Candy Cane Strain

There will always be the little child in each person. Hence, there is a place for candies. But while most people did outgrow the sweet treats, one that has stood the test of time since it first came out is Candy Cane. Like its breeder, it was gone but the last we checked, it is back on the shelves.

The breeder Crop King Seeds, like other exceptional breeders, looked for the best landrace strains from all over the world to serve as their stock from which they could create new hybrids. However, things turned for the worse back in 2005 when they had to stop their business due to restrictions.

Some seven years later, as soon as the states of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana, they were back to the drawing boards. A few months after, they started their business once again.

Over the last few years, one of the hybrids they developed was Candy Cane. Instead of the usual matching of two strains as is the case with most others, they used three.

One is the notorious AK-47. This is a multi-awarded hybrid that is only wicked in name but delivers an excellent cerebral high that clears the mind and sharpens focus. Another is the infamous White Widow that has been a staple in Amsterdam coffee shops for decades. Known for its energetic and stimulating buzz, it is also very intense. Finally, there is Mango, or at least the modern version of it (the original Mango x KC 33). This strain is notable for its fruity aroma and humongous buds.

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    Information about Candy Cane:

    ORIGINAfghani No. 1 and Chemdawg
    EFFECTSRelaxed – 10
    Sleepy – 5
    Euphoric – 4
    Hungry – 4
    Happy – 3
    Dry eyes – 9
    Dry mouth – 6
    Paranoid – 5
    Headache – 1
    FRAGRANCEPungent, sweet, tropical, mint
    FLAVORSSweet, tropical, fruity, mango, berry, menthol
    MEDICALStress – 10
    Insomnia – 10
    Pain – 9
    Nausea – 9
    Depression – 2
    FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORSEarly to mid-October
    THC CONTENT %15% to 20%
    CBD %0.1% to 0.3%
    INDICA / SATIVA %70%/30%
    INDOOR YIELD4 ounces per square meter
    OUTDOOR YIELD2 ounces or more per plant
    CLIMATEWarm climate

    * 10 is the highest
    * 1 is the lowest


    Candy Cane sounds all nice and delicious, but in as far as its effects go, it is fast-acting and can be quite an intense experience. After all, it does come with as much as 20% THC.

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    Soon after taking a few tokes, many people may feel pressure between their eyes and temple. A euphoric cerebral buzz begins to form and continues to intensify. It unlocks the creative side of the brain and causes a ‘mind race’ in which there is an influx of thoughts and ideas.

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    Most likely due to the Indica traits creeping in, the mental high soon stabilizes. It leaves users feeling extremely elated. Such mood swing is one of the best characteristics of Candy Cane.

    Once the body high kicks in, it melts away any lingering tensions and stress. A full-body relaxation sets in and blends with the cerebral euphoria leaving users in bliss.

    Depending on how much one consumes, it is also possible for the strain to overwhelm users. In this case, it can cause people to feel lazy but not lethargic.


    For buds that come with the size that made Candy Cane popular, it feels underwhelming initially. It emits a very delightful fruity aroma but once users break the nug, only then does it become more pungent with a hint of skunk. Most people will find its exotic scent very enticing.


    Candy Cane has a very rich and flavorful smoke that is generally easy on the throat and the lungs as a result of its mild menthol flavor. It is deemed as delicious by most people due to the taste of tropical mango.

    Adverse Reaction

    Candy Cane and everything good that it brings can fool people into not minding the adverse reactions that come with its use. Some of these include dizzyness especially during the initial surge of the head high. It can also cause people to have dry mouth and red eyes.

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    One thing to note, too, is that people with anxiety or panic disorders should try to use another strain. That is because this hybrid is known to cause some people to feel paranoid. Although this effect itself does not reach an alarming level, it can be uncomfortable.


    Most of the benefits of Candy Cane with regards to medical use is due to the combined effects of its Indica and Sativa side. In other words, it is the euphoric and uplifting buzz together with the full-body relaxation that provides comfort to people with specific needs.

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    As mentioned earlier, this strain can melt away stress. Feeling happy, people with depression should now be able to ignore ill thoughts and feelings, and instead, focus on the positivity and see all the beauty that the world has to offer.

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    After taking the mind off any physical discomforts, the sedative-like traits of the Indica side helps the muscles relax. As it leads to deep relaxation, it also provides comfort by acting as a pain reliever.

    Once the effects of the strain start to subside, many users also tend to feel very sleepy. Hence, it becomes useful to insomniacs and anyone else who needs help in getting quality sleep.

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      Flowering Time


      As alluded to earlier, the plant can produce humongous buds. Some people recommend using the LST (Low-Stress Training) technique to prepare the plant better. Flowering time occurs in as early as seven weeks with each square meter of the plant producing around 4 ounces of buds.


      In a warm environment, the plant will thrive well. It is not likely to produce as much as it can when grown indoors using advanced techniques. Still, each plant can give growers around 2 ounces of buds or more.

      Have you ever smoked or grown your own Candy Cane? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


      Robert Bergman

      Robert Bergman is an Amsterdam-based marijuana grow expert who has years of experience from small grows to massive operations. His passion for growing lead him to develop his own Gold Leaf strain. Now, Robert is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with the world.... [Read full bio]


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        1 comments on “Candy Cane Strain”

        1. Over the last few years, one of the hybrids developed is Candy Cane. While the usual hybrids are the matching of two cannabis but the Candy Cane is the matching of three cannabis.