About Dutch Treat
“Dutch treat” — the common practice of splitting a bill after a date — isn’t nearly as fun as the cannabis strain of the same name. Dutch Treat (also known as Dutch Crunch) is an indica-heavy hybrid that was originally cultivated in the Pacific Northwest but is now very popular in Amsterdam. With minimal CBD around 1% and THC between 15% and 30%, this is a potent strain that offers some physical benefits alongside its psychoactivity. A good option for nighttime socializing or introspection, Dutch Treat’s potency earned it 3rd Best Sativa in the 2012 Southern California Cannabis Cup.
There is no clear provenance on the lineage of Dutch Treat. However, many sources point to Jordan of the Islands, an experienced breeder from Vancouver Island, as the point of origin. Jordan of the Islands grows several staple strains as well as innovative crossbreeds that retail at dispensaries throughout the Vancouver area.
Popular staple strains Northern Lights (another heavy indica with an earthy flavor profile) and Haze (a bold sativa with similarly wispy buds) have been suggested as parents of Dutch Treat, but without advanced genetic testing, we can’t know for sure how Dutch Treat came to be.
Despite its mysterious genetics, it has a clear “bag appeal’ that has made it attractive for innovative crossbreeding. One phenotype of the strain, Dutch Treat #5, has been used to create several other popular strains: combined with a Hawaiian sativa landrace, it’s yielded High Definition; combined with Super Silver Haze, it has produced Dutch Treat Haze; and when crossed with Electric Haze, it’s given us Electric Treat.
Despite its indica dominance, its buds are more sativa in appearance: they’re tapered and conical rather than round, and their leaves are more wispy and soft than densely packed. The leaves themselves are a dark green with golden and yellow pistils underneath a thick coating of trichomes. Because of their high resin content and loose bud structure, buds of Dutch Treat may prove difficult to break apart for a pipe or a joint if you’re not using a grinder. The aroma of this strain, while pleasant, isn’t particularly memorable or pungent. Cured buds have a muted woodsy smell of cedar and pine accented by some nonspecific citrus sweetness. The smoke is surprisingly smooth and has the taste of herbs and more pine.
For consumers who would rather not handle implements like joints, pipes, or vaporizers, cannabis company Bhang produces a packaged vape pen loaded with 25% THC Dutch Treat concentrate oil; even when vaped, this strain retains its distinctly herbal and earthy taste and smell.
DUTCH TREAT STRAIN OVERVIEW
Anyone with an iota of marijuana knowledge is aware of the famed Amsterdam coffee shop scene. Yet people are always amazed that weed is technically illegal in these shops. It is merely a case of police turning a blind eye! In any case, the Dutch Treat strain, as the name suggests, has become a staple of these locations. It is also now regularly seen in North American dispensaries.
This weed is a strongly indica-dominant (80%) hybrid. This strain’s lineage is somewhat contentious. However, most agree that this strain was created in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, by famed breeders Jordan of the Islands, formed in 1992.
If you have heard the name before, it is not a surprise. They also created the much-loved Blue Hawaiian and God Bud strains. However, the Dutch Treat strain that has become so popular in North America was released by East Island Seeds.
This ‘new’ mix of the strain leans heavily towards indica while the original Dutch Treat is more balanced.
This strain is a beautiful, fragrant strain, and its very aroma is capable of energizing you. The fruity scent, which consists of blueberries and candy, and piney and eucalyptus notes, is an intense olfactory experience.
This strain tastes as fruity as it smells, and ‘mouth-watering’ is an apt description. There are also hints of sweet earth and pine. Ultimately, Dutch Treat will leave a pleasant woody and sweet aftertaste on the palate of the consumer.
It grows short and stout and consists of stunning green nugs laden with trichomes. This strain almost looks ‘glazed,’ and when the pistils begin to turn orange, it is an aesthetic delight. You will know a healthy Dutch Treat plant because of its vibrant colors and dense, sticky buds.
Dutch Treat Strain Grow Info
If you are an outdoor grower, Dutch Treat may not be the best option because it prefers an indoor setup. It responds well to soil or hydroponic setup. Even amateur growers should find it comparatively simple to grow this hybrid. As long as you provide it with a dry and warm environment, it will thrive.
When growing it, be prepared to trim the lower half of the plant. This will provide the main colas with a growth boost. Make sure the airflow in your grow room is good. Keep the humidity level at the lower end of the recommended ranges. It is a low maintenance plant, so avoid overfeeding it.
When grown indoors, the flowering time ranges from 8-9 weeks, and yields around 12 ounces per square meter. If you grow Dutch Treat outside, it will harvest early (end of September), but provides just 8 ounces per plant. Keep daytime temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees.
THC Content – Highest Test
For most marijuana users, THC is the be-all and end-all when it comes to a strain. This isn’t the best way to think about a strain’s THC content, however. A strain with 28% THC won’t necessarily provide you with a ‘better’ high than one with 18%. Most inexperienced users are better off sticking with a THC content of below 20%.
As for this strain, lab tests have reported versions of the strain with a THC as high as 30%. This is extremely potent and is way too strong for novices to consume. However, 30% is at the top of the range. There are also Dutch Treat strains with a considerably lower THC level of 18%.
CBD Content – Highest Test
Cannabidiol is the subject of much debate. Research seems to suggest that it offers similar medical benefits to THC, only without the high. If you are hoping for a CBD-rich strain, Dutch Treat will disappoint you.
Its CBD content seldom exceeds 0.2%. In other words, the THC to CBD ratio could be as high as 125:1! Dutch Treat may still provide medical benefits. We will discuss Dutch Treat’s potential health benefits in the “Medical Benefits of the Dutch Strain” section below. However, due to its potency, this isn’t a strain you should use for a quick hit at the office.
This is a potentially potent strain, and initially, you may feel as if you are flying immediately after using it. The cerebral high offers a euphoric and uplifted feeling, and you may find yourself smiling for no particular reason. It is an excellent strain if you want to chill out because it also soothes the mind.
Most Dutch Treat lovers consume it in the evening after a hard day at work and want to reduce stress. Your mind will still operate, just more slowly than usual, which may help you think more clearly. Eventually, you will feel sleepy and are ready for a good night’s sleep.
This is yet another popular medicinal strain. Even though Dutch Treat is potent, its effects have a slow onset. They typically come in smoothly rather than making you feel as if you have been hit with a steam train. Dutch Treat consumers say that it helps them to relax and unwind.
This strain is said to help relieve physical, mental, and even emotional tension.
Dutch Treat’s soporific effects may be useful to medicinal consumers looking to combat insomnia. You will slowly begin to relax, and eventually, sleep takes hold.
Also, this strain’s uplifting and euphoric high may offer temporary relief to consumers with depression. Chronic pain sufferers may also find benefits from Dutch Treat. This strain is also said to have antiemetic effects. This may help to alleviate feelings of nausea.
Remember, these medical benefits are purely anecdotal. Therefore, if you are thinking about consuming Dutch Treat to alleviate the symptoms of your particular condition, you must discuss this with your medical professional beforehand.
Possible Side Effects
Even though this strain is potent, Dutch Treat is not known for its adverse side effects. There is a possibility that you feel anxious and paranoid if you have never used marijuana before. You might experience cottonmouth symptoms and dry eyes.
Proponents of Dutch Treat claim that it is everything a hybrid should be. Its indica traits will leave you feeling profoundly relaxed and ultimately sleepy. Dutch Treat’s sativa characteristics will have a mood-enhancing effect and may even stimulate your creative side. It is very much a ‘social’ smoke because you feel engaged and active at the outset.
However, as Dutch Treat ultimately makes you feel sleepy, you should save it for home use. Due to the nature of this strain’s effects, it is best used in the evening. It may not be Dutch, but it is certainly a ‘treat’ for the senses.
This strain hits the user quickly, with a euphoric head rush. Rather than cerebral stimulation, Dutch Treat brings emotional uplift that lends itself to sociability and some talkativeness. The head high soon gives way to a wash of physical relaxation. Those same initial cerebral effects might skew towards laziness or sleepiness as the high progresses. Users may experience some lethargy and, with higher doses, intractable couchlock. Aside from Dutch Treat’s ability to ease tension, the strain’s small amounts of CBD have been said to provide relief from chronic pain, nausea, and insomnia, as well as from mental afflictions like anxiety, PTSD, and attention deficit disorders. Common negative side effects include red, dry eyes and persistent dry mouth. Dutch Treat’s slowly creeping body high makes it better suited to nighttime use. Consuming a small amount will go a long way — users have described the high as lasting up to two hours, pending individual tolerance.
When grown indoors, Dutch Treat can be controlled through trimming and topping of fan leaves to remain relatively bushy, reaching heights of up to 5 feet. If grown outside in a warm, temperate climate, though, Dutch Treat can climb much higher; as plants shoot up, growers may need to use stakes to keep branches standing upright before they begin to flower. If growing outdoors, cultivators should plan on keeping plants in a climate that doesn’t waver beyond the ideal range of 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Dutch Treat has a higher than average yield: if grown successfully under ideal conditions, each plant can yield between 4 and 8 ounces of flower. Dutch Treat flowers within 6 to 8 weeks when cultivated indoors and as early as late September when grown outdoors.
Dutch Treat is a good strain for relaxing, but not necessarily for being productive or socializing — its indica leanings qualify this as an evening to nighttime strain. Dutch Treat’s CBD content also makes it beneficial for medicating conditions involving chronic pain and digestion. Because of its tendency to grow tall if not properly managed, plants of this strain may prove difficult to cultivate for a novice grower.
Not surprisingly, Dutch Treat is an Amsterdam staple, an indica-dominant hybrid with a 20:80 sativa/indica ratio. The strain’s limited sativa genetics produce a near-instant head rush, followed by a numbing body high somewhere short of couch-lock. Dutch Treat has THC levels reaching 18-25%, so it’s strong but not aggressively so. It smells like eucalyptus and has a sweet, earthy pine flavor. The head high is intensely euphoric and upbeat, while the body high is deeply relaxed. Dutch Treat works well on anxiety and pain, and it’s also helpful with insomnia. This strain is recommended for ADHD, PTSD, migraines, and arthritis. Adverse effects include dry mouth and red eyes. Outside Holland, Dutch Treat is most popular in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest United States. It’s a descendant of Northern Lights, a famed indica; skunk, a potent hybrid; and Haze, one of the most popular sativas of all time. That mixed but esteemed heritage makes Dutch Treat a fun, effective treatment for both mental and physical suffering. As a heavy indica, this strain can be a bit hard to find, but it’s common enough in places where marijuana is legal.
Dutch Treat is a cultivar infamous among Amsterdam’s coffee shops, though its origins remain a mystery since it first surfaced. Some sources point to Vancouver, British Columbia’s Jordan of the Islands breeders as the creators of Dutch Treat.
The cultivar is believed to be a combination of Northern Lights with Haze, reportedly resulting in cerebral effects with citrusy aromas and sugary sweet flavors.
Novice growers will have a relatively easy time with Dutch Treat, as this plant is said to require minimal care and is highly resistant to diseases and pests. The bushy, short cultivar flowers during an eight-to-nineweek period and by late September when grown outdoors in the Northern Hemisphere or March if grown in the Southern Hemisphere.
This popular strain has a mysterious lineage. Many believe it is the result of crossing Northern Lights and Haze, but that is only speculation. It’s birthplace is also unconfirmed, but despite the name and the fact this strain is quite popular in Netherlands, it is thought to have been first grown 420 miles northwest of here, on Vancouver Island. Dutch treat is an 80/20 Indica leaning strain, but it appears more Sativa-like in appearance. Most buds are sticky, soft, dark green, and cone shaped. Although there are hints of sweet fruit, these buds are best described as smelling earthy. Expect pine and cedar notes to carry over into the taste of this smooth smoking, herb-y strain.
Dutch Treat provides a very relaxing high. Great for a Saturday at home, or for a night of movies and popcorn. The onset of the Dutch Treat high will be cerebral with a slight boost in energy. This will be quickly followed by sedation and even couch-lock; Making this strain better suited for more casual social settings. Dutch Treat, measuring in at 16% THC, is strong enough for the experienced and/or medicinal smoker, while also being suitable for recreational use.
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