Critical Mass is an indica-dominant strain (cultivar) renowned for its large dense buds, hence, the name. The big buds get so huge that some have been known to snap branches. Critical Mass also has relatively high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, which is impressive for a plant with such huge buds. Critical Mass has been described as having relaxing, sleepy effects, making it ideal for chronic pain, stress, and insomnia.
Furthermore, if you’re looking for a strain that prefers indoors over outdoors, then Critical Mass is ideal; when this strain is grown outdoors, the buds are more susceptible to mold.
This strain was created by Mr. Nice, a cultivator who has won several awards in the High Times Cannabis Cup by crossing Afghani indica and Skunk #1 strains. Critical Mass is 80% Cannabis indica and 20% Cannabis sativa.
The THC content tests around 20%, and the CBD is usually quite low, with some phenotypes measuring up to 5%. Critical Mass’ heavy bud production and high-CBD phenotypes have made it a cornerstone of many breeding projects. A CBD-rich version of Critical Mass is available, called “CBD Critical Mass.” This cultivar generally has a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio, regularly measuring between 5% and 10% THC and CBD.