It just goes to show: there’s only so much to a name.
It was a decent high, but nothing exceptional, and I filed it away under “too baked to operate a metal detector.”
But the other day when I stopped by Bloom on MLK to scope the place for our upcoming Potlander annual, I was steered toward a sativa-dominant phenotype of Cactus that was a bit different from the sleepy expression that made me not know how to use a metal detector.
But when you look to find a new supply of the flower you’ve come to adore, everything that bears its name isn’t quite the same.
So the next time you’re out looking for THAT STRAIN, keep in mind that nearly all phenotypes come with a little variation—and even genetically identical plants are influenced by their nutrition, environment, and harvest conditions— and that you might not be able to immediately locate the exact high you’re looking for solely by name.
Different growing methods and nutritional plans express strains differently, but flashy bright sativa-dominant strains don’t suddenly become purple-flared indicas at the genetic level, right?
Quite the contrast from the Cactus of my botched Rockaway Beach metal detecting expedition.
Like a squid shooting its ink into a fish tank, the high blossomed to the limits of my receptors. Once my head felt full, it then felt racy and elated. And it’s all a blur from there.
I recently experienced this phenomenon in a cross of Northern Lights and Afghani bred by Jordan of the Islands called Cactus that I first picked up on impulse on my way out of town to the coast.
Potlander Strain: Cactus (sativa phenotype) Parentage: Northern Lights x Afghani Breeder: Jordan of the Islands Grower: Devil’s Lettuce Cannabinoid Content: 27.7% THC, 0.1% CBD