Trainwreck Strain Review: A Classic Sativa

Trainwreck: Quick Overview

Known for hitting all of the classic sativa notes, Trainwreck is a legend among Northern Californian consumers, and these days, across the United States. Together with an acrid menthol, lemon-lime aroma and flavor, the Trainwreck strain offers something unforgettable for a real cannabis connoisseur.


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TypeHybrid (65% sativa and 35% indica)
THC LevelUp to 25%, 18% average
EffectsKnown for its powerful body buzz
Smell and Flavor ProfileSpicy, sweet, and citrusy
Grow DifficultyEasy!

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Trainwreck Strain: Benefits/Effects

When you hear the name “Trainwreck” you might be thinking of a friend who always ends up passed out in the corner, but that’s not on point in this case. The cultivar was named incidentally (see our discussion of the history and genetics below) and not for its effects.

Actually, with Trainwreck you’ll take a speedy cerebral ride, not endure a disastrous crash. This sativa-dominant cannabis strain sends the mind straight up with a surge of euphoria, awakening joy and creativity. Many medical marijuana patients use the Trainwreck strain to treat ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, and PTSD based on these amazing effects.

The Trainwreck marijuana strain has high THC levels of up to 25%, and average THC content of around 18%. This means these well-rounded sativa-dominant hybrid effects—Trainwreck is a 65% sativa and 35% indica ratio—hit fast and feel potent. Trainwreck cannabis strain is not known for high CBD levels, although it is still known for producing a powerful body buzz.

Trainwreck is a good strain for anyone who really wants to launch themselves into space for the afternoon. It offers a mental buzz and a bit of the potential for time stretch and other mind-bending effects. If you consume the Trainwreck strain in moderate amounts these psychedelic benefits are nothing that will prevent you from focusing, and will enhance its existing euphoric, energizing, and uplifting effects.

Despite these clear cerebral highs, Trainwreck cannabis also offers a full-body high and relaxation that can relieve nausea and lack of appetite. It’s also popular among patients treating chronic pain, migraine headaches, and muscle spasms, among other medical uses. At high enough levels, these THC amounts can make Trainwreck an effective sedative, useful for treating insomnia in certain users—but for most patients this is a daytime strain with mild to moderate pain relief potential. Do not expect couchlock from Trainwreck.

Trainwreck is especially notable for creatives who want to feel inspired and tackle a long-dreaded project. This is the strain for that!

Trainwreck Strain Taste and Smell

The Trainwreck strain has a spicy, sweet, yet citrusy aroma with notes of earth, skunk and pine. At first inhale, that lemon-lime fragrance really hits you, and the menthol notes come in later. The overall effect is unexpectedly pleasant and soothing—something you’ll want to smell repeatedly.

Trainwreck cannabis flavor is spicy, woodsy, and earthy after the initial hit from that citrus. Yes, it is dank as you consume it. Expect an aftertaste of cedar, lemon, and spice. To us, this is an especially nice concentrate based on the flavor.

Trainwreck Strain Cannabinoid/Terpene profile

Although Trainwreck is a high-THC strain, it is not known for CBD content or other minor cannabinoids. Its main terpene is terpinolene, followed by myrcene, and then smaller amounts of caryophyllene and pinene.

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Trainwreck Strain History and Genetics

Another cannabis strain was named not for its effects, but instead for the circumstances surrounding its creation, Trainwreck was named for a crop that was uprooted after a local train wreck. The story goes, the California growers back in the 70’s were worried that the accident there in the ‘Emerald Triangle’ in Northern California would cause their illegal marijuana plants to be discovered.

Genetically speaking, Trainwreck is a hybrid cross between three pure and potent landrace strains: Thai sativa, Mexican sativa, and Afghani indica.

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If You Love Trainwreck, Try These Strains

For fans of the intense focus and energy of Lemon Haze or Durban Poison who also want a little more uplifting social vibe, Trainwreck is a great strain for you. If you love the psychedelic effects of LSD but want more invigorating head effects, Trainwreck is your pick.

If you like the taste or feeling generally of Super Lemon Haze or Jack Herer but want something even more focusing or unique, go for some Trainwreck. And Trainwreck is very similar in effects to Ghost Train Haze, so lots of those amazing sativa cerebral effects and uplifting benefits, but with more spicy, peppery kush flavor plus notes of mint.

Growing Trainwreck Seeds

Trainwreck cannabis plants have a typically sativa structure with large calyxes and minimal leaf count. The plants often look silvery-gray due to the heavy, frosty trichome coverage. These resinous buds are a real showstopper, even for an experienced grower—bright green with brilliant orange and red pistils among truly powdered-sugary looking, sticky leaves.

The Trainwreck strain is of medium difficulty to grow, and demands a lot of space, growing tall. The leaves also need trimming fairly regularly. On the other hand, Trainwreck seeds grow well inside or outside into cannabis plants that resist diseases, everyday pests, powdery mildew, and mold, reducing overall maintenance. If you do cultivate Trainwreck cannabis seeds outside, a dry, mild climate without frost is best.

The flowering time for the Trainwreck hybrid strain is about 8 to 10 weeks. Indoor yields are about 18 ounces per square meter, with outdoor yields typically falling around 25 ounces per plant, ready for harvest in late October to early November.

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Trainwreck marijuana is ideal for lifting your mind to the next level, no matter where you started, and it will bring your body along for the ride with its strong THC content that goes a very long way. The Trainwreck strain is a heavy-hitter that offers those sativa effects you want.

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