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Cannabis is known for its wide range of phenomenal psychoactive effects and medical benefits. But when it comes to buying marijuana, there are so many cannabis strains to choose from that some users might have a hard time choosing. Each strain is different and, along with offering unique appearances, flavors, and effects, one of the main things you’ll notice is the many unique cannabis strain names.

The names given to cannabis strains can come from all kinds of origins. For example, many strains get their names from where they were initially bred. Many cannabis strain names reference the aroma or flavor of the strain. However, you also get some bizarre cannabis strain names.

Whichever way, many users will wonder- what’s the story behind cannabis strain names? Were they given their name based on a certain quality or were they just named randomly by some stoned breeders? Here are the name origins and stories behind some of the best and most popular cannabis strains.

Garlic Breath

Every cannabis strain is different, and one of the biggest differences you’ll find between strains is in their scent and taste. This comes down to their terpenoid profile- some strains contain fruity or citrusy terpenes, some have a floral aroma, and some are just stinky and pungent. Garlic Breath leans toward the latter.

Garlic Breath is a rare indica-dominant hybrid made by crossing Hogsbreath with Chemdog D BX2. Since it’s descended from a strain named “Hogsbreath”, it’s no surprise that this strain carries a powerful, garlic-like odor that’ll linger on your breath hours after you smoke it, hence its name. However, the taste is worth it for its intensely calming and relieving effects.

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LA Confidential

L.A. Confidential is the name of a neo-noir crime drama from the ‘90s that was adapted from a book into a film. It’s also the name of a popular indica strain. The California-inspired name is explained by the fact it’s a descendant of OG LA Affie, a Californian indica, as well as an Afghani indica strain.

This Californian strain has received critical acclaim for its enjoyable effects. It’s known for inducing a strong sense of euphoria, lifting your mood, and boosting your senses to the point that everything feels more enjoyable. It can also help relax your body, making it great for evening or nighttime use.

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There’s a pretty simple story behind the name of the legendary Sherbet strain. This strain is made by crossing Girl Scout Cookies with Pink Panties, two of the sweetest strains out there that combine to make an even sweeter strain. As such, it makes sense that it’s named after one of the sweetest substances.

When you smoke Sherbet, you’ll experience a delicious, cookie-like flavor with a nutty aftertaste. Flavor aside, this strain is perfect for relieving all kinds of physical and mental anguish. It can relieve your pain, lighten your mood, and make you feel more positive and giggly overall.

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Some marijuana strains are so potent and mind-bending that you might feel like you’re taking another drug altogether. That’s why this strain is named LSD. LSD, of course, refers to the powerful psychoactive drug known for heightening your mood, senses, and inducing hallucinations. While this strain won’t make you hallucinate, it does bring on an intense cerebral high.

With a 55:45 sativa to indica ratio, you can rely on LSD to give you an uplifting mental high along with relaxing physical effects. This makes it a prime choice whether you’re trying to ease pain and aches in your body or simply looking for a strain that’ll make every activity seem more interesting and enjoyable.


Purple God

Purple God gets its name from two of its parent strains. It’s a cross between Purple Skunk, God, and Hawaiian, so it makes sense for it to be named Purple God. Of course, it also gets its name from its rich purple-tinted buds that give off a sweet and earthy grape-like scent.

It’s an indica-dominant strain that’s also known for its potent THC levels. As such, it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a strain that’s potent enough to take away nagging, chronic pain while also putting you in a great mood. However, beware that this strain might make you want to sleep due to its sedating properties.

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Papaya Punch

While some strain names are somewhat confusing or bizarre, Papaya Punch makes perfect sense. It’s a hybrid cross between Papaya and Purple Punch that offers a delicious fruity flavor and a punch of powerful psychoactive effects. The name sounds more like a cocktail than a cannabis strain, which is probably fitting due to how flavorful and enjoyable it is.

Papaya Punch will make you feel like you’re kicking back on a desert island. It takes away any stress or worry in your mind and leaves you in a calm and blissful state. This makes it ideal for counteracting issues such as chronic stress and anxiety. It’s also a good strain for relieving physical issues as it’ll soon hit you with a relaxing body high.

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Darth Vader OG

There are many Star Wars-theme cannabis strain names out there, with Death Star and Skywalker OG being some of the most popular examples. Darth Vader OG is another cannabis strain name that fits this vein, named after the notorious and legendary villain himself.

To add more to the lore of the name, Darth Vader OG is made by crossing Skywalker OG with Purple Punch. Just like Anakin Skywalker was brought to the dark side, this strain takes the uplifting sativa effects of Skywalker OG yet makes them more powerful with the sedating effects of Purple Punch, making it more of a nighttime strain.

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Super Lemon Haze

Super Lemon Haze is what you get when you cross Super Silver Haze with Lemon Skunk, which explains how it got its name. However, the name is also a perfect summation of the kind of experience you’ll get when you smoke this strain. Not only does it offer a tangy lemon flavor, but it’ll also put you in a happy and carefree haze.

You can expect to feel uplifted, euphoric, and creative when you smoke this strain. It’s a great pick for those looking to counteract mood disorders as well as a top-notch recreational strain for those who want a cerebral high. It can also help soothe your body to take away any pain, aches, or physical tension.

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Layer Cake

Layer Cake gets its name from the classic dessert that layers multiple flavors on top of one another to make an exquisite blend of flavors. Similarly, the Layer Cake strain combines Wedding Cake, GMO, and Triangle Kush x Skunk #1, resulting in an exquisitely diverse hybrid strain.

When you smoke this strain, you’ll experience a mix of sweet, skunky, and spicy flavors, and its aroma is equally interesting. As for the effects, you can expect a good balance between uplifting mental effects that enhance your mood and tranquilizing physical effects that’ll make you feel incredibly relaxed.

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Black Diamond

Black Diamond is a rare and luxurious jewel that many people clamor to get their hands on. Similarly, the Black Diamond cannabis strain is a rare indica-dominant hybrid that combines the properties of Blackberry and Diamond OG. It also boasts dark yet frosty buds that give off a blackberry-like scent, making it further live up to its name.

When you smoke Black Diamond, you’ll experience a rich and luxurious flavor that might remind you of red wine. It’ll then hit you with a euphoric head high, making you feel happy and giggly. As time progresses, its indica side kicks in and you’ll feel incredibly relaxed and sedated, making it easy to drift off into a long and restful night of sleep.

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Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express is a legendary strain with an iconic name. Some stoners might instantly think of the Seth Rogen film when they hear the name, but the Pineapple Express strain was made many years before the film when California breeders crossed Hawaiian with Trainwreck. As such, Pineapple Express is a perfectly fitting name.

This strain is well known for its sweet, tropical flavor. You’ll catch notes of pineapple, citrus fruits, and pine when you smoke or vape it. It’s also known for its exceptionally uplifting effects. Pineapple Express will bring on a euphoric wave of happiness, creativity, and motivation, making it ideal for counteracting depression and other mood issues.

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Gelato is another timeless cannabis strain that fits its name. Since it’s made by crossing Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbert- two of the sweetest strains out there- it’s only fitting that this strain was also named after a delicious and refreshing dessert. You’ll enjoy every hit of this sweet-tasting strain and its ability to induce a sedating yet blissful high.

Interestingly, Gelato has had many phenotypes. One phenotype, Gelato #33, is also named Larry Bird after the NBA Hall of Famer, mainly due to its association with his jersey number and its ability to make you exceptionally high. If you’re a fan of dessert-like strains or powerful hybrid strains, then Gelato is a must-try.

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OG Shark

OG Shark is another top strain that has an interesting name to accompany its interesting effects. This strain is said to be a cross between the legendary OG Kush and Great White Shark strains, which explains why it’s titled OG Shark. Its ability to deliver uplifting effects before plunging you into a hazy, sedating high might also make you feel like you’ve been hit by a shark attack.

The OG Shark strain has an even balance of indica and sativa genetics. That means you can rely on it both for a mental boost and intense physical relaxation. It’s also a potent strain with relatively high levels of THC and almost no CBD, making it a hard-hitter. Whether you’re looking for a balanced medical strain or something that’ll give you a phenomenal psychoactive experience, OG Shark is a good pick.

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Citrus Skunk

Some cannabis strains are known for giving off a zesty citrus scent with hints of lemons and oranges. Others are known for carrying a pungent earthy and skunk-like aroma. Citrus Skunk is a cross between Skunk #1 and California Orange and, as such, it gives you a mix of all of these flavors in one.

When you smoke Citrus Skunk, you’ll catch a tangy, lemon-like taste along with a classic earthy skunk aftertaste. Beyond its flavor, you can expect a well-balanced high from Citrus Skunk due to its 50/50 indica to sativa profile. Initially, you’ll feel uplifted, creative, and mentally sharp, but the physical effects will soon kick in and make you feel relaxed and drowsy.

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Death Rockstar

Death Rockstar

Death Rockstar is one of the most popular and well-loved cannabis strains on the market. It also has one of the most intimidating cannabis strain names. However, this name is easily explained by its heritage- it’s a hybrid cross between Rock Bud and Sensi Star.

Fortunately, it’s not as intimidating as its name might make it seem. Death Rockstar is potent yet highly enjoyable. It’ll make you feel stupidly happy while it eases your body and relieves you of any pain or tension. While it might be a little overwhelming for some users, it’s ideal for nighttime relaxation or for those who need to counteract severe symptoms of pain, inflammation, insomnia, and other issues.

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Cannabis strain names can tell you a lot about a strain, from its heritage to its taste. These are some of the many interesting cannabis strain names out there and all of these strains are well worth trying for any marijuana lover.

There are also many other amazing cannabis strains to choose from. No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, you can find a massive range of cannabis strains, Concentrates, Edibles, Tinctures, and much more online at Buy My Weed Online.

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