Critical (aka Critical+, Critical Mass) is a renewed version of the nineties classic 'Big Bud'. This impressive strain is appreciated by novice and expert growers alike for its massive yields, high THC content, and fruity berry flavors. A longtime favorite among commercial growers, Critical and its hybrids make very efficient use of space and resources.
When Critical is hybridized with other strains, the yields are not compromised. The crossings produce plants with many unique features, but the big harvests are always guaranteed. This selection of 10 Critical hybrids represents some of the best strains of cannabis available in the world today.
Critical Cheese is an example of what happens when legends collide. Critical+ has been crossed with a classic Cheese to produce this easy-to-grow, fast-flowering, and heavy-yielding sativa-dominant hybrid. Large, compact buds cover the whole plant, and the last two weeks of flowering definitely call for a heavy duty carbon filter indoors.
This plant is a no-drama grow, no matter your situation. She responds well to indoor conditions, with overhead trees being common outdoors. The aroma is of pine, flowers, spices, and cheese. Uplifting and long-lasting cerebral effects define the high. This strain is ideal for time spent with friends, and it makes music sound amazing.
With a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, this is the CBD-rich version of Critical Mass. 5–10% THC meets 5–10% CBD in a high-yielding, medium-sized plant. The purple-tinged, indica-style flowers of CBD Critical Mass weigh heavily upon the sativa-structured plant. Plants will need support when in full flower.
There is a rich honey sweetness to the aroma, with deep florals and pungent earth rounding out the flavor profile. The expert balance of cannabinoids produces a mild, clear-headed high while acting therapeutically on the body and mind.
Just the name brings expectations of amazing things. Critical Haze is a great introductory plant for those venturing into growing Haze varieties. It is a Critical Mass x Afghani Haze hybrid that fills grow rooms to bursting, and produces double overhead plants outdoors. The original lemon, lime, and citrus scents of the Haze heritage are mellowed with the spices and wood incense of the Afghan father.
Yields are impressive indoors, in greenhouses, or outdoors, with an average flowering time of 8–10 weeks. Warmer climates should expect a longer blooming period of 10–12 weeks to let those sativa genetics fully express. Haze psychedelia mediated by a very pleasant and functional body load define the powerful effects of Critical Haze. This strain is a favorite medicine.
As a cross between the pungent Tennessee HOG and the robust Spanish Critical Mass, Critical HOG boasts the best attributes of both its parents. The strain is very easy-to-grow indoors or outdoors, and remains at a manageable height throughout the entire grow cycle.
A stout indica-styled and very bushy plant, Critical HOG has a minimal flowering period of just 55 days. Yields are high for such a short plant, with the thick buds preferring a dry climate outdoors and plenty of ventilation indoors. Sweet and earthy with wood and floral aromas, this strain brings about a sense of deep peace and relaxation typical of high-quality indica-dominant strains.
Whether you like ‘70s prog rock or not, you will love this cannabis version of Pink Floyd. Crossing a Critical Mass with a HazeAC has produced a plant with all the benefits of Haze in a heavy-yielding plant. A fruit of the loom bounty of sweet aromas is overlaid with a pine and lemon tang that spikes the palate then bends the mind.
The sativa dominance means a long flowering period, so growers further north will need to take this into consideration. A greenhouse is preferred under less than ideal conditions as plants are susceptible to cold and rain. Depending on the phenotype, flowering can take between 9 and 12 weeks, producing 500g/m² indoors or the same per plant outdoors. The wait is worthwhile when jars of full of swollen buds.
Critical and Somango have been combined to produce this flavorsome and fast-growing plant. The legendary production and power of Critical genetics meet the unique aromas and tastes of the Somango. The easy-to-grow Critical Soma booms whether grown indoors or outdoors, and takes well to any choice of grow medium. The outrageously heavy, forearm-thick flowers barely lose volume when dried, and contain an impressive 18% THC.
Her indica dominance provides a thick, luxuriously flavored smoke that has a sociable and relaxed effect. Critical Soma has a very manageable height indoors, finishing at 100cm. Outdoors, 2.5m trees are common. She will be ready for harvest after 55–60 days or late-September outdoors.
Critical Mass Autoflowering is another variation on the Big Bud theme. A cross between the original Skunk #1 and an Afghani indica with a Mexican ruderalis for the autoflowering genes, the buds are like a bush of 600ml water bottles all crusted with swollen trichomes. The dense flowers can be susceptible to mold, so be sure to harvest on time.
Generous yields are not uncommon after 9–11 weeks from seed; outdoors, similar weights are possible per voluminous plant. The familiar skunky aroma is enhanced with hash, spice, earth, and wood undertones. Effects are happy and relaxed, with a sleepy euphoria. Get ready for some big-time munchies.
When you prefer the therapeutic effects of CBD without the overwhelming cerebral stimulation of too much THC, Medical Mass is the ideal plant. With THC levels at a low 10%, Medical Mass provides all the medicinal properties of CBD—without being mentally overwhelming.
The yields that make Critical strains a favorite of commercial growers can still be accomplished with this medicinal version. These indica-dominant plants produce large aromatic flowers on sturdy lateral branches. The central cola that stretches well above the main plant is so dense that no stalk can be seen. Experts and novices will reap excellent rewards growing Medical Mass indoors or outdoors.
Critical Kush is a delicacy created from Critical+ and the Emerald OG Kush. It retains the rapid development and generous bud size of the Skunk line, while adding the lemon and petrol fruitiness of the OG.
The plant is an open bush with well-developed lateral branches that become weighed down with twisted knuckles of nuggets. This is a very powerful strain that resembles Critical+ more than the Kush. Light green flowers highlight bright orange hairs and a good leaf-to-bud ratio. A great strain for physical intimacy as it brings on a relaxing euphoria.
An exotic and complex lineage gives the indica-dominant Sugar Black Rose a unique aroma and flavor profile. Critical Bilbo brings the famed yields and large bud size appreciated by connoisseurs; Black Domina brings deep blue, purple, and sometimes even black hues to foliage in late flower, not to mention a hash-like aroma and flavor.
Plants are short and bushy, with large and dense flower clusters filling up internodes. Sugar Black Rose is an easy-to-grow, hardy, mold and pathogen-resistant strain that makes a novice look like a pro. Yields can reach up to an impressive kilo per plant when grown outdoors, and average 400–450g/m² indoors. Enjoy the sweet, floral, and earthy undertones as the relaxing body buzz and blissful euphoria settle in. This strain is renowned for its high THC content. The expert grower can expect 25%, with the average being around 20%.