Despite its intimidating name, Big Wreck is an indica-dominant hybrid that’s more likely to leave you rested than wrecked. This strain is a cross between high-yielding indica Big Bud and intense sativa Trainwreck. These two come together to give Big Wreck a memorable aroma and a balanced, easygoing high. A high volume of trichomes gives this strain eye-catching bag appeal and accounts for its sky-high psychoactivity — cannabis testing lab Analytical 360 has measured Big Wreck’s THC content at between 17% and 20% with a highest testing of nearly 27%.
Parent strain is Big Bud named for its unusually large flowers and luckily, Big Wreck also impresses on this front. The buds are medium to large with a dense, heavy bud structure. The tightly-coiled leaves appear light green — although this effect may in fact come from the strain’s high production of cloudy trichomes. These resin glands makes the flowers appear almost white from a distance and gives them a very sticky texture; this strain can be very difficult to break up without the use of a grinder. Both parent strains have Afghani landrace indica in their lineage and it shows in Big Bud’s bold smell — when cured, the flowers are powerfully skunky and earthy, while breaking these dense nuggets open yields a peppery hint of spice. Despite these acrid scents, though, Big Wreck gives off a smooth smoke that’s relatively easy on the lungs. On the exhale, this strain has a lingering sour taste that some might find unpleasant. Any smokers trying to keep their consumption discreet should be cautious of Big Wreck’s pungency.
Big Wreck’s high mounts slowly, starting in the head. Many minutes after they’ve finished savoring bowl, smokers may feel that external stimuli like lights or sounds seem more intense. They may also find that their thinking has taken on a new, undefinable dimension. These somewhat psychedelic effects can provide the perfect backdrop for watching a trippy movie or listening to some moody music. A feeling of increased well-being is also common, and users might find themselves in the mood to socialize and share their good vibes. As the high wears on, heavy physical relaxation sets in: users may find that they can breathe more deeply and easily or that they are free of muscular tension. Although this semi-sedation can be great for vegging out at home, in isn’t as likely to induce couchlock as some stronger, purer indicas. Big Wreck can be a great way to stimulate conversation, to enhance a hike in nature, or simply to unwind at the end of the day. This high tends to last longer than average, even for more experienced cannabis users.
Big Wreck’s versatile effects are also of value to medical cannabis patients. The strain’s relaxing properties may soothe deep-seated aches and pains. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve painful symptoms like nausea or headaches. It can serve a strong appetite stimulant as well, helping patients who may have lost their appetites to cancer treatment or other medications or conditions. Psychologically speaking, Big Wreck’s mellow, creative character can be helpful in temporarily dulling the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Because its sativa effects are tempered by its sleepy indica side, Big Wreck comes with a relatively lower risk of paranoia; conversely, this strain’s sativa energy stops its indica body stone from weighing smokers down with couchlock or an eventual comedown.
Breeders do not seem to have made seeds of Big Wreck available for sale online; instead, prospective growers must obtain clippings from mature plants of this strain in order to grow healthy, genetically identical “clones.” Big Wreck can be grown indoors or out, although successful outdoor cultivation requires a warm, semi-humid climate with consistent direct daylight. Those growing this strain indoors should train plants to fit limited spaces early on in the vegetative stage by pruning stems and branches; unchecked, Big Wreck can stretch to almost 5 feet tall. This strain flowers within a short 7 to 8 weeks when grown indoors and is ready for harvest in late September to early October when grown outdoors.
With an impressive genetic backbone, Big Wreck offers hybrid fans the best of both worlds — cerebral stimulation and engagement with the outside world alongside a deep relaxation of both mind and body. Its high resin content also makes this strain valuable in the production of THC concentrates like hash and shatter.