A closer look at the Blue Dream strain
Where did Blue Dream come from?
The original Blue Dream was made back in 2003 in Santa Cruz, California when an inspired cultivator crossed DJ Short Blueberry and Super Silver Haze together. Since then, it has become one of the most famous strains on the face of the planet, popularized for it’s uplifting, relaxed sharpness and cerebral effects as well as its sweet berry flavor.
What does it really mean for a strain to be named “Blue Dream” ?
The downside of strains becoming too popular is that their names often lose their meaning because growers start to brand products as a certain strain that are similar to the true strain, but not made from the same genetic line. Meaning, all “Blue Dream’s” you see on dispensary shelves are watered down versions of the original.
This isn’t as bad as it sounds though. In fact, it’s unlikely that anyone knows what exactly the true genetic make-up of the original Blue Dream is. What we do know is it has certain recognizable effects, a terpene profile, flavor, and structure that has made millions fall in love with it. These things have guided cultivators and cannabis product makers to create a host of Blue Dream spin-offs, such as our full spectrum CBD Blue Dream cart, Autumn Brand’s Blue Dream CBD / THC flower, and Simply Bare’s Blue Dream THC flower.
Blue Dreams Terpene Profile
Blue Dream get's its flavor from its flavonoid and terpene profile. Terpenes are essential oils found in cannabis that are responsible for things like aroma, flavor, and effect. The typical terpene profile you’ll see for Blue Dream looks something like this:
- Linalool (0 - 0.1%)
- Myrcene (.3 - 1.1%)
- Pinene (0 - 0.7%)
- Limonene (0 - 0.2%)
- Caryophyllene (0 - 0.2%)
High levels of Myrcene gives the strain a fruity, mango-/berry-like flavor while Limonene gives the strain its sweet, tangy undertones.
The effects of Blue Dream’s terpene profile
Myrcene, usually the largest chunk of Blue Dream’s terpene profile, is known for its relaxing and sedative effects.
Then balanced out by pinene, often the second most abundant terp in Blue Dream, that has likely aided in the strain’s reputation for sparking alertness and focus according to research.
Finally linalool, though small in amount, could be responsible for some of the well known mood-boosting effects of the strain. In fact, recent studies have shown that it can affect serotonin pathways which are directly related to feelings of well-being.
All of these terpenes work synergistically with the major cannabinoids like CBD, THC, and CBG, to create a dreamy, relaxed alertness that is recognizable by stoners around the world.
Is Blue Dream a sativa or an indica?
Neither. It’s commonly referred to as a Sativa-dominant hybrid, but this isn’t known in any scientific manner. Like most iconic strains, and really most strains in general, blue dream has been cross-bred and imitated so many times that it’s true classification has been lost. Thus, those who claim it’s a sativa-hybrid are usually referring to its general vibe as a relaxing and uplifting strain.
Does Blue Dream make you hungry?
Blue Dream strains which are high in THC, between 16-24%, are likely to give you the munchies. Myrcene is also thought by some researchers to boost appetite and given that it’s the major terpene found in Blue Dream strains, experiencing hunger is that much more likely.
Blue dream strains that are high in CBD and THC however, such as Autumn Brand’s 1:1, may be less likely to make you reach for the Hot Cheetos according to research that suggests CBD may reduce the appetite uptake caused by THC. Our Blue Dream cart most likely won’t cause hunger because it contains only CBD.