Name: Big Bud
Type: Hybrid (indica dominant)
Genetics: Afghani x Skunk #1 x Northern Lights #1
Big Bud (often called California Big Bud) is a classic favorite, and with good reason. This plant has the traits that so many marijuana growers and enthusiasts are looking for: prodigious growth and a desirable high. Big Bud is an indica-dominant strain (85% indica, 15% sativa) with a very fitting name. The strain's reputation is well warranted because the plant produces large, hulking buds with phenomenal yields, making it an ideal strain for "cash croppers."
Like so many hybrid strains that came out of the late 1980s-early 1990s, Big Bud's original history and genetics are debatable. Some think it was originally a pure indica, land race strain—meaning that it grew naturally in the wild—and was then selectively bred. What we do know is that Big Bud virtually came out of nowhere as a true underdog and won the 1989 Cannabis Cup, immediately gaining the strain's legendary status. New Age geneticists with all their technology and current scientific data have yet to create a strain with as consistently of a high yield as Big Bud. In fact, with the same space Big Bud yields more than any other strain—and in a short period of time, too.
Looks and Smell
Obviously, the distinguishing feature of the Big Bud marijuana strain from other Skunk hybrids, or any strain for that matter, is that fact that it produces huge buds. The gigantic buds are bigger than the leaf, so you might have to support the branches (especially the lower ones) on your own since the large, heavy buds tend to bend the branches downward. The strain usually does not get too tall; it will only get up to 15-20 inches, making it ideal for indoor gardens. The buds themselves are dark green in color, covered in light orange snowy hairs and quite frosty. The nugs from this batch were really quite dank smelling with almost a musty quality. There were also some sweet undertones going on—a bit of grape mixed with some other fruity flavors I can't quite put my finger on, and occasionally a bit of sourness would waft by my nose.
This strain had a fairly mellow onset with not a very strong buzz at the start in regard to effects. However, it does seem to be an effective strain. Despite the major influence from Skunk #1, Big Bud does not posess the same kind of deadening effects (a.k.a., couch-lock) you would normally expect from an indica-dominant strain. In fact, many people have been surprised by the smoothness of the smoke and the strain's ability to produce an energetic rather than lethargic high. In reality, Big Bud fits somewhere in between those two (indica/sativa) extremes, and neither knocks you out nor perks you up to any major degree.
The effects from the smoke last for quite some time (over two hours is common). The fruity, grape-like taste and smell the smoke produced was very appealing and had me trying to get in as many "green rips" as possible while sharing with other TheNug.com staffers.
Winner of the Cannabis Cup in both 1989 and 1996, this now classic strain first started appearing in the late 1980s and has continued to stick around and remain relevant in the highly competitive cannabis scene. The Big Bud strain lives up to its name—it is a huge producer with a respectable THC content (17% average, a little low for my tastes, but I'm a THC snob...), simple as that. With a relatively short flowering time (as little as fifty days) and a low percentage of leaves and branches, this strain can produce up to 550 grams per plant in optimum conditions. Do the math, that's a really nice yield.
It’s an indica-dominant hybrid, leaning more toward the indica tendencies. The high is mellow with a sweet, spicy taste that gives you a more indica-style body high. Because the strain has some powerful sedative effects, it is often used by people seeking relief from insomnia, chronic headaches and migraines, stress, anxiety, minor aches and pains, appetite issues, and nausea.
Overall, Big Bud creates an atmosphere of pure relaxation, and as a result most recommend it as a nighttime strain, although as an experienced smoker, I had no problem with daytime use. I see Big Bud less and less these days, passed over for the new flavor of the week at most dispensaries. However, I have witnessed a Big Bud nug the size of a human head in my day—what other strain can boast that?
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