Indica Dominant Hybrid – 70% Indica / 30% Sativa
THC: 18% – 24%, CBN: 1%
Black Diamond, which is otherwise referred to as ‘Black Diamond OG’ and sometimes as ‘Black Diamond OG Kush’, is the medical marijuana strain which is bred in the Northern California region as clone-only strain. This is an indica-dominant strain and is considered as a rare strain. The THC levels of this strain range between 18 and 24%. The buds of the plant will be remarkably frosted with few of the remarkable trichomes. The buds contain orange-colored hairs which are long and thin shooting out of the denser bugs. The aroma of this particular strain is found to be earthy and musky and will be more or less like that of red wine. When the users sniff-up closer, this strain smells highly pungent. The taste would be similar to the smell and the taste of strong indica will be left in the user’s throat for some time. This strain is recommended to be used as a nighttime smoke by insomnia patients as this highly sedative. This can be used for alleviating pains, muscle spasms, nausea and anxiety. Furthermore, Black Diamond tends to cause hunger in the users and hence can be used by the people who suffer from loss of appetite.
When properly cured, Black Diamond has a rich berry aroma passed on from parent strain Blackberry. On closer inspection, these is also an underlying dank and earthy character. Meanwhile, breaking up or grinding the buds gives off a nutty, toasted odor. When burnt, Black Diamond gives off a surprisingly smooth smoke for an indica; on the exhale, this smoke leaves behind the taste of oak and berries. Notably, Black Diamond has no detectable grape flavor — this is because the pigments that bring out the leaves’ purple hues do not have a corresponding effect on its taste.
Black Diamond’s high sets in relatively quickly with a weightiness in the core and limbs, leading smokers to seek refuge in the closest comfortable surroundings. Consumers may find themselves more relaxed and able to breathe more deeply and easily. There are also some subtle mental effects that can lead to amplified sounds as well as visual distortions. Such trippy vibes can be great for watching TV or listening to some immersive, atmospheric music. Black Diamond can also make even experienced cannabis users giddy extended fits of giggling are not uncommon. Throughout all this stimulation, a strong body stone persists, making smokers unlikely to engage in active pursuits like exercise or even house cleaning. That said, because of its ability to affect both body and mind, Black Diamond can serve as an effective aphrodisiac. Because it is more sedative than energetic, Black Diamond is perhaps best enjoyed in the evening or just before bed when its slow burn of relaxation can be fully appreciated.
Black Diamond also has several applications for medical cannabis patients. Its strong, almost narcotic feeling of sedation can effectively numb aches and pains, whether temporary as due to injury or chronic as due to diseases like arthritis or lupus. Its mellow euphoria may also take the edge off of mild to moderate cases of stress, anxiety, and depression. Finally, Black Diamond can be an antidote for insomnia, pulling users into a deep and restful sleep. Because the frantic feeling of “mind race” is not often reported with this strain, it can be a good choice for those who are prone to panic or paranoia.
No breeders have made seeds of Black Diamond available for commercial sale. Instead, prospective growers must obtain clippings from mature plants of the strain in order to grow genetically identical “clones.” It can be grown indoors or out, although successful outdoor cultivation requires a humid climate with daytime temperatures in the 70 to 80 degree Fahrenheit range. Plants grow short and bushy and should be “topped,” or trimmed of any wide fan leaves in order to encourage the growth of flowering nodes on lower branches. Those looking to bring out Black Diamond’s striking purple hues should also expose their plants to cold (but not freezing) temperatures just before flowering begins.
With its social, easygoing character, Black Diamond can be an excellent way to enhance your apres-ski experience (or to get it started early while the rest of your friends hit the slopes). As enjoyable in group settings, it can also set the ideal mood for some quality solo time.
The initial aroma of the Black Diamond strain is strongly berry-like, reminiscent of its Blackberry parentage. However, instead of the powerful acidity and tartness of Blackberry, Black Diamond has an underlying element of earthiness that smells rich, vibrant and powerful.
On breaking up the buds, there is this same flavor that hits the nose, but it is somehow more profound and more pronounced, rather like browned sugar or nuts. This is the strain that smells almost rich and mahogany-like, while not really being woody – it is perhaps one of the closest marijuana strains available to a fine Cuban cigar.
The aroma is oddly specific in its flavors, yet still indescribable without having smelled it, leading other experienced marijuana smokers to become convinced that you aren’t actually smoking marijuana at all.
What about its flavor, however? Is it just the same deep, rich notes, only on your tongue?
The smoke of the Black Diamond strain is initially quite like its aroma’s profile, offering a slightly burned toffee undercutting to the overwhelming berry flavor on your palate. However, the smoke is far smoother and gentler than might be expected, with such pronounced flavors feeling very like the drag of a smooth, extremely expensive cigar.
On the exhale, the flavor is similar to its initial aroma, though the notes of mahogany and fine, hardwood get more pronounced, somewhat oaky and overall more pronounced flavors.
There actually isn’t a lot of the Diamond OG in its flavor, instead of borrowing much more heavily from its Blackberry parentage.
However, it isn’t just the flavor and aroma that set this strain apart from the rest – Black Diamond also has a very interesting appearance as well.
The flowers of the Black Diamond strain have a very interesting quality, in that instead of the regular appearance of most marijuana plants, their flowers are instead strangely long and curling, almost looking completely like a flat circle. This causes buds that mimic their appearance, with a very dense structure that is almost difficult to break up.
To go along with these uniquely strange flowers, Black Diamond’s leaves are sometimes dotted with violent gashes of purple, though these only show themselves if the plant is reared in particularly cold weather.
Finally, like all other strong marijuana strains, Black Diamond is coated in a thick gloss of white trichomes that are both sticky and resilient, making this strain’s buds an almost challenge to try and pry open.
If you very much want your Black Diamond to possess this special purple streak, then you need to make sure that you get your Black Diamond from a grower that has grown it properly. By far the best way to do that is to try and grow it yourself.
Black Diamond Strain Grow Info
Unfortunately for those looking to grow their own Black Diamond, there are no commercially available seeds due to the genetic cloning nature of the Black Diamond strain. If you want to try and grow your own Black Diamond, you need to find a grower willing to give you one of his or her cuttings.
If you do manage to get your hands on a clipping of Black Diamond, you can grow it either indoors or outdoors, depending on your needs. Just remember that, if you are looking for those purple swathes of color, then you need to make sure that you properly introduce cold weather into its vegetative state.
If growing indoors, you can turn on the AC and blast it with cold air, about 6-7 degrees Celsius, for a few hours at nighttime. If you can only grow it outdoors, you are out of luck unless you get very cold nighttimes.
Black Diamond has a tendency to grow quite bushy and not develop much height, similar in fashion to many other indicas, so make sure you are frequently topping it and trimming any unnecessary leaves that would seek to obfuscate any of the plant away from the precious sunlight that it needs to develop healthy buds.
You don’t really need any special feeding or other instructions to grow your own Black Diamond, other than making sure that it stays in the 70+ Fahrenheit temperature range, except for when you are blasting it with cold air.