Strawberry Cough

Strawberry Cough: Reviewing The Energizing Strain

The Strawberry Cough strain is most famous for its chest expanding qualities that can make even the most seasoned smoker cough strawberry flavored smoke. Strawberry Cough is essentially a hybrid strain, albeit weighing heavily on the sativa end of the spectrum.

Strawberry Cough: The Highlights

  • The original parents of Strawberry Cough are unknown, although we know that its sativa parents are probably Haze and Erdbeer strains.
  • Strawberry Cough has average levels of CBD but has a generous concentration of CBN.
  • Strawberry Cough is rich with terpenes Myrcene, Humulene, Pinene, Caryophyllene,¬†and Limonene.
  • Medically, Strawberry Cough is recommended for those with depression, anxiety, ADHD or lack of appetite.
  • It is recommended to use Strawberry Cough in the mornings, as its effect is energizing and cerebral.

What Is Strawberry Cough?

Strawberry Cough is a popular sativa cannabis strain type to find on the shelves of dispensaries. The sativa component of this strain likely descends from Haze and Erdbeer strains, although its indica parent remains a mystery.

The strain was popularized by Kyle Kushman and his team at Buds and Roses in Los Angeles. After being gifted a clone, Kyle Kushman cultivated Strawberry Cough and turned it into a popular strain.

Kushman shared clones with the Dutch Passion Seed Company in Amsterdam, who are now also geneticists of Strawberry Cough.

This hybrid strain is considered to be 80 percent sativa and 20 percent indica, giving a strong cerebral sativa effect. Strawberry Cough is enjoyed both by medical cannabis customers and recreational cannabis customers alike.

Feelings of elation and euphoria always accompany a Strawberry Cough experience, which is why those with depression and anxiety are said to benefit greatly from this strain.

The fluffy dense buds of Strawberry Cough won the Best Flower award of the Cannabis Cup in 2013. Its record high THC concentrations have made it a favorite among sativa lovers, and citizens around the US have come to accept this fruity strain as a staple in the medicine cabinet.

Strawberry Cough Strain Review

While the exact genetic origins of Strawberry Cough are unknown, it’s no mystery why the world has come to love this strain. Its unique flavor and aroma along with its powerful effects make it a special strain both to consume and to grow.


Close up of Strawberry Cough cannabis

As a winner of the Best Flower award of the Cannabis Cup, you can only imagine how beautiful the buds of Strawberry Cough are. The buds themselves are a rainbow concoction of colors, displaying sugar leave from purple all the way through to neon yellow, and bright orange pistils.

The buds are generously dusted with trichomes, giving them a frosted appearance. Buds grow densely on the plant, but don’t grow to be enormous.


The flavor is one of the most appealing aspects of Strawberry Cough. In fact, it is renowned for having the characteristic flavor of strawberries when smoked.

The initial flavor when inhaled is like a sweet punnet of strawberries, while the aftertaste is herbal, spicy and earthy.

The smoke is typically quite harsh when smoking Strawberry Cough, hence why it has been given such an appropriate name. The taste and scratchiness of the smoke can linger for quite a while after smoking.


Just pinching the stem of a Strawberry Cough plant should release the wonderfully sweet aromas of this strain.

The pinene, humulene, and caryophyllene also give the strain a somewhat earthy, spicy and musky aroma, although these are not the primary flavors when inhaled. The smell of Strawberry Cough out of the bag is so strong that the aroma can quickly fill up a room.

Strawberry Cough THC to CBD Ratio

In general, Strawberry Cough is praised for its THC concentration rather than its CBD concentration. Most strains of cannabis are grown with the intention of achieving high THC levels, and Strawberry Cough has demonstrated that superbly.

While most Strawberry Cough cultivars will have between 13 and 18 percent THC, it has been known to test over 21 percent THC. Its CBD content usually sits around the .05 percent mark, making it an average producer of CBD.

However, Strawberry Cough has an interestingly high CBN profile. CBN is generally not found in strains cultivated for high THC content, and overall is quite a rare cannabinoid to find in large quantities.

Marijuana leaf, half CBD and half THC

However, given the low CBD content and high THC content of Strawberry Cough, it is quite surprising that it also carries around .05 percent CBN concentration.

It doesn’t sound like much, but CBN contributes to the entourage effect just as much as any other cannabinoid. Therefore, its presence marks some therapeutic potential for Strawberry Cough.

Strawberry Cough Strain Attributes

Overall, the effects of Strawberry Cough are very much those that one can expect from a sativa strain. The high is dominated by cerebral effects, and a thoughtful but energized high sets in.

The high energy effects of Strawberry Cough may elicit a nervous response, to begin with, but once the user settles in, the energy can quickly transform into a focused, attentive high.

The deeply focused cerebral effects are good for creative endeavors such as painting, writing or music. However, it is also a great meditative strain for walking in nature, deep conversations and in-depth problem-solving.

The Strawberry Cough high is long lasting, taking effect quickly but wearing off slowly. It is generally recommended to use this strain in the morning, as the high-energy effects aren’t quite conducive to nighttime relaxation.

Possible Medical Benefits

The high THC content of Strawberry Cough makes it an appealing medical strain for a wide variety of different conditions. The sativa effects are best at regulating mood disorders such as anxiety or depression.

The energetic boost and heightened sense of creativity may assist in decreasing sensations of anxiety, and in the case of depression, gives a necessary hit of energy to joyfully perform daily tasks.

It can also be used remedially, simply for some alone time, by those who experience bouts of stress.

With that being said, THC is also a powerful analgesic and antiemetic, making this strain suitable for those with fibromyalgia, headaches or nausea. It is less commonly used for these reasons as indica strains are most often recommended for dealing with physical pain.

However, in circumstances where physical pain ensues but the user still requires an energetic high (rather than couchlock), Strawberry Cough is a good medical strain to use. It is best used in cases of mild pain or mild headaches.

Side Effects And Risks

The only real caveat of Strawberry Cough is that high doses can lead to paranoid sensations. This is not specific to Strawberry Cough, as most sativa-dominant strains come with this warning.

The cerebral effects are profound and novel at lower doses, but those prone to paranoia can be unpleasantly surprised by taking too high of a dose. This is particularly true for those who are prone to psychosis or schizophrenia symptoms.

Aside from this, Strawberry Cough is notorious for leaving users with cottonmouth, dry eyes and obviously, a cough. So Strawberry Cough users are advised to have some water or other hydration on hand as well as a bottle of clear eyes.

Smoking The Strawberry Cough Strain

Strawberry Cough logo

Strawberry Cough is one of the most iconic strains of modern cannabis, taking its place among other award winners such as Pineapple Express and White Widow.

The unique flavor profile of Strawberry Cough makes it popular among cannabis aficionados while the high THC and CBN concentrations make it a winner among medical cannabis users.

Its versatility as both a medical and recreational strain make it a top-selling strain at many dispensaries. And finally, growers love Strawberry Cough for its robust and hardy qualities, making it a great plant to have in the garden.

Last Updated on