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420 Weed Reviews: Jack Herer

If you like to be mentally stimulated. then the original Jack Herer sativa dominant strain is for you. Instead of the relaxed nature of indicas, a strain like Jack Herer will help you focus along with giving you a lemony, piney and candy taste. Have you ever tried the Jack Herer original before? Let us know in the comments.


One of my favorite scenes in “Rolling Papers,” a documentary in which I am occasionally shown smoking weed, is when the lively budtender at Medical Wellness Center talks about bike-riding dogs. Even if, directly before that, a shot of my intergluteal cleft — the medical term for “butt crack,” I’ve learned from the volume of pictures via Facebook I’ve received — makes a brief appearance. This budtender was genuinely amicable and knowledgeable, as opposed to the glorified cashiers with whom I usually interact. Returning there a year and a half later, his store has morphed into Oasis Cannabis Superstore, an edifice that embodies everything that has changed in recreational marijuana since we filmed there in January of 2015.

My budtender this time, a mid-twenty-something woman with blue and bleached blonde hair, tells me they have around 200 strains on the shelf right now. It’s a staggering amount of pot for one dispensary — much of it provided by wholesale cultivation companies. One case contains strains from Lit, another from Fat Face Farms, and so on until you start to feel like you’re in that scene from “Half Baked” where Dave Chappelle and Guillermo Diaz break into the lab and find brick after brick of weed. There’s even a jar labeled “Booger.” I walk out with a couple grams, including an old favorite in Jack Herer, from Kind Enterprises.

Named after the late author of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” one of the first books I read on cannabis prohibition, the sativa-dominant strain has become a legend in its own right since its creation by Sensi Seeds. Picking up seven first-place wins at the High Times Cannabis Cup, it’s a strain I haven’t heard people talking about lately, with most preferring crosses like Jack Flash or Jack’s Cleaner to the original. Which is fine — if you’re also the type of person who prefers McGriddles to an egg-and-biscuit sandwich.

The best Jack Herer borrows sharp lemon candy, fresh pine and light clove notes from its Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk lineage, while adding buttery vanilla undertones from its Haze background. This was surprisingly complex for a mid ’90s creation, like the weed version of “The X-Files.” It’ll also show a more sativa-like appearance, with longer branches and an angular structure, so look for a Christmas tree shape as opposed to a rounder, more bulbous structure.

For all of the olfactory pleasure, my favorite part of Jack is the high: heady mood elevation and an uptick in energy, without being too powerful. In other words, it’s perfect for this hangover.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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