Early Pearl is a mostly sativa strain that offers buzzy mental effects and a pungent, herbal aroma. The strain is the creation of breeders Sensi Seeds -- who have also given us Super Skunk -- and is one of three strain in their Early line (the others are Early Skunk and Early Girl). These varieties were specifically bred in the Netherlands in the 80s to survive in cool-weather locations. Unfortunately, Sensi has kept this strain's genetics a proprietary secret -- but we do know that its THC content has been measured at between 15% and 24%.
Early Pearl is marked by medium or large-sized flower that cling together in tapered shapes similar to miniature pinecones. These buds have a solid, indica-typical structure at their core, while their leaves twist outward loosely at their edges in a manner more often associated with sativas. The leaves themselves are a mossy green, although sometimes, phenotypes of Early Pearl show off flashes of indigo and purple. These surprising shades come about when anthocyanin pigments are stimulated by cold weather during the growing process. Finally, a blanket of icy white trichomes covers these dense buds, making them very sticky and difficult to break up without a grinder.
When properly cured, flowers of Early Pearl give off a sweet, almost floral aroma. On closer inspection, the dank, earthy scent of wood is also lurking underneath. Grinding up the strain's tight buds releases some spicy, herbal scents, perhaps suggesting some Haze in Early Pearl's background. When burnt, the bud gives off a thick, harsh smoke that is known to induce coughing. This smoke tastes sweet and tangy on the exhale.
Unsurprisingly given its predominantly sativa lineage, Early Pearl takes effect rather quickly after consumers have finished coughing on its thick smoke. Its first physical manifestation arrive as a concerted pressure around the temples and lower forehead. This sensation is soon accompanied by an uptick in cerebral thinking. Certain thoughts or concepts -- ones that might otherwise seem uninteresting -- may completely occupy the user's attention. Similarly, smokers may find themselves making surprising new associations between certain ideas. This lucid, sharpened mindset can help in accomplishing a long list of tasks, whether they're analytica and work-related or freewheeling and personal. The euphoria that comes with these effects can also improve mood and motivate the smoker to get up and exercise or go out to run some errands. Early Pearl's high comes with relatively few physical effects, although after some time, users may feel some tingle of relaxation that rolls down the neck and spreads through the core and limbs. In certain cases, this combination of mild physical stimulation and mental energy makes the strain a great accompaniment to activities that involve both physical and mental alertness -- including exercise, dancing, and sex. Because of its mostly energetic properties, Early Pearl is recommended for use during the late morning or afternoon; if enjoyed just before bed, it's liable to keep sleepy users awake and wired.
Early Pearl can also have several uses for medical cannabis patients. Its clear headed feeling of focus can help boost concentration for those with attention deficit disorders. The bud's sense of imminence may also help those with mild to moderate stress or depression to spend their time more consciously and presently. Physical benefits include anti-inflammatory properties that may soothe headaches and indigestion. While fewer that average users report an overactive feeling of mindrace with EArly Pearl, patients who are prone to panic or paranoia should nevertheless consume the bud with caution.
Fortunately for home growers, Sensi has made seeds of Early Pearl available for sale online. Once obtained, it can be grown indoors or out. Thanks to its selective, climate-specific breeding, this strain can be particularly resistant to temperature variations when grown outdoors. Growers looking to bring out this bud's eye-catching purple hues should briefly expose the plants to cold (but not freezing) temperatures just before flowering. Despite its name, Early Pearl does not reach maturity especially early, flowering within about 9 weeks when grown indoors. At harvest time, this strain offers growers a high yield.
Early Pearl is a good option for sativa fans who don't want to be overwhelmed by mindrace or panic. Somewhat difficult to come by, it's worth picking up when spotted.