With a name like Red Dragon, it’s hard not to catch the attention of an eager cannabis market – and that’s exactly what this strain has done. Possessing the quintessential properties of a powerful sativa strain, Red Dragon is upbeat, energetic, alerting, and heightening. In fact, the strain can be so incredibly invigorating that it might border on excessive, making it a better choice for users who don’t usually struggle with apprehension.
All things considered, the Red Dragon strain makes a good choice for those who want that shot of energy during those sleepy hours of the day. A word of caution however – it’s not your average everyday sativa strain. Take it in moderation and always watch your dosage lest you unleash the full force of the Red Dragon.
Origins of Red Dragon
There’s no wonder why Red Dragon comes out kicking – it was born from two landraces. The first is a heavy-handed indica, and the other severe sativa that both combat for center stage. The result is the aggressive Red Dragon that brandishes sativa-centric effects that are more powerful than any of its peers.
The first parent is the South American landrace. This strain is rarely ever used in breeding, with other landraces like the Mexican more commonly utilized for their desirable properties. Presently, there’s very little known about the South American landrace, and it falls behind other landrace breeds based on popularity. But its energizing effects have started to make it more prominent among farmers, especially because its genetics come out beautifully when used for cross breeding.
The second strain used to produce the Red Dragon cultivar is the ever-popular Afghani. Beloved for its hard-hitting indica benefits, the Afghani strain is often utilized to balance out sativa dominance and to lend a touch of sweet, fruity flavor to the resulting offspring.
Aroma and Appearance
Red Dragon looks exactly as you think it should. The first thing you’ll notice about the strain is its monstrous coat of red-orange hairs. These tendrils intertwine and clasp together, creating a delicate network of fiery orange fingers that trap the nugs in a cage of flame. All over the exterior of the leaves, millions of worm-like hairs erupt from the surfaces of the bud, leaving traces of sticky goodness wherever you touch it.
The white fuzz are trichomes which produce resin and this sticky nectar is where the cannabinoids are contained. Thus, with such an impenetrable forest of crystallized trichomes, the Red Dragon strain produces significantly more cannabinoid content than your average everyday strain. So, there’s really no wondering where it gets its potent effects.
Once you crack open the jar, Red Dragon releases an aroma of herbs like star anise, clove, and carambola. These spicy aromas mix together to create an invigorating fragrance that can capture your senses and make you want to take a toke on the spot. Underneath, tones of sweet fruit, berry, and a mild tinge of gasoline add dimension, depth, and personality to the overall flavor experience.
Experience and Effects
Red Dragon’s flavor profile is a perfect mirror of its aroma, with a slightly stronger gasoline twang right at the tail end of the drag. But other than that, the fragrance is flawlessly reflected by its flavor profile. That said, the Red Dragon strain may be a tolerable herb for most users of all levels of expertise whether veteran or newbie.
But be warned – just because its taste can be easily tolerated by most marijuana heads, doesn’t mean just anyone should use it. The Red Dragon’s effects can be described as overwhelming, lending a dose of energy that might often be a little too potent for the average user. While the shoot up of vigor can be a great way to see you through a sleepy afternoon, the Red Dragon inspires a rapid increase of both physical and cognitive activity. So, if you’re prone to anxiety, then it might not be the best choice for you.
With effects that swirl through the body for hours on end, the Red Dragon strain is best used in controlled situations where you can comfortably go about your time without distractions or environmental dangers. In some cases, Red Dragon might also unhinge the jaw. So, if you’re using it in the company of friends, make sure you trust them enough unless you share something that might embarrass you later on.
Growing and Processing
The Red Dragon strain is one of the hardest to cultivate. With severely specific conditions and requirements, this strain is best reserved for those who have had extensive experience learning and growing the marijuana herb. For the most part, Red Dragon has an excessive need for heat and sunlight – owing to its sativa genetics. Providing ample space for the plant to stretch out should help it collect as much sun as possible.
But despite being pretty difficult to grow, the Red Dragon strain does make up for it with its bountiful harvest. Each foot of its height can produce over 6 ounces of herb, easily giving you a wealth of product for post-processing or for raw flower. So, if you can manage the growing pains of cultivating Red Dragon, the reward awaiting you at the end should be well worth it.
Who Is It For?
Not for the rookies, that’s for sure. Red Dragon is a strain that doesn’t joke around, producing heightening effects that might overpower your body and mind. So, for the average Joe, Red Dragon can be especially consuming, pushing you into a state of elevated energy that might be a little too strong for your liking.
That said, veteran users who are looking to experience the blissful, giggly, heightened feeling of that first ever cannabis drag, Red Dragon can take you straight down memory lane. With its potent sativa effects, strong flavor, and long-lasting impact, Red Dragon can take those drowsy days and turn them into high energy moments that can see you through social gatherings, loads of work, or just those unsavory instances when negative emotions plague the mind.
George Mouratidis works as a full-time copywriter and journalist. He is the founder of WeedCopywriter.com, a bespoke content writing agency for the cannabis industry. George is a regular editor for many industry publications, as well as corporate blogs. He is also the co-writer of the book Ganja Hustle; a hit cannabis growing guide for the USA and Canada markets. When he is not writing, George likes to work out, trying new foods and playing with his cat. Currently, he lives in Greece.