If you love to consume CBD-rich whole-flower, check out our Harlequin strain review. Harlequin is a sativa-dominant, high-CBD strain descended from landrace strains. The result of its hardy genetics produces buds with balanced, relaxing, and clear-headed effects.
What Is the Harlequin Strain?
Harlequin is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain known for its exceptionally high CBD content compared to other similar strains. A unique balance of CBD and THC concentration allows you to feel calm with a slight buzz that won’t weigh you down.
Harlequin is an ideal strain for first-time users or those who prefer CBD-rich strains. The balance of cannabinoids avoids overwhelming novice users or those who need to be productive during the day.
Generally, Harlequin has a 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC. Analytics labs have measured samples of Harlequin and reported samples between four to 10 percent THC and six to 15 percent CBD.
Average CBD level: 8.5 percent
Average THC level: 5 percent
Terpenes: Myrcene, Pinene, Caryophyllene
Awards: 3rd Place in the CBD Flowers category – Highlife Cup 2019
Strains similar to Harlequin:
- CBD Critical Mass
- Lemon Garlic OG
- OG Kush
- LA Confidential
- NYC Diesel
- Blackberry Kush
Harlequin Strain Genetics
Harlequin strain gets its prized genetics from a Colombian Gold, a Nepali indica, and Thai and Swiss landrace strains. Legend has it that the strain was initially bred by Mr. Green from the House of David Collective.
Mr. Green had his sights on breeding a THC-rich plant to make hash and concentrates, but ended up producing a sativa-dominant strain renowned for its high CBD content.
Strains featuring Harlequin genetics include:
Athabasca (AKA Pennywise): Harlequin x Jack the Ripper
Quin-N-Tonic (AKA Quin & Tonic, HarleSin): Harlequin x Cannatonic
Harlequin Joe (AKA Freedom Baby): Harlequin x Joseph OG
Harlequin GDP: Harlequin x Granddaddy Purple
Harlequin Tsunami (AKA Harle-Tsu): Harlequin x Sour Tsunami
Siberian Harlequin: Harlequin x Siberian Haze
Good Medicine: Harlequin x Appalachia
Harlequin Bx: Harlequin x Good Medicine
Bananaquin: Harlequin x Banana Kush F9
CBDiesel: Harlequin x Turbo Diesel
Candida: Harlequin x ACDC
Chief Haha: Harlequin x Afghan
Die Hard: Harlequin x Alien Kush F2
Medicated OG: Harlequin x Double Barrel OG
Medikit: Harlequin x Unknown Latin American strain
Merlin’s Tonic: Harlequin x Purple Mayhem
Hurkle: Harlequin x Querkle
Holy Bubba: Harlequin x Pre ‘98 Bubba Kush
Harlox: Harlequin x The OX
Harlequake: Harlequin x Mendocino Purps
Harlequin Strain Aroma
Harlequin’s complex and subtle aroma has herbal, pine, peppery, and sweet notes. Unleash the inner musky and mango flavors using a portable or desktop vaporizer to consume your buds. Harlequin’s sweet and syrupy flavors will leave you wanting more.
Harlequin’s most common terpenes include the following:
Myrcene is one of the most concentrated terpenes among cannabis strains. You can’t miss its spicy and peppery aroma, also found in mangoes, thyme, and lemongrass. Myrcene is thought to be responsible for analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Pinene smells like Christmas. A distinct piney aroma is commonly found in terpenes and can be used for anxiety, inflammation, and pain. Pinene-rich strains include OG Kush, Haze Berry, Remedy, and God’s Gift.
Caryophyllene has a blend of earthy, musky, and citrus notes that can also be found in black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. Caryophyllene is believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and could help reduce depression and anxiety.
Harlequin Strain Effects
Harlequin’s effects are invigorating and mood-boosting. Consuming this high-energy sativa can leave you feeling alert and concentrated on the task at hand. Harlequin has won fans around the world for its ability to provide relaxation without sedation.
Harlequin’s CBD-rich trichomes are beloved for their effectiveness as a medical treatment for chronic pain and anxiety without the high. CBD can provide non-intoxicating relief without compromising its analgesic properties.
Feelings: Relaxed, Happy, Uplifted, Focused, Energetic
Medical uses: Pain, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Inflammation
Harlequin Products: Whole-Flower, Cartridge, Pre-Roll, Isolate, Shatter
Growing Harlequin Strain
Those with a brown or green thumb can easily grow the Harlequin strain. Buy Harlequin feminized seeds online or clones at a dispensary nearby. Growers recommend planting Harlequin early in the planting season due to CBD’s quicker deterioration rate compared to THC.
Under optimal growing conditions, Harlequin can produce tall plants, a high yield, and large colas with bright orange-and-red pistils. Harlequin plants respond well to training to maintain proper airflow in the canopy. Harlequin can grow in soil or hydroponic mediums.
Harlequin can grow indoors or outdoors and prefers temperatures between 72º and 85º F. This sativa-dominant strain can handle high humidity levels as long as you ensure there’s a good airflow between plants and branches, which may need support due to the size of the buds.
Growing Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Plant Height: 78 inches+
Flowering Period: 7-9 weeks
Yield: 3-6 ounces per square foot
Check out our blog post on how to maximize CBD production during its growth cycle. This CBD-rich strain, in particular, has a longer-than-normal drying time that can last up to three weeks compared to the average of seven to 10 days due to its heavy and frosty resin.
Master Cultivator Certification
Are you interested in growing your own Harlequin plant or garden? Sign up for CTU’s online cannabis classes. Learn everything you need to know about starting your grow from scratch and getting your master cultivator certification.
Growing marijuana is easy with the right tools and knowledge. Trust CTU’s renowned cannabis training program to guide you through the most important cannabis topics ranging from cannabis cultivation to cannabis medicine and beyond.
Sign up here.