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Your Guide to the Pineapple Express Strain

You may not have witnessed a crime like James Franco and Seth Rogen did in their 2008 movie, but Pineapple Express still promises quite the adventure. Let’s explore what makes this strain so beloved in Long Beach and beyond.

Pineapple Express Strain Overview

Pineapple Express generally promises a dynamic interplay of mental and physical effects. Mentally, you can expect a euphoric journey with heightened senses of joy and an uplifted mood. It can also provide a cheerful burst of energy, making it a popular choice for daytime use. But if you’re new to this strain, always start low and take it slow to see how it affects you personally.

For patients, Pineapple Express has gotten significant attention for its stress-busting, relaxing effects. With the terpene myrcene providing soothing effects for the mind, Pineapple Express is especially loved by those seeking mental tranquility without losing productivity. The pinene content in Pineapple Express may also offer anti-inflammatory properties.

One reviewer on Reddit noted the strain to be an “all-day smoke for sure,” describing it as “easy to grab for doing anything.” They also went on to credit Pineapple Express for providing “non-anxious energy” and “creativity.”

Genetic Makeup: Where Trainwreck Meets Hawaiian Bliss

Pineapple Express emerges as a Sativa-dominant hybrid born from the cross-breeding of Trainwreck and Hawaiian cannabis varieties. The blend of these distinct lineages provides potent effects. While the precise THC content depends on the specific breeder, you can expect at least 20% THC content on any given grow. 

Sensory Profile 

Pineapple Express offers a stellar visual of lush, emerald green leaves interwoven with fiery orange pistils to create a picture-perfect profile reminiscent of a vibrant tropical sunset. The buds are often noted to look like fluffy clouds and glisten with a delicate dusting of trichomes. You can expect tangy bursts of pineapple and succulent mango on the palate, complemented by a creamy coconut undertone and a zesty citrus finish. 

Potency and Cannabinoid Content

The THC levels of Pineapple Express typically reach upward of 20%. CBD content remains at 1% or less, adding a touch of balance. Uniquely, the approximate 1% of CBG — considered pretty high for a minor cannabinoid — helps to provide pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects

Terpene Tapestry

Pineapple Express boasts a terpene profile rich in pinene, beta-caryophyllene and myrcene – all pivotal in shaping its unique aroma and potential health benefits. While pinene lends refreshing and piney notes, while caryophyllene introduces a warm, spicy element akin to black pepper. Myrcene, on the other hand, infuses the aroma of fresh-cut mango to further shape the symphony of scents.

The Pineapple Express Strain Family Tree

Pineapple Express has a family of closely related strains with similar characteristics and effects:

  • Pineapple Trainwreck: A vibrant fusion of Pineapple Express and Trainwreck, delivering an energetic euphoria with tropical sweetness offset by spicy undertones. 
  • Freedom Express: Though its exact lineage remains slightly elusive, offers users a balanced high marked by gentle euphoria and relaxation, all underpinned by a subtle fruity sweetness and a distinct earthiness.
  • Midnight Express: Midnight Express, a CBD-rich strain from Canna Fam Seeds, combines Cannatonic 4 and Freedom Fighter Express to offer a grape bubble gum terpene profile with hints of tropical fruit and floral aromas.

Together, these strains showcase the rich diversity stemming from the legendary Pineapple Express.

Are There Any Downsides to Pineapple Express?

Whether you’re a daily toker or the occasional dabbler, it’s always a good idea to be a conscious consumer and be wary of any downsides to your experience. Like any higher THC strain, Pineapple Express may give you dry eyes, dry mouth, or a serious case of the munchies. 

And if you’re prone to anxiety, higher levels of THC could exacerbate those feelings. So just be cautious as you try Pineapple Express and slow down if any of these typical cannabis side effects bother you.

Shop the Pineapple Express Strain at King’s Crew

Each Pineapple Express product at King’s Crew, from cartridges to pre-rolls, is carefully curated to deliver the full spectrum of the strain effects. Visit our full menu online to browse our current Pineapple Express offerings or place an order for pickup. 

Have questions? Speak with any member of The Crew for the best service and hospitality from any Long Beach dispensary!


Is Pineapple Express Indica or Sativa?

Pineapple Express is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain, so the plant’s physical traits may tend to be taller and stalkier than their bushy, short indica counterparts. And while “sativa” may be associated with energizing effects, keep in mind that effects are shaped by cannabinoid and terpene profiles, not by what the plant looks like.

What Makes Pineapple Express So Popular?

Pineapple Express has gained widespread popularity for its distinctive name, powerful effects and tropical fragrance. The strain is generally celebrated for providing a level and euphoric high and is available in most Southern California dispensaries, including King’s Crew. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that there’s a blockbuster stoner movie of the same name!

Where Does the Name “Pineapple Express” Come From?

While the name “Pineapple Express” is famously associated with the famous 2008 stoner film, the strain's origins do not directly connect to the movie. It’s believed that the strain earned its name for its tropical aroma, while “express” describes its fast-acting effects. 

Is Pineapple Express Better For Daytime or Nighttime?

Pineapple Express generally provides uplifting and energetic effects, making it a celebrated choice if you’re a daytime consumer seeking an invigorating experience.

What Does The Pineapple Express High Feel Like?

The high from Pineapple Express is typically described as a cheerful and euphoric experience. Many consumers report enhanced sociability and increased sensations of joy. Regardless, it’s important to remember that responses to cannabis can vary significantly from person to person. Always start low and go slow. 

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