Cannabis activists in North America played a huge role in cultivating the widely accepted cannabis culture that it has become today. If it wasn’t for their brazen acts and heroic displays of social justice, all the nations who have applied decriminalization wouldn’t have gone this far.
A good example is Jack Herer, a Counterculture Hall of Famer who penned the 1985 book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, which elucidated the economic and medicinal benefits of decriminalizing cannabis. The book became so popular that it is currently on its fourteenth edition with translated versions in several other languages. To further honour his views and hard work, the well-loved Jack Herer strain came to life.
Jack Herer is a Sativa-dominant cannabis strain revered for its blissful, creative high, mixed with a clear-headed and attentive buzz. Its dark green, sticky buds release a light, peppery and potpourri-like punch upon breakage. Jack Herer’s spicy aroma is woven with a citrusy pine taste that’s smooth on the inhale. The strain’s rich genetic background and potency have allowed the creation of several different variations, with each phenotype displaying its own unique features and effects.
Let’s take a closer look at this much-loved strain.
A Brief History of Jack Herer
The popularity and influence of the remarkable American activist inspired Dutch seed bank Sensi Seeds, to create a strain in honour of Jack Herer. Cultivated in the ’90s in the Netherlands, the Jack Herer strain is a combination of a Haze hybrid with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk cross. The result is a heavy resin strain that offers an enjoyable cerebral elevation upon consumption.
Who Was Jack Herer?
Jack Herer was a feisty activist from New York infamously known as the “Emperor of Hemp” who championed cannabis rights and strongly fought for its decriminalization. Cannabis enthusiasts consider his book as “required reading material” because of its eye-opening arguments stating that cannabis can be used as a renewable source of fuel, medicine, food, fibre, and paper.
Herer led quite a sensational life, starting off as a head shop entrepreneur who made his own glass pipes in the ’70s, and ended up running for president of the United States – twice – in 1988 and 1992, as the official candidate of the Grassroots Party.
While Jack Herer didn’t get his chance to smoke up the Oval Office, his contributions to the cannabis school of thought were felt all over the world. Needless to say, Jack Herer was a true cannabis trailblazer, which makes his namesake strain even more celebrated.
Because of its potency, appealing taste, and high-quality high, the Jack Herer strain won a total of nine Cannabis Cup titles, including the winning prize in 1994. Jack Herer has passed its genetics (and name) to some crossbreed strains such as Jack the Ripper, Jack’s Cleaner, and Jack Skellington. Its direct descendants are the Cinderella strain and Amnesia.
The Effects of Jack Herer
The well-rounded effects of Jack Herer make it an ideal pick for both medicinal and recreational users. Considered a good choice for a “wake and bake” strain, Jack Herer acts almost immediately, offering a headrush that can be described as energizing, rather than lethargic.
The headrush crawls down the neck and through the limbs, which can be responsible for a relaxed-and-tingly, active high. The alertness and creativity that follow can be attributed to its 55% Sativa make-up, putting the Jack Herer strain on a pedestal for brainstorming sessions and other types of visual activities.
Users agree that Jack Herer has a “talkative” effect that can be useful for conversations and social settings. Because of its stimulating nature and 17% THC content, the Jack Herer strain is a daytime treat rather than an evening toke. This is why the strain is not recommended for individuals who experience difficulty sleeping at night. Users say that the combination of mellow and stimulated highs aid in eliminating low-grade stress, body aches, anxiety, among others.
The Strain Is Known to Help With
Like all strains, there are some effects that can be experienced when someone smokes a huge amount that exceeds the user’s tolerance. Dryness of the mouth, eyes, loss of appetite, and dizziness are some of its side effects.
Cultivating Jack Herer
To cultivate clones, growers can snip mature clippings from healthy plants. There are four major phenotypes of the strain: two predominant Sativa, and two leaning Indica.
Breeders have attempted to grow Jack Herer in Mediterranean climates, or in other areas where there are hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Indoor growers usually wait 50 to 70 days for Jack Herer to start flowering. Outdoor growers are advised to plant Jack Herer in temperatures between 22 and 26 C. The Jack Herer strain grows up to eight feet in certain conditions, and growers should be able to control this by topping and by flowering.
The strain is characterized by dark green and dense, medium-sized buds with a heavy display of trichomes and purple and orange pistils. It has a lower yield compared to other strains and when grown indoors, it can mature within nine to 10 weeks and should be ready to harvest by the fall.
An Overview of Jack Herer Strain
The Jack Herer strain is a perfect pick for a day filled with activities, thanks to the combined effects of mental stimulation and relaxation. Cannabis beginners will enjoy Jack Herer particularly because of its gentle high that can be intensified with more consumption. Users have reported maintaining a semblance of awareness that enhances the ability to facilitate conversation.
Overall, Jack Herer has a stabilizing effect that aids a number of physical and mental discomforts, which is why it is considered a medical-grade strain.
Those who are seeking some fun, solo downtime will love Jack Herer too, as it opens the door for creative thinking and provides an overwhelming sense of happiness. After a couple of tokes, you’ll find yourself energized to create something that will nurture your artistic side.
Looking For Some Jack Herer?
Smokey’s has got you covered. We carry Jack Herer goodness in all forms: dried flowers, pre-rolls, and cartridges. Feel free to browse through our other offerings such as edibles, extracts such as kief and resin to make your experience even more enjoyable.
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