Sugar Strain

The sugar strain is a hybrid strain. It is developed from a kandy kush plant and a hash plant sometimes crossed with a northern lights strain. It is indica-dominant, as opposed to the alternative Sativa-dominant plant.

Sugar Strain

Indica-dominant plants tend to lean towards relaxation, whereas Sativa-dominant plants tend to lean towards energization. In terms of the science, the plants are classified as the same thing.

This is because they both have the same origin plant. However, there are a number of differences between them. They grow differently, flower differently, look different, and have a whole host of contrasting side effects.


The sugar strain is a mix between the kandy kush plant and the hash plant. It embodies features from both plants. Kandy kush itself is a hybrid plant with cross origins. This is where the sugar strain gets its floral aroma and high trichome count.

Though the hash plant also has a higher trichome count, both of these origin plants are the reason behind the sparkly appearance of the sugar strain. In fact, that is the reason it is called the sugar strain. Kandy kush provides the high feeling, and hash provides the stoned feeling.

The dominant trait in the sugar strain is definitely the stoned feeling, with the high happiness from the kandy kush coming through. They mix well together to create an overall happy sleepiness.

Sugar strain is sometimes crossed with the northern lights strain as well. Northern lights look very similar to sugar strain and kandy kush. It adds to the happy sensation while also being completely relaxing.

If the sugar strain has been cross-bred between the three kandy kush, hash, and northern lights you are in for a truly relaxing, reconnecting experience.


Sugar strain has a few different origin countries. It’s mainly thought to have started across central Asia and India, and Afghanistan. Though now it is a popular strain in the US owing to all of its great features.

Strain Appearance

When fully grown, the sugar strain looks a lot like the kandy kush and northern lights plant. It sparkles because of the high trichome count on the leaves.

Trichomes are just the fine hairs that grow on plants.
It grows to a medium height and has really dense, cute flowers that bud close together in clusters. It is a lighter green color.

Strain Flavor

Lots of different flavors come together to give the sugar strain the sweet taste. Alongside its sparkling exterior, there is also a sweet taste underneath that comes through when being used.

Other reported flavors included a pine flavor. This plant has a good balance between earthy flavors and sweeter flavors. The sweeter flavor side includes hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and even candy.

Strain Aroma

The sugar strain, owing to its eclectic complementing flavors, smells equally appealing. It has hints of floral, lemon, cinnamon, coupled with earth scents such as pine and leafy waves.

Strain Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are just the scientific jargon for all of the different stuff found in the plant. In this particular strain, the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) count is anywhere between 18-30%. This is what makes the psychoactive reaction.

So overall, it is a medium to low strength strain that adds to the overall relaxing effects. CBD wise, it has relatively low levels. These come in at around 0.1%. CBD or cannabidiol is another component of the cannabis plant. It is well known for its positive effect on pain and seizures and anxiety.

Strain Terpenes

Dominant terpenes are myrcene limonene and caryophyllene.

Myrcene: Myrcene is a terpene that has sedative like effects. It contributes to the relaxing qualities of the sugar strain.

Limonene: It is a citrus based terpene. Overall, it adds to the flavor and aroma of the sugar strain.

Caryophyllene: This terpene helps to calm anxiety symptoms. It is a common ingredient for medicines used to treat epilepsy and seizures.

Strain Side Effects

Strain Side Effects

The side effects of sugar strain make up quite a long list. Generally, after the first inhale, the effects will be felt immediately in your eyes. This will be a dropping, relaxing impact.

Secondly, the effect will move to your head, creating a completely relaxed aura and even drowsiness. After a short while, these side effects will resonate throughout the whole body.

Because of how relaxing the sugar strain is, it is probably better to use it at night. Or, another way to look at it, don’t expect to be doing any lively activities afterward.

The sugar strain is reported to level out anxiety. Unlike other strains, it hasn’t been shown to cause anxiety or even aggravate already existing anxiety problems. It has the opposite, relaxing and calming effect. It can even help with panic attacks and anxiety disorders.

Medical Benefits

There are several medical conditions that this sugar strain can alleviate symptoms of. A list includes:

Anxiety: This covers panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorders, and stress related anxiety. It has very powerful combative components to dampen anxiety.

Glaucoma: Glaucoma is an eyesight condition. It affects the optic nerve and describes damage in the nerve that reports to the brain. Sugar strain helps to lessen the pressure levels in the eye.

Anorexia: Anorexia is an eating disorder. Sugar strain is a natural appetite increaser and relaxant and can help the mind overcome the mental barriers to consuming food.

Fatigue: Fatigue is exhaustion caused by an inability to sleep. Like insomnia, it is incredibly hard to overcome. Sugar strain, as we’ve already found out, is sleep inducing.

Depression: Depression has no singular definition. It is a term used to describe a general feeling of low mood, lack of motivation and energy, and loss of normal function.

Cannabis, and especially this sugar strain, has been proven time and time again to interact positively with the brain’s endocannabinoids. These are, in simple terms, all of the different chemical parts of the brain that dictate how it operates.

Headaches: The sugar strain can help with headaches and other pain relief owing to the dominant terpenes. The terpenes are used in pain relief medicine and work to have the same effect within the sugar strain.

PTSD: PTSD is a specific type of trauma response in the brain, triggered by a specific or continuous traumatic past events. The sugar strain relieves the brain’s anxiety and does the same for PTSD symptoms.

Bipolar Disorder: The Indica-dominant plant has definite potential benefits for people who suffer from bipolar disorder. In much the same way as depression, the sugar strain can target those endocannabinoids and interact with them in a positive way to promote improved mood and mindset.

Chronic pain/Fibromyalgia: The terpenes play a major role in the pain relief effects of the sugar strain. Not only through relaxation, but also through the anti-inflammatory aspects of the components.

The two main features that have proven useful in combatting symptoms of all these ailments are the relaxing effect and the pain alleviation.

Sugar strain appears particularly good for relieving anxiety symptoms, as it is such a strong relaxant. Your worries melt away, alongside your stress and tension.

Strain Review

Overall, sugar strain is a sweet tasting, sweet smelling, strong relaxant cannabis strain. It is renowned for its powerful stress busting qualities, and can really send you on your way to a good night’s sleep.

Compared to other strains, such as the Sativa based strains, you won’t get that stereotypical ‘high’ feeling. Instead, expect pleasant drowsiness, waves of calm, and a nice aftertaste.

It is a good strain for relieving symptoms of pain, such as chronic pain, headaches and migraines, and other types of muscle pain.

It is relatively easy to grow, and it grows in an average length of time, up to three months.

Strain Grow Info

Sugar strain grows pretty typically. It can grow either outdoors or indoors, though it tends to yield better outdoors in a warmer environment.

It grows to a medium height, again typical from Indica-dominant strains. Its flowers grow close together in thick clusters, with lots of trichomes that make it almost glitter in the light. It has a sweet smell, almost floral with a hint of citrus and pine.

Don’t be put off if the sugar strain plant looks small. Until it flowers, it remains a modest height. It is when it starts to flower that it really takes off height wise. Still smaller than Sativa dominant plants, it tends to flower really well.

Strain Seeds

This is a common strain. It is a highly popular choice owing to its largely positive side effects. Therefore, the seed is widely available. It is easy to grow and takes an average amount of time if looked after properly.

Strain Flowering Time

From the very beginning of the growing process, up to seeing the flowers, it will take around 45-65 days to flower.

Indica-dominant strains flower faster than Sativa dominant plants.

Strain Yield

Indoors 400-600 g/m2
Outdoors 2500-3000 g
These are some typical figures for what you can expect the sugar strain to yield.

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

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