Red Congolese is a pure sativa strain with a mysterious lineage that is quite-often the topic of debate among connoisseurs. Many hypothesize that it descends from an African sativa landrace strain, while others believe it was bred as a cross between Mexican and Afghani parents. The Red Congolese that has exploded in popularity across Canada has become recognized as a powerhouse sativa, known for its’ energetic and cerebral high, as well as its’ bright, refreshing citrus aroma. This features lead us to believe that its’ genetic makeup leans more towards being the descendant of an African sativa, although that can vary from phenotype to phenotype. With THC levels that easily reach as high as 22%, the potency is there for Red Congolese, although the effects are not a typically “stoned” type of high. What makes this sativa so special is its’ ability to rejuvenate users with a energetic and cerebral buzz, providing users with a sense of mental clarity and focus. The landrace genetics of Red Congolese give it a very unique and distinct aroma and flavour profile that can only be attributed to years of genetic adaptation to survive in harsher environments. The flavours, just like its’ effects are known to be very bright, with uplifting notes of fresh lemon rinds, citrus fruits and undertones of a candy-like sweetness.
As one of the most popular strains available on the market, you definitely would not want to be missing out on the award-winning Red Congolese! It is a pure sativa strain that is a result of crossbreeding the Congolese, Mexican Sativa and Afghani landrace strains. It offers a nice aromatic mixture of cheese, fruits and spices–like an all in one charcuterie board–backing a strong, hard-hitting, euphoric high with a delicious flavour profile. It actually even claimed the third place prize for the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2013, a testament to its amazing effects of elation and bliss, and its well-deserved fame in the cannabis community. Great for sharing amongst friends and partners for fun, for yourself to relieve some stress, or for a boost of energy to help you just get through the day, the Red Congolese is sure to please any cannabis user!
Effects of Red Congolese
Red Congolese is one of the strains that many cannabis users note as their go-to wake n’ bake due to its energizing effects. Best suited for mornings and day time usage, the high is almost instant upon smoking as you begin to feel a heightened sense of focus which only intensifies as it wears on. You will also get a sense of euphoria and elation as your mood is elevated, and feelings of happiness melt away any stress or worries. There are mild physical effects as well that offer some body relaxation and can help alleviate minor aches. The strain is great for both medical and recreational users as it can help treat issues like stress, anxiety and cachexia or fatigue to help get through the day. But, it’s a perfect social strain as well to use amongst friends or in larger social settings. Because of the mixture of euphoric bliss and mild body high, it’s often reported that this strain’s high also leads to a sense of arousal so Red Congolese can be the ideal strain to share between you and your partner!
The Red Congolese strain has an average of 18%-22% in THC. While this strain is itself a pure 100% sativa strain, its genetics partially derives from Mexican Sativa which is a hybrid which is 70%:30% with sativa dominance, while the Afghani landraces are typically nearly pure indicas. The Red Congolese has been so popular in its own right that it has been crossed and used to produce further strains like Red Lemon Congo, a sativa-dominant hybrid that can reach 28% THC potency, created by interbreeding with the just as delicious Super Lemon Haze, which itself is a sativa-dominant hybrid and a two-time High Times Cannabis Cup winner.
Appearance & Aroma
The Red Congolese buds display a beautiful array of deep shades of fire reds and oranges amongst mint green. The flowers are nice and fluffy, and are covered in a sticky, syrup-like resin and a layer of frosty trichomes. While it can look intimidating with its fiery ambers, it is actually quite a tasty strain. There is the typical earthy cannabis scent to it, though Red Congolese also has a smell of sweet nuttiness, and many often notice a cheese scent. Yet, upon smoking, these aromas are enhanced by a fresh grapefruit-like citrus, sweet flavours that are balanced by notes of herbs and spices, adding to its rich aroma and flavour profile.
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