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By Ryan Najjar

Weed smokers and growers in Italy have fantastic taste when it comes to cannabis. But which strains do they appreciate the most? While known predominantly for its rich history, dazzling architecture, and phenomenal food, Italy is also gaining a reputation as a weed-loving nation. As the third-largest[1] cannabis-using population in Europe (tied with Croatia), cultivators in the country have recently taken advantage of loopholes in hemp legislation to popularise low-THC "cannabis light” products. The government is even impulsing a law to tolerate small-scale home grows—limited to four female plants—strictly for personal use.

Geographically, Italy features three dominant climate types, all of which favour cannabis growth in different ways. The hot-summer Mediterranean climate of the southwest coast accelerates plant growth—but things can get pretty dry. The oceanic climate found in the central regions provides adequate rainfall, naturally hydrating your plants, alongside warm but shorter summers. The northern regions of the nation and the northeast coast feature a humid subtropical climate that provides plenty of heat to facilitate plant growth—though high humidity can become problematic during the late flowering stage.

Now that you’re familiar with Italy’s relationship with cannabis, and the climatic conditions outdoor cultivators experience, let’s take a look at the five weed varieties the country loves the most!

1. Mimosa Automatic

From day one, Italy has welcomed Mimosa Automatic with open arms. This sativa-dominant hybrid produces stunning purple-green flowers that boast a thick coating of glimmering trichomes. This specimen looks incredible as a standalone plant or when interplanted with colourful vegetables commonly featured in Italian gardens—especially tomatoes and aubergines. Looks aside, Mimosa Auto produces a respectable THC content of 21%, which, alongside her citrusy terpenes, drives an energising and cerebral effect.

This speedy strain surges from shoot to harvest in as little as nine weeks. Thanks to warm summers, Italian growers can stagger planting seeds by 1–2 weeks to receive perpetual harvests throughout the growing season. Outdoors, Mimosa Auto peaks at a height of 160cm and provides a return of 80–130g/plant. If you prefer growing indoors, treat your plants to strong lights and watch them surge to 100–150cm and produce 350–400g/m².

Mimosa Automatic

Mimosa Auto
Mimosa Auto x Orangeade Auto
350 - 400 gr/m2
100 - 150 cm
7 - 8 weeks
THC: 21%
Sativa 65% Indica 30% Ruderalis 5%
80 - 130 gr/plant
120 – 160 cm
9 - 10 weeks after sprouting
Clear, Uplifting

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2. Watermelon Automatic

Italians love watermelons. In fact, the plant performs so well in the Italian climate that the country produces hundreds of thousands of tons of these spheres of juicy goodness every year. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that weed growers from this nation have taken a liking to Watermelon Automatic. This indica-dominant hybrid—a descendant of Tropicanna Cookies and Lemon OG—produces a terpene profile bearing delicious notes of watermelon and other fruits. Plus, her high anthocyanin content contributes to a stunning purple appearance. After hitting a joint or bowl, her THC content of 20% will catalyse a stoning and euphoric sensation that tends to both the body and mind.

Where should you grow Watermelon Auto if you want the best results? She’ll flourish just about anywhere in Italy at low altitudes, and her purple complexion will really pop later in the season. If you grow her in your garden, expect Watermelon Auto to top out at 120cm and produce 50–90g/plant after a growing cycle of 8–9 weeks. Indoors, she’ll reach a peak height of 110cm and return up to 500g/m².

Watermelon Automatic

Mimosa Auto
Mimosa Auto x Orangeade Auto
350 - 400 gr/m2
100 - 150 cm
7 - 8 weeks
THC: 21%
Sativa 65% Indica 30% Ruderalis 5%
80 - 130 gr/plant
120 – 160 cm
9 - 10 weeks after sprouting
Clear, Uplifting

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3. Purple Queen

You won’t win any prizes for guessing how this lovechild of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani got her name. Just like Watermelon Auto, Purple Queen features high levels of anthocyanins, resulting in a striking purple display that will blow your friends’ minds as you give them a garden tour. This indica-dominant photoperiod strain doesn’t just look great; those purple buds also pack a THC content of 22% and a ton of earthy and citrusy terpenes. Strap yourself in, and get ready for a stoning effect that’ll wash away your worries and soothe the soul.

This indica lady only requires short summers to thrive, which means she’ll do well outdoors just about anywhere in Italy. In warmer regions, we suggest spreading mulch over your containers or beds to lock in some much-needed moisture. Look after her well, and Purple Queen will reach a height of 210cm and produce up to 700g/plant. Indoors, she maxes out at 120cm but still offers a bounty of up to 500g/m².

Purple Queen

Purple Queen
Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani
450 - 500 gr/m2
80 - 120 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 22%
Sativa 25% Indica 75%
650 - 700 gr/plant
175 - 210 cm
Calming, Euphoric

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4. Royal Dwarf

Not every Italian grower wants to make their horticultural hobby so obvious. Enter Royal Dwarf. By combining Skunk with Cannabis ruderalis, our breeders managed to create a variety that rarely exceeds 90cm; apply some training, and she’ll stay as short as 40cm. There aren’t many cultivars that offer this level of discretion. On top of this, she produces compact, aromatic buds with a THC content of 13%. She won’t send you to the moon, but she’ll make you feel relaxed and blissful.

If you’re looking for a strain to conceal your hobby, you can’t get much better than this one. Indoors, Royal Dwarf grows to just 40–70cm and still manages to produce 150–200g/m². Outdoors, you can cultivate Royal Dwarf among a range of companion plants, including dill and basil, to keep your crop out of sight but still sun-bathed. Expect plants to grow no taller than 90cm and offer a harvest of 30–80g/plant.

Royal Dwarf

Royal Dwarf
Skunk x Ruderalis
150 - 200 gr/m2
40 - 70 cm
6 - 7 weeks
THC: 13%
Sativa 10% Indica 60% Ruderalis 30%
30 - 80 gr/plant
50 - 90 cm
9 - 10 weeks after sprouting
Creative, Motivating

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5. Royal Gorilla Automatic

Royal Gorilla Automatic combines superb THC levels with rapid growth. This vigorous auto ranks as one of the most popular out there; what else would you expect from the offspring of Gorilla and Cookies? With a THC content of 20%, indica-dominant genetics, and fruity terpenes, this strain offers a surefire way to get royally stoned at the end of a long day. Kick off your shoes, grab your favourite snack, call over some good company, and get elevated!

This auto takes slightly longer to reach harvest than her counterparts, but that rarely causes an issue in Italian climates. Outdoor plants grow to 140cm and produce up to 170g/plant 10–12 weeks after sprouting. If you grow her indoors, watch her top out at 100cm and deliver 325–400g/m².

Royal Gorilla Automatic

Royal Gorilla Auto
Gorilla x Cookies x Ruderalis
325 - 400 gr/m2
70 - 100 cm
6 - 8 weeks
THC: 20%
Sativa 30% Indica 50% Ruderalis 20%
120 - 170 gr/plant
80 - 140 cm
10 - 12 weeks after sprouting
Heavy, Physically Relaxing, Stoned

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Italian Favourites: Colourful Weed Reigns Supreme

Just look at the statistics; it’s no secret that Italians love weed. It just so happens that they have a favourable climate that makes growing it that much easier. Looking at their buying patterns, it appears Italian growers are drawn to colourful varieties, small and stealthy stains, and those that bring significant levels of THC to the party. We can't fault them for that!

External Resources:
  1. • Cannabis use in Europe 2020 | Statista https://www.statista.com
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