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Are Autoflowering Strains Potent?

Are Autoflowering Strains Potent?

Created: 12.11.2018

In the cannabis industry, photoperiod strains were always given prominence. For quite a few years, photoperiod strains displayed their dominance and growers had no other choice other than purchasing them. It must have been horrible for growers and medical marijuana users since they were stuck with photoperiod strains forever.

However, things changed as soon as autoflowers hit the scene. Auto-flowers or autoflowers – no matter how you call them – were introduced just a few years ago. When you get something new, you can expect a lot of restraint because, as humans, we are inclined to resist change. Pretty soon, there were many myths surrounding autoflowering strains including their potency.

One of the first autoflowers to be introduced was the Lowryder, which was a cross of the Ruderalis and the Northern Lights. It was a good strain with many medical benefits including relieving stress and fatigue. However, it was far less potent than photoperiod strains.

Yes, I agree that the first autoflowering strain was less potent, but note that it was released more than 10 years ago. If you think about it, cell phones weren’t accepted as soon as they were released. Only the rich could afford it, and smartphones were unheard of. But today, you can’t live without smartphones.  Technology has obviously advanced to great levels.

Similarly, autoflowers weren’t potent when they first hit the streets, but man, things have changed now. Not only are autoflowers as potent as photoperiod strains, but they have several more advantages to them. Of course, a grower who’s used to growing only photoperiod strains will snub autoflowers because he’s used to growing only specific strains.

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So, it boils down to a matter of choice. But, how will you know what you love until you’ve tried it? I reckon that it’s best to experiment with several strains until you find something you love. For now, let’s take a look at some of the best autoflowering strains to see if they are really as potent as photoperiod strains.

The Potency of Autoflowers

Autoflowers received a bad rap and were considered useless for a while. For one, the yields were small and even the potency was meh…until a few breeders decided to change the game. Today, most autoflowers not only produce splendid yields, but they are super potent as well.

Heck, they finish their cycle in about 9 weeks. Really, what else can you ask for? The craze of growing autoflowers is catching up in the USA, and like the Europeans, Americans would love to grow potent autoflowering strains as well.

Autoflowers had one more problem – they were tough to find. Only a select few breeders opted to experiment with such strains. But now, you can buy autoflowers almost anywhere. Also, autoflowers were very expensive when they were just introduced. But today, they are cheaper than photoperiod strains in most cases. 

Another myth about autoflowers was that they were high in CBD while being low in THC. This misconception is so common that many people avoid growing autoflowers because they believe that the strains are not powerful. But, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Yes, it’s true that strains that were released in the beginning had a high CBD and low THC content. But, that was only because of Ruderalis. Ruderalis – like Sativa and Indica – is a species of the Cannabis plant. Unlike the Indicas and Sativas, they were short. Originating from the central parts of Asia, Ruderalis received attention only because it had the potential to withstand cruel weather.

Now, Ruderalis had many advantages. Not only could it grow in any given condition, but it was sturdy as well. It didn’t take a lot of time to flower either. In other words, they were “autoflowering”, which meant that began flowering irrespective of the light they received.

They were small and discreet with an automatic growing period that was certainly better than photoperiod strains. They didn’t even need a lot of care because these sturdy buggers did fine on their own. 

But, the only problem was that Ruderalis didn’t boast of high THC. Growers quickly decided to ditch the plant. When the first Lowryder was introduced, their worst fears came true because it lacked potency.

However, Ruderalis had one more advantage. It had the capacity to breed with other varieties and become a stronger version of itself. Knowledgeable breeders understood this. They realized that they could breed Ruderalis with other strains to come up with something that was not only high in THC but fast as well.

Today, Ruderalis strains are cross-bred with many Indica and Sativa strains to create strains that can literally knock your pants off. Autoflowers contain the best of both worlds and you can get to harvest it fast with a higher potency. Simply put, you can now have your cake and eat it too!

Let’s take a look at a few strains that are high in THC and are as potent as photoperiod strains.

  • Gorilla Glue

Unless you’ve been living in a closet, you’ve heard of the Gorilla Glue. This strain became extremely popular because it won quite a few awards. Just the name was enough to make a grower curious. And, when they realized that it was named Gorilla Glue because it grew huge and produced trichomes that stuck to your scissors like glue, it created a craze amongst growers.

Most importantly, Gorilla Glue had the potential to slam your body and brains with THC that extended up from 18 to 25 percent! That’s an enormous number, considering that you can get it even if you grow it at home. The most famous strain was Gorilla Glue #4 or GG4, and it made growers go crazy for one reason – THC.

Gorilla Glue Auto
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Room: Indoor | Outdoor
Gender: Feminized
Genes: Sativa/Indica
Genetics: Gorilla Glue autoflowering
Flowering: 8-9 weeks
Harvest: XL
Height US: up to 40 inches
Height EU: 60-100cm
THC: Very High
CBD: Low
Autoflowering: Yes

The Gorilla Glue at Fastbuds is an autoflowering strain that was crossed with the original GG#4. It has a flowering time of just 9 weeks and you can finish the entire cycle in about 3 months. Now, compare that with the photoperiod Gorilla Glue that takes about 5 months to finish. And, what about the THC, you ask?

Well, we have good news for you because our stunning Gorilla Glue can produce about 24 percent! On top of that, the plant will be covered with so many trichomes that you’ll hate yourself for harvesting it. As a Sativa-dominant strain, the Gorilla Glue fires up your imagination and the entire experience is cerebral and uplifting.

 Some people may argue that this strain gives you more of an Indica effect because it ‘glues’ you to your couch. But, the mystery surrounding this strain is what makes it more appealing. One thing is for sure – you’ll feel happier than ever. It has a CBD content of 0.8 percent, but the high levels of THC make it perfect to create extracts.

Comparing the harvest time, ease to grow and THC levels, the autoflowering monster is a no-brainer. Honestly, it doesn’t get easier than this.

  • Girl Scout Cookies

Classified as a mixed hybrid strain, the Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) has gained immense popularity over the years. Derived from OG Kush and Durban Poison, this strain is certainly a knockout with the effects leaning more towards the Indica.

GSC is a pleasure to grow simply because she fills your grow room with delectable aromas that are sometimes sweet and sometimes minty. As the name suggests, it can even remind you of your mother’s cookies that you stole as a child.

Girl Scout Cookies Auto
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Room: Indoor | Outdoor
Gender: Feminized
Genes: Sativa/Indica
Genetics: Girl Scout Cookies autoflowering
Flowering: 8-9 weeks
Harvest: XL
Height US: up to 40 inches
Height EU: 60-100cm
THC: Very High
CBD: Low
Autoflowering: Yes

Most people report that photoperiod GSC strains aren’t very easy to grow. It requires a bit more maintenance compared to autoflowering strains. Undoubtedly, GSC is an extraordinary strain with THC levels that extend from 17 to 28 percent THC. And that’s perhaps why dispensaries often announce that they are empty because it’s one of the fastest selling strains.

Coming to autoflowers, Fastbuds GSC is pretty easy to maintain. She delivers about 22% THC that’s perfect for even medical marijuana users. In fact, GSC is the best strain to make extracts since the strain can be used to help with a variety of medical conditions including Asthma, Glaucoma, headaches and chronic pain.

Zkittlez Auto

Zkittlez is one of the very few strains that give you an entire palate of delicious flavors. Known as the strain that “lets you taste the rainbow”, this strain is a joy to grow. She bursts with so many colors that you’ll simply stop keeping count.

To be honest, this strain tastes like a scrumptious dessert after a heavy meal. The THC levels are high at about 15 percent, but some dispensaries report that it could go up to 28 percent. The original Zkittlez strain had THC that went up to 15 percent.

Zkittlez Auto
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Room: Indoor | Outdoor
Gender: Feminized
Genes: Mostly Indica
Genetics: Zkittlez Autoflowering
Flowering: 8-9 weeks
Harvest: XXL
Height US: up to 40 inches
Height EU: 70-100 cm
THC: Very High
CBD: Very Low
Autoflowering: Yes

At Fastbuds, we created a unique strain of the Zkittlez that shot over the original Zkittlez’s THC. It’s astounding but you’ll be pleased to know that the Zkittlez auto can produce up to 22 percent THC. But, even for autoflowers, the plant can grow a little too big, so watch out if you have small Grow Rooms.

Zkittlez auto is an Indica-dominant strain; however, she won’t restrict you from performing any tasks. Truth be told, this strain turns you into a thinker as you wonder about the realities of life. She’s a good strain to smoke even if you’re a medical marijuana user. Whether you want to make edibles or concentrates, Zkittlez won’t disappoint you.

At the end of it, you need to grow several strains to finally choose the one that suits you the best. Autoflowers are competing with photoperiod strains in every manner, but with such THC levels in even autoflowering strains, the choice has now become very easy.