Pineapple Express Strain Review | Taste, Effects & Benefits

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As one of the most famous weed varieties, we felt it necessary to give a comprehensive Pineapple Express strain review. You probably know of the name due to the acclaimed comedy movie, Pineapple Express, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Fun fact – you may think that the film title was influenced by the strain, but it’s the other way around. Pineapple Express is named after the movie.

Regardless of where the name came from, this strain has an amazing aroma, energetic effects and therapeutic properties. Continue reading to learn more about Pineapple Express because we’re taking a deep dive into this tropical delight.

Pineapple Express in Popular Culture

In 2008, Pineapple Express was released. The action-comedy film notably starred Seth Rogen and James Franco and received worldwide acclaim. Due to the movie’s box-office success, many sought to create a strain with the same name.

The Strain’s Rise to Fame

Within no time, Pineapple Express’ popularity soared among American and Canadian cannabis dispensaries and remains hugely popular to this day. This is partly thanks to its parent genetics – Train-wreck and Hawaiian.

The strain is sativa-dominant (60% Sativa & 40% Indica) and has an average THC content of 21%. Pineapple Express is a squat and powerful plant that grows dense, bulbous nugs. The vibrant green flowers are beautifully contrasted against fiery orange pistils. However, while Pineapple Express may yield heavy buds, the true appeal lies in its taste, aroma and effects.

Pineapple Express nug

Pineapple Express Strain Review: Aroma and Taste

As you’ve probably guessed, Pineapple Express is very fruity – it’s the classic tropical smoke. The strain has a wonderfully sweet and delectable aroma that is irresistible to most smokers. Once you get your first whiff of this strain, you’ll notice a pungent combination of sweet fruit, citrus and floral notes.

It tastes just as amazing when smoked, too. You’ll enjoy a fruity mixture of citrus, floral notes and delightful pineapple. Your taste buds will be thanking you after every toke.

Pineapple Express Strain Review: Effects

Pineapple Express’ high is mostly creative and energetic. This makes it the perfect day-time smoke. Overall, it’s a relatively balanced hybrid that tastes heavenly, and gives users a superb buzz.

Unlike the film, this strain will not put you into a paralytic state. Rather, its high is more cerebral, but will eventually settle you into a blissful state of relaxation. Pineapple Express keeps your mind relatively sharp but numbs any aches or pains you may be experiencing.

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Pineapple Express Strain Review: Therapeutic Benefits

Some cannabis terpenes that offer therapeutic benefits are found in Pineapple Express, and are explained in detail below.


This pepper-scented compound has more medicinal benefits than many other terpenes. Beta-caryophyllene behaves like a cannabinoid in the body. The most prominent cannabinoids are THC and CBD, but there are many more found in cannabis – albeit in lower concentrations.

Cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system. Beta-caryophyllene is one of the few terpenes that also has this ability, however it doesn’t have intoxicating effects like THC. So far, research has found that it has anxiolytic and antidepressant properties.

Pineapple Express contains moderately high levels of this terpene, which suggests that smoking this strain can help treat depression, and anxiety – conditions many people suffer from.

Beta-caryophyllene also has anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. This makes Pineapple Express particularly good at reducing pain and fatigue. Squirt is another strain that contains this compound, meaning it’s also effective at treating inflammation and pain in the body.


This is a sedative compound and one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis. The couch-lock effect associated with weed is largely due to myrcene. A such, it has muscle-relaxant properties.

The relaxing sensation that Pineapple Express eventually settles you into is thanks to myrcene. This means the strain is perfect for treating pain, fatigue and stress. If this compound sounds like it could help you, then Blue Dream  is right up your alley. It also contains high levels of this terpene.


This compound has the opposite effect of myrcene. Instead of sedating, limonene uplifts and energises. It also has antioxidant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and potential cancer-preventive effects. Due to high concentrations of myrcene in Pineapple Express, it is effective at uplifting users while simultaneously reducing inflammation and pain.

Limonene terpene

Closing Words on Pineapple Express Strain Review

Pineapple Express is one of the best tasting hybrids around. Not only does its flavour and aroma remind one of tropical paradise, but its well-rounded effects and medicinal benefits are the cherry-on-top.

If you’re a daytime smoker, then this strain could be your next go-to smoke. It’s a strain everyone wants to say they’ve smoked, and for good reason. The Pineapple Express film may have helped this strain’s rise to fame, but its amazing qualities have kept it as an A-list smoke.

If you’re looking for a strain that also contains all the terpenes mentioned above, then Bubba Kush 2.0 is a superb choice. It will have different effects to Pineapple Express because its cannabinoid and terpene concentrations differ. However, it is another strain that reduces stress, anxiety, and pain.





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