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Pinot Noir is a classic red wine that conjures up images of lazing down the French Riviera while basking in the sunlight. It may surprise you to learn it is also a strain of marijuana, again best suited to lazy days spent in a summery haze.
The Pinot Noir strain first appeared in a reputable Oregon Pinot Noir vineyard. These origins, along with its vibrant purple buds and exquisite grape flavor, are where it gets its moniker.
It’s not just the taste and appearance that appeal though. Pinot Noir is known for its abundant levels of THC, giving a classic “high” sensation. This winning combination of appearance, taste, and stoned effect make for a popular, yet sometimes elusive, strain.
You may have heard of the Pinot Noir strain but not know that much about it. Well, if you are looking for more information, you are in the right place. This article will go into all the detail you could need about the Pinot Noir Strain.
What Is the Pinot Noir Strain?
Oregon is famed for its production of some of the world’s most exceptional Pinot Noir wine. Within those vineyards, a set of adventurous breeders crossed the powerful Pitbull strain with the exotic Hawaiian Purple Kush. Thus, Pinot Noir weed was born. Now, the Pinot Noir fields of Oregon are famous for their purple cannabis as well as their excellent red wine.
Intriguingly, despite both its parent strains being indica heavy, Pinot Noir is a sativa-dominant strain, being 80% sativa and 20% indica. It rates highly on the THC scale, providing the archetypal “stoner high” that people love. Expect warm, happy feelings and plenty of giggles with Pinot Noir strain weed.
It is popular in British Columbia and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. Outside of this region, it can be a rare find. Indeed, if you come across it, you will want to stock up because once you uncork its magisterial magnificence, you will surely want one more round.
The name of the Pinot Noir marijuana strain doesn’t just come from the vineyards where it was born. The name also refers to the plant’s aroma, flavor, and appearance. All are known for their purple, grape-like quality that drives cannabis connoisseurs wild.
Over the next few sections, we dive into the flavor and aroma to see if Pinot Noir is worthy of the hype.
Pinot Noir Strain Aroma
The Pinot Noir marijuana strain has an alluring fragrance of skunk mixed with grape. It is a fantastic smell.
The grape odor, in particular, makes it stand out from the regular skunk crowd. It adds a highly noticeable note to the smell. It is an arresting aroma that excites and entices you to try to see if the taste matches the scent.
When you grind the buds, the skunk smell really comes to the fore. While burning, it gives out a sweet scent before taking a surprisingly spicy turn.
How does that flavor match up? We look at that next.
Pinot Noir Strain Flavor
The initial flavor of the Pinot Noir strain is one of the sweetest grapes with just a hint of haze. It is a tasty, fruity flavor that hits you first. It is easy to see why it has come to be named, at least in part, because of this distinctive flavor.
Upon exhale, the strain continues to delight, offering up notes of melon and candy. It offers a unique and complex flavor to your smoking experience and is one that is worth repeating. Overall, a delightful smoke.
How about Pinot Noir’s famed appearance? Is it as reminiscent of the finest grapes around as people say? Keep reading to find out.
Pinot Noir Strain Appearance
The Pinot Noir strain is sure to delight with its regal purple tones. It even makes a strong claim to be the new “Purple One” now Prince has vacated the title.
The plant’s stems start with an initially faint purple tint which enrichens to a much deeper color as the herb grows older. Ditto the sativa leaves, which fade into a luscious purple with age.
The actual buds are long and bright, peppered with the wispy-haired pistils that are characteristic of Hawaiian strains, an inherited trait from the parent Purple Kush. Initially, they begin as little white fluff balls before growing into thick, dark green nugs infused with purple flecks.
The overall appearance of the plant is one of pleasing color contrasts. It would be a splendid addition to any garden or back yard.
As you can see, the Pinot Noir is a strain which ages superbly over the growing period. With such visible change throughout its maturation, you want to try to cultivate a plant for yourself. Read on for all the information you might need.
Pinot Noir Strain Grow Info
Pinot Noir strain seeds can be hard to come by, which is why the strain is rare. They are not readily available on the Internet. If you do manage to find some, please ensure the seller is reputable to avoid disappointment.
Another option is to take a clipping from an already mature, healthy plant. This would be used to create a genetic ‘clone.’ Again, this depends on finding a fully grown Pinot Noir plant first.
For both Pinot Noir strain seeds and clippings, you may have more luck in the Pacific Northwest, where the plant was first developed.
The strain is suitable for both outdoor and indoor grows. One important thing to note is that the plant grows in a long and rangy style. It can even reach heights of up to 15 feet if left to its own devices.
If you choose to grow it indoors, you will need to top the plant early on. By shortening the plant during its vegetative state, you manage to control the plant’s height and simultaneously force it to flower early. From this point, you can attempt to improve trichome production by utilizing 12 hours on/off light cycle and through super cropping.
Grown indoors, it has a flowering period of between six and nine weeks. This is a lot shorter than other sativa-dominant strains. If grown in the right conditions, it can produce a hefty 12 to 16 ounces of bud per square meter.
To grow successfully outdoors, Pinot Noir requires conditions similar to the Northwest. This should be unsurprising, considering it was born in Oregon’s wineries. It requires a moderate temperature with plenty of rain.
When you grow the strain outdoors, you have the option of either letting the plant grow untamed or using the Screen of Green method to keep it short. Allowing it grow au naturel gives the possibility of adding an impressive, aesthetically pleasing addition to your garden but keeping it short means more colas, meaning more buds. It’s up to you to decide which you want more.
When grown in the northern hemisphere, Pinot Noir tends to flower from the very end of September through to the middle of October. It can yield around 16 ounces of bud from each plant, if not more.
So now you know everything you need to grow an exquisite Pinot Noir plant successfully. What kind of THC and CBD content can you expect, though? We have a look in our next two sections.
THC Content of the Pinot Noir Strain
Pinot Noir cannabis is famed for its high THC content and rightly so. It tops out at an incredible 28% total THC. Seriously, with that much THC in Pinot Noir, it is not for the faint-hearted.
Due to having such a potent THC count, we recommend that only seasoned cannabis users try Pinot Noir. If you are new to marijuana and want to try Pinot Noir, you should either have a high tolerance to THC or some more experienced friends with you.
With the levels of THC contained in this strain, it will give you a mammoth “stoned” feeling. New users could find this overwhelming and potentially unenjoyable.
But what about Pinot Noir’s CBD content? How does this compare?
CBD Content of the Pinot Noir Strain
The total CBD content of the Pinot Noir strain doesn’t come anywhere close to matching its THC levels. When tested, its overall CBD level comes out at less than 1%.
These low levels mean it contains basically no CBD. If it is a CBD-intense strain you are looking for, Pinot Noir is not the right choice for you.
Medical Benefits of the Pinot Noir Strain
Thanks to its THC potency, the Pinot Noir strain’s possible medical benefits are based around the psychoactive properties of marijuana. Users report intense feelings of happiness, relaxation, and hunger. You get the stereotypical high effect, but dialed up to 11.
Users also feel euphoric and uplifted but to a lesser extent.
Once this initial buzz wears off a little, users can experience what’s known as ‘couch-lock.’ This sensation is where your limbs feel heavy and you don’t want to move around that much; hence, you get locked to your couch. ‘Couch-lock’ then can give way to sleepiness.
Think of the experience as an intense head high combined with a mellow, sedative-like effect for the body. It can also give a boost to creativity but whether or not you will be able to resist the couch lock long enough to act on this is another matter. Overall, very pleasurable.
With these psychoactive effects, Pinot Noir could be of potential benefit for those suffering from depression and stress thanks to its impact on your mind and mood. Sleep deprivation and pain could be potentially helped too by the sedative effect on your body.
It can also improve nausea and lack of appetite by bringing on the munchies.
You should be aware that Pinot Noir is not guaranteed to work on all of the above issues. No two people’s bodies are the same. This means something that works for one person may not necessarily have the same effect on the same problem for another.
What about any potential side effects of Pinot Noir? Read on to find out.
Possible Side Effects of the Pinot Noir Strain
The possible side effects associated with the Pinot Noir strain are typically a dry mouth and occasionally feelings of dizziness.
Like any cannabis, in large doses, it could potentially bring on feelings of paranoia, but this is rare with Pinot Noir.
One thing to be wary of is its sedative effect on the body. If you are going to use Pinot Noir, plan when and where accordingly. It is probably not the best option for a wake and bake if you have a busy day planned.
In the same vein, don’t put yourself in a situation where you need to be quick to react while under the influence of Pinot Noir. For example, driving is a big no-no after some Pinot Noir – both the cannabis and the wine.
The best recommendation would be to try some on an evening when your only pressing concerns are a big bag of chips, the TV and your sofa.
Final Thoughts on the Pinot Noir Strain
So there you have it, all the information you could need on the Pinot Noir Strain. It looks good, it tastes good, and it makes you feel good. What’s not to love about this plant?
Named in part for its aroma, flavor, and appearance, the Pinot Noir strain is fittingly grapey and purple in all three departments. You can grow it indoors or out, offering the bonus of bringing a little extra color into your life.
It has a high THC content which gives users the classic “stoner high” in the best possible way. This also means it could be beneficial for a whole host of issues such as insomnia, depression, and stress.
Pinot Noir is a suitably classy strain to match its famous vino namesake.
Have you ever tried Pinot Noir? Maybe you have even grown some yourself? Let us know all about it in the comments below.