Another shining example of modern day cannabis breeding, indica-dominant hybrid The Brotherhood has some of the highest THC content of any strain on the market today. Not to be confused with its relative Brotherhood OG, the exact lineage of this strain seems to be in a bit of contention and is breeder-specific. Some cannabis experts think that The Brotherhood is a blend of Slick Willie and Icarus, while others are saying it’s a cross between Willie’s Wonder x Grape Krush and Bubba ’91 x The White. That aside, one thing is certain about this strain. Clocking in at a whopping 28 percent THC, High Times named The Brotherhood as one of the most powerful strains on earth in 2016.
The Brotherhood marijuana strain is an Indica dominant marijuana hybrid. The kush was bred by Animas Seed Co. This cannabis strain is a heavy hitter with an almost instantaneous onset of effects. Beginners and users with low tolerance should be mindful of the dose to avoid overwhelming couch lock and lethargy. Brotherhood marijuana is good for evening and night time use due to sedative properties.
Not to be confused with Brotherhood OG, The Brotherhood is a sativa-leaning hybrid that’s worthy of its own secret society. This strain was created by Prohibition Herb (also known as Animas Seed Company) as a cross between two of their own varieties: chocolatey Slick Willie and woody Icarus. What results is a rich, fragrant bud with mostly energizing, uplifting effects. The Brotherhood’s THC content has been measured at as low as 10% and as high as 28%.
The Brotherhood impresses with medium to large-sized flowers that tend to hold an irregular, chunky formation. The buds have a characteristically sativa structure, with leaves that spiral loosely outward and away from each other, rather than curling inward toward their central stems. The leaves themselves are a pale sea green and are shot through with vibrant orange hairs — which are actually pistils, structures meant to catch pollen from fertilizing male plants. Finally, a high volume of translucent white trichomes makes these flowers very sticky, accounting for their high potency.
Appearance. Aroma. Taste
The buds from The Brotherhood strain are some of the frostiest you will ever see. Caked in crystals and red hairs, these flowers are truly a sight to see. Due to the rarity of this strain, there are not a lot of legal smoke reviews available on The Brotherhood itself. Its more widely available relative, Brotherhood OG, has been reported to taste and smell sweet and fruity with a hint of tangy.
The Brotherhood has inherited the cocoa aroma of its parent strain Slick Willie. An earthy, woodsy undertone mingles with this dessert-like scent. Grinding up the flowers releases the strain’s sweet-sour funk, possibly passed on from grandparent strain Pre-98 Bubba Kush. Given its heavy, rich aroma, The Brotherhood burns with a surprisingly smooth smoke when combusted. This smoke carries distinct flavors of coffee on the exhale.
How to Grow The Brotherhood?
Growing this strain could be in a warm climate, either indoor or outdoor place. If grown indoor, provide wide space and tall ceiling as it grows tall and gives more branches. Also, pruning may be done to fit in the spaces. Growers may add some fertilizers to cultivate in helping the plant grow in better ways.
Seeds of The Brotherhood are not available online. Prospective home growers should seek out clippings from existing plants of the strain in order to grow genetically identical “clones.” While there is little information available on best practices specific to cultivating this strain, we know that it can be grown either indoors or out (although outdoor success calls for a hot and humid climate). We also know that its sativa roots imply tall, branchy plants that may require occasional pruning to fit in limited indoor spaces. The Brotherhood flowers within 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors.
Type of High
The Brotherhood marijuana induces moderate cerebral euphoria. Uplifts mood, energizes the mind, prompts giggles. Alleviates stress and anxiety. Followed by relaxation and sleep. Helps with pain, poor appetite and insomnia. May prompt arousal.
The Brotherhood Medical Benefits
Medical cannabis patients and recreational users alike seem to think that this indica-dominant hybrid can provide the best of both cannabis worlds. Despite its indica dominance, many users report being alert, stimulated and energized after consumption. This would make The Brotherhood ideal for medicating before physical activity, inspiring creativity or promoting conversation.
The Brotherhood mentally engaging effects can have many uses for medical cannabis patients as well. At its onset, it can allow those with attention deficit disorders to stay tuned in to a single task. Its upbeat energy can also temporarily relieve the troubling symptoms of mild to moderate stress and depression. Physiologically, the strain can relieve both chronic, disease-related pain and minor irritations like headaches and nausea. Because its strong patterns of recursive thinking can sometimes take a wrong turn into paranoia, The Brotherhood is not recommended for patients who are prone to panic or who have a low THC tolerance.
The Brotherhood Effects
Considering its mostly sativa background, The Brotherhood comes on slowly and may require 5 to 10 minutes before users begin to notice its effects. Eventually, a rush of blood to the head may result in a slight mental buzz as well as a feeling of pressure around the temples. This odd feeling quickly gives way to mental stimulation, though. Smokers may feel their thoughts take on an elevated quality — or at least a faster pace. Ideas and concepts that might not otherwise seem interesting can suddenly fascinate the user and can lead to new avenues of association. This strain’s ability to amplify an internal monologue can make it a valuable asset in encouraging conversation and camaraderie in social settings, even among new acquaintances. The bud’s tuned-in mental state also makes it a good way to get some work done, whether it’s complicated and analytical or more freewheeling and creative.
The Brotherhood can also confer some physical energy, providing a boon to consumers who want to get some light exercise in for the day. As the high progresses or as dosage is increased, the user’s mood may begin to taper off into some physical relaxation. While it won’t undo any of the strain’s earlier cerebral properties, this suddenly laid-back vibe may outstrip any motivation to get work done — or even to run errands. In these later phases, The Brotherhood is a great way to kick back and enjoy a binge-watching session or a comforting meal with some like-minded friends. Because of its slow devolution from energetic engagement to laziness, The Brotherhood is recommended for afternoon use.
On the flip side, users report feeling very relaxed after consuming this strain, making it a great choice for treating muscle aches and pains. Its effects reportedly hit the head heavily from the onset, making its relaxing presence felt on the body as the feelings take hold. This is a strain for which you’ll want to have some water handy while using, as it can cause some serious dry mouth.
Its calming properties make The Brotherhood ideal for stress relief as well. Most users of this strain report a strong feeling of upbeat alertness while medicated. For this reason, it is recommended that you do not consume this strain near bedtime. The Brotherhood probably isn’t going to be your best bet for treating insomnia or other sleep disorders.
It’s a fun strain. Took a couple of hits then did some gym and it was amazing. But I also took hits then went to bed and was groggy the next morning. It is a lasting high that’s better for activities, I wasn’t stuck or mind racing effects so that’s a plus. Not an all around strain I prefer but I’d pick it up again.