Taste Profile



This Session Garden strain guide article provides crowd sourced information about the Candyland strain including the origins, THC content, appearance, effects & more.

Sweet dreams are made of this. Candyland strain is a Californian strain that tastes as good as it looks. This sativa-dominant strain is amazing to bring out at social gatherings to give everyone a candied treat with its sugary taste and fragrant aroma. Feel like a kid in his first candy store by getting your hands on this delightful variety of weed.

What is the Origin of the Candyland Strain?

The strain was developed in California by legendary grower Ken Estes and his Grand Daddy Purp’s Breeding and Development Team, who became famous when he introduced the now-popular Granddaddy Purple to the scene in 2003. Candyland is a much more recent development, but it’s gradually becoming one of their best-loved strains.

The Lineage Of Candyland

Candyland was developed in-house by Ken using two of Grand Daddy Purp’s own strains. The mother is Bay Platinum Cookies and the daddy is Grand Daddy Purple itself. Despite the fact that Bay Platinum Cookies is a sativa-dominant hybrid and Grand Daddy Purple is a pure indica, this is a sativa-dominant strain due to the larger proportion of Bay Platinum Cookies in its lineage. Candyland’s success means it has had two offspring, Animal Land and Grandma’s Batch.

Candyland History

As you might expect considering its father and breeder, this strain has won a slew of fantastic awards. It was a gold medalist at the 2012 Kushcon, which was attended by over 50,000 people. Its success was no flash in the pan either, as it also took the top prize in the 2018 ERRL cup. This strain has a storied lineage and proven track record, which means you can take the effort to grow it and be confident the results will be worth it.

How Is The Candyland Strain Grown?

Great news. Growing Candyland is like taking candy from a baby. This ease is primarily because it’s fantastically resistant to molds and mildew. One of the toughest things when starting to grow your own weed is keeping moisture and microorganisms away from your precious plants. Even experienced growers suffer from this problem from time to time. Therefore, Candyland’s resistance is a boon for those who are new to growing.

Although you can grow Candyland indoors or outdoors, you should really try and grow it outdoors if you can. This is because the yield from your Candyland plants is phenomenal when grown outdoors: a staggering 35 ounces per plant! Indoors, your yield will average a paltry 14 ounces. Although the indoor yield isn’t necessarily terrible, the outdoor yield is so impressive you should certainly aim to expose this strain to nature’s grow-house. The plant enjoys a warm, sunny and dry climate.

It has a short flowering time, too—as little as 8 weeks. You can get this beautiful bud in your bowl as early as late September, although you might need to wait till early October.

One thing to note is that Candyland does grow very tall. Despite this ease of growth, you do need to have space to let them reach their full potential. The stems are quite thin, too. This combination can lead the plant to droop under the weight of the buds, which is something to be avoided. Try putting wooden sticks to support them if they’re suffering under their own prodigious growth. Be sure to prune any overhanging leaves that are shading the buds too much, too. Even though this plant has some tricky aspects to contend with, it nevertheless is simple to grow with a little bit of care and attention.

8-9 weeks


14oz/m2 (indoor) / 36oz/m2 (outdoor)


Physical Traits of the Candyland Strain

Candyland is a gorgeous looking bud that’s bursting with all the colors of the candy store.

What Does Candyland Look Like?

The dense, small buds are usually circular. Their colors range from a camouflage green to an intense royal purple, and one plant can have buds with both colors. The kaleidoscope doesn’t stop there, though, with vibrant orange hairs and a thick sugary frost of trichomes. This is a very attractive bud that looks superb in your stash jar.

What Aroma Does Candyland Have?

As you might expect from the name, Candyland smells like sweets! Fruity fragrances such and berry and grape emanate from this bud, which is undercut with an earthy, pine aroma. Due to the variance in phenotypes of this bud, some examples will have a fuel smell.

What flavors can you expect from Candyland?

The flavour profile mimics the taste of the bud closely, which is always a pleasure. Although it can be nice to get a surprise taste when you smoke, it’s often better when the weed tastes as it smells to create a holistic and, in this case, delicious experience. Strong candy overtones overlaid with berry and grape from its father strain make Candyland something Willy Wonka would be proud of.

What Effects can you expect from Candyland?

Candyland has a fairly rare profile in that it doesn’t have any cannabinol (CBN) or cannabigerol (CBG) in it, and since it is a primarily sativa strain the buzzing elements present in most sativa buds aren’t dampened by the inclusion of indica here. That makes it the perfect social smoke, as it means that it won’t send you to sleep easily. Instead, Candyland will make you feel alert, uplifted and euphoric. It’ll get your heart going but won’t get your heart racing, which is delightful for high energy situations where you want to remain focused, like while attending a house party or watching sports with your friends. This profile also makes it spectacular for creative work. The gentle euphoria that lasts for hours without making you tired makes it perfect for bashing out the next Great American Novel or working on your podcast. Ultimately, it’s a superb Sunday morning smoke.

The THC content of this strain can be very variable, however. Although it typically has around 14 percent THC, the nature of the grow or the supplier means it can reach as high as 24 percent, which would be far too potent for a novice smoker to handle. If you’re fairly new to weed and are lucky enough to get your hands on this amazing strain, then go easy until you can figure out its potency as its effects can be too intense for new smokers.

Finally, like a kid binging on too many sweets, smoking this strain to excess can lead to horrendous dry mouth and dry eyes. Be sure to be stocked up on water while smoking this candied treat. Overall, though, this is an incredible bud. It looks spectacular, tastes amazing and gives an excellent uplifting euphoria that doesn’t send you to sleep. If you’re someone who struggles to keep their eyes open, put the sugary chocolate aside and indulge in smoking this sweet strain instead.

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