Strawberry Cough Marijuana Strain

Strawberry Cough Marijuana Strain

Kyle Kushman, a former High Times editor, developed Strawberry Cough largely by chance in 2000. Kushman claims to have received a small clone from a fellow breeder — a runt, the clone had allegedly been grown next to a strawberry patch somewhere in Connecticut. Kushman was struck by the clone’s pungent strawberry scent — he dubbed the strain Strawberry Field, and eventually crossed it with a Haze plant. The result was Strawberry Cough, a hybrid that tastes soft and sweet and delivers a solidly cerebral high.

Strawberry Cough

Kushman built a buzz around Strawberry Cough’s in New York City’s underground cannabis market. He then moved out west to focus on cultivation in California and handed out clones of Strawberry Cough on the cross-country drive, boosting its popularity even more.

The strain’s award-winning flowers are large and chunky. Despite its dominant sativa genetics, Strawberry Cough has a more indica-typical bud structure, with solid and densely-packed leaves. The sativa genes show, however, in the buds’ tapered, conical shape, less like popcorn and more like tiny pinecones. The flowers are covered in cloudy amber trichomes that lend the leaves a slightly yellowish appearance. Red — rather than orange — pistils are threaded through the sticky leaves. The mild scent of strawberries wafts up from the buds, mixed with a little bit of peppery spice. When buds are combusted, they give off a herbal cloud, reminiscent of parent strain Haze. Smoke from this strain is typically harsh, causing many users to cough and sometimes leading their eyes to water. The initial taste is of ripe strawberries, without any hint of skunkiness or musk. On the exhale, the strawberry flavor has some more sweetness. This saccharine berry scent lingers for a while after users have toked..

  • Effects: Happy, Uplifted, Euphoric, Energetic, Relaxed, Fatigue, Aroused
  • Taste: Berry, Earthy, Flowery
  • Side Effects: Dry mouth, Dry eyes, Dizzy, Paranoid, Headache, Hunger
  • Helps with: Stress, Depression, Pain, Insomnia, Anxiety
  • Lineage: Granddaddy Purple or Mendocino Purps strains.

All About Strawberry Cough

Classified genetically as a sativa (with an 80% sativa and 20% indica makeup), Strawberry Cough is said to be a crossbreed between Strawberry Fields and a mysterious old-school staple Haze strain, although there is much speculation concerning the facts of how this potent sativa came to be.

Its honest origins don’t really matter, because the high quality of Strawberry Cough is remarkable and unmissable, surprising and astounding all those who try it – even marijuana consuming veterans.

Those who have given it a go become completely hooked. With an immense THC quantity, well-grown Strawberry Cough buds have been rated at 15-26% THC composition in conducted lab tests. While not as high as some other strains, this is still more than suitable for those who hope to be left with profound feelings of elation and euphoria, while at the same time gaining sizable amounts of energy and melting any fatigue or tiredness away — usually in just 10-15 minutes.

Strawberry Cough Aroma

Much as the name implies, the overall aroma of Strawberry Cough is predominantly, well… strawberry; reminiscent of fresh summer berries growing in a country field. Some undertones also peak through the scent profile with hints of earth and skunk, which might be why this marijuana strain tends to cause coughing after it has been inhaled. The scent immediately consumes any room it’s in, lingering for a long time even after the buds themselves have been locked tightly away.

Strawberry Cough buds are beautiful and very tasty

Strawberry Cough genetics have an almost mythical origin and a unique, highly sought-after effect. The legendary genetics are partly North American and partly European. She is a hybrid cannabis strain which leans more to the Sativa side. The plants are beautiful to look at, some special phenotypes display purple hues in the buds and these are our favorites. Decades after introduction, Strawberry Cough feminised seeds remain a firm favourite with connoisseur repeat growers and staff. The fresh smell and sweet taste of strawberries is sure to leave a smile on your face.

Appearance-wise, the buds on Strawberry Cough are beautiful, featuring a multitude of colors that complement each other pleasantly. The sugar leaves are shades of violet purple, neon green and earthy yellow, with frequent patches of bright orange pistils, or tiny hairs, that curl and twist amongst the frosty, smokable leaves.

The sugar leaves are quite densely coated with trichomes, taking on a crystalline appearance which closely mimics the first frost of the year when the roads all develop a thin coating of ice, which glimmers and shines underneath the streetlight.

Strawberry Cough is full of terpenes

Strawberry Cough has flowers which are covered in trichomes with occasional reddish pistils and colourful purple/pinkish hues in the flower and leaves. The aroma is unmistakably that of garden-fresh strawberries. The appealing scent may also have a real candy sweetness too. Some phenotypes may express more of a peppery, spicy profile with a milder strawberry scent. These are also a real delight to smoke/vape.

The initial taste is that of ripe strawberries. On the exhale, the flavor has more of a sweeter taste with only a hint of spice. The strawberry scented smoke from this variety can be thick and rich making you cough, hence the name. Strawberry Cough exhibits an especially rich and flavoursome range of terpenes that any cannabis connoisseur will simply adore. A well cured jar of potent, resin soaked Strawberry Cough buds is difficult to beat! Few hybrid strains can match the combination of beautiful aroma and great visual appearance with such powerful and long-lasting blissful effects.

Strawberry Cough Genetics

According to ILGM, this strain is a descendant of the original Haze strain, but the exact heritage is unclear, while Wikileaf claims that it’s a cross between Strawberry Fields and old-school staple Haze. According to Leafly Strawberry Fields is actually a descendent of Strawberry Cough and an “undisclosed indica Parent.” Another popular claim online is that it was originally grown in strawberry fields, but we couldn’t find any evidence for this. 

Strawberry Cough Related Strains

Much like other weed strains Strawberry Cough’s origin is unclear, but, according to Cannabis Pharmacy,  some related strains are Lemon Haze, Lemon Thai, Sweet Tooth and Timewreck. According to Leafly, two of its children are Strawberry Satori and Strawberry Durban Diesel.

Strawberry Cough Cannabis Grow Info

  • Flowering time: 49 – 63 Days
  • Harvest time: 67 Days
  • Yield indoor: 1 – 2 Oz/Ft² (~ 400 g/m²)
  • Yield outdoor: 2 – 3 Oz/plant (~ 550 g/plant)
  • Height indoor: 60-80
  • Height outdoor: 60-80
  • Grow difficulty: Easy
  • Flowering type: Photoperiod

An easy to grow Sativa with a great high

Strawberry Cough is a relatively easy strain to grow, especially when compared to other Sativa dominant varieties. It’s not as tall/stretchy as some Sativas like Silver Haze, Amnesia Haze or Desfrán. But the THC-rich Strawberry Cough genetics deliver you the same supremely satisfying smoke/vape quality as that from pure Sativas.

The high is very cerebral. It’s strongly psychoactive, clear, social and euphoric. Both medical and recreational users comment that Strawberry Cough is a uniquely creative strain. This sharp focus is ideal for working on tasks that involve some degree of creativity or problem-solving.

Sativa lovers know that their long flowering plants may sometimes require a little more attention than fast finishing Indica’s. In addition to the longer grow cycle, some Sativa’s can be more sensitive to nutrients making them perhaps a little trickier for beginners. However, experienced sativa growers know that the genetics are well worth the extra effort and bloom time. That’s because a well grown Sativa can give you a soaring psychedelic high like no other. In the case of Strawberry Cough, you can expect a powerful yet blissfully enjoyable experience from proven genetics which have been adored for decades. These are top quality feminised cannabis seeds with a fully deserved reputation.

Dutch Passion Strawberry Cough has just the right amount of Indica content to make her less fussy with nutrients and also to help control stretch. This makes her more manageable in the grow-room and easier for indoor growers. The plants tend to be a little shorter and bushy than most Sativa’s. She grows to a medium height but still retains the most important characteristics for growers who prefer Sativa’s.

Common Effects of Strawberry Cough Strain

This is one of those strains that settle in without delays. You’ll fill its buzzy high after a couple of inhales. It gives you a mental high, characterized by such effects:

  • Creative,
  • Energetic,
  • Talkative,
  • Giggly,
  • Focused,
  • Headrush,
  • Euphoria

Due to its beneficial mental effects, involving a relaxed sense of focus, the Strawberry Cough weed is perfect for coping with:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety,
  • PTSD,
  • Phantom limb pain,
  • Bipolar disorder

The negative effects of Strawberry Cough are relatively mild. The main problem with it is revealed by the name: it causes coughing. It dries out the mouth, which worsens the cough. You’ll get the feeling of a “cottonmouth” and you’ll want to drink a lot of water.

Strawberry Cough is a bit of a complex sativa strain, because it does prove the same energy and uplift as other strains with this same categorization do, yet it is still very mellow and relaxing at the same time.

Strawberry Cough’s buzzy, thoughtful high settles in almost immediately. Users may feel initially unsettled, but, in the right set and setting, can embrace the sharp focus associated with this strain — it’s great for deep conversation, reading, or working on tasks that involve some degree of creativity or problem-solving. Strawberry Cough can also impart an energetic feeling of motivation and intensity that’s perfect for plowing through more mundane tasks. The opportunity for non-linear and less traditional ways of thinking makes Strawberry Cough a uniquely creative strain. Its sense of euphoria and tendency towards chattiness also marks this as a great choice in lively social settings.

Medically speaking, Strawberry Cough is beneficial in regulating entrenched mood disorders. As users feel a boost in energy and creativity, they may feel a dissipation in anxiety or stress. Some have also reported relief from painful migraines, as well as less intense headaches. Side effects of this strain include the possibility of paranoia, which can happen with larger doses when intense cerebral thinking can kick into overdrive. The high from Strawberry Cough is said to last longer than average, from about 3 to 4 hours.

Strawberry Cough Medical Benefit

  • THC: 17.0 – 20.0%
  • CBD: 0.43 – 0.62%
  • CBC: 0.41 – 1.46%
  • CBG: 0.25 – 1.32%
  • CBN: 0.07 – 0.23%
  • THCV: 0.22 – 1.42%

Some have said that Strawberry Cough is the ultimate mental health marijuana strain, acting fast to relieve a variety of mental health issues and conditions affecting the mind. This cannabis seems to miraculously lower stress levels. It calms the mind and body and slows down the heart rate to a comfortable pace where focus and concentration can become clearer — without the added anxiety.

For these reasons, those who have difficulties with ADHD could benefit extremely well from Strawberry Cough marijuana.

Furthermore, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and seasonal affective disorder, can improve with the help of Strawberry Cough. Those with mental conditions should begin by consuming a small dose of this strain, working their way up in dosage as they better understand how the plant is affecting them.

Strains with high potencies of THC can sometimes impact those with mental disorders negatively, which is why it is important to check in regularly with yourself if you fall under this category. Within the physical realm, Strawberry Cough can also be of assistance. It has a profound ability to tackle fatigue, pain, and nausea.

For those who are seeking relief from pain or other physical difficulties, Strawberry Cough should be consumed in slightly larger quantities (and therefore an alternative method of consumption could be useful to receive a more THC with little actual consuming involved”.

Edibles, concentrates, extracts, tinctures, candies, and gummies are all possible solutions, and some of them might even be available at your local medical marijuana dispensary or recreational pot shop.

Strawberry Cough strain flowering time

We would recommend a vegetative period of around 5-6 weeks. Although she is a Sativa dominant hybrid, she doesn’t stretch as much as pure Sativa varieties. She grows into plants of medium height.

Strawberry Cough is not suitable for outdoor growing in colder climates. Outdoors she can take around 9-11 weeks to harvest making her susceptible to mould and fungus during long periods of bad weather. Growing in a Mediterranean climate should be possible but for the best results we recommend growing her indoors.

The flowering time is about 9-10 weeks. In combination with the recommend veg period she takes about 14-16 weeks from seed to harvest.

The yield of Strawberry Cough

Strawberry Cough will give medium to large yields; around 400 grams per m2 on average. More is possible when you optimise grow conditions.

Strawberry Cough Adverse reactions

Most would agree that Strawberry Cough is a rather effortless strain, and for good reason. Not only does its low-maintenance cultivation regime make it easy-going, but it also is followed by relatively few negative side effects.

As the name implies, Strawberry Cough can induce quite a bit of coughing, which is worsened by the dry mouth or cottonmouth that is usually followed.

This is generally nothing to worry about, however, because dry mouth is perfectly manageable with a little extra preparation and planning. Keep a bottle nearby of hydrating fluids, and drink plenty of it before, during, and after your high. This will not only keep your mouth from drying out but also to prevent headaches, grogginess, and dehydration. In rare circumstances, Strawberry Cough may produce a headache followed by dizziness, but this occurrence is uncommon.

Dry eyes are prevalent with this marijuana strain (as well as with most other cannabis types), but you can purchase a bottle of moisturizing eye drops from your local pharmacy and keep them on hand anytime you consume marijuana to remove any discomforts or pains that are tied with dry eyes. All in all, Strawberry Cough is a pretty chill and easy-going strain, making you feel the same way.

Does Strawberry Cough make you sleepy?

No; it doesn’t make the user sleepy. Being a Sativa-dominant strain, it’s energetic and causes a mild sense of euphoria. Strawberry Cough is generally used by those who need a boost of energy. It inspires creative work, such as painting, writing, and composing. It also works well on social occasions, since it makes you conversational.

Why does Strawberry Cough make you cough?

The smoke of Strawberry Cough is smooth, but hash enough to irritate your lungs. They react to it as an irritant, so you start coughing in an attempt to preserve your lungs from damage. You can make this effect milder if you don’t hold the smoke in your lungs, so you won’t irritate them too much.


Discussion over Strawberry Cough’s breeding and original genetic lineage will no doubt continue. As will debate about which is the finest phenotype. The best genetic lines have always attracted the most discussion! However you can be sure that Dutch Passion Strawberry Cough will give you that original, genuine Strawberry experience which you are looking for.

The iconic genetics have been proven over many years by thousands of repeat growers and produce superb quality results with a famously enjoyable sativa high. The ease of growth, great high and the unique sweet strawberry taste make this a variety that all growers should try.

Potency levels are consistently high with most phenotypes ranging between 15-20% THC. Some recent lab results (2019 Spannabis) showed Strawberry Cough hitting the 20% THC mark, which makes this very tasty strawberry Sativa dominant variety a great addition for your personal headstash!

Strawberry Cough is only available in feminised seeds.

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  1. Larry David

    I got this bud in Toronto and I love it. It’s not a heavy high at all, even when you’ve smoked “too much”. It’s definitely on the energizing side and I like how I think after having smoked it.

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