Origins and Backstory: I received these seeds along with some Uzbeki, Pakistani Chitral, and Pine Tar Kush—all highly sought after rarities. I was really intrigued by this one and the Pine Tar Kush, and germinated some seeds side-by-side. All of the seeds (I only germinated 4-5) were male except for this one. Xmas Bud presumably can be traced back to 1979, the year it was either imported or discovered—either way, a vintage variety. I am told it is a Pakistani landrace, and is named for its aroma that is right on par with a Christmas tree. I love pine-flavored/scented cannabis, and haven’t seen any around in a while. An intriguing offering from CSI Humboldt/Humboldt CSI. This plant was grown indoors, and was a triploid.
Appearance: Tbis is definitely the weakest point of the varietal. Xmas Bud looks like standard mids or beasters when grown indoors. It is a dark green bud, in the shape of pine-cones. It is fairly haggard and leafy, with neither pistil nor trichome really that apparent. A jar full of Xmas Bud just looks like an ambiguous green mass. When in flowering, she had giant calyxes. Naturally, I pollenated some—they swelled bigger than any other plant in the tent, despite being the smallest actual plant. Both seeds and calyxes on this one are notably huge.
Aroma: Just as advertised, ‘79 Xmas Bud is like standing underneath a pine or fir in a forest. There is intense pine needle, earth/dirt/forest floor, menthol, cologne/old spice, and sandalwood. There is also lemon, lime, and an intense spicy aroma. This is like your grandfather’s cologne from 1994 or something. Most people who have smelled the jar find the aroma very compelling, and one that is often lacking in modern commercial varieties. I am almost embarrassed to show people the jar because the flowers are so ugly, but people (including myself) really love the smell on this one. It is just a really dank, sweaty, earthy, forest smell that probably does something therapeutic for those humans now residing in cities. Huffing a jar is almost like an artificial trip to the forest, with some temple incense on the side. Seriously awesome and different from every other jar on my shelf.
Flavor: Surprisingly unique, ‘79 Xmas Bud has a very diverse and unexpected flavor profile. It has a lot of parallels to the aroma but is different as well. While piney, the flavor is mostly an exotic spice that reminds me of old men’s country club locker rooms when I was young. It is dank and musty yet with tones of fresh evergreen and old wooden chest as well—it is really bizarre and awesome. It is strains like ‘‘79 Xmas Bud that honestly keep me interested in cannabis and its diversity of traits.
Effects: A potent indica creeper, ‘79 Xmas Bud begins slowly behind the eyes as a relaxing and smiley stone. It will cut through previous smokes, especially any mental aspects. Xmas Bud is like a mild narcotic with mild euphoria as well—sort of a best of both worlds of relaxation and feel-good. Things are slowed down, mental processes temporarily put on island time. The effect is warm and comforting, very laid back before settling into drowsiness. A fairly standard indica, but scores pleasantly high on the well-being scale, which scores more points than raw potency in my book.
Overall: I have mixed feelings on this one. While I really enjoy the aroma, flavor, and effect on this one, the flower itself is so bland-looking I am a bit self-conscious showing it to others. To be fair, this plant was somewhat shaded out by its neighbors for a good portion of flowering, which could have contributed. Maybe other people have prettier samples. However, my experience is that she is a standard looking green bud. I think ‘79 Xmas bud belongs in two places: on my shelf, and in breeding programs. Obviously I’m kidding, but I do think it’s worth growing for headstash if you are a cultivator who enjoys nuanced choices, and I think it’s worth cultivating to breed with. The aroma and flavor could probably make for some incredible combinations and unprecedented funk given the right partner.