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Candyland Cannabis Strain | Candyland Strain | Candyland Weed

Candyland cannabis buds with a medical marijuana bottle, image from

Completely unrelated to the popular children’s board game, the 70% sativa-dominant hybrid weed strain Candyland strain was first cultivated for consumption in the San Francisco Bay Area in California by noted cannabis grower Ken Estes. It is the offspring of mating Estes’ own indica-dominant Granddaddy Purple, also called Granddaddy Purps - the most well-known 'purple' cannabis strain in the US - with Platinum Cookies, a 50/50 hybrid phenotype (a variant caused by the expression of certain genes triggered by a cannabis plant’s growing environment) of GSC, Girl Scout Cookies. Candyland Strain marijuana has a sweet-tasting vapor aroma and taste reminiscent of pink lemonade and summertime woods that dials down fatigue and depression, and it is a good smoke for early in the day when you want to prime your mind and body! The calming effects of the Candyland cannabis strain make it ideal medicine for treating muscular and joint problems like pain stemming from fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, and sciatica. For social functions, Candyland ganja is great for getting you upbeat and chatty, as well as for fueling your more creative endeavors because its properties activate and engage your brain! When consumed in larger quantities, and especially by new tokers, novice smokers, Candyland predominantly-sativa hybrid weed strain could potentially make you a little paranoid and jittery, not unusual with strong sativa strains or sativa-heavy hybrids. You may want to try a hit or two in a pipe before burning down a full marijuana pre-rolled cone – and especially before vaping any concentrated Candyland resin!

Candyland marijuana strain, closeup of a bud, from

(Candyland marijuana strain, closeup of a bud, from


It’s a bit weird that Candyland cannabis, sometimes also known as Candyland strain, is considered an outright Sativa by some, yet is, in reality, a Sativa-dominant hybrid with a THC level of 19 -24% , because one of its parents, Granddaddy Purple, is a 75% Indica-heavy hybrid and the other, Platinum Cookies (also known as Platinum GSC) is a 50/50 hybrid – so you’d think it would be more of an indica, but those are the mysteries of plant genetics and probably why it takes a genius cultivator and celebrated breeder like Ken Estes to merge the likes of the relaxing and de-stressing indica-leaning hybrid Granddaddy Purple and blissfully mood-boosting Platinum Cookies and get the uplifting and depression-busting sativa (or sativa-like hybrid) Candyland strain! The Candyland strain marijuana strain has become vastly popular along the Californian West Coast, in Colorado, and in our home state of Michigan, and Candyland is highly celebrated, in fact it won gold at the KushCon 2012 awards in Denver, Colorado. When you smoke the Candyland marijuana strain the room is filled with the scents of pine and citrus and your mouth tastes a very earthy flavor with hints of spicy sweetness.


For comparison Jack Herer, Purple Haze,  Chocolope,  and Sour Diesel are all equally strong sativa or sativa-hybrid marijuana strains.

Candyland cannabis strain nugs and glitter in a cup, image from

(Candyland cannabis strain nugs and glitter in a cup, image from



Candyland Cannabis General Effects Candyland Cannabis Medical Effects (what it works for) Candyland Cannabis Side Effects
Happy 100% Depression 100% Dry Eyes 100%
Uplifted 90% Stress 80% Dry Mouth 85%
Euphoric 80% Pain 70% Paranoid 50%
Creative 75% Fatigue 65% Anxious 40%
Energetic 50% Headaches 50% Dizzy 25%


Candyland marijuana flower spilling onto money from a dispensary bottle, from

(Candyland marijuana flower spilling onto money from a dispensary bottle, image source:



An 8th an ounce of  Candyland pot leaf to burn from your nearest in-town dispensary might run you an average of $30-45 for medical, recreational tends to be slightly more. Other considerations that affect the overall cost of Candyland weed to the buyer are what the quality of the grow or crop is, the strain availability, the time of year and your geographic location (some dispensaries are required to charge you a local or state tax, usually 2-6%, on cannabis consumer purchases). Online pot charges are usually more expensive, and you have to factor in shipping costs. Candyland concentrate oil cartridges are about $50 for ½ gram and $90 for a full gram, and you can also buy wax, shatter, or resin for about the same price. Pre-rolled joints run from $5 a piece to $15 or more depending upon their size, they tend to vary in size from half a gram to two grams or more. Medible, or edible marijuana,  labels usually don’t specify the type of weed strain used in making the food, usually, they just indicate the level of THC or CBD – but there are exceptions.


Candyland weed plants, image from Alchimia

(Candyland weed plants, image source: Alchimia Web)



The Candyland weed strain thrives growing indoors as well as outdoors, with plants reaching up to 65 inches or nearly five and a half feet (just over 1 ½ meters). Growing the strain indoors or outdoors requires adequate lighting or sunshine, warm temperatures, good ventilation, and high humidity. The Candyland weed strain’s flowering period is eight to nine weeks for an indoor grow, yielding up between two and three ounces of bud per plant; whereas outdoor growers can expect a harvest with each plant producing an amazing three pounds of bud apiece! Candyland weed cannabis plant flowers or buds are sometimes an emerald green but can other times be rather a deep purple. The pistils are golden and the nugs are generally covered in white shimmery trichomes. The fragrance you smell from Candyland pot plants themselves is earthy, spicy, and sweet.

Candyland marijuana strain seeds can be purchased numerous places online such as True North Seed Bank for $52.23 for five feminized seeds, or for $197.60 you can get 10 seeds at Sensible If you want to purchase Candyland plants at a cannabis nursery or dispensary they can be found for around $25-$35 or so per plant, but you might want to consult an online menu and then call, email or text message ahead to see whether or not they have them in stock at the moment.


Candyland shatter, image from Portland Hello

(Candyland shatter, image from Portland Hello



Candyland is no game, it is a sativa-dominant hybrid cannabis weed strain that delivers highly stimulating body effects and an elevating mental euphoria. It is a great get up and go strain for a first thing or well into the day, not so much before bed when you wouldn’t want to be too over-caffeinated and unable to calm down and sleep. Candyland cannabis was the brainchild of Ken Estes when he paired his renowned Granddaddy Purps with Platinum Cookies and has gone on to its own award-winning fame. When smoked or vaped it has a sweet, berry-like taste and an earthy, almost spicy aroma. Candyland marijuana is found all over the United States, wherever it is legally sold for medical or recreational use, and Candyland ganja can also purchase throughout the world or online in seed or plant forms. It is a great harvesting pot plant, especially outdoors where you get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to yield, at over three pounds per plant! So to your doubtless growing list of powerhouse sativas and sativa-heavy hybrids, you really should add the potently uplifting and reinvigorating Candyland weed strain!

Megan Medeiros Written by Megan Medeiros (BA)

Megan Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on a master’s in English at James Madison University. She's the owner and operator of Medeiros Writing, and has been working as a cannabis writer for the past three years, mostly following the legal climate of marijuana, especially in areas like California, Colorado, Oregon, Canada, and other legal areas.

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