This Spanish bred plant has developed quite the following in the US. This has partly to do with her incredible fragrance, fast-growing ability, and her rewarding flower yield.
Heritage & Genetics: Critical Plus (or Critical +) was born in the labs of Spanish breeders Dinafem Seeds. They crossed a pungent Skunk #1 with the high-yielding indica Big Bud to create a strain that would almost immediately win the first Highlife Cup in Barcelona, back in 2005. Nowadays, this particular 50/50 hybrid has cultivated quite some fame on the West Coast of the United States.
Flavor & Aroma: The fact that this strain stems from Skunk genetics explains the extremely pungent aroma it gives off. As soon as you open the bag, your nostrils will be bombarded by a very strong and zesty citrus fragrance of lemons and lime, supported with a spicy pinewood undertone. The exhale, on the other hand, is a lot more mellow and brings out the indica side of her genetics with an earthy tang.
Effect: Critical Plus helps you to elevate your mood in any situation. The beginning of the high is predominantly sativa in nature and gives you an uplifting, energetic and creative head buzz. This head buzz gradually moves into a more body-relaxing indica stoned sensation over the course of the first hour. Luckily, this body-stoned feeling never reaches the couchlock phase.
Medical: Ongoing research has found that in higher doses THC may help with Glaucoma, by reducing pressure in the eye. THC and CBD have also been found to have pain-relieving qualities that are thought to amplify when the cannabinoids work together. Meanwhile, CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Considering this, this high THC, moderate CBD strain may be somewhat useful for relieving pain and inflammation often experienced with joint pain, arthritis, headaches and migraines.
Grow characteristics: Critical Plus has become quite famous due to her fast growth and high yields of sticky, resinous buds. Her flowers are often so heavy and dense at the end of her cycle, that the branches need to be supported. Because of her sativa genetics, she tends to grow fairly tall. You might want to check her flowers for mold, due to the compactness of the buds.