The Mariachi Mixpack consists of the feminized version of OG Kush and Super Skunk, along with the autoflowering Lowryder. Excellent for post-work sessions, these strains are great companions when unwinding as the sun sets or for soaring high under the clear night sky. Even better, the variants deliver immense therapeutic relief for various health concerns that are especially widespread nowadays such as stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, as well as chronic pain from the likes of arthritis and migraine. Just have a cup of water nearby as these buds are slightly spicy.
OG Kush, powered by up to 24% THC capacity, is the most prominent member of the pack. It is a legendary strain saluted as the backbone of West coast variants and the matriarch of the OG cannabis line. In an article published in 2014, High Times even hailed this earthy lemon flavored bud as the number 1 in its list of “25 Greatest Strains of All Time”. The well-loved kush is believed to be a three-way cross between Chemdawg, Lemon Thai, and Old World Paki Kush. Although its ancestry is still open to question, what is certain is its ability to produce a joyful mental state and a couchlock-inducing physical buzz.
The only autoflower in the bunch is Lowryder. Designed specifically to be dwarfish and independent from light cycles, the Russian Ruderalis offspring flowers according to age and only reaches a full-grown height of more or less 1 ft. Such grow tendencies make that plant extremely easy to cultivate even for beginners in gardening. When consumed, the Northern Lights #2 and William’s Wonder portion of its genetics comes through. The plant brings about a blend of relaxing yet energizing body high and uplifting cerebral effect that make for productive afternoons.
Super Skunk, on the other hand, first gained popularity in the 90s. A hybrid between legendary strains Skunk #1 and Afghani, it prompts a calming, melt-on-the-couch type of physical influence and blissed-out head high like its parents. Moreover, the bud fuels laughing fits and chattery, making it ideal for mellow group chill out sessions.
The Mariachi Mixpack is an ensemble of nighttime variants that can satisfy different recreational and therapeutic needs. Even better, it offers variety as even the pleasure of getting high suffers from monotony sometimes. With these celebrated strains growing in the garden, getting home from long, tiring hours of work means having an option on how to enjoy the rest of the day. Note, however, that OG Kush requires an optimal environment to prosper due to its lack of resilience against powdery mildew. That said, it can be cultivated along with Super Skunk and Lowryder in a favorable controlled setting to prevent bud rot, as well as achieve pleasing amounts of flowers.
Growing Mariachi Mixpack
Overall, the ladies of Mariachi Mixpack are pretty straightforward to grow, most especially Lowryder. Super Skunk is also a source of great horticulture joy due to its simple to satisfy needs and easy to achieve heavy yields. Meanwhile, OG Kush is a little on the sensitive side, but also a generous budder if provided the environment it needs to thrive.
The classic Indica-looking OG Kush is bushy and has a maximum height of more or less 3 ft. That being the case, it requires ample lateral room for its abundant branches rather than a vast vertical space. The cannabis also needs regular pruning for better air circulation and light exposure for its lower leafage. Besides, a well-groomed foliage minimizes mold and mildew threats. If no harm befalls the flora, it is sure to grow into a stunning beauty with enormous colas that hold medium to large lime green flowers.
OG Kush yields up 500 grams of fresh buds per square meter of indoor space if grown in suitable garden conditions and with the right grow technique. Keep it comfortable in a home with low humidity and temperatures between 21 to 27°Celsius. Apply a Sea of Green (SOG) set-up to maximize the area and boost its production capacity as well. For best results, also note that the variant flourishes best in hydroponic systems.
On the other hand, if planted in an optimal outdoor spot, the cannabis can share up to 600 grams each, which are ready for harvest by mid-October in the northern hemisphere. Bear in mind, however, that its susceptibility from bud rot is often a problem when growing this lady in an open-air setting. Hence, if a dry, sunshiny climate cannot be guaranteed, it is best to rear this charmer in a controlled environment like a grow tent or greenhouse.
Unlike photoperiod strains, Lowryder goes from seed to harvest in 7 to 9 weeks, which already includes the 6 weeks it needs to flower. The plant only stretches a little above 1 ft with its long apical cola taking up half of its total length. Meanwhile, the bottom portion of its structure is covered by a thick foliage of Ruderalis-like leaves with 3 to 5 fingers.
Lowryder blossoms best indoors where it can be given maximum light exposure. It needs at least 18 hrs of illumination, preferably from 400-watt LED. As with its two mixpack mates, a Sea of Green (SOG) arrangement provides the most yield. Pack 4 to 16 autos in a single square meter to achieve up to 100 grams of fresh buds (per sqm).
The little cannabis can also be grown outdoors. However, as light hours is much less and grow conditions cannot be regulated, the yield only averages around 50 grams per plant. That said, its speedy lifespan allows multiple batches to be raised. In the northern hemisphere, An April to October grow season furnishes at least two harvests.
Producing as much output as OG Kush but without the complexities, Super Skunk provides an easy yet heavy harvest. It is the tallest among the three strains with a mature height of around 4.5 ft. Nonetheless, it is quite small and flourishes in limited spaces as long as its abundant branching is given enough room or grow techniques are performed to keep them in control.
Apart from its compactness, Super Skunk also has sturdy limbs that carry its thick foliage with pride. Its leaves and buds also blush in deep plum when exposed to colder nighttime temperature during the last two weeks of the fruiting cycle. While the transformation does not make its flowers more potent, it does increase their bag appeal and retail price.
Growing indoors is best done using soil or hydroponics. Also organize the plants in a Screen of Green (SOG) arrangement, under a 600-watt HPS/LED lighting set-up. Having such layout boosts the cropping to 500 grams per square meter after 8 to 9 weeks of flowering. Meanwhile, outdoor cultivation produces up to 600 grams if accomplished in sunny locations such as Mediterranean Europe, California, and Australia. In the northern hemisphere, harvest starts by late September to early October.
Fragrance and Flavor
The scent and flavor of the mixpack are as varied as the instruments used in a mariachi band. Due to such diversity, anticipate an exciting olfactory experience as soon as the mason jars containing these buds are opened. Because the flowers are pungent, also expect to turn plenty of envious heads if these nugs are smoked in public.
The intense herbal fragrance of OG Kush fills an entire room with mustiness. It also has citrus, pine-like, and spicy undertones that give its dank buds an exciting twist. When breathed in, its vapor thrills the palate with a mixed flavor of lemon, sweet pine, and cedar wood.
Autoflowers often have subdued odor and taste. Lowryder, however, is not like most of its kind. The strain brings to mind the scent of wet forest floor with its robust earthiness. Indulging on its fragrance also reveals the fresh aroma of pine. Similarly, the smoke exhibits a merged flavor of cultivated soil and pine comes with a slight spiciness that leaves a warm sensation in the mouth.
Often more appreciated by canna-vets, the skunky and ammonia-like aroma of Super Skunk is intense. Its knockout scent with a hint of loam-like fragrance easily astounds newbs. The flavor profile of the flower is as pungent and perhaps best described as an acquired taste. Its skunkiness is most evident. Although subtler, the blend of spice and sandalwood also comes through.
As mentioned, the Mariachi strains are best consumed in the afternoon or at nighttime. These relaxing buds always end sessions with quality sleep. Although the drowsiness is not immediate, it is bound to transpire within a few hours, so the flowers must be reserved when there is loads of time for leisure and rest. For the sake of convenience, also have snacks near at hand as all three Mariachi variants cause intense hunger.
The OG Kush experience starts with a soaring mental flight. It improves the frame of mind, making worries dwindle to non-existent. From zero to a hundred, the mood immensely improves in a trice. As the mind revels on the satisfying high, a relaxing physical buzz will set in. It starts mild but intensifies within minutes, gluing the body to the couch for the rest of what is solely going to be a cerebral ride. Then, as the high wanes, excessive drowsiness will kick in, and sleep will manifest soon after.
With THC content that does not usually exceed the 14% mark, Lowryder does not require immense tolerance to the psychoactive compound to be enjoyed. Moreover, it produces a mellow mental and physical buzz that is excellent for easygoing afternoons or evenings. The herb allows movement, so it can also be consumed together with other activities. Engaging in some artistic pursuits is a popular route as it boosts creative thinking. Because the bud induces giggle fits, it is also commonly used in group sessions and light social situations.
Do note, however, that the effects of Lowryder do not manifest quick. The creeper usually takes up to 15 minutes for its uplifting high to kick in. Unlike its Mariachi mates, it also slightly invigorates first the body before casting a relaxing laziness and, eventually, a deep sleep.
Coveted for its euphoric yet clear-headed high, the influence of Super Skunk does not reduce mental functions. Quite the contrary, it promotes awareness of the surroundings and boosts focus. Plus, the bud induces laughing fits and a strong urge to engage in conversations, making it ideal for group sessions. Be reminded, though, that this herb is best enjoyed with trusted friends and in safe places due to the physical effects that ensue. It sends a creeping body high that casts an inescapable couch-lock. Then, after the full-blown body melt, deep sleep is sure to happen.
Despite containing strains that are all for afternoon to nighttime consumption, Mariachi gives ample choices even when it comes to its medicinal use. The focus-enhancing effect of Super Skunk mitigates the symptoms of ADD and ADHD. Meanwhile, Lowryder’s initial energy boost defeats the immense lethargy caused by fatigue. And, of course, OG Kush is notable for its anxiolytic and pain-fighting properties.
Like all other strains, the Mariachi strains are not without adverse effects. All three may cause dry, bloodshot eyes and cottonmouth even in low dosages. If enjoyed in immoderate amounts, worse negative upshots such as dizziness, headaches, heightened anxiety, as well as paranoia, may arise. To achieve the maximum benefits of the variants and avoid unwanted reactions, consume the herbs in low dosages and proper intervals.
Mixed Mariachi Pack
The Mariachi strains are excellent for post-work unwinding. OG Kush uplifts the mind while providing a couch-locking relaxation. Super Skunk, on the other hand, induces a focus-boosting, clear-headed high that comes with a body-melting sensation. Meanwhile, Lowryder shares a mellow mental buzz for easygoing chill out sessions. What is more, the variants have immense medicinal benefits that alleviate health concerns such as stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.
Apart from the strains’ recreational and medicinal effects, these notable plants from Homegrown Cannabis Co are beautiful additions to a growery. While OG Kush requires an optimal environment to prosper, Super Skunk and Lowryder are incredibly straightforward to cultivate. All the better, all the seeds in the Mariachi Mixpack are either feminized photoperiods or autoflowering, ensuring all sprouts are to mature into bud-bearing mothers for a fruitful harvest.