Somehow more than its parts, the Ice Cream weed strain has been selling out regularly, and from the very first week we started ferrying it to the public. It’s like the perfectly balanced blend of Indica and Sativa genetics suits everybody, which is probably no huge surprise. Equally cerebral and bodily heavy, with a flavor and aroma profile that is sweet, creamy, and citrusy - with the perfect sprinkle of dankness thrown in for good measure - topped off by a max THC content o close to 25%, Ice Cream is just a true box ticker through and through.
And that's not even mentioning just how easy this strain is to grow, the huge (500 - 600 gr/m²) yield potential, and the ridiculous bag appeal of the Ice Cream cultivar.
Held in the highest regard by both recreational and medicinal users alike, let's take a deeper dive into one of the contenders for 'best strain of the last decade'...
Who Originally Bred Ice Cream Cake Strain?
Ice Cream Cake is the result of a good few years of work from the guys over at Seed Junky Genetics.
They say imitation is the best form of flattery, but just like most things that are in high demand, there are a bunch of seed banks out there offering what they claim to be Ice Cream seeds. And while some of these offerings are the real deal, many are... questionable, at best?
Here at MSNL (the longest-running seed bank in the world), we just don't play those games. Every seed offered is what it says on the box, and that's no different right here. Our Ice Cream seeds are 100% genuine, which is one of the main reasons why it has sold out time and again.
Do you ever go to an ice cream shop and just get one flavor? Does anyone? There's just something so satisfying about getting your two favorite options, and getting after it - especially after a spliff or five.
The same goes here. Ice Cream is an almost perfectly balanced, 50/50 split of Sativa and Indica genetics. And while there are just so many balanced strains to choose from in this new age of cannabis, very few offer the truly even split of Sativa and Indica effects that Ice Cream can, and does.
The name should give a pretty good idea of what we are dealing with, taste-wise.
When properly cured, the smoke that flows from a nice bud of Ice cream is about, well, as creamy as can be. Think thick, smooth, almost velvety clouds that leave an unmistakable, sweet, and citrusy aftertaste. Add a few notes of pure diesel to the mix - as this strain comes from the same genetics as legendary Sour Diesel - and you have yourself a flavor profile rarely seen in the 2020s.
Aroma-wise, Ice Cream starts out almost overly lemony, and can easily be mistaken for a pure Sativa from the Super Lemon Haze line. But about halfway through the flowering period, the smell starts to shift to the slightly danker side of the scale, and the robustness really pops in with some underlying earthy tones.
That all depends on how and where you grow it, but growers that offer their crop great environmental conditions and optimized nutrient levels can expect the Ice Cream seeds to push out 24-ish percentage THC.
For the best chances at hitting the above 20% THC range, we recommend growing these seeds in either coco-coir or with a full hydroponic setup. Coco-coir is perfect for newer growers (and all levels really), as it offers a kind of 'best of both worlds' situation. While in many ways it acts like soil, it is a totally inert medium - which allows you to take full control of the nutrient schedule and really optimize the way you feed the crop.
And although it does act like soil in some of the most beneficial ways (like giving the root zone a bunch of protection), it also offers much higher rates of oxygenation and drainage. Up to 70% more oxygen can penetrate the root zone, which not allows for ridiculous root growth, but also makes it near impossible to over water.
It most certainly is. We don't often sell out of particular strains, so when we do, it's a pretty good indication that the strain is up there with the best available. The Ice Cream cultivar isn't just top shelf, this beauty resides in cannabis heaven.
While this strain sports a pretty wide range of terps, there are really only three in the percentage range that is worth talking about. With Ice Cream, we have
As you can see from the table above, Limonene is the big hitter here. That's why this bad girl smells so lemon fresh in the first half of flowering, and why many cultivators and smokers compare the flavor profile to the Lemon Haze range, but only creamier.
Limonene is one of the most commonly found terpenes not just in cannabis, but throughout nature in its entirety. From lemons (obviously) and most other citrus fruits, but also in caraway, bergamot, and peppermint to name just a few- limonene is one of the building blocks of nature.
And other than its unparalleled lemony flavor, this terp also offers some pretty awesome medical benefits - such as its anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. It also has a pretty marked effect on the psychoactive properties of cannabis, with a boost to the mood-elevating qualities of a strain, as well as its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects.
It can help you with having a damn good time, for starters. Ice Cream offers a high that starts out slightly more on the Sativa end of the spectrum, which then slowly morphs into a good old relaxing body high that last for a solid few hours. Giggles galore, have the munchies at the ready because this type of Ice Cream won't fill that belly, but it just may fill the soul.
What Does Ice Cream Cake Strain Help With?
Beloved by medicinal patients for
- Its super calming effects
- Its ability to ease the symptoms of insomnia.
- A marked reduction in anxiety levels.
- Its capacity to help with chronic pain, and inflammation issues.
That is, again, a little dependent on the style of cultivation.
But, for the most part, you can expect Ice Cream to finish the flowering period within 8 to 10 weeks.
Thanks to the almost even genetic split, and the parentage of Wedding Cake and Gelato 33, Ice Cream is super resistant to both pest and fungal issues, which makes her a great outdoor cultivation option. The slightly shorter flowering period means you can start her a little later than your big Sativas, but if you're looking to pull huge numbers come harvest, it's best to get this strain going as early as possible. Talking about yield possibilities...
Heaps. A bunch. Many, many buds.
With a yield potential of 500 - 600 gr/m², you will be trimming for days if you get even just a decent-sized Ice Cream crop going.
The Ice Cream weed strain is one of the best options out there right now for growers of really any expertise level, beginners included. The high levels of mold and pest resistance makes her very forgiving, and the sheer yield potential makes her an absolute must-have. Plus, with such a positive effect on both mind and body, you can be sure that you will have plenty of reasons to keep growing her again and again.
If you are just starting out, we recommend growing this strain with either coco-coir or a cannabis-specific soil blend. There are a bunch of options to choose from, but you give yourself the best chance at success early on if you keep things as simple as possible. Choosing a pre-dosed, cannabis-specific blend takes a bunch of the guesswork out of the process - and allows you to really focus in on the plant itself.