Pineapple Express is one of the fruitiest strains that new users can enjoy, this Pineapple Express review shows you why this strain is all the rage.
Fruity strains are popular among newbies and seasoned stoners alike. The tastes of berries and citrus linger on the tongue making every bite and puff worth the effort. Pineapple Express is not the only fruity strain out there; other fruity strains include Runtz, Sundae Driver, Blueberry, Grape Pie, Orange Skittlez, Purple Punch, Wedding Crasher, and Tahoe Dream. However, there are some very intriguing things about this strain that make it head and shoulders above the rest, would you like to hear about them?
What is Pineapple Express Strain?
Pineapple Express is a sativa leaning hybrid strain with high potency, but very balanced effects. There goes the first intriguing thing about this strain. With a THC of 16%- 26%, this fruity strain should be overwhelming for new users but is not.
At this juncture, it is important to understand that since everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system, the response to phytocannabinoids such as THC will be different in different individuals. Hence, there is need to exercise caution and go slow on any high THC strain regardless of “popular vote.”
Pineapple Express has 60% sativa and 40% indica. The cerebral buzz caused by this strain is one to look forward to.
Pineapple Express Lineage
Pineapple Express is a cross between a landrace Hawaiian Strain and the popular Trainwreck strain. Hawaiian strains are known for their potent “sativaness” and also for causing that relaxing “vacay” feeling. This makes Pineapple Express the perfect accompaniment for a well deserved 420 vacay.
Pineapple Express Taste, Aroma & Effects
This is where all the goodies are hidden.
Pineapple express is a tasteful and aromatic strain that has mind-blowing and body melting effects. For those who are easily put off by the rawness of most cannabis strains, this is your antidote. Pineapple Express tastes nothing like your typical marijuana strain. Every toke is reminiscent of walking through a pineapple farm at harvest time. You can easily pick out the smell of fresh fruit aka pineapples and tangerines with mild spicy notes. The smoke is gentle and will not induce bouts of cough, thankfully.
The effects from this strain start in the higher centers a few minutes after you take your first puff. You will feel pressure building up against your temples and spreading though your head in circular waves. This quickly descends down the torso causing extreme relaxation and progressive heaviness in the extremities. Very soon you will be rolling in laughter even at jokes that usually will not force a smile out of your lips. If you had been suffering from stress, you will start to feel lighter and more at ease. In an hour or two you will be feeling like you need to take a horizontal position, by all means, sleep.
Pineapple Express lacks the typical sativa appearance as it has densely packed buds that are highly resinous. During the flowering stage, these buds will be heavily coated with sticky resinous trichomes that will be silvery-white in color. These buds are hard to break by hand making a hand grinder very essential at this point.
The leaves are long, tapered and deep green in color. You can easily spot the orange hairs aka pistils that break the green monotony of the leaves.
Terpenes in Pineapple Express
With the rich mix of aromas, you can tell that Pineapple Express is rich in terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic oils that are present in marijuana and are responsible for the different scents. From the aroma of this strain it is easy to pick out the following terpenes:
-Myrcene: This is the most abundant terpene in most cannabis strains. As much as it has a heavy herbal aroma, it is mild in Pineapple Express and can only be appreciated from a distance. Mangoes have abundant myrcene but are not as “skunky” as most herbal cannabis strains. Myrcene has anti-inflammatory and sedative properties.
– Limonene: Limonene is responsible from the fruitiness of this strain. It is found in abundance in citrus fruits. It enhances the mood-boosting effects of this strain.
– Pinene: This terpene is commonly used in aromatherapy as a mood elevator. It is also present in pine, rosemary, and sage.
– Caryophyllene: This terpene adds a tinge of spiciness to this strain. It is one of the terpenes with the most therapeutic benefits and interest in this terp is high. In this strain, it helps to boost the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective benefits of the cannabinoids.
Full spectrum extracts that contain a mix of cannabinoids and terpenes produce a stronger healing effect as compared to pure cannabinoid extracts.
Medical Benefits of Pineapple Express
Given the potent sativa effects of this strain, it is widely used in the treatment of depression and other mood disorders. It also helps to relieve stress and anxiety and improve concentration in some people.
With high THC, it is effective in relieving pain and inflammation. Patients with underlying inflammatory conditions such as diabetes and arthritis may benefit from this strain.
It is also a potent appetite stimulator. Patients undergoing chemotherapy can use this strain to improve their appetite and reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
With strong relaxation properties, this strain helps to relieve chronic fatigue in the body and eases away chronic body aches.
Lastly, this strain is useful in the treatment of glaucoma.
Patients have used this strain to treat the following conditions:
– Nausea and vomiting
– Stress and anxiety
Side Effects of Pineapple Express
Most marijuana strains with high THC will have some unwanted negative effects, especially when taken excessively. Pineapple Express is not one of those overpowering strains but occasionally some users may get “overwhelmed.” When this happens, users complain of headaches, dizziness, increased anxiety, and paranoia.
More often than not, users will complain of dryness in the mouth and other mucus membranes and reddening of the eyes. These are usual symptoms in high-THC strains and will disappear once the THC is out of the body. Plan to keep hydrated as you enjoy this strain and you will not have to worry about bad breath. The dryness of the mouth is commonly referred to as cottonmouth.
How to Grow Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express weed is moderately easy to grow; new growers may not enjoy this as a first strain. However, with a few trials, this can be one of the most enjoyable strains to cultivate because the yields are high.
Pineapple Express requires a warm and dry climate in order to thrive, it doesn’t do well in fluctuating conditions. However, this strain is hardy and it will withstand molds, pests, and diseases that might surface.
The plants grow tall and produce large dense buds. They do well both indoors and outdoors. When growing this strain indoors you will need to factor in adequate grow space and ventilation. Avoid pockets of humid hair that may accumulate due to poor airflow.
Pineapple Express gives a yield of around 18 ounces per square meter when grown indoors and around 19 ounces per plant when cultivated outdoors. Unlike most sativas, this strain flowers within a very short time, roughly 7-8 weeks.
Why is Pineapple Express Popular?
To wrap this up, let’s answer one frequently asked question, “what’s the fuss about this strain?” Apart from all the unique aspects and benefits listed above, Pineapple Express is named after a popular stoner comedy film that was released in 2008. The film was directed by David Gordon Green and written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. James Franco and Roge star in this super stoned award-winning movie.
As you have seen, this most fruity strain for new users aka Pineapple Express has many benefits; let us know what you think of this strain.