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A legendary Northern California strain, Trainwreck is known for its potent and soaring Sativa effects package. It’s lemon-lime + menthol + acrid smell and taste is famous worldwide. The plant itself often looks gray due to the heavy trichome coverage and has a vine-like heavily Sativa structure with minimal leaf count and large calyxes.
Unknown, likely (Lowland Thai x Mexican Sativa) x Afghani
Trainwreck is thought to be a combination of a Lowland Thai variety that was brought back to the US in an attempt to mimic Thai Stick. Crossing that with a Mexican Sativa (brick weed) and Afghani stock produced this plant that finishes fairly quickly once flowering is triggered. The strain was perfected and popularized in Humboldt County, California, particularly Arcata, where the “E-32? (meaning type E, 32nd rotation) Trainwreck became the eventual popular “mother”.
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Citrus-menthol-pine is the dominant smell — it’s sharp with an occasional fruitiness creeping through
Citrus-dominant, sometimes carrying an acrid, fuely component and the same mentholated quality from the smell
Sometimes racy, but always very potent, Trainwreck is in the “crusher Sativa” mold, delivering a nearly incapacitating package of mental effects that can be overwhelming to many patients. It has shown benefits with nausea, migraines, and pain relief.
Works great for SCROG — watch out at the end of flower, because true Trainwreck almost always gets hermaphrodite flowers appearing late in the cycle… often they’re impotent, but it’s wise to keep a close eye on them to avoid pollinating itself and other plants in your garden.
A legendary Northern California strain, Trainwreck is known for its potent and soaring Sativa effects package. It's lemon-lime + menthol + acrid smell and taste is famous worldwide
Tips for growing Trainwreck cannabis
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Strain overview: An age-old cannabis classic, Trainwreck’s lineage includes Mexican and Thai sativas crossed with an Afghani indica. Its sativa lineage shines through with an empowering and motivational high that numbs aches and pains along the way. Its flavor is recognizable with sweet lemon and spicy pine notes. A Northern California staple, Trainwreck has grown in the California hills for decades with great success.
Grow techniques: Let Trainwreck grow large. Put this plant in a big pot with healthy soil, prune it, top it, trellis it, and grow a Northern California giant. As always when growing big plants, expect big stretches and the need for loads of water and nutrients.
Flowering time: 8 weeks
Grow difficulty: Easy
Climate: Moderate. Can handle a range of temperatures while still growing successfully, but ideally keep this strain between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Indoor/outdoor: A great outdoor strain due to its early finish and vigorous growth.
Feeding: Start with nutrient-rich soils and fill in the gaps by feeding Trainwreck with calcium, magnesium, and nitrogen. Top dress your soil with amendments such as bat guano and worm castings as Trainwreck begins to flower. Flush early as this plant can finish sooner than expected.
Learn more about growing the Trainwreck cannabis strain, including its preferred environment, nutrients, and training techniques.