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Black Mamba. Sounds dangerous right? You’re probably thinking of the brown-bodied snake with blue-black mouth and a deadly bite found in Africa. While that certainly is a Black Mamba to be wary of, you just might want to risk the “danger” of the strain of the same name.
Black Mamba “strikes” the consumer quickly, providing immediate effects. While it can be classified as a hybrid, Black Mamba leans heavily on the indica side of the spectrum of effects. If you are looking for a night on the couch or additional help sleeping, Black Mamba could be exactly what you need to unwind.
When it comes to selecting a marijuana strain, one of the initial questions many ask is “is itan indica or sativa?” Actually, Black Mamba is a hybrid—a strain that displays elements of both. Hybrids are a great option, enjoyed by both consumers and growers alike. There are several reasons hybrids are crossed or phenohunted, including: helping the plant grow faster, improving the yield, and balancing out the energizing and calming effects.
Black Mamba is thought to be a cross between Black Domina and Granddaddy Purple, two celebrated strains for their relaxing effects. Black Mamba is 70% indica, and 30% sativa, producing generally relaxing effects which are perfect for nighttime use. Indicas, as a whole, have a tendency to act like a sedative, which is why they are sometimes referred to as “in da couch” or “couch lock.” This makes them fantastic pain relievers, as well as helpful appetite stimulants. Since Black Mamba is higher on the indica side, the effects you feel are going to be more in line with traditional, full strain indicas. As Black Mamba is heavier on the indica side, you can expect some heavy hitting effects.
With its high level of THC, the bite of Black Mamba can be felt almost immediately. It usually hits hard and fast, first manifesting as a pressure in the forehead/temples. For many, the effects of Black Mamba begin with a sense of euphoria upon consumption. Some have experienced a shift in their powers of perception, leading to sights and sounds becoming more intense.
In the up-swing, users may find themselves taking increased stock of their own thoughts (which may seem to jump around). This feeling of a “racing” mind can lead to users getting more talkative and social. Many tend to only experience the upper effects for a short amount of time that fades into a deep, full body relaxation.
This can lead to feelings of laziness and a bit of grogginess, with a touch of the munchies. In many instances, this relaxation often leads to sleep. It is a full body experience that is powerful, but not overwhelming. This is what makes the strain so nice for those days when you want to sink into your couch and enjoy a good book or movie. In a medical sense, Black Mamba is perfect for those who need to relax from stress or have trouble sleeping.
The bud itself is a sharply pointed, arrow-shaped collection of deep green leaves with purple tones. These purple tones are due to the exceptionally high levels of anthocyanin pigments in its genetics. During growth, cold weather agitates the pigments, which then produce the purple hues. This process is like that of the leaves changing colors in the fall. As it nears harvest time, auburn hairs show up on many of the strains, enhancing the deeper purples and greens.
The buds of this strain cling together in puffy clusters, heavily dusted with frosty trichomes (which, in turn, make the flower difficult to break up without the use of a grinder). The number of purple tones may vary from batch to batch, as well as the auburn hairs. What remains consistent is the dark, forest green appearance of the leaves.
When it comes to flavor, Black Mamba is packed full of it. It has a sweet and fruity element, closely resembling grape, particularly on exhale. Some have even compared its flavor profile to that of Kool-Aid. The sweet and fruity taste makes it an enjoyable experience for those who may not like the more earthy tastes that can be found in other strains.
Its fragrance has an almost perfume-like smell, mostly due to the presence of notes of grapes and sweet berries. Upon first sniff, the bud can have a sour/sweet grape smell, but when examined more closely, rich notes of pine become more apparent. Once broken apart, an herbal scent is released. Other trademark flavors you’ll experience are diesel, sour grape, and a prominent skunk. Black Mamba has a pungent smoke which tends to let off thicker clouds.
Black Mamba is a strong strain and should be enjoyed wisely. Patients tout its effectiveness at easing pain, stress and depression, making it a solid choice for those with chronic pain disorders, generalized anxiety, and more. Due to the common side effect of increased appetite, Black Mamba has also been a helpful treatment for people with certain eating disorders. The strain is also known to provide relief from nausea and headaches for patients with varying conditions.
When it comes to receiving positive feedback in experience, Black Mamba delivers. There are countless online reviews of individuals sharing their personal stories. From providing a relaxing day on the couch to soothing symptoms of PTSD, Black Mamba has been a real relief for users with various needs. Most user reviews via Leafly state that Black Mamba provided feelings of relaxation as well as happiness. Many found that they felt sleepy, and that their body relaxation was strong after consuming the strain. Many also reported not experiencing paranoia, which can happen when partaking in a strain high in THC.
When it comes to negative reviews, there truly aren’t many. Some reviewers reported dry mouth or dry eyes, and a small amount experienced some dizziness.
At the end of the day, there seems to be a consensus that Black Mamba works great for those who need to relax, for one reason or another. For experienced users with a higher tolerance, this strain can provide much needed relief from pain, anxiety, and other issues that can negatively impact your day-to-day life.
Black Mamba is an Indica-heavy hybrid that is created to pack a good punch. With a THC level of around 20%, it is not to be enjoyed lightly. Black Mamba is perfect for those late afternoons and evenings off, when you can relax and unwind with a delicious meal. The strain’s fruity taste makes for a smooth smoking experience, pleasant even for those using it for help falling/staying asleep. If you want to learn more—or, better yet, give it a try—your local dispensary is the way to go.
You can find Black Mamba in a variety of forms at many of the Zen Leaf locations. You can enjoy it as the flower itself and even purchase it in a pre-roll that is ready to enjoy immediately. You may also find it in moonrocks or concentrate form, depending on availability. No matter how you choose to enjoy the strain, you’ll be amazed by its ability to help you relax.
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