Blackberry Fire is an indica-dominant strain created by Northern California-based growers Purple Caper Seeds. This flavorful bud is a cross between Blackberry Kush and Fire Lady and explodes with all the flavor and potency of its parent strains. A crowd-pleaser in all respects, Blackberry Fire won the title of 2nd Best Indica in the 2016 HempCon Cup Awards. This strain’s THC content has been measured at between 19% and 25%.
Blackberry Fire sets itself apart with large, colorful flowers. They adhere in an elongated formation that ends in a rounded tip, giving the buds a bullet-like appearance. The internal structure of the flowers shows more of an indica influence, with small, broad leaves that curl inward to form a dense core. These leaves themselves are a patchwork mix of pale sage green and lavender, with the latter hue resulting from pigments called anthocyanins. Finally, these colorful buds are covered in hairy orange pistils and cloudy white trichomes.
Once cured, flowers of this fruity strain give off the distinctly sweet scent of berry. A deeper whiff of the flowers may also reveal some hashy notes that pay tribute to this bud’s Kush background. Grinding up or breaking apart these dense flowers, meanwhile, releases more of a harsh, diesel-like aroma. When combusted in a pipe or a joint, Blackberry Fire burns with heavy smoke that’s liable to cause watery eyes or bouts of coughing. On the exhale, though, this thick smoke leaves behind a rich and slightly tart berry flavor.
Unsurprisingly, given its indica roots, Blackberry Fire can be slow to come on. Some 10 to 15 minutes after ingesting its smoke, consumers may feel some strange sensations centered in the head, including increased blood pressure around the temples and possible flushing in the cheeks. As these unfamiliar tics dissolve, they leave smokers in a suspended headspace, characterized by more intense thoughts and sensory distortions. While some users may be more inclined toward cerebral acuity when under this strain’s influence, it more often manifests in trippy phenomena like time dilation and mild auditory or visual hallucinations. As a result, Blackberry Fire is well-suited to passive, moody activities like daydreaming or listening to atmospheric music.
As this high progresses, its effects become much more embodied, slowing down breathing and relieving any tense muscles. Smokers who may have been physically active may be bogged down by relaxation; walking may feel like wading through molasses. With increased consumption, Blackberry Fire’s body stone can morph into total couchlock, pinning users in place and even making them vulnerable to the onset sleep. Because of its slow decline into sedation, Blackberry Fire is recommended for late afternoon or evening consumption, when it can be fully savored.
Blackberry Fire’s mostly downbeat properties make it a useful strain for medical cannabis patients as well. Its soothing mood can temporarily relieve the severity of stress, depression, and anxiety. Physically speaking, it can take the sting out of aches and pains, whether they’re temporary, as in the case of injury, or chronic and due to conditions like lupus and IBS. Additionally, anti-inflammatory properties may dull common discomforts like nausea and headaches. As noted, Blackberry Fire’s deep sense of relaxation can even help insomniacs get some sleep. Because it comes with a limited risk of disorganized, paranoid thinking, Blackberry Fire is a good option for patients who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.