The strain name game is a fun, complicated mess of cannabis genetics, nomenclature and overzealous salespeople. You can find strains named after celebrities, candy, presidents, mountain ranges and everything in between.
Since they’re dealing with a psychoactive substance, it’s not surprising that strain breeders and pot dealers have named a few strains after other drugs that give off similar effects — luckily for tokers, not that similar. From Acid to Opium, here are eight strains named after drugs of much more serious consequence.
Given its calming and sedating qualities, Opium’s name is well-deserved. The high is soothing for the body and mind, relieving stress, pressures and pain — or making you forget about them, at the very least. Although heavily used for medical purposes, Opium is also great for a night in, as its relaxing and visual effects keep the senses stimulated for a good amount of time before you slip into the inevitable doze.
Shouldn’t be hard to figure out what inspired this strain’s name. Bred from an Afghani cut from Northern California, Petrolia Headstash, and a mystery hybrid from Kentucky, this heavy indica is known for its pain-relief and sleep-inducing qualities, as well as an old-school flavor profile comprising notes of wood, hash, fruit, zest and soil. If you can’t find Herijuana, look for its citrus daughter, Orange Herijuana.
Jay Z fans or anyone who’s seen American Gangster will get the reference, but for those who don’t: Blue magic was the name of the infamous heroin sold by New York drug trafficker Frank Lucas. The cannabis strain bearing its name is believed to be a phenotype of Blue Dream, carrying a quick burst of euphoric energy before bringing users down and relaxing their bodies.
Named after Novocaine, the painkiller made popular at the dentist office, this cross of Sensi Star, San Fernando Valley OG Kush and Jacks Cleaner 2 is a sativa-dominant strain known for a piney, earthy taste. We’ve seen it at Good Chemistry and around town in concentrate form by Green Dot Labs.
The name speaks for itself: LSD produces one helluva body high, melting away aches and stress — or just making users forget about them. An intense cerebral uplift can leave users spacey, with a tendency to zone in on whatever is directly in front of them. The head high will transform into a body melt within an hour or so, though, so get your pajamas on ASAP.
This phenotype of New York City Diesel is a take on the legendary sativa from Dutch breeder Paradise Seeds. The mental euphoria can be intense and uplifting, nearing the point of “narcotic sensations,” according to Acid’s breeder. Those strong effects and the strain’s metallic, gassy flavor led to the strain’s name.
No, not Christina Aguilera, but rather a hybrid of Berry White and Girl Scout Cookies — two strains known for thick coats of resin glands and stiff THC percentages. If you have the tolerance to handle this more-than-basic bitch, it can be a pretty even high, taking you to space before slowly dragging you down into lethargy.
An in-house creation from Green Dot Labs, this strain is named after dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, an intense psychedelic drug found at music festivals and in wook pipes across the country. With Sour Bubble genetics, expect GBL’s extracts to carry an indica heavy on the visuals, with fruity, Diesel flavors.