Name: Jilly Bean
Genetics: Orange Velvet x Space Queen
The Jilly Bean strain attained its now-notable name for two reasons. The first is kind of obvious, the name is close to jelly bean for good reason. The strain has sweet, fruity, and pungent-flavored buds that are somewhat reminiscent of that youthful, jelly bean taste. The second is a little less obvious, but interesting nonetheless. You see, the Jilly Bean strain was developed by Ms. Jill—a woman in a world of cannabis breeders that is mostly dominated by men.
Jilly Bean is not the most potent strain on dispensary shelves (averaging about 16%-18% THC content), but it does have one of the more interesting hybrid lineages than has been around recently, meaning it was not directly crossed with an OG/Kush like most of the hybrids today. The Jilly Bean strain comes from the pairing of Space Queen, a popular cerebral strain, and the now nearly extinct Orange Velvet. With the cannabis market emphasis on high THC content, milder strains like Orange Velvet are almost impossible to find anymore. However, the amazing aroma and knockout flavor the strain possesses have made it a great choice for hybrid cross ventures. After all, you don't have to be a master cultivator to figure out that orange, pineapple, and mango flavors will be a happy marriage.
Looks and Smell
The appearance of the Jilly Bean strain owes most of its good looks to the indica side of the family. The plant grows short and bushy (especially in cooler temperatures) and the leaves take on a purplish hue as the plant begins to finish, but this is superficial as this coloration is mostly on the exterior leaves, not affecting the actual coloration of the buds themselves. As indicas tend to do, Jilly Bean grows in a pointy Christmas tree-like shape. The buds are pretty dense and rock hard all the way through, yet there is still a bit of that good old sativa sponginess to help round things out. Usually on the darker side of the green shade spectrum, the hairs are abundant and can range anywhere from orange to brick red. To top it all off, there are plenty of resinous crystals to keep one's attention.
The smell is why Orange Velvet was selected as the breeding partner in the Jilly Bean lineage, and it definitely makes its presence known as far as aroma is concerned. The buds emanate the strong odor of mangos, pineapples, and of course oranges, all accompanied by a pleasant sweetness that stays with you for a while. Don't get it twisted, this is a very strong, pungent smelling strain—if it is grown outdoors, your neighbors will smell it. If it is grown indoors, get the economy-size air scrubber, or your neighbors will smell it. And if you don't care about who smells your damn plants because you have all the proper paperwork, or just don’t give a fuck, etc... Then F ’em!
During my travels, I have seen Jilly Bean labeled as both an indica-dominant hybrid and as a sativa-dominant hybrid. The difference is nominal, each side claiming a 60%/40% dominance over the other. Now, I'm not here to reinvent the well or anything, so I'm going to go with pretty much a 50/50 indica-to-sativa split (okay, maybe just slightly sativa leaning). And the proof is in the effects. This in turn allows the Jilly Bean strain to produce more cerebral stimulation and effects than most indica hybrids you have come across.
Right off the bat, there is a pleasant rush of euphoria that really lifts the mood and gets you moving. This lasts for about 45 minutes, then the indica lineage starts to kick in as a mild, relaxed, soothing body high begins. Like the fruity, skunky bouquet that combines varying fruit flavors and candy taste that the name implies, the smoke produced by the Jilly Bean strain actually tastes like it smells, even leaving that memorable sweet candy-like citrus flavor on the tongue. Fruity and smooth, it is expansive in the chest and yet easy on the throat.
All in all, Jilly Bean is a pretty amazingly engineered strain. She can be grown both indoors and out, but if done outdoors, the strain prefers dry climates where they don't receive consistent winter rains until mid-September or later (hello, California). If grown indoors, Jilly Bean is great in either soil or hydro and is probably best grown as a single cola. Jilly Bean can reward you with large yields and does this best when Topped, sometimes even several times, creating a bushy, squat plant that produces many large, dense colas. Also, the cooler the plants get at night or when the lights are off ( -20 degrees or more is needed), the more impressive the purple hues of the plant will become.
Jilly Bean is suitable for use any time of day or night. The mood-elevating and energizing effects from this hybrid strain have been helpful in dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, minor aches and pains, and seems to be especially helpful with helping with bipolar disorder. Jilly Bean—with its distinct sweet/bitter citrus, fruity flavor, great lineage, potential yield, easy harvest, and low grow knowledge required—makes for a relaxing yet mentally active sativa-leaning hybrid experience. The strain is potent, but not too potent (especially when compared to current THC levels where the bar is being raised on the daily) and makes for a relaxing but not tiring smoke that can be used all day. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I heard that edibles made with this strain come out amazing.