Looking at good organic marijuana is a hypnotic experience. The mere sight of a heart or spearpoint-shaped Blue Dream bud with its swirling mix of dark, tan, olive green and light peach-pink hairs covered with a thick opaque white frosty glaze of resinous trichomes is a visually intoxicating experience itself. You’ll think you’re seeing moving spots of blue. This strain smells and tastes like it looks with a strong sweet blueberry flavor with subtle floral hints reminiscent of lavender, vanilla or sandalwood. The distinct aroma will linger for awhile in your olfactory system and in the air of wherever you smoke it. The euphoric effects of Blue Dream are the best of both worlds in terms of balancing full-body indica relaxation with sativa cerebral invigoration. “Blue Dream” could have been an alternative potential title for Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which is amazing to visually compare side-by-side with a fresh nugget of Blue Dream while smoking some of this amazing strain.
Blue Dream Biology
Blue Dream inherited it’s unmistakable hues, aroma, taste and euphoric properties from its legendary California parent strains Blueberry Indica indica, developed by Old World Genetics breeder DJ Short, and sativa Haze Sativa. The dark hues, sweet smell, taste and the full body high are inherited from its Blueberry parent strain. The light hues, spicy undertones and the uplifting cerebral energy are from the Haze.
Blue Dream Chemical Breakdown
The strain is widely regarded as a great functional daytime strain ideal for stimulating energy and focus. Matthew Price from MedicalJane.com wrote “this hybrid strain seems to make the day’s endless list of things to do seem much more attainable.” However, the strain is also well known for leaving many users incapacitated with euphoria. The somewhat schizophrenic effects of the strain are due to its cannabinoid profile. Blue Dream is between 17 and 24 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and 0.1 to 0.2 percent cannabidiol (CBD) according to Leafly.com. THC is the main psychoactive component of THC which stimulates visual, auditory, olfactory and physical sensations. CBD is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis which is known to reduce the euphoric qualities of THC including its sleep inducing effects. This is why Blue Dream is typically regarded as an ideal strain for staying pain-free, but still alert throughout the day.
The strain is also loaded with terpenes, which can either help neutralize or accentuate the psychoactive terpenes effects of THC. Terpenes are highly aromatic organic compounds found in countless varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and plants and which happen to give individual strains of cannabis their unique odor. Blue Dream is particularly high in myrcene, terpinolene and caryophyllene which are all analgesic pain relievers, antibacterial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-insomnia, an anti-proliferative of cancerous cells, antipsychotic and anti-spasmodic. Myrcene is found in sweet basil, hops, mangos, lemon grass, bay, thyme and parsley. This terpene is the origin of the rumor that eating a mango before you smoke weed will get you higher. Terpinolene is a powerful sleep sedative often found in tea tree oil which is also often in soaps, detergents, lotions and perfumes. Caryophyllene is additionally known to slow down damage to the nervous system and brain. This terpene is the reason why black pepper is spicy and is found in cloves, hops and rosemary.
Blue Dream Recreational Effects
Pecur wrote on Leafly.com that Blue Dream “Makes u feel like u’ve just scratched a spot on your back that you could not reach for days and it’s been itching you like crazy.” Leafly.com user ShroomyK wrote “I am coming up with some very original, even witty, material. I just wrote a paper about Conflict Theory.” The strain helped Jake Browne of the cannabist find the patience and precision he needed to bake a pie from scratch. Blue Dream is also known as “workout weed” good for sets of high weight repetitions and runner’s highs according to the Cannabist. It’s also normal to become talkative and philosophical while high on Blue Dream. Jjjallen wrote on Leafly “Take a techie person whose brain is all wired up, add Blue Dream, and they become really cool people.” However one blogger mentioned how Blue Dream would leave him incapacitated from fun more so than couchlock. “I don’t remember what I was doing before the puff and I don’t care. I’m incapable of focusing on anything that isn’t Blue Dream — not because I can’t, but because I just don’t care to do anything that interrupts my experience of such an epic high.”
The “Bayer Aspirin of Bud”
It’s little wonder why Free_Byrd described Blue Dream on Leafly as the “Bayer Aspirin of Bud” given its proven ability quickly to alleviate everyday stress, depression, pain, nausea, insomnia and headaches. Blue Dream is a favorite among medical marijuana consumers due to the instantaneous onset of its effects. High Times points out that it’s great for reducing menstrual pain as well. Leafly user Dohbouled wrote that Blue Dream was a favorite strain since “I deal with severe anxiety and I have to be really careful what I smoke; this strain always does me right”. HomegrowB highly recommends Blue Dream for “anybody who has trouble waking up or anxiety first thing in the morning.” Belfastinian wrote that Blue Dream is “one of my favorites, it’s easy on the lungs which for me is a bonus because I have stage 3 lung disease.” 11scorpio11 wrote “I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and am constantly battling chronic pain. Blue dream is one of the best I have come across to relieve my pain for daytime use that also fights a number of my other stemming ailments from my EDS.” Reefr wrote “I chose it to deal with a combination of arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis, depression”
Blue Dream Nation
Blue Dream is considered an open source plant that isn’t claimed by any single seed company. Ganja farmers love Blue Dream as much as most novice and veteran cannabis consumers alike since it grows easily, is easily cloned and yields about two pounds of smokeable flower per 1000-watt light which is a lot of weed. However, Blue Dream is so easy to grow in large quantities that the quality of Blue Dream can be somewhat inconsistent according to High Times. Some cannaseurs dismiss it as ubiquitous and uninteresting like a great song that you grow to hate when you hear it overplayed on the radio. Old nuggets of Blue Dream have been reported to languish in a San Francisco Dispensary.
Blue Dream is still the most popular and most frequently purchased strains of cannabis in the United States even if a few weed snobs stubbornly refuse to smoke it. It was the #1, top-selling strain in Colorado and Washington for 2015 according to BDS Analytics.
Blue Dream is also great for making vaporizable and edible concentrates cannabis concentrates since it is typically so thick in trichome resin and so easy to mass produce. Blue Dream cannabis concentrates are popular with patients who are unable to inhale raw cannabis smoke. Cannabis concentrates happen to be the fastest growing sector in the Colorado retail cannabis industry. Roy Bingham, Founder and CEO of BDS analytics argues that packaging and branding of Blue Dream concentrated cannabis products also helped contribute to the strain’s popularity in 2015. Blue Dream is becoming such an iconic cannabis brand that it has been immortalized as the name of a hip hop mixtape called Blue Dream and Lean hosted by DJ Scream.
The widespread popularity of the best-known cannabis strain name is due to its superior west coast breeding heritage which makes Blue Dream one of the best-balanced blends of sativa and indica cannabinoid profiles for active recreational highs as well as for treating a very wide range of physical and psychological alignments.