The Pineapple Express strains shares the name of a meteorological phenomenon known for packing a wet punch.
And if you believe the online reviews – or are a fan of the 2008 stoner action film of the same name – Pineapple Express lives up to its reputation as a mind-bending strain. To be sure, the legendary weed has been one of the most sought-after by cannabis lovers in North America, according to a recent survey of Google searches.
But despite its Hollywood notoriety, the actual origins of the Trainwreck and Hawaiian cross are hazier.
According to Seth Rogen, who starred along James Franco in the film that made the brand famous, there was no Pineapple Express strain before the movie. They made the name up. Rogen revealed that little-known fact during an interview in 2014.
Which is to say that one of North America’s most hipster strains started out as a brand that owes its cult status to, well, a cult film.
That explains in part why there are so many variants of the Pineapple Express strain available on the legal market, from sativa dominants with 30-plus per cent THC promising epic highs, to more moderate indica-dominant strains to treat anxiety.
In Canada, OrganiGram’s version, called Rising Tides, is only 12 percent THC. It still comes with the warning for patients with anxiety to “be cautious.”
Aurora Cannabis’s version, which is sold under the eye-catching name Pierre Elliott (the father of the current Prime Minister of Canada) was “thoughtfully curated from another licensed producer.”
Meanwhile, Barney’s Farms, the Amsterdam-based online cannabis seed shop, offers an “auto-flowering” variety of Pineapple Chunk that’s trademarked as Pineapple Express Auto. Its claim to fame? It can flower in just four weeks.
What you can put in your pipe and smoke: Pineapple Express, whatever variety, is fab for the garden. According to resident expert, it boasts decent yields and is easy to grow. Also, it will never fail to make you laugh.