Chemo Strain

At first, you might think that the name of this strain is rather unusual.

It is simple, short, but oftentimes forces you to think about the painful treatment that cancer patients go through.

Now, that is not a pretty thought at all.

So, why would people decide to try this one out? What makes this strain really interesting other than its name?

The fact that nobody really knows where it came from or how it was created, is only one reason why people get more curious to try it.

Surely, theories have emerged as to its origin, but nobody can really claim to have all the rights to the creation of this strain.

Chemo is a very rare strain that has unknown genetics.

Although, a popular theory involves a person named Dr. Suzuki who is said to have developed this strain during the late 60s to 70s at the University of British Colombia.

Thus, Chemo strain is often referred to as UBC Chemo cannabis strain.

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Chemo weed strain attributes:
ORIGINUnknown genetics
EFFECTSRelaxed – 10
Sleepy – 8
Hungry – 5
Euphoric – 4
Happy – 4
Headache – 7
Dry eyes – 6
Dizzy – 3
Anxious – 2
FRAGRANCEPungent, earthy, fragrant, pine
FLAVORSSweet, woody, pine
MEDICALInsomnia – 10
Pain – 8
Stress – 7
Lack of appetite – 4
Depression – 3
FLOWERING TIME INDOORS7 weeks using hydroponics, 8 weeks using soil
THC CONTENT %18% to 29%
CBD %0.1% to 0.5%
INDICA / SATIVA %100%/0%
INDOOR YIELD18 to 28 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD24 ounces per plant
CLIMATECool to warm climate
GROWTH LEVELSome experience needed to grow
RESISTANCE TO DISEASEResistant to molds and pests

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest


As you can see from the table, the minimum THC level of Chemo strain is higher than the average 15% in most cannabis.

With a maximum of 29% THC level, you should expect a highly potent strain that can literally knock you off your feet.

With its 100% Indica concentration, it is expected to give its users a physical high like no other cannabis can.

Some users report having experienced a degree of cerebral high, but this is usually minimal.

Although it is a pure Indica strain, Chemo strain is considered as a creeper weed.

That being said, you should be up for a surprise if you decide to try this for the first time.

You might not be able to appreciate right away the dominant physical high it offers, but it does not mean it cannot overwhelm you once the effect starts creeping in.

Take more puffs than recommended, then you should find yourself in a couch-lock and unable to walk.

With its strong sedative effect, it is best to be used during the night.

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If you love the smell of nature and the outdoors, you might find the aroma of Chemo very pleasing to your senses.

Its smell reminds you of the fragrant yet pungent scent of pine and earth combined. It also has a very organic smell, to say the least.


Due to its earthy and pungent smell, Chemo also has a unique woody taste. This is not to say we actually know what wood tastes like, but somehow it reminds us of that.

This odd flavor is actually concealed in a sweet and floral pine taste at first puff. However, as you exhale the smoke, the pungent and harsh taste of pine and earth becomes more evident.

Adverse Reaction

The usual dry mouth, dry eyes, headaches and episodes of dizziness and signs of anxiety can also be associated with the Chemo strain.


The medicinal value of the Chemo strain could be its most notable attribute. This leads us to the theory involving Dr. Suzuki.

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As the name suggests, Chemo actually has something to do with cancer and chemotherapy.

Although, it works nothing like the actual chemo treatment which is widely known to be a painful ordeal.

On the contrary, the Chemo strain helps alleviate the pain that cancer patients have to deal with during their treatment.

It is said that Dr. Suzuki developed this strain mainly because he wanted to help with the pain management of cancer patients and those undergoing chemo.

Thus, this 100% Indica strain with an impressively high sedative properties came to be.

Aside from its initial purpose, Chemo is known to give its users “the munchies”. Therefore, it is effective in stimulating your appetite.

It can also help you deal with insomnia, stress, and depression. Some sources would even claim that Chemo can control seizures and nausea.

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Perhaps, the fact that this plant is so rare, it requires some expertise to grow successfully.

If you are an experienced cannabis grower, you can try growing your own Chemo strain either indoor or outdoor.

However, the ideal indoor cultivation should not involve the Sea of Green (SOG) method which means that its flowering stage can take a tad longer.

If grown outdoor, you would be happy to know that this strain can tolerate cool to warmer climates.

Another good thing about this strain is the fact that it is resistant to molds and pests.

Flowering Time


As mentioned, SOG method is not recommended for this strain. Therefore, the flowering time indoors could take several weeks depending on your medium.

The quickest way to do it is through hydroponics. With this method, flowering time will only take 7 weeks.

If you’re not equipped with the right equipment and knowledge of using hydroponics, you can still grow Chemo using soil.

Although, this method could take you 8 weeks before your Chemo is ready for harvest.

At the end of each flowering time, you can expect a high indoor yield of 18 to 28 ounces per square meter.


Since Chemo is quite flexible with its environment, it will not be that difficult to grow them outside.

So as long as that you plant this strain in a cool to warm climate (but not in harsher conditions), then you should be able to start harvesting your Chemo by early to mid-October with an expected yield of 24 ounces per plant.



FAQ About Chemo Strain

What is the Chemo strain yield?

Chemo yields 18 to 28 ounces per square meter indoors and 24 ounces per plant outdoors.

How much THC does the Chemo strain have?

From 18% up to 29%

What are the origins of the Chemo strain?

Chemo strain has an unknown heritage. It is believed that a person named Dr. Suzuki developed this strain.

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


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6 comments on “Chemo Strain”

  1. There is something missing in the top strains gelato its an extremely colourful bud and one of the most delicious I ever tasted gets you baked too!

  2. Hey Thomas,

    We appreciate your sharing but, if you want to share pictures we ask that you go to the forum: to do so. We are not set up to reply to the blog comments.

    As far as water and nutrients used. A lot of strains do not require as many nutrients but, you mentioned using LED lighting. Although there are a lot of great LED lamps on the market, some are low powered and although you can grow nice plants using them, this could Contribute to plant not drinking or taking nutrients. This is directly related to light intensity.

    Happy growing 🙂

  3. Hello robert
    I am growing this Strain indoors
    And in the 8th week and ready to flush
    This is a kinda hard strain to grow
    Takes a lot of time and effort
    This strain Didn’t like a lot of fertilizer
    Or a lot of water
    I used led lighting
    I have pictures to share we you if you like
    Email me
    And i will send you some for your scrap book of this Strain

  4. I have 3 chemo’s in flowering now, 1 mother and 14 10 day old clones. I enjoy this strain and have found that it likes to have 2x strength feedings

  5. Hi Robert, I used to grow the original chemo strain about 25-30 yrs ago here in Canada. Knew of the folks who borrowed a few cuttings from the UBC botany lab. Nice to see its still around. It’s kick ass !!

  6. Nice post…thanks for sharing more info about chemo, it is really helpful for patients treatment. It can be useful for different types of diseases/pains and disabilities. Also you provided effect, reaction and flavors of chemo. Really interesting post!