Athabasca is an indica cannabis strain developed by Canadian produce Aphria specifically to have high levels of CBD. It takes its name from Lake Athabasca, located between Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The strain is Aphria’s version of the famous Pennywise and it has a THC to CBD ratio of 1:1. As such, due to the low THC level, recreational users may not find it very appealing, but it is hugely popular amongst medicinal users, for whom it was designed. That said, newcomers or those with a very low tolerance for THC might find that it is enough to bring on subtle psychedelic effects.
In general, it is considered a highly uplifting strain that makes people more sociable and talkative. It can also help to soothe muscle aches and will leave people feeling free of stress and tension.
The plant itself is highly aromatic with an exotic bouquet. It is sweet and woody, reminiscent of pine. When ground, the flowers release hints of spicy pepper. The taste is similarly pleasant. It is fruity at first but becomes spicy when exhaled. There are hints of apples and berries on the inhale and pepper on the exhale.
As mentioned, Athabasca was developed for medicinal users. It has been known to relieve headaches, muscle cramps and spasms, tremors, and so on. It can also be used as a mood enhancer and many consider it to be an excellent anti-depressant. Furthermore, it is energizing and invigorating, allowing people to go about their day as usual while enjoying its benefits.
Unfortunately, Aphria has decided to discontinue Athabasca. However, if you can obtain clippings then it is easy to grow indoors and outdoors. It takes just 8 to 10 weeks to flower indoors and it will yield up to 12 ounces per square meter.