aka White Gushers, Fruit Gushers
Fruity, juicy, sweet, and gooey; that’s Gushers in a nutshell. Not just when it comes to the candy, either. The indica-leaning Gushers strain of weed is all that and more. It has a euphoric head high that will make you almost as giddy as a kid in a candy store. Luckily, the body buzz will relax you and keep you from feeling like you’re bouncing off the walls.
The Gushers weed strain (also known as Fruit Gushers) is a California Cookies Fam Genetics creation. They’ve crossed their famous Gelato #41 with a tropical treat known as Triangle Kush. The result is a tasty 60% indica/40% sativa hybrid with some of the best traits from both parents. THC content varies depending on the grower, but it averages about 15%. Some plants can reach all the way up to 25%, though. If you treat your plants well, you’ll be rewarded.
Gushers is great for more than just recreational use, too. The moderate THC levels in many varieties make it ideal for therapeutic use. The even, hybrid qualities are useful for everything from chronic pain to anxiety. The euphoric head high combined with a relaxing body high eases worries while also easing aches and pains.
- Effects: Creative, Focused, Tingly
- Side Effects: Thirst and dry mouth, Dry eyes, Panic attacks, Hunger
- Common Usage: ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Arthritis, Bipolar disorder, PTSD
- Terpenes: Valencene, Ocimene, Phellandrene
- Taste: Citrus, Earthy, Pine, Sweet, Woody
The effects of the Gushers weed strain take a few minutes to build, but they’re worth it. The moderate to high THC content stimulates a buzzy, but laid-back head high that begins as a tingly bliss coming from the back of the scalp and moving forward. It never revs up into an anxious, energetic high. Instead, users find that their worries float away, and life just seems a little easier to handle.
The body high kicks in with the head high, melting anxiety, worries, and muscle tension away. It’s best described as low-stress, and many describe the entire experience as ‘chill.’ The body-calming strain makes you loose, but not tired, which helps keep the night going. The combination of the chill head high and the mellow body buzz helps keep users awake and aware, but unstressed. It’s a great complement to a night on the couch with friends and a good movie.
Just like the candy, Gushers smells sweet and fruity. There’s a serious hint of creamy cookies from the Gelato #41 heritage. Once you spend a little time with it, the herby, spicy undertones start to come through.
There aren’t many surprises to the flavor once you’ve smelled Gushers. Your first toke will be a big mouthful of sour fruity candy, with heavy tropical notes. There’s also a matching cookies and cream aspect that keeps the experience smooth.
Since the average THC level in Gushers is moderate, adverse reactions are minimal. In general, the most common responses are dry eye and cottonmouth. The indica heritage keeps anxiety down, but it can make you drowsy or slightly paranoid – especially with overconsumption. This means these effects can be minimized by pacing yourself and knowing your limits.
Gushers Medical Benefits
- THC: 23 – 25%
- CBD: 0.69 – 0.17%
- CBC: 0.41 – 1.14%
- CBG: 0.09 – 1.77%
- CBN: 0.09 – 0.19%
- THCV: 0.49 – 1.36%
While there are plenty of recreational reasons to use Gushers, there are are also plenty of people who swear by its therapeutic usefulness.
The euphoric head high is a smooth, easy way to relieve anxious thoughts. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms can all benefit from regular use of this strain. The Gushers weed strain helps lift dark moods and banish worries.
The chill head high evens out anxiety by calming repetitive thoughts and slowing aggravated heart rates. Despair or hopelessness melts away, allowing gentle bliss to take over. Symptoms of OCD or PTSD often fade into obscurity. The simple things that typically distract or cause pain, no longer catch your attention.
Those with chronic stress also start to unwind after long days, both mentally and physically. The body high is relaxing and tingly, giving muscles a chance to relax. That relief of tension helps ease pain and aches from stress or even chronic illness. People with arthritis pain, cancer pain, and fibromyalgia have reported gaining relief through Gushers.
Even those with chronic insomnia enjoy Gushers. While the strain itself doesn’t make people sleepy, it eases the stress or focus that prevents sleep. The deep relaxation of this strain helps people find a calm mental place. When the high winds down, most enjoy a night of deep, restful sleep.
- Flowering time: 51-60 Days
- Harvest time: 66-73 Days
- Yield indoor: 2-4 oz/ft2
- Yield outdoor: 4-6 oz/ft2
- Height indoor: 30-60 Inches
- Height outdoor: 30-60 Inches
- Grow difficulty: Easy
- Flowering type: Photoperiod
The Gushers strain is relatively new, and not many growers have reported their experiences yet. Early reports imply that it’s a pretty standard indica-dominant hybrid. It’s bushy and relatively easy to cultivate as long as there is enough light. Look for plants to reach three to four feet indoors and up to six feet outside.
Since it’s a bushier strain, you don’t have to worry as much about high-stress training as you would with a tall, slim strain. You can still use low-stress training to help get the most out of your plants, though. The Screen of Green method can help develop an even canopy and maximize the light at every bud site. You could also try lollipopping to increase the yield.
Using the lollipopping method is also a good idea because it can help Gusher plants with airflow. Because this is a bushier strain, its dense foliage can harbor diseases where you can’t see it. Things like powdery mildew and pests can thrive in the calm, dark interior of a plant. Pruning using the lollipopping method will keep airflow even throughout the plant and cut down on pest threats.
If you’re growing your Gushers plants inside, you should expect your harvest to take 10-11 weeks. Harvesting the indoor plants usually yields about 3-5 ounces of bud per square meter.
In the northern hemisphere, Gushers strain plants grown outside should be ready to harvest around late October. Because of this, the strain is better suited to warmer climates where it won’t freeze before it’s ready to smoke. Look for 6-8 ounces of dank bud per plant when grown outside.