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Chemdawg Strain Info & Growing Guide

chemdawg cannabis strain

Very little is known about the genetic origin of the Chemdawg strain which is what makes its characteristics so interesting. It’s responsible for creating famous cannabis strains like OG Kush and Sour Diesel. So while this strain gets plenty of attention for being able to create incredible new cannabis strains, Chemdawg deserves plenty of attention on its own.

Chemdawg is a sativa leaning hybrid with a unique combination of effects and varieties making it an ideal cannabis strain for breeding with other well established strains. Particularly strains with strong genetics that are resistant to mold and insects would be great genes to pass onto Chemdawg. What Chemdawg has to offer is shorter growing times, high yields and very potent cannabis flowers.

Chemdawg Strain Lineage, Appearance & Flavor

The genetics of Chemdawg to this day are still unknown. Like many strains with mysterious origins it believed to come from the West Coast somewhere in Oregon or California where a lot of experimentation with cannabis strain breeding happened.

There are a wide variety of Chemdawg varieties like Purple Chemdawg which is crossed with Grandaddy Purple or Blue Chemdawg which is crossed with the well known Blueberry strain. Chemdawg generally has the appearance of bright shades of green with orange hairs which is a characteristic of many sativa dominant hybrids. So if the flower has purple hues its more likely an indica dominant cross like Purple or Blue Chemdawg.

While some describe the flavor of being like diesel which sounds off putting, I found it to be somewhat herbal, a peppery kick with a detectable hint of that flavor. So I understand why the flavor of Chemdawg would be described that way but don’t let that dissuade you from trying one of the best cannabis strains out there.

Chemdawg Strain Effects & Side Effects

The effects of Chemdawg seem counterintuitive or at opposite ends of the spectrum but this particular strain has figured something out. It can be energizing and stimulating on a mental level while the body is very relaxed. It somehow works. When the mind is stimulated but the body is relaxed it becomes a great time for ideas or thoughts out on paper, artwork or any kind of abstract deep thought.

Being that Chemdawg is a hybrid typically leaning toward the sativa side the most common side effects are dry mouth, paranoia. Since Chemdawg is a quite powerful strain a great way to prevent this is to have small amount since a little will go a long way in this case. Even if you’re used to cannabis taking your time with Chemdawg to get used to its characteristics is a great strategy.

Chemdawg THC & CBD Content

Chemdawg is usually fairly high in THC and very low in CBD. It’s known for being a potent strain and typically averages around 19% THC while CBD is usually less than 1%.

Chemdawg Strain Terpene Profiles

chemdawg strain pistils
Chemdawg Strain Pistils
Limonene< 0.01%
Terpinolene< 0.01%
Linalool< 0.01% – 0.15%

How to Grow Chemdawg Strain Guide

Flowering Period7-9 Weeks
Yield/HarvestHigh / 800 grams per square meter
ClimateMild and dry between 70-80°F (21-27°C) with plenty of air flow.
Indoor/OutdoorIndoor Grow. Ideally a Greenhouse or Grow Closet.
Growing DifficultyModerate

Chemdawg is most commonly grown in greenhouses or grow closets. I a greenhouse Chemdawg does fairly well growing in soil, hydroponics or using aeroponics. Growing in a greenhouse is ideal for this strain since it has higher yields outside but requires protection from insects and mold.

The more sativa leaning varieties will grow tall and its best to use the screen of green method or low stress training like stakes to essentially “baby” the plant. Because its a little more of a “fragile” and a temperamental strain to grow is why it’s ranked as a moderately difficult strain. If you manage to pull off a full 7-9 week grow (which is a short growing period) with patience, the large harvest is worth it.

If your are a more experienced cannabis grower you could opt to grow this one outside and receive as much higher yield as the risk reward. Chemdawg naturally doesn’t have any resistance to pests to it will need some protection in regards to this. Making a mixture of neem oil and water is an organic way to keep pests of your cannabis. An ideal mixture is 1 teaspoon of neem oil per liter of warm water. Neem will also help protect against mold and mildew which this strain is susceptible to.

My Personal Review of the Chemdawg Strain

Chemdawg Strain Flower Up Close
Chemdawg Strain Flower Up Close

The particular phenotype of the Chemdawg strain I had from Palmetto (a brand owned by Sundial Growers) was a sativa leaning hybrid with some interesting characteristics. I found that if I was already high energy (with any anxiety) it would help bring me down a few notches. If I was tired Chemdawg strain would help bring me up a few. So it seemed to be able to “level” me out or “baseline” me to a point where I was functional. This particular batch was 20.5% THC less than 1% CBD.

I found that if I wanted to sleep I could do so very easily. If I wanted to do some creative work or write I could easily focus on that too. Overall, I find Chemdawg to be a very functional strain that uplifts your mood, decreases anxiety, allows you to focus and returns you to a more baseline state while elevating thought. Personally this will always be one of my favorite strains.

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