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In-Depth Cannabis Strain Profile: Jack Herer

Welcome to another installment of our In-Depth Cannabis Strain Profiles series here on the True Blue Terpenes blog. This series gives you an opportunity to learn more about the cannabis strains that inspired the pure terpenes that are sold on this website. It’s always important to remember that our while our terpenes share cannabis smells and tastes, they aren’t actually derived from cannabis. This means you can enjoy them in a variety of ways without worrying about psychoactive effects or getting in trouble with the law in your particular state.

Where Did The Jack Herer Cannabis Strain Get Its Name?

Most cannabis strains are named after the flavors and aromas that derive from the terpenes and terpenoids found in the strain, which usually gives you an idea of what to expect from various strains. For example, our last In-Depth Strain Profile installment was for Super Lemon Haze - which as you can guess, has a tart, lemony flavor and aroma.

But “Jack Herer” probably doesn’t give much insight into what this strain tastes like or the effects it has. This strain was actually named after the cannabis activist Jack Herer, whose 1985 book The Emperor Wears No Clothes made arguments for the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, and earned him the nickname The Hemperor. Herer passed away in 2010, but his legacy lives on in this popular strain that can be legally enjoyed by people in some states thanks to his hard work and dedication to the fight.

Where Did Jack Herer Originate?

While many of our favorite marijuana strains are hybrids between two different strains, Jack Herer is actually believed to combine three. This sativa-dominant strain combines a Haze hybrid with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk crossover. This combination of flavors creates notes of pine, wood, earth, and spice.

What Terpenes Give Jack Herer Its Flavor And Smell?

Jack Herer is the go-to for many marijuana connoisseurs due to its reports of giving users a clear-headed buzz as well as a focussed energy boost, which are effects commonly associated with sativa-dominant strains. But where does it get its earthy, woody flavor that sets it apart from other strains?

According to Leafly, Jack Herer includes the following terpenes:

  • Linalool (0 - 0.05%)
  • Myrcene (0.1 - 0.3%)
  • Pinene (0 - 1.0%)
  • Limonene (0 - 0.9%)
  • Caryophyllene (0.01 - 0.4%)

As you can see, the pinene terpene has the potential to occur in the largest proportion in this cannabis strain, making it the dominant flavor. Pinene, obvious from its name, smells a lot like a pine tree, which is where this strain gets its woody, piney scent. Pinene terpenes are also found in conifer trees, basil, and pine needles - making it a staple for all the woodsy smells we love.

Can’t Find Jack Herer Cannabis? Try Our Terpenes Instead!

With all the awards and high praise that this strain has received, we bet you’re searching for the nearest dispensary that carries it. But if you can’t find this flower near you, or you are desiring to recreate the Jack Herer flavor in an edible or vape product, try our True Blue Jack Herer terpenes. These food-grade terpenes can enhance the flavor of your cannabis products without a trip to the dispensary! Get yours today!