It’s still immensely popular today, but your parents or even your grandparents may have enjoyed smoking Blueberry. This strain has been around since the 1970s, and it won the High Times Cannabis Cups for Best Indica and Best Strain back in the year 2000.
Blueberry is strongly indica-leaning (80%/20%), with the heavy body stone you’d expect. It doesn’t necessarily put users to sleep, but often plants them firmly on the couch. An uplifting euphoria comes with the experience, although it’s calming and hazy rather than energetic.
You can guess what this strain smells and tastes like — for the most part. In addition to its wonderful berry aroma and flavor, Blueberry also smells of earth, pine, and a bit of skunk, and there are notes of vanilla in its taste.
The strain’s THC levels aren’t off the charts, but the high is extremely potent.
You’ll probably want to sit down after your first or second toke of Blueberry.
Its effects hit fast and hard, immediately making you feel like a huge weight has descended on your body. It’s generally a calm and relaxing feeling, but can be disorienting at first. Some users may be able to get back up once they get their bearings, but the more you smoke, the more likely couch lock will become.
Meanwhile, Blueberry’s head high is slowly bringing on a hazy euphoria that shrugs aside any stress or cares to create a happy, giddy mood. After a little while, the feeling becomes calmer, but an upbeat mood lasts throughout the experience. A common description is that the brain becomes numb but is still able to feel the uplifting happiness.
Some users find this strain enhances sociability and the desire to chat with friends. However, more say that they find the weed better suited to solo use while enjoying activities that don’t tax the mind or body too much, or while simply watching the world go by. Blueberry isn’t an overly-sedating strain, but a few “extra tokes” can heighten lethargy or induce sleepiness.
Bottom Line: Blueberry is a strong weed but not necessarily because of its THC levels. Its potent body stone can put users on the couch quickly, and its euphoria can numb the brain. Lethargy and eventual sleep are definite possibilities.
- Energy: 1/5
- Creative: 2/5
- Pain: 5/5
- Stress: 5/5
- Sleep: 3/5
- Mood: 5/5
For buds with such powerful effects, Blueberry has few notable side effects other than the usual dry mouth, dry eyes, and munchies. There may be an initial sense of disorientation or dizziness, but the only users who should be careful are those with existing anxiety issues (the THC may make them worse), those who aren’t used to potent strains, or those who smoke too much.
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 4/5
- Cough: 3/5
MMJ doctors often suggest Blueberry to their patients.
They say the strain’s stress-relieving power is effective for most of those who have to deal with mental health issues like depression, stress, and anxiety (once they know the THC won’t make matters worse). They also suggest this strain for insomnia; not only can high doses increase sleepiness, but the strain can eliminate the mental blocks that prevent sleep.
Chronic pain sufferers praise Blueberry’s ability to fully relax troubled nerves, muscles, and joints while letting them forget about their medical condition. Patients with migraines, nausea, and loss of appetite also say this strain is a very good way to relieve those issues.
Flavor and Aroma
There will be no question in your mind about what to expect when you get your first whiff of Blueberry. The sweet and tart blueberry scent fills up a room quickly. But then you’ll start to notice other aromas: earth, pine, spice, even a little diesel, and skunk. You can thank Blueberry’s parent strains for the complex yet enticing scent.
The flavor has some of those notes, but the more straightforward taste of freshly-picked blueberries is dominant, along with an accompanying and delicious vanilla flavor. This is one of the tastiest strains around.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 3/5
- Citrus: 1/5
- Fruity: 5/5
- Spice: 2/5
- Wood: 2/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
While the average THC content in Blueberry is 17%, there’s a good chance the flower sold at your local dispensary may come in quite a bit higher, possibly in the low-to-mid 20s. The reason is simple: cultivators and growers try to maximize the amount of THC in their cannabis because weed with higher THC levels sells better.
The strain’s CBD content varies as well. Some batches may have very little, but many others have been shown to contain as much as 2% CBD. That’s a high amount for potent bud and may help explain the medical effects of Blueberry.
This strain contains a number of terpenes commonly found in indica strains, like caryophyllene, myrcene, and pinene. Humulene and pinene are also present in noticeable amounts.
It’s unusual to know exactly who bred a strain that’s been around for 50 years, but DJ Short was an unusual breeder. The landmark cultivator is known for his work crossbreeding various landrace strains back in the 1970s, and Blueberry is one of his enduring creations.
The original “recipe” for Blueberry combined an indica Afghani landrace with two sativa Thai landrace strains, Purple Thai and Highland Thai (also known as Juicy Fruit). However, other breeders have been working with this strain for so long that it’s quite likely the Blueberry you smoke today will have more muddled — and less pure — genetics.
Where to Buy Blueberry Seeds
As you’d expect for such a popular strain, seeds are readily available. Seedsman offers feminized, standard, and autoflowering Blueberry seeds; for feminized and autoflower seeds, you can check out Home Grown Cannabis and ILGM (I Love Growing Marijuana). Premium Seed Market sells standard ones.
For great blueberry flavor, White Berry and Blueberry Muffin are other good choices. Strains that produce effects similar to Blueberry include Lavender, Girl Scout Cookies, and Northern Lights.
Blueberry Strain Review: FAQ
Q: Is Blueberry sativa or indica?
A: It’s a heavily indica hybrid, typically with an 80%-20% indica to sativa ratio.
Q: Do you have growing tips for Blueberry cannabis plants?
A: It’s one of the easier strains to grow. It likes warm, Mediterranean weather but is hardy enough to prosper in most summer climates. You can also grow Blueberry indoors as long as you have a large enough grow room since the plants bush out considerably. Just be sure to prune regularly to ensure adequate airflow.