Bay Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid with an intoxicating smell to match its potent head high. This strain is the creation of Granddaddy Purple, a breeding collective based in Northern California who also claim responsibility for the eponymous Grandaddy Purple strain. Bay Dream is a cross between the wildly popular Blue Dream and Grandaddy Purple Collective's own fruity sativa Bay 11. This is a tasty, energizing strain that's perfect for waking and baking or socializing. Cannabis testing lab Analytics 360 has measured the THC composition of Bay Dream flowers at between a modest 12% and an impressive 26%.
Bay Dream is marked by its visually striking, medium-sized nuggets. The flowers have a relatively loose bud structure, typical of sativas, with soft and pliable leaves. The leaves themselves are predominantly light green, although some phenotypes of the strain may show traces of faint to dark purple. These purple hues are the result of anthocyanin pigments in the plant's genetics which trigger a color change when plants stimulated by cold temperatures. The colorful flowers are accented by pale yellow pistils, meant to catch pollen from male plants. Leaves are also frosted with trichomes which make the soft leaves very sticky to the touch. When cured properly, buds have a complex aroma that blends the unique scents of both parent strains -- Blue Dream imparts some fruity, berry-like tang and Bay 11 gives a little bit of pine. When this strain is combusted, smoke is smooth and has more of a citrus smell and taste that hits the front of the tongue.
This strain has a high that builds slowly for a sativa, starting with some changes in breathing and soon making itself known as a pressure around the temples. Users feel a more intense awareness of their surrounding and may feel more talkative. Depending on the individual user's level of experience with cannabis and tendency towards anxiety, Bay Dream may be powerfully disorienting in this sense. The feeling of having a loud inner monologue, a common effect of many strong sativas, is often reported. In a positive and familiar environment, users can direct this high towards creative pursuits. It's also a great strain for working on tasks that involve problem solving, as it encourages non-traditional and lateral thinking. In social contexts, Bay Dream facilitates conversation because of the way it induces free association. This strain's cerebral properties makes it an effective treatment for some cognitive and mood disorders. Its feeling of immediacy can be a boon to patients suffering from depression or stress, helping them to be generally more present and mindful. Its sense of focus can also be good for those with attention deficit disorders. Bay Dream has relatively few pain-relieving effects, but it has some physical usefulness in its ability to increase energy, motivating some people to exercise. It can also be a strong appetite stimulant. As mentioned, because it encourages rapid-fire and recursive thinking, this may not be the best option for those prone to anxiety. Bay Dream is also not an ideal nighttime smoke, as it may leave users feeling wired and alert.
A rare strain to come by, Bay Dream is only available as a clone from fellow growers; breeders Grandaddy Purple Collective have not directly packaged and released seeds its seeds for sale. Bay Dream can be can be grown indoors or outdoors, although outdoor growing requires warm and humid Mediterranean-like temperatures with daytime temperatures in the 70-80 degree Fahrenheit range. Indoor, plants can be easily managed, as they reach a medium height and can be trained by pruning and bending early on in the vegetative stage. Topping -- or trimming the broad fan leaves that grow at the top of the plant -- can help low-lying buds get the air and sunlight they need. Growers may also want to expose Bay Dream plants to cold temperatures just before the flowering stage in order to bring open it visually appealing trademark purple hues. This strain flowers within 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors and is ready for harvest in late October when grown outdoors. Growers can expect a higher than average yield, at about 4 to 5 pounds of flower per plant.
Although rare in both medical and recreational markets, Bay Dream is a strong and tasty sativa with some great genetics. Its potent energetic high makes it a surefire choice for those seeking a daytime surge of inspiration.