In-Depth Cannabis Strain Profile: Pineapple Express
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!
Why Pineapple Express?
Pineapple Express is one of our most popular terpenes we have, no doubt owing in part to its sweet tropical flavor, and in part to its association with the cinematic classic by the same name. August 6th will mark the 9-year anniversary of when Seth Rogen and James Franco graced our screens as a dynamic stoner-comedy duo in Pineapple Express. If you haven’t seen Pineapple Express, here’s a minimally spoilery recap: Dale, played by Seth Rogen, is out and about one night when he witnesses a murder. In panic, he drops his roach at the scene which has evidence of a rare strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express. Saul, played by Franco, is the only dealer in town who was selling Pineapple Express, making him a person of interest in the murder. Saul’s supplier is a dangerous drug lord, meaning that Dale and Saul have no choice but to go on the run. Since the anniversary of the release of this film is approaching, we thought we’d do today’s strain profile on Pineapple Express.
Where Did Pineapple Express Originate?
The Pineapple Express marijuana strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid that is the lovechild of the Trainwreck and Hawaiian strains.
As far as the name, it is a classic case of the chicken and the egg. People cannot seem to decide on whether or not Pineapple Express was an existing strain before the release of the movie. However, Seth Rogen, who wrote the movie, claims that there was no such thing as Pineapple Express weed before the movie, and honestly, he’s probably the best authority here.
However, the term “Pineapple Express” has been around for decades, and is used to describe a meteorological phenomenon of unusually high amounts of rain in a coastal area.
What Terpenes Give Pineapple Express Its Flavor And Aroma?
As you probably know by now from reading our True Blue Blog, the flavors and smells of marijuana are caused by terpenes - naturally occurring oils that have distinctive flavors like pine, mint, and citrus. So which terpenes are responsible for the fruity, tropical aroma found in Pineapple Express? See below:
Pineapple Express Contains The Following Terpenes
- Linalool (0 - 0.07%)
- Myrcene (0 - 0.29%)
- Pinene (0 - 0.18%)
- Limonene (0 - 0.01%)
- Caryophyllene (0 - 0.3%)
The high levels of the myrcene terpene gives the aromas of citrus and tropical fruit to the strain, while the woodsy caryophyllene is also prominent in this strain. Linalool is known for its almost candy-like aroma, and this strain is also pinene heavy, which like its name suggest, offers an earthy pine tree flavor. Together these terpenes create the sweet, tropical, and piney flavors that this strain is famous for.