Ortega Indica (Dutch Passion)
Small and sometimes dwarf-like indoor plants, they can be grown in greenhouses, too. They form dense bushes with lots of branches, short internodes and thick stalks.There are several phenos. The best way is to grow a few plants and select a keeper. The growth is quite slow in the start so to get bigger yields extend the veg period.
A pronounced narcotic effect, with no hangover in the morning. Mellow, clear, calming and pain-relieving.
We consider Ortega Indica a medicinal cannabis variety. Ortega Indica is a hybrid of Northern Lights #1 and another strong Indica, both dating back to the late seventies. Extremely penetrating odour/aroma: earthy, spicy and tobacco. Our seven-person test team reported that Ortega Indica is a good variety to smoke before going to sleep, a feature present in all Indica strains, but more extreme in Ortega Indica. It works as an effective sleeping pill and tranquilizer. Ortega Indica is special in that it’s "stone/high" does not have a cloudy "morning after effect". In other words, the morning after smoking Ortega Indica, almost no cannabis effects are experienced any more. Smoke Ortega Indica and wake up with a clear mind. This is seldom the experience after taking sleeping pills or tranquilizers. Ortega Indica plants stay small (dwarf-like) and compact and are quite homogenous. The stoned/high is medium strong. Best results indoor and also greenhouses in temperate climates. Compact buds, medium yielder.
Ortega Indica is one of my favorite strains. The spicy ortega is very relaxing and sedating. It is great for relieving anxiety, pain, and insomnia. My only complaint is that I have seen several different phenotypes of ortega each with different effects so finding the right ortega pheno requires growing several seeds. I've grown a short fruity ortega with a huge main cola and a mind numbing indica effect, a tall branchy ortega with a sweet spicy kush smel, airy buds, and medium indica effects, and a short spicy woody musky earthy ortega that is relaxing and sedating but clear headed effect. The last one is the keeper and is my number 2 all time favorite strain.
Medicino grow co-op (dutch-passion.nl):
A lot of people say that Indica's are best for medical users. I agree in general but I will start off by saying that some med users will respond better to sativa. So get to know your strains if you are a med grower. But Ortegaby dutch passion has been a successful one for the med users so I can give it a thumbs up. DP rate this as a medium yielder, but give this a few weeks extra in veg and she will go large. The stone is fast and heavy, this is potent marijuana so remember that. Some people will only need a small amount to get the necessary pain relief. If you have too much you can get really stoned and feel sleepy - maybe not recommended for some medical users. But for others it may be OK.
All I can say is that this stuff worked for me. I normally prefer a quality indica for pain relief but getting a good nights sleep is my biggest problem. I grew this in 2011 and have a good smoke about 1 hour before bedtime after my supper. Normally I can sleep through the night now, Ortega is definitely worth trying for med users. It is a 'sit down and relax' kind of smoke and pretty strong in its own right
Being the indica smoker that I am, I was expecting different results. Thought it had an average taste and smell, same with the buzz. Just have to say it was okay.
"The Doc" conducts an Ortega Indica test grow.
German grower The Doc conducted an Ortega Indica test grow. Due to limited space (he also had some other strains growing in his room) he only sowed three feminised Ortega Indica seeds. The Doc’s plants, however, are always blessed with quite a long vegetative growth period and plenty of light, yielding good results in terms of size and harvest in the end. The three seeds germinated well and were cultivated in the beginning under two 125 W CFL lights (6400 Kelvin). Two weeks after germination, the plants measured about 15 cm and were extremely compact and also homogeneous, already featuring a lot of side branch development. The Doc replaced the CFL lights with two 600 W Planta Star HPS bulbs, so the plants were coddled with plenty of light. In the third week, the plants did not increase much in height, but their side branches began to spurt dynamically, making for a very bushy and compact growth model.
Little plants grow tall.
After four weeks, the three Ortega Indica plants still were very homogeneous. The Doc induced flowering by reducing the daily light cycle from 18 to 12 hours. The two Planta Star bulbs were replaced by two 600 W Osram Son-T bulbs specially suitable for the flowering period. The three plants had meanwhile reached a height of 50-60 cm and a diameter of 30-40 cm. The fun was about to begin now. After the first week of flowering, it became evident that the plants would significantly stretch, a few days later they had already arrived at a height of 70-80 cm, and after two and a half weeks even at 80-100 cm, but they still were quite bushy and compact, due to the many side branches that were very thick and long. Now the first flower clusters became visible at the top of the branches, bud formation was about getting into full gear. After four weeks of flowering, the plants had already produced a lot of resin, spreading a sweet and spicy scent. In the sixth week of flowering, the plants had literally exploded, bud formation was getting more and more massive and the intense scent even more complex and penetrant. With regard to the indica nature of the strain, the calyx-to-leaf ratio of the buds was surprisingly high.
Countless fat sweet smelling top colas.
There meanwhile were certain differences in height between the plants, one of them clearly was the tallest, the second one about 15 cm lower and the third one another 20 cm lower, being the most bushy plant. In terms of aroma and resin production though, there were hardly any differences. Also during the seventh week of flowering, the buds kept putting on weight, almost looking like finished. But The Doc knew they’d need 1-2 weeks more until their full potential was tapped. After the eighth week of flowering, countless fat sweet smelling top colas were protruding from the plants, and The Doc was close to let the harvest scissors do their work, but he waited another four days until he harvested the three main colas only, as he was a little bit worried they might fall victim to bud mold, although he actually had a good air humidity of about 40% in his grow room. One week later, after nine and a half weeks, The Doc harvested the rest of the plants, too. All the three Ortega Indica plants had reached maturity in time, within the time frame of 8-10 flowering weeks stated by Dutch Passion. Also, they had proven to be 100% female, there was not a single male flower on the plants. Ortega Indica is a stable, quite homogeneous strain, apart from certain differences in height, the three plants were pretty much of the same kind.
It was wonderfully mild and sweet, but nevertheless also a little bit spicy.
After they had dried, the Ortega Indica buds were put on the scales. The Doc happily celebrated a fat harvest of 341 grams, plus a lot of resinous leaf material for the Ice-O-Lator. A big yield was to be expected though, in view of the far above average light intensity in The Doc’s garden – in the last four weeks of flowering, he had even added another 400 W Osram Son-T bulb! For the Ortega smoking test, The Doc had invited a couple of friends. The buds provided a quite unusal smoke, it was wonderfully mild and sweet, but nevertheless also a little bit spicy, slightly reminding of a fine cigar. Ortega Indica’s medium strong high fulfilled The Doc’s expectations as well, quickly causing a nice relaxation effect that at a certain point gave way to a sweet sleepiness. Some of The Doc’s friends are suffering from chronic pain, and they reported it was distinctly alleviated after having smoked Ortega Indica.
With 70 Euros for 10 feminised seeds, Ortega Indica has a very affordable price. I guess this strain will become particularly popular amongst medical marijuana patients. But for any kind of weed smoker, it can serve as a perfect soporific if needed.
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Patient A – Spinal Injuries
Patient A is a medical consumer of cannabis, they have had neck surgery to remove damaged discs, they were prescribed a cocktail of different tablets from the doctor:
“I suffer a lot of pain in my neck and lost a lot of feeling in my left shoulder travelling through the bicep missing out the forearm then into the little finger, wedding finger and forefinger, my left hand will also cramp up into a claw sending cramps up my left arm and down into my left side of my ribs. I can’t get quality grade cannabis from the streets and the cost of the rubbish sold there is criminal, when my care giver started to help me I was very grateful to how kind and generous they were, they wanted me to try a new strain called Ortega.
I tried this strain for a month in bud form having 2.5g per day in a pipe with no added tobacco just good old herb, the first effect I noticed was the relaxing effect it had on me, it made me feel all warm inside, it made all my muscles feel loose and relaxed, my fingers didn’t feel like they were rusty old hinges any more they felt oiled and free, my neck felt a lot looser, I could make a circular motion with my head without having stabbing pains, the effects lasted about 3 hours this was from one small hit of about 0.5 of a gram. The night sleep I had that night after piping 1.5 grams in 0.5 gram hits was incredible, I usually toss and turn all night due to trying to find a comfortable position, but this time I woke up in the same position as I fell asleep, I woke up a little stiff but felt so refreshed, I had just slept for 9 hours, my usual sleep pattern is hour sleep wake up turn over and try and get back off to sleep I will do that all night so no wonder I felt refreshed, I even forgot to take my nightly sleeping tablet that never works but I take it every night without fail.
Over the following week I forgot to take my sleeper every night instead I piped my 1.5grams for bed time and had 2 or 3 hits left for the day time, my care giver suggested I speak to my doctor about reducing my pain medication if I felt I could, so I booked an appointment to see the doc, I am lucky enough to have a doc that believes cannabis can help some people so he agreed I cut down very slowly over a 3 month period…….it took me 3 weeks to stop all tablets, I still have the numb feelings in my left arm and fingers but have not had a cramp, my sleep pattern is at least 8 hours a night, I feel like a different person.”
Patient B has Bi-Polar and bulimia nervosa but does not take any form of prescribed medication after it made her mind feel even worse than the actual illness of bi-polar, they have now been self-medicating with cannabis for the last 12 years, they were given Ortega in bud form:
“I usually use a Sativa strain for my bi-polar as I am a carer for a disabled person so I need to be very active and mobile in the day so a nice Indica strain for the evening to relax and chill is a must for me.
2 grams of Ortega a night totally relaxed me, I found it a nice peppery/earthy taste, it also made my mouth water no cotton mouth feeling, it made me feel like sinking into the sofa while the music played on, I have nick named this strain “The Sleeper” need I say anymore lol only joking sorry I’m on “The Sleeper” now……. Anyway for a good night’s sleep with no side effects like prescribed drugs, no heavy headed feeling like you get from sleeping tablets this is the strain I would choose, if you want total relaxation the stops your mind from running all over the place I suggest trying this strain, a big thank you to the grower and Dutch Passion.
Oops nearly forgot, (that’s the bi-polar kicking in now lol) this strain has also helped me with my eating dis-order, my appetite has levelled out without me having the urge to make my-self ill or binge eat.”
Patient C – undergoing chemotherapy.
Patient C is a young man who has gone through the mill and back, he is 20 years old and has been in full time employment since he left school; he recently discovered he had benign tumours in his brain behind the top of his nose that has caused a lot of pressure to his eyes causing blurred vision and severe headaches and pain, he was operated on last year to remove the tumours and again this year but they keep coming back, at the moment he is undergoing radiation treatment to see if they can shrink the remaining tumours.
“At the moment I am undergoing 28 sessions of radiation treatment, I feel sick all the time, I don’t feel like talking, I feel weak, tired and ache all over, my mood swings are all over the place, my appetite has gone, my care giver gave me some ice-hash made from the strain Ortega, the main effect I feel when I vaporize it is a warm happy glowing feeling that goes right through my body from my feet to my head my airways feel clear and clean the nausea feelings vanish all together, my aches and pains seem to sooth away to nothing, it gave me the munchies and made me laugh, it gave me happy thoughts, my care giver has given me some Ortega seeds so I can now grow my own and I am pleased to say they are doing very nice, my thanks go out to Dutch Passion.”
Patient D suffers from epilepsy he usually gets 4 to 5 fits per day and takes a cocktail of prescribed drugs that make him feel terrible, he tested Ortega ice hash and Ortega in bud form:
“Monday morning and already had a fit, Ortega ice hash arrived at 10am. 7 grams of the nicest looking hash I have seen in a very long time, time to hit the bong, I rationed myself to a 1 gram per day, I usually have 4 or 5 fits per day some days I have more, it’s now Friday and I am still waiting to have a fit, I have been helping my wife to do things around the house, I’ve been sleeping like a baby and feel like a new man. Friday night a fit woke me up, my wife grabbed my bong that was filled ready for such an occasion she held it in place and sparked the lighter I managed to take a hit and fell asleep, when I woke the following morning my wife asked me if I remembered having a fit in the middle of the night, for the life of me I still can’t remember having one, the second week I had some Ortega green (buds) although the green was also very good for my epilepsy it was not as good as the hash, I found the hash to be a cleaner taste and stronger than the green.”
Source - Dutch Passion