Area 51 is a sativa-dominant hybrid favored for pain relief and its relatively mellow effect. Although Leafly describes the strain as having “unknown origins,” others claim that Area 51 was an accidental cross of Cannatonic and Alien Abduction, with roots in Las Vegas, around 2010. Unlike many sativa-dominant strains, Area 51 has yielded few reports of anxiety and paranoia among Leafly users, and is an ideal pain reliever and an alternative to opioid medications.
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Despite some 80-degree October days, fall is here in full blast. As an east coaster, the reliably chilly days and changing fall colors are conspicuously absent in California. However, cold breezes, fallen leaves crunching underfoot, ever-cooler nights, and the first rains of the season have arrived to give a sense of the season, but fall is really all about certain flavors, raising the unavoidable question - can we find those flavors in a pairing of cannabis and craft beer?
Blue Dream is legendary strain, but unlike many other legendary strains, such as Blueberry, Northern Lights, or Sour Diesel, Blue Dream is a product of the 21st century. With relatively recent origins, and having achieved its current celebrity status in just the last 5 years or so, Blue Dream has been adopted as a flagship strain by the current generation of cannabis fans from the novice to the connoisseur.
Sativa-dominant AK-47 is a famous and widely loved strain. Despite its sativa-leaning genetics - with roots going back to Columbian, Thai, and Mexican landrace sati vas - AK-47 is a mellow take on the alert, social, classic sativa buzz. The genetics do, after all, include some Afghani indica. AK-47 offers an interesting set of contrasts between uplifting and mellow effects, sour and sweet aromas, and indica and sativa genetics.
The contributions of the east coast to the cannabis world are all too easily forgotten in this new era of legalization, emerging in the west. But one classic strain – arguably NYC’s flagship strain - is likely to keep the Big Apple on the cannabis map for years to come. In my own observation, Sour Diesel strains have long been the sativa of choice for the northeast, where high-end strains are most often indica-leaning hybrids. Until Blue Dream came along, Sour Diesel was probably the most common of a small handful of high-test sativa strains floating around. NYC diesel is considered the cream of that crop.
American craft brewers have established a reputation for gravitating towards big flavors - bold, floral hops, or deep roasted maltiness both appear regularly in American offerings - especially here on the west coast. Certain historical styles offered new territory to explore for craft brewers since their rise in the late 70s and 80s. The most prominent style of which is the popular India Pale Ale (IPA), a style that is available coast to coast in the United States and is arguably the favorite style of the American craft beer world.
Trainwreck is a 90-percent sativa dominant hybrid with a notable stimulating effect. It rose to prominence in the 1980s, with its genetics being a combination of some of the world’s greatest landraces. Not only Mexican and Thai landrace sati vas, but also Afghani indica, work in combination to produce an exhilarating sativa buzz with an element of pain relief and relaxation from the hint of indica.
Introduced to the public through songs by artists like Wiz Khalifa - and popularized by the cannabis connoisseurs throughout the marijuana smoking community - Girl Scout Cookies has become the most famous of a new wave of modern classic strains with high THC content and a complex, unique, and appealing aroma. The strain manages to transcend the bounds of what we would normally expect for the differences between indica and sativa traits by bring together the best of both worlds.
My reviews for Herban Indigo have largely focused on indica strains, since that’s what I generally smoke these days. But many cannabis connoisseurs consider sativa strains to be their strain of choice. Medicinally it depends on what you are treating, and all around depends on what you prefer. In the earlier part of my twenties I was less sensitive to the stimulating effects of sativas (and much more of a coffee drinker for the same reasons), and all of my favorite strains at the time were sativa leaning.
Jack Herer is an unequivocally classic strain from 1990s Amsterdam, named for cannabis writer and activist Jack Herer. Famous for the book The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Herer ran for president of The United States twice as the Grassroots Party nominee, in 1988 and 92. As such a classic and well-loved strain, according to Leafly.com, it’s branched into up to 4 distinct sub-strains – 3 of which are sativa dominant.