Harlequin’s genetic makeup can be traced back to four distinct landrace strains. It’s a combination of the Colombian Gold strain and Nepali Indica strain as well as the Thai Sativa landrace and Swiss Sativa landrace.
Indeed, Harlequin aptly fits its name. Its genetic makeup is a patchwork of different strains.
Cannabinoid and Terpene Profile: Harlequin has a low THC level of 4% to 7% and a high CBD level of 8% to 15%. Other cannabinoid profile includes 0.02% CBN, 0.2% to 0.9% CBG, 0.5% THCV, and 0.04% to 0.4% CBC.
Terpene profile includes myrcene (high), caryophyllene, linalool, limonene, and pinene.
Flavors/Aroma: Harlequin has a sweet yet earthy aroma that gives you hints of mango and citrus. It tastes sweet and a little spicy with hints of herbs and citrus.
Effects: A Sativa-dominant strain, Harlequin is a bit unique. Due to its high CBD content counteracting the psychoactive effects of THC, its euphoric effects are not as potent compared to other strains. So don’t expect powerful cerebral highs when you use this strain.
It does have a potent relaxing and soothing effect though that will leave you feeling uplifted and mellow at the same time. You will feel very pleasantly soothed and relaxed, but you will never lose your mental clarity. In fact, you will be able to focus and concentrate more when you use Harlequin. Your creative juices will be stimulated and your mind energized.
Medical Conditions: Some cannabis enthusiasts will tell you that the best time to use Harlequin is in the morning or afternoon. The mental clarity it gives while relaxing the mind and body makes this strain a good choice for people diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorders.
Harlequin also has very potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. These effects can help patients with arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, headaches, persistent migraine, and chronic pain. It can even relieve phantom limb pain and nerve pain caused by multiple sclerosis.
Harlequin can also help reduce muscle spasms, epileptic seizures, and motor problems associated with Parkinson’s diseases. Its high CBD content makes this strain the perfect choice for symptom control without producing very potent and powerful side effects.
Side Effects: Dry mouth is a common side effect when you use Harlequin. You may also develop some dizziness and headache. Although it has a high CBD level, you can still experience increased anxiety and paranoia.
These side effects do disappear once the effects of Harlequin start to fade away. However, if it’s very unpleasant for you, simply reduce your intake and take a quick nap. You will find that resting can greatly relieve these side effects.
You may also drink plenty of fluids, particularly sweet, sugary ones. Cannabis use is known to cause a drop in blood glucose levels, resulting in dizziness and headache.