The history of Marijuana Strain Names

Each plant's buds and byproducts have specific properties that make them unique. To paraphrase Shakespeare, a strain by any other name would still have those same properties. So why do most dispensaries and consumers still rely on these names, and what do they actually say about the products they identify, It turns out the answer is almost as nuanced as weed itself. The differences between strains aren't always quantifiable, but after decades of selective breeding and marketing, they do tell some interesting tales about the marijuana industry. Learn how the practice of naming weed strains has evolved over time, and why some strain names seem to pop up everywhere.

 Here are a couple of the most popular Marijuana  names:

1.Strain name: Abbot Kinney1850 in New Brunswick, New Jersey 1920 in Santa Monica, California,Originally called "Venice of America," Venice was founded in 1905 by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney as a 14-mile beach resort town. He constructed the area on beachy marshland, and for that many called it "Kinney's Folly." Despite the non-believers, Kinney dredged the land and built a system of canals navigated by gondoliers. The pier he erected became the mecca for stoners and the hippie culture.

Strain type: Indica. Developed over three generations and years of stabilizing as well as developing the perfect nutritional guidelines for this particular strain, resulted in a phenomenal kush, said to be the absolute King of indica today. The OG part stands for "Ocean Grown"

Origin Countries: U.S 


2.Strain name: OG Kush: The urban myth is that the original grower of the new strain was handed a bowl when his friend mentioned that the Kush he was about to smoke was “so good because it was mountain grown.” Upon further inspection, the grower detected the recognizable scent of his own crop and corrected the man by saying, “This Kush isn’t mountain grown, its Ocean Grown Kush, Bro!” From that point on the name Ocean Grown Kush caught on and was shortened to OG Kush over time.

Strain type: Hybrid: known for its unparalleled reputation of delivering a unique flavor, in addition it’s long-lasting relief.Helps with stress, anxiety and pain relief. It counters migraines, glaucoma, nausea, anorexia, depression and negative symptoms during chemotherapy.

Origin Countries: Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North-Western India



3.Strain name: Headband: Headband is an Indica-dominant hybrid, named for the foggy pressure it creates that feels like an invisible headband. Tasting of Kush and pine with a hint of sourness, this strain starts off strong and spacey, leading to the feeling of euphoria.These feelings are often followed by a surge of energy that may leave some users focused and ready to create. Because this strain often makes users feel spaced out, it should not be used when mental focus, critical thinking, or decision-making are required.

Strain type: Hybrid: is an Indica-dominant hybrid, between Sour dieselOG kush and  Master Kush

Origin Countries: U.S 


4.Strain name: Purple Urkle:  Purple Urkle is perhaps one of the most famous Indica strains around yet it's origins are still mostly a mystery. What we do know is that the strain has been around since the 1980's and was originally grown in the Emerald Triangle area of northern California (Humboldt County). It is regularly referred to as "Purple Urple" and occasionally "The Urkle". 

Strain type: Indica. (80%)

Origin Countries:  Emerald Triangle area of northern California (U.S)


5.Strain name: Jack Herer: This popular strain is named after marijuana activist Jack Herer, who started his advocacy career when he moved Los Angeles from New York in the 1960s, reported. He was arrested in 1981 for trespassing onto federal property while petitioning for marijuana legalization. He later moved to Oregon and died from heart attack complications in 2010. His namesake strain is spicy and flavorful. The strain grows quite well outdoors and is usually ready for harvest in the middle of September. Jack Herer flowers on average around 62 days and will yield up to 400 grams per 1000 watts.

Strain type: Sativa (55%) , Haze, Northern lights 


 6.Strain name: Sour Diesel  Most believe that true Sour Diesel was derived from the original Diesel. Some say that Diesel was mixed with an unknown skunk phenotype; while others say it was an accidental cross with a DNL plant. There are those that believe it was just a different phenotype of Chemdawg that was more Sativa than Indica. Many growers also indicate that it was a cross of Chemdawg and Northern Lights, or perhaps Chemdawg, Northern Lights and Skunk.

Strain type: Sativa (90%) Chemdawg, Skunk and  Northern lights .


7.Strain name: Harlequin: The name Harlequin is taken from that of a mischievous "devil" or "demon" character in popular French passion plays. It originates with an Old French term herlequin, hellequin, first attested in the 11th century, by the chronicler Orderic Vitalis, who recounts a story of a monk who was pursued by a troop of demons when wandering on the coast of Normandy at night. Created by Mr. Green from the House of David Collective, it is a cross that includes 1970's Colombian Gold and 3 landraces. 2 Sativas from Thailand and Switzerland as well as an Indica from Nepal. The genetics make Harlequin about 75 percent Sativa with a THC range between 5 and 10 percent. What makes Harlequin highly sought after, however, is the range of its cannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD) content, which can reach as high as 11 percent by some lab tests. While Harlequin will not get patients that high, it's been proven extremely effective in treating chronic pain, arthritis and anxiety.

Strain type: CBD (15.8%)

Origin Countries: Thailand, Switzerland, Nepal. 


 8.Strain name: The Pineapple Express strain (made famous of course, by the film) is a hybrid of the Hawaiian and Trainwreck strains. It’s a good sativa strain, although it’s more popular among medical patients than recreational ones. It gets its name from the floral aromas that is reminiscent of pineapples.This quality of the strain might come from its Hawaiian parent.

Strain type:Sativa ,Hawaiian and Trainwreck

Origin Countries: Hawaii


 9.Strain name :Gorilla Glue #4: This strain gets its name because of the resin that collects on the scissors when trimming. Gorilla Glue #4 has several parents due to extensive backcrossing Sour Diesel, Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister, and Chocolate Diesel. 

Strain type: Sativa (65%) cross between Sour Diesel and Chem's Sister

 Origin Countries: U.S
10.Strain name: Green CrackOriginally named "Crush", the strain was later renamed by none other than Snoop Dog. He named it Green Crack because of the need to keep taking hits of the bud. It is mostly Sativa and stems from the '89 SSSC Skunk#1 crossed with Indica lineage. It gives a short and light high that has been described as "spacey." Its easy to understand the play on word "crack" once you experience the energetic and bouncy feeling this strain's high provides.
The potent citrus smell is the first aroma that is released from Green Crack, which is also how it established its original name "Crush" or Green Crush.
The buds of Green Crack also live up to their name with their distinct bright green hues, along with their orange hairs. The citrus smell seems to transcend into the taste which produces a sweet and smooth flavor with an intense lemon aftertaste. Just a few hits provide an alert and awake feeling that lasts for hours without having to take multiple hits. Medical users will find Green Crack best for depression, nausea, and as an effective migraine treatment.
Strain type:  Sativa (65%) 

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  • Pearl

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