Pineapple Express Strain Profile and Effects

Is this strain as thrilling as the movie? Let's find out in this article.

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The Pineapple Express strain is a fruity sativa-leaning hybrid that packs a punch with a potent long-lasting high that provides a pleasant buzz of energy, making it a perfect daytime favorite. The Pineapple Express strain rose in popularity thanks to James Franco and Seth Rogen's film by the same name, although the strain has been a consistent crowd favourite in the Netherlands before the film was released.

The Pineapple Express strain encapsulated the body with a mild body numbing high whilst wrapping the head with a delightful ecstatic mind high that can boost creativity and overall mood. The Pineapple Express strain also provides great medicinal benefits to those who need a mood or productivity boost or those who seek anti-inflammatory properties.


Pineapple Express strain is the result of breeding the sativa-leaning hybrid Trainwreck strain and the delicious sativa Hawaiian strain. Considering its strong sativa genetic origins (estimated 60% sativa/ 40% indica), it is no wonder why Pineapple Express also provides long-lasting potent sativa effects paired with a pungent fruity aroma. Thus, don't be surprised when the high seems to linger long after smoking and allow the high to wash over the body and mind with a pleasant buzz.

This strain produces a calm body high whilst stimulating the mind with energizing thoughts that are perfect for being creative or for focusing energy on being productive. Therefore, the Pineapple Express strain is a go-to day strain for regular recreational users, however separate phenotypes of the Pineapple Express strain with higher CBD content can provide medicinal benefits for those who desire it.

With this combination of effects, Pineapple Express is highly regarded as the perfect daytime strain and is suitable for a range of different cannabis consumers. 


The THC of the Pineapple Express strain can go higher than 24% with a typical range between 20-24%. This strain is strong, and novice cannabis consumers should be careful and take this hard-hitting strain slow. Varying phenotypes of the Pineapple Express strain have been bred to have traces of CBD.

Unlike the movie depicts, smoking this strain will not leave users dysfunctional and belligerent. This strain has the potential to bring users introspection alongside relaxation. As a sativa dominant hybrid, the effects glide through the body to relax the soul and the mind. An uplifting cerebral high leaves users giggly and happy, with some people finding themselves for talkative and creative. As the high continues, the head high stimulates focus and productivity, making this strain perfect for completing small tasks throughout the day. This hybrid is the perfect balanced strain for late afternoons and creative moments.

Pineapple Express is not only great for recreational use, many users trust this strain for its many medicinal benefits. This strain is ideal for treating clinical depression with its uplifting nature and energizing effects. The strain can help patients fight depression fatigue and become remotivated and excited to go out or get tasks done. The strain's calming and stimulating combination has the ability to lift the mood and increase productivity to combat symptoms of stress, anxiety and restlessness. With additional minor sedative properties, Pineapple Express can also help target mild pains and inflammation such as muscle pain, headaches and arthritis.

Disclaimer: Those seeking relief from a mental condition need to be careful and it is important to know your personal limits. Overconsumption of any strain can possibly worsen existing conditions.

The quintessential combination of uplifting energy in addition to calming the mind and stimulating positive thoughts makes Pineapple Express a go-to for many.

Appearance, Smell & Taste

Appearance-wise, the Pineapple Express strain resembles the look of an indica strain, with long tapered buds that are densely packed. The strain's olive-colored buds are covered in sugary crystal trichomes (which is indicative of its potency) with its yellow-green colored leaves broken up by amber pistils that curl upwards towards the sun. Depending on when and where it is grown, the color of the leaves can vary from a deep green to a pale lime tinged with burnt orange or red.

The famous Pineapple Express strain has a tantalizing dank scent of fruit salad. You can thank Pineapple Express's exceptional terpene profile of limonene, caryophyllene, and pinene for its fruity smell and taste. One whiff of this strain's fruity-floral scent will transport users to a tropical getaway that melts away stress and troubles.

When smoked, this tropical bud tastes just like its smells: delicious! It has a strong fruity flavour that fills the mouth with pineapple and mango overtones undercut with green apple and citrus undertones and tickles the tongue with a distinct pine aftertaste after the exhale.


According to Seth Rogan, the writer and starring actor in the 2008 movie Pineapple Express, the strain didn't actually exist until after the movie brought the name into the spotlight. Since then, growers took it upon themselves to produce a strain to fulfil what the film describes to be "the dopest dope".

G13 Labs claims it originated the strain in the mid-2000s and the strain soon dispersed itself among California medical marijuana dispensaries. Since Pineapple Express has become a crowd favourite, it is a staple on many coffee shop menus across the Netherlands and the US. Specific phenotypes of the strain with higher levels of CBD will be harder to find and more expensive. If wanted, it is best to contact your local dispensary to ask about the details of strain that they carry.

For those who want to grow their own plant, the Pineapple Express strain is a tall-growing plant that can be grown indoors or outdoors, however, it is ideal for it to grow in indoor conditions with controlled temperatures. Her branches stretch wide so give the plant lots of space to flourish. Pineapple Express has a typically high yield and the harvest will last around 7 to 8 weeks. This strain is also considered an auto-flowering strain, making it easier to grow.

The Pineapple Express strain definitely lives up to the hype from the film of the same name! With its well-balanced high and numerous medical benefits to boot, this strain puts together an impressive overall package. Pineapple Express strain is highly regarded and looks set to be a staple strain for many cannabis consumers now and in the future. Much like its contemporary Original Glue, this strain isn't just popular, it's a timeless staple.

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Sylvia Hu
Sylvia Hu

Sylvia is a writer based in Sydney with an interest in learning more about the cannabis industry. Sylvia is currently researching cannabis culture as well as local and global legislation & reform.