Created by Tweed in Canada, Balmoral is based on the famous stinky cheese in the UK. It has a high THC content (maximum 21%) and is known to give smokers a relaxed high and temporarily improve focus before guiding them into a deep slumber.
As the name suggests, Balmoral's aroma is as pungent as its namesake. It's strong, but oddly enough, that's why smokers like it. Just like the off-putting yet enticing fragrance of blue cheese, Balmoral's aroma has the same effect for those who enjoy it.
The initial taste is a bit funky, but not unpleasant. After a little while, the aftertaste becomes more "cheesy" than sour or pungent.
The flower buds are shaped like tiny grapes and are the color of vibrant greens. The trichomes are a brilliant orange shade, which harmonizes well with the foresty green hues of the buds. Looking at the plant, there's no way you'd expect a cheesy scent to come from these buds.
Balmoral gives smokers a balanced high. You'll get a positive mood increase as well as relaxation for the mind and body. The high is powerful, as most Sativa grains are, but not overwhelming. Most smokers experience a creative boost, but as soon as the body high hits, you may find yourself more ready to chill than to cultivate new ideas.
The high ushers you into a deep slumber, but it's a perfect solution for medicinal users wanting to reduce inflammation in their joints or reduce symptoms associated with anxiety or depression. In some users, its energetic properties can improve chronic fatigue. However, Balmoral also has sedative properties, which relaxes aching joints and reduces chronic pain, migraines, and other types of headaches.
Balmoral can be strong, so new users should start slow with a low dose. Otherwise, it may overwhelm you and cause adverse side-effects, like headaches and paranoia. If you're already prone to these side effects, Balmoral could worsen them, so be wary when trying it.
This strain fares better when grown outdoors, mostly because of the pungent smell. If you do choose to grow it indoors, have an advanced venting system to keep the scent from permeating areas where you don't want to smell it. When you grow it outside, it'll take 9-10 weeks for the plant to reach maturity, and you can expect slightly above average yields compared to other strains.
Balmoral is a popular 50% hybrid strain because of its smokeability, memorable aroma, and potent medicinal properties. Be ready for the mind and body benefits, but also start with a low dosage to be safe. Balmoral can be overpowering for less experienced users, which could hit quite hard the first time you try it. Make sure you know your body before you smoke it, and you'll get the pleasant high you're looking for.