Press Play on this Iconic Cinema Strain: Getting to the Cannabis Core of Pineapple Express

Seth Rogen’s laughter is infectious. In honor of Pineapple Day on June 27 we’ve been rewatching Pineapple Express and are pleased to say those giggles withstand the test of time. Jokes aside, Pineapple Express is actually a fairly landmark film in terms of cannabis mainstream acceptance. It introduced the Pineapple Express strain to the masses (Rogen and his Pineapple Express co-writer Evan Goldberg developed the strain as part of the production process for the movie) and started a chain reaction of curiosity and experimentation with cannabis genetics. 

But what exactly is the Pineapple Express strain? How did Rogen and Goldberg create it, what does it taste like, and how does it make you feel? Questions like these are why we love and rely on the cannabis experts at Leafly – the leading destination to learn about, find, and order cannabis – to help break down strain origins, benefits and products. 

Named for the weather phenomenon (Rogen and Goldberg have a documented history of naming their strains after weather patterns) Pineapple Express is a smiley, fun strain that whisks you away on a mental vacation that’ll have you floating in the breeze and having the time of your life. A hybrid strain, Pineapple Express is the result of crossing Trainwreck strain genetics with Hawaiian strain genetics. A child of two of these two most popular strains, Pineapple Express is sativa dominant with just the right amount of indica mixed it to make it *chef’s kiss* perfect. What does this mean for those who smoke it? Let’s see what the Leafly library has to say:

Pineapple Express is a sativa-dominant hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing Trainwreck with Hawaiian. While this strain rose to fame on the silver screen in 2008 amidst the release of Pineapple Express, it is a real strain that you can find on the shelves of dispensaries across the country.  Since then, this strain has become a favorite in the hearts and minds of cannabis lovers. Pineapple Express produces long-lasting energetic effects that you can feel right away. Pineapple Express is 18% THC and may make you feel buzzy, alert, and creative. The best time to smoke Pineapple Express is in the morning, afternoon, or early evening hours. In terms of flavor, this strain packs a punch to your pallet with bright citrus notes infused with pineapple and earthy pine, thanks to the terpenes of caryophyllene, limonene, and pinene. Medical marijuana patients choose Pineapple Express to relieve symptoms associated with depression, pain, and fatigue. According to growers, this strain will flower into dense curly buds with dark green foliage and firey amber hairs. The average price per gram of Pineapple Express is $20.

These days, you can find Pineapple Express in just about every iteration of cannabis product there is. You can find it throughout Los Angeles, at dispensaries like Alpaca Club LA, The Artist Tree, The Pottery and more. 

The energetic, social, giggly vibe of Pineapple Express can be felt throughout its family tree in similar stains like parents Trainwreck, and Hawaiian, as well as cousins Pineapple OG, and Pineapple Trainwreck. The world of cannabis has grown so much that if one strain isn’t right for you, you have a whole family tree of flower that’ll have you smiling all the same! 

I bet they didn’t anticipate changing the cannabis industry and enhancing people’s lives in such a big way when making the film Pineapple Express, but we are so glad they did! Join us this Pineapple Day and spark it up in honor of the fathers of Pineapple Express. You can find delivery, dispensaries, product recommendations and more on leafly.com. Happy smoking! 

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