CATEGORY: Flower / Hybrid
TYPE: Hybrid 50% Sativa /50% Indica
THC CONTENT: 12% – 19%
CBD CONTENT: < 1%
EFFECTS: Aroused, Creative, Relaxing, Sociable
FLAVORS: Berry, Blueberry, Cheesy, Citrus, Fruity, Pine
AROMAS: Berry, Cheese, Dank, Earthy, Fruity, Pungent
RECOMMENDED USE: Afternoon
MEDICAL USES: ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Depression, Eye Pressure, Hypertension, Inflammation, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms, PTSD, Stress
DESCRIPTION: Bettie Page is a well-balanced hybrid with a memorably pungent aroma. Created by Washington state-based Liberty Reach Farms, this bud’s genetics have been kept proprietary by its breeders. Nevertheless, Bettie Page’s appeal is clear in its mellow high and robust flavor profile. The strain is known for having a relatively moderate amount of THC, measured at between 12% and 19%.
Like its namesake, the legendary pin-up model Bettie Page, this strain is quite a looker. Bettie Page’s flowers adhere in an almost cylindrical, bullet-like shape and are roughly medium in size. These buds cling together in a classically indica structure, with small leaves curling inward toward their central stems. The leaves themselves are a dark shade of green and are twisted through with yellow and orange hairs (which are actually pistils, reproductive structures meant to catch pollen from fertilizing male plants). Finally, translucent white trichomes cover the inner and outer nooks and crannies of these sticky flowers.
Initial inspection of cured flowers of Bettie Page reveals some herbal accents like lavender and sage. There are also some fruity, berry-like scents lurking underneath. Grinding up the compact buds, meanwhile, releases a rich, diesel-like scent. When combusted in a pipe or a joint, Bettie Page gives off a harsh, acrid smoke that may trigger a coughing fit. This smoke tastes earthy and herbal with distinct diesel fumes on the exhale. Consumers who are trying to maintain discretion should take precaution, as this can be a particularly pungent and easily-detected smoke.
Bettie Page doesn’t take long to show herself, exerting action of the user’s head with some increased blood pressure. Once the quickened pulse in users’ temples subsides, they may notice that their patterns of thought have become more intense, characterized by a new sort of intensity or single-minded focus. This cerebral mindset makes Bettie Page a great way to work on complicated, analytical tasks. If you’re not in a set and setting where productivity is necessary, though, simply enjoy this mental stimulation by daydreaming or ruminating on some of life’s deep mysteries. Bettie Page can also cause some distortions in sensory perception, with some smokers describing visual or auditory irregularities. A flattening of depth perception and an ineffable feeling of time dilation are sometimes reported as well. If you’re in the mood for them, these psychedelic side effects can be enhanced with stimuli like a moody playlist. After some time, this strain’s physical relaxation creeps in and begins to undo its earlier sense of focus.
While still mentally engaged, consumers may feel more spacey than insightful and may lose some of their prior motivation. Bettie Page’s progressive waves of relaxation roll down through the core and limbs, helping to soothe any points of physical tension. This newly calm, mellow state can push earlier stresses or preoccupations to the margins as users begin to melt into their overall surroundings. Beware that if the dosage is increased, these sedative properties can turn into full-on couchlock. Because of its two-stage high, Bettie Page is recommended for consumption between late afternoon and evening when its eventual dip in energy can be fully savored.
Bettie Page can also have several applications for medical cannabis patients. Its initial sense of cerebral focus can allow those with attention deficit disorders to concentrate on a single task. Its upbeat vibes can also temporarily relieve the symptoms of mild to moderate stress and depression. Physiologically speaking, the strain can soothe chronic aches and pains, as well as minor, everyday irritations like cramps. Because its intense, recursive patterns of thinking can veer into paranoia in the wrong circumstances, Bettie Page is not a good option for patients who are prone to panic or who are naturally introspective.
Seeds of this desirable strain are not available for sale online. Instead, home growers should obtain clippings from mature plants of the strain in order to grow genetically identical “clones.” There’s little information available on best practices for growing this specific variety, but we know that it can be grown either indoors or outdoors in a humid, Mediterranean-like climate. The strain’s indica-typical flowers suggest that its plants grow short and bushy and that they flower within a short 8 to 9 weeks.
Bettie Page is a good all-purpose strain for sativa and indica lovers alike. More experienced cannabis consumers, however, may want to seek out a strain with a higher THC concentration.