For those among us who aren’t into strains that actually let us go about our day, the Trainwreck strain might be the most mind-boggling choice. As it’s able to generate a strong buzz and subtly bend the reality (and our minds), it’s definitely a better option for evening users. But are there any health benefits that may prove it to be the perfect match for us? Let’s find out!
Trainwreck Strain 101: Origin, Benefits, and Potential Side Effects
With its 35% indica and 65% sativa ratio, we would expect Trainwreck to be a cross of some rather potent strains. And yet it is actually a combination of not two but three strains. Trainwreck is a result of a cross of Afghani indica and Mexican and Thai sativas. This makes it a more sativa-leaning strain, but it has indica-heavy effects too (like the couch-lock).
Just like with some other strains, the name doesn’t exactly match the effects. According to one story, it got its name back in the 1970s, when California growers had to move their crops someplace else due to a train wreck nearby. Had they stayed, they might have gotten discovered. The truthfulness of this story is up for debate, though — it may, after all, just be a myth.
Either way, the effects are what we’re interested in, and fortunately, they do not disappoint. Since it has a high THC content (up to 26% according to some sources), it offers a cerebral rollercoaster and hits hard, engulfing the user with euphoria and utmost joy. Some mild psychoactive moments are to be expected, and the user may also delve into some contemplation.
But this strain doesn’t stop at that, as it generates an incredible body high as well. It lets the body melt away and relaxes it completely, banishing any physical pain it might be in. At that point, the strain has a sedative effect and may even make the user go to sleep rather quickly. Because of that, we wouldn’t recommend using it during the day; it’s best to save it for the evening or to opt for it on your days off.
Health Benefits and Side Effects
Trainwreck is a popular choice among those suffering from chronic pain, muscle spasms, and migraine headaches. Additionally, it may help with appetite issues, specifically if a lack of appetite is preventing someone from staying healthy.
As for its mental health benefits, they aren’t as prominent as the physical ones. The strain may help those suffering from anxiety and similar psychological issues by lifting their mood and encouraging happiness. However, because of the THC content, it may actually increase paranoia and lead to panic attacks.
Other side effects are usually rather minimal and include the most common ones across all strains, like dry mouth and eyes. Some users may also experience dizziness and confusion, probably because the strain is too strong for them.
Appearance, Aroma, and Flavor
Neon green, brassy orange, and even red are easy to notice in the buds of the Trainwreck strain, but overall, it looks gray because of the heavy coating of THC-packed trichomes. There’s also some sparkle to it because of the bits of resin found on the coating.
As for its aroma and scent, it’s practically a challenge to ignore them. As soon as one gets their hands on some Trainwreck, they will immediately notice how powerful the fragrance is. There are some pine and cedar notes there, and it smells a bit dank overall, though the citrus undertones are unmistakable.
The taste, however, definitely reminds us of fresh pine needles, with the lemon aftertaste giving it a nice kick. There is a spicy tang to it as well, and some earthy and woodsy notes for a more pungent flavor.
How to Grow the Trainwreck Strain
Whether we’re looking to follow the all-natural route or would prefer to grow Trainwreck indoors, it doesn’t really matter. This plant has proven to be a good option in both cases, though it may take longer to mature and harvest when grown outdoors (late October, early November). It requires a warm and dry climate, far away from the frost. If all the conditions are up to standard, the yield should be somewhere around 25 oz per plant.
When growing it indoors, we have to control the conditions carefully and make sure to give the plant enough space. The plant will take about eight to ten weeks to flower. Expect a yield of about 18 oz/m2.
In terms of how easy it is to grow, we’d say that you may have better luck indoors, as you can control the environment. Either way, there are a couple of things to keep in mind, such as the fact that the plant may get hermaphrodite flowers, which would have to be taken care of fast.
Another problem may be a lack of space. Since it’s more sativa-leaning, this strain tends to grow high. In general, we must trim it regularly.
Still, a great thing about Trainwreck is that it’s rather resistant to diseases and common pests. Powdery mildew and mold cannot damage it much either, which indicates that it’s not as high-maintenance as one might think.
With just a few hits, the Trainwreck strain reveals all its secrets, lifting one’s mood, letting the body melt, and bending time and reality. It is a potent strain that beginners may shy away from at first but will fall in love with over time. On top of that, it’s not as difficult to cultivate as some other strains and would do well even in indoor settings. Bottom line? Whether you’re a user or a grower, it’s definitely worth your time!