Desert Star is one of the few strains with the ‘Chong Certified’ label approved by Tommy Chong himself. A product of the Arizonian medical breeders Encanto Green Cross, the bud assures users of a premium quality medicinal bud with great flavors but also of relaxing recreational value with its 10% to 15% THC.
Information about Desert Star:
Unlike most modern strains, Desert Strain does not slam the body with an overwhelming psychedelic high. Instead, it is slow, subtle, and calming with a well-balanced buzz that crushes stress. Because of its buildable effects, the strain is well-suited for beginners and medical users. However, it can also be for seasoned friends looking to relax.
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Information about Desert Star:
|EFFECTS||Hungry – 10|
Sleepy – 5
Tingly – 5
Uplifted – 5
Creative – 5
|ADVERSE REACTIONS (NEGATIVE)||Dry mouth – 10|
|FRAGRANCE||Earthy, floral, sweet, herbal, skunky|
|FLAVORS||Earthy, sweet, herbal, floral, skunky|
|MEDICAL||Depression – 10|
Nausea – 10
Pain – 10
Stress – 10
Spasticity – 10
|FLOWERING TIME INDOORS||6 to 9 weeks|
|FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORS||Mid-September to mid-October|
|THC CONTENT %||10% to 15%|
|INDICA / SATIVA %||50%/50%|
|INDOOR YIELD||12 to 14 ounces per square meter|
|OUTDOOR YIELD||14 ounces or more per plant|
* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest
Desert Star is a slow starter with an onset that usually begins at least 15 minutes after the first two or three puffs. It begins with an uplifting sensation in the temples that clears the mind.
Apart from enhancing the mood, the mental clarity inspires a surge of creativity that allows thoughts to flow and form freely into profound ideas. It is best to prepare snacks ahead of time during this point. The brainstorming session is, after all, quite hunger inducing.
As the light, tingling pressure intensifies, it trickles down to the rest of the body and soothes the muscles until the body is fully enveloped in relaxation. In time, a heaviness in the limbs locks users to their couches until a drowsiness sets in. Eventually, most will drift off to sleep.
Desert Star smells strongly of damp wet soil and freshly cut grass or picked flowers. Its undertones are quite sweet though and highly reminiscent of herbs. Broken apart or combusted, it releases a subtle hint of skunk.
Earthy but sweet is the best way to describe the taste of Desert Star’s smoke. Drawn in, an herbal overtone blends together with the initial flavors along with a floral undertone. On the exhale, it leaves a skunky aftertaste that lingers long after the last hit.
Regardless of the strain being used, marijuana users will always experience dehydration. Its symptoms are most obvious in the eyes and the mouth where the production of moisture is usually interrupted by cannabinoids. Luckily, the dry spell is a minor setback in spite of its inevitability. Downing a few glasses of water, however, will make the problem a lot more manageable.
As a medical strain, Desert Star has tremendous therapeutic value. The combined effort of its THC, CBD, and cannabinoids like terpene provide an effective reprieve against mental issues like depression. Its happy high temporarily stabilizes turbulent emotions and enhances the mood. In a similar manner, the well-balanced herb reduces high stress levels that can potentially lead to the development of heart problems among other health conditions.
Apart from the recreational high it induces, THC is also responsible for the painkilling body buzz that strains induces. By relaxing the muscles, Desert Star keeps muscles from continuously contracting and causing various aches or pains in the body – a condition called spasticity.
The same soothing effect also helps relieve spasms in the stomach that usually result in users experiencing nausea. For this reason, this makes it a great option for cancer patients going through the aftereffects of chemotherapy.
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Like other medical marijuana strains, Desert Star is not publicly available in seed form. Encanto Green Cross maintains a proprietary hold on the well-balanced hybrid for various reasons including safety and quality.
With that said, it is easy to detect Desert Star’s growth pattern based on its structure and its classification. For example, one can tell that it is a medium sized plant with sturdy stalks and branches based on its split genetics. It is a bushy, vigorous yielder that necessitates pruning now and then. Aspiring growers may need to be careful of accidentally cutting away sugar leaves as each are coated with valuable trichomes, an ode to the herb’s potency.
As a medical strain, Desert Star is most likely cultivated indoors. This is not to say the plant will not thrive outdoors. Quite the opposite, it performs well especially in areas with loads of sunlight. However, controlled environments have a great advantage as it allows breeders to easily adjust factors like lighting, temperature, and humidity. Low Stress Training improves vigor and increases returns. On the other hand, the Screen of Green method maximizes space and encourages more budding sites.
Desert Star has an indoor flowering period of 6 to 9 weeks. Once mature, it yields between 12 to 14 ounces of buds per square meter.
Desert Star usually blossoms from the second or third week of September to the middle of October with each plant producing at least 14 ounces of buds per plant.
Have you ever smoked or grown your own Desert Star? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.