Blue Dream is legendary strain, but unlike many other legendary strains, such as Blueberry, Northern Lights, or Sour Diesel, Blue Dream is a product of the 21st century. With relatively recent origins, and having achieved its current celebrity status in just the last 5 years or so, Blue Dream has been adopted as a flagship strain by the current generation of cannabis fans from the novice to the connoisseur. In 2016, it was the most widely popular strain in the country - according to a study by Leafly of strains searched most often by consumers in each state. In 2016, $49 million of Blue Dream was sold in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. As a west coast favorite, with its roots here in California, Blue Dream has also spread to become the most searched for strain even in east coast states like New York and Pennsylvania.
If you’re familiar with Blue Dream, you might understand the hype. A sativa-dominant hybrid, with equally popular parents, indica Blueberry and sativa Haze, Blue Dream delivers what many consider the best of both worlds with a lean toward uplifting sativa effects. Its lack of heavy sedation is widely appreciated for a favorite daytime strain, while it also manages to avoid the racy, heart pounding extremes of more hardcore sativas. Users have reported fairly minimal anxiety and paranoia for a sativa dominant strain.
Blue Dream was created back in 2003 in the longstanding cannabis hub Santa Cruz, California. Able to provide growers with impressive yields, and great for producing concentrates, the strain first started to gain popularity last decade only to find true celebrity status in the next – just in time to ride the tidal wave of legalization.
All of these accolades come without even mentioning the taste and aroma, which are certainly one of the biggest draws of Blue Dream. A lot of what we love about the Blue Dream aroma comes from its Blueberry parent. But instead of a mellow, natural blueberry aroma and taste, Blue Dream is more reminiscent of sweet and creamy blueberry ice cream or yogurt. If you’ve ever had “gummy sharks,” the blue gummy candy with a trademark white underbelly, you’re in the same neighborhood as the Blue Dream aroma.
The taste is a bit less vibrant than the smell out of the jar, but the taste is sweet, mellow, fruity, clean, and slightly piney. Blue Dream is known for an eclectic blend of terpenes, including high levels of alpha-pinene, which accounts in part for the energy and focus associated with the strain. The texture and appearance of the buds are tight and dense like an indica, but accompanied by a bright color that’s along the lines of other powerful sativa and hybrid strains. The minty green color of the nugs even suggests a blueish hue in the right light.
For someone like me, who has become an increasingly devoted member of the indica cult in recent years, the effect of Blue Dream still feels distinctly “up” compared to my usual favorite strains. But, with Blue Dream, this feeling is more of a mood lift as opposed to a coffee-like stimulation. It is an ideal choice to promote creative activity, with its mellow uplift allowing you to remain engaged, yet relaxed enough to be spontaneous. As the effect moves into its second hour, the indica traits take over, making this a very flexible strain when it comes to time of day.
As with anything so massively popular, Blue Dream has faced some backlash. High Times wrote that it is “typically so mass-produced that it suffers in quality and also has the distinction of becoming so ubiquitous and familiar, that some connoisseurs dismiss it outright.” However, it is unlikely that this notion represents a real threat to the strain’s still booming popularity. Perhaps Blue Dream is the “In-N-Out Burger” of cannabis strains, but rising from California origins to become regional favorites, both are now highly sought after on the east coast. Despite mass production and ubiquity, they are widely loved and respected, and neither has sacrificed its home state following even as they begin to spread beyond. Both Blue Dream and In-N-Out are highly in demand in places where they are not yet widely available, and both offer a rarely seen balance of hype and actual quality.