Headband

If someone tells you they know the true origin story of the strain Headband, they’re probably bluffing. Many key points in this strain’s history are ambiguous, and rife with human error. While we might not be able to pinpoint exactly when this lemon-fuel soaked strain stepped onto the scene, it’s generally accepted that its origins lie in OG Kush and Sour Diesel.

Headband

Legend has it that the archetypal Headband cut was actually just an (allegedly stolen) OG Kush clone. The fact that Headband shares a citrusy, rocket-fuel profile, relaxing high, and its unmistakable “headband” sensation with OG is no coincidence. In the early 2000s, Mandlebrot (a.k.a. the late Ras Truth) and legendary breeder/cannabis historian Notsodog were running different Sours, and arranged to trade each other four cuts apiece. Of the four “Sour Diesel” mothers Mandlebrot offered to Notsodog, he noted that two were actually Headband cuts. All four plants were unlabeled, and after cloning and tending to them, Notsodog realized that the plants were basically indistinguishable from his own Sour. Thinking he’d received four cuts of Sour, Notsodog named and ran the plants as such… only for Mandlebrot to tell him months later that he had, in fact, given Notsodog four cuts of Headband. To complicate things further, Mandlebrot clarified that the Headband in question was more commonly known as LA Kush.  

Notsodog’s favored Headband/LA Kush cut, reeking of diesel and offering a killer cerebral experience, was then crossed by Mandelbrot with an unspecified father (rumored to be Master Kush), to produce what smokers in Humboldt County and beyond recognized as 707 Headband. After Mandelbrot’s untimely passing, this top-shelf sativa (along with much of Mandlebrot’s prolific catalog) was preserved by Emerald Mountain Legacy. The Humboldt Seed Organization collaborated with Emerald Mountain Legacy to offer a further refined version. There’s also a potent OG Kush x Sour Diesel cross from Loompa, which originally went by Headband but is now known as Underdog OG. 

Headband a.k.a. LA Kush a.k.a. Notsodog cut = OG Kush x Sour Diesel

Breeder: Unknown, but Mandelbrot was an original handler

Vintage: circa 2000

707 Headband = LA Kush x unknown father, maybe Master Kush

Breeder: Mandelbrot

Vintage: circa 2000

Loompa’s Headband = OG Kush x Sour Diesel

Breeder: Loompa Farms

Vintage: mid-2000s

Headband a.k.a. Weasel Diesel a.k.a. Underdog OG a.k.a. Daywrecker cut = ‘91 Chemdog x (Mass Super Skunk x Sensi's Northern Lights)

Breeder: Weasel

Vintage: mid-1990s

Headband Strain Effects

As mentioned, older cuts of Headband had an uncanny resemblance to OG Kush. The effects are known to be relaxing, both mentally and physically. 707 Headband offers a heavily cerebral high, often kicking off with a tingling/pressure sensation around the user’s eyes and temples. As stated by Humboldt Seeds, “Wearing a "Headband" describes perfectly its powerful cerebral effects, which can be immediately felt behind the eyes and across the forehead as this new elite hybrid lives up to its name.” At more modest doses, the 707 Headband strain offers powerful mental stimulation, including increased creativity, boosted mood, and even arousal. At these levels, there’s a noticeable absence of mental fog or couchlock, making this an ideal strain to get through errands, a workout, or a social event. 

Being somewhat of a Swiss Army strain, higher doses of the invigorating sativa can result in full-body relaxation, which more experienced tokers will find useful for easing into sleep. It is important to remember that this strain can be mentally intense, and users with a lower tolerance might find higher doses to be more anxiety-inducing than relaxing.

Loompa’s Headband (Underdog, sometimes going by Daywrecker) is distinguished by its significantly ramped-up effects. Loompa Farms described it as, “The kind of herb that has you holding it in to get the fullest effect. It has had seasoned smokers passing out, swearing it's laced.” A little goes a long way with this cut, both in terms of strong effects and long lasting high. 

Headband Medical Effects

Like many OGs, 707 has been reported to bring relief to migraine sufferers, dampening both the physical and mental discomfort they bring. Whether your stress is rooted in an anxiety disorder, the events from your day-to-day life, or a little of both, this strain will bring your mind to ease. A good number of users consistently report both dry mouth and eyes across the different varieties of this strain. Like we said, Loompa’s Headband (and 707 at higher doses) can be an intense sedative, and dizziness is sometimes experienced as a result. 

Headband Characteristics

Headband is generally well known for its pungent lemon/fuel profile. Notsodog’s LA Kush was described as still having a citrusy aroma, but is absolutely dominated by diesel. Most cuts of Headband are known to produce small-to-medium-sized, dense, electric green nugs, trichome-frosted and usually covered with long, thick, dark orange pistils. 

Growing Headband

Humboldt’s 707 Headband grows well both indoors and outdoors, with a relatively short flowering period of roughly 63 days, with Loompa’s Underdog OG needing closer to 10 weeks. The seeds are said to produce monstrous buds, resulting in very high yields. Other growers have reported that 707 Headband will sometimes produce more “popcorn” style buds, thus reducing the potential yield. Headband is a good option for novice growers, as it is known to require little attention and nutrients. Seeds for Humboldt’s 707 Headband are usually available from the Humboldt Seed Organization, but you may also find them at other trusted seedbanks.