Strawberry Cough cannabis is aptly named, both for its deliciously sweet strawberry flavor and the ability to make anyone cough. As a sativa strain, it’s known for it’s creative and uplifting high as well as it’s ability ease the anxiety factor associated with many sativa strains.
Let’s dive into the history of the strain, its effects, and how it grows in different environments.
Myth, Mystery, and Origins, Oh My!
Similar to our recent marijuana strain review of OG Kush, mystery surrounds Strawberry Cough’s origins. If you dig into Strawberry Cough’s origins, you’ll come across the most popular theory – that it’s a result of crossbreeding of Strawberry Fields and a Haze strain by the master himself, Kyle Kushman. Which Haze? No one seems to know for certain. It’s also rumored to have been cultivated in a strawberry field; hence the flavor.
There are two things we do know for sure.
1) Strawberry Cough comes in at roughly 20% indica and 80% sativa, making it a distinctly sativa strain that has very sativa-dominant qualities.
2) Strawberry Cough has a very substantial THC balance ranging from 16-26%. This means that, phenotype depending, Strawberry Cough is a sativa-dominant hybrid and is likely to be highly potent with THC content and contain low CBD.
A Middle of the Road Strain: Growing Strawberry Cough
Strawberry Cough is an easy marijuana strain to find at most dispensaries and is often recommended as a good starter-cannabis for enthusiasts looking to dip their toe in the cultivation scene. It’s not as finicky as other sativa strains when it comes to growing in indoor environments. A few supporting reasons are detailed below.
- Strawberry Cough buds are quick to harvest. Most sativa strains tend to be a bit slower to grow. This can be traced to its semitropical origins. Strawberry Cough, on the other hand, has enough indica influence to make the growth period (around 2 months) relatively speedy in comparison to its sibling sativas.
- It’s neither the largest, nor the smallest marijuana strain. Strawberry Cough grows to a height of 3 feet, and should be sown 15 to 20 plants per square meter. It doesn’t need much support as it tends to be bushier. (If you’re curious, Ganja Dwarf is the smallest marijuana strain and Monster, the tallest).
- It flourishes in a greenhouse, but can also be grown indoors. As a sativa, Strawberry Cough craves hotter environments. Because of this, Strawberry Cough does exceptionally well in greenhouse environments. However, indoors growing is also an option when you have the means to reproduce the sought after environment.
- It is a disease, insect, and mold resistant marijuana strain. It’s heartbreaking to lovingly tend to your brood for weeks only to suddenly discover that the stems are covered in mites or that the buds are thick with rot. A disease-resistant marijuana strain like Strawberry Cough helps prevent exactly that, and save you some heartache in the process.
- When growing this strain, keep in mind that you may need to do some trial and error when growing it in an indoor environment. As we mentioned, it flourishes in greenhouse, but unless you are emulating that environment in your indoor grow room, it might become challenging to successfully grow this strain if you don’t have the right set up.
An honest name for a fruity strain.
I appreciate it when a cannabis strain is named with utter frankness. Grape Ape? Tastes like grape. Pineapple Kush? Pineapple coats the tongue with each inhale. Grand Daddy Purple? Tastes like gran–no wait, I mean the plant is purple! For the most part, you get what you expect. Guess what sense this marijuana strain evoked. Go on, I’ll wait…
Strawberry Cough tastes like a warm, just-picked strawberry. Not only does it have a throat tickling fruity flavor, but there are piney, earthy hints in there too. It was almost spicy at times. The aftertaste was there on the back of my tongue both before and after the coughing fit, and lingered for a good while after. It adds a lot of the experience when you can very obviously taste the strain’s namesake flavor.
Strawberry Cough’s appearance is just as vibrant as its rich and fruit flavor. The leaves are coated with dense trichomes that give them a sugared, delicious appearance. Meanwhile, the pistils are a lovely, cheerful orange. It also has a sweet strawberry smell. Its buds are some of the most vibrant that I’ve ever seen in both its appearance, its scent, its flavor when smoked.
The Strawberry Cough Experience
Sativa strains are known for washing over the user quickly. Strawberry Cough was a bit different, in that it took a few minutes to really hit. What didn’t take long at all? The coughing. Oh, the coughing. It should have been pretty obvious from the name right? But I thought that somehow those rules don’t apply to me. The moment I inhaled, I got a jolt of tingling, spicy strawberry right to the back of the throat that somehow managed to be delicious and yet frustrating at the same time. Once again, I thought the reported effects (aka the coughing) of this marijuana strain didn’t apply to me. Turns out it did! One day I will learn, but today is not that day. The coughing did not last long, but it was a bit intense. The great thing about the coughing though is that as soon as you stop coughing, you can instantly feel the sweet benefits of this awesome strain.
Is Strawberry Cough Strong?
Strawberry Cough is said to be a daytime marijuana strain. I absolutely agree. After I got over the coughing (that I really should have expected in the first place), I could focus on the gorgeous, energizing impact. The way it came over me was almost gentle. Soon though, I was feeling cheerful, relaxed, and ready to tackle my busy day.
First, I took a trip to the Saturday farmer’s market in my town. I wasn’t terribly excited to venture into the 95 degree heat in order to acquire some organic heirloom tomatoes. But after some Strawberry Cough though? I was buzzing to get things done. Excited, even. I highly recommend this strain for people who enjoy the outdoors or want to use their cannabis to feel their experiences with more energy and vigor. It gives you energy, without the jitters of caffeine or the anxiety that a lot of other hight THC sativa strains create.
Strawberry Cough Effects
I’ve had some trouble with THC-potent sativas inducing wicked headaches and increasing my already high level of anxiety. Both of these factors have made me leery of sativas in general. I’m happy to report that neither were a problem with Strawberry Cough. In fact, my anxiety levels went significantly down with this marijuana strain. I was feeling no pain whatsoever – including the sore muscles I’d woken up with after helping my friend move the day before. I did get a case of dry eyes, but my handy-dandy bottle of eye drops alleviated that quickly. Some people might experience dry mouth as one of the side effects of Strawberry Cough but it varies.
Is Strawberry Cough good for anxiety?
Strawberry Cough is a great cannabis strain to ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression. A lot of sativa strains can worsen anxiety symptoms but Strawberry Cough is great at calming the body and mind. Strain creator Kyle Kushman wanted to create a sativa strain that wasn’t like others. It has all of the qualities of a sativa strain in that it invokes creativity and energy but also has a lot of qualities from its indica side that calm the mind. By mixing strawberry fields and haze, it takes equal qualities from each strain and creates a very unique high that both sativa and indica fans enjoy. This strain is a great one for cannabis users who are looking to reduce anxiety but still want that uptick in the creative energy that sativa strains are known for.
If you’re looking to distress and tackle some creative projects, or just enjoy your day a bit more, we highly recommend this strain. My stress and anxiety levels decreased significantly with Strawberry Cough. It made everything feel more fun, uplifting and a bit euphoric – even the banal activities. Additionally, the way it melted my sore muscles from the day before would likely make it ideal for those wishing to use it as a chronic pain reliever.
Though it personally decreased my anxiety level, many have the opposite impact with high-THC cannabis strains or medical marijuana. Because of this, I recommend approaching cautiously if you’re looking to treat mental illness. All in all, Strawberry Cough is a delicious daytime marijuana strain that energized me, made me feel uplifted and improved my day – after I got over the coughing, that is. We understand why it’s a fan favorite strain.
Ed is a writer and marketer who has been involved with the cannabis industry since 2017. He is particularly passionate about helping small businesses succeed in the increasingly corporate-takeover environment of the cannabis industry, as well as helping people get started working with cannabis.