Famous breeder DJ Short is a legend in the cannabis world. His skill has given us some of the most unique strains in the world, and this herb is the most popular. Blueberry features a striking sweet berry aroma with herbal hints.
Blueberry is a cross between three landrace strains, Afghani, Purple Thai, and Thai strain. Sativa lineage in this strain stems from the Thai cultivars. However, the Afghani wins out and provides hefty indica sedation. It averages around 18 percent THC, though this number can rise to over 24 percent depending on growing conditions.
Blue in more than just name, marijuana enthusiasts will delight in the dark blue flecks of color that dot this strains pale green leaves. Like splatters from a painter’s brush, these blue tones appear when the plant has been exposed to cold temperatures at the right time, activating the anthocyanins within the leaves. Blueberry tends to be a high-yielding plant, with flowers that also feature gorgeous red and purple.
Blueberry Flower & Aroma
Flowers of this strain are small and densely-packed, as one might expect of an indica-dominant variety. The compact forest green leaves are often flecked with traces of purple and red. These latter colors develop due to high concentrations of pigments called anthocyanins in this strain’s genetics — as the plants are exposed to colder than average temperatures during the growing period, these pigments are activated, bringing out colorful hues. The leaves are coated in almost transparent trichomes, which may be harder to see than that milky or amber-colored glands covering similarly resinous strains. Nevertheless, buds of Blueberry are very sticky and may be difficult to break up by hand without the use of a grinder.
This strain’s bag appeal isn’t just limited to its eye-catching hues — when cured properly, the flowers immediately give off an aroma of fresh blueberries. This sweet and slightly tart smell bears some resemblance to the odor of the Purple Thai parent strain. Breaking open buds of Blueberry gives off some more complex scents of spice and musk, reminiscent of Afghani varieties. When buds are directly combusted, some skunkiness is evident. Smoke is surprisingly smooth for an indica, and has a sweet blueberry taste on inhale and exhale with no lingering funk.
When cured, buds are a forest green with occasional shades of a bluish violet that come out late in the flowering process. Blueberry’s indica heritage creates wide, clunky buds shaped like anything from a jalapeño to a baby’s fist.
Often described as a “one hit and quit” strain, Blueberry is notably potent, even for experienced cannabis enthusiasts. Users are quickly struck with a sense of physical heaviness that may be disorienting in situations that require mobility or coordination. In relaxed settings, this physical sensation can translate into a therapeutic calmness, allowing users to unwind after a long day or week of work. The sativa genetics confer some slight mental effects, but these take the form of euphoric uplift more than of cerebral thoughtfulness; smokers may feel chatty or even giggly. In high enough doses, Blueberry will leave users heavy and couchlocked – this is not an ideal strain for productivity and is better suited to tranquil evening use.
Blueberry Medical Benefits
Appealing flavors and a great look are important, but this strain achieved legendary status by adding some potent medicinal benefits.
- Medical marijuana patients with anxiety, depression and chronic stress, will appreciate the slight CBD content in this strain, along with the classic Indica sedation
- The strong bodily-relaxation effects may also provide relief for muscle spasms, soreness, rigidity, and pain, including joint pain
- As is the case with many Indicas, this strain can be an effective way to combat insomnia in larger doses
Medically speaking, Blueberry has almost narcotic properties. It is of use to those with pain conditions — both short-term pain due to injury or exercise or long-term chronic pain related to disease or nerve damage. It can also help relieve some of the troubling symptoms of stress, anxiety and PTSD, creating a physical relaxation strong enough to ease a racing, pre-occupied mind. Most notably, Blueberry can induce a deep and lasting sleep and therefore serve as an antidote to entrenched insomnia. Side effects of this strain include the typical dry mouth and red eyes. Its heaviness can also result in droopy, unfocused eyes. As noted, a little bit of Blueberry goes a long way and its high is said to last longer than average.
Blueberry Grow Info
Blueberry can be grown as a clone, if clippings are taken from mature and healthy plants. Growers can also buy seeds. Creator DJ Short has legal claim to the “ancestral and parental breeding stock and intellectual development rights” — but the nature of the cannabis market is such that DJ Short has no control over his seeds once they’ve been sold, meaning that competitors like Dutch Passion are free to experiment with Blueberry’s genetics and sell their own proprietary seeds under the same name.
A classic. My dad’s friends used to grow this shit, and I have a few times, too. DJ Short’s version, always — that’s the original. I always wondered why Blueberry hasn’t given birth to more strains — I know Blueberry Diesel and Headband are out there — because I always wanted to pair this with something like Vanilla Kush or Birthday Cake to see if we could build on the Blueberry flavor. Average flower cycle: about 60 to 65 days at most.
Blueberry can be grown indoors or outdoors, but outdoor growing demands restrictive conditions like moderate humidity and consistent daytime temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Plants are well-suited to indoor cultivation, as they grow short and bushy — rarely exceeding 3.5 feet in height — with strong lateral branching. They also have a very favorable leaf-to-bud ratio, meaning that they require minimal trimming of broad fan leaves. Growers looking to bring out the vibrant lavender to red accents in Blueberry’s leaves should artificially “shock” the plant by introducing cold temperatures late in vegetative stage, just before flowering. Plants flowers within 8 to 10 weeks when grown indoors and are ready for harvest in mid October outdoors. When mature, Blueberry has a moderate to high yield, offering about 1.5 ounces of flower per square foot of plant.
Blueberry Strain Experience
This strain first showed up on the scene in the 1970s and since has become the proud parent of many popular offshoots. Blue Dream is one of them perhaps the most well known to cannabis consumers. An award-winning Indica, this lovely lady took home a High Times Cannabis Cup award back in 2000. You can also find Blueberry listed as DJ Short’s Blueberry.
It’s tasty, easygoing, and moderately sedative. The healthy combination of both indica and sativa landrace strains provides a unique hybrid experience. Though, the body high takes heavy predominance, which is why Blueberry is classified as an indica strain.
Overall, Blueberry offers a deep physical relaxation and a general feeling of peace and contentment. The Thai heritage provides a decent dose of mood uplift and euphoria. The effects tend to be long lasting and do not overpower the consumer, which are two excellent reasons to love this strain.
Some find Blueberry to be quite lung expensive, so watch out for a cough or two. It is also a known appetite-booster, so having some snacks on hand will make the experience even more enjoyable. It’s not uncommon to find yourself ready for bed as the effects begin to wind down. But, this strain isn’t your classic couch-locking indica. Rather, it’s a laid-back, calm, and contented flower.
While this flower has a bit of a cult following, it’s important to not underestimate its overall strength. Moderate cannabis consumers can get by with lower potency samples. Yet, experience with cannabis is recommended for flowers that reach over 20 percent THC.
Don’t be surprised if you find a goofy grin spread across your face shortly after consuming. This strain often kicks off with an upbeat, happy-go-lucky kind of high. After about a half an hour, you may find that your eyelids begin to droop and some of the blissful, euphoric sedation takes hold. While the strain might be a little on the drowsy side, it can certainly help you unwind and let out a few laughs.