Type: Hybrid (sativa dominant)
Genetics: California Orange (Cali O) x [Skunk #1 x Unknown]
The Tangie strain is one of those names I have heard about around the Northern California cannabis scene, seen on many ‘best of’ lists, and thus has been on my ‘to smoke’ list for many months now, but this strain has acted more like Bigfoot in its elusiveness than any hybrid strain I've recently set out to find. This is not to say that Tangie is impossible to find. Quite the contrary, I know it is around more and more as it gains popularity and a following.
Tangie did in fact take first place at the 2013 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam for Best Seed Company Sativa. This was way back before Amsterdam decided to start shutting down the High Times Cannabis Cup, but that is a story for another day. What I'm getting at is every time I show up at one of my fave Bay area dispensaries, it’s always a ‘just missed it’ or ‘it will be in tomorrow’ type deal. (My favorite is, "You should have seen the Tangie we just had in—we couldn't keep it on the shelves," just to rub it in my face. But finally, I did score, and I'm here to let you know it was worth the wait.
The Tangie strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid (70% sativa, 30% indica) that is the result of crossing California Orange (Cali O) with a second parent that is a bit more mysterious and harder to pin down. Most likely it was a Skunk #1 crossed with an unknown, or some say ‘top secret’ hybrid. This carefully crafted lineage has led to an increased citrus aroma and flavor, a larger yield, and picture perfect resin production—all resulting in a much sought after strain.
Looks and Smell
Tangie produces large, sativa-structured buds that at first appear to be loose, but upon further inspection, the indica genetics have added a nice density to the nugs which helps for a nice, even burn. Most of the time, the coloration of the Tangie strain is a very light, almost neon green, but darker and lighter shades of green are not unheard of. The thick, long, orange hairs really stand out against the bright green backdrop. The crystals or trichromes are apparent, but not in a knock-you-off-your-seat kind of way. They look nice, you take notice and move on. The real attraction (as the strain name implies) is the smell profile. I thought no strain could top Agent Orange when it came to that fresh citrus aroma, but Tangie definitely has it beat in both the smell and flavor departments. Besides the genetics being completely different, they could have named this Agent Orange 2.0. Although much less noticeable, the diesel and skunk undertones add something unexpected and nice to the terp profile.
When it comes to the flavor of the Tangie strain, the name pretty much sums it up. The taste of citrus and more specifically tangerine is abound. However this awesome citrus flavor is a bit less dominant than you would expect from the almost overpowering bag aroma. This is not particularly a bad thing though, as it opens the door for the diesel and earthy flavors to show themselves, as well as a very nice sweetness that stays on the lips for the finish.
The smoke was a bit harsh, and if I would have put this in a blunt, I'm pretty sure there would have been more coughing than smoking. Lucky for me, I had a bong and "ol’ faithful" (aka my Volcano), and I am happy to report everything went swimmingly.
The high was mostly cerebral, but I could also feel the indica effects as my lower back pain dissipated after a few tokes. I also got a big boost of energy, which I decided to channel into cleaning. This, my girlfriend liked very much, and said she would purchase my next bag of Tangie. A nice gesture, sure, but I see what she is up to...
The Tangie strain is a great choice for both indoor and outdoor gardens. Although not too difficult to grow, is it recommended to have at least a few grows under your belt before attempting this strain. If Tangie is grown indoors, it takes a couple weeks longer than most commercial growers like (9-10 weeks), but the above average yield make the extra time worth it. The strain likes to grow tall, so using the Topping technique works well when space is limited.
Tangie has been found to be useful in the treatment of anxiety, depression, chronic stress, migraines, and appetite issues. This is a great strain for those who like to smoke or medicate in the morning or throughout the day, as there is no real comedown or side effects that cause drowsiness. Also, if you are into concentrates, Tangie-based waxes and shatters are some of the best I have ever come across. Something about the way the flavor profile translates to concentrate form makes for a noteworthy experience. Either way, flower or concentrate, give this strain a try. I have a feeling Tangie is not just a passing fad.
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