Featured Flower: Blue Dream
Learn more about your favourite cannabis flower or try something new as we explore the history, growing methods and unique properties of our most popular strains. In this feature, we’ll spotlight Blue Dream: a tall plant with buds that give off an exceptional aroma.
At a Glance
Aroma and Taste: Blueberry, Fresh, Peppery
Common Dominant Terpenes: Myrcene, Caryophyllene
Average THC: High Average CBD: Low
What is Blue Dream?
To answer this question and more, we turned to a few experts: Aurora, Simply Bare and Tantalus Labs.
This West Coast staple is a high-THC hybrid, known for its strong aroma and high terpene content. In the grow room or the greenhouse, it’s a low-maintenance plant that grows tall with heavy buds.
Dreamed up in Santa Cruz, Calif., this strain is a cross between indica-dominant Blueberry and sativa-dominant Haze.
Its popularity out west made Blue Dream an easy choice for growers, but that’s not the only place it’s gained recognition, according to Tantalus Labs. “When we were selecting our first set of launch strains, Blue Dream stood out as a crowd favourite within our team. We were just as excited to grow it as we were to share it with customers.”
This strain is best known for its remarkable aroma, but what exactly that aroma is depends on who grew it.
Simply Bare’s Blue Dream stays the closest to the original strain; it’s high in myrcene with a strong blueberry scent. Their strain tests at over 3% total terpenes, with typical myrcene and caryophyllene at the forefront, followed closely by less common ocimene and humulene.
Both Aurora and Tantalus Labs produce a unique take on this tried-and-true strain. The team at Aurora elaborates further. “Our version of this strain has a differentiated terpene profile from the ‘standard’ Blue Dream on the market, in that it is pinene dominant instead of myrcene dominant. The aroma profile includes pine, pepper and lemon. The top five terpenes are alpha-pinene, beta-myrcene, beta-pinene, trans-caryophyllene and limonene.”
Overall, Blue Dream is an easy-to-grow low-maintenance strain. It can be grown both indoors and in a hybrid greenhouse, enjoying sunlight and supplemental light. Its only flaw? Needing a little extra support. This hybrid grows tall like a sativa but has large buds like an indica, so growers sometimes have to add a trellis to prevent the plant from toppling over under its own weight.
Simply Bare (grown by Rubicon Organics) shares their unique process for growing Blue Dream. “We are one of the few producers to grow in soil, and we do so to mimic nature as much as possible. There are living organisms in the soil that help break down the nutrients we mix into our secret recipe, such as Douglas fir bark, kelp and bone meal, and make them ‘bioavailable’ to the plant. Rather than forcing certain nutrients onto the plant, our strain of Blue Dream chooses what combination of nutritional inputs it needs to grow best. The result is big, full buds littered with orange pistils and, most importantly, exceptionally high terpene levels.”
Tantalus Labs also has a unique approach to quenching this strain’s thirst. “Blue Dream produced at Tantalus Labs’ facility is watered only with pure rainwater. Rain is captured, triple-filtered and dripline-fed to each plant, meaning it’s never been touched by chlorine or fluoride like many municipal water sources.”
For Tantalus Labs, the process of creating Blue Dream led to an interesting discovery. “During the phenotyping run for our Blue Dream, we found a second remarkable phenotype that leaned toward the Blueberry indica side. It was notable enough that we cycled it into our cultivation schedule and launched it as our popular Sky Pilot strain. It’s similar to Blue Dream but with an indica-dominant expression and higher THC.”
What is a strain?
To help you understand what a cannabis strain is, you can think of it like a breed of dog. While all dogs share similar traits, there are definitely differences among breeds (you wouldn’t confuse a Great Dane with a dachshund, for example). When it comes to different cannabis strains, this means one may have a sweet, lemony aroma, while another may boast a pungent, sour diesel-like scent. These differences have been fine-tuned by cannabis growers over many generations. Growers will choose two plants with desirable traits (for example, a strong diesel scent) and cross (or breed) those plants together, creating an offspring with a stronger expression of those desirable traits. When breeding cannabis plants, growers are often focused on the unique aroma, and taste, and potential THC and CBD content of a strain. And just like no two Great Danes are the same, strains can vary from lot to lot and grower to grower.