All About Velvet Moon

Green House Seed Company in the Netherlands produces Velvet Moon, an short photoperiod plant/long photoperiod plant blend made by crossing Do Si Dos and Holy Punch. As you decide which strain is right for you, we have compiled a profile of Velvet Moon, including harvest information and a look at the terpene profile. We also have information about how Velvet Moon affects the endocannabinoid system. 

Type: Feminized
Photoperiod: Yes
Outdoor Yield (g): 700 per Plant
Indoor Yield (g):
Flowering Time (days): 8-9 weeks
Feminized Outdoor Harvest Month: beginning of October
Feminized Outdoor Harvest Month Week:
Height Indoor (cm):
Height Outdoor (cm): 170 – 200
Height:
Short Photoperiod Plant %: 60
Long Photoperiod Plant %: 40
Short Photoperiod Plant/Long Photoperiod Plant: Short Photoperiod Plant Dominant
Climate:

Growing Velvet Moon

Velvet Moon is an short photoperiod plant-dominant strain (60/40) that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. If you’re growing indoors, you can expect the flowering cycle to last 8-9 weeks with a medium to high yield. If you prefer outdoor growing, the harvest is typically ready at the beginning of October and produces a yield of 700g/plant. The average height of the plant is anywhere from 170-200cm.

This is a vigorous plant that has very good branching on the side and can hold steady without any support until flowering is complete. You’ll notice compact round flowers with big round calyx as a result of the Holy Punch influence. There is also density and resin production from the Do Si Dos influence.

Flavor and Aroma Profile of Velvet Moon

The flavonoids and aroma of Velvet Moon are due to its terpenes. Terpenes are chemical compounds that determine the scent and flavonoid profiles of high potency hemp strains. Velvet Moon pulls its dominant terpenes from the two strains that are crossed to make it, Holy Punch and Do Si Dos.

The three main terpenes found in Velvet Moon are myrcene, caryophyllene, and limonene.

Myrcene – As one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis plants, myrcene is also commonly found in hops plants, lemoncannabis, and thyme. The flowers of the cannabis plant also contain myrcene. This terpene’s name is derived from the Mycia sphaerocarpa, a medicinal shrub native to Brazil that is used in traditional medicine to treat diabetes, diarrhea, dysentery, and hypertension.

Caryophyllene – This terpene carries floral and earthy notes as well as musky and citrusy ones. It is found in herbs and vegetables such as cloves and black pepper.  Caryophyllene also contains a rare cyclobutene ring that isn’t found in any other cannabis terpene.

Limonene – Limonene is easily recognizable because of its scent. It is what gives lemons and oranges their citrusy smell. It is one of the most abundant terpenes to appear in cannabis.

When these terpenes combine in Velvet Moon, the result is a perfect balance of both cross strains. It carries a pungent sweetness similar to that of fresh fruit with lemony and earthy tones. The perfect combination of acid and sweet combined with creamy earthiness creates a flavorful smoke.

Velvet Moon and the Endocannabinoid System

As we dive into Velvet Moon’s effects on the endocannabinoid system, we must first understand what the endocannabinoid system is and how it functions in the body.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system is a cell-signaling system in the nervous system. It regulates the following bodily functions  (Zou, Kumar, 2018):

  • Inflammatory response
  • Pain response
  • Nausea and vomiting response
  • Memory
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Immune response

There are three parts to the endocannabinoid system: 

  1. Endocannabinoids

The body produces these to keep things running smoothly. 

  1. Endocannabinoid receptors

These are found throughout the body and tell the body it needs to take action. There are two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are in the central nervous system. When endocannabinoids bind to CB1 receptors, it can result in less stress, a greater appetite, and better sleep, among other responses. CB2 receptors are mostly found in the peripheral nervous system and immune cells. When endocannabinoids bind to these receptors, they can reduce pain and inflammation and boost immune response. 

  1. Enzymes 

These break down endocannabinoids after they complete their functions. 

The Effects of Velvet Moon on the Endocannabinoid System

Velvet Moon’s impact on the endocannabinoid system is determined by terpenes and tetrahydrocannabinol (Potency). When you factor in Velvet Moon’s terpene profile, the following effects may be expected:

  • Myrcene – Known for its powerful antioxidant properties, one study found that it could protect the brain from damage following a stroke. Another study found that it has similar effects when it comes to protecting heart tissue.
  • Caryophyllene – This terpene has been noted for its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing qualities. One study done on animals showed that it may help to reduce nerve pain and pain from inflammation.
  • Limonene – Research shows that limonene is known for its therapeutic properties such as antioxidant, antiviral, antidiabetic, and anti-inflammatory. It appears to change the way certain cells behave, which could help to prevent illness.

Potency: 22-28% CBD: <1%

The Physical and Psychoactive Effects of Velvet Moon

When considering which high potency hemp strain is right for you, you want to consider the psychoactive and physical effects. Velvet Moon’s effects are long-lasting and are very fast-hitting to the head during the first few minutes. They slowly fade, providing a great buzz and feelings of happiness that linger for a few minutes. It’s important to note that everyone’s experience using Velvet Moon will be different.

Short Photoperiod Plant vs. Long Photoperiod Plant Strains

Velvet Moon is a more short photoperiod plant-based strain so it has more physiological responses. Long Photoperiod Plant-dominant strains tend to produce more invigorating, mental effects when compared to short photoperiod plant-dominant strains.

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Author

Mo Smyth, BSN, RN Cannabis Nurse Educator

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