The origins of this popular 80/20 sativa-dominant strain are somewhat mysterious, but there’s no mystery surrounding the reasons for Strawberry Cough’s name. It has an overwhelmingly-delicious strawberry scent and flavor — and even the most experienced smokers can’t stop themselves from coughing after taking a toke.
Strawberry Cough delivers a classic sativa hybrid experience: an uplifting and sociable head high that can be creative and motivating, along with a body buzz that’s comforting and comfortable but doesn’t cause sedation.
This is a potent strain that medical patients use for its ability to boost mood and eliminate mental stress, while recreational users love Strawberry Cough as a daytime staple because of its happy, focused, and often-productive effects. (Its multicolored buds are beautiful, too.)
Effects and Side Effects
Strawberry Cough’s effects begin with euphoria that blasts the brain shortly after you light up and take your first tokes, but it’s not a high that makes you jittery or starts your thoughts racing. Instead, it clears and energizes the mind, allowing you to focus and function at full speed. Stress and negative thoughts disappear, replaced by happiness, clarity, and motivation.
The 20% indica content has a say in the matter, too. It provides a relaxing and enjoyable body buzz that helps to mellow out the experience, soothing any aching or tense muscles without slowing you down or putting you onto the couch. Sedation is extremely unlikely when enjoying Strawberry Cough.
That’s why most users understandably use this strain during the day or in the early evening. It can contribute to a boost of energy and focus at work or when doing daily chores. It can be a great party starter, or it can enhance fun activities like reading, painting, or socializing with friends.
You don’t have to guess at the biggest side effect of Strawberry Cough; just look at its name. The trademark cough is usually accompanied by dry eyes and cottonmouth, as well as at least a little dehydration. Be sure to have water nearby.
Other negative issues are rare. Headaches and increased anxiety are possible but unlikely, usually limited to those with preexisting anxiety who smoke heavily or use flower with higher-than-usual THC content.
- Energy: 5/5
- Creative: 4/5
- Pain: 3/5
- Stress: 4/5
- Sleep: 1/5
- Mood: 5/5
- Paranoid: 1/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 1/5
- Cough: 5/5
Bottom Line: Strawberry Cough delivers a chill and fun experience with a delicious taste. The high is primarily uplifting and productive, along with a calming body buzz that allows users to get things done while in a vastly-improved mood.
Medical users love the powerful sativa head high of Strawberry Cough. They say it quickly eases stress and wipes away recursive thinking and daily concerns, helping them deal with issues like anxiety, depression, and all types of ordinary and clinically-diagnosed conditions like PTSD, SAD (seasonal affective disorder), and bipolar disorder.
ADD and ADHD patients say the focus the strain provides gives them a strong boost in their ability to concentrate and be productive, and cancer patients use Strawberry Cough to help with nausea caused by chemotherapy. Those with serious pain aren’t likely to find major relief from this strain, but its calming body stone may help with chronic or everyday pain.
Flavor and Aroma
People often say they feel like they’re walking through a field full of ripe strawberries when they get their first whiff of this strain — the scent is that strong and delicious. There are lesser notes of skunk, herbs, and earth, which somewhat explain the “cough” in Strawberry Cough, but a powerful fruit aroma quickly fills the room.
One advantage: if anyone asks, you can just say you were eating fresh strawberries, not smoking up.
Strawberry Cough’s flavor is as delightful as its scent. Taste buds are overwhelmed with the sweetness of strawberries, with underlying earthiness and spiciness balancing out the experience just enough to avoid a “way too sweet” feeling.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 3/5
- Citrus: 1/5
- Fruity: 5/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 2/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Strawberry Cough is a potent strain, with THC levels averaging around 19% and some dispensaries selling flower that may hit the low 20s. However, the experience is usually mellower than that number would imply, thanks to the clear-headed sativa high and the indica body relief. CBG levels may approach 1%, but there’s very little CBD in this strain.
Two terpenes (along with the plants’ lineage) are responsible for most of the sensory appeal of Strawberry Cough: pinene and myrcene. Some analyses also show the presence of carene, which would add a berry flavor, and ocimene, which would add sweetness.
Most reputable sources aren’t sure exactly how Strawberry Cough came to be. It appears to be a cross of Strawberry Fields and Haze, but the story beyond that is somewhat murky.
A former High Times editor claims he “found” the strain when a home grower gave him a clone that had been grown in a strawberry field, and he noticed its enticing strawberry aroma. He ended up giving it to dealers on the East Coast, where it became extremely popular. He then started growing it legally in California and sharing it widely.
Other cannabis analysts aren’t really sure if that’s the strain’s true origin story, but they don’t have any alternative theories. They do think the “growing in a strawberry field” part makes sense, though.
Most strawberry strains are sativa-dominant, so they’re likely to provide a high somewhat similar to Strawberry Cough’s. Some that would be good alternatives to try include Strawberry Ice, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Diesel, and Brian Berry Cough; those last two are child strains of Strawberry Cough.
Strawberry Cough Strain Review: FAQ
Q: Is Strawberry Cough a good wake-and-bake strain?
A: Many stoners think so. It hits them with an energetic, motivating boost as soon as they hop out of bed (or while they’re still in bed), allowing them to get the day off to a happy and productive start. The only danger is overdoing things right away since that can somewhat increase the relaxing effects of Strawberry Cough.
Q: How hard is it to find this strain?
A: It’s usually not difficult. Strawberry Cough clones and seeds were distributed widely across the country long before the major wave of legalization hit in the 2010s, so lots of growers have cultivated it ever since. It’s an easy strain to grow as well, meaning you can plant it in your garden or grow room and expect to have good results as long as you give it a little care from time to time.