Ray Charles Strain

Ray Charles is one of the legendary musicians in modern history. A pioneer of soul music, his records have sold by the millions. And, that is in spite of him being blind since the age of seven.

Music is his greatest legacy, but most people today are not aware that Ray Charles also has a reputation for marijuana consumption. In fact, he did not only smoke weeds, but he did so with passion. As such, it is fitting to have a strain named in his honor.

Ray Charles is a mostly Indica strain. Its breeder and exact genetics until today have remained obscure. Nonetheless, there is a belief within the community that it is a descendant of the heavy hitting Afghani Bullrider. It does provide some qualities associated with Sativa. Quite possibly, it is a trait taken from Romulan.

Although there is no proof that the strains mentioned above are, indeed, its predecessors, they do share similarities. Both Afghani Bullrider and Romulan are incredibly intense and not typically recommended for novice users. Ray Charles is a bit different in that its psychedelic high is not as extreme. Still, possessing up to 21% THC, it does have the potential to knock out users long before wearing off.

Because of its sedating body high, the best time to use it is at the end of a long and tiring day.

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    Information about Ray Charles:

    ORIGINRomulan and Afghani Bullrider
    EFFECTSRelaxed – 10
    Happy – 6
    Sleepy – 4
    Uplifted – 3
    Hungry – 3
    Dry eyes – 2
    FRAGRANCEPungent, earthy, diesel, floral
    FLAVORSSweet, earthy, berry, grape, diesel
    MEDICALCramps – 10
    Pain – 7
    Stress – 7
    Depression – 6
    Headaches – 5
    FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORSEarly to mid-October
    THC CONTENT %19% to 21%
    INDICA / SATIVA %Mostly Indica
    INDOOR YIELD10 to 12 ounces per square meter
    OUTDOOR YIELD12 ounces or more per plant
    CLIMATEWarm climate

    * 10 is the highest
    * 1 is the lowest


    Ray Charles is a creeper. It could take several minutes after taking a hit before users feel its effects. Once it begins to manifest, some of the symptoms include droopy eyelids and a slight increase in pressure on the forehead. As it works itself into the mind and body, the uplifting sensation spreads to the extremities. Apart from leaving people feeling relaxed and contented, it also promotes a sense of happiness.

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    It is difficult to ascertain how long it takes, but once Ray Charles fully kicks in, the psychedelic high takes on a whole new level. Completely stoned, its mind-bending effects affects depth and time perception. Limbs feel heavy, and the motivation to move is all but gone.

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    One of the notable effects of using Ray Charles is the munchies. However, it is unlikely for individuals to get up and eat some food. And, even when used in moderation, not a lot of people could overcome the sedating body high. With sensory and perception of time altered, most eventually fall asleep while floating at the height of pure bliss.


    Ray Charles emits a distinct odor that combines the smell of fresh soil and fuel with flowery fragrance. Its scent is also quite pungent and can quickly fill up the room.


    The sweet and earthy taste of the strain bursts on the palate once users draw in the smoke. It could be on the harsh side causing some people to cough a bit though. Nonetheless, a touch of berries and grapes makes it delightful. On the exhale, it leaves a mild aftertaste of diesel.

    Adverse Reaction

    Ray Charles does not cause any significant adverse reactions. In fact, it is unremarkable in the sense that it induces only dryness of the throat and the eyes.

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    Novice users, though, still have to be wary of its devastating powers. Knocking off people is one thing, but it has the potential to induce anxiousness. In extreme cases, a few people might even feel a bit paranoid.


    Music is good for the soul, and Ray Charles is beneficial to the mind and the body. The musician is one of the best in jazz and the blues, and this strain is efficient in knocking it out. Its uplifting qualities and ability to induce a full-bodied relaxation can quickly melt away stress. Consequently, it helps people cope with depression and anxiety.

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    It possesses anti-inflammatory and pain killing properties. Besides soothing muscles, medical patients use it to find a reprieve from body aches and other physical discomforts.

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    And, it is unlikely for users to withstand the mind-bending and intense body high. Some people barely reach the halfway point and are already fast asleep. Besides patients, insomniacs too could use its help in getting quality sleep.

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      Ray Charles is one of the most elusive strains for home growers. By all accounts, it is also difficult to grow. Beginners in planting marijuana may find it a bit more convenient outdoors.

      Indoors, and in an enclosed habitat, it takes a bit of time and skill to prune and trim its leaves. As cumbersome as this task is, it is also necessary to ensure air circulation and maintain proper humidity levels. It may be a sturdy and resilient plant due to its Afghani heritage, but that also does not guarantee that it can tolerate a lot of stress.

      Once mature, it produces dark green flowers packed tightly with the leaves. Peeking out from the thick frosty trichomes are bright orange hairs.

      Flowering Time


      Ray Charles provides quick returns as it takes a mere 8 to 9 weeks to finish flowering. Once done, growers can harvest a hefty 10 to 12 ounces of buds per square meter.


      In normal growing conditions where there is ample sunshine, the flowering period should not extend beyond mid-October. Each plant can produce up to 12 ounces of buds per plant.

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


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        2 comments on “Ray Charles Strain”

        1. Hitting the Ray Charles live sugar and sauce, and I absolutely love its flavor profile. If you take a really nice pull (low temp of course), and exhale. Then wait 30 seconds or so, and walk outside and inhale some fresh air afterwards, and the palette really comes to life. Nice smooth, mellow high, that leaves you in da couch, rather nicely.