California has given birth to countless classic strains, and Blue Dream would have to be near the top of anyone’s list. The balanced hybrid is loved by stoners and casual smokers, recreational and medical users alike.
Different sources produce versions of Blue Dream that can be slightly sativa- or indica-dominant, but their overall effects are similar: an uplifting and possibly euphoric head high combined with a calm body buzz that isn’t likely to become sedating. There’s something for almost everyone.
Blue Dream is a terrific wake-and-bake or daytime strain, it contains much greater amounts of CBD and CBN than you might expect, and it tastes like blueberries and spice.
Blue Dream is, quite simply, a superstar in the weed world.
Effects and Side Effects
As we’ve mentioned, the effects of Blue Dream can vary slightly depending on whether the flower you buy leans sativa or indica, but that’s really a matter of degree more than anything else. This strain provides a well-balanced and extremely enjoyable experience.
Blue Dream averages around 19% THC, somewhat lower than many of today’s superpowered strains. But that potency gives it just the right punch to deliver its varied effects to both newer users and seasoned veterans.
The high begins with a noticeable brain boost; it’s mood-lifting and cerebral, and possibly energetic and/or creative. Focus and motivation are likely to increase, and users may feel the urge to “get stuff done.”
Over time, the overall feeling morphs into a calming brain and body experience which may become a bit hazy, easing stress without inducing couch lock. The experience remains happy and relaxed throughout.
As a relatively-high THC strain that can deliver strong sativa brain stimulation, it’s possible for users predisposed to anxiety, rapid heartbeat, or panic attacks to become over-stimulated and suffer those side effects. Caution is necessary for those folks and those new to potent strains.
Cottonmouth and dry eyes are more common side effects for all users. Expect the munchies, too.
- Energy: 3/5
- Creative: 4/5
- Pain: 4/5
- Stress: 4/5
- Sleep: 1/5
- Mood: 5/5
- Paranoid: 3/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 2/5
- Cough: 2/5
Bottom Line: Blue Dream is revered for its combination of a happy, creative head high with a relaxing but not incapacitating body high; it’s a great strain for daytime use.
Medical marijuana patients often search for a strain with strong THC content but noticeable levels of CBD and other major cannabinoids.
Blue Dream is one of those strains, and patients are likely to choose it when they are dealing with stress and anxiety, depression, fatigue, chronic pain, or headaches. It’s also not unusual for Blue Dream to be used by those with more serious health issues like fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis, or mental health issues like bipolar disorders or PTSD.
Flavor and Aroma
Blue Dream is a strain that delights the senses.
The experience starts with a heavy blueberry scent mixed with notes of vanilla, spice, mango, and pine. And the flavor doesn’t disappoint, heavy on blueberries and sugar for sweetness, with a touch of spiciness making the overall taste a bit savory as well.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 2/5
- Citrus: 2/5
- Fruity: 5/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 2/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
As mentioned earlier, Blue Dream has a much greater assortment of cannabinoids delivering their effects than you’ll find in most popular strains.
The THC content is generally in the 19% vicinity, but some samples may contain as much as 25% THC depending on the variety of Blue Dream, the producer, and their growing process.
CBD content can approach 2%, a very high amount of the cannabinoid for a high-THC strain. Similarly, there can be as much as 1% CBN, making Blue Dream an intriguing choice for medical patients dealing with pain, inflammation, and seizures.
Terpenes found in high levels include myrcene, caryophyllene, pinene, limonene, and linalool.
The standard backstory of Blue Dream is that it’s a hybrid created when the Blueberry and Haze strains were bred together. There appears to be more to the story, which explains why there are a number of Blue Dream varieties found at dispensaries across the country.
The original California version of Blue Dream was reportedly created by legendary cultivator DJ Short when he crossed Blueberry F5 and Santa Cruz Haze to create a sativa-dominant hybrid. That variety isn’t available in seed form, only as clones. Short supposedly has bred a new Blue Dream more recently using Blueberry F4 and Silver Haze; that one is often sold as Azure Haze.
Meanwhile, other cultivators have created their own variations. Blue Dream from Mystic Seeds is said to be an indica-dominant cross of Blueberry and OG Kush, while the version from Humboldt Seed supposedly is a sativa-dominant strain created from Blueberry and Super Silver Haze.
Remember, though, that these varieties provide essentially the same effects. The different lineages only mean a different emphasis on their sativa and indica characteristics.
What are you looking for?
- If a yummy blueberry taste is most important to you, Blueberry is an obvious choice, and other strains like White Berry and Blueberry Kush are worth checking out.
- If you want a daytime strain with a similarly delicious flavor, Sour Blueberry, DJ’s Gold, and Blue Haze are excellent alternatives.
- And if high CBD levels in a sweet strain are what you’re after, Ducksfoot and Alien Cake may fit the bill.
Blue Dream Strain Review: FAQ
Q: Doesn’t the name of this strain imply that it’s going to cause couch-lock and sedation?
A: The moral of this story: a strain’s name doesn’t always describe its effects. In fact, it often doesn’t. The relaxation produced by Blue Dream can be calm and somewhat numbing, but it isn’t likely to knock you out or put you to sleep. Not only will you still be able to function, but you may also find yourself energized to tackle new tasks or projects without the stress they can cause.
Q: Since there are a number of Blue Dream varieties, how do you know which one a dispensary carries?
A: You probably won’t, although you may be able to play detective and figure it out based on where a retail outlet gets its supply of the strain. In the long run, it doesn’t matter all that much; the experience will be similar no matter where the weed comes from (as long as you’re dealing with a reputable seller), and you’ll almost certainly enjoy it.