If you are prone to groggy mornings, the Rough Rider Indica is great for putting a pep in your step. It’s energizing and refreshing and may help you to feel focused and awake. It is also super tangy, zingy, and tastes like clementines, hence the name.
Clementine is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain created by cannabis breeders at Crockett Family Farms. At the 2015 Cannabis Cup held in Michigan, a concentrated live resin of Clementine was awarded second place in the Best Sativa category.
What Is Rough Rider Indica?
The Rough Rider Indica is a cross of the sativa Tangie and Lemon Skunk. Cannabis breeders created Lemon Skunk by combining two skunk phenotypes with robust lemony, citrusy flavors. These genetics are very present in the Rough Rider Indica, which itself has a sweet, citrusy, lemony-orange flavor.
Clementine’s cerebral effects come on strong and fast and induce a state of heightened alertness and focus. This strain also provides a short-term energy boost, which is why it is a popular choice among cannabis users who like to ‘wake-and-bake.’ Naturally, given its effects, the Rough Rider Indica is only suitable for morning or afternoon use.
Rough Rider Indica Aroma, Fragrance, and Appearance
Clementine’s fragrance is a sweet, citrusy combination of lemon and orange. There are also undertones of earth, spice, and pine.
Clementine has a creamy, lemon citrusy taste on the inhale, with a tangy orange aftertaste on the exhale.
The Rough Rider Indica grows quite tall and can reach up to 80 inches outdoors. A mature plant has exceptionally large flowers and a dense coating of trichomes. The leaves are yellowy-green with orange, clementine-colored pistils growing in clusters around them.
Rough Rider Indica Grow Info
Clementine is a relatively easy strain to grow as it is naturally highly resistant to common molds and mildew.
While Clementine seeds can be grown indoors or outdoors, it thrives outdoors in a semi-humid climate. The optimal daytime temperature range for this plant is between 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
As the plant can grow quite tall, it requires regular pruning and trimming to keep its height and shape under control.
The indoor flowering period for Clementine weed is between 8-9 weeks and yields 11 ounces per square meter. Outdoor growers can expect a higher average yield of approximately 15 ounces per square meter. It is generally ready for harvesting around the middle of October.
Curing the Clementine plant’s buds will help maximize its characteristically citrusy flavors and aromas. Start the process by drying the buds. Hang them upside down or place them on a drying rack for seven to ten days. The buds should be completely dry to prevent mold from developing during the next stage of the curing process.
When the buds are fully dry, place them in an airtight container such as a wide-mouthed mason jar. Seal the lid tightly before storing them in a cool, dry place, e.g., a closet.
During the first week, open the lids at least three times a day for five to ten minutes. Doing so will allow any moisture to escape and the buds to breathe. After the first week, you will only have to do this a few more times to prevent any mold from forming.
After two or three weeks, the Clementine buds will be sufficiently cured. You can continue to cure the buds for 4-6 weeks for even better results.
Clementine’s THC content ranges between 17-19%. However, Seattle-based cannabis analysis laboratory, Analytical 360, recorded THC levels as high as 27% in Clementine samples. Therefore, newbies should proceed with caution.
Most Rough Rider Indica cuts contain well below 1% CBD. One sample tested for CBD showed that it contained just 0.19%.
Medical Benefits of Rough Rider Indica
Many Clementine reviewers say that this strain leaves them feeling happy, uplifted, and euphoric. Therefore, medicinal cannabis consumers with mood disorders such as depression or anxiety may find Clementine helpful.
Initially, Clementine boosts energy, which may help users to overcome fatigue. As time passes, however, the Rough Rider Indica also instills a feeling of relaxation. Consequently, some may find it useful for stress relief and unwinding purposes after the initial invigorating effects have dissipated.
Some Clementine users say that it is moderately effective for pain relief. Therefore, it may help temporarily alleviate minor muscular aches and pains.
Possible Side Effects of the Rough Rider Indica
Some Clementine users will experience mild side effects such as cottonmouth and dry eyes. However, as Clementine can contain up to 27% THC, some users have reported increased anxiety, paranoia, or dizziness.
The Rough Rider Indica has a lot to offer to both recreational and medicinal cannabis consumers. It reportedly can elevate mood while simultaneously increasing alertness and energy levels. These effects are why Clementine is so popular among cannabis users who like to wake-and-bake.
Some possible medicinal benefits of the Rough Rider Indica include addressing chronic fatigue, stress, and mood disorders. It is important to note that Clementine’s THC content can reach 27%, so it may not be suitable for everyone.