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Alf is an elusive strain that has garnered quite a reputation among users for its flavors and full-bodied effects. Bold and enticing, a puff of its delicious smoke improves one’s zest for life. Meanwhile, its tranquilizing head-to-toe release pent-up stress from the past week or the day.
Its ever-so-pleasant experience is induced by its steady THC concentration of 15%. Though it is unlike the many body-slamming powerhouses sitting on the shelves of today’s dispensaries, it remains a popular choice as it steers users clear of a bad trip. Moreover, its seemingly balanced high helps iron out the aches, pains, and disturbances brought about by certain afflictions.
In developing the Indica-dominant hybrid, The Captain Connection looked no further than Cookie descendants: Animal Pie and Black Raven. A fitting duo as, in real life, the latter truly does have a carnivorous diet. Sadly, neither are readily available which makes Alf as elusive as the proverbial blue moon.
Information about Alf:
|ORIGIN||Animal Pie and Black Raven|
|EFFECTS||Relaxed – 10
Creative – 5
Euphoric – 5
Giggly – 5
Happy – 5
|ADVERSE REACTIONS (NEGATIVE)||Dry mouth – 10|
|FRAGRANCE||Sweet, sour, cherry, pungent, diesel|
|FLAVORS||Cookie, sweet, tropical, diesel|
|MEDICAL||Depression – 10
Insomnia – 10
Muscle spasms – 10
Stress – 10
|FLOWERING TIME INDOORS||7 to 9 weeks|
|FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORS||Late September to mid-October|
|THC CONTENT %||15%|
|INDICA / SATIVA %||70%/30%|
|INDOOR YIELD||10 to 12 ounces per square meter|
|OUTDOOR YIELD||12 ounces or more per plant|
|GROWTH LEVEL||Some experience needed|
* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest
Alf appeals most to users seeking an Indica-dominant strain without the couch-locking side effects. Its up to 15% THC delivers a soothing physical high that relieves signs of stress all over the body. Beginning from the weary mind, a rush of euphoria inspires a happiness from within that leaves users feeling blissful.
The behavioral change is almost immediate by the time the onset settles. Smiles radiate from one’s face as giggles escape from the mouth. At this point, even the most minute reason becomes amusing. The once gloomy perspective seems brighter, more positive.
Sparking creativity is the same clearheaded high that paves the way for thoughts to flow and form freely without worries. Although, instead of work, one may just want to kick back with friends on a lazy day while cheerfully conversing.
In time, a light pressure ebbs down from the temples. Intensifying with each puff, it soon becomes a buzzing sensation that surges through the muscles. Calming and soothing, it plants a heaviness in the areas where tension had been released until it eventually engulfs the body in a deep-seated relaxation.
A sweet and sour fragrance, reminiscent of cherry biscuits, emanates from Alf’s buds. Enhancing it are pungent overtones of tropical fruit that are immediately counterbalanced by the scent of diesel once the buds are either broken apart or combusted.
Drawing in Alf is like biting into a cookie with cherries on top as opposed to chocolate. It is sweet with tropical overtones that enrich its overall flavors. Exhaling the sharp smoke, however, may leave one with an itchy throat as an aftertaste of diesel washes over the mouth.
It is best to have a drink in hand while using Alf because it will dry the mouth. Its cannabinoids, particularly THC, inhibits moisture production in the salivary glands. The discomfort usually lasts for a few hours but is rarely a cause for concern. Still, it is better to stay hydrated throughout the day as it will ease the ache.
By inducing its happy high, Alf instills a positive change in moods and behaviors that blows stress out the door. In the same manner, it appeases depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other important mental health issues that are exacerbated by stress. Thus, although temporary, the bud helps improve the quality of life with its euphoric effects.
The same psychoactive that induces the head high is also responsible for Alf’s soothing body buzz. It relaxes users through and through with a light pressure that courses through the muscles as it makes its way down from the temples. In doing so, it prevents spasms from sending pain signals to the brain.
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of the healing process yet the most overlooked. But, through the full-bodied tranquility it induces, Alf provides users with a reprieve against the long nights of wakefulness that insomnia causes.
Alf, being so rare, is not a strain that people can easily acquire. The same goes true for its seeds which are just as uncommon. And, when it does pop up, it carries a hefty price tag with it even more so for clippings.
The plant retains the typical structure of many Indicas – short and stout. Most of the nutrients it absorbs is redirected to branches that grow wider with each week. There should be ample space between multiple herbs so it can stretch on the sides as much as it wants regardless of where it is planted or the nature of its environment.
It will need to be trimmed though. High levels of humidity often leave the plant damp with moisture which, if left unattended, can develop into mold or mildew. For this reason, many people prefer growing the strain indoors where ventilation, as well as air circulation, are easily adjusted to suit Alf’s needs. It also provides added protection against pests that bring disease.
Due to its sensitivity, Alf is definitely not a strain for beginners. However, the growing process can be eased by applying techniques such as Low-Stress Training. Moreover, the results often make the hard work worth it as each bud is dusted completely with white trichomes with purple streaks peeking through.
Alf has an indoor flowering period of 7 to 9 weeks. It is expected to yield an average of 10 to 12 ounces of buds per square meter but will produce even more under the expert care of a seasoned grower. Applying the Sea of Green method will also help improve bud growth.
In the northern hemisphere, Alf usually flowers from the end of September to the middle of October. Once mature, growers typically harvest a yield of at least 12 ounces of buds per plant.
Have you ever smoked or grown your own Alf? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.