Updated on March 27, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Critical Mass is an indica heavy hybrid cannabis strain that was created by Amsterdam based company Mr. Nice Seeds by crossing the Skunk #1 and Afghani strains. The story of how this strain was developed goes all the way back to the 1990s when Scott Blakeley, Neville Schoenmakers and Howard Marks left their jobs at the Green House Seed Company.
After leaving they started to further develop cannabis strains they had already worked on to get something both original and capable of helping them grow their company. What they got was an improved version of the Big Bud strain, which they renamed to Critical Mass. This cannabis strain gets its name from the densely packed leaves that are so heavy, they eventually break or bend the branches they grow on. It’s a common sight for growers of Critical Mass to find leaves strewing the ground during the growth process.
Critical Mass has between 19-22% THC and up to 5% CBD. It takes between 45 and 55 days to flower and can be grown both indoors as well as outdoors. The only thing to watch our for when growing this cannabis strain is its weakness to humid temperatures. Mold loves this strain so care must be taken to make sure it does not get affected by mold or mildew. Critical Mass has buds that are dark green in color with brownish orange hair. A crystal coating covers the buds and the presence of resin turns this cannabis strain into a mass favorite among users who know the medicinal benefits it brings.
Critical Mass is used as an analgesic in treating chronic pain. Patients suffering from diseases like multiple sclerosis or cancer can find relief from their pain after using this strain. Critical Mass has also found use in treating panic disorders, anxiety disorders, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, as well as an anti-inflammatory. It has a sweet but earthy scent that can relax the mind and body while improving the user’s health and well being.
What are cannabis strains? They are either pure or hybrid varieties of the plant genus cannabis, which includes the species C. sativa, C. indica, and C. ruderalis. To learn more, check out MarijuanaDoctors.com‘s directory of marijuana strains.