Tangerine Strain Review

Tangerine is a sativa-dominant marijuana hybrid strain that is most popular for its calming properties and distinctive citrus flavor.

Tangerine Strain Review

While the data about this strain is somewhat limited, it is one of America’s most loved marijuana strains. Here is everything you need to know about Tangerine!


Tangerine has a potency range between 19% and 22%. The THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) range is around 17-22%, while the CBD (cannabidiol) range is less than 1%, making Tangerine a low CBD strain.

The above average potency is one of the reasons why Tangerine is a popular daytime marijuana. 

What Is Tangerine strain?

Often nicknamed “Tangie”, Tangerine is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain that is distinctive for its tangerine aroma (70% Sativa and 30% Indica).

The THC levels of this strain are fairly high, making it one of the most popular strains for boosting creativity and improving relaxation. This strain is most commonly used during afternoons and evenings when people are feeling anxious or stressed. 

How Was Tangerine Developed?

Tangerine was developed by DNA Genetics, one of the leading brands of marijuana strains in the world. It’s unclear when DNA Genetics created this strain, as it was kept behind closed doors for several years.

Around 2014, Crockett Family Farm bred their own version of Tangie, which blew everyone away. Tangerine was developed after four generations of breeding of Ch9 Aroma, which is a fast-growing hybrid that shares similar characteristics with Indica. 

Often confused as Tangerine Dream, a cross between California Dream and Skunk #1, breeders and dealers believe that Tangie was developed as a cross between California Dream and a phenotype of Skunk #1.

California Dream is known for its citrus aroma and taste with its mental high, and the unknown Skunk is believed to add the calming, dream-like sensation. DNA Genetics and Crockett Family Farm still breed Tangie, as well as DNA Army and Reserva Privada. 


The taste of Tangerine is the reason why people keep coming back for more. As the name suggests, Tangie offers a burst of flavor that tastes like a tangerine.

It’s sweet and citrusy with a satisfying hint of bitterness from the slightest flavor of lime. This strain is, essentially, like fruity candy. 

Odor And Flavor

Just like the flavor, Tangerine offers a pungent yet satisfying tangerine, citrus aroma. Some say it almost smells like cotton candy, which is due to the slight lime flavor. Smelling Tangerine is almost like teleporting yourself to hot citrus groves in Florida. 

Physical Appearance

Generally speaking, the buds of the Tangerine strain are uniform in appearance. However, each Tangerine strain looks different to one another depending on the phenotype parent.

Some are nice and compact, while others have leaves and pistils. In most cases, Tangie buds are small and compact in a light green color. The buds have orange pistils and frosty trichomes (white hair). 

Grow Info

While the Tangerine strain can be grown either indoors or outdoors, breeders say that Tangie grows best in hot climates and soil. This strain is moderately hard to grow, which is why it isn’t recommended for beginners to grow. 

Generally speaking, Tangerine grows best outside due to its height. The ideal harvest time is between September and October, where you can expect to get a higher yield of at least 18 ounces per plant. 

While you can grow Tangerine inside, the requirements are stricter – for example, the room temperature must be between 68-85 °F. It usually takes between 7-9 weeks for the flowers to grow.

When growing Tangerine indoors, you can expect to get less ounces per plant than growing it outdoors, averaging to around 14 ounces per plant. 

The key is to enhance the citrusy flavors by feeding the Tangerine plant lots of nutrients. In the vegetative stage, the nitrogen levels should be above average. Once the flowers begin to bloom, the levels of phosphorus and potassium should be increased. 


The main benefit to the Tangerine strain is its ability to clear heads. The hybrid strain is ideal for providing calm and clearness to people dealing with anxiety or stress, giving them an uplifting effect within 30 minutes. 

Not only this, but Tangie is great for boosting creativity. It won’t make people slump on a couch for hours on end – instead, it will improve energy levels while keeping the individual calm and relaxed. 

This is why Tangerine is most commonly used in the afternoons or after work, as it helps people with day-to-day tasks while keeping them mentally relaxed. Tangerine also increases appetite and the munchies. 

Side Effects

Like every other marijuana strain, Tangerine does have some side effects. The most common side effects include a dry mouth and eyes, which is why it is important to stay well hydrated with water. 

Less common side effects include paranoia, dizziness, and mild anxiety. Though this might seem redundant given the calming properties of the strain, these side effects only usually occur in beginners and novices. 

Medical Appointments

The calming benefits of Tangerine makes this a good strain for people with a variety of medical issues. This is especially the case for those dealing with mental disorders such as anxiety or depression, as the uplifting effects work to provide some peace. 

Tangerine is also said to be ideal for those struggling with fatigue, because it will relax the body while providing an energy boost to get long-awaited tasks done. However, Tangerine isn’t a pain reliever, so it won’t be beneficial for those struggling with chronic pain like arthritis. 

Similar Strains

Similar strains to Tangerine include:

  • Tangerine Dream – an energy-boosting and pain-relieving strain that was popular in the 90s
  • Tangerine Haze – a strain that offers similar benefits as Tangie, just with more “hazy” effects
  • California Orange – a parent to Tangie, this strain relieves stress and pain
  • Grape God – a sativa-dominant strain that is ideal for anxiety and chronic pain
  • Purple Urkle – a popular Indica strain for insomnia and anxiety
  • Purple Sour Diesel – a sativa-dominant strain for boosting creativity and euphoria

Strain Cannabinoids 

  • THC: 17-22%
  • CBD: <1-2%
  • Indica/Sativa: 30%/70%
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