The Marionberry Kush strain, also known as Marionberry and Marion Berry, is an indica-dominant hybrid known for its quick, euphoric high, its medical benefits, and its fruity flavors and aromas.
Here’s all that’s publicly known about the Marionberry Kush strain, including its genetics and origin, its appearance, its flavor and aroma, its cannabinoid content and terpene content, its side effects and medical benefits, and its cultivation process.
While the origins of some strains are mysteries, the original breeders of the Marionberry Kush strain have been quite open about its history. The following is a rundown of the Marionberry Kush strain’s genetics and origin.
Marionberry Kush was created through the crossing of Space Queen (which is itself a cross between Romulan and Cinderella 99) and Raspberry Kush (its exact genetics unknown, Raspberry Kush’s most likely parents are one of the Cheese Kush strains, and Raspberry Cough). It is an indica-dominant strain, specifically 60% indica and 40% sativa.
Some known children of the Marionberry Kush strain include Peach Ringz (a cross between Marionberry Kush and Eddy OG), Tailspin (a cross between Marionberry Kush and LA Cherry Haze), Puckerberry Knockout (a cross between Marionberry Kush and Pucker Punch), and Fruit Snacks (a cross between Marionberry Kush and Goji O.G.).
Some of the strains most similar to Marionberry Kush, be it in genetics, taste, or effects, include Narnia (which is a cross between Jack Herer and Trainwreck), Sour Beer, and Sunset MAC (which is a complex cross between Alien Cookies & the Columbian x Starfighter hybrid, and Sunset Sherbet).
The original breeders of the Marionberry Kush strain are Heroes of the Farm. Heroes of the Farm are based in Mt. Hood in Oregon and are also known for such strains as Scooby Snacks (which is a cross between Dogwalker OG and Girlscout Cookies), Gorilla Snacks (a cross between Gorilla Glue #4 and Guinness), and Angry Wizard (a cross between Blissful Wizard and Mad Max).
As you might have guessed, it is named after the fruit of the same name. The marionberry fruit is a cultivar of the blackberry. The ‘Kush’ part of the name usually, including in this case, refers to the strain’s indica-dominant genes. The word Kush actually comes from the Hindu Kush mountain range, which is the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Marionberry has a lot in common with its parent, Raspberry Kush, and this is certainly the case when it comes to its appearance. Its buds are usually a shade of green, fairly large, and its crystallic trichomes give it a subtle golden sheen.
The Marionberry Kush strain is up there with the more flavorful strains of cannabis. Its profile is primarily strong notes of berry, particularly blueberry. These fruity flavors will be present both in the inhale, and in the exhale. Users also report earthy undertones, as well as hints of pineapple, raspberry, passionfruit, and mango.
Marionberry Kush smells much the same as it tastes. Its main aromas include blueberry, pineapple, strawberry, and raspberry.
Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring compounds found within cannabis plants. There are more than 480 different compounds found in cannabis, and cannabinoids make up roughly 66 of these.
The main cannabinoid, and the most well known, is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This is the primary psychoactive ingredient found in the cannabis plant, and is what provides users with the ‘high’ sensation.
The second most abundant cannabinoid is CBD, which is more responsible for feelings of relaxation and sedation.
When it comes to the Marionberry Kush strain, the THC level averages between 18% and 23%, 23% being its highest THC count recorded.
Marionberry Kush’s CBD level averages at around 0.1%, which is standard for an indica-dominant strain.
Terpenes are found in a wide range of plants, just some of which include thyme, Spanish sage, tea, oranges, and lemons. They are most synonymous with cannabis, due to the abundance of terpenes found within the plants. It is terpenes that provide a cannabis strain with its distinctive aromas.
The primary terpene found within Marionberry Kush is terpinolene, a terpene that can bring out fruity aromas of florals, herbs, pine, and citrus. The other two most abundant terpenes in this strain are caryophyllene, which brings out peppery aromas, and limonene, which brings out exclusively citrusy aromas.
Strain Side Effects
When smoking any strain of cannabis, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects you may experience, including the positive and the negative.
The Marionberry Kush strain is known for its fast paced, well balanced high. Users report feeling relaxed without being couch locked, and euphoric, but not energetic.
The first sensation you’ll feel when consuming Marionberry Kush is a surge of happiness and positivity. This will be followed soon after by an increase in appetite, so make sure you’re loaded up on snacks beforehand.
The final phase of the high tends to be sleepiness, and for this reason it’s usually recommended for use in the early afternoon or at night. If your tolerance for cannabis is low, it’s likely this strain will have you out cold, so you might want to go with a lower dosage to start. In higher doses, it has been known to produce mild psychedelic effects.
As with the positive effects of a strain, it’s equally as important to be aware of any negative side effects. When it comes to the Marionberry Kush strain there is nothing substantial to be concerned about. Users have reported feeling dizziness, sleepiness, dry mouth (also known as cottonmouth), dry eyes, mild anxiety, and nervousness.
In most cases, these side effects will be remedied simply by drinking some water, or focusing on your breathing. In terms of anxiety, you should only feel anything close with a large dosage of the strain.
Activities that users say Marionberry Kush pairs well with include watching TV or movies, sleeping, eating, and doing absolutely nothing!
Strains with such low CBD levels aren’t known for being particularly effective in a medical sense, but Marionberry Kush does the job quite well. Its uplifting and relaxing properties can naturally help with a range of mental health issues, such as depression, bipolar disorder, stress, and anxiety.
The strain can also provide some gentle relief to physical pain, be it temporary or permanent. Cancer patients have been known to use this strain in order to deal with the effects of chemotherapy. Its sedative effects in its later stages mean it’s also effective at relieving insomnia. With enough tokes of Marionberry Kush, you’ll be out like a light.
Overall, the Marionberry Kush strain is tasty, smells just as good, and provides a particularly pleasant high. If you’re eager for a mood boost that’ll hit with impressive immediacy, this might just be the strain for you.
And if you’re looking for a high that packs a bigger punch, you can increase your dosage and let the psychedelic effects take hold. We can’t really think of any downsides to this well balanced strain.
Strain Grow Info
Growers rate the growth difficulty of Marionberry Kush as moderate. It won’t give cultivators a large amount of trouble, but if you’re a novice, it’d probably be best to stick with a more straightforward strain.
This plant is quite a unique one in terms of the cultivation process, so it can be quite fussy regarding its specific needs. Here is all the publicly available information regarding the cultivation process of the Marionberry Kush strain.
The Marionberry Kush strain is available as seeds, but feminized seeds are currently quite hard to come by. While some growers prefer to use clones for the cultivation process, seeds can be just as effective.
Strain Flowering Time
The Marionberry Kush strain can be grown both indoors and outdoors. If you’re growing outdoors, it’s vital that the plants will at no time experience cold, frosty conditions.
The plants usually take between 8 to 10 weeks to flower, and their harvest time (if grown outdoors) will be October. It’s a fast finisher, so is ideal for production. Compared to many other cannabis plants, Marionberry Kush won’t grow very high, whether you’re growing it outdoors or indoors. At its tallest, it’ll get to about 60 inches.
Marionberry Kush will not excel if it’s bound to roots. You’ll know if this is a problem as soon as its leaves start growing downward, which is something you really want to avoid. Fabric pots suit the strain more than plastic ones, and Marionberry Kush is very sensitive to overwatering, as well as too much nitrogen.
Make sure you’re providing a substantial amount of water when you’re watering the plant, but between waterings, you should be letting it get fairly dry. All that matters is striking a balance.
Marionberry Kush’s yield is very substantial. You should be looking at an indoor yield of 500g per square meter, and a similar yield when growing outdoors.
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