Strain Names And Where They Come From
Posted by Little Buds | July 30 2012 | 3743 views | Comments ↓
Marijuana Strain Names
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Back in the day, before the growth of the medical marijuana industry, the cannabis available to most consumers was either schwag weed or kind weed, aka low grade cheap weed that would give you a headache and make you want more, or top notch expensive weed that would mess you up for hours and make you forget you wanted more. I remember in the late 80’s, a friend came to visit me in NY from Scotland and said to me, “I heard there’s this special weed you Americans have—it’s called ‘kind weed,’ do you know of it?” I laughed for a week. I guess kind bud also used to be called “kill” bud…. None of us knew the difference between any of the kind or kill bud back then—we just knew it was all good and we wanted it.
Now everything has changed. Who knows how many names of how many different types of strains exist? But where in the world do these names come from?
Strains are usually either pure, or hybrid varieties of Cannabis Indica or Cannabis Sativa. Growers grow their strains to make marketing differentiations, or to highlight different combinations of properties of the plant. Strains are therefore usually named by their growers and reflect such properties of the plant such as color, taste, smell, or the origin where it was grown.
We now therefore have such popular strain names as White Widow, Sour Diesel, Bubble Gum, Northern Lights, OG Kush, and Train Wreck among many, many others. Such names as Bammer, Catpiss, Cheese, Comatoast, Dumpster, Funky Skunky, Granddaddy Purple, Jack the Ripper, Neopolitan Dynamite, Pineapple Dogshit, Presidential Kush, Purple Goddess, Salmon, Sky Walker, Stinky Pinky, Texas Hammer and Velvet Elvis are strains I have either sampled or heard of from other patients.
We also now have groups of strains, for example, the berry group which includes Blueberry and Strawberry Cough among others. We also have Northern Lights varieties, Kush varieties, Haze varieties, and Skunk varieties, and many many more. The list really is endless.
Only true connoisseurs, often growers themselves, can tell from just look and scent if a strain is AK-47 or Bubble Gum—but fortunately there are many honest growers and informed dispensary staff that can guide us through the massive catalog of strains and help us find the medication we're looking for.
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Article by Little Buds, on Jul. 30th 2012