Pennywise is a CBD-rich hybrid from California’s TGA Genetics. After years of research and development to create a strain high in CBD, TGA landed on a cross between a Harlequin female and a Jack the Ripper male. The result was Pennywise, averaging 12-15% CBD with equal ratios of THC. According to TGA co-founder Subcool, Pennywise began in 2007 when he worked with a rare Harlequin cut from breeder Chef Joel of Norstar Genetics, who holds the same Harlequin cutting today.
According to TGA, Pennywise has four main phenotypes -- traits the earth pulls from the plant’s genetic code -- exhibiting varying amounts of coffee, lemon and bubblegum flavors. All four are reported by the breeder to produce both the relaxing, therapeutic effects of Harlequin and the invigorating effects of Jack the Ripper. Per Subcool, the goal with Pennywise is a 1:1 THC/CBD ratio -- with the most popular phenotype testing at 11% THC, 11% CBD.
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TGA reports Pennywise has a short-to-medium growth, purple/green leaves and dense, medium-sized buds with a 56-63 day flowering period. Whether growing indoors or out, TGA recommends topping only once, as the stretch on most Pennywise phenotypes should be limited.
Today, TGA produces Pennywise seeds using a Jack the Ripper male that tests high in THC-V.