Name: Maui Wowie
Type: Hybrid (sativa dominant)
Genetics: Unknown (Hawaiian Islands)
Maui Wowie is a sativa-dominant hybrid that originated as an outdoor grow somewhere on the island of Maui and almost immediately spread to all the Hawaiian Islands. From there, this old school strain has spread its wonderful genetics all over the world, becoming a true classic over the past few decades.
Maui Wowie brings the spirit of the islands with its tropical aroma and taste, as well as the euphoric and uplifting sativa high. Maui Wowie was one of the first strains to see its THC levels drastically increase. During the mid-1960s at the time of Maui Wowie's initial breeding, the THC content of an average strain of marijuana was quite low (almost always under 8%). Maui Wowie, on the other hand, featured THC content well into the teens and quickly became one of the most desirable strains available at the time. These days it is known as more of mid-to-high grade medication that provides your typical sativa high with a few indica perks. It's not that Maui Wowie's THC content has gone down, per say, it’s more that all the other strains and hybrid strains have caught up and even surpassed this legendary strain in THC figures. (These days the THC average is around 16% - 20%).
Looks and Smell
The batch of Maui Wowie I got my hands on was relatively airy (your typical sativa structure) coated with thick, light orange pistils. Overall it had a light green color with a few streaks of darker green here and there. A modest dusting of trichromes was visible to the naked eye, but definitely not as frosty as some of the other strains I've come across lately. There were a few leaves in the bud, but overall it was well manicured and nicely cured. Maui Wowie has a very subtle, fruity aroma. It is not overpowering, even when I stuck my nose deep in the bag, but it was pleasant, bright, and tropical. The strain smells like mango with a hint of lime and pine, all sweet, tangy notes with a slightly sour undertone.
I started to feel the effects of the Maui Wowie right away, especially around my eyes and temples. It is an excellent sativa-like high, with heightened selective sensory perception and a general feeling of well being. After about 20 minutes, the more intense effects dissipated into a comfortable head-wrap high that left my mind clear and my body in a state of relaxation. Maui Wowie presents a very uplifting high without an overwhelming physical component.
The smoke is mellow, making it a good choice for beginners or people with sensitive lungs and throat. Maui Wowie exhibits many characteristics of a sativa high, like euphoria, energy, creative stimulation, and mental clarity, but since it is a hybrid it also has a few qualities normally found in indica strains, like heightened sensory perception and a pleasant body buzz. It is easy to see why Maui Wowie has been a classic choice throughout cannabis history.
It had been years since I first tried this strain, and like long lost friends, I was happy to be reacquainted. The euphoric high, tropical scent, and bright colors make for an aesthetically pleasing, well-rounded smoke experience.
Maui Wowie is so popular and well known that its name became one of the many slang terms for marijuana during the ’60s and ’70s. Unfortunately the original lineage has been lost; in its heyday, almost any cannabis coming from the Hawaiian Islands was referred to as Maui Wowie, further obscuring the origins of the strain.
Maui Wowie has been found effective in the treatment of stress, anxiety, chronic depression, minor aches and pains, chronic migraines, and appetite issues. A favorite for outdoor gardens with good pest and mold resistance (they like it hot), however indoor cultivation of this strain is not out of the question. Overall a solid daytime choice, as the lower THC content and sativa traits allow one to function normally and get things done. So let Maui Wowie take you on a vacation for a few hours—it's cheaper than airfare to Hawaii.
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