Appearance & Aroma
Chemdawg has medium-sized nugs that look slightly different from hybrid or pure Indica genealogy. The flowers are long and tapered rather than popcorn-like and have relatively loose and wispy leaves. The spring green leaves are coated in white trichomes, lending flowers a silver-white impression. Threaded through the sticky flowers are red to orange pistils. Due to the combination of their flexible structure and sticky texture, buds of Chemdawg are tough to break apart by hand — users preparing flowers for pipes or joints will have an easier time with a grinder. Chemdawg has a scent reminiscent of diesel fuel (which many states is the source of the “chem” in its name). The pungent flowers also give off odours of earthy musk and some pine. As long as buds are optimally cured, this strain has smooth and delectable smoke that tastes sour and when inhaled. On the exhale, Chemdawg’s smoke crosses its signature diesel taste with an ammonia-like tang that strikes the top of the palate.
Effects & Benefits
The high from Chemdawg hits fast, sometimes before users have had a chance to finish relishing its distinctive diesel fragrance. Users may experience a sharpening of the senses and an advanced hyper-awareness of their surroundings. This originally disorienting head high becomes more constructively cerebral and introspective in the right setting. Amplifying sensory experiences also makes it particularly suitable for creative endeavours. Many users report a palpable feeling of physical relaxation. Chemdawg’s intense cerebral high makes it valuable in treating some of the symptoms associated with anxiety, stress, and even PTSD. Some fanatics of the strain describe solace from chronic pain and migraines. Due to its potency and mental focus, Chemdawg can trigger the kind of manic, recursive thinking that might lead to paranoia. Even users with a higher tolerance for THC are warned to moderate their intake.
Chemdawg is a hybrid whose cultivation is better suited to more experienced growers. It is more often grown indoors vs. outdoors, as it requires a good amount of tending to resist mould and mildew. Growing indoors takes some patience — the Sativa-typical plants usually grow over 5 feet tall. As such, growers should prune and bend them early in the vegetative stage to keep them at a manageable height. It can only be grown as a clone for a while if a clipping is obtained from a mature plant; now, many seed companies sell packaged seeds of Chemdawg.
When grown indoors, the plants’ flower within 9 to 10 weeks and typically offer a very high yield: growers can expect between 65 to 75 grams, or 2.3 and 2.6 ounces, per square footage of plant. Such high results on such relatively tall plants can make for branches that sag under the heaviness of the flowers; growers should use tall supports like wooden dowels to keep plants upright in the flowering stage. Finally, because of Chemdawg’s pungency, any growers preoccupied with secrecy or discretion should invest in indoor odour-control measures like carbon air filters or exhaust fans.
Chemdawg’s power has made it a valuable strain for crossbreeding. Its offspring strains include the phenotype Chemdawg 91 and the hugely prevalent hybrids Sour Diesel and OG Kush. It has an almost eye-watering pungency and energizing and thought-stimulating effects. It is more likely to keep the user awake than put them to sleep if consumed at night. Chemdawg can be an excellent choice for accomplishing tasks and for more celebratory circumstances as it keeps heads buzzing and conversation flowing.