This strain comes out of Los Angeles, and it rocketed to the top of the charts at many legal dispensaries across the United States. It was such a hit that it sold out everywhere within months. Since cultivators didn’t anticipate its success, seed banks ran dry, and only a few clones of this incredible strain were preserved. It’s now one of the most sought-after strains by growers in the lower 48, and today it’s incredibly difficult to find original genetics of The MAC cannabis strain.
Am I the only one calling bullshit on all these 30 percent THC strains? I’ll smoke something from a dispensary claiming just that and feel like a sober turd, then puff something stinky marked at 15 percent THC and get burnt to a crisp. Stop juicing your testing results, ya bums. You know who you are.
Some strains can back up that shit talk, though, and make you regret being so cocky. Some strains will make you feel like a lost virgin again, leaving you gasping for air and a few more seconds of focus. Of course a strain named MAC would be one of those strains: You’ll be lured in and spit out like a spent piece of meat. And you’ll keep wanting to come back. No one can resist such powerful mackin’.
The hybrid of Alien Cookies and (allegedly) a Colombian landrace and Starfighter is a successful attempt by breeder Capulator at condensing Alien Kush genetics through a long lineage of backcrossing strains such as Tahoe Alien and Chemdog. Short for Miracle Alien Cookies, MAC has quickly built a reputation for dense, hearty nugs with otherworldly trichome coverage and top-shelf potency. Sure, anyone can fuck up good genetics, but MAC has reached a point of credibility where even mediocre dispensaries should be growing a respectable cut, or not trying to grow it at all. (Those rules should apply to all strains but sadly, they don’t.)
About MAC 10
Anyone who has experienced the beauty of the MAC strain will be pleased to know that Capulator’s genetics are still going strong. Some say that MAC 10 is a backcross of her original namesake while others claim that MAC, also known as Miracle Alien Cookies, was crossed with Starfighter and a Columbian landrace. To be honest, we’re not so concerned about how she got here, because what really matters is just how amazing her effects are said to be.
MAC 1 comes in a bit stronger than her predecessor with a high of 23% THC that reportedly packs a huge punch. Rumor has it that some dispensaries even stock their shelves with varieties that reach into the 30% range. Nugs are incredibly dense and so thickly covered with trichomes that you can barely see her green and purple hues beneath. Both flavors and aromas here aren’t for the faint of heart, as MAC 10 comes through with a strong sour diesel note that’s accented by citrus and spicy herbs.
If you’ve smoked MAC before, just imagine MAC 10 as her new and improved version. Users note that this strain offers a strong one-two punch of both cerebral and physical effects, making her ideal for a late afternoon or early evening smoke session. Initially, many describe their experience as one that’s intensely euphoric, as just a few tokes are said to bring people to the happiest mental state they’ve experienced in a long time. For some, creativity and focus might flourish for a short while before her indica side inevitably kicks in. Depending on your tolerance, you might feel physically relaxed with MAC 10 or you could end up glued to the couch before falling asleep.
This strain is a very well-balanced hybrid, making her a great choice for medical users. It’s likely that you’ll find relief from depression and anxiety thanks to her cerebral boost, and if you struggle with physical pain including migraines, muscle issues, or joint concerns, a few puffs have the potential to ease your woes for hours. During your comedown, don’t be surprised if MAC 1 brings the munchies to your doorstep, making this bud a smart choice for those with appetite issues.
By all accounts, MAC 10 sounds like one of the more perfect strains on the market, and it’s perfectly reasonable to want to grow her yourself at home. The tricky part is that while Capulator attempts to stay relatively unknown, there seems to be no shortage of growing operations including MAC 10 in their lineup. Getting your hands on seeds, however, is a different story. At this time, even the best internet sleuths cannot find MAC 10 seeds for purchase, so you might want to inquire with your favorite budtender to see if they have additional details.
Those who can handle pungent diesel strains will no doubt want to include MAC 10 in their regular lineup, as this bud offers a great balance between sativa and hybrid effects. Depending on your tolerance and the potency of the nugs you buy, consider experimenting with the time of day you smoke and see where she best fits into your day to day routine.
Hybrid – 50% Sativa /50% Indica
MAC 10, also known as “Miracle Alien Cookies 10,” is an evenly balanced hybrid strain (50% indica/50% sativa) created through crossing the infamous MAC F2 X (Unknown Colombian Landrace X Starfighter). With parents like these, you know you’re in for one crazy ride with MAC 10. This bud brings on the high-flying euphoria, with heavily cerebral effects that launch you into outer space and leave you there. This effect hits you almost instantly, smashing into your brain and leaving you insanely happy with a slightly unfocused and hazy sense. A deeply relaxing body high accompanies this heady lift, keeping you anchored as your mind flies higher and higher. Thanks to these effects and its super high 32% average THC level, MAC 10 is often chosen to treat patients suffering from conditions such as headaches or migraines, chronic pain, depression and chronic stress. This bud has a super spicy fruity berry flavor with a heavily gassy exhale. The aroma is very pungent and gassy with a diesel overtone that has touches of sweet and spicy berries to it, too. MAC 10 buds have fluffy oversized forest green nugs with dark green undertones, lots of furry orange hairs and a coating of frosty blueish-green tinted white crystal trichomes.
MAC hasn’t yet gotten the acclaim here that it has in California, but we’ve heard reports of serious MACkin’ in Denver lately. A Cut Above, Ajoya, Bonfire Cannabis, Diego Pellicer, Doctors Orders, Green Tree Medicinals, the Herbal Center, High Level Health, Igadi, the Joint, Kind Love and Wolfpac Cannabis have all carried MAC, while several extraction companies sell concentrated versions of the strain, as well. My favorite cuts so far come from Kind Love and Wolfpac, both of which make bong hits feel like dabs while tasting like a mix between rubber, citrus rind and stinky cheese. The concentrated version from Green Dot Labs provides a thick, sweet and potent hit, too, without all the ash.
Looks: MAC usually has dense calyxes, with football- and cone-shaped buds that grow beautiful tips made for pinching and breaking. The heavy trichome coverage almost looks greasy over the limited pistils and dark-purple spots.
Smell: As good as it looks, MAC’s much more of a sweet talker, pumping out sweet, sour and funky whiffs of rubber, gas, citrus rind and even a little dirty cheese. Those rubbery, sweet notes are covered in a dank layer of earthy bark — a true clash of Chemmy and Kush characteristics.
Flavor: Able to force its way through dirty glassware and flavored blunt wraps, MAC’s flavor is very similar to the smell, both in clarity and chronology, with initial sweet and sour notes of Diesel, rubber and oranges followed by a subtle cheesy funk and topped off by a powerful earthy-Kush aftertaste.
Effects: MAC’s euphoric, uplifting effects help relax the mind while empowering and energizing it, creating a great high for weekend mornings and after-work activities. However, the strain’s high THC content can make the effects debilitating for low tolerances, so start very slowly with this one. Medical patients have used MAC for chronic pain, fatigue, stress, headaches and eye pain, with high-tolerance users able to enjoy the strain without an extreme increase in appetite.
Home grower’s take: “Blew up at dispensaries overnight, but some of us grew MAC as early as two, three years ago. Love the conflicting aspects of Eastern and South American genetics at play here, and you can really smell those two different sides in the grow. Took at least nine or ten weeks to pull down, but it’s worth it if you have a rosin press or make hash. That trichome level is fantastic.”