Chocolate Drop is a richly-flavored hybrid that leans toward the indica end of the spectrum. Thought to be a cross between Lowryder and Chocolate Kush, this strain delivers thoroughly relaxing effects and a pleasant cocoa aroma. A good choice for end-of-day use, Chocolate Drop has levels of THC measured at between 15% and 23%.
Chocolate Drop stands out with large, solid flowers that have a roughly globular shape. The internal composition of these buds shows a strong indica influence, with a dense core made up of tightly-coiled leaves. These small, broad leaves are a dark shade of forest green and are punctuated by bright orange hairs -- which are actually reproductive structures called pistils. Finally, Chocolate Drop's flowers are dotted with cloudy, sticky trichomes that make them difficult to break up by hand.
As might be expected, Chocolate Drop has a mostly sweet, dessert-like aroma with some distinct notes of cocoa. A deeper whiff may pick up on some earthy, nutty scents as well. Grinding up or breaking apart these buds, meanwhile, yields more of an incense aroma that pays testament to the strain's Kush roots. When burnt, Chocolate Drop gives off a smooth, sweet smoke that goes down easily. On the exhale, this uncommonly palatable smoke has a sugary taste with some lingering hints of vanilla.
Like many other indica-dominant strains, Chocolate Drop can have a slow onset. After 10 to 15 minutes, smokers may feel some subtle pressure around the cheekbones and temples as well as odd sensations like an increase in salivation. As they acclimate to these unfamiliar tics, though, users are immersed in a kind of altered consciousness. Sensory distortions may occur, like a feeling of time dilation or intensification of certain sights or sounds. Additionally, depending on their mood and surroundings, consumers may experience an increase in cerebral, analytical thinking, allowing for productivity on complex tasks. Alternatively, Chocolate Drop's steady mental buzz can simply be a fun way to enhance errands and other otherwise mundane activities.
As this high progresses, its physical properties start to creep in. After about an hour -- or sooner, if intake is increased -- users may feel some weightiness in the limbs and core. Smokers who may have been out and about might want to make a mad dash for the comforts of home, while those who are already lounging can start to lose all sense of the outside world. At this point, any of Chocolate Drop's initial mental acuity starts to fade, leaving users with more of a dreamy, hazy vibe. This phase of the high can be amplified with atmospheric music or movies. Because of its eventual sedation, Chocolate Drop is recommended for late afternoon through evening consumption.
Chocolate Drop's mostly relaxing properties can have several applications for medical cannabis patients as well. Its ability to improve mood can have salutary effects on stress, depression, and anxiety (albeit only temporarily). On the physical side of things, Chocolate Drop can soothe pain, whether it's temporary, as due to injury, or chronic, as due to conditions like lupus or arthritis. Anti-inflammatory properties may also lessen the severity of discomforts like nausea and cramps. Thanks to its tendency to induce the munchies, this strain can even be a good appetite stimulant for those suffering from digestive troubles or undergoing chemotherapy. Because it has a decreased risk of disordered, paranoid thinking, Chocolate Drop is a good choice for patients who are prone to panic or who have a low THC tolerance.
Seeds of Chocolate Drop are not available for purchase online. As such, those looking to grow the strain at home must seek out healthy plants and take clippings; these can be propagated as $$clones.$$ Chocolate Drop can be cultivated indoors or out, although outdoor success calls for a humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Those looking to highlight the deep shades of purple lurking in the strain's leaves should activate anthocyanin pigments by exposing their crops to cold (but not freezing) nighttime temperatures just before flowering begins. Chocolate Drop is ready for harvest within about 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors.
A tasty, sumptuous smoke that's best savored after dark, Chocolate Drop is a must-try for indica fans. If you break it out in public, be prepared for its sweet bouquet to turn some heads.