Curious Cultivars: Why the Mai Tai Strain Is Not For Beginners!

The Mai Tai strain is amazing and maybe not for cannabis newbies.
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Learning about the Mai Tai cannabis strain starts with a very special California company: Jungle Boys. People associate the company with hype cannabis culture, high quality products, and weed consistency that absolutely punches.

One of the strains that are new to the Jungle Boys strains library, and a favorite in the hearts of JB fans, is Mai Tai. 

Here is some information on how Mai Tai was created, what it smells and tastes like, and how the effects hit in either the head, body, or both.

What is the the Mai Tai cannabis strain?

Mai Tai is a hybrid cannabis strain that was bred by the Jungle Boys in Los Angeles, California. 

There are a couple stories out there about its genetics. 

One belief is that Mai Tai is a cross of Maui Waui and Tutti Frutti. The other belief is that Mai Tai is a cross of Sunset Sherbert and Purple Punch. Jungle Boys says it’s the latter. 

Regardless of Mai Tai parent strains, we know that the result produces a fruit-forward cultivar with potent, long-lasting effects. 

Mai Tai flowers have a mix of light green colors with purple accents. The flower is absolutely coated with trichomes when grown properly. 

Mai Tai often tests over 30% THC, yet, it still retains a high amount of flavorful terpenes. 

This cultivar is often confused with Mai Tai Cookies, but they are two completely different strains.

How to grow the Mai Tai strain

Expert advice on how to perfectly grow Mai Tai at home or commercial would need to come from its creators, the Jungle Boys. 

With Mai Tai being an exclusive strain, there isn’t much information out there about it currently. However, some websites do have general Mai Tai growing facts.

Weedmaps suggests that Mai Tai is best grown indoors. That makes sense considering Jungle Boys breeds and grows cannabis for indoor environments. 

They also say that Mai Tai is expected to have a flowering time of about 9 weeks. On WikiMMJ, they say that Mai Tai has an indoor flowering time between 7 and 9 weeks. Outdoors, it will flower mid-October. 

WikiMMJ also says that Mai Tai is an easy strain to grow, but again, these are all just general guesses about a strain that truly is not available for the public to grow and know about (yet).

How does the Mai Tai strain smell and taste?

This strain’s fruity qualities is why it is named Mai Tai. Mai Tai is a drink in Tiki culture. It is a cocktail based on rum, Curaçao liqueur, orgeat syrup, and lime juice.

Some real deal Mai Tai cannabis will have a tropical nose to it. It will smell like a mix of citrus, berries, and slight funk to it. 

When you smoke or vaporize the flower, you will detect much the same: tropical guava and vibrant berry flavors. 

According to Hytiva, these aromas and flavors come from a dominant mix of terpinolene and myrcene terpenes.

What do the Mai Tai strain effects feel like 

Mai Tai is a potent strain with effects that last for hours. It is expected to have some deeply relaxing feelings. 

Weedmaps lists Mai Tai’s top three effects as: 

  • Relaxed
  • Euphoric
  • Uplifted 

What that means is after consuming greater doses of Mai Tai, you will feel super stoned and potentially couch-locked. 

If you’re new to cannabis, and haven’t learned your tolerance, Mai Tai may not be the best introduction to the plant for you.

A Mai Tai review on Respect My Region says “I can attest from first-hand experience how sedative this strain can be. When grown right, it will end the night properly, whether you want it to or not.”

Is the Mai Tai strain a body high or head high?

With all cannabis strains, it’s important to remember that the effects vary by individual. 

All of our bodies have an endocannabinoid system that processes the cannabinoids and terpenes that enter our bloodstream. 

What may be a relaxing body high for you could very well be an energizing head high for others. That said, Mai is mostly expected to provide a heavy body high.

According to Hytiva, Mai Tai consumers “said they have experienced a deep heavy-bodied high that eliminated pain and created a body buzz, while they experienced an increase in energy. Some enjoyed performing quick daily tasks at home as they became seemingly easier, while others enjoyed this strain in social situations as it enhanced their perception.” 

Strain database AllBud says, “This bud brings the best of its insanely delicious flavor to a super lifted full-bodied high, creating the perfect recipe for a lazy afternoon spent with friends or family.” 

In the end, the best way to know how Mai Tai’s effects work for your head and body is to give it a try. Trying different dosages and different delivery methods with Mai Tai will give you a good idea of how your endocannabinoid system works with its compounds.

For more, check out our complete collection of cannabis strain reviews.

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