BY JOSH SHLENKER
Photo by MedMen
Of all of the cannabis strains, Pineapple Express is arguably the most well known. Even if you don’t consume, you recognize the name thanks to the now iconic 2008 stoner comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Did it exist before the movie? Debatable. In a 2014 interview, Rogen says they came up with the name Pineapple Express for the movie and the strain came into being after the fact. If you're curious, in the past most people commonly knew Pineapple Express as the weather phenomenon where moisture from Hawaii funnels up to the West Coast. Following the success of the flick and its association with cannabis culture, it became a real strain and now you see it in dispensaries across the country.
But what is this increasingly popular sativa really all about? Pineapple Express has a somewhat mysterious lineage but it has been said to be a cross of Trainwreck with a variety imported from Hawaii (Maui Wowie maybe?). Because of its popularity you can enjoy this icon in a variety of forms including vapes, flower, and concentrates. Read on to learn more about the Pineapple Express strain.
What kind of high should I expect?
This strain is old school — meaning it came before a time of test results and cannabinoid content. Cannabis was bred for flavor not potency. Pineapple Express, for this reason, exhibits a much more mild and uplifting high than many of today's super potent exotics. It usually tests between 14-18% THC content when in flower form — so it’s midrange in terms of potency. This creates a mellow all-day smoke for every level of user and above all a sweet, tropical, funky pineapple taste.
So what should I use this strain for?
Ideal for all levels of cannabis users, it has a more mild effect than other flowers. But if you’re particular about flavor and smoke, it’s high quality. This would be a great strain for someone looking for help with coping with mild anxiety, digestive issues, mild pain and general discomfort during the day. You can smoke it and it won’t put you out! Also, it can be excellent for appetite stimulation if that’s a concern.
What do reviewers love about it?
Flavor, flavor, flavor! Beyond the novelty of the name, this strain is a tasty smoke. For those who consider themselves strain hunters, it’s a pretty hard flower to find. It usually sells out quickly so those who want to enjoy it that way need to keep an eye on the menu. But even if you can’t find it as flower, it also comes in vape form.
As far as effects go, reviewers love how happy and giggly they feel. They call it a pick-me-up and energy booster. Others enjoy the creativity they experience while high. And for those who want to be social, it’s especially pleasant if you want to smoke and carry on a conversation — you’ll never be too in your head. Finally, what about sex? Well, some reviewers say it’s a great aphrodisiac so have fun experimenting.
What are the downsides?
The downside for some will always be the upside to others. This strain is not for someone with a high tolerance to THC. Since current batches consistently test in the mid-teens, this is not a ‘very potent’ strain of cannabis but is still certainly considered a high THC strain, especially if you’re a newbie. High THC can result in increased appetite (which is not a downside for medical patients who need that!) and dry mouth.
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