Thankfully, the Willie Nelson strain is an award winner, just like the legend himself.
Smokers of this strain will enjoy its uplifting high, so why not share this one with friends, put on some Willie Nelson music, and have a few tokes in his honor.