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Ridge Berry Strain Review – Bonza Blog

Ridge Berry is a Sativa-leaning strain that delivers an interesting experience. It is energizing at the start, motivating users as it swarms the mind in a rush of euphoria. Its comedown, however, is heavy-hitting. In all likelihood, the high will end in an unencumbered slumber as one explores the land of dreams.

Hailing from Sour Dubble, it should come as no surprise that Ridge Berry has a powerful body buzz. From it, the strain also gained its sour, chemical and berry-inspired terpene profile as well as its peculiar head to toe effects. Enhancing its energizing effects is Chem’s Sister, a variant of the famous Chemdawg. It intensified its offspring gained its Sativa genes.

Ridge Berry Strain Quick Facts
Genetic Lineage Chem’s Sister x Sour Dubble
Sativa/Indica Ratio 70 / 30
THC % 15% to 16%
CBD % Up to 1%
Climate Mediterranean climate
Flowering Period 8 to 10 weeks / Mid to late October
Average Yield 350 to 450 g/m 2 / 450 g/plant

Without a doubt, Ridge Berry’s duality is what makes it a fan-favorite among Sativa and Indica lovers. Additionally, users can adjust its THC levels of 15% to 16% to create a custom high that works best with various experience levels. Because of this, it makes for an impressive beginner’s strain.

Odor and Flavors

Ridge Berry has an intense earthy aroma with chemical overtones. Breaking it apart then combusting it reveals the fuel undertones of its smoke. In the palate, its tanginess is lined with the taste of berries. It has a subtle floral taste with a refreshing aftertaste of pine on the exhale.


Ridge Berry has an invigorating head to toe high that awakes the senses at just the first swig. It introduces itself in the temples within minutes as a rush of euphoria that energizes the mind. It leaves users feeling upbeat and motivated to complete small tasks.

Ridge Berry Strain Effects

Its comedown is quite different from most Sativa-leaning strains. Rather than continuous energy, the initial rush tapers into a low-hummed buzz that kneads the muscles. It softens creases in between the forehead and releases tension in the body as it drifts down to the toes.

The warm, airy sensation drifts users off to cloud nine, where its sedating properties quickly take effect. In all likelihood, users will begin to feel drowsy as it settles in the limbs. Once it does, it only takes a few minutes for one to drift off to dreamland.

Using it in moderation, however, unleashes its aphrodisiac qualities. It makes the body limber and flexible. Using it with a loved one will guarantee a fun night ahead of time.

Adverse Reactions

Apart from the usual dry eyes and cottonmouth, users may also experience dizziness that potentially triggers anxiety. Overconsuming the strain is usually the main cause, but one’s disposition before the high can have a profound effect on the overall experience. Users may start with low dosages or avoid smoking Ridge Berry temporarily.

Medical Use and Benefits

Ridge Berry has an invigorating scent that, along with other cannabinoids like THC and CBD, energize the senses. It leaves users feeling upbeat while also reducing stress through its calming euphoria. Its ability to ease the overwhelming dread helps manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, and similar mental health issues like PTSD. Not to mention, in uplifting the mood, it also raises motivation for completing tasks.

Ridge Berry Strain Medical

It delivers a tranquilizing buzz, described as a warm, airy sensation, that surges through the body beginning from the temples. It soothes the muscles and releases tension that causes tightness as a result of fatigue.

The Sativa-leaning strain is effective for managing pain, especially in the gastrointestinal tract. It reduces contractions in the stomach that prevent food from travelling down smoothly. At the same time, it keeps one from vomiting. Cancer patients suffering from the nauseating effects of chemotherapy may find comfort in the strain.

Settling in the limbs, the deep relaxation eventually entices users to go to bed early. Its sedating properties enhance the quality and quantity of sleep. In this way, it temporarily appeases the side effects of insomnia.

Growing Ridge Berry

Ridge Berry exhibits many of its Sativa qualities. It is lanky like Chem’s Sister, growing taller than most strains. But it is far from lanky due to the influence of Sour Dubble. On the contrary, it grows thick stems and branches that keep it healthy against various growing conditions.

Ridge Berry Strain Growing

Many growers prefer cultivating the strain outdoors where it can grow huge and yield high. These traits are especially true when it is cultivated in a Mediterranean climate. The days are long, sunny, and warm. However, this does not mean it does not perform well in the northern hemisphere.

Its sturdy frame allows it to flower quicker, fully maturing from the second to the fourth week of October. Bud production is impressive too since growers can expect at least 450 grams of buds per plant at harvest. It will need to be protected against an early winter, which brings snow that kill the batch overnight. Temporary enclosing will often do the job well.

Alternatively, one can also move it indoors. Growers can adjust factors like lighting, temperature, and humidity which help reduce any stress that affect plant health. Topping is necessary for keeping it short. Pruning, too, since it helps air circulate to the lower nodes. Not to mention, removing dead branches or leaves distributes nutrients to healthier budding sites.

For better light distribution, growers should apply the Screen of Green method. It entails installing a net above the current canopy and then weaving the branches into its evenly-spaced squares. This ensures a level top that absorbs light at equal rates. In doing so, one enhances bud and trichome production.

After 8 to 10 weeks, the plants are ready for harvest. Growers can expect at least 350 to 450 grams of buds per square meter.

Have you grown or used the Ridge Berry strain? If not, would you like to get your hands on this strain? Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. We want to hear from you.

Goumi Berries

Goumi berries (not gummy bears) are one of our favorite springtime treats. They’re beautifully bright red with silver speckles and are both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory . Plus, their seeds have significant amounts essential fatty acids . Not to mention, they’re ripe at the very beginning of fruit and berry season (May around here), and they’re easy to grow. The “goumi on top” is that their flowers smell divinely intoxicating, both to people and to pollinators and other beneficial insects.

Are goumi berries a native plant?

Goumi berries are not native to North America. In fact, this beautiful and productive perennial shrub hails from the Far East; its native range includes Eastern Russia, China, Korea, and Japan. There, the plants are fairly common and are considered to have both nutritional and medicinal value.

Here in Southern Appalachia, one of goumi berry’s Middle Eastern cousins has become naturalized: autumn olive ( Elaeagnus umbellata ). Unlike goumi, autumn olive is considered invasive and spreads easily and rather quickly. Additionally, autumn olives are ripe in the fall, around the same time as American persimmons . Goumi berries, on the other hand, don’t spread, so they’re not considered invasive. We still love autumn olives, though, even though they can be overly-enthusiastic. That’s because they also make tasty and nutritious berries and they’re super easy to cultivate. But goumi is a more well-behaved guest on this continent, to be sure.

How to grow your own goumi berries

You can grow goumi berries from seeds or from rooted cuttings. The most common cultivar is called “Sweet Scarlet.” This one was selected for large and sweet berries at the Kiev Botanical Gardens in Ukraine. If you grow goumis from seed, the fruit size and qualities will be variable. On the other hand, if you purchase this known variety, you’ll be sure to get big, sweet fruit.

Goumis are hardy in USDA zones 5-9. They can thrive in a wide range of soil types, partially because they fix their own nitrogen, like beans and peas. These sturdy, slightly thorny plants will grow to become fairly large (up to 8 feet). They bear fruit after the first 2 years or so. According to University of Wisconsin field trials , goumis have good potential for commercial production, including mechanical harvesting. In our trials, we’ve found that toddlers and young children also do a fabulous job at harvesting (into their own mouths).

Where to get goumi berries to plant

Several plant nurseries around the country sell both live plants (the well-known Sweet Scarlet cultivar), and some sell seeds. Additionally, if you know anyone who grows goumi berries, you can propagate more of them from seed (but remember, their fruit characteristics will be variable in this case). One source for goumi berry plants and seeds is Burnt Ridge Nursery in the Pacific Northwest. They’ll ship plants anywhere in the country. Another great source, including cultivars other than “sweet scarlet,” is One Green World Nursery .

If goumis get you going and you’re excited to learn more about unusual, useful plants, including how to add them to your landscape, join us! Each September we host a Permaculture Design Course, and we teach about lots of our favorite plants.