The Ultimate Harlequin Strain Review

The Ultimate Harlequin Strain Review

The Harlequin strain is well-known for its high CBD concentration. It is a Sativa-dominant strain that features a sweet and tropical mango-like fragrance and flavor that can offer your taste buds a new exciting experience. As fascinating as the mime which this cannabis strain was named from, the overall experience you can get when smoking this strain is as delightful, if not more.

Overview and Genetics

Harlequin is a popular comedic character in the Italian comedic art, long before the world has known about clowns. But when it comes to the cannabis world, the harlequin strain is famous for what it can offer both casual smokers and cannabis-using patients. It has diverse and unique characteristics, in flavor, fragrance, and the benefits it can offer.

In terms of parentage, the harlequin strain is also quite diverse, being bred using Colombian Gold, Thai Sativa, Nepali Indica, and Swiss Sativa and was believed to have been crossed by Mr. Green, a breeder from the House of David Collective. What came about from the breeding is Sativa-dominant cannabis strain, with 75% Sativa and 25% Indica profile. And while the harlequin strain is high in CBD levels, which is at 10%, it also contains a reasonable amount of THC at 7%, which is a rare occurrence in cannabis plants.


Like the lore where the name of this cannabis strain may or may have not come from, the harlequin strain features a contrasting color. It has a forest green colored buds that are round and dense with amber trichomes and orange hairs that stand out very well.


Simply based on its name, you may be surprised by what this cannabis strain tastes. You might be able to taste a subtle sweetness on your tongue, but the overall flavor of the harlequin strain lies towards potent pine notes a strong herbal flavor. Some smokers have also tasted a hint of woody and creamy flavor as soon as the bud is burned.


Aside from its pleasant physical features, the harlequin strain is exciting in terms of smell as well. This strain is one of the most sweet-smelling strain you can find, which can fill any room with an enjoyable aroma. At the first sign of smoke you inhale, you will get notes of soil and wood. Once it settles, the fragrance will turn into a creamier vanilla aroma that will entice your attention. Unlike other cannabis plants that usually features a pungent smell, the harlequin strain is not like that at all.


The strain is highly popular in Washington, especially around the Seattle area as well as in Bellingham, Vancouver, and Mount Vernon. It is also popular for a lot of smokers in cities such as Portland, Homewood, Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, and Eugene.

Effects of the Strain

There are a lot of phenotypes of the harlequin strain you can find in the market and the THC content will most likely depend on the phenotype you get your hands on. There are harlequin strains that contain only about 7% of THC while others might have 15% and for CBD levels, you can get as low as 1% to as much as 10% to 15%.

Depending on the phenotype of this strain you are going to use, here are some of the common effects you can experience from smoking the harlequin strain.


  • Relaxed – 56%
  • Happy – 45%
  • Uplifted – 43%
  • Focused – 38%
  • Energetic – 28%

Medical Benefits

  • Pain Relief – 46%
  • Stress Relief – 39%
  • Anxiety Relief – 38%
  • Anti-Depression – 25%
  • Anti-Inflammation – 20%

Possible Side Effects

  • Dry Mouth – 17%
  • Dry Eyes – 10%
  • Anxiety – 4%
  • Dizziness – 4%
  • Headache – 3%

Terpene Profile

  • Myrcene
  • Pinene
  • Caryophyllene


Main Parents: Swiss Sativa (Sws) and Thai (Tha)

Main Children: Athabasca (Ath) and Quin-N-Tonic (Qnt)


  • Sativa
  • Difficulty – easy
  • Height – over 78 inches
  • Yield – 3-6 oz per square feet
  • Flowering Time – 7-9 weeks

Growing the harlequin strain is a bit easy, especially if you have previous experience when it comes to cultivating cannabis strains. But while it can very well strive no matter what environment you put it in, promising produce will come with the plants with the ideal climate and temperature, which is a warm climate with low to moderate humidity. With its need for a controlled climate to bear more flowers, some growers choose to cultivate the strain indoors, where it is easy to keep the climate and humidity constant.

What Users Are Saying

After a long day, using the harlequin strain is one of the best ways to relax and forget about the stress. What a lot of smokers said that they like most about the strain is its pleasant flavor and aroma, giving them the most potent relaxing and uplifting benefits without being too earthy or pungent like other plants.

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