Headband is a marijuana strain often known simply as “HB”. It’s a cross between Sour Diesel and OG Kush, two massively popular strains known for their sour and hard-hitting flavors.
The effects are long-lasting, it’s surprisingly easy to grow, and it offers benefits for medicinal and recreational users—there’s a lot to like here!
Is Headband Sativa or Indica?
Headband is an Indica-dominant hybrid with a 60/40 ratio. Its effects are more closely related to OG Kush than Sour Diesel, but it borrows flavors, aromas, and effects for both of these parent strains.
What Are the Effects of Headband?
Apparently, the name “Headband” comes from the band of pressure that the strain creates around the head (like a headband). It’s a strange warmth that all cannabis users have felt at some point and while it’s not unique to Headband, it has seemingly lent itself to the name.
It’s a slightly Indica-dominant hybrid that produces feelings of happiness and euphoria above all else. As you would expect for an Indica-dominant marijuana strain, there is also a strong sensation of relaxation that can turn into sedation with heavier doses. It’s not quite “couch-lock”, and most high-tolerance users will just feel very relaxed and at peace.
The high THC levels mean this cannabis strain is also suited for medical use. It could help with everything from chronic pain and muscle spasms to insomnia and anxiety.
Side effects are few and while they differ from user to user, they are typically limited to dry mouth, dry eyes, and occasional nausea.
Why is it Called Headband?
As noted above, Headband is named because it feels like you’re wearing a headband. It’s a strange but welcome sensation that is triggered by other strains and even other drugs.
The origin of the strain is debated. Some claim that it was created in Humboldt County, California. Others claim that it was first bred in Reserva Privada, Colorado.
What is the Headband Strain Good for?
If you have trouble sleeping and relaxing during the evening, Headband could help. It’s also a good option if you want something that is sedating without knocking you off your feet.
You can sit and chill out by yourself or with friends without completely vegetating. You’ll feel happier and more relaxed without any of that famed/dreaded couch lock.
As a medical marijuana strain, Headband could help with headaches, joint pain, eye problems, muscle spasms, and a host of other chronic issues.
Cannabinoid Content of the Headband Strain
On average, Headband contains around 15 to 25% THC, a pretty varied range that should prove accessible for consumers of all tolerance levels. As far as the other cannabinoids are concerned, the CBD levels are very low and are typically capped at less than 0.5%.
The Sour Diesel lineage gives Headband a potent sour aroma with undertones of citrus and candy. As for the flavor, you’ll detect sweetness, sourness, and an underlying earthiness.
As the smoke enters your lungs, the earthy and peppery flavors are more pronounced and when you exhale, you’ll detect the distinctive fuel flavor that made Sour Diesel such a popular strain.
Growing the Headband Strain
If you reside in a warm climate, Headband is a good strain to grow outdoors. If not, you’ll need to stick with indoor growth. Under the right conditions, it will reward you with as many as 18 ounces per square meter following a flowering time of between 9 and 10 weeks.
Headband is relatively easy to grow. You’ll still need to know what you’re doing—that goes without saying—but it’s much less temperamental than other cannabis strains.