Don’t be afraid. The Black Mamba strain isn’t as scary as the snake it’s named after, but it can still have an extremely strong bite. This indica-dominant weed (70%-30%) acts quickly and delivers a powerful high, with THC levels averaging 20%.
Black Mamba has a distinctive aroma that’s both skunky and fragrant, but the predominant flavor of this strain is a mixture of earth and fruit, with grapes and berries adding sweetness to the taste of the smoke.
The head high is a happy one that can be euphoric for some, focusing for others — and consuming a lot of Black Mamba may turn the experience psychedelic. Similarly, the body buzz is relaxing, but it can become couch-locking the more you smoke.
One other noteworthy fact about Black Mamba: its flower is beautifully dark, often with patches of gorgeous dark purple.
The Black Mamba high comes on quickly and lasts for a very long time.
It starts with tingling or throbbing around the temples or the crown of the head, followed by a strong cerebral buzz that can be either euphoric or calming and productive, depending on the user’s tolerance and how much they’ve smoked. Some people will find themselves happy, giggling, and talkative, while those who’ve paced themselves may feel focused and creative.
The body stone that follows shows the same pattern. At low doses, Black Mamba relaxes and relieves body tension; at higher ones, the experience can turn sedating and plant users solidly on the couch for quite a while. In the latter case, the head high will also become mellower, and motivation will largely disappear. The same thing can happen for less-experienced users.
This makes Black Mamba weed that can do double duty, particularly for those accustomed to high-THC strains. Microdosing or just a few tokes can enhance daytime activities or allow users to wake and bake, while newer smokers and those who decide to get blitzed will be best off using Black Mamba in the evening or on a lazy weekend day.
Bottom Line: Black Mamba can be a good strain to use in smaller doses if you’re looking for a mood boost, productivity, and creativity, or relaxation. In higher doses, it’s likely to lock you to the couch for the duration of its long-lasting high.
- Energy: 3/5
- Creative: 3/5
- Pain: 3/5
- Stress: 4/5
- Sleep: 3/5
- Mood: 4/5
Most people will find this strain’s side effects to be mild: dry eyes and cottonmouth are common, and brief dizziness is also possible. Novice users or those who already must deal with anxiety issues will be more prone to greater anxiety, paranoia, and rare panic attacks. They should take heed of Black Mamba’s “scary” name and start with small doses.
One other note: consuming very high amounts of this strain can produce psychedelic effects. We’ll leave it up to you whether that’s desirable or not.
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 3/5
- Cough: 4/5
The MMJ users most likely to seek out Black Mamba are those dealing with conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression. They say the often-euphoric high eliminates their mental hang-ups and concerns and makes them relieved and relaxed for the length of the cerebral buzz. (Anxiety patients have to be careful, as we’ve mentioned.)
This strain’s potential to boost focus and attention is valued by many with ADHD and ADD. Pain patients say Black Mamba can also be a great help when smoked in higher doses, as do patients suffering from insomnia or poor sleep quality; that’s because high doses increase the numbing and sedative effects of this bud.
Flavor and Aroma
Skunky and earthy, but also fragrant and sweet. That’s the dichotomy of scents you’ll notice when unbagging Black Mamba. You may notice notes of grape and pine in the flower’s aroma, but this isn’t a strain that lets you smoke discreetly.
The flavor is more pleasant, as grapes and berries share center stage with the earth and pine you smelled before sparking up. The aftertaste is a sweet one, tasting almost like grape juice. In short, Black Mamba’s hiss is worse than its bite.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 4/5
- Citrus: 2/5
- Fruity: 4/5
- Spice: 2/5
- Wood: 3/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Black Mamba samples that have been lab tested show an average THC level of 20%, although the batches that reach dispensaries can range up to 25%. There’s not a lot of CBD in this strain, but it may reach 0.5%.
Pinene, caryophyllene, and myrcene are the dominant terpenes in Black Mamba. Linalool, bisabolol, and terpineol also contribute significantly to the strain’s characteristics and effects.
There are many theories about the origins of Black Mamba, in large part because there seem to be several variations on the strain which have hit the market.
The most common belief is that this bud is the product of crossbreeding the legendary Granddaddy Purple strain with Black Domina. It’s also often said that it was Blue Bubblejuice that was crossed with Black Domina. Other guesses are that the hybrid is a cross of Critical Mass and Skunk, Vietnamese Black and Black Congolese, or Mint Chocolate Chip and the Cube.
What difference does it make? We’ll discuss that next.
Where to Buy Black Mamba Seeds
It’s difficult to know exactly what you’re getting when you purchase this strain’s seeds online because of the confusion over its origins. Over time, vendors have tried to make the decision easier. Some call the GDP-Black Domina weed “Granddaddy Black” and sell the GDP-Blue Bubblejuice seeds as “Black Mamba.”
You can buy feminized Granddaddy Black seeds from Premium Cultivars and Original Sensible Seeds; as of this writing, we haven’t found any reliable sources for the Blue Bubblejuice version. Choice Seeds and other sellers label the Mint Chocolate Chip-The Cube hybrid as Black Mamba, and you’ll find even more combinations the more you search.
The best advice is to check out the seeds’ genetics carefully, and if the vendor doesn’t list them, contact the seller before buying.
The best comparison to the original Black Mamba may be its purported parents, GDP or Black Domina. Others you can try include Jupiter OG, Liquid Butter, and Hindu Kush.
Black Mamba Strain Review: FAQ
Q: Is Black Mamba indica or sativa?
A: The original strain was a hybrid that leaned indica, 70%-30%. As you can probably guess, though, the many “other versions” of Black Mamba that have hit the market vary widely in their balance depending on their heritage. Some are even 95% indica, which is another reason to check carefully before buying, to find out exactly what you’re getting.
Q: How much do Black Mamba plants yield?
A: Again, it depends on the lineage of the strain whose seeds you purchase. The best available information is that you can expect about 16 ounces per outdoor plant, or 14-16 ounces per square yard for an indoor grow.