Written by S.T.Oner, Cannabis Sativa vol.1
Genetics: Atomic + x Unknown Sativa
Flowering: 60-70 days
Spain’s North of Seeds were one of the first medical marijuana seed banks to open in their area of Spain, and since they did so, they have gained a reputation both locally and abroad for good quality and customer service. The team takes particular care to ensure that their seeds reach you in the best possible condition, keeping their seeds at exactly 6 degrees Celcius (42.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and dating each package so you can be sure of its freshness. This attention to detail has made these guys a hit with medical users, and with a strain as good as Virus, these guys are going to get even more popular!
Virus is a fantastic cross between the company’s Atomic +, an indica-dominant plant that looks and hits like a sativa, and a secret but potent sativa-dominant hybrid from the vaults of the breeders. This union has resulted in a beautiful looking plant with deep green leaves and a high that hits like a freight train.
The good news for indoor growers is that this plant, unlike some sativa hybrids, can be tamed to grow in a greenhouse or an indoor grow room without too much effort. Though it will grow to be large, training and trimming can keep it at a manageable size. Another plus for both indoor and outdoor cultivators is its high resistance to mildew, a trait that it shares with Atomic + parent. The upshot of this is that if you’re growing in a similar climate to that of the south of Spain, or if you’re cultivating many plants in a greenhouse, high humidity shouldn’t cause you too many problems – although you should always aim for good air circulation within your grow area as this will strengthen your plants as well as make it difficult for mold and mildew to form. The Atomic + parent flowers in 55 days, and Virus blooms just a little later at 60 to 70 days. If growing outside, look to harvest in mid October. With enough space and light, Virus plants can yield up to 600 grams of dried bud per square yard, and this figure rises to 700 grams per plant when grown outdoors: a huge yield in anyone’s books!
You might be somewhat confused when you smoke your first bowl of Virus, because although it doesnt look or taste like magic mushrooms, it sure as hell feels like it. The intense fruity smell will leave you nice and refreshed for the debilitating, highly psychoactive high that’s about to smack you right in the brain. This is, however, a very welcome experience, and you won’t be left with that part-grin, part-grimace you get after six hours of a mushroom trip, as this will slide nicely into a relaxing stone so you can recover with a stack of cookies.