MAC 1 Strain Review: The Perfect Day Time Strain 2023

MAC 1 is one of the best balances I’ve had so far between mind and body high and is the breeder’s cut of the MAC strain bred by Capulator. Not to be confused with MAC (miracle alien cookies) this strain is amazing for lifting moods, relaxation, and clarity. This limonene-dominant strain is believed to have energizing and mood-boosting properties, making this strain a great strain to smoke in the morning and daytime.

In this article, I smoke the MAC 1 weed strain from Lucky Chuckies, a DC recreational dispensary. I’ll go over the overall effects, cosmetics, aromas, and who this strain is recommended for. We’ll also deep dive into the dominant terpenes and cannabinoids to understand the overall entourage effect of the MAC 1 strain. Let’s get to it.

Key Takeaways for MAC 1 Weed Strain:

  • MAC 1 hits hard and fast with a beautiful blend of body and head buzz that increases energy, focus, moods, and relaxation.
  • The primary terpene found in MAC 1 is Limonene which is believed to uplift moods, increase energy, and relax the body.
  • I recommend MAC 1 for morning and daytime smokers for the energy-enhancing and clarity effects.

What does the MAC 1 strain feel like?

MAC 1 Strain Review

Mac 1 from Lucky Chuckie in Washington DC

When smoking MAC 1 the effects come on very fast in the initial puff. The high starts in the temples and moves down slowly around the eyes and down the neck into your entire body. The cerebral effects are very relaxing, focused, and euphoric with no overstimulation to the mind. 

Overall I felt the MAC 1 leaned more to the “heady” side, where everything becomes clear, pain falls away, and life just becomes easier. I started smoking this strain during mid-afternoon, but slowly found myself favoring MAC 1 for wake-and-bake sessions because of the increased energy. For more MAC strains I recommend the MAC Daddy and Banana MAC strains.

Who this strain is for: If you are looking for the perfect strain to help uplift your moods while promoting increased energy and clarity I recommend the MAC 1 strain. If you are looking for pain relief this strain does a decent job but for those of you looking for a focus on pain and sleep, I recommend the Blueberry Kush and Blue Cookies strain.

Mac 1 strain entourage effect

The overall entourage effect for MAC 1 is euphoric, energized, clarity, and a deep sense of cerebral and physiological relaxation. The entourage effect is the theory that the various compounds found in cannabis such as terpenes and cannabinoids work together more effectively than a single compound isolated such as THC.

The different compounds such as CBD, Limonene, and THC in the MAC 1 strain balance each other out to provide the unique “signature high”. In this section, we look at the four most dominant terpenes found in the MAC 1 weed strain.

Disclaimer: The terpene profile may vary depending on what medical dispensary you purchased your MAC 1 strain from. This section is meant to help you understand how the terpenes influence the effects of this strain, but more research is needed to understand fully how terpenes affect the body from consuming cannabis.

MAC 1 terpene profile:


Pinene: 0.21%

Myrcene: 0.05%

Ocimene: 0.02%

Humulene: 0.04%

Limonene: 0.26%

Linalool: 0.08%

Terpinolene: 0.23%

Caryophyllene: 0.12%

Why MAC 1 is perfect for daytime productivity and leisure

MAC 1’s primary terpenes Limonene and Terpinolene both are believed to promote relaxation while also energizing the body and creating focus and clarity in the mind. This makes MAC 1 the perfect strain for productive or leisure activities during the day, uplifting moods, and even productive activities.

The most dominant terpene found in MAC 1 strain is Limonene. Limonene is an aromatic mono-terpene produced within the flower’s resin glands. Early research suggests that Limonene can relieve stress, increase energy, and improve one’s mood. While more research is needed to understand just how much smaller concentrations of Limonene found in cannabis can impact our overall experience, in my personal experience I found that the MAC 1 strain gave me a great sense of relief and relaxation in my moods and I felt deeply energized.

Terpinolene is the second most abundant terpene found in MAC 1 cannabis. Terpinolene is not typically dominant in about one in every ten cannabis strains and is believed to exhibit a relaxing and sedative effect when combined with the terpene linalool. 

The primary cannabinoids found in MAC 1 are THC, CBD, and CBG, and Terpinolene is believed to enhance these cannabinoids synergistically. With THC terpinolene is believed to create a lively and energetic effect, with CBD it can provide a more calming and relaxing experience, and finally with CBG it can help boost clarity and concentration. MAC 1 is perfect if you are looking for a deeply relaxing strain that still boosts energy, clarity, and concentration. While this strain does give you a level of focus, it’s more for seasoned smokers so it wouldn’t make for a great productivity strain for beginners.

When is the best time to smoke MAC 1 strain?

The best time to smoke MAC 1 weed strain is in the mornings or during the day. The four dominant terpenes Limonene, Terpinolene, Pinene, and Caryophyllene are believed to help increase energy, focus, and clarity, all while giving a deep sense of relaxation and euphoria. For nighttime strains focused on sleep I recommend the Cataract Kush strain.

Pinene is the third most dominant terpene found in the MAC 1 strain. A-pinene is one of the most well-researched compounds found in cannabis. Early research suggests that this terpene interacts with other cannabinoids to help with memory retention, alertness, and euphoria, making this strain perfect for jumpstarting your day in the morning or sluggish afternoons


The fourth most abundant terpene found in MAC 1 is Caryophyllene. THC works synergistically with Beta-Caryophyllene to help counteract THC’s psychoactive effects, which is why the MAC 1 strain never felt overwhelming with racing or overstimulation to the mind. The head high was perfectly balanced even for beginner smokers.

What are the primary cannabinoids in MAC 1 strain?

The primary cannabinoids found in MAC 1 are THC, CBC, and CBG. Cannabichromene (CBC) is believed to help promote a sense of calmness, increased energy, and elevation in moods. CBG on the other hand is believed to increase focus, concentration, energy, and relaxation. These cannabinoids work synergistically with the dominant terpenes found in MAC 1, which gives this strain its overall energized, clear, yet relaxed entourage effect in my personal opinion.

Disclaimer: The cannabinoids in your MAC 1 strain can vary depending on what medical dispensary you purchased your strain from. This section was meant to help you understand the effects of the cannabinoids in your strain.


THC: 19 - 21.5%

CBD: 0.16 - 0.41%

CBC: 0.26 - 0.88%

CBG: 0.44 - 1.23%

CBN: 0.04 - 0.77%

THCV: 0.16 - 0.77%

How do MAC 1 nugs taste and smell?

The MAC 1 strain has an amazing citrusy, creamy, and sweet smell, with a touch of musk and diesel when breaking open the nugs. The taste however is citrusy, creamy, and spicy. Limonene is the most dominant terpene and contributes to MAC 1’s citrusy flavors while the second dominant terpene, Terpinolene, contributes to the sweet aromas. While Myrcene is found in a lower quantity in MAC 1, it contributes to a subtle gas and diesel taste similar to strains like sour diesel.

Pinene: (pine, sweet, spicy) 

Myrcene: (musky, spicy, gas)

Ocimene: (fruity, citrus, sweet)

Humulene: (earthy, woody, spicy)

Limonene: (fruity, citrus, sweet)

Linalool: (citrus, spicy, sweet)

Terpinolene: (sweet, floral, citrus)

Caryophyllene: (musky, spicy, earthy)

MAC 1 cosmetics: structure, colors, and trichomes

MAC 1 nugs are extremely dense and will be covered in an even denser coating of sugar trichomes to the point it look like fuzz. You can expect lime green or dark green buds, and tints of purples and blues but it’s not required. You can see the photo I took of the MAC 1 strain from Lucky Chuckies dispensary in DC, the entire nug was covered in sugary crystals which hid the natural colors of the strain. 

Final Thoughts

Here at Gentleman Toker, our team reviews medical marijuana strains all across America. I’ve reviewed the most popular dispensaries in HawaiiNew YorkOklahoma, and New Jersey. In this article, I reviewed the well-balanced MAC 1  strain from Lucky Chuckies a Washington DC I71 Gifting dispensary. 

MAC 1 is one of the most perfectly balanced Indica/Sativa hybrids (50/50). It is a cross from Alien Cookies with Miracle 15 and is also known as Miracle Alien Cookies 1. The dominant cannabinoids and terpenes all help to give you a sense of euphoria, energy, focus, and clarity while also deeply relaxing the mind and body. This makes the MAC 1 strain perfect if you want to smoke in the mornings or for daytime activities. For experienced smokers, I would recommend this strain for productivity but overall it’s a great medicinal and recreational strain.