Headwrecker Strain

When many people think about the effects of cannabis, they think of a calming, sleep-inducing sensation.

However, the effects of largely Sativa-dominant cannabis varieties differ from the mellower impact of Indica strains, creating powerful cerebral experiences.

Headwrecker Strain

If you’re looking for a strain that will help you to effectively tune out the world while indulging in a blissful state of euphoria, you might want to try Headwrecker.

Headwrecker, from its name alone, might not sound like it would provide the most pleasant smoking experience, but many marijuana users choose this strain for its mood-boosting, uplifting effects.

Read on for more information on the history, appearance, effects, and growth of the Headwrecker strain.

Strain History


The Headwrecker cannabis strain was created by crossbreeding two very popular pre-existing strains: Sour Diesel and Chemdawg.

Sour Diesel is a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain that also shares genetics with Chemdawg. It’s known for being potent and energizing, and it’s one of the most well-loved strains worldwide.

Meanwhile, Chemdawg is another Sativa hybrid strain mainly known for its pungent odor and intense head high as well as other cerebral effects.

The result of breeding Chemdawg and Sour Diesel is a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain, with a split of 75% Sativa to 25% Indica.


The exact origins of the Headwrecker strain are currently unknown beyond its genetic parentage.

The original breeder has not been identified, which limits our ability to pinpoint this strain’s origins.

Strain Appearance

There are two aspects of Headwrecker’s appearance that can help you to identify the strain: size and color.

Headwrecker buds are quite airy, meaning that they’re not as dense and compact as the buds of some other strains.

This means that Headwrecker buds are comparatively quite large, although of course, this doesn’t mean that they actually weigh any more since it’s a question of density.

If you look closely at a Headwrecker nug, you’ll also notice that there are bright orange tendrils and amber-colored trichomes amongst the forest green leaves.

Strain Flavor

Primarily, users of the Headwrecker cannabis strain report a vaguely chemical flavor, similar to diesel.

This is presumably the result of its Sour Diesel and Chemdawg genetics since Sour Diesel is named for its pungent chemical flavor, which is also noticeable in Chemdawg thanks to its Sour Diesel parentage.

Once you get past the strong chemical flavor, however, there are more pleasant aftertastes to be enjoyed. The main secondary flavor is a sweet one, comparable to candy.

Notes of citrus fruits (particularly orange) and pine can also be detected after the initial chemical pungency.

Just as Headwrecker provides a rollercoaster ride of mental and physical effects (more on this later), it delivers multiple flavor experiences in a single hit.

Strain Aroma

The aroma of Headwrecker is similar to its flavor in some ways, but with one crucial difference: the sweetness doesn’t come through.

Just like the flavor experience, the first descriptors that come to mind when taking a hit of Headwrecker are ‘chemical’ and, specifically, ‘diesel’.

However, instead of sweet, candy-like notes, you’re more likely to pick up a sour smell on the exhale.

Strain Cannabinoids

The main cannabinoids in Headwrecker are, as with any cannabis strain, THC and CBD.

The THC content of Headwrecker is estimated at between 15% and 21%. The exact THC test results vary depending on various factors involved in the breeding and growth of the strain, which is why the estimated window is so wide.

Any marijuana strain with a THC concentration greater than 20% is generally considered to be a high-potency strain. Anything between 10% and 19% is a medium strain.

Therefore, Headwrecker can be considered a strong strain when the THC is at its highest, and a medium strain when it is slightly lower.

In terms of CBD, Headwrecker tests much lower, at just 1% on average. Any cannabis strain below 5% CBD is considered a low CBD strain, and Headwrecker definitely comes under this category.

Strain Terpenes

Since terpenes are the compounds responsible for producing flavor and aroma in cannabis strains, it can be assumed that some of the terpenes present in Headwrecker will be the same as those found in its parent strains, Chemdawg and Sour Diesel.

The primary terpenes in Sour Diesel are caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene. Chemdawg shares the same main terpenes.

From this information, it’s fairly clear that caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene will be the main terpenes in Headwrecker.

Strain Side Effects

The effects of Headwrecker (just like any other cannabis strain) can vary from person to person, including the side effects.

Some people who use Headwrecker may not experience any unwanted side effects. For others, the effects may be present, but mild.

Some unlucky smokers might experience more intense, off-putting side effects. It’s worth bearing this in mind when weighing up the benefits of Headwrecker (see below) against potential side effects.

One of the more common and mild side effects reported by Headwrecker smokers is a tingling sensation. This is often limited to limbs and extremities but may be felt anywhere in the body.

For some, this sensation might be unpleasant. For others, it may simply feel unusual.

Dryness in the eyes and mouth are also to be expected, but these side effects are by no means unique to the strain and can often be corrected by rehydrating.

Generally speaking, Headwrecker has an energizing effect on consumers. However, when the strain is particularly strong, the initial head high can be extremely intense and possibly overwhelming, especially for new smokers.

For some users, particularly those who suffer from anxiety disorders, the energizing effects of the strain may be too much, leading to feelings of stress and even insomnia.

Depression and loss of appetite have also been reported after trying Headwrecker, although these side effects are less common than the aforementioned two.

Medical Benefits

If the side effects listed above have made you think twice about trying Headwrecker, bear in mind that there are also plenty of medical benefits associated with using the strain.

As we mentioned earlier, not everybody experiences side effects with Headwrecker, so if you don’t feel that you’re especially susceptible to any of the above, you might want to give this strain a try for its more beneficial mental impact.

Primarily, Headwrecker is used medicinally to counteract the negative effects of mood disorders such as depression.

This particular strain is highly effective in this capacity because of its euphoric and energizing effects. Most people who use Headwrecker report feeling happy and uplifted.

Of course, the difficulty here is that some consumers of Headwrecker report the opposite effect – that is, feelings of stress and depression.

Ultimately, it comes down to how you, as an individual, react to this strain, so a process of trial and error may be needed to determine whether Headwrecker will work to boost your mood.

Because of its energizing effects, Headwrecker could also potentially be used to counteract fatigue, which is a symptom of various health conditions.

With that being said, remember to consult your doctor if you suspect you are suffering from any mental or physical health conditions.

It is important to identify and treat any potential underlying causes of new symptoms rather than just treating the symptoms themselves.

Strain Review

Overall, if you’re feeling tired and sad, Headwrecker is usually a great strain to use to disconnect, unwind, and boost your mood.

However, Headwrecker comes with some potential side effects, as most strains do. If you are prone to anxiety, this may not be the best strain for you since it has been known to elevate stress levels in some people.

The initial chemical flavor and odor of Headwrecker may be off-putting for first-time smokers. In our opinion, though, the sweet, citrus-pine aftertaste and heady euphoria are worth persevering for.

Strain Grow Info

Strain Flowering Time

The average Headwrecker plant should flower within 60 days as long as it is grown in soil, which is its ideal medium.

If you want your Headwrecker plant(s) to grow quickly, you should also grow it in its preferred environment, which is indoors. This plant is medium in height, so indoor growing shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.

Strain Yield

Headwrecker can be described as having a medium yield. This means that it produces a roughly average cannabis harvest compared to other strains.

Remember, if you do decide to grow Headwrecker yourself, the bud is much airier than some other strains you might be used to. Because of this, your harvest might initially look more substantial than it actually is.

On average, you can expect a yield of 1.63 ounces per square foot of this cannabis plant.

Final Thoughts

Headwrecker is a particularly interesting strain of cannabis, both because of the mystery of its origins and the intensity of its cerebral effects.

This strain will not be for everyone, and first-time cannabis users, as well as those with anxiety disorders, should proceed carefully.

However, for experienced smokers seeking a powerful head high and a euphoric mood boost, Headwrecker can provide a great experience!

If you enjoyed this article, then you might like to read our post on the Pamelina strain.

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