Shishkaberry Strain (2020 Full Review)

Shishkaberry Strain Overview
The Shishkaberry strain is a heavily indica dominant strain with powerful sedating and soporific effects. Don't be fooled by this strain's enticingly sweet and fruity fragrance; it is incredibly potent!
Common usage
Chronic pain
Body high/numbing
Growing info
The average flowering period for a Shishkaberry plant is between eight to nine weeks. However, this plant has been known to flower in as little as 45 days.

Cannabis lovers may know this strain by its other name, Kish. It came to prominence way back in 2001 when it was awarded second place at the High Times Cannabis Cup.

With legendary indica genetics and the ability to dull pain, it is not surprising that medicinal marijuana consumers have fallen in love with the Shishkaberry strain.

What Is the Shishkaberry Strain?

The Shishkaberry strain is a heavily indica-dominant hybrid with an 80:20 indica to sativa ratio. It is a cross between the legendary DJ Short Blueberry strain and an unknown Afghani strain.

With the Shishkaberry strain, cannabis consumers are getting the best of both worlds. While only amounting to 20% of Shishkaberry’s overall genetics, its sativa content is conspicuous in this strain’s early effects.

To begin with, Shishkaberry’s effects are uplifting and euphoric. This strain will boost your mood and put a smile on your face. Shishkaberry’s early effects are characterized by a clear-headed high, which leads to an increased focus in the short term.

As time passes, Shishkaberry’s indica effects begin to take over, and pretty soon, you will start to feel deeply relaxed. Your body will start to feel heavier and heavier, and you’ll want to sit back and relax.

It is essential to bear in mind that Shishkaberry’s indica effects are incredibly potent and sedating. When these effects have you fully in their grasp, you will experience a deep body stone that is almost guaranteed to leave you couch-locked.

As the evening draws to a close, you will find that staying awake will be almost impossible. Your eyes will naturally start to close, and before you know it, you’ll have drifted into a deep, peaceful sleep.

The nature of Shishkaberry’s effects makes it a great after-dinner strain, which is perfect for relaxing and unwinding. As its latter effects tend to make people very sedated and sleepy, this strain is much better suited to evening rather than daytime use.


One of the most distinctive aspects of the Shishkaberry strain is its enticing sweet, fruity, aroma, which it has inherited from its parent strain, DJ Short Blueberry. These sweet and fruity Blueberry notes are offset by a milder, earthier aroma, which complements rather than detracts from its overall fragrance.


The Shishkaberry strain’s wonderfully fragrant aroma is a reliable indicator of how this strain tastes. On the inhale, you can taste its deliciously sweet and fruity blueberry flavors, which linger long in the mouth. Shishkaberry’s milder earthy flavors are more detectable on the exhale, but pale in comparison to its stronger, fruitier, taste.


A Shishkaberry plant can grow as tall as six or seven feet in height when grown outdoors. By the time this plant is fully grown, it is heavily frosted in a thick layer of sticky, white, resinous trichomes.

A Shishkaberry plant has dense, spade-shaped buds and light green flowers. It also has beautiful, vibrant purplish hues, which stand out prominently against its overall frosted appearance.

Shishkaberry Strain Grow Info

The good news for prospective Shishkaberry strain growers is that its growing difficulty is rated as easy. It is a pretty straightforward plant to grow, which makes it suitable even for novice growers.

A Shishkaberry plant can be grown either indoors or outdoors. If growing this plant indoors, it is recommended that you grow it hydroponically using the Sea of Green Method.

The average flowering period for a Shishkaberry plant is between eight to nine weeks. However, it could flower in as little as 45 days, another massive plus for Shishkaberry growers. Outdoor growers of this plant can expect it to be ready around late September or early October.

In terms of Shishkaberry’s yield, indoor growers are looking at around twelve to sixteen ounces per square meter. If growing your Shishkaberry plant outdoors, expect a yield of twenty ounces (or more) per plant.

Experienced Shishkaberry growers recommend curing the buds for even better results. Begin the curing process by either hanging the buds upside down or; you can place them on a drying rack for around seven to ten days.

When the buds are completely dry, put them in wide-mouth mason jars. Seal the lids of the jars tightly and place them in a cool, dry place for storage, e.g., a closet.

For the first week, open the lids of the jars at least three times each day for about five to ten minutes. This will allow any moisture in the jar to escape and will prevent mold from forming.

You will only need to open the lids a few more times during the second week of the curing process. After two or three weeks, the buds should be sufficiently cured. You can continue to cure the buds for longer if you wish, for even better results.

THC Content – Highest Test

The highest recorded THC level in a Shishkaberry strain sample is believed to have been a whopping 26%. The Shishkaberry strain has a reasonably wide range when it comes to its THC level. The THC level of a Shishkaberry strain can range anywhere between 15%-26%. This is something worth keeping in mind before you consume this strain.

CBD Content – Highest Test

The highest CBD content recorded in a Shishkaberry sample was a relatively modest 1.75%. Some Shishkaberry samples have had a CBD content as low as 0.3%. Most Shishkaberry strains will have an average CBD content of approximately 1%.

Medical Benefits of the Shishkaberry Strain

The Shishkaberry strain potentially has many medical benefits to offer to the medicinal cannabis consumer. To begin with, its uplifting and mood-enhancing effects may provide temporary relief to people suffering from mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

Also, as the Shishkaberry strain leads to a feeling of deep relaxation, it may be useful for people with chronic stress. Consumers of this strain report that it helps to reduce stress levels, and helps them to relax and unwind.

One of the most common reasons that medicinal consumers use this strain is for treating pain. Users say Shishkaberry’s deeply sedating effects are very effective at treating a whole host of painful conditions. Some of these include arthritis and muscular pain, lower back pain, and migraines, to name just a few.

As already mentioned, in its latter stages, the Shishkaberry strain has a strong soporific effect. For this reason, this strain is becoming increasingly popular with medicinal marijuana consumers with insomnia.

Possible Side Effects of the Shishkaberry Strain

The most common side effects of the Shishkaberry strain are cottonmouth and dry eyes. However, due to the potent and sedating effects of this strain, couchlock is very common too.

While this may not be a problem for some consumers, it can be slightly unsettling for others. The sedating nature of this strain’s latter effects, combined with its overall potency, makes this strain unsuitable for a novice cannabis consumer.

Even experienced cannabis consumers will have to be careful not to overindulge with this strain. Some of Shishkaberry’s less common side effects include dizziness, heightened paranoia, and headaches.

When it comes to calculating what dosage to take, a good rule of thumb is ‘less is more’. It is a good idea to consume a little first to see how you tolerate this strain’s potent effects.

Final Thoughts on the Shishkaberry Strain

The Shishkaberry strain is more suitable for the medicinal rather than the recreational cannabis consumer. Users say its potent and sedating effects are very useful for pain relief and for treating insomnia.

Shishkaberry’s early effects are distinctly sativa in nature and are include an uplifting and mood-enhancing high. As time passes, Shishkaberry’s indica effects come more to the fore. Consumers of this strain will start to feel heavily sedated, and couchlock is very common with Shishkaberry. For these reasons, this strain is better for evening rather than daytime use.