CATEGORY: Flower / Hybrid
TYPE: Indica Dominant Hybrid – 70% Indica / 30% Sativa
THC CONTENT: 15% – 24%
CBD CONTENT: < 1%
EFFECTS: Creative, Euphoria, Focus, Relaxing, Sleepy
FLAVORS: Citrus, Coffee, Lemon, Orange, Pine
AROMAS: Earthy, Floral, Harsh, Pine, Pungent
RECOMMENDED USE: Afternoon
MEDICAL USES: Asthma, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Pain, Depression, Epilepsy, Headaches, Inflammation, Insomnia, Loss of Appetite, Muscle Spasms, Stress
DESCRIPTION: Black Bubba (not to be confused with Bubba Black) is a richly-flavored strain with mostly indica roots. It is a cross between Bubba Kush and Canadian-born The Black. The result is a bud with a knockout body high and all the hashy pungency of its predecessors. Produced by Northern California growers CSI: Humboldt, Black Bubba is a must-try for fans of heavy indicas. The strain’s THC levels have been recorded at between 15% and 24%.
Black Bubba exhibits medium to large-sized flowers that are shaped almost like miniature pinecones. These indica-typical buds are densely packed, with leaves that curl tightly inward toward their central stems. The leaves themselves are a dark mossy green and sometimes, as with parent strain The Black, phenotypes of Black Bubba can show off flashes of dark blue or purple in their leaves. These latter colors come about when anthocyanin pigments in the strain’s genetics are stimulated by cold weather in the growing process. Translucent white trichomes cap off these already-vivid flowers, giving them an icy appearance and a very sticky texture.
When properly cured, Black Bubba’s flowers give off an earthy scent with some hints of roasted coffee. On closer inspection, there’s also a fresh, piney aroma. Meanwhile, grinding up these dense flowers yields the rich odor of sandalwood and hash, possibly inherited from the OG Kush in this strain’s background. When burnt, Black Bubba gives off a smoke that is surprisingly smooth, given its rich, heavy flavor profile. This smoke tastes earthy with some floral sweetness on the exhale.
Black Bubba’s high often takes several minutes to take effect. Up to 15 minutes after enjoying its luxurious smoke, consumers may begin to feel uch odd sensations as an increase in salivation and a slight pressure or a flushing in the face. Many may also experience trippy phenomena related to sensory perception, including visual distortions of depth and a feeling of time passing more slowly. In these early stages, Black Bubba’s psychedelic properties can be intensified by media like moody music. Once adjusted to the strain’s onset, smokers begin to notice the weight of its physical relaxation. Symptoms like weighty limbs and droopy eyelids may have some making a beeline for the closest comfortable surroundings. Indeed, Black Bubba is well-suited to such passive activities as binge-watching or solo reading. Any mental stimulation that the strain exerts is sure to be subtle, manifesting more as a kind of free association in the user’s stream-of-consciousness, rather than as an intense cerebral focus. It would be a mistake to toke on Black Bubba before taking on a heavy workload or tackling a lengthy to-do list. Instead, enjoy this strain as you kick back at the end of a long day or week of work and be prepared for the outside world to recede into the background. It may go without saying that, due to its sleepy vibes, Black Bubba is best enjoyed during the evening or nighttime.
Black Bubba’s sedation can also be useful for many medical cannabis patients. It may temporarily take the edge off of certain symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also soothe physical pain, whether that pain is temporary and injury-related, or chronic, as due to conditions like fibromyalgia or lupus. Black Bubba’s anticonvulsive properties may even counteract the symptoms of afflictions like restless leg syndrome. In the right conditions, this strain can work against insomnia, lulling smokers into a deep and satisfying sleep. Because it is not known to induce intense, recursive patterns of thinking, this strain may be a good choice for patients who are prone to panic or paranoia.
Seeds of Black Bubba are available through several digital retailers. Once obtained, the strain can be grown indoors or out, although successful outdoor cultivation requires a semi-humid, Mediterranean-like climate. Plants tend to grow short and bushy with strong lateral branches. Growers looking to bring out their crops’ blue and purple potential should briefly expose the plants to temperatures that are between 10 and 15 degrees below average. Black Bubba flowers within 8 to 9 weeks when grown indoors.
With a bag appeal exemplified by colorful flowers and a complex flavor profile, Black Bubba makes a great conversation starter in social settings. If you do enjoy this bud at parties, though, prepare for imminent couchlock.