The LSD strain was bred by Barneys Farm, with a lineage from Mazar-I-Sharif and Skunk #1. It is a disease-resistant plant that does well in most growing conditions. The buds form in curved triangles, yielding approximately 600 grams per square meter. Flowering time is approximately 8-9 weeks. This strain is popular for its vivid euphoric experience and powerful body buzz.
Available in feminized seed form only, this plant was made by crossing Barney’s favorite in-house Skunk strain with a potent Mazar, resulting in a fairly heavy Indica plant that manages to retain some of the Sativa head effects from the Skunk. A hearty plant that resists disease and mold, it definitely gets its structure and height from the Afghani side of its lineage rather than the Skunk, though it is also a good producer thanks to the hybrid vigor of the cross.
L.S.D. is an Indica-dominant strain, named after a potent psychedelic drug because of the strain’s extremely psychedelic and cerebral high. The strain starts with an upbeat sense of happiness that can cloud the mind and leave some users completely confused and “mentally stuck.” Some users claim to feel more creative or social after using L.S.D. in spite of the strong cerebral stimulation.
This degree of mental stimulation is quite rare for an Indica. Not surprisingly, L.S.D. also has typical Indica-based body effects. Users often notice the powerful body numbing 1 to 2 hours after ingestion, once most of the cerebral effects wear off. The negative effects may include cotton mouth, dry eyes, dizziness, headaches, and minor paranoia.
For most, this strain can be used any time of day to ease mild to moderate chronic aches and pains. L.S.D. is often prescribed to help deal with stress, anxiety, or depression. Patients also use the strain to treat insomnia, and a few choose it to help combat migraines.
L.S.D. is a cross between a Mazar and a very old variety of skunk, Skunk #1, created by Barney’s Farm. While this strain is not recommended for new growers, it is quite easy to cultivate as it is resistant to many diseases and can be grown both outdoors and inside. With a long flowering period of between 65 and 78 days, L.S.D. can produce up to 650 grams per square meter. Rarely exceeding 60 centimeters, the strain usually finishes in April in the Southern hemisphere and October in the Northern. This strain can have a THC count of up to 24%.
I get a little spooked whenever I see a strain named after another drug. Ecstasy OG and Herijuana make me feel like I’m about to smoke something other than cannabis, and it’s never good to have a grimy state of mind when lighting up. LSD, however, conjures a different vision: The expanding psychedelic effects of the drug never really scared me, so maybe that’s why the strain named after it seemed more approachable than Herijuana. (If it was called “Acid,” that might be different story.)
LSD is an indica-dominant hybrid hailing from Barney’s Farm, a world-famous strain breeder based in Amsterdam. Barney’s took Skunk #1 and Mazar I Sharif, a rare indica hybrid from Afghanistan, and created an intense, mind-bending experience similar to that of Girl Scout Cookies or other potent hybrids — but with a much more calming and relaxing effect.
While anyone who appreciates a vivid cerebral experience would enjoy the mind-bending high of LSD, it can be a little too kaleidoscopic for some. My peripheral vision is instantly eliminated upon smoking it, as is any sort of motivation to leave my seat. The heavy indica effects make it hard to imagine this being anything other than a nighttime strain for recreational purposes, but LSD’s strong ability to subdue could make it a daytime option for medical patients.
LSD is only available at a handful of dispensaries in the Denver area, including Denver Kush Club, Good Chemistry and MMJ America, but several dispensaries in Colorado Springs and Pueblo carry it. Good Chemistry’s cut is my favorite in Denver, with dense, ball- and coned-shaped buds that smell like a sweeter version of Afghani, but with much more aggressive cerebral effects.
Looks: Round and cone-shaped buds give LSD a classic indica look, with a dense bud structure and color ranging from dark to wintergreen. Limited orange pistil coverage and small trichomes make its kushy color stand out even more.
Smell: Strong scents of pine and pungent, skunky notes dominate the strain, but there’s an underlying sweetness throughout, like freshly dewed juniper berries.
Flavor: Similar to its smell, LSD’s flavor is heavy on the pine, hash and dank skunkiness. Although the berry notes aren’t as strong, there is a subtle bubble-gum sweetness on the back end.
Effects: The name speaks for itself: LSD produces one helluva body high, melting away aches and stress — or making users forget about them, at least. An intense cerebral uplift can leave users spacey, with a tendency to zone in on whatever is directly in front of them. The head high will transform into a body melt within an hour or so, though, so get your pajamas on asap.
Home grower’s take: “The high is a little too heavy and debilitating for me, but people liked it a lot when I was growing on the East Coast. It was always really dense and brought out a sweet, piney smell that people really gravitated toward back then — probably because it was so easy to tell it was kush. She’s pretty tough in the grow, and the yields are solid — a little less than a pound and a half per light, if you know what you’re doing. Just be ready for a stoney, indica high and nothing else.”
Commercial grower’s take: “Heavy strain for me and anyone else I’ve talked to, so I wouldn’t recommend smoking it until an hour or two before bed. Very relaxing body high, but it can also be very cerebral, so it can be good for stress, too. Takes about nine weeks to flower, but the yield is strong, and I don’t think it’s very hard [in the grow]; tough against thrips and mites, too. I’d keep it indoors if you’re looking for yields, but LSD’s toughness and squat-y structure definitely make it up for the conditions.”
Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 55% Sativa / 45% Indica
THC: 24%, CBD: 5%, CBN: 1%
LSD the hallucinogen is known to induce anxiety-riddled bad trips. Thankfully, LSD the marijuana strain delivers a psychedelic effect without the negative edge. It’s a near-even balance of sativa and indica (55:45 sativa/indica ratio). What sets this strain apart is its astronomically high THC levels, which top out at 24%. There are also high levels of CBD in this strain; CBD is used to treat seizures and other conditions. As its name suggests, LSD spurs a happy, strongly psychedelic experience focused on the head. At the same time, the indica genes provide a calming effect ideal for chronic body aches. LSD leaves quite an impression. Inexperienced users often get stuck in a mental rut, while other users find the strain promotes creativity and social interaction. It has a pungent earthy flavor and smell, with an underlying sweet taste. The high is strongly euphoric and upbeat, ideal for daytime activities as long as the high doesn’t overpower. LSD is great at relieving anxiety and depression, as well as PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and GI distress. It’s most popular in Colorado and on the West Coast, a bit harder to find elsewhere. It’s one of the most potent strains on the market, and its THC levels have drawn something of a following.