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Type: Indica / Sativa
Effect: Happy, Relaxing, Uplifting
Flowering time: 8-9 weeks
Yield: High

On the medical marijuana scene, Pineapple Express is prized as an excellent daytime smoke. It is ideal for those who need pain relief, offering a sweet, smooth smoke and a long, mellow high. It also works well for those with depression or anxiety, because it has an energetic and upbeat effect which – despite its potency – allows you to focus on daily tasks.

The only disappointment might be that the pineapple flavour isn’t always as pronounced as the name would suggest, although the aroma is undoubtedly fruity and tropical. Often the pineapple appears as an aftertaste, with some phenotypes actually having a dank, earthy flavour; there are also notes of lemon, mango and pine.

Pineapple Express is a cross between Trainwreck and Hawaiian (probably Maui), and when grown well is has a thick resin coating on its light green buds. The plants tend to remain at a reasonably small height until flowering begins, at which point they will pick up the pace significantly. The smell can be pretty powerful, so some sort of odour control might be a good idea if you are growing indoors, and the yield is generally impressive.

Although you’ll find that the plants generally develop more quickly than you might expect, this is a strain that really responds well to patient curing: so don’t rush it! The phenotypes can vary quite considerably, even in colour, but THC levels are generally around the 17% mark.

Of course Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen are such big fans of Pineapple Express that they made the eponymous movie in its honour; although it’s unclear whether their appreciation was inspired by its excellent genetics and uplifting high, or just the distinctive moniker. Either way, we would suggest that the cannabis strain is considerably better than the film …