Headband Strain

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Written By Rocky Horton

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The headband strain is a popular and potent hybrid strain of cannabis known to offer a unique and powerful high. Its distinctive aroma, pungent flavor, and intense effects make it a favorite among cannabis connoisseurs and recreational users. 

This article will provide an overview of the headband strain, including its origins, effects, characteristics, and growth tips. By the end of this article, you’ll better understand the headband strain, allowing you to make informed decisions regarding its cultivation. So, let’s get started!

Where Does the Headband Strain Come From?

Most people agree that the Headband strain was created by crossing two classic strains, OG Kush and Sour Diesel. Additionally, Headband may be a direct descendent of the 707 Headband strain, which possesses the Kush/Diesel traits.

According to legend, it gets its name from the pressure it exerts around the user’s forehead as its effects begin to take effect. Some people compare the feeling to wearing a headband.

The Headband strain’s ancestry is a subject of great debate. According to WikiLeaf, it was created by Reserva Privada breeders in Colorado, while others associate its origin with Humboldt County, California. The Headband became popular in California, and it quickly travelled across the nation.

What Does the Headband Strain Look Like?

Headband has a captivating appearance. Headband’s buds are small and dense. The leaves are uniformly pale green, yet some plant phenotypes are more likely to have purple hues because cold temperatures during the vegetative stage activate anthocyanin chemicals. 

The buds greatly resemble nuggets than thick, spade-like cones. They are often heavily covered with silvery, glittering trichomes or crystals, as is expected for a marijuana strain with such a high THC content. The silvery appearance of the buds is easily comparable to the appearance of freshly fallen snow. The buds are also heavily sticky.

What Does the Headband Strain Taste Like?

Although Headband is famous for the delicious lemon flavor it generates, what sets it apart from the others is its creamy undertone. Due to the OG Kush lineage, you will notice a citrus flavor and aroma accentuated by a faint diesel flavor.

The Headband produces a thick but surprisingly pleasant smoke, unlike many other Indica-dominant hybrids. This smoke offers a pleasant, creamy sensation and a citrus flavor when inhaled. A stronger diesel and chemical taste is noticeable on the exhale.

It has a whiff of fresh lavender, leaving a sour, earthy sensation on the lips. Generally, the Headband strain has the flavor of a cleaning solution with a lemon fragrance that hits you at the front of the plate.

What Does the Headband Strain Smell Like?

Headband is known for its incredibly powerful aroma, filling a room with a strong yet pleasant smell. It generally has a strong, pungent, earthy aroma that never gets boring. 

It has a classic skunky smell with sweet, citrus undertones, giving it a pleasant and fruity scent. It is also known for its diesel-like aroma, which gives it a unique, complex smell. Some even say it has a hint of diesel, lemon, and pine. 

Some have also compared it to a garbage truck, while others say it smells like rotting eggs. Regardless of how you describe Headband’s smell, it is not easily forgotten!

Is the Headband Strain an Indica or Sativa?

With a 60% indica, and 40% Sativa ratio, this cannabis is categorized as a hybrid strain. Despite the nearly balanced Indica vs Sativa ratio, its predominant Indica traits outweigh its little Sativa traits.

Users also report that the indica effects are the most dominant and easily noticeable. Although the Sativa effect is also experienced, it is often overpowered by the high Indica effects.

Its physical indica characteristics are evident from its bushy profile. Indica-dominant strains are mostly known for their bushy structures.

How Strong is the Headband Strain?

The Headband strain is a potent hybrid that packs a punch. It is a popular strain among users of all experience levels, with experienced users typically finding it to be a mild and enjoyable high. 

Novice users, however, may find that the strain packs a much more powerful punch. With its high THC levels, the Headband strain can provide a very intense and long-lasting high that can overwhelm novice users. 

Therefore, the strain is not recommended for those new to cannabis use, as it can be quite potent and intense. They should start with beginner-friendly strains or low doses of the Headband strain and increase gradually.

How Much THC in the Headband Strain?

The Headband is a hybrid cannabis strain with a reputation for having a high THC concentration, making it a potent cannabis strain. Because of its high THC content, which ranges from an astonishing 20 to 27% depending on the genotype, a little goes a long way.

This means it is a powerful strain that can give users a strong body and head high. It is a great strain for those looking for an intense experience.

How Much CBD in the Headband Strain?

Headband is a strain of cannabis that contains a low amount of CBD. The CBD content of the Headband is typically around 0.3-0.6%.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring chemical compound in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of the main active ingredients in cannabis and has been studied for its potential therapeutic effects

CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and anti-nausea properties and is a potential treatment for epilepsy. Unlike THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, CBD does not cause any intoxicating effects.

What is the Terpene Profile of the Headband Strain?

Caryophyllene and Myrcene dominate their terpene profile, with secondary supporting terpenes including Limonene, Pinene, and Linalool. 

• Caryophyllene: This is the most prominent terpene in the Headband strain, offering a spicy, woody, and clove-like aroma and flavor. It is also known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic, making it particularly beneficial for those suffering from pain or inflammation. 

• Myrcene: It is a prominent terpene in the Headband strain responsible for the notes of citrus, pine, and wood in Headband strain. Myrcene has been shown to have therapeutic properties that can help improve mood and relieve anxiety. 

• Limonene: This terpene offers a refreshing citrus flavor and aroma. 

• Pinene: It is known for its uplifting aroma and effects, which can help improve mood and relieve stress. 

• Linalool: It is a terpene with a sweet, floral, and woody aroma and flavor. This terpene is beneficial for those suffering from anxiety and depression. 

What Effects Does the Headband Strain Have?

Users claim that it can take up to 20 minutes after consumption before they start to feel the effects of the Headband’s steadily building high. The high is often described as mellow and relaxing, allowing users to enjoy their day without feeling overwhelmed.

Its effects are often described as a “headband” sensation across the forehead and temples. Headband’s euphoria is distinctive; it calms and soothes you and gives you the impression that your head is floating in the clouds.

The effects typically last several hours, including heightened sensory perception, increased focus and mental clarity, and improved mood. It could be ideal for daytime use.

What Conditions is the Headband Strain Good For?

The Headband strain of cannabis has a lingering effect that aids in treating mood disorders such as excessive stress, anxiety, and depression. This is because it relaxes the patient without making them drowsy.

The calming body high, on the other hand, eases practically all types of physical discomfort, including inflammation, migraines, and chronic pain. Even those with ADD and ADHD difficulties can benefit from smoking Headband.

Several reports indicate that Headband strain is extremely effective as a tranquilizer and relaxant, making it a useful treatment for insomnia. It can help you forget your daily worries and lead to deep relaxation, enabling you to get a decent sleep.

What is the Headband Strain Flowering Time?

Under ideal circumstances, it takes the Headband strain about 9 or 10 weeks to fully mature when cultivated indoors. When grown outdoors, the middle of October is typically the ideal time of year to harvest your Headband plants.

According to WayofLeaf, indoor growers can initiate the flowering stage by subjecting the plants to a change in light patterns.

The strain will begin to ascend quickly as soon as it reaches its darkness threshold.

Once the flowering stage begins, you can expect to see buds form and ripen over the course of several weeks. Be sure to continue providing your plants with the necessary nutrients and practices.

How Tall Does the Headband Strain Grow?

The headband strain is distinctly Indica, with a bushy profile and a shorter height than other cannabis strains. The plants grow to a maximum height of 80 inches.

Growers should try to trim any broad fan leaves that they find to allow light to reach low-growing flowering nodes. You may not find many fan leaves, given Headband’s low leaf-to-bud ratio.

The Headband strain is suitable for growing indoors. It doesn’t need a high ceiling area to thrive because it is short. This is especially helpful for people who live in colder climates and have no other option. Even rooms with low ceilings will do as long as there is enough light and ventilation to keep the crops breathing and maintain the overpowering odor.

When to Harvest the Headband Strain?

When harvesting cannabis, it is important to harvest when the plant is most potent. Depending on when the flowers are harvested, the effects of the cannabis can vary. Harvest early for more energetic effects and later for more narcotic/sedative/anti-anxiety effects.

Inspect the trichomes using a magnifying glass to determine when the buds are ready for harvest. The trichomes will change color over time, from milky white to amber. Generally, when about 50 % of the trichomes are white, and 50% are amber, it is time to start harvesting.

The plant is cut down, and the large fan leaves are removed. The buds are then carefully trimmed from the branches using a sharp pair of scissors or trimming shears. Finally, the buds are hung to dry in a cool, dark place. The dried buds are then ready for use.

How Much Does the Headband Strain Yield?

For growers who are patient and take good care of their crops, Headband does offer a bountiful harvest. It can provide an estimated average harvest of 18 ounces per square meter when grown inside and an estimated 21 ounces per plant when grown outdoors.

Headbands are very easy to grow. Even inexperienced growers can take good care of the plant and provide the conditions during its growing phase to produce abundant yields.

The plant is renowned for withstanding bugs, mildew, and mold. You simply need to plant it at the proper time and provide the ideal environment for excellent output.


In conclusion, the Headband strain is a great choice for those seeking a powerful and enjoyable strain. Its balanced effects and strong flavor make it a great strain to consider when looking for a strain to cultivate. With the right care and attention, the Headband strain can successfully grow indoors, producing a bountiful harvest.

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Rocky Horton is an experienced cannabis grower and the founder of IndoGrow. The IndoGrow editorial team has over four decades of combined growing experience. Learn more.