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Our Candyland strain review covers this sweet and earthy creation. From the creators of the legendary Granddaddy Purple strain comes this candy-scented strain.

Candyland elicits uplifting and energizing effects that can power you through the day. Whether you use weed for recreational or medical purposes, this strain offers a balance of flavors, aroma, and effects for an overall blissful experience.

What Strain is Candyland?

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Our Candyland strain review starts off with an explanation of the strain. It is a popular strain featuring 16% to 21% THC.

As a sativa-dominant hybrid, it offers users invigorating effects. It’s best taken during the morning or afternoon to enjoy its euphoric and energizing effects.

Strong notes of citrus, berries, and pine combine to create an enticing aroma and flavor profile.

Average THC Level: 18.5%

Average CBD Level: <1%

Strain Type: Sativa

Genetics: Granddaddy Purple (GDP) x Bay Platinum Cookies

Breeder: Ken Estes

Terpenes: Caryophyllene, Limonene, Humulene

Awards: 1st Place Best Sativa at the 2012 Denver KushCon

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Candyland Strain Genetics

Candyland is a combination of Granddaddy Purple (GDP) and Bay Platinum Cookies. Ken Estes, the creator of the legendary GDP, was looking for a less sedating strain compared to GDP.

Estes chose a Cookies strain due to its mold resistance and low-maintenance in the grow room. Estes crossed a male GDP plant with a female phenotype of Bay Platinum Cookies.

From this cross, Candyland grew tall and branchy. Estes loved its traits and smell. He offhandedly came up with the name “Candyland” as a placeholder. Little did he know that the name would stick after it developed a loyal following across the nation.

GDP (Purple Urkle x Big Bud) and Bay Platinum Cookies (Bay 11 x Platinum Cookies) bring the potency and fruity flavors you know and love.

Candyland Flavor

Candyland’s unique genetics are responsible for its sweet and candy-like flavors. A sugary and tart taste blends with hints of fruit, berries, and citrus flavors. Notes of earthy, herbal, and piney flavors hit your taste buds on the inhale. The complex combination of flavors creates a balanced sweet and earthy profile.


One whiff of Candyland buds and you’ll think you’ve transported into a magical board game where the swamp is made of molasses and the trees are made of lollipops. It has a strong and sweet aroma.

Its sweetness is balanced with a pine, herbal, and earthy scent. Each element of the pungent smell combines to create a pleasant atmosphere when smoking or vaping.

Candyland Strain Effects

Just like eating candy, consuming Candyland engages your brain’s reward system. Users report feeling an initial surge of euphoria and energy take over the racing thoughts.

Its blissful effects are perfect to enjoy while hanging out with friends or engaging in a creative pursuit. Since it’s less sedating than its parents, you can take it during the day.

Medical users turn to Candyland for its all-day effects. Patients have used this strain to relieve minor to moderate pain. It has been used to relieve discomfort associated with back pain, headaches, and muscle tension.

Its uplifting effects have helped those with anxiety, depression, fatigue, and stress. Its relaxing effects can help those with appetite problems feel comfortable and ready to eat.

Feelings: Happy, Uplifted, Euphoric, Relaxed, Energetic

Medical Uses: Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Pain, Fatigue

Negative Side Effects: Dry Mouth, Dry Eyes, Anxious, Dizzy, Paranoid

Products: Flower, Pre-Roll, Vape Cartridge, Shatter, Wax, Live Resin, Distillate


Candyland grows tall and branchy with dark purple leaves. Its branches develop small and dense green buds. Some buds can have purple hues. Golden and orange pistil hairs poke through the dark and light green-colored bracts.

Its buds are covered with resinous trichomes that hold its cannabinoids and terpenes.

How to Grow Candyland

Candyland is an easy strain to grow for new growers. It’s resistant to mold and can grow in climates with high humidity levels. Its hardiness allows new growers to let the plant do the heavy lifting.

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It can be grown indoors and outdoors but prefers a warm and dry outdoor environment. You can buy this strain as regular and feminized seeds. A quick flowering period means you’ll have resin-coated buds sooner rather than later.

Growing Difficulty: Easy

Plant Height: 30 in – 78 in

Flowering Period: 7-9 weeks

Yield: 3-6 ounces per square foot

Average Price of Candyland Weed Strain

Candyland strain on average is $12-$16 per gram, $52-65 per 1/8th ounce, $98-$109 per 1/4 ounce, and $200-$218 per 1/2 ounce.

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Gavin Kushman

Gavin is a worldly adventurer and cannabis connoisseur, embarking on journeys that take him to the far corners of the globe to explore and document the varied effects, flavors, and histories of both renowned and lesser-known strains. From the misty high-altitude farms of the Hindu Kush highlands to the vibrant cannabis cafes of Amsterdam, Gavin's quest for knowledge spans continents. A recognized authority in the cannabis industry, he frequently lends his expertise to leading publications such as Cannabis Training University, where his captivating blog articles chronicle his unique experiences with different cannabis strains.

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