Critical Mass Strain - Everything You Need to Know and More!

Dec 09 , 2018

Hybrid indica

Critical Mass Strain - Everything You Need to Know and More!

Intro:

There exists a pot plant so profuse in potent buds that they just had to name it Critical Mass! What is Critical Mass cannabis strain? Critical Mass is an 80% heavily-indica-leaning hybrid that could nuke you into some serious couch-lock while filling your apartment or house with some seriously skunky fallout! Smoking down or vaping Critical Mass strain fills your mouth with a somewhat earthy, citrusy taste and treats your nose to a skunky pine blast. Your mind is uplifted into full reaction as your body melts down into deep relaxation. Medical marijuana patients will give a glowing Critical Mass strain review because of how well it treats their insomnia, nausea and lack of appetite, anxiety and pain issues. In physics, critical mass leads to nuclear fission, lots of energy; this Critical Mass is powerfully potent pot that delivers a burst of vigor to the brain, but then reverses polarity to become somewhat sedating after an hour or so.

Nugs or buds of critical mass strain, image from Diego Pellicer Co on Instagram
(Nugs or buds of critical mass strain, image from Diego Pellicer Co on Instagram)

Background:

Critical Mass’ genetics come from a fusion between pure indica Afghani landrace weed strain and 65% indica-dominant Skunk #1. The THC level of Critical Mass strain is respectably high at 19% to 23% and its CBD level is 0.07%. Critical Mass cannabis has itself undergone fusion with the slightly sativa-heavy (55%) hybrid OG Kush to produce 90% indica-leaning Critical Kush strain , with a THC level of 23% and CBD measured at 0.1%. Noted cannabis growers and developers Dinafem Seeds has produced another offspring, CBD Critical Mass, by pairing the original Critical Mass with an unnamed strain from CBD Crew grow house; CBD Critical Mass has a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio and, when toked or dabbed, provides to the individual user some very indica-dominant effects! Like Critical Mass, CBD Critical Mass is excellent treatment for varied conditions like loss of appetite, insomnia, muscular and nervous pain, and depression.

Critical Plus strain (also known as Critical +) is a sort of sibling to Critical Mass, born also from Skunk #1 when it was crossbred with Big Bud strain; Critical Plus strain is a 50% sativa/50% indica strain with 15 – 20% THC, and is considered a very good evenly balanced hybrid. Although this isn’t a Big Bud strain review, we can tell you that it has an interesting history because it was originally a homegrown American weed strain, but the 1980’s War on Drugs forced it underground and it resurfaced in the Netherlands, under the care and control of world-famous Dutch breeder Sensi Seeds. Like Critical Mass, Big Bud strain is known for unusual nugs; in the case of Big Bud it really does have really massive buds, or flowers!

There is also a three-way cross between Big Bud, Skunk #1 and White Widow called Super Critical Cannabis strain – or Super Critical Mass strain – that is 70% indica-heavy with a THC level around 18%; Super Critical Mass strain would be another sibling to Critical Mass.

Critical Mass, along with THC Bomb, Big Bud and Blue Dream is considered among the best if not the best indoor strain for yield and potency - in fact, Critical Mass has been referred to as the ‘Blue Dream of Europe’ for that very reason, and is very popular on that continent. The Critical Mass terpene profile has a similar cannabinoid makeup as the Blue Dream terpene profile, both strains are known for full-body relaxation effects accompanied by cerebral uplift.

CBD Critical Mass plants, image from Shala Grow Shop on Instagram
(CBD Critical Mass plants, image from Shala Grow Shop on Instagram)

Effects:

Critical Mass Strain General Effects

Critical Mass Strain Medical Effects (works for)

Critical Mass Strain Side Effects

Relaxed 100%

Pain 100%

Dry Mouth 100%

Euphoric 70%

Anxiety 90%

Dry Eyes 75%

Sleepy 60%

Depression 70%

Dizzy 40%

Creative 40%

Inflammation 50%

Anxious 30%

Hungry 30%

Loss of Appetite 30%

Sleepy 20%


Critical Mass oil cartridge, image from THCardiff2 on Instagram
(Critical Mass oil cartridge, image from THCardiff2 on Instagram)

Buying:

At this point in time, you might be curious to try some Critical Mass strain for yourself and see if it’s worth splitting atoms over; if you want to go out and buy yourself some Critical Mass weed to smoke or vape to see for yourself how rad it is, then you could pick up an 8th for $18 - $25 in Portland, Oregon; in Denver, Colorado Critical Mass runs about $20 for an eighth. Prices for Critical Mass cannabis are of course dependent upon whether you have a medical or recreational state license, what the quality of the grow or crop is, strain availability, the time of year and your geographic location; some provisioning centers do charge you a local or state tax, usually 2-6%, on weed purchases. Online prices are usually steeper and you will have to add in shipping costs. Purchasing some Critical Mass strain concentrate for one of your Dragon vape pens, or whatever brand you use, would run you about $30-40 a gram for oil cartridges in Portland; wax, shatter, or resin, costs $19 a ¼ gram in Eugene, Oregon. Pre-rolled joints of Critical Mass, CBD Critical Mass, Blue Dream, Big Bud or even a Bubble Bomb strain – another 50/50 hybrid and an offspring of the THC Bomb that we mentioned above - can be found for as little as $5 apiece to $15 or more depending upon their size, which tends to vary from half a gram to two grams or more. Regarding edible marijuana or ‘medibles’, labels usually don’t specify the type of weed strain used in making or baking the food, usually they just indicate the level of THC or CBD – but there are exceptions. You can always ask your friendly neighborhood budtender if they know of any medibles made from Critical Mass or any other Critical strain – or you can make your own super potent hash butter with Critical Mass strain to bake your own cannabisized treats!

Here is a gentleman reviewing some Critical Mass shatter he bought:


Critical Mass seedling, image from CannaFox Grows Cannabis on Instagram
(Critical Mass seedling, image from CannaFox Grows Cannabis on Instagram)

Growing:

If you want to know how to grow big buds on your own homegrown pot plants, you can do so through carefully pruning off dead branches and undersized flowers - tying down higher top branches, you can ‘train’ the lower branches to develop with more direct sunlight, thus creating a more evenly lush canopy of cannabis nugs. You can also grow big buds if you feed your plants a nitrogen-based fertilizer to boost yields and bud size, and by providing the right amount of light and keeping the lights the right distance away from your plants, so as to not overheat them, giving your ganja grow what it needs to burst forth with bigger buds! Or you can grow plants that already tend to have big buds, like Big Bud strain, or grow pot with profuse flowering like Critical Mass. Critical Mass strain, in fact, produces such a dense cluster of nugs that sometimes the branches tend to snap off from the weight! Critical Mass strain is so named because of the mass of green buds, full of frosty cannabinoid-rich trichomes with orange pistils or strands that it produces. Critical Mass buds have a skunky, lemony odor when pinched in your fingers that manifests strongly when you smoke, vape or dab some; and Critical Mass tastes rather earthy, with a hint or aftertaste of pine and wood.

Critical Mass has a flowering time of 6-8 weeks, grows to 65 inches in height (5 ½ feet, 1.65 meters - or thereabouts) and produces a whopping yield of 27 ounces per square yard or meter indoors, with a critical mass of 21 ounces per plant outdoors! It is thus pretty easy to see how this super-producer of potent pot got its name!

In comparison, a Blue Dream plant can grow up to 6 feet/2 meters, a Blue Dream grow flowers in 9-10 weeks and a Blue Dream harvest yields 21 ounces of marijuana per square meter grown indoors and an impressive 21 ounces per plant outdoors.

High plant yields are precisely why Critical Mass and Blue Dream are so often compared. Because both pot plants have a large production of flowering, these strains are susceptible to mold, which can be reduced by growing indoors to reduce humidity or by growing them outdoors in a drier climate.

Critical Mass seeds can be found online at Weed Seeds, which has CBD Critical Mass strain seeds at 10 for $119 USD; you can purchase Critical Mass seeds at Growers Choice Seeds, too, which also has CBD Critical Mass strain seeds at 10 for $139.

Here is video of a dude reviewing some Critical Mass strain plants he got from grower CBD Crew:


CBD Critical Mass plants, image from Shala Grow Shop on Instagram
(CBD Critical Mass plants, image from Shala Grow Shop on Instagram)

Summary:

If you have read through all of this, then perhaps by now your knowledge of Critical Mass strain has reached its own critical mass! You no longer have to have to wonder ‘What is Critical Mass?’ because you have learned that Critical Mass strain is a popular 80% indica-heavy hybrid with a respectable THC level of 19% to 23% and a decent CBD level of 0.07%; and it has been dubbed Critical Mass because of the dense mass of flowers, buds or nugs, that each plant produces! Critical Mass has been called the ‘Blue Dream of Europe’ because the Blue Dream grow or Blue Dream harvest produces a similarly profuse haul in ounces per pot plant; other big bud or dense nug cluster cannabis strains include THC Bomb, Big Bud, Bay Dream strain (a 80% sativa hybrid cross between Blue Dream and Granddaddy Purple) and, of course, Blue Dream itself. Critical Mass genetics are handed down from its parent strains, pure indica Afghani landrace weed strain and indica-dominant Skunk #1; Critical Mass shares those genetics with its sister-strain Critical Plus strain (or Critical +) and hands them down to its own offspring with OG Kush, Critical Kush. Critical Mass is known for its profusion of buds clustered so densely that the branches of the plants break from the strain; but that same profusion can lead to moldiness if you don’t keep the Critical Mass plants warm and fairly dry. Why do people smoke Critical Mass strain? Critical Mass gives the toker or vaper a nice, relaxing end-of-day high, starting with a little mental boost but then settling into a state of deep relaxation – perfect for just before bed; and prescription pot patients use Critical Mass to treat varied conditions like arthritis, depression, pain, inflammation, insomnia, loss of appetite, or stress. If you wanna give Critical Mass your own personal Critical Mass strain review – Critical Mass photos optional – then get yourself some Critical Mass, light up some of this nuclear weed, and let it melt you down into a relaxing couch-locked chill!


Yet one more video review of Critical Mass by a ganja girl named Janey (just in case the article was TLDR, too long didn’t read):


Researched and written by David and Leah Kaye Weathers.

 David and Leah Kaye Weathers David and Leah Kaye Weathers are a freelance cannabis writing and graphic designing husband and wife team from Lansing, Michigan. They are passionate advocates for medical and recreational cannabis legalization in the United States. They enjoy not only smoking and vaping, or dabbing, marijuana but also cooking with weed infused veggie oil. They like to spend their free time wandering along nature trails in search of the perfectly chillaxing spot for a smoke sesh.


(Cover image: The dense nugs of Critical Mass strain, image courtesy of Nature's Finest 420 on Instagram)


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