The Scoop: Candyland is a next-level Sativa-dominant hybrid that combines two legendary Bay Area strains: Bay Platinum Cookies and Ken Estes’ Grand Daddy Purp (GDP). Candyland may not generate a huge buzz at “coffeeshops” in Amsterdam or dispensaries in Colorado, but if you check out the menus at Bay Area pot shops, you’ll see Candyland is high on their list of boutique strains.
The Result: A Sativa-heavy smoke, just one simple toke and your daily anxieties are seemingly exiled. Replacing stressful toxicity with a creative and relaxed mindset, consumers enjoy Candyland for its smooth and soothing body high – and its pain-killing attributes.
The Verdict: Candyland possesses one of the more intriguing aromas in a modern hybrid, with effects that are second to none. An instant Nor-Cal classic, Candyland’s incredible bag appeal represents a great alternative for fans of Girl Scout Cookies (GSC). Candyland transports those in the smoke circle to a place of tranquility while providing a unique and complex flavor profile. Straight gas for the mental engine, Candyland is one of the best cookie crosses on the market today.
Type: Mostly Sativa (75/25)
Also Known As: Candyland
Genetics: Bay Platinum Cookies x Grand Daddy Purp
Origin: The Bay Area
How Stoned Will You Get: 8.5
Average THC: 20-23%
Average Price Per ⅛: $40
Awards: 3rd Place, Best Hybrids, Michigan 2014 HTCC
The Science: Primarily available in West Coast dispensaries, Candyland’s total THC content came back at a respectable 20.01%, according to 2015 lab test. On the terpene front, this specific batch of Candyland showed elevated levels of Terpinolene, Humulene, and Caryophyllene.
Appearance: Luscious and vibrant, Candyland produces beefy flowers that have an underlying Army green color. Encrusted with a dusting of THC-laced trichomes, these potent buds appear good enough to eat (but are best when smoked). The Candyland bud has vivacious, peach-colored pistils that protrude from the interior of the flower. Conical shaped and ready for action, Candyland’s spiky calyxes flash a dizzying array of purple hues, particularly when broken apart.
Consistency: As the name suggests, the Candyland bud is uncommonly dense and more than a tad bit sticky. Dissimilar to many Sativa-dominant hybrids, Candyland’s texture and density lean more toward her cookies lineage. While anyone loading up their “daily driver” with Candyland’s nugs can probably survive without a grinder, those rolling a joint will find that sort of utensil an absolute necessity.
Scent: A form of aromatherapy, Candyland’s terpene profile is hard to resist after the first whiff. Offering a fruit forward aroma, many struggle to keep their nose out of their stash jar – it smells that good. Pleasantly earthy with hints of fruit, vanilla, and honey, it’s no wonder that Candyland has quickly earned a lofty reputation as a Bay Area favorite.
Taste: The first rip of Candyland tastes like a tropical shortbread laced with pepper. Instructed by its dominant terpene profile – Terpinolene, Humulene, and Caryophyllene – flavors of pine, hops, and pepper fill the mouth and immediately cleanses the palate. Semi-sweet with earthy overtones, the inhale smacks of pepper and grapes, while the exhale is accentuated by a hash-pine flavor.
Effect: Candyland hits you immediately in the head and can be felt behind the eyes and temples. Instantly soothing, the creative head buzz frees the overburdened mind with a sense of soaring euphoria. A cerebral high after only one or two tokes, the Indica effects creep in as the smoke session continues.
Strain Background: First bred and cultivated in the Bay Area by Ken Estes, the owner of Grand Daddy Purp, Candyland is often imitated. According to online sources, Candyland was created using a female “GDP Bay Platinum Cookies and the proven GDP male.” Easy to locate north of Santa Cruz, this strain becomes harder to find once south of Monterey County.
Medical Uses: From a medical standpoint, Candyland provides soothing relief for daily aches and pains. A sweet medicine for those suffering from anxiety and depression, the strain is also known to stimulate the repressed appetite.