If you’ve been searching for a marijuana strain that will relax you like almost no other, we can’t recommend The Black highly enough.
This interesting and potent cannabis strain has been becoming increasingly popular in recent years due to the intensity and enjoyable nature of its effects.
Today, we’ll be telling you everything you need to know about The Black, from growing information to the user experience.
The Black has a THC content of around 18%, which is perfect for both experienced and novice marijuana users. Any strain with a THC content over 25% is considered extremely strong, while anything over 20% is also classified as quite potent.
18%, therefore, is potent enough to provide novices with a relatively intense high while also catering to those with more experience.
The 18% THC content is made even more potent by the fact that The Black contains 0% CBD, so there is nothing to stop the THC from binding to the receptors in the brain.
What is The Black?
The Black is a Hybrid strain of marijuana, so it takes its genetic makeup from both Indica and Sativa strains (for more detail, see below).
With that being said, The Black is very Indica-dominant. In fact, chemical testing has shown that the Indica content of The Black is as high as 90%, leaving just 10% Sativa.
What this means is that The Black produces a pretty intense body high with some less powerful mental effects.
How was The Black Developed?
The Black is a well-established marijuana strain that was initially developed during the 1980s. It was created in Canada by BC Bud Depot. However, this is about as much information as is publicly available regarding the origins of The Black.
The reason for this is that the developers essentially didn’t want to disclose the secret formula behind the massively popular strain, so its parentage remains a mystery.
That hasn’t stopped The Black from ranking in the High Times’ yearly Top 10 Cannabis Strains, though!
Odor and Flavor
The scent of The Black is a unique and pungent one, but once you get over how strong the odor is, it’s actually quite pleasant. It is, however, difficult to pin down, with earthy, fruity, and spicy notes all blending together to create a heady aroma.
The flavor that comes to the forefront most of the time can be described as similar to grape, although a peppery and berry-like aftertaste is also discernible.
Despite the strong smell and flavor of The Black, this strain is remarkably smooth to smoke. Coughing fits, which are common with many different marijuana strains around the world, are a rarer occurrence with The Black.
The striking physical appearance of The Black is where the strain gets its name from.
The Black is widely considered to be one of the most visually appealing marijuana strains on the market. The leaves of this particular strain are primarily purple as opposed to green, and over time, they deepen in color and become grayish black.
You might also see pistils peeking out around the bud, and these are a vivid orange color that contrasts strikingly with the purple and black of the leaves.
The Black also has more trichomes than most marijuana strains, giving it a more crystalline appearance that further adds to its striking look.
If you’re a total beginner to marijuana and want to try your hand at growing some of your own, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend starting with The Black.
This is mainly because, due to the lack of public information surrounding its parentage, we don’t have all the details regarding the proper care of this plant.
With that being said, the relatively limited information available to the public surrounding how to grow The Black can be used as a foundation, which can then be expanded upon using some more universal growing tips.
You can grow The Black either indoors or outdoors, although it does thrive best with plenty of sunlight, so if you do opt for an indoor growing space, a greenhouse is ideal.
You should also ensure that you have a way of accurately monitoring the temperature and humidity inside your growing space.
The Black needs minimal humidity to grow to its full potential, so you’ll have to make sure that it doesn’t come into contact with too much moisture from the air. A dehumidifier may be necessary.
The Black doesn’t grow particularly tall and reaches maturity between weeks 7 and 8 of growing, at which point it should be ready to flower. Once it does flower, you can expect a modest harvest of 12 oz per plant.
In most cases, The Black produces a very relaxed and sleep-inducing effect. Less commonly, although in a significant number of cases, it may also produce a euphoric feeling that boosts low moods.
Because The Black is 90% Indica, the relaxation and sleepiness it induces may be very intense, producing what is called a ‘couch lock’ sensation.
Dry eyes and dry mouth are common side effects of The Black. Therefore, we recommend drinking plenty of water both before and after smoking this strain.
The other common side effects, which occur in fewer cases, are a spike in paranoia, a feeling of nausea, and dizziness. People who experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis may want to avoid this strain.
Because of its very Indica-dominant nature, The Black is often used to treat stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
It is also frequently used to treat pain, particularly migraines and headaches. However, this will only be effective if the user consumes enough fluids to combat its dehydrating effects.
Similar strains to The Black in terms of Indica content and effects include Blueberry and MK Ultra.
The Black is a great marijuana strain if you’re looking to experience a deep sense of relaxation and drift off to sleep easily. It can also be effective for lifting a low mood because of its euphoric effect.
However, The Black is definitely not a strain to indulge in during the day if you need to be productive. It should also be avoided if you’re prone to paranoia, nausea, or dizziness.