Blue Mango is an indica-dominant hybrid with some serious bag appeal. Colorful and flavorful, it provides a calm, euphoric high. A few different strains have been proposed for Blue Mango's parentage -- some claim it's descended from DJ Short's cut of Blueberry and powerhouse indica William's Wonder while others say it's the product of Mango Kush and the ever-popular Blue Dream. Whatever its lineage, Blue Mango delivers lasting relaxation and is potent even for veteran cannabis users.
Flowers of Blue Mango are medium to large in size and have the long, tapered buds more characteristic of sativa varieties. The fluffy, somewhat ragged leaves pull away relatively easily from their central stems. They appear pale green and are offset by rust-colored hairs (which are actually pistils, structures intended to catch pollen from fertilizing male plants). Some phenotypes of Blue Mano also express deep blue and purple hues in their leaves. These latter colors emerge when pigments called anthocyanins are stimulated by cold weather in the growing process, similar to the process that causes foliage to change color in autumn. Trichomes cover these multicolored flowers, accounting for the strain's psychoactivity and giving it a very resinous texture. A mouthwatering blueberry scent jumps off of the cured buds, leaving little doubt that Blueberry is somewhere in Blue Mango's lineage. Hanging out underneath this aroma is an overly sweet, almost sour funk. When combusted, this strain has a harsh smoke that may trigger coughing and watery eyes. A tropical-tinged blueberry flavor comes through when smoke is exhaled. This unique taste is best savored in a joint or a freshly-cleaned pipe.
Blue Mango hits quickly for an indica, conferring almost instant relaxation. Smokers may suddenly find that they're able to breathe more easily and may sense a relief of any pent-up physical tension. Although this strain's high is mellow and sedative, it won't necessarily incapacitate you, keeping you mobile and energetic if you need to get things done. That said, the likelihood of couchlock increases as greater amounts of this bud are consumed. Any mental effects from Blue Mango arrive as a generally elevated sense of well-being. Rather than thoughtful and analytical, users may end up feeling pleasantly hazy. This combination of physical sedation and an easygoing mindset makes this variety great for low-key socializing or just daydreaming and kicking back at home. Because of its ultimately sleepy vibes, Blue Mango is better suited to nighttime than afternoon use.
Medical cannabis patients may also find value in Blue Mango's sedative properties. Its anti-inflammatory benefits may soothe anything from troublesome aches and pains to migraines. It can also temporarily relieve the symptoms of depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Finally, Blue Mango's thorough relaxation may cure particularly stubborn cases of insomnia, granting deep and restful sleep.
No cannabis breeders have stepped forward to claim responsibility for Blue Mango's creation and none have released seeds of the strain for commercial. As such, prospective growers need to obtain clippings from mature, healthy plants in order to grow genetically healthy clones. While there's limited information available on best practices for cultivating this strain, its mostly indica nature implies short, bushy plants with strong lateral branches. Growers should "top" these small plants by pruning away any broad fan leaves that can block light from reaching low-growing flowering nodes. Those looking to bring out Blue Mango's full visual potential should also artificially "shock" the plants by exposing them to cold temperatures just before flowering begins.
Blue Mango is a great example of a hybrid that doesn't sacrifice potency for flavor or an eye-catching appearance. It's a tasty treat to enjoy while out with friends or during a slow, introspective night in.