Black Diamond is a hybrid with mostly indica genetics. It is a cross between flavor-engineered Blackberry and Diamond OG, a hybrid derived from OG Kush. This strain delivers a strong, sedative high that still allows for mental lucidity, making it great for concentration and conversation. Aside from its psychoactive potency, Black Diamond also has definite bag appeal, with multicolored flowers and a dynamic, robust aroma. This indica’s THC index has been measured at between 15% and 24%.
When properly cured, Black Diamond has a rich berry aroma passed on from parent strain Blackberry. On closer inspection, these is also an underlying dank and earthy character. Meanwhile, breaking up or grinding the buds gives off a nutty, toasted odor. When burnt, Black Diamond gives off a surprisingly smooth smoke for an indica; on the exhale, this smoke leaves behind the taste of oak and berries. Notably, Black Diamond has no detectable grape flavor — this is because the pigments that bring out the leaves’ purple hues do not have a corresponding effect on its taste.
Black Diamond also has several applications for medical cannabis patients. Its strong, almost narcotic feeling of sedation can effectively numb aches and pains, whether temporary as due to injury or chronic as due to diseases like arthritis or lupus. Its mellow euphoria may also take the edge off of mild to moderate cases of stress, anxiety, and depression. Finally, Black Diamond can be an antidote for insomnia, pulling users into a deep and restful sleep. Because the frantic feeling of “mind race” is not often reported with this strain, it can be a good choice for those who are prone to panic or paranoia.