Harlequin is a strain that is rich in CBD that has been popular for a very long time. It is a sativa-dominant hybrid that is the product of a number of landrace strains, Colombian Gold, Thai and Swiss sativas, and a Nepali indica. The strain is around 75% sativa, but it does not produce the strong cerebral high of sativa due to its high CBD levels. The standard ratio of CBD to THC in Harlequin is 5:2. It has been measured as having THC levels of 4% to 10% and CBD levels of 6% to 15%. The strain has won numerous Cannabis Cup awards for its CBD content in both bud and concentrate form.
The plant has tight, dense buds with medium green leaves and pistils that range from orange to bright red. It is usually covered in sticky white trichomes and when properly cured, the buds smell musky. When burnt, the flowers have a woody scent and taste of mango and citrus fruits.
Due to its low THC content and the high levels of CBD, Harlequin is unlikely to make you particularly high. However, it can result in an uplift in mood, a mellow mind-set and some anxiety relief. Furthermore, some users have said that it increases their focus.
Harlequin is best known for providing pain relief from mild and chronic conditions. It can help with aches thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. The strain can also help eliminate nausea. Thanks to the absence of a strong high, it can be used at any time of day or night.
Harlequin is a clone-only strain, so growers need to obtain clippings from a mature and healthy plant. There are companies that claim to sell seeds, but they should treated with suspicion as the strain’s growers say that they have never released seeds.
However, it is a fairly easy strain to grow. Outdoor growing will require sunlight and temperatures of between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, growers need to be vigilant as the strain is not particularly resistant to bugs or pests. The plants have a typical indica shape so are suited to indoor growing. The plants normally flower within 9 to 10 weeks, but if left longer the THC levels may increase. The strain produces an average yield.
In recent years a great deal of attention has been given to the health benefits of CBD and this has made Harlequin a particularly popular strain. It provides a slight high, but can be used in a range of situations and the high is not long lasting.