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As I rolled up my favorite strain, Mr. Nice, I looked for the perfect Instagram caption. “Mrs. Nice”? That felt like I was trying too hard. I settled for something way more basic: “So excited to be smoking my favorite strain #MrNice! What’s your favorite?”
The DMs poured in. I was surprised to see how many other diehard Mr. Nice fans I knew. Someone told me all about a strain called Pandora’s Box. I had more conversations about Sour Diesel than I’d like to admit.
All of this got me thinking; I’m a woman, smoking the fruit of a female plant. Why aren’t there more strains named after ladies? So, I decided to compile a list of strains named after women – living, deceased, and fictional – that we should all give a try.
A cross between Super Lemon Haze and Rebel God Smoke, this uplifting, sativa-dominant strain with lemon and pine notes, is named after legendary musician and activist, Nina Simone. This delicious offering is available from The Legion of Bloom, who’s resident scientist and lead grower, Alecia Weisman, also happens to be a legendary lady. (http://www.thelegionofbloom.com/lobflowers/)
Ahh, Ms. Universe. This sativa-dominant hybrid carries notes of pineapple, vanilla, and caramel, and is known to simmer away symptoms of stress and pain. In 2015, Australian Miss Universe candidate, Monika Radulovic, was asked about her view on Australia’s motions toward legalization, where she replied, “It has been found to be really amazing in treating cancer and has really really helped those who are very, very sick. In that circumstance I definitely do think we should.” She was eliminated after that round of questions, and for that alone, I’m determined to roll a massive Ms. Universe doink in her honor.
I’m not going to pretend to know a single thing about Game of Thrones — I know, roast me — but, this sweet tasting Pakistani Kush and Bubblegum cross has me willing to dive head first into the HBO cult-fave. Leaning 70% indica, this in-demand strain pays homage to Amelia Clarke’s portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen, which landed her three Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards, in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
Not much to my surprise, Wonder Woman is a strain best-known for productivity, and has been reported to help with depression, stress, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. This strain has an interesting lineage, as it’s father, Top 44, was originally a female strain manipulated with gibberellic acid to pollinate the mother plant, Ice. I’m incredibly into the androgynous nature of this strain, and look forward to enjoying its sweet, earthy notes during my next daytime brainstorming session.
Comedian Margaret Cho hit the cannabis industry with an OG kush cut called “Margaret Cho-G” which, like her, can be found in the San Francisco Bay Area. The funny lady once said (https://herb.co/marijuana/news/margaret-cho-love-marijuana), “the perfect setting with the perfect weed is a dream come true.” I couldn’t agree more, and can’t wait to get my hands on her version of this classic Indica.
What’s your favorite female-named cannabis strain? Hit my Instagram DM @sarahskasunshine, and sound off!
Bio: Sarah ElSayed is the Brooklyn-based founder of Grass is Greener PR, a creative marketing agency representing brands and activists in the cannabis space. Reach her by email at: email@example.com.