Strain Review: Death Star
John Weidlande takes a deep dive into Death Star, and the force is strong in this particular strain. Join him in as he gives us the facts and his own opinion.
Not only can a Death Star blow up planets, this one will blow your mind as well.
The aptly-named mixed strain is a cross between Sensi Star and Sour Diesel, so it shares the sativa and indica effects of its parents, but certainly leans towards the indica side (75 percent indica and 25 percent sativa) of the cannabis spectrum. The THC content is up there (up to 27 percent), and it’s a creeper strain, so it will take a few minutes to feel the full effects. Death Star takes away all cares and replaces them with a state of relaxed euphoria. But expect some heavy dry mouth when you’re feeling the full effects.
Being indica-dominant, the body high is powerful, making it a strong medication for those dealing with chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. It’s also helpful in relieving PMS symptoms and cramping.
The nuggets and leaves of Death Star are frosty-looking, buried in thick, sticky resins and hairy trichomes. Leaves are a bright light-green, giving off the look and smell of strong health, freshness, and pest resistance. The taste is dominantly diesel with a slight citrus kick. The sweetness varies somewhat, coming in waves. If you’re a big diesel fan, you'll really love Death Star and the dark side of the force.
Death Star was popularized in 2004 in Ohio by Team Death Star. Indoor growing time for Death Star is nine to 14 weeks and will harvest about 14 ounces per square meter. It grows best outdoors in a sunny, warm climate. It will be ready for a mid-October harvest. Expect an outdoor yield of about 12 ounces per plant — a relatively small yield, but what is lost in yield is made up in exceptional quality. And a bonus is Death Star shows very high resistance to most common diseases, molds, mildews, and X-wing fighters.
Growing Death Star
Death Star will hit its highest THC concentrations when grown in soil with organic nutrients. Grow indoors and patiently train the plant, as the Sour Diesel sativa qualities will make Death Star take off. This strain is suitable for the SCROG (screen of green) method, as the buds grow dense and small. It grows best between 68-80 °F. Keep moisture and humidity low as the tightly packed nuggets are susceptible to rot due to excess moisture. For feeding, Death Star prefers light feeding. Get the soil healthy and strong before planting by adding worm castings, chicken manure, perlite, and watering with compost tea.