Most people have heard of Pineapple Express, even if they aren’t into the cannabis culture. It’s not only the name of a cult favorite film made famous by Seth Rogan, it’s a strain that seems to have been around forever and is popular with everyone who’s ever lit up a joint.
Among cannabis users, Pineapple Express is a strain that never seems to disappoint. It’s one that quickly boosts your energy levels and gets those creative juices flowing in next to no time. That’s why it’s a popular choice for artists and writers who want to get their muse engaged and create something different.
Pineapple Express isn’t just popular with the recreational crowd, however. It’s used for a lot of therapeutic purposes, including to help treat epilepsy, improve the symptoms of MS sufferers and reduce stress too. Those with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety have also found the strain useful.
Compared to many other strains we see nowadays, Pineapple Express is one that ticks a lot of boxes for a wide range of medical and health issues.
What is Pineapple Express?
This is a Sativa/Indica hybrid with the greater emphasis on Sativa (60%). It comes with a pretty strong parental lineage of Hawaiian and Trainwreck. The Sativa dominance means that it leans towards more cerebral and relaxing effects rather than that archetypical Indica body couch high. With THC levels of up to 26%, you might expect it to pack a serious punch and it does, but not necessarily in quite the way you expect.
The thing that tends to draw in the Pineapple Express fans from all around the world (and there are plenty of them) is the purity of the strain. If you’re looking for a tranquil high that lifts your creative ability to the next level or opens your mind to brave new worlds, then this is the strain for you.
Because of its pretty sound lineage, it’s widely trusted in the medical cannabis community and is often the first strain of choice for newbies. Some strains of Pineapple Express have been developed in recent times with higher doses of CBD which makes them more appealing for therapeutic uses.
For first time users, this is a pretty good strain to come to grips with and can deliver a great high without incapacitating you like some other strains with high THC content. As with any cannabis strain, however, it’s how much you take that determines the strength of effect as we’ll discuss below.
Aroma and Flavor of Pineapple Express
This is a strain with a pretty distinctive aroma and one that most people quickly recognize and really love. Pineapple Express is intensely fruity with an underlayer of floral aroma that immediately transports you to some distant tropical beach.
The taste brings a subtle blend of citrus as well as the obvious flavor of pineapple that seems to sit on your tongue as you inhale along with a slightly woody aftertaste.
It’s a great plant to grow indoors as good yields can be achieved and you’ll also love the aroma as well as the intricate combination of colors including orange and burgundy that the flowers display. The strength of the aroma may be an issue if you are looking to be a little more secretive about your cultivating habits, especially when the plant begins to bloom in earnest.
Effects of Pineapple Express
The film Pineapple Express made out that the strain was some super strong, rare cannabis that was highly sought after. That’s not really the case. First of all, it’s really not as strong as Seth Rogan made out and it won’t leave you lying comatose on the floor or behaving like a complete idiot, at least not unless you take a large amount. It’s also not that rare – you can buy it from any reputable seed store online including Seedsman.com.
One thing regular users love about Pineapple Express is that it produces a cerebral high while filling your whole body with a sense of relaxation. It’s this balance that really makes it one of the best sellers in our Seedsman catalogue and one which can really enhance the creative process if that’s what you are into. If you only want to kick back and put the world to rights, it works just as well.
It can, however, make you feel a little too spaced out so you shouldn’t be taking it before you head into work. It’s great for when you get home or if you’re working on a creative project that needs a little help.
The Medical Benefits of Pineapple Express
The medical benefits of Pineapple Express have been talked about extensively online which show’s how popular it is with the therapeutic community. Search in Google and you’ll find numerous accounts of how the strain has helped with everything from controlling pain to alleviating anxiety and depression.
As with any cannabis strain, Pineapple Express will affect individuals in different ways and that always needs to be taken into account when using for therapeutic purposes. It’s a good strain to begin with, however, if you are looking to explore medical applications.
It’s uplifting nature and the fact that it gives you a natural buzz has made this cannabis strain a popular choice for those who suffer from depression or anxiety. You’ll often find it mentioned and even lauded in many online communities. Other conditions people take it for are anxiety and PTSD. The mood that Pineapple Express creates is important here as it makes the world look more positive and boosts energy levels.
One key factor when using cannabis with any mental health condition, however, is to know your limits. As with other strains, too much Pineapple Express can lead to exactly the opposite effect, so understanding how your body responds is important. That means you should be taking low doses to start with and building up rather than overdoing it. Too much cannabis, for example, can lift anxiety levels and make you paranoid.
You also need to be careful how you take Pineapple Express. Smoking or vaping will deliver a fairly immediate effect. Edibles, on the other hand, may take a few hours to work which makes it easier to dose too much because you don’t think anything is happening.
Pineapple Express is also used for managing pain. It’s a big favorite in the MS community and for relieving conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis. Others use it to reduce nausea or control epileptic attacks. If you suffer from a condition that leaves you feeling fatigued, it’s a great way to pep yourself up and energize your body for the day.
Even with a relatively high THC content, Pineapple Express isn’t listed among the most potent strains so it’s not going to leave you couch-bound and out of it. If there are any side effects from taking this strain, they’re the obvious cannabis ones such as dry mouth and dehydration.
How to Grow Pineapple Express
Many people like to grow their cannabis from seeds either indoors or outdoors. Some strains are more difficult to cultivate than others. Pineapple Express is considered moderate to difficult, so if you’re a complete novice then you might want to try something else, to begin with.
Despite this caveat, the strain is pretty sturdy, resistant to mold, mildew and pests more than many other strains.
You can expect Pineapple Express strains to grow to over a meter in height and deliver pretty good yields up to 600 gm/m². One area that you need to be careful about is feeding as overdoing the nitrogen can have a detrimental effect. You can expect flowering to start fairly quickly within seven to eight weeks.
Pineapple Express FAQs
- How long does it take to grow Pineapple Express from seeds? Between 7 and 9 weeks depending on the strain.
- How tall does Pineapple Express grow? It can grow up to 2 meters in some cases if the conditions are optimal.
- Is Pineapple Express good for anxiety? Both Indica and Sativa advocates love this strain and it’s often used for treating anxiety, reducing stress and helping with depression.
- Is Pineapple Express a good strain to start with? Because it ticks so many boxes, even for a high-level THC strain, this is a favorite to begin experimenting with cannabis.
- Does Pineapple Express work with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Its uplifting properties means that the strain is ideal if you suffer from lack of energy or CFS.
Buy Pineapple Express Seeds
Making sure that you buy your seeds from a reputable supplier is important, particularly if you want a popular strain like Pineapple Express. We stock a number of varieties of the strain from breeders such as FastBuds, G13 Labs, and Barney’s Farm.