It’s not just a novelty vodka shot for sorority girls anymore: Lemon Drop Strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid that offers powerful yet well-balanced energy. Although this popular strain’s creator and genetics are shrouded in mystery, its appeal is obvious. With a clean, refreshing citrus taste, it can be a welcome alternative to some danker, kushier varieties. Lemon Drop’s clear-eyed psychoactivity makes it a great daytime smoke for cannabis veterans and newcomers alike. Its potency has been measured at between 12% and 23%.
Flowers of Lemon Drop Strain are impressively large and chunky and, despite offering a mostly sativa high, have the chunky, dense structure typically associated with indicas. These buds tend to have a distinctly spade-like shape, tapering down from a broad base to a pointed tip. The leaves are a dark shade of forest green. A high volume of orange and rust-colored pistils wind their way through the dense nuggets. Some translucent white trichomes cover these buds as well, giving them a slightly frosty appearance at a glance.
When properly cured, Lemon Drop Strain carries the unmistakable aroma of fresh lemon and lime. Underneath is a slightly musty odor, suggesting a possible connection to the OG family. Meanwhile, grinding up these buds yields some woodsy notes of pine. When combusted in a joint or a pipe, Lemon Drop burns with a smooth and easily palatable smoke. This smoke tastes simultaneously sweet and tart on the exhale.
The high from Lemon Drop Strain hits fast, conferring a pressure around the smoker’s eyes and temples. Many begin to notice the strain’s effect as it begins to work on their sense; it may intensify external stimuli, making certain sights or sounds seem notably more dynamic. Besides this strange distortion, Lemon Drop also triggers an increase in deep cerebral thinking; concentration is amplified and can help smokers concentrate on any work they may need to accomplish, whether it’s analytical or more creative and freewheeling. Lemon Drop can provide the energy needed to get up and go, which can be especially helpful when your agenda consists of a long list of boring errands. In more social settings, this strain’s buzzy effects can bring about a strong feeling of camaraderie and can keep conversations flowing. With very little of the weighty body stone that comes as a side effect of more indica-dominant strains, Lemon Drop is not at all likely to leaves its consumers couch-bound. For this reason, the strain is recommended for daytime use; if enjoyed at night, it’s likely to prevent sleep rather than to aid it.
Finally, this bud’s effects are said last longer than average, even for experienced cannabis consumers.
Lemon Drop Strain’s upbeat effects may also have some utility for medical cannabis patients. Its euphoria can help to blunt the symptoms of mild to moderate stress and depression. The strain’s lasting sense of focus can be a boon to those with attention deficit disorders. Physiologically speaking, the strain’s mildly relaxing effects can provide some subtle relief for aches and pains, while its anti-inflammatory properties may soothe everyday irritations like nausea and headaches. Because its onset is associated with recursive, cerebral thought patterns, Lemon Drop is not recommended for those who are prone to panic or have a low tolerance for THC.
No commercial breeders have claimed responsibility for Lemon Drop Strain’s creation and none have made seeds of the strain available for sale online. As such, prospective growers must obtain clippings from mature, healthy plants in order to foster genetically identical “clones.” The bud can be grown indoors or out, although success outdoors calls for a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Lemon Drop flowers within 7 to 8 weeks when grown indoors.
Somewhat hard to come by, Lemon Drop is a great strain for energetic daytime use. Enjoy it as a way to stimulate creativity, gain motivation, or simply to savor for its refreshing citrus bouquet.