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Candyland Cannabis Strain Review | Taste, Growing, & More

This beautifully aromatic strain is the creation of legendary cannabis cultivator and breeder Ken Estes. Ken has a history of producing top quality strains, such as Granddaddy Purple , which he formed by combining two indica strains, namely Purple Urkle and Big Bud. A record 50,000 people attended the 2012 KushCon awards in Denver where Candyland was awarded a gold medal. Candyland also won the top prize at the 2018 ERRL Cup in the Best Indica and Sativa Flower category.

What Is the Candyland Strain?

Ken Estes created this hugely popular and impressive strain by combining his former creation, the indica strain Granddaddy Purple, with the hybrid Bay Platinum Cookies . Despite its lineage, i.e. being an indica and hybrid cross, Candyland is defined as a sativa-dominant hybrid strain.

Candyland’s THC content appears to vary significantly depending on the potency of the particular strain that you get your hands on. Its THC levels can be rather mild, around 14% on average, but its THC levels have been recorded at 19% and a staggering 24%, making Candyland perhaps better suited to a more experienced cannabis smoker rather than a novice.

Candyland is also a rather unique strain in terms of its cannabinoid profile . According to Potbotics, Candyland has “no detectable amounts of CBD, CBN, CBG or THCV.” What it does have, however, is a cannabichromene (CBC) level of 0.329. CBC is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, which binds with receptors in the body linked with pain perception which when activated can help to alleviate pain.
Candyland’s high starts off with a feeling of euphoria which tapers off gradually, leaving the smoker feeling happy, uplifted and energized – it’s a great choice for the recreational as well as the medicinal cannabis smoker.

Candyland Strain Aroma, Flavor, and Appearance

Candyland is quite a tall plant when fully grown, with small, dense, green buds, which in some plants can turn almost purple. A Candyland plant becomes heavily frosted with trichomes which cover the entire plant by the time it is ready for harvesting. Golden hairs and long, thin, dark orange pistils grow prominently around the leaves.

This strain is renowned for its sweet candy-like taste , hence the name. It also has a number of prominent flavors which come to the fore when smoked. A fruity, berry flavor combined with earthy, pine and pungent flavors make Candyland a taste sensation.

Candyland’s fragrance has been likened to a mix of sweet, piney, herbal, earthy and pungent aromas which combine to give Candyland its unique and pleasant fragrance.

Candyland Strain Grow Info

The good news for anyone interested in purchasing their own Candyland seeds is that this strain is rated as an easy one to grow. A Candyland plant is naturally highly resistant to mold and mildew, making humidity levels less of a concern when growing this plant indoors.

While Candyland can be grown indoors or outdoors , this plant thrives outside, particularly in a warm, sunny, dry climate. This plant grows quite tall and has quite a skinny frame which comes under a lot of pressure from the added weight of the growing buds as they begin to flourish and multiply.

The average yield produced by growing a Candyland plant outdoors as opposed to indoors is almost a night and day difference. As already mentioned, this plant thrives when grown outdoors. An average Candyland plant grown outdoors can yield as much as 35 ounces per plant whereas one grown indoors produces an average yield of about 14 ounces per square meter.

The flowering period for Candyland is around 8-9 weeks, with late September or early October being the ideal time for harvesting.

Medical Benefits of Candyland Strain

Candyland’s uplifting high makes it a great stress reliever as well as an effective antidote to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Its CBC content makes it good for treating chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. Smokers of Candyland weed say it also helps to alleviate headache pain as well as muscular and lower back pain.

Candyland’s energizing effects coupled with the fact that it doesn’t contain any CBN or CBG , cannabinoids which are known for inducing sleep, make this strain very effective at counteracting the effects of chronic fatigue. Candyland is definitely a great “wake and bake” strain for giving you a boost of energy to help you get through a busy day.

Candyland’s use an antiemetic and as an appetite enhancer is rated relatively low at around five out of ten by Candyland weed smokers. Medicinal cannabis smokers looking to treat the negative side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, will not find this strain as useful as other alternative strains out there.

Possible Side Effects of the Candyland Strain

The number one side effect associated with the Candyland strain is dry mouth , rated at ten out of ten for severity. Almost equally as negative is Candyland’s dry eyes side effect, which Candyland weed smokers rate at nine out of ten. The varying level of THC, and thus, the potency of Candyland has led to some novice smokers reporting feeling more anxious, dizzy and mildly paranoid after smoking Candyland weed. However, these negative effects are thankfully not that common and are rated at three out of ten or less.

Final Thoughts on the Candyland Strain

Candyland’s positive and uplifting effects makes this strain a good choice for either the recreational or the medicinal cannabis smoker. The recreational smoker will find Candyland’s effects to be uplifting and the sweet taste and fragrance to be very pleasant. The medicinal cannabis smoker will also benefit from the mood-altering effects as well as the increased energy boost and pain relieving effects.

While this strain has many positives, it can be potent so people who have little or no experience of smoking stronger cannabis strains should bear this in mind before choosing to try it. Its negative effects are fairly mild, with dry mouth and dry eyes being a small price to pay for the many benefits Candyland provides.

Everything you need to know about Candyland marijuana strain including its origins, effects, benefits, how to grow, and more.

Candyland Cannabis Strain (Everything you need to know and more!)

Completely unrelated to the popular children’s board game, the 70% sativa-dominant hybrid weed strain Candyland 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 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 Herb.com)

Background:

It’s a bit weird that Candyland cannabis, sometimes also known as Kandyland, 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! The Candyland 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 WeedGuide.com)

Effects:

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, image source: MedicalSecrets.com)

Buying:

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 source: Alchimia Web)

Growing:

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 hybrid 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 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 Seeds.com 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 Diem.com)

Summary:

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!

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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.

Completely unrelated to the popular children’s board game, the 70% sativa-dominant hybrid weed strain Candyland 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 Gra