What Is a weed strain?
Illustration: Nate Milton
Me, internally: Hm, seems fake.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) & Cannabidiol (CBD) content in weed
Weed dispensaries have popped up in many major cities like goose shit in the springtime, and an oddly stressful ritual has entered many of our lives: choosing a strain of the devil’s lettuce to roll into a jazz cigarette. The conversation typically goes something like this:
According to Myles, it’s better to think of weed as existing on a spectrum of sativa-ness and indica-ness, and the most accurate way to describe weed is its THC and CBD content rather than its genetic heritage. This is how government-approved medicinal grow-ops do business. Bedrocan, for example, doesn’t name its pot after marijuana strains you find on the street, and indicates THC and CBD content.
How did dispensaries influence weed names?
Most folks probably think strains are genetically similar if they have a similar name, but this too can be misleading. For example, “haze” varieties of weed are expected to be more sativa-dominant. But, according to the 2015 study, while Super Silver Haze and Neville’s Haze are reported as being sativa-dominant and deliver, others, like Domina Haze, are actually more genetically similar to indica-dominant “kush” strains, like Master Kush or King’s Kush. A full 35 percent of strains the researchers tested had more genetic similarities to differently-named varieties than to similarly-named ones.
But let’s back up for a second. For the uninitiated, a “strain” of marijuana is generally understood to be a unique genetic blend—a hybrid—of the two (supposedly) main types of weed, sativa and indica, with some additional tweaks. They all promise different physical effects. The time-tested rule of thumb for stoners, though, is that sativas have a more cerebral and wakeful high, while indicas are good for zoning out on your couch for hours and watching Planet Earth.
Cannabis strains labelled "sativa" and "indica" promise different physical effects but scientifically speaking, even the “best” weed strains are probably bullshit—names like "Purple Kush" don't mean anything.
Growth Stature: Long and stretchy, big and narrow leaves, could definitely benefit from supercropping or scrog
Flower time: 65-80 days
Recommended Experience Level: Beginner
Overview: Two great sativas mixed together. Look for a high yielding, large nug sizes and potent aromas
Jack Flash x S.A.G.E
Traits to look for in ideal phenotype
Nugget Type: Large conical trichome covered flowers. Slightly airy
Desired traits from the mother (Jack Flash): unique flavor and aroma and classic Jack nug structure
Jacks fire strain Jack Flash x S.A.G.E Recommended Experience Level: Beginner Overview: Two great sativas mixed together. Look for a high yielding, large nug sizes and potent aromas