The Headband strain, also known as Sour Kush, is a classic, balanced hybrid that delivers a notoriously potent, stoney high. A cross between two staple cannabis strains, OG Kush and Sour Diesel, Headband has a gas-like, lemony-sweet flavor profile and a THC content of 17% to 24%.

Its effects come on slowly, so pacing is key with this potent bud. But once the smoke kicks in, users enjoy a euphoric, spacey, cerebral high and intense relaxation. In high doses, the couch-lock is strong with this strain, as is the foggy headspace and the feeling of disconnection from the body.

With heavy use, Headband can be quite sedating, so it’s best for nighttime use in a comfortable situation. Passive pursuits, like listening to music, watching a movie, or spacing out are all excellent activities to enjoy with this fog-inducing strain. Don’t count on feeling mentally sharp after smoking this bud.

Strain Table of Contents

Headband strain
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Headband Flavor Scale

Headband pretty much tastes like it smells: like a tank of diesel fuel mixed with tangy-sweet lemons.


      AVO Ratings



      17% - 24%




      Strain Information

      While its name might conjure up images of stoned hippies lounging around in their famed headdresses, the Headband strain is actually named for the cerebral sensation it produces.

      In low doses, users might not feel it, but with higher doses, Headband creates a pressure-like feeling across the forehead and temples that literally feels like wearing a headband. The strain produces a notoriously foggy head high.

      Given that one of its parent strains is a strong sativa-leaning hybrid and the other parent leans indica, Headband blends their cerebral and physical effects quite nicely. Expect euphoria, mental calm, creativity, spaciness and a whole-body, weighty sensation after smoking this strain.

      Since Headband’s effects are powerful in both the cerebral and physical departments, many medical users turn to this bud for alleviating chronic pain, inflammation, muscle spasms, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

      Headband Effects

      Euphoric 72%
      Happy 81%
      Relaxed 90%
      Helps With
      Stress 61%
      Depression 74%
      Pain relief
      Pain relief 84%
      Dry mouth
      Happy 50%
      Dry eyes
      Dry eyes 50%
      Mild dizziness
      Mild dizziness 50%

      Strain Pairings

      Pairs With Music
      Flitz&Suppe - About the Distance
      Flitz&Suppe - About the Distance 89%
      Black Uhuru - Rockstone
      Black Uhuru - Rockstone 66%
      Tame Impala - Borderline
      Tame Impala - Borderline 74%

      Flitz&Suppe – About the Distance: Chill, calming beats for spacing out and tapping into your creative side.

      Black Uhuru – Rockstone: Relaxing reggae jams make excellent background music for spacing out while you burn down.

      Tame Impala – Borderline: This self-labeled, one-man-band is pretty much the modern definition of psychedelic music. Groovy beats for a groovy high.

      Pairs With Food
      Mexican tostadas
      Mexican tostadas 67%
      Sushi 50%
      Thai food
      Thai food 80%

      Mexican tostadas: Bursting with flavor and oh-so-satisfying, grub down on ground beef or chicken tostadas while you light up.

      Sushi: Nosh on a roll or two while you burn a bowl. Too spaced out for chopsticks? Eat it the traditional way: with your hands.

      Thai food: Devour some Thai while you let Headband get you high. Tom kha gai, green curry, or guay teow are all fantastic choices

      Pairs With Spirits
      Paloma 67%
      The Last Word
      The Last Word 74%
      Gin fizz
      Gin fizz 81%

      Paloma: This tequila-based cocktail blends grapefruit juice, sparkling water, sugar, and lime juice to create a tangy-sweet, effervescent libation that complements a bowl of Headband nicely.

      The Last Word: Sip on this invigorating blend of Chartreuse, gin, lime, and maraschino liqueur while you light up. Its citrusy, sharp, herbaceous notes are an excellent complement to Headband’s zesty flavor.

      Gin fizz. A refreshing and effervescent blend of gin, lemon, soda water, and sugar goes down great with Headband’s citrusy-sweet flavors lingering on the palate.

      Where Headband Is Grown

      Colorado-based cannabis breeders Reserva Privada first crossed OG Kush and Sour Diesel in the mid-1990s to create the Headband strain.

      Strain Summary

      A powerful blend of two powerful strains, Headband delivers a potent spacey, cerebral high that culminates in intense relaxation and, in high doses, couch-lock. It’s perfect for a lazy day or to wind down at night, but don’t expect to feel super sharp when the high high kicks in. Take it slow with this one. Its effects take a hot minute to set in, but once they come on, they really take off.

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