For some, lying in a hammock overlooking the white sand beach while sipping fresh mixed-fruit punch is the perfect definition of a tropical island vacation. Tokers, on the other hand, have other unconventional ideas on how to experience the delights of the tropics without ever leaving their seats.
Hint: it has something to do with fruity, pineapple-flavored strains.
Pineapples: the Taste of the Tropics
Aside from the sublime high, one of the most enjoyable aspects of cannabis consumption is the act of savoring its diverse flavors and aromas. With over a hundred varieties, it is safe to say that there is undoubtedly a strain for all sorts of preferences - be it fruity, herbal, earthy, or dessert-like.
Tropical-flavored strains, in this case, has continually attracted the free-spirited and adventurous ones. At the top of the list are those mimicking the tart and citrusy sweetness of ripe pineapples. Aptly dubbed as the king of fruits, a whiff of its mouthwatering fragrance is enough to evoke cravings for this fruity treat.
Of all pineapple-tasting strains, Pineapple Express seems to be the most well-known. Although it already existed for quite some time now, it was not until the movie of the same name hit theaters that it became famous. And because it is the most renowned, people automatically assume that it is the matriarch of all strains bearing the flavor of the tropics. What most do not know, though, is that it is just another spawn of the lesser-known Pineapple.
The original Pineapple is a balanced hybrid that traces its roots from the F2 phenotype of the Ed Rosenthal Super Bud (ERSB). Generations after generations of meticulous inbreeding have perfected its genes to be highly stabilized while expressing intense potency and flavors. Since then, Pineapple served as the genetic base for creating other pineapple-flavored hybrids.
No Terpenes, No Fun
As with most of nature's creations, cannabis derives its sumptuous scent and flavor from terpenes and terpenoids. These aromatic hydrocarbons play a vital role in giving strains its distinct fragrance, taste, effect, and therapeutic profile.
In the case of pineapple strains, though, there is no specific terpene associated with its characteristic flavor and aroma. Instead, it is made by blending 11 to 28 terpenes, notably:
- Myrcene (~0.29%)
- Pinene (~0.18%)
- Caryophyllene (~0.30%)
- Linalool (~0.07%)
- Limonene (~0.01%)
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in marijuana, so it should come as no surprise that Pineapple strains have an earthy, musky base, and on occasion, faint grape-like aromas. It also smells strongly of fresh pines - owing to its substantial pinene composition. Meanwhile, caryophyllene bestows it with subtle spiciness and woody notes while linalool makes it more palatable by bringing in a candy-like sweetness. Finally, limonene adds some finishing citrusy touch that perfectly balances the potpourri of tropical flavors.
Aside from enticing the senses of olfaction and gustation, terpenes also improve the overall cannabis experience by synergizing cannabinoids. It facilitates the entourage effect, which, in turn, further amplifies the already potent psychoactive and therapeutic effects of the strain.
Among the many health-boosting benefits of terpenes are the following:
- Anxiety relief for anxiety disorders such as PTSD, GAD, OCD, social anxiety, and phobias
- Mood enhancer and stabilizer which helps patients with depressive and bipolar disorders
- Pain alleviation for chronic conditions such as migraines, fibromyalgia, back pain, etc.
- Sedation and relaxation which rids the body of fatigue
- Energy-boosting effects that promote an active lifestyle
- Muscle relaxant or anti-spasmodic effects which helps release pent up tensions in the tired muscles
- Anti-insomniac effects for a good night's sleep
- Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects
- Anti-proliferative and anti-tumor properties which help slow down the growth of cancer cells
- Anti-inflammation for remedying arthritis, Chron's disease, and other inflammatory disorders
- Immunity boosting effects that promote the production of antibodies while strengthening the immune system
- Anti-oxidant effects that help fight off stress and free radicals
- Relieves gastrointestinal problems such as heartburn and acid reflux
Pineapple Strains for Picky Palates
Taste the tropics without ever leaving the comfort of home with Homegrown Cannabis Co.'s meticulously crafted delicacies. Not only will these strains delight the palate, but it will also guarantee a euphoric trip to a tropical paradise unbeknownst to many.
Do note, though, that the different compositions of individual strains are bound to have varying effects. Hence, to know which pineapple strain best suits one's preferences and needs, assess all the relevant information about the product, read reviews, and try out the best candidates.
For starters, here are some of Homegrown Cannabis Co.'s top picks that are worth considering:
- Pineapple Autoflower
It is said that "good things take time." But oftentimes, waiting is not a favorable option. So, growers opt for equally excellent alternatives that take less time to cultivate. Such is the case with Pineapple Autoflower - an equal-split hybrid ideal for growers seeking to harvest tropical-flavored buds in the shortest possible time.
Much like its parent, Pineapple Autoflower ensnares the senses with an irresistible fruity aroma reminiscent of ripe pineapples. Upon giving in to the temptation, the flavorful vapors tickle the taste buds with a cocktail of mixed-fruit flavors dominated by the zesty sweetness of pineapples. Apart from delighting the palate, it sends a wave of euphoria that uplifts the spirit and soothes the body. This leaves euphoric sensations that are neither overwhelming nor sedating.
Homegrown Cannabis Co.'s Pineapple matriarch from the ERSB F2 phenotype served as the genetic base for creating this strain. Infusing it with the Ruderalis genetics fortified its robustness and stability while significantly cutting down the time spent in the growth stages. With the possibility of planting several batches annually, yields increase exponentially. When properly cared for during the quick development period of 8 to 9 weeks, this strain generously provides up to 550 grams of top-quality harvest.
- Pineapple Haze Feminized
Truly a sweet treat from a far-off tropical paradise, Pineapple Haze entices smokers with its skunky, piney, and fruity pineapple scent. When ignited, properly cured buds give off a sweet and citrusy pineapple tang along with a dash of skunk and tropical aftertaste. With THC levels going as high as 22%, this strain delivers a heavy-hitting punch of euphoric buzz not deemed suitable for the faint-hearted. After inducing seemingly unending hyperactive effects, the high into settles to a subtle, relaxing body buzz.
Blending the quintessential Sativa Haze with the delectable Pineapple resulted in a Sativa-leaning hybrid nothing short of spectacular. However, cultivating it requires hard work, dedication, and infinite patience. Like all Haze and sativa strains, it can take as long as 12 weeks of flowering. Nonetheless, all the effort will surely be worth it once the uber-potent, flavorful, and resinous buds are ready for harvest. To make matters less complicated, opt for feminized Pineapple Haze seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co. Doing so ensures that the time and resources are spent solely on females bearing copious amounts of top-shelf buds.