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Pineapple Express Strain – Born in Hollywood

Pineapple Express Strain

Every once in awhile a strain of marijuana surges to the forefront of popularity creating a new household name for itself.  There’s nothing like having a movie titled after it, written by and starring Hollywood’s favourite stoner and weed aficionado Seth Rogan, to launch the demand for this hybrid into the strain-osphere.  That’s right, I’m talking about the ever-popular and extra hyped Pineapple Express strain.  While there are tons of top quality strains out there to add to your party platter of bud, there’s a certain intrigue and familiarity when toking on the same weed you just watched Seth Rogan, James Franko and Danny McBride light up.  Touted as “the dopest dope” in the movie, Pineapple Express is portrayed as the one weed to rule them all.  A rare and extremely potent bud that can rock even the biggest pot head’s THC drenched world. But where did this magical blended herb of perfect creation spawn from?  Is the strain available on the market today just riding the Hollywood fame train or does it actually smoke better than its 68% Tomatometer movie counterpart?  Let’s dive deeper into the origins of this instant classic hybrid bud and uncover the truth about what you can expect when purchasing this strain.

What Came First?  The Movie or the Weed?

In an interview with Pineapple Express lead actor and co-writer Seth Rogan, Rogan reveals the truth about where the name came from and puts an end to the decade long debate of whether or not the strain existed before the movie was released.  Along with admitting that he and co-writer Evan Goldberg had to roll all of the cross-shaped joints for the movie as no one else on the crew knew how to properly, Rogan also revealed that the Pineapple Express marijuana strain did not exist prior to creating the movie in 2008.  The name for the movie was actually based off of the Hawaiian weather system that occasionally hits the Pacific Northwest where Rogan is from.  Goldberg apparently heard the name and stated: “that would be a great name for a movie”.  It wasn’t until years later that Rogan and Goldberg found a fitting movie concept to warrant the name; Pineapple Express. The movie portrays the Pineapple Express strain as “the dopest dope” and features it as a hard-hitting, mind-bending, party inducing rarity.  This caught the attention of expert cannabis growers all over, inspiring them to be the first to create a new strain worthy of the name.  Of course, it was also an excellent business opportunity seeing as the movie grossed $102 million worldwide.  So, the race to create the first “real” Pineapple Express strain was on.

Who Created the “Real” Pineapple Express Strain?

According to G13 Labs, they were the first to bring the Pineapple Express strain to life by combining the Trainwreck and Hawaiian strains to create the parent genetics.  However, their site now lists the strain as a combination of Skunk and Big Bud adding to the confusion of its make-up and questionable validity of their claim.  There are also other variations of this strain from a variety of other growers seeking to claim the coveted title, however it is still unclear who exactly created the first “real” Pineapple Express strain.  Regardless of who its creator was, its popularity is undeniable, and the fact that it even exists is a testament to the impact of the Pineapple Express movie and a badge Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg are proud to wear.

What are the Characteristics of the Pineapple Express Strain?

Comprised of 60% sativa and 40% indica, the sativa dominant Pineapple Express strain has a moderate THC level of 14%-19% which provides a long-lasting, pleasant, uplifting and productive buzz. With a tropical scent and citrus overtones the Pineapple Express strain dishes out a delicious pineapple, pine and cedar taste when inhaled.  The most common effects that users have reported are happy, uplifting, euphoric, energetic and relaxed.  Although not the heavy-hitting weed that the movie depicts, the Pineapple Express strain is an excellent choice for daytime smoking and getting your creative juices flowing.

Is Pineapple Express Good for Medical Use?

Pineapple Express is often used as a medicinal aid.  Although the movie depicts the Pineapple Express strain as the ultimate, mind-bending, party-going bud, the real Pineapple Express has been known to have excellent medicinal properties.  For those suffering from anxiety and stress, they may find a great deal of relief from ingesting this strain.  With its numbing characteristic along with its positive and energizing effects, the Pineapple Express strain has also been known to be an excellent option for easing mild aches and pains, as well as assisting in reducing chronic depression.

How Difficult is it to Grow Pineapple Express at Home?

The Pineapple Express strain is a moderately difficult plant to grow.  It requires a warm environment and lots of light and space.  If you’re growing indoors make sure to leave extra room for her wide branches.  Grown properly, this auto-flowering strain usually takes around 7 – 8 weeks to produce a healthy harvest.


So there you have it.  The Pineapple Express strain is a hybrid bud made from a hybrid past of Hollywood hilarity and genetic mixing.  It’s now a house name weed known worldwide for its energizing, positive, creative, thought inducing, body buzzing effects as well as being highly regarded for its medicinal properties such as easing pain, anxiety and stress and relieving chronic depression.  The side-splitting, quirky movie of the rare bud that started it all pairs well with the mystery behind the origins of the first “real” strain of Pineapple Express.  Regardless of its origins, it is most certainly one of the “dopest dopes” out there.  Whether you’re looking to puff away on a tropical tasting daytime bud worthy of the great Canadian weed connoisseur, Seth Rogan or are looking to explore another variety of marijuana to assist with medical relief, the Pineapple Express strain is definitely one worth sampling.