Candy Cane boasts large flowers that range in shape from spherical clusters to tapered spades. The flowers have somewhat fluffy, wispy leaves that can be tugged off of their central stems. The leaves themselves are forest green and are threaded through with a preponderance of orange hairs (which are actually pistils, intended to catch pollen from male plants). Certain phenotypes of this strain are also distinguished by shades of purple; these vibrant colors are caused by a high genetic concentration of anthocyanins — pigments like chlorophyll that turn plants different hues of blue and purple when stimulated by cold temperatures. Parent strain White Widow appears to have passed on its predisposition for resin production, as Candy Cane’s colorful flowers are covered in sticky white trichomes. Candy Cane’s aroma is where its appeal really becomes evident. The cured flowers have a sweet and herbal scent, strikingly similar to the peppermint smell of candy canes. When buds are ground up or combusted, they yield a more spicy scent, similar to the earthy incense bouquet of grandparent strain Afghani. Notably, Candy Cane is lacking in any grape-like smell or taste — this is because the same pigments that turn its leaves purple do not have a corresponding effect on its taste.
Candy Cane takes hold quickly, manifesting first as a change in pulse around the eyes and temples. Users may have an initial feeling of “mindrace,” with thoughts jumping from one to the next. This feeling may make sensory perception feel sharper or more intense. As the high progresses, this cerebral activity slows down into a mellow elevation in mood and thinking. These mental effects are accompanied by a pervasive sense of physical relaxation that melts away any lingering stress. The union of mental and physical properties makes this a great strain for socializing in familiar surroundings or simply staying in with a book or some music.
This strain’s versatility also makes it useful for medical cannabis patients. Candy Cane’s upbeat nature can be a great temporary treatment for symptoms of stress and depression. Because it allows users to maintain focus, it can also be helpful for those with attention deficit disorders. Calming physical effects may soothe aches and pains — both nerve-based pain and stomach problems like nausea. The same relaxation of pressure that users may feel around the eyes also makes this strain an effective treatment for glaucoma. Many report Candy Cane to be a powerful appetite stimulant. Because it has some considerable cerebral effects, Candy Cane may lead to recursive thinking and paranoia in larger doses — as such, those prone to anxiety should consume this strain with caution.
Candy Cane is appropriate for consumption in the daytime or early evening — because it can stimulate thoughtfulness, it might not be the best choice right before bedtime. Its minty-sweet flavor and well-rounded, agreeable high make it a particularly good strain for parties or other get-togethers.