Bay 11 Hybrid Marijuana Flower Cannabis Strain
Despite having some mysterious genetics, Bay 11 is a sativa that packs quite a punch. Created by experienced medical cannabis breeder Ken Estes (who also originated Grandaddy Purple), Bay 11 may be descended from the skunky hybrid Appalachia. Whatever its parentage, Bay 11 has won recognition for its balanced effects and distinctive, funky taste: it took first prize in the Sativa category of the 2011 San Francisco High Times Cannabis Cup. Genetic testing services also give Bay 11 high marks — laboratory Analytical 360 has found its flowers to have between 15% and a whopping 25% THC.
Bay 11’s effects take hold quickly, with an initial tingle in facial and neck muscles. Users may notice themselves becoming more chatty if surrounded by friends; at the very least, they’ll become more observant, thinking more deeply and deliberately about otherwise things that might otherwise go unnoticed. Such cerebral effects are matched with an uptick in mood. Smokers report feeling anywhere from de-stressed to fully euphoric. As the high progresses, a warm calm melts through the core and lower body, conferring noticeable (but not overpowering) physical relaxation. This ideal balance between mind and body may allow users to open their minds to creative or analytical thinking. It can also be great for tasks that involve both mental acuity and physical coordination, like video games, exercise, and even sex. Be warned, though — as consumption of Bay 11 increases, so does the likelihood of couchlock.
Just as it has a wide range of recreational effects, Bay 11 also has various applications for medical cannabis patients. Because it enhances perception while still allowing users to feel at ease, it may help those with anxiety or depression to appreciate their surroundings and to live “in the moment.” That same sense of sustained focus can help patients with attention deficit disorders to work more efficiently. Bay 11’s indica sedation can relieve mild to moderate aches and pains, whether incidental or chronic and disease-related. It can also be a powerful appetite stimulant. Best enjoyed during the daytime, this strain may not be the best choice for anyone struggling with serious anxiety, as its initial feelings of “mindrace” may lead to paranoia.