Big Bud is one of the most popular strains in the world - not only to consumers but also to breeders. As a mostly Indica hybrid, its effects are mainly physical, and it does so with flying colors. From a gentle cerebral stimulation, it eventually sends a soothing calm to the body, leaving one in tranquility.
For breeders, this strain is one of the most valuable genetic stocks. The sheer size of its "buds" is reason enough to use it in enhancing the yields of new hybrids. For obvious reasons, it benefits both home and commercial growers.
Not much is know about its origin. The consensus, though, is that it descended from an Afghani crossed with Skunk.
During the early years, its weakness was susceptibility to molds. The stems and branches also require support lest it snaps at the weight of the enormous flowers.
In the 80s, as the United States waged war on drugs, a clone of Bid Bud made its way to the Netherlands. Then, highly skilled breeders backcrossed it with an outstanding Afghani landrace. After a period that lasted several years, the painstaking work paid off. Big Bud showed improvements in many facets, from traits to its growth pattern.
After perfecting the strain, work shifted to stabilizing the desirable females and producing feminized seeds with uniform, reliable genetics. These are the seeds offered today by Homegrown Cannabis Co.
Big Bud Traits and Effects
The chunky buds of this strain are incredibly resinous. Due to the sheer concentration of trichomes, it is incredibly sticky. Moreover, it exudes a dank, earthy odor accentuated by a spicy, fruity note. During exhale, it leaves a sweet aftertaste.
Once consumed - either by smoking or vaping - Big Bud induces a mellow euphoric and foggy head high. It would take some time before the physical effects kick into the body. Once it does, it starts as a calming sensation, soothing muscles, and releasing tensions. Gradually, it intensifies to such a degree that some people might experience visual and auditory distortions. It may also include time dilation.
As the body succumbs, falling into profound relaxation, physical activities cease as laziness takes over. In most cases, it leaves one couch-locked at the peak of the psychedelic high.
Big Bud is also a highly medicinal strain. Among its most important therapeutic uses is relieving stress and pains. It could also alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, patients should be mindful of the dosage. An excessive dose could exacerbate the condition, instead of mitigating.
Big Bud feminized seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co. have high rates of germination. After sprouting, the seedlings grow into small-to-medium-sized plants. Its structure is compact and thus requires regular trimming and pruning. Using the Sea of Green technique, it is possible to force flowering two weeks earlier than usual. After flowering for 7 to 9 weeks, the yield per square meter could be as high as 700 grams.
Harvesting Bid Bud earlier is possible. By incorporating Ruderalis into this strain, a new type of seeds came to be - fast version seeds. It remains reliant on light cycles, but the flowering time is cut down by two weeks. Even so, the yield remains about the same at some 700 grams per square meter.
Big Bud Descendants
For contributing its genetics to numerous highly-acclaimed genetics, mentioning Big Bud in the same sentence as other classics is fitting. By itself, it is already an outstanding strain that satisfies the needs of both consumers. However, breathing life by bestowing newer hybrids with massive yielding ability is of more significance.
Feminized: Among the most recognizable names in the cannabis community are Grandaddy Purple and Super Critical - both of which come as feminized seeds (and other seed forms).
Purple Urkle hails from the elite Mendocino Purps line in California. Among its desirable characteristics is a complex terpene profile that emits the scents of berry and grapes mixing with a skunky note. This Indica-dominant hybrid received a boost in the cross with Big Bud, birthing one of the all-time best high-THC medicinal strains Grandaddy Purple.
Grow Grandaddy Purple from feminized seeds, and it could produce 15-27% THC, making it one of the world's most potent strains. Granted that it can induce profound relaxation to the delight of recreational consumers, its importance to the cannabis community is medical. The abundant terpenes found in GDP augments its calming and painkilling properties; thus, it can effectively obliterate stress, pain, and muscle spasms. Plus, it is highly sedating and best used in the evening as a means to unwind before going to sleep.
The creation of this strain started with backcrossing Big Bud with Skunk #1. After stabilizing a female offspring, a male White Widow then pollinated it. The progeny, called Super Critical, retains the mostly Indica genotype with the addition of a sharper mental stimulation. Be it for recreational or medicinal consumption, for sure; this powerhouse does not disappoint.
Compared to Big Bud, it is more superior in some ways. As many in the industry are aware of, White Widow is one of the easiest and beginner-friendly strains in the world. In more ways than one, adding its genes into the mix contributed to the ease of cultivation. Incredibly, it also further raised the already insane yield potential.
Homegrown Cannabis Co. delivers Super Critical feminized seeds worldwide. Grow this strain under optimal conditions, and after 7 to 8 weeks of flowering, expect to harvest up to 800 grams per square meter. Even better, and if possible, cultivate it outdoors under plenty of sunshine, and each plant produces an insane 1200 grams.
Auto: One weakness that is inherent with auto-flowering strains is that it could not match the yields of photoperiod strains. The incredibly short growth cycle favors impatient growers. However, it also compromises the harvests. Big Bud, in this case, is starting to reshape the auto landscape as adding its genes helps these plants produce more massive flowers, thus increasing the yields.
Big Bud has established itself as an Indica powerhouse. Adding another to the mix - in this case, Blueberry - can only mean one thing. And, as expected, the new progeny can indeed deliver a full-bodied high while exuding a more delightful fragrance.
Blueberry x Big Bud auto seeds are easy to germinate and typically pops after 24 hours. Under optimal conditions, it can produce up to 19% THC, making it highly potent. Be it for relaxation or easing mental and physical discomforts; it can more than satisfy the needs.
As an auto-flowering strain, it cuts the overall growth cycle down to 2-1/2 months. Moreover, Homegrown Cannabis Co. also provides it in female form, thus eliminating males and possible accidental contamination.
- Northern Lights x Big Bud Auto
For nearly four decades, no other Indica strain has dominated the cannabis scene as much as Northern Lights. In almost all facets, it is the epitome of excellence. Not only have breeders around the world used it to create new hybrids, but Homegrown Cannabis Co. even provides it in different seed forms. And, in one of the more exciting crosses, Big Bud comes in to boost the size of the flowers and yields.
Northern Lights x Big Bud auto-flowering seeds grow into healthy plants, reaching full maturity in only 11 to 13 weeks. Its yield - ranging from 450-600 grams - is outstanding. Even more impressive is that it could have as high as 22% THC. As such, it can deliver a profound body stone as well as provide relief from stress and pains.
No strain is perfect. However, even the exemplary Big Bud could use some improvements. Hence, in this three-way cross, the goal of creating a hybrid that eliminates any shortcomings gave rise to Triple XL auto feminized seeds.
One perceived weakness of Big Bud is susceptibility to molds. Hence, the addition of Northern Lights did not only maintain the Indica genotype. It also enhanced the sturdiness and strengthened its defense against pests and moisture-related diseases. Green Crack, on the other hand, contributed to a more pronounced cerebral onset.
After years of non-stop enhancements and refining, Triple XL Auto is now available for delivery worldwide. Like its predecessor, it can provide a profoundly powerful body stone. For home cultivation, it takes only 8 to 9 weeks to go from seeds to harvest. Even at this rapid rate, it yields 800 to 1000 grams per square meter. No other auto-flowering strain can produce as much.