Name: Bubble Gum
Genetics: Indiana Bubble Gum x Unknown Indica
The Bubble Gum strain first originated in the Midwest sometime in the 1970s. The genetics of this strain are about as mysterious as it gets. All that is really known is that after making its way around the U.S., the Bubble Gum strain was brought to Holland. Once there (circa 1993), the original American version was crossed with an unknown indica that created a much more stable Bubble Gum plant that was easily clone-able. This was no overnight feat—the Bubble Gum strain took many generations to develop a stable version that truly mimicked the flavor profile of its namesake.
Bubble Gum is almost a perfect hybrid (55% indica, 45% sativa) with the needle slightly pointing to the indica side. This strain has won four High Times Cannabis Cups, and moreover the name “Bubble Gum” has been widely borrowed and attached to almost any strain that is sweet and even remotely tastes like chewing gum.
Looks and Smell
When grown properly, the Bubble Gum strain offers up bright neon green and orange-smattered bundles of joy. The very frosty, snowcapped nugs just absolutely glisten in the sunlight. The bud structure tends to be on the smaller side and dense, paying homage to its indica lineage. Upon cracking open the bag, I was immediately smacked in the face with the smell of my days past. It was that old school Bazooka Joe Bubblegum aroma that used to be in baseball card wax packs. When I ground up the compact nugs, an instant, strong, citrus aroma became quite noticeable. However, the bubblegum smell was always present, as it should be making the name apropos.
When looking for the real-deal Bubble Gum strain, the smell can definitely be a good identifier, but the real proof is in the taste. That taste or flavor profile is ever so similar to bubblegum on both the inhale and the exhale. Many of those who enjoy and tout this strain do so for the danky, smooth, bubblegum flavor followed by a very sweet, fruity aroma.
The Bubble Gum strain is renowned for its potency. One source says it can reach as high as the 30% THC mark. Let’s just say I am dubious of any flower attaining the 30% THC mark (at least at this date), however in the same breath I will let it be known that this is a potent strain. The batch I received tested a shade under 22%—still a very respectable and high THC ratio for any marijuana strain.
Bubble Gum is widely regarded as one of the best tasting strains of all time, and it has four High Times Cannabis Cups to prove it. The effects one can expect from the Bubble Gum strain are very 50/50, split equally between head and body. As I said earlier, this is almost a perfect hybrid split, starting with a creeper cerebral high that is followed by an even heavier (some say couch-lock inducing) body buzz.
Bubble Gum is another one of those famous/infamous strains that has to be on your bucket list, known for its high potency, amazing flavor, and sweet bubblegum terp profile. Intermediate cultivation skills are what’s needed to pull off a bumper crop of this strain. This is mainly for two reasons. First, the clones don’t need to veg as long as other strains, as she will surly stretch during flowering (this is actually a positive, making for quicker turn-around times). Also, the minimal side branching and rapid growth needs to be kept in check, needing to be topped early and often to control height. This of course makes theses beauties perfect for the Sea of Green (SOG) growing method.
The Bubble Gum strain has been found useful for those enduring anxiety, stress, and mood-related disorders thanks to the sativa side. The indica side makes it a good choice for pain relief, insomnia, and appetite issues. Overall, I was very happy to reintroduce myself to this strain, as it is one of the first named strains I remember trying years ago. Not the easiest to find these days, but if you look hard enough, it is around.