Being one of the main hemp producers of the recent past, Italy has quite a history with cannabis. This, along with an ideal climate for growing, has motivated many Italians to cultivate their own cannabis plants. Thankfully, even though cannabis isn't yet legal in Italy, there's nothing in the law restricting personal plants. As long as you don't have scales, excessive plastic bags, a lot of cash, too many plants, etc., you're clear!

Since you can't have too many cannabis plants, though, you'll want to make sure you're picking the best. Italians have kept this rule firmly in mind, and it shows in their seed preferences. Out of our vast collection at Royal Queen Seeds, Italians have shown the most love for a select five strains. Ranging from the moderate to the monstrously powerful, these are the five most popular strains in everyone's favourite boot-shaped country.

1. SKUNK XL

Starting us off, Skunk XL is a blend of Colombian, Afghan, and Mexican landraces, optimised over time to improve the taste and yield. As a result of the three-way blend, it ends up with 50% sativa and 50% indica genetics, offering a pleasant head high. Measuring in at 17% THC, it's a good casual strain for experienced smokers, and perfectly potent for those who only smoke occasionally. While you're enjoying the high, you'll also enjoy the fruity, sweet sensations that cross your tongue, along with an equally pleasant aroma. Give it about 7–8 weeks to flower, although allowing it an extra week can make things even stronger. You’ll rake in up to 625–675g/plant outdoors and 600–650g/m² indoors. With these mammoth yields, it's no surprise Italian growers choose to cop these seeds to secure a hefty stash from just a plant or two.

Skunk XL

Skunk XL

Skunk XL Royal Queen Seeds

Genetic background Skunk
Yield indoor 500 - 550 g/m2
Height indoor 60 - 100 cm
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 17% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 50% Sativa, 50% Indica
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 160 - 200 cm
Harvest time October
Effect A combination of stoned + high
 

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2. SPECIAL QUEEN 1

Italians have a taste for the finer things in life, and this is evidenced by their penchant for Special Queen 1. This Skunk x Power Bud hybrid with ancestry spread across Colombia, Afghanistan, and Mexico features a 50/50 indica/sativa split. Even with this split, though, the high is decidedly cheery and uplifting. In fact, the soothing sensation across your body is the only sign of indica. With a THC content of about 18%, you can expect the high to last quite a while if you don't smoke often. Side note: If you've smoked a classic skunk-y strain before, you'll know exactly how it smells and tastes: earthy, musky, and strangely sweet and spicy. Allow around 8 weeks of flowering for best results. Under optimal conditions, you can score up to 500–550g/plant outdoors and 500–550g/m² indoors.

Special Queen 1

SPECIAL QUEEN 1

SPECIAL QUEEN 1

Genetic background Power Bud x Skunk
Yield indoor 500 - 550 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 140 cm
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 50% Sativa, 50% Indica
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 200 - 270 cm
Harvest time Late September
Effect Extremely high, long-lasting, body relaxing
 

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3. WHITE WIDOW

Even though its initial origin is unknown, White Widow is very much a certified Dutch classic. As legend goes, it's a combination of a sativa landrace from Brazil and an unknown indica hybrid from Southern India. Like the others, this is a straight-up 50/50 indica/sativa hybrid, although it primarily results in a stoney head high. Containing 19% THC, it might not be the strongest strain out there today, but it'll get the job done with ease. You'll notice an earthy taste as the smoke enters your mouth, although citrus introduces itself as the cloud leaves your lips. Give this about 9 weeks to flower, and you'll see great results of up to 550–600g/plant outdoors and 450–500g/m² indoors.

White Widow

White Widow

White Widow Royal Queen Seeds

Genetic background White Widow S1
Yield indoor 500 - 550 g/m2
Height indoor 60 - 100 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 19% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 50% Sativa, 50% Indica
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 150 - 190 cm
Harvest time Late October
Effect Extremely stoned
 

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4. PURPLE QUEEN

Purple Queen is a genetic blend of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani, two of the most prized purple phenotype strains. This strain leans a bit towards the indica end, clocking in with 75% indica and 25% sativa genetics. It's also the second strongest strain on this list, with a solid 22% THC. How will it make you feel, you wonder? To sum it up in two words: happily relaxed. If you're a fan of citrus flavours, that smile on your face will be getting even wider, with each hit feeling like a nice sip of lemonade. The perfect strain to enjoy during the warm Mediterranean summer. Allow for a flowering period of between 8–9 weeks, and lower your nighttime temperatures just slightly to encourage purple hues. You can weigh in with yields of up to 650–700g/plant outdoors and 450–500g/m² indoors.

Purple Queen

Purple Queen

Purple Queen

Genetic background Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani
Yield indoor 450 - 500 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 120 cm
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 22% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 25% Sativa, 75% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 450 - 500 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 175 - 210 cm
Harvest time October
Effect Relaxed and Euphoric
 

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5. ROYAL GORILLA

Like the rest of the continent, Italy simply can't resist the sheer power of Royal Gorilla. This strain is the real deal. Being a 50/50 indica/sativa hybrid, the effects are, thankfully, pretty balanced here. While balanced, this is by far the most heavy-hitting strain on the list. How heavy? Try 24–27% THC, with some nugs measuring a cataclysmic 30%. That being said, we'd only suggest this strain to the most experienced of smokers, and even then, you should still be careful. When you're on the floor contemplating how high you are, the earthy and piney flavours will evoke images of dense forests and warm campgrounds. Good things take time, too, so give it about 9–10 weeks to flower. Yields of up to 550–600g/plant outdoors and 500–550g/m² indoors only sweeten the deal.

Royal Gorilla

Royal Gorilla

Royal Gorilla

Genetic background Sour Dubb x Chem Sis x Chocolate Diesel
Yield indoor 500 - 550 gr/m2
Height indoor 90 - 160 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 27% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 50% Sativa, 50% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 550 - 600 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 130 - 170 cm
Harvest time Middle of October
Effect Cerebral and relaxing
 

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