One of the more creative and colorful parts of cannabis culture is strain-naming. Because the market flourished underground for such a long time, illicit growers and dealers made up catchy, memorable names to create buzz and demand for high quality products -- or in some cases, to make crappy products seem more appealing. Surprisingly, these naming traditions, which sometimes involve interrelated strain “families” or broader cultural references, is one thing about weed culture that legalization hasn’t changed. Here’s a look at ten of the weirdest and most memorable strain names.
Jack Herer (the man) was a lifelong cannabis activist whose 1985 book The Emperor Wears No Clothes continues to be an influential resource in the fight for cannabis decriminalization and legalization. Named in his honor, Jack Herer (the strain) is a sativa-dominant hybrid developed by Sensi Seeds. Sticky buds have an appealing orange-lemon scent and taste with just a hint of some dank pine. The high provides an excellent balance between cerebral and physical effects, leaving users deeply relaxed but attentive and conversant.
One of the seminal strains of the 1960s and 70s, Maui Waui is a fruity sativa named for the Hawaiian Island where it originated. Loose and fluffy buds have a citrus scent and a sweet pineapple taste, with smooth smoke. The high is mostly uplifting and creative, with some feelings of physical calm. With a tendency to facilitate conversation and induce the munchies, it’s a great daytime strain for more social use. A moderate THC content keeps Maui Waui from veering into hyper-stimulated paranoid territory.
Sometimes shock value can be a big asset when naming and marketing strains. Originally called “Cush”, this strain was re-dubbed “Green Crack” by Snoop Dogg after he sampled its intense sativa effects. Although some still prefer the name Cush to sidestep any unwanted cannabis stigma, the love for this fruity and earthy strain is unanimous. It delivers a trippy and energetic high that’s perfect for daytime use. Its potency -- Green Cracks averages a 16% THC content -- ensures that you’ll feel uplifted for hours to come.
Northern Lights has a name that pays all due credit to the power of Mother Nature. This heavy, stoney indica carries a rich flavor profile of incense and musk. As with many other indicas, smoke is fairly harsh and lung-expanding. The sedative effects creep up slowly and can easily pin you down. This is definitely a better choice for mellow, nighttime use -- as you’re drifting off, you’ll feel like you’re floating towards the arctic circle, underneath the aurora borealis.
Cannabis pioneer Kyle Kushman is responsible for naming Strawberry Cough, a sativa-dominant strain with a sharp, bracing high. Its exact genetics are uncertain, but Kushman claims to have grown this hybrid from a strawberry-scented clone given to him by an acquaintance. That fruity flavors carries over into Strawberry Cough, which has a palpable strawberry aftertaste when its harsh smoke is exhaled. The high from this popular strain comes on quickly and offers mental stimulation alongside relief from anxiety. Any physical effects are relatively mild, making this a good outdoor, daytime smoke.
Notable for its simple, iconic name, OG Kush is just as famous for its balanced and highly potent effects. It’s a common misconception that the “OG” stands for “Original Gangsta” -- it’s actually “Ocean Grown,” a reference to the strain’s coastal SoCal origins. OG Kush has a pungent, skunky odor and an earthy taste; some users also describe tasting lemon on the exhale. An energizing strain, OG Kush is balanced out by a light body buzz. Expect to feel some stimulation of creativity and possibly an increase in libido.
With a name that conjures images of psychedelic happiness, Super Silver Haze is covered in shiny trichomes. Its dank, slightly spicy smoke hits very smooth, and the high comes on quickly. Although this strain’s genetic composition leans toward sativa, the effect are notably balanced. Users report mental stimulation in the form of euphoria and blunted anxiety, and a deep physical ease that can be used to medicate chronic pain and fatigue. It may not boost your motivation or energy, but Super Silver Haze will definitely make mundane chores more enjoyable.
That pretty much says it all. Fucking Incredible is a pure indica with a long-lasting high. Buds have a complex taste with hints of fruit and musk and an aftertaste of syrupy sweetness. This strain’s effects are deeply physical, with a creeping heaviness in the limbs and head. Some users may feel a psychedelic sense of creativity as well -- pair it with some of your favorite music. Fucking Incredible is especially beneficial for relieving insomnia.
Bordering on sacrilege (although not nearly as much as its cousin strain God’s Vagina), God Bud speaks to cannabis’ spiritual qualities. It’s an indica-dominant cross descended from a Hawaiian landrace strain and won the High Times Indica Cup in 2004. The particularly sticky purple buds have a sharp citrusy flavor grounded by notes of wood and earth. Effects are more slow and lethargic than cerebral, although some users report visual distortions and sharpening of the sense. God Bud is helpful for insomnia and is a good strain for late afternoon or evening use.
Notorious for its heavy coating of trichomes that give buds a white appearance, White Widow is a knockout sativa hybrid crossed from Brazilian and Indian landraces. This is a very pungent strain, with a heavy sweet-sour odor in the plant’s stems and a more piney and citrusy scent to its flowers. The strong sativa effects can lead to easy suggestibility -- and in larger doses, some mind-race -- even in experienced users. This soaring high tends to last longer than average. It’s a good option for daytime social settings or solo creative use.