Bruce Banner

Bruce Banner Qualities and Characteristics

Mental Aid
Depression, Anxiety disorder, PTSD
Physical Aid
Pain relief, Inflammation, Migraines, Glaucoma, Nausea, Parkinson’s disease
Chemdawg, Haze, Afghani/Kush
Hybrid sativa dominant
Type of High
Euphoric, Relaxing, Creative, Social, Clear, Energizing
Bright green
Earthy, Fruity, Fuel, Spicy, Sweet
Fruity, Fuel, Spicy, Sweet
Side Effects
Dry mouth, Dry eyes, Headache, Dizziness

Originally developed by Delta 9 Caretakers in Colorado, Bruce Banner hit the cannabis scene hard in 2010. So hard, in fact, that those who wanted to see what all the fuss was about were subject to long lines and rationing. It was likely worth the trouble as this sativa-dominant cross of Strawberry Diesel and OG Kush made High Times’ list of Earth’s Strongest Strains for 2013. There are multiple phenotypes of Bruce Banner in circulation although the #3, which most resembles its OG mother, still seems to be the most popular. With its energetic, clear, and creative effects this is a great strain for daytime use, although novices should go slow lest they be overpowered by its legendary strength.

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  • Indoor flowering time: 63-70 days
  • Harvest time: (Outdoor/Greenhouse) October

Late in harvest, the leaves tend to turn a dark rich magenta color, which contrasts nicely with the bright lime green bud surfaces and deep red pistils. A very generous coating of large-headed trichomes leaves no surface untouched. The plant tends to have a more OG Kush appearance, with dense slightly rounded buds scattered across a somewhat lanky plant. For those who love OG’s, but hate the low yields and longer grow times that true OG's often give, this is a great indoor strain, as the yield can be quite more than your typical OG or OG cross, and the plant can finish in as little as 9 weeks.

Bruce Banner #3 is a fairly easy plant to grow. She produces quite a stink in the grow room so make sure your carbon scrubbers are up to scratch. You will need absolutely optimum conditions to produce THC levels anything like as strong as those produced by The Haven. However, even a novice grower should be able to grow an excellent, highly potent plant. Indoor/Outdoor. Yield: High. Flowering period: 8-10 weeks. Outdoor harvest time: October.

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Bruce Banner is a great example of a strain which gained notoriety thanks largely to word of mouth, right as social media websites were really coming into their own within the MMJ community. This early media buzz made Bruce Banner a must-have on the exploding Colorado cannabis scene. A true Colorado original strain, the Bruce Banner family line is comprised of probably the most famous strain in the world, OG Kush, and Strawberry Diesel (Strawberry Cough x Sour Diesel). The initial pollination took place in 2009 and was soon released to the public by Delta 9 Caretakers in early 2010. Interestingly enough, there were originally five phenotypes of Bruce Banner. Almost immediately, the #2 and #4 phenotypes were lost, leaving only the #1, #3, and #5 cuts remaining, each with distinct characteristics. The Bruce Banner #1, or just Bruce Banner phenotype, is a mix of the two parent strains; the #3 is the most OG Kush dominant; and the #5 is the Strawberry Diesel dominant phenotype. The #1 and #3 cuts are much more popular and easy to find than the #5, although I've tried all three and the #5 is definitely still fire! In fact this strain was so popular back in 2010, the Banner craze had a line out the door that wrapped around the corner of the Delta 9 dispensary. A deli-style ticket system and a 3.5-gram maximum were put in place for the first few harvests in efforts to try and keep all customers satisfied and at least able to give the strain a try. A true creation of the dispensary era, it will no doubt endure for many more years thanks to its great lineage and positive qualities.

The Bruce Banner family line is comprised of an unconfirmed OG Kush cut, commonly believed to be the super-prized Ghost's OG cut, and a Strawberry Diesel (Kyle Kushman's Strawberry Cough x Sour Diesel) male from Reservoir Seeds. The initial pollination took place in late 2009, and the strain was released to the public shortly after by Delta 9 Caretakers in early 2010. There were originally 5 phenotypes discovered, with the #2 and #4 reportedly being lost in all but the smallest circles of Colorado growers shortly after the release. The #1 phenotype is a mix of the two parent strains, the #3 is most OG Kush-dominant, and the #5 is the Strawberry Diesel-dominant phenotype. Following the strain's debut, the cannabis review site profiled the strain and gave it the first ever A+ rating, which seemed to spark a Banner craze. For the first couple of harvests, Delta 9 had a line out the door and was forced to organize customers into a deli-style ticket system to hold a place in line, just to buy a small amount of Banner #3 (each customer could only purchase 3.5 grams maximum). While Delta 9 had the other phenotypes in its stable, the #3 was deemed to be the most prized and commanded the highest level of attention from customers and growers alike. In the years following the BB #3 hype, that phenotype as well as the #1 and #5 began to proliferate the Colorado medical scene and became one of the staple strains on dispensary shelves along with other popular choices such as Flo, Sour Diesel, Durban Poison, and Golden Goat.

Bruce Banner #3 ranked first place in the Denver US Cannabis Cup, and is the most potent strain ever tested in the history of the High Times Cannabis Cups. Bruce Banner received a great amount of hype in 2009, right as medical cannabis started receiving a better reception in the mainstream.

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Bruce Banner #3 has received a huge amount of acclaim and publicity, famously appearing in High Times – Earth’s Strongest Strains List with THC levels measured at a mind numbing 28.35%! Despite this crazy potency, Bruce Banner #3 is not a debilitating strain. The effects are exhilarating with enormous levels of energy and creativity.

No matter what the exact genetics of the Bruce Banner phenotype you come across at your local dispensary, whether it's #1, #3, or #5, a good Bruce Banner will have very dense buds and a sweet, potent, pungent smell. When breaking apart the buds, Bruce Banner gives off a complex, sweet, fruity, ginger spice, fuel aroma, which takes nicely after both parents. The added dose of sweetness from the Strawberry Diesel brightens up the OG Kush without completely taking away the fuel skunk qualities that OG lovers seek out. The flavor of the Bruce Banner strain is much the same as the aroma from the buds, but adds a strong element of earthiness while the sweetness takes somewhat of a backseat. I have found that the effects of Bruce Banner really depend on harvest time—this strain more so than others I have dealt with really needs to have the trichomes scoped (looked at under some kind of magnifying instrument) to gage the correct harvest time. Harvest a little too early and the high can be very cerebral and borderline-racy experience, wait a bit longer to harvest (usually around 9-10 weeks) and the high has a much more relaxing effect. Generally it starts off with the sativa side taking control, with lots of eye and face warmth and slight pressure, a floaty body buzz, and an increase in heart rate. The burst of energy produced can be channeled into productivity, making Bruce Banner a daytime option, although the THC content (16%-23%) may be too much for low-tolerance smokers. The second half takes on a more relaxed feel, with more of the clear-headed relaxation that OG Kush is known and loved for. The Bruce Banner strain is a true Colorado original. Its phenomenal looks and smell coupled with the great balanced effects make for a great daytime or evening smoke session. The strain is unbelievably tasty, giving nods to both famous parents—you can taste and smell the Diesel as well as the OG Kush. Bruce Banner is one of those strains that can back up its ambitious Hulk-referencing name. This hybrid that leans more toward the sativa side has been found useful in treating depression, PTSD, inflammation, migraines, glaucoma, Parkinson's disease, nausea, minor pain, and anxiety. Although born and bred in Colorado, this strain is now making the rounds in many states, continually growing its legend.

When breaking apart the buds, Banner #3 gives off a complex sweet fruity + ginger spice + fuel aroma, which takes nicely after both parents. The added dose of sweetness from the Strawberry D brightens up the OG without completely taking away the fuel-skunk qualities that OG smokers the world over commonly seek out. Flavor takes even more after the OG, providing the same soil-ginger spicy quality as the OG mother with a hint of fuel and sweetness lurking in the background. Bruce Banner's effects package is definitely a little on the racy side, but some anxiety-sufferers have said that it actually calms them down. In any case, it tends to grab you by the forehead/face and take you on a bit of a ride in the early stages, transitioning into a more calm (but still potent) effect as it begins to wind down. A big buildup of eye and facial pressure is common, as well as a floaty, slightly euphoric effect throughout the body. Harvest time greatly affects the final experience, with an early harvest making the Banner especially racy, and a later harvest bringing out more of the relaxing, mood-enhancing qualities of the OG mother. Definitely Sativa-dominant, the Banner still isn't the most functional strain simply because it is so potent - it's best saved for a responsibility-free day or evening, but most veteran cannabis users can power through its effects if high-level functionality is required. A well-grown sample of Bruce Banner #3 can have effects reaching out as far as 3 hours after consumption, but the most common is the 2-hour area.

Bruce Banner buds are dense, rich in THC content. The effects emerge swiftly and in strength, but the stone mellows into a creative euphoria, balancing out the punch of the initial stone. Bruce Banner will provide a relaxing body high accompanied with useful pain killing effects for users. This is a strain that is used to treat anxiety and stress levels, as well as alleviating the symptoms associated with ADD / ADHD and Bipolar disorders. Bruce Banner is also used to remedy migraines and alleviate pain associated with arthritis.

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