Known for its distinct strawberry taste and uplifting effects, Strawberry Cough has been a longtime favorite strain at VidaCann for many patients; until December 2019, it had never been available in flower form – only vape cart and distillate.
That finally changed last month (December 2019), however, when VidaCann released a “limited” batch of Strawberry Cough flower. Since I had such a good experience with the vape cart (mainly by being amazed at how much the cannabis-derived terpenes created such an accurate strawberry taste), I was very eager to try the flower form of this strain. Strawberry Cough flower was released in full buds ($50/eighth) and “popcorn”, Vidacann’s product for the smaller-sized buds off the plant. I opted to get an eighth of the popcorn nugs, which smelled the same as the full sized version in-store – thank you to the budtender who allowed me to smell the strains before my purchase!
Overall, this is a high quality strain, and a strong first sativa flower release for Vidacann (they have only had hybrid and indica flower strains available up to this point.)
Strawberry Cough (Sativa)
Price at time of review: $40/eighth for “Popcorn”/small buds; full-size is $50/eighth
Lineage: Haze x Unknown Strawberry Strain
Batch/Harvest Number: 2515791331310374
Total Cannabinoids: 16.9024%
Unfortunately, VidaCann doesn’t make their lab reports available, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain. Whenever this information becomes available, I will update this section with the terpenes and their percentages.
This eighth of Strawberry Cough popcorn buds features small, light green nugs that are dusted with dark orange/pink pistils and sparkling trichomes. The trim was done pretty well, especially considering these are smaller buds.
The cure could have been done a little better, as I found my flower was a bit on the dry side, and crumbles easily if any pressure is applied to the buds. Though I know the aesthetic qualities are not going to be the same with popcorn/smalls as they are with full-size nugs, I still expect the cure and moisture content to be done well. This was not terrible, but a slightly better cure could have really maximized the potential of this strain.
One more positive about this batch: it weighed over at 4.2 grams – kudos to VidaCann for being overweight at a time where many MMTCs are being accused of selling underweight product.
Appearance/Cure Rating: 5.60/10.00
Perhaps one of the most well-known attributes of Strawberry Cough is its distinctive strawberry smell and taste, which according to legend, is due to the fact that the original grower bred a Haze strain with another cannabis variety that was originally grown in a strawberry field – which is what resulted in the strong strawberry terpenes in this strain. Of course, most all of us have no way of verifying if that is true; however, what I can say is that the Strawberry Cough distillate vape cart tasted a lot like strawberries.
The flower form of Strawberry Cough still has a berry/strawberry scent, but I find that earthly and spicy terpenes seem to dominate the terpene profile; the sweet berry terpenes are secondary. The smell reminds me a bit of Trulieve’s Strawberry Switchblade strain, but much more earthy and spicy.
However, the sweeter berry notes seem to come through more in the taste. Though this strain did not have quite the smell and taste I expected after sampling the vape cart (which did have strain specific cannabis-derived terpenes), it was enjoyable nevertheless.
Smell/Taste Rating: 4.80/10.00
Strawberry Cough has very enjoyable sativa effects that lean towards the more relaxed and uplifting end of the spectrum, rather than being a racy sativa akin to strains like Sour Diesel and Durban Poison.
The effects are almost exactly on par from what I experienced with VidaCann’s Strawberry Cough vape cart – so if you’ve tried that, you have an idea of what to expect from the flower form. I find that the effects start with a shift in visual perception – colors appear brighter, etc. – what I find to be a common experience with sativa strains. This strain seems to inspire my creativity more than most other sativa strains, so any patients who like to play music or create art may find this as a good choice for medicating before taking on some of those activities.
The effects of Strawberry Cough never get really speedy or racy, and feel closer to a sativa-dominant hybrid rather than a pure sativa. As the effects progress, more body relaxation is noticeable, but never to the point of being sedating. I would recommend this strain for use in the morning all the way through late afternoon.
Possibly good for treating:
- Minor to moderate aches and pains
- Lack of motivation/creativity
- General relaxation/relief
I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Every body is different, and every body reacts different to various medications.
Effects Rating: 5.80/10.00
Overall Rating: 5.40/5.00
Overall, I would best describe Strawberry Cough as an “average” sativa strain from VidaCann.
Though it wasn’t quite what I was expecting after trying it in vape cart form, Strawberry Cough is a solid sativa strain that has earned its place in my rotation – mainly for times where I feel I need an added boost of creativity, or a more low-key/relaxing sativa strain. Sativa enthusiasts will enjoy this strain for its unique terpene profile, even if it’s not quite as strawberry-esque as I expected it to be.
VidaCann continues to grow high-quality flower strains, and I look forward to continuing to trying and reviewing more as we continue throughout the year. Stay tuned!
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