Pennywise Strain Information

Pennywise Strain Information

Pennywise is a high-CBD indica cross between Harlequin and Jack the Ripper, a combination that lends this strain its killer clown name. Four phenotypes of this Stephen King-inspired strain exist, some of which have fingerlike buds while others appear more round. Notes of coffee and pepper lift from the purple-fringed flowers with undertones of lemon and bubblegum. Rich in the therapeutic compound CBD, Pennywise is especially effective in treating arthritis, PTSD, epilepsy, neurological disorders, and cancer symptoms. It contains a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC, so the psychoactive effects are milder and more relaxing. Jack the Ripper’s cerebrally focused effects are detectable in Pennywise’s genes as euphoria and mental clarity take over with an invigorating buzz. Pennywise flowers in 60 to 67 days and is suitable for either indoor or outdoor gardens.

About Pennywise

If you were traumatized by Stephen King’s It and its killer clown villain, the name of this strain might set you off. Not to worry, though, as the CBD hybrid Pennywise is more likely to help you relax than it is to cause a panic attack. Pennywise is a mostly-indica strain created by Subcool’s The Dank Seeds as a cross between landrace-derived Harlequin and TGA’s own Jack the Ripper. Harlequin imparts a high CBD content, making this a soothing and therapeutic bud. Its THC content has been measured at between 12% and 15%.

When trimmed, flowers of Pennywise tend to be small to medium in size and adhere to chunky, irregular-sized formations. The buds mostly have an indica-inflected structure, with a dense and compact center but with some phenotypes shows off loose, more sativa-inflected leaves. The leaves themselves are a pale sea green and are twisted through with brown and orange pistils. A high volume of cloudy white trichomes coats these already-colorful flowers, adding a pale white sheen.

When properly cured, flowers of Pennywise have a primarily dank, earthy scent, similar to damp soil. Closer inspection reveals some woody undertones, including some piney accents. Grinding up the buds, meanwhile, gives off more of a spicy, hashy kick. When combusted, Pennywise burns with a harsh, thick smoke and may induce a coughing fit. This smoke tastes sour and peppery on the exhale.

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Pennywise takes hold relatively quickly, stimulating the smoker’s mind before going to work on the body. External stimulation like certain sights or sounds may take on a new dimension or intensity. Thanks to this strain’s indica influence and CBD content, though, its head high is not overly cerebral or disorienting. Instead, consumers are able to maintain lucid conversation or to execute complicated, detail-oriented tasks. Pennywise may also be helpful for opening up creative avenues for projects like brainstorming or crafting. Fairly soon, users are immersed in the strain’s soothing physical properties. Progressive waves of relaxation roll down through the neck and core, relieving and spots of lingering muscular tension and helping to facilitate deep and easy breathing. At this point, energy levels begin to dip and the average consumer may not want to do much more than lounge on the closes comfortable surface. Atmospheric media like a moody movie or playlist can help to enhance this strain’s relaxation even further. Since it mostly allows smokers to keep their wits about them, Pennywise can also be a fun bud for social situations, stoking free-flowing conversation and camaraderie. If the dosage is increased, beware that this very relaxing strain comes with the possibility of intractable couchlock and may even lull users to sleep in the right set and setting. Because of its mostly kicked-back vibes, Pennywise is recommended for consumption starting in the late afternoon, when its eventually sedative mood can be fully appreciated.

Pennywise also has significant medical uses that flow from its high 1:1 ratio of THC to the more therapeutic cannabinoid CBD. High CBD strains have shown potential in alleviating the effects of PTSD, arthritis, epilepsy and various neurological disorders. These kinds of strains have also been observed to have neuroprotective properties. Pennywise’s generally sedate mood can even help relieve stress and calm anxiety.

Seeds of this popular strain are available for sale directly through TGA Subcool. Plants of Pennywise can grow to medium height. The strain is suitable for indoor cultivation, although it has no issues with an outdoor garden; in fact, its strong landrace backbone (parent strain Harlequin is a mix of bud native to Colombia and Thailand) makes it resistant to an adverse growing condition like mold and mildew. This strain has four different phenotypes, with each differing in bud structure and color dominance. Crops should be topped at least once by trimming away any broad, light-blocking fan leaves. Pennywise typically flowers within a long 9 to 10 weeks.

Although it can be very valuable for medical cannabis patients, Pennywise is recreationally enjoyable as well. Its soothing effects can be a great way to unwind after a long day or week of work.


Pennywise is a CBD-rich hybrid from California’s TGA Genetics. After years of research and development to create a strain high in CBD, TGA landed on a cross between a Harlequin female and a Jack the Ripper male. The result was Pennywise, averaging 12-15% CBD with equal ratios of THC. According to TGA co-founder Subcool, Pennywise began in 2007 when he worked with a rare Harlequin cut from breeder Chef Joel of Norstar Genetics, who holds the same Harlequin cutting today.

According to TGA, Pennywise has four main phenotypes — traits the earth pulls from the plant’s genetic code — exhibiting varying amounts of coffee, lemon and bubblegum flavors. All four are reported by the breeder to produce both the relaxing, therapeutic effects of Harlequin and the invigorating effects of Jack the Ripper. Per Subcool, the goal with Pennywise is a 1:1 THC/CBD ratio — with the most popular phenotype testing at 11% THC, 11% CBD.

Grow information

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TGA reports Pennywise has a short-to-medium growth, purple/green leaves and dense, medium-sized buds with a 56-63 day flowering period. Whether growing indoors or out, TGA recommends topping only once, as the stretch on most Pennywise phenotypes should be limited.

Today, TGA produces Pennywise seeds using a Jack the Ripper male that tests high in THC-V.


TGA Genetics

Indica Dominant Hybrid – 70% Indica / 30% Sativa

THC: 8% – 15%, CBD: 12%

Pennywise, a cross of sativas Jack the Ripper and Harlequin, is known mostly for its unusually high CBD content. Those levels can top 12%, making this a good choice for patients who need treatment for seizures or other medical disorders that can be alleviated with CBD. Though its parents are decidedly sativa-dominant, Pennywise is an indica-heavy cross with a sativa/indica ratio of roughly 30:70. That makes for a mild but clear-headed physical high with a dose of euphoria. In addition to epilepsy, this strain is effective treatment for cancer symptoms, arthritis, PTSD, neurological disorders, and anxiety. The smell is pungent and woody while the flavor is sweet with notes of wood. There isn’t much available data on adverse effects, but users should probably expect dry eyes, cottonmouth, and paranoia. Pennywise sells best in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Michigan, and Colorado. It may occasionally appear on the black market, but it appears to be limited mostly to legal medical markets.


This strain is extremely impressive because it develops between 12-15% of CBD and equal amounts of THC. It’s unusual to encounter a cannabis strain with this sought-after cannabinoid profile of around 1:1. It’s an 80% indica and 20% sativa variety, ready to couch-lock its prey. If one wishes to experience a proper entourage effect, Pennywise should be strongly considered in one’s endeavors. This plant derives from mixing Harlequin with Jack The Ripper.

Pennywise manifests in four different phenotypes. The buds can become either fingery or round, and their colors range between green and purple. The purple ones look super cool. It takes Pennywise 60-67 days to finish flowering. The terpenes of this strain deliver coffee/peppery flavors mixed with lemon and bubblegum undertones.

The high CBD cannabis strain Pennywise is an indica that has four differing phenotypes. Its name derives from the Stephen King novel, “It,” referencing the killer clown, however, there’s nothing scary about this strain. Depending on phenotype, its buds can be either round or finger-shaped but all have purple hues. Its scent and flavor are of coffee and spice, with woody and earthy undertones. Some note a hint of citrus or bubblegum.

Pennywise is the daughter strain of crossing two sativas: Jack the Ripper and Harlequin. Though its parents are sativa-dominant, Pennywise’s indica-sativa ratio is surprisingly 70/30. It first blossomed under the care of TGA Subcool Seeds.

THC content for this strain rests between 8-15% with a CBD content of 12%. Most crops reap a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. Its high is best used in the medical field, with reviewers noting its therapeutic qualities. It will leave the consumer free of pain, lessen fatigue, and elevate mood. It’s been known to help with PTSD, arthritis, and epilepsy.

Not very many negative effects have been associated with Pennywise, though dry mouth and eyes are normal.

It takes between eight and ten weeks for Pennywise to fully flower. Growers will enjoy this strain’s ability to resist mildew.

Lab Data

Beta Myrcene:1.88%
Alpha Pinene:0.75%
Alpha Humulene:0.59%

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  1. WeedDixieGlover

    Great strain for medical use. Completely negates my back pain. Migraine sufferer for years and this is seriously the best strain I’ve found to deal with the pain and slow me to actually function like a human. Wish it was still available in my Toronto area.

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