Pot and Rose

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

– Romeo & Juliet (II, ii, 1-2), William Shakespeare


The next time you step up to the counter to order your favorite flower, consider what you’re about to ask for.

While requesting that Lemon OG, Platinum Wreck or Girl Scout Cookie – where do these colorful and sometimes outright silly marijuana strain names come from, exactly?

While some of the strains you’ve come to know and love over the years (Northern Lights, Master Kush, etc) still dominate the market today, other new ones like “Dog Sh*t” are creeping into dispensaries with more frequency.


When it comes right down to it, many of the names you see are chosen by their growers for their overall effects or attributes. A strain like Girl Scout Cookie is aptly named for its mint-green buds, while Purple Urkel boasts rich violet hues in its flowers. “Dog Sh*t”, as you might imagine, is quite appropriately labeled for its pungent odor but brags about its high THC content as a contrast to the revolting smell!


The mystery goes deeper than that, though…

You’ve probably heard of an indica-dominant flower called White Widow, right? Back in 1995, a popular Netherlands seed company entered the Cannabis Cup and won with their strain called “White Widow”. The company ended up sharing the seeds with most of the world through direct sales and giveaways – making its way to our shelves these days! BUT – here’s where it gets odd…

The second place winner at the Cannabis Cup in 1995 was another big name grower and coffee shop company – who also entered a strain named “White Widow” that shared nearly identical genetics to the first place entry! Both strains – it is assumed – have been blended into what we recognize today under the White Widow strain.

Literally dozens of these stories exist for many of the names you ask for at High Desert Healing on a regular basis, but sometimes it just comes down to the whims of the strain’s creator…and that’s that.

Essentially, the growers who supply dispensaries try to stay with names that are recognizable and easy to remember. Platinum Wreck is always a good selection for being a sativa strain, with its uplifting effects and stress relief; while Master Kush (and most of the ‘Kush” line) is an indica strain more suitable for pain & night time use.

Don’t be afraid to ask your High Desert Healing Med Tender about the wide selection available – they are familiar with each strain and can help you choose the right one for your specific needs. Soon you’ll find the perfect selection at Lake Havasu’s favorite Dispensary – and you won’t have to feel silly making an order because you know it’s right for you!

…although if we ever start carrying Dog Sh*t, you’re allowed to blush when asking for some. :-)


Stay Well!


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