Black Lotus

Black Lotus

$$10-$$110

THC: 22%

Black Lotus is an indica-dominant hybrid created by inventive breeders Bodhi Seeds. This strain is a cross between the UW Black Hashplant (an offshoot of the University of Washington’s UW) and Bodhi’s own Snow Lotus. If offers users a dynamic, long-lasting high and a dank, old-school flavor profile. Black Lotus’ THC content ranges from 19% to 25%.

Surprisingly, given its mostly indica background, Black Lotus has a fast onset, striking smokers with a headrush before they’ve even had a chance to exhale. This high initially manifests as a concerted pressure around the eyes and cheekbones; some consumers also report an increase in salivation. Eventually, these sensations give way to a kind of cerebral awareness in which thoughts may occur to the user with a higher frequency and greater intensity. Certain ideas (or even inanimate objects) that might not otherwise hold interest can suddenly become absorbing; similarly, smokers may stumble across conceptual connections between seemingly unrelated things. In the right circumstances, this uptick in thinking can boost productivity on everything from analytical tasks to open-ended brainstorms. For some, Black Lotus’ mental stimulation can also take the form of sensory changes like a flattening of visual depth perception or a feeling of time moving more slowly.

As this high wears on, its effects become decidedly more physical. Users may feel a sudden relief from any troubling muscular tension. They may also be able to breathe more deeply and easily. With more time (or an increased dosage), this subtle relaxation can progress into immobilization, pinning smokers in place and undoing some of their earlier motivation or focus. As this point, Black Lotus is best suited to some hardcore lounging in the comforts of home. Because of its gradual decline in energy, Black Lotus is recommended for afternoon through early evening relaxation.

Black Lotus’ versatile properties can also be useful for medical cannabis patients. Its early tendency toward focus can help those with attention deficit disorders to work on one task at a time. Its generally uplifted mood may temporarily dull the symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. Physically speaking, Black Lotus can be a good pain reliever, whether patients are suffering from minor inflammation or chronic, disease-related pain. This bud’s sedation can even help insomniacs to get a good night’s sleep. Because it comes with some risk of mindrace and paranoia, Black Lotus is not recommended for patients who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.

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