It is derived from original, "best of the best", San Fernando Valley (SFV) OG Kush cuts and is crossed into a pure landrace Afghani male, directly from Kandahar, Afghnaistan.
The Merkabah is one of the two newest strains from Delta-9 Labs. It has been in development for the past 2 years and is well-deserving of it’s name, due to the tremendous risks that the strain went through coming during fruition.
It is quite stable, so the phenotypes will have great uniformity. Due to the pure Afghani, the appearance is very impressive when compared to a typical OG and you can get 60% more yield that what you would expect from a typical OG.
The plant remains short and has a flowering time that is very fast for a mostly-Sativa dominant variety, which makes it appealing for growers wanting to switch from an Indica-based strains to Sativa without compromising their schedules.
The Merkabah, which remains short to average in height, will create multiple side branches from the base of the main stem quite early in the vegetative stage, therefore creating the multiple branches and bud sites required for higher yields.
The taste is quite hard to describe, as it also seems to be a cross in itself! It’s a little like a sour taste of mixed fruits and herbs.
The combined fragrances are of the sandalwood scents of SE Asian strains along with the oily/sweaty scents of the original OG Kush.
The bud structure tends to shift towards the light green side of the color spectrum, while having a texture that is velvety. If you break up a bud, it seems to stay together, rather than crumble, as it rolls through your fingers.
The high comes on very fast, as if you were smoking a stronger hash. The high stays creatively motivating and stimulating but remains uplifting for the period of the high, without coming down fast or having any so-called creeper effects, which makes it a very reliable high to anticipate. Great for first time medicinal smokers!
Depending on one’s tolerance, the high can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours on what our colleague David calls “.3”, meaning a 1/3 of a gram pre-weighed and then smoked through a medicinal multi-filtered water pipe.
The high is clearly motivating and stimulating, allowing one to “Wake & Motivate”, as Delta-9 Labs has coined the term. A great strain to start your day off with and keep you motivated and alert.
With the studies and tests we have already performed, we have discovered that this strain suppresses mild headaches, which is why we are letting the medical community know about it.
The Merkabah is a strain preferred in the morning and afternoon, during a busy schedule, as it allows you to feel the effects of a Sativa dominant variety. Being a bona-fide medical patient and breeder, I look for attributes to alleviate pain due to several automobile accidents. Anti-inflammatory properties are paramount in our studies and this strain helps with the morning and tea-time headaches.
SFV-OG Kush x Afghani Kandahar Landrace
Breeder: Delta-9 Labs
Height: .75-1.50 meters
Weight (yield): 400-500 grams per square meter
Flowering time in days: 63 days
Ratio: Sativa 90%/ Indica 10%
Originally Published in Weed World Magazine Issue 92