When it comes to cannabis, everyone’s a sucker for those frosty buds dripping with trichomes. They're like tiny, glistening jewels that make your stash look absolutely stunning. There’s just something magical about a frosty nug that makes you feel like you've struck gold.
Plus, those trichomes are a sure sign of some potent goodness waiting to be enjoyed. So, when you've got those frost-coated beauties, you know you're in for a real treat. Read on to find out what makes frosty weed frosty and discover 10 of the frostiest weed strains out there.
Your Buds are Frosty – But What Does That Mean?
The frosty look of some weed strains comes from trichomes, which are tiny, sparkly bits that cover the buds, leaves, and stems. Trichomes have a few jobs, like protecting the plant from natural hazards such as bugs and UV rays, but they’re also crucial for producing cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. In other words, trichomes stand behind the potency, smell, and taste of each strain.
There are three kinds of trichomes: bulbous, capitate-sessile, and capitate-stalked. That last one is the most common and gives buds their frosty look. They’re like tiny mushrooms with a stalk and a round head full of sticky resin. As the plant grows, these trichomes fill up with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, turning them a milky-white color. According to research, stalked trichomes pack the biggest cannabinoid and fragrance punch.
Top 10 Frostiest Weed Strains: Herbies Picks
Now that you know that trichomes are the secret behind that crystal glaze covering cannabis plants, let’s find out about some of the frostiest weed strains ever. You won't be able to resist the glistening, crystal-covered buds that sparkle like diamonds.
Original Auto White Widow (Fast Buds)
Original Auto White Widow is a frosty classic with THC levels clocking in at 20%. This Indica-dominant hybrid offers an uplifting, clear-minded high that culminates in an exciting body buzz. The strain is armed with an excellent set of terpenes that give it a spicy and earthy flavor with notes of fresh citrus and pine.
- 20 %
- Mountain high relaxation
- 400 - 500 g/m² indoors
50 - 170 g/plant outdoors
Thanks to its Indica nature, Original Auto White Widow grows a large central tail full of buds covered in trichomes from top to bottom. However, the Sativa genes also show in some traits such as nice side branches. This autoflower takes as little as 7 weeks from seed to harvest and produces 90-240 g (3-8 oz) per plant. Indoor-grown plants yield 400-500 g/m² (1.3-1.6 oz/ft²) each.
Strawberry Amnesia (Herbies Seeds)
Strawberry Amnesia is a seamless blend of two all-time favorites: Strawberry Cough and Amnesia. This is a mostly Sativa hybrid with just enough Indica genes to make it fan out beautifully in a thick display of dense, sparkly resin-coated buds. The effects are euphoric and energizing, while the aroma is an exotic fusion of wild berries and citrus.
- Electric brain buzz
- 600 - 700 g/m² indoors
700 - 1200 g/plant outdoors
- 22 %
Strawberry Amnesia has a flowering time of 65-75 days and grows tall and open-structured, leaving plenty of room for her glossy yields of up to 700 g/m² (2,3 oz/ft²) indoors and up to 1.2 kg (42 oz) per plant outdoors.
Gorilla Glue Auto (Fast Buds)
Gorilla Glue Auto is a real beast of a plant, with its above-average 24% THC content and super sticky buds that are so resinous they can glue your scissors when trimming. As a 65% Sativa, this strain provides well-balanced effects ranging from relaxing and happy to uplifting. Adding to its appeal is an aroma of pine and citrus with notes of fuel and diesel.
- Successive waves of high and stone
- 450 - 600 g/m² indoors
70 - 350 g/plant outdoors
- 24 %
Gorilla Glue Auto takes 8-9 weeks from seed to harvest, yielding up to 400-600 g/m² (1.3-2 oz/ft²) indoors and 50-300 g (1.7-10.5 oz) per plant outdoors. Despite its high potency and resin production, the plants reach easily manageable heights of under 100 cm.
Peyote Critical (Barney's Farm)
An exclusive, limited-edition strain, Peyote Critical grows gorgeous-looking frosty nuggets with a hint of purple. This strain leans heavily to the Indica side of the spectrum, so it’s no wonder that its effects are more physical than cerebral. The aroma is pungent, with an enticing mix of aged wood and sweet coffee.
- 24 %
- 650 g/m² indoors
1000 g/plant in a greenhouse
- Clear-headed and relaxed explorer
Peyote Critical has a flowering time of 50-60 days, which is quite quick even by Indica standards, and it produces up to 650 g/m² (2.1 oz/ft²) when grown indoors. Outdoors, expect to harvest 1000 grams (2.2 lbs) of fat, dense buds.
Wedding Cake Auto (Barney’s Farm)
Wedding Cake Auto has a very frosty reputation with its whopping 25% THC and just over 2% CBD. This autoflower produces well-balanced effects that mellow the body and mindt. The icing on the (wedding) cake is its earthy smell, with sweet and creamy notes and a hint of zesty citrus.
- 25 %
- A glorious euphoria of carefree bliss
- 500 g/m² indoors
750 g/plant outdoors
With a grow cycle of just 70-75 days from seed to harvest, Wedding Cake Auto yields up to 500 g/m² (1.6 oz/ft²) in indoor setups and 750 g (26 oz) per plant when grown outdoors. This strain is ideal for discreet indoor grows thanks to its short height of just 90 cm (3 ft), although this certainly doesn’t stop the plants from growing pleasant-looking crystal-covered buds.
White Critical (Original Sensible Seeds)
Another offspring of the Critical family, White Critical is a 60% Indica with big frosty buds that drip with an adhesive-like resin. With its 20% THC, this weed will send you into a euphoric and calming daze after the first puff. The strain has a fruity and hashy aroma, making it a real pleasure to smoke.
- 500 g/m² indoors
1000 g/plant outdoors
- 20 %
- Euphoric initially, relaxed in the end
White Critical is easy to control indoors, and it yields up to 500 g/m² (1.6 oz/ft²) in just 50-55 days of flowering. Outdoor-grown crops churn out up to 1000 grams (2.2 lbs) per plant, so they may need support to prevent the branches from snapping under the weight of all those dense, resinous buds.
Northern Lights (Herbies Seeds)
Our list of the frostiest weed ever would be incomplete without Northern Lights, with its super frosty buds and calyxes buried in trichomes. This iconic strain has around 17-23% THC and produces typical Indica effects, slamming you into a numbed, relaxed mode with a feeling of euphoria settling in throughout the body. Another highlight of Northern Lights is its pungently sweet and sour flavor profile with fruity notes.
- Lighting up the night
- 400 - 500 g/m² indoors
1200 - 1300 g/plant outdoors
- 17 - 23 %
Despite a short flowering time of just 40-50 days, this strain has enough time to channel all the energy it consumes during its life cycle to produce 400-500 g/m² (1.3-1.6 oz/ft²) in indoor setups and 1200-1300 g (42.3-45.8 oz) per plant outdoors.
White Crystal Meth Auto (Original Sensible Seeds)
It’s all in the name with this one. White Crystal Meth Auto is an addictive autoflower with buds that glisten like jewels. With THC levels cruising at 20%, this hybrid delivers relaxing effects that help combat stress, relieve muscle tension, and induce a tranquil peace of mind within minutes. Its aroma has a citrusy feel with herbal and earthy notes worth savoring.
- Relaxing, physical, cerebral
- 20 %
- 600 g/m² indoors
100 g/plant outdoors
In just 60-65 days from seed, you can expect to harvest as much as 600 g/m² (2 oz/ft²) indoors and up to 100 g (3.5 oz) per plant outdoors. The plants reach just 60-120 cm (2-4 ft) in height, making them suitable for small indoor grows.
Girl Scout Cookies (Blimburn Seeds)
Another cult classic, Girl Scout Cookies looks like a blizzard struck it by harvest time. This Sativa-dominant version of the famous strain tests at 18-25% THC and delivers equally diverse effects, ranging from a mind-bending experience to instant couch-lock. The pungent aroma is a delightful mix of freshly-baked cookies, mint, and candy-like sweetness.
- Phenomenal bakery flavor
- 18 - 25 %
- 500 g/m² indoors
600 g/plant outdoors
Girl Scout Cookies has an average indoor flowering time of 65-70 days and yields up to 500 g/m² (1.6 oz/ft²). Outdoors, the plants bring up to 600 grams (1.3 lbs) each.
Auto Cinderella Jack (Dutch Passion)
One of the frostiest weed strains on the market, Auto Cinderella Jack is super white and loaded with trichomes, which are packed with 26% THC. As you smile and giggle your way through the high, your body will fall into a realm of deep relaxation. In addition, the sweet and fruity aroma can leave your room smelling a lot fresher.
- 26 %
- Sky-high THC level
- 400 - 500 g/m²
Auto Cinderella Jack grows compact and bushy. It takes just 70-77 days from seed to harvest, bringing 400-500 g/m² (1.3-1.6 oz/ft²) indoors. Outdoors, it’s fairly easy to achieve yields of 100-150 grams (3.5-5.3 oz) per plant.
Tips for Increasing Trichome Production
Now that we've checked out the top 10 frostiest weed strains, you might be wondering how to grow those stunning, trichome-covered buds yourself. Below, we'll share some tried-and-true tips on how to boost your buds' frostiness.
To increase trichome production in your plants:
- Shine more light. Ensure your plants receive proper lighting. Cannabis has trichomes to shield the plant from UV rays, which means that the more light and more spectrums it gets, the more resin it will produce. Full-spectrum LED lights are a great choice for indoor grows.
- Maintain adequate heat and humidity. This is especially important in the flowering stage, when the trichomes dramatically increase in density. Aim for a temperature window of 21-26°C (70-77°F) in the last 2-3 weeks before harvest and around 30-40% humidity.
- Feed your plants properly. Make sure your plants receive the proper nutrients and supplements, especially as they head into the flowering stage. Look for bloom boosters that are high in phosphorus and potassium. Try adding lactic acid bacteria (LAB), molasses, and amino acids to the growing medium to improve root health, bolster yields, and increase the number of trichomes.
- Train your plants. High-stress training techniques such as super cropping deal just enough damage to the plant to trigger defense mechanisms, making the plant produce more trichomes. While training affects stems and branches, be careful with your buds! Trichomes can easily fall off, so handle them gently to keep those valuable crystals intact.
- Allow plants to mature fully. Harvesting your plants at the right time will ensure maximum trichome production. Monitor the trichomes' color to tell when the best time is to harvest. If trichomes are clear or translucent, it's too early to harvest, as cannabinoids are still being produced. A rule of thumb is to harvest when more than half of the trichomes have turned a cloudy, milky color.
8 Ways to Increase Trichome Production
Mold vs. Trichomes: How to Tell the Difference
It's crucial to differentiate between mold and trichomes to ensure you're consuming safe and high-quality cannabis. Here's how to tell them apart:
- Appearance. Trichomes are tiny, translucent hair-like structures, while mold appears as fuzzy white or gray patches on the buds.
- Texture. Trichomes are typically sticky and resinous, while mold is dry and powdery.
- Smell. Trichomes have a pleasant, aromatic scent, while mold has a musty, unpleasant odor.
- Use a magnifying glass. If you're unsure, use a magnifying glass to examine the buds closely. Trichomes will appear as tiny, mushroom-shaped structures, while mold will look like a web-like growth.
Why Smoking Moldy Weed Is Never Worth It
Now that we've covered the top 10 frostiest weed strains and dished out some awesome tips on boosting trichome production, you're all set to grow some seriously frosty buds! So what are you waiting for? Swing by Herbies and grab your favorite frosty strain to get those epic, super-resinous buds going. Happy growing, and let's get frosty!
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