Effects: focused, energetic, uplifted, euphoric, happy, tingly
May relieve: depression, fatigue, stress, pain, headaches
The Red Congo cannabis strain is a 100% Sativa with THC levels ranging between 18-20%. While its origins are still widely debated, most people argue that this marijuana variety descends from three classic strains, namely Afghani, Congolese, and Mexican sativa, with the greatest influence of the African Congolese. Due to its high THC content and pure sativa genetics, the strain is recommended for daytime usage to relieve stress, tension, pain, and fatigue.
Somehow, Red Congo shows distinct traits of Indica with its bag appeal. It comes with densely packed buds accompanied by fluffy leaves that are wrapped around them. This colorful palette of earthy-green hues and boldly flowing orange pistils look wonderful from the first sight, and the crystal-like layer of trichomes speaks of the strain’s potency.
Red Congo doesn’t belong to the best smelling strains on the planet. It carries a distinct, pungent and earthy aroma that some users also consider cheesy or moldy. While its fragrance is reserved for true connoisseurs, the way it tastes totally makes up for that. Some of its aromas may carry over, but it does so in a subtle way, further giving a back seat to a sweet and spicy blend with noticeable notes of grapefruit.
Being a 100% sativa strain, one thing Red Congo can do is to deliver a powerful cerebral high. And with up to 20% of THC, you know it can hit you pretty hard. But unlike other Sativa strains on the market, this mental high is not a buzzing one.
At the onset, users often feel overwhelmed by that headrush, but the feeling gets suddenly melted by a soothing and focus-enhancing sensation that makes you feel uplifted and energized. Many people claim this strain feels as if someone was giggling their brain. It’s a perfect choice for daytime use when you need the motivation to take on the daily tasks.
Red Congo is a great recreational strain, there’s no doubt about it. But all the positive benefits of Red Congo are also the source of relief for medical cannabis users. The strain proves helpful in treating an array of mental disorders, such as depression, PTSD, panic disorder, chronic stress, and anxiety, but it does a splendid job for people who are constantly fatigued.
When overused, the Red Congo strain can give you dry, itchy eyes, although dry mouth is a rare case as reported by the majority of users. It can, however, trigger dizziness, anxiety or make you feel slightly paranoid at high doses, but these symptoms can happen to anyone. That being said, the best thing you can do is to make sure not to go too far with these resinous nuggets.
Red Congo takes around 10 to 11 weeks before it’s ready for harvest. The strain can give a yield of 12 to 16 ounces per square meter in a controlled environment; when grown outdoors, the flowers should be ripe during the last days of October.