Are Autoflowering Strains Potent?

The biggest misconception about autoflowers is that they are not potent. Read on to know how autoflowers are not only potent but are fast as well!
10 May 2021
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Are Autoflowering Strains Potent?

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In the cannabis industry, photo 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.

1. The Potency of Autoflowers

Yes, the first autoflowering strain was less potent, but note that it was released more than 10 years ago, nowadays you can find autos that are as potent or even more than photoperiodic strains.

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 photo strains, but they have several more advantages to them. Of course, a grower who’s used to growing only photo strains will snub autoflowers because he’s used to growing only specific strains. 

 

Are autos potent?: what determines potency?

What determines potency?
 

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. Autoflowers received a bad rep 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.

 

Are autos potent?: trichomes

Trichomes produce and store cannabinoids and terpenes.
 

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.

2.  Modern Autoflowers

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 they lacked potency. However, Ruderalis had one more advantage.

 

Are autos potent?: average potency

Cannabis average potency throughout the years.
 

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! So, you might be wondering, are autoflowers potent? Let’s take a look at a few strains that are high in THC and are as potent as photoperiod strains.

3. Purple Punch Auto

Unless you’ve been living in a closet, you’ve heard of the Purple Punch which is one of the most potent autoflowering strains. This strain became extremely popular because of its delicious aroma, beautiful colors, and potency.  Just the name was enough to make a grower curious. And, when they realized that it was named Purple Punch because it grew purple and produced a lot of trichomes which meant it offered a potent effect, so it created a craze amongst growers.

Most importantly, Purple Punch had the potential to slam your body and brains with THC that extended up from 19 to 23 percent! That’s an enormous number, considering that you can get it even if you grow it at home. This is why this strain became famous, and it made growers go crazy for one reason – THC.

 

Are autos potent?: purple punch auto

Beautifully potent Purple Punch Auto by JohnnyBlaze.
 

The Purple Punch at Fastbuds is an autoflowering strain that was crossed with exclusively selected genetics. It has a flowering time of just 9 weeks from seed to harvest, meaning that you can finish the entire grow cycle in just 2 months and 1 week. Now, compare that with the photoperiod Purple Punch which takes about 5 months to finish. And, what about the THC, you ask?

Well, we have good news for you because our stunning Purple Punch 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 an Indica-dominant strain, the Purple Punch fires up your imagination and the entire experience is cerebral and uplifting with a very relaxing corporal effect.

Purple Punch Auto
Purple Punch Auto
Genes
Sativa 15%/Indica 85%
Genetics
Purple Punch Auto
Flowering
9 weeks
Harvest
450 – 600 gr/m2
Height
90 – 150 cm
THC
Up to 24%
CBD
< 1%
Autoflowering
Yes
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
 

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 <1%, 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.

4. Girl Scout Cookies Auto

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.

 

Are autos potent?: girl scout cookies auto

Frosty Girl Scout Cookies Auto.
 

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 due to being super potent.

Girl Scout Cookies Auto
Girl Scout Cookies Auto
Genes
Sativa 40%/Indica 60%
Genetics
Girl Scout Cookies Auto
Flowering
9 – 10 weeks
Harvest
450 – 600 gr/m2
Height
60 – 100 cm
THC
Up to 20%
CBD
< 1%
Autoflowering
Yes
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
 

Coming to autoflowers, Fastbuds GSC is a very potent autoflower strain and it's pretty easy to maintain. She delivers about 22% THC which’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.

5. 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.

 

Are autos potent?: zkittlez auto

Beautiful colors on Zkittlez Auto by Shinsimilla.
 

At Fastbuds, we created a unique strain of the Zkittlez that shot over the original Zkittlez’s THC and is amongst the most potent autoflowering strains 2021. 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.

Zkittlez Auto
Zkittlez Auto
Genes
Sativa 40%/Indica 60%
Genetics
Zkittlez Auto
Flowering
9 – 10 weeks
Harvest
450 – 500 gr/m2
Height
70 – 100 cm
THC
Up to 23%
CBD
< 1%
Autoflowering
Yes
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
 

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.

6. Tips

All of this doesn’t mean that autos are better than photos or that photos are better than autos, each one of them has its own characteristics that work better in some scenarios and may not be the best in others, giving you several options for your growing space; For example, if you have a small grow space you may be able to fit 2-3 autoflowers but just one regular plant, if you already know which plant you want to grow you may be okay with growing just one big plant but if you want to try a couple of different strains, growing 2-3 autoflowers may be better for you, so when looking for the next strain to grow, make sure you know the following things:

  • Yields;
  • How long it takes from seed to harvest;
  • Size;

And CBD or THC percentage, depending on what you’re looking for. These things will help you choose the strain based on your preference and grow setup; Also, autoflowers make it possible to grow outdoors all year long while photos don’t but on the other side, photos grow bigger and may yield more depending on how much you let them grow; Having said that, the first autoflowers indeed were smaller, yielded less and were not as potent but the modern autoflowers available nowadays offer pretty much the same as photoperiodic strains (except for the obvious differences such as the autoflowering trait).

7. In Conclusion

As you may know by now, autoflowering cannabis strains are becoming more and more potent and as time goes by, breeders are coming up with new ways to improve autos even further. What used to be just a novelty is now gaining a lot of space in the market and are now being offered by the biggest seed banks all over the world, this means that not only growers but also commercial growers are starting to venture into the world of autoflowers and they’re benefiting not only due to the high quality but also due to the fast flowering characteristics, always looking for the most potent autoflower strain available. So what you should base your choice on is where and how you’ll be growing and not potent autoflowering strains or yields, once you know your grow space limitations, you can go ahead and choose either one of them based on what suits you better or what will work better in your specific conditions.

If you have ever grown and tried any of the potent autoflowering strains mentioned, feel free to share your experience in the comment section below!

Top 10 High-THC strains

Bruce Banner Auto
Bruce Banner Auto
A Mean Green Mega-Yielding and Hard-Hitting Machine!
Buy seeds from 13,00 €
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
Forbidden Runtz Auto
Forbidden Runtz Auto
The Oh-So Famous Runtz Now in Autoflowering Form!
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1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
Gorilla Cookies Auto
Gorilla Cookies Auto
The Stickiest Cookies in the Game
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1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
Kosher Cake Auto
Kosher Cake Auto
The Only Cake That Gets YOU Baked!
Buy seeds from 13,00 €
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
Mimosa Cake Auto
Mimosa Cake Auto
The World Renowned Mouth-Watering Mimosa Now in Auto Version!
Buy seeds from 13,00 €
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
1000 fem
Add to Cart
3 400,00 €
Orange Sherbet Auto
Orange Sherbet Auto
Super Sour, Orange Flavored Terp Monster
Buy seeds from 13,00 €
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
Purple Punch Auto
Purple Punch Auto
Knockout Potent Punch that will Leave You Thirsty for More!
Buy seeds from 13,00 €
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
Strawberry Banana Auto
Strawberry Banana Auto
Cali’s Super-Hit StrawNana, Now Our Most Potent Autoflower of the Year
Buy seeds from 13,00 €
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
Strawberry Pie Auto
Strawberry Pie Auto
The Frostiest Buds We’ve Ever Created
Buy seeds from 13,00 €
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
Wedding Glue Auto
Wedding Glue Auto
So Sticky Your Fingers will be Glued Together!
Buy seeds from 13,00 €
1 fem
13,00 €
2 fem
24,00 €
3 fem
36,00 €
5 fem
55,00 €
10 fem
99,00 €
25 fem
215,00 €
50 fem
365,00 €
100 fem
590,00 €
500 fem
1 950,00 €
1000 fem
3 400,00 €
Pack
3 fem
Add to Cart
36,00 €
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