Great White Shark has been making a comeback of late. Denver Dispensary, Spark, Sticky Fingerz and Trenchtown have all carried the strain, though I’m still searching for a cut that accurately represents Great White’s trichome potential and doofus-like high. Trenchtown’s is close enough for fans of the strain, but it’s over $36 an eighth after tax; if you have a card, try the medical-only version at Sticky Fingerz for $20.
Smell: Although its skunky overtones aren’t as pungent as you’d expect, Great White Shark carries relaxing floral aromas of cloves and lavender, with subtle notes of zesty wood and an earthy-skunky back end to remind you of its lineage.
Looks: Large thumb-sized and football-shaped buds are made of wide, fluffy calyxes that almost glow in the dark, with red-orange pistils for a classic landrace look. As with most old-school strains, the buds might look generic to new users, but there is potential for heavy trichome coverage if grown correctly.
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Effects: Although anxiety and freakouts are limited (rare for a potent sativa), Great White Shark can easily disorient users after the first bowl. Its potency, while calming, also minimizes focus and attention, making it a classic strain for stupid bliss and unrefined energy. Medical patients have used it to treat anxiety, stress, pain, nausea and eating disorders, but it can also be used to combat lethargy and boredom.
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Still, I love to watch Shark Week, and I decided to take the plunge with Great White Shark, a vintage sativa with a skunky South American heritage. The strain’s name instantly drew me in, taking me back to those Street Sharks cartoons from the early ’90s. Great White Shark saw its popularity peak later that decade; it won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1997 but became somewhat endangered as time went on.
The Great White Shark strain comprises Super Skunk and South American landrace genetics, and also goes by White Shark and Peacemaker — the latter of which doesn’t exactly line up with a man-eater’s terrifying reputation. But the high easily fits in the Jekyll/Hyde category, as a little bit can be both uplifting and…