The name of this potent indica-dominant hybrid isn’t subtle, but neither is the sledgehammer-style sedative effect it delivers. The strain is fast to act and long to last.
In addition to locking the user to the couch for hours, 9 Pound Hammer (often abbreviated as 9 lb Hammer or lengthened to Nine Pound Hammer) can initially provide a happy or euphoric head high or mild psychoactive changes in perception. Falling into a deep sleep isn’t a problem after getting your fill of this flower.
The smoke is creamy, smooth, and extremely tasty, and the strain is praised by medical patients for its effects on pain, anxiety, and insomnia. As a bonus, the nugs are beautiful, often with purple streaks accenting their green color and the frosty trichomes covering them.
9 Pound Hammer: Effects and Side Effects
Combine an 80% indica-dominant lineage and THC content that can approach 20%, and you already have the makings of a powerhouse. 9 Pound Hammer takes it even further with the intensity and length of the high it produces.
The effects are first felt in the brain, beginning with mild euphoria or simple happiness combined with almost-immediate mental relaxation. The effects won’t be cerebral or creative, but they can make colors and sounds seem more intense and interesting.
Over time, the high moves into the body and stays there for quite a while. The full-body relaxation is likely to be overwhelming and lead to couch-lock, while the mental effects may morph into a drifting calmness. With the help of bountiful amounts of the sedating terpene myrcene in 9 Pound Hammer, lethargy sets in and often leads to a long, peaceful sleep.
It’s not surprising that weed described as “Hammer” might be overwhelming for novice smokers. The potency of this strain can cause headaches and dizziness in users unaccustomed to high-THC indicas, and a small number may also feel anxious or paranoid if they tend in that direction. More experienced users can expect a good chance of dry eyes, cottonmouth, and munchies.
- Energy: 1/5
- Creative: 1/5
- Pain: 4/5
- Stress: 5/5
- Sleep: 5/5
- Mood: 4/5
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 5/5
- Cough: 3/5
Bottom Line: 9 Pound Hammer isn’t misnamed. It blasts the user with a strong, sedative body stone that often leads to sleep while providing a mildly euphoric and possibly psychedelic mental high.
9 Pound Hammer and Medical Conditions
The deep and long-lasting sedation often induced by 9 Pound Hammer makes this strain a top choice for those who suffer from insomnia or sleep disorders, as well as pain patients who simply want to escape for a while. Even if they’re still awake, they also appreciate the deep relaxation that can help with chronic muscle, nerve, and joint pain.
The same benefits, coupled with the uplifting head high of 9 Pound Hammer, are appreciated by those dealing with anxiety and stress, depression, and PTSD. The strain is good for boosting appetite as well.
9 Pound Hammer: Flavor and Aroma
Indica strains often have intriguing aromas, and 9 Pound Hammer is no exception. The best comparison might be to fruity and earthy incense, with the grape and citrus notes contributed by parent Jack the Ripper.
The taste is similar but with a greater emphasis on the strain’s fruit and citrus components, along with noticeable pine and wood flavors in the aftertaste. The smoke is thick, creamy, and yummy.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 4/5
- Citrus: 3/5
- Fruity: 3/5
- Spice: 2/5
- Wood: 3/5
9 Pound Hammer: Cannabinoids and Terpenes
The “Hammer” in this strain’s name mostly refers to the indica slam that locks most users firmly to the couch, but it could just as easily refer to the average 19% THC content — which can be much higher depending on the producer and batch. The other major weed cannabinoids aren’t present in any great amount, with less than 0.25% CBD and virtually no CBN or CBG.
Myrcene, caryophyllene, and eucalyptol are the dominant terpenes in 9 Pound Hammer, along with noticeable amounts of pinene and humulene, explaining its woodsy, fruity, and earthy flavors and aromas.
9 Pound Hammer: Lineage
Notable cannabis cultivator TGA Subcool Seeds gets the credit for creating 9 Pound Hammer. They crossed Jack the Ripper (a stimulating sativa-leaning hybrid often called JTR) with two powerhouse indica hybrids, Hell’s Angel OG and Gooberry.
The product arguably exhibits the best of those strains’ sedative, euphoric and psychoactive effects, along with the best elements of their pleasing aromas and tastes.
Since TGA Subcool is also responsible for giving us JTR, Jesus OG, and Deep Purple, it’s no surprise that 9 Pound Hammer has become a legendary strain as well.
9 Pound Hammer: Similar Strains
The best comparison to 9 Pound Hammer may be Skywalker, another potent indica that delivers the same sedative effects with slightly more euphoria. Other strains to try if you can’t find 9 Pound Hammer include Green Cheese, Tokyo OG, and Blueberry Dream.
9 Pound Hammer Strain Review: FAQ
Q: How easy is it to find 9 Pound Hammer at dispensaries?
A: It really depends where you live. The strain is pretty easy to find in California and other West Coast states, as well as in Nevada. Its availability is more hit-or-miss in other legal states, but outlets run by large cannabis companies are fairly likely to stock it.
Q: In that case, is this a strain that medical patients who don’t live out West should consider growing on their own?
A: Just like the flower isn’t ideal for new users (because of its potency), 9 Pound Hammer isn’t ideal for first-time growers. It does best outdoors, where it produces much greater yields, but it prefers a warm climate with moderate humidity; that leaves out most areas of the country. On the bright side, 9 Pound Hammer is highly resistant to diseases and mold and has a short flowering period, so experienced growers like growing the crop.