Today there are thousands of cannabis strains with many different traits, so just about any type of grower can easily find what they’re looking for. Cannabis plants feature a wide selection of flavors and aromas, ranging in both quantity and quality. Each and every cannabis strain has a distinct palette of smells and tastes. These unique and defining traits are accomplished through knowledgeable and careful breeding.
However, there are quick and fairly easy ways of artificially flavoring cannabis in the cases of both pre and post-harvest. While this process is manageable by most growers, it is unlikely to satisfy true cannabis purists and connoisseurs. Furthermore, the potential benefits that occur in naturally aromatic molecules are thought to not be present in artificially-flavored cannabis.
A cannabis connoisseur knows that the smell and flavor of cannabis are of equal importance to its strength. So what makes a strain of cannabis tropical? Tropical and exotic cannabis is tasty, has a unique smell, and may even have a unique aesthetic.
Here are five strains that taste like a delicious tropical cocktail on a hot summer day.
1. Pineapple Express
Thanks to Seth Rogen and James Franco’s appearance in the world-famous movie of the same name, the Pineapple Express strain has gotten itself quite the reputation. People all around the world really enjoyed this classic stoner flick, and Pineapple Express has become something of a household name.
Pineapple Express is a sativa-dominant cannabis hybrid. It is a very potent strain due to its high THC content, and it thus provides a long-lasting, energetic high. It tastes tropical with a pineapple appeal, possessing undertones of cedar and spices. In fact, think of a lemon meringue pie with a hint of pineapple frosting. It’s strong yet sweet, with a flavorful citrus exhale. As a terpene-rich profile of tropical fruit, the aroma has its own therapeutic value. It’s inviting, relaxing, and ready to please. Just a whiff of Pineapple Express makes the mind spin with ecstasy.
When the strain is harvest ready, it produces dense, light green buds accompanied by slight purple hues. Consumers often enjoy its softer cerebral effects that tend to increase creativity and social inventiveness and can break through writer’s block while also inducing a slight body buzz that relieves mild aches. Awareness and focus are also often heightened.
The Hawaiian strain is a mostly sativa hybrid that will give you a happy, vacation-like feeling. This is the perfect strain for a relaxing day, as it gets you creative but not too focused. The light green buds of this strain have a sweet taste and an aroma that isn’t too potent, bringing to mind fresh tropical fruit.
Originating from the island of Hawaii, the buds of this strain are dense and large, with an abundance of orange hairs covering them. The leaves found under the layer of orange are light green and not very appealing, but don’t let the appearance of this strain fool you; the Hawaiian strain has a sweet but light aroma, accompanied by some citrus notes that aren’t always evident. Although this strain isn’t thought to have an extraordinary taste, the citrusy flavor and tropical freshness compliment each other wonderfully. The great thing about this strain is that the smoke doesn’t irritate the throat or lungs, so it won’t make you cough.
The high that you will get from the Hawaiian strain is mostly cerebral and will typically leave you feeling incredibly happy. You can expect to feel euphoric and uplifted after an exhausting day by smoking the Hawaiian strain. But, the high will keep your head clear and therefore help you to focus on the task at hand, as well as adding an element of creativity. The primary benefit of smoking this strain is for stress relief.
3. Cinderella 99
Cinderella 99, also known as C99 or sometimes “Cindy”, is a sativa-dominant strain that was bred by Mr. Soul of Brothers Grimm. This is a strain that is best known for its sweet, fruity flavors, cerebral highs, and epic yields. Cinderella 99 is very popular among indoor growers due to its short, bushy stature, short flowering time, high yields, and high THC content (up to 23%). Its effects are typically described as euphoric, dreamy, and uplifting.
Cinderella 99 tastes of fruit with dank undertones. The aroma varies a bit according to phenotype, the two main ones being pineapple and grapefruit, but generally, it’s a sharp, almost putrid pineapple/citrus flavor. The favorite phenotype of The Brothers Grimm was known as “the evil pineapple” pheno, which has a kind of rotten meat quality to its sharp fruity smell. Much like the aroma, the flavor depends on phenotype, whereby the “grapefruit” phenotype is very much like the New York City Diesel strain in flavor profile, with a sharp and musky citrus flavor. The “evil pineapple” pheno, on the other hand, has a complex, rotten fruit flavor with floral hints.
Cinderella 99 has a THC count of nearly 22% and usually takes up to 15 minutes to take full effect on the body once it’s been ingested. People usually feel a very light and dreamy body high with euphoria and waves of uplifting mood, accompanied by increased levels of creativity and energy. This strain is known for increasing appetite, combatting nausea, and easing inflammation. It’s also an energy booster for people who suffer from fatigue.
4. Maui Waui
Maui Waui is often referred to as Maui Wowie, and is a mostly sativa hybrid that was thought of as a top of the line strain when it first came out in the 1960s. Back then, it was one of the first strains with a greatly increased THC content. In the 60s, the THC content of an average cannabis strain fairly low (almost always under 8%), but the THC content of Maui Waui was well into the teens and very quickly became one of the most desirable strains around.
These days, Maui Waui is a middle to high-grade medication that offers a typical sativa high along with a few indica perks. Other strains, including new hybrids, have caught up and even exceeded this infamous strain in THC content. Maui Waui has a slightly piney and earthy aroma, but with a unique, spicy smell that may remind you of fennel or even holiday spices. Much like the smell, it has a dominant pine taste, with a hint of lemon and a slight sweetness. It’s expansive, yet very smooth on the throat.
The sativa effects of Maui Waui can relieve anxiety, stress, and chronic depression. Its indica side may be useful in easing minor and chronic aches and pains. It can also be used to stimulate the appetite in those who suffer from anorexia and other eating disorders.
5. Mango Kush
The Mango Kush strain is very similar in taste to the actual mango fruit, with a unique kush flavor and hints of pine on the exhale. The buds of this strain are described as being very dense and are covered with orange pistils. The taste and smell are one and the same and are often described as a combination of banana and mango. Yep, mango and cannabis go well together! Mango is known to enhance the high for many people, and certain cannabis strains are specifically bred to evoke the fruit.
The THC content of this strain can be as high as 16%, while CBD is much lower at about 0.3%. Mango Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid that is often used to treat pain, nausea and vomiting, depression, insomnia, and lack of appetite. The high is centered on the body, with strong euphoria, deep relaxation, and a general sedated feeling. Many users feel themselves giggling and talking more than usual when high on this strain. The effects typically last for one to two hours and can cause drowsiness, which is why it’s not recommended for daytime use.