Fruit Loops — not to be confused with Fruity Loops or Fruity Pebbles — is a flavor-packed indica hybrid that benefits from some very prestigious genetics. It is said to be a four-way cross between Blueberry, Grapefruit, White Widow, and Blue Dream — all top-shelf strains in their own right, and each passing on distinctive traits to make Fruit Loops a standout. This balanced strain brings about an energizing and thought-stimulating mindset, but an underlying indica body stone keeps it a mellow and easygoing smoke. Fruit Loops’ THC levels have been measured at between 16% and 19%.
Fruit Loops is distinguished by large flowers that have an almost spherical shape and adhere in a dense, indica-typical bud structure. The tightly-curled leaves are a deep forest green, threaded through with bright orange pistils. Many phenotypes of the strain also have vibrant shades of purple running through the leaves; as in parent strains Blue Dream and Blueberry, these hues are the result of cold temperatures stimulating anthocyanin pigments during the growing process. Parent strain White Widow also passes on its high resin production: glassy white trichomes cover the already-colorful flowers, giving them a slight sheen and a very sticky texture.
When properly cured, Fruit Loops hits the nose with the bright tropical aroma of berries and citrus; the double dose of Blueberry is most obvious here. On closer inspection, there’s also a slight hint of skunkiness. Breaking open or grinding the buds yields notes of hash and incense, presumably passed on from grandparent strain Afghani. When combusted, Fruit Loops’ complex mix of terpenes can give off a thick and cough-inducing smoke. On the exhale, though, this smoke tastes sugary-sweet and hangs on the palate with a touch of spice.
The high from Fruit Loops takes effect gradually; smokers may need to indulge in a second bowl or puff before they feel a mounting pressure around the eyes and temples. A smile may creep in and eyelids may start to droop as users begin to feel at ease with their surroundings. This physical relaxation, typical of indica-leaning varieties, is soon met by an uptick in thoughtfulness. External stimuli or abstract concepts may strike smokers as more interesting or worthy of discussion than they otherwise might. These buzzy vibes, more rambling than cerebral, can lend themselves to friendly and free-flowing conversation. As smokers enjoy this increased sociability, a mild physical sedation keeps them floating along, as if suspended in a sensory deprivation tank. As the high wears on, or as dosage is increased, Fruit Loops may lead to a palpable sense of body melt, banishing stress and physical pain. Because of its middle-of-the-road effects, Fruit Loops is a great strain to enjoy at any time of day; its mental stimulation is not intense enough to keep users wired as bedtime approaches.
Fruit Loops also has various applications for medical cannabis patients. Its sedative effects can be an effective analgesic for aches and pains, both temporary and chronic. Anti-inflammatory properties may also soothe headaches or nausea. Psychologically speaking, Fruit Loops can temporarily numb the unpleasant symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. In high enough doses, the strain can relieve insomnia, drawing users into a deep and restful sleep. Because it lacks the cerebral “mind race” of some other hybrids, Fruit Loops may be a good strain for patients with panic disorders or with a low tolerance for THC.
No major breeders have claimed responsibility for the creation of this tasty and complex strain. As such, seeds are not commercially available and prospective growers will need to obtain clippings from mature plants in order to grow genetically identical clones. Although there is limited information available for best cultivation practices, we know that Fruit Loops, like many hybrids, can be grown in climate-controlled indoor environments or in warm, semi-humid outdoor environments. Those looking to bring out this strain’s colorful bag appeal should also expose the plants to cold (but not freezing) temperatures just before flowering begins.
Aside from its long-lasting and crowd-pleasing effects, Fruit Loops’ novelty flavor ensures that it will be a hit at parties. If you bring some out to enjoy with friends, be prepared to share — its unique aroma is sure to attract some attention.