Jack Herer - Sativa
Jack Herer is a popular sativa strain named after the cannabis activist and author. This strain is a result of the cross breeding of a Haze hybrid, Northern Lights #5, and Shiva Skunk. Patients often report feeling blissful and clear-headed when using this. The average THC % for this strain is 15-19%, but the THC only tells a small portion of this strain’s story.
Terpene Profile and Effects
Cannabis has a notably strong unique aroma, and each individual strain has a different smell as well. The part of the cannabis plant that causes these different smells are the terpenes, aromatic molecules secreted inside the resin glands of the cannabis flowers. Terpenes not only provide a wide range of smells but can also accentuate the cannabinoid profile resulting in stronger and more focused physical and mental effects than the THC % would lead you to believe.
The primary terpenes found in Jack Herer include terpinolene, caryophyllene, and myrcene.
Terpinolene, recognizable for its woody aroma along with citrus and floral notes, may have a mildly to moderately sedative effect. Terpinolene benefits may include antifungal, antibacterial, and anticancer properties in addition to the potential calming of the central nervous system.
Caryophyllene, also found in black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and other spices like oregano, is best known for its spicy and peppery notes. Beta-caryophyllene binds to CB2 receptors, hence its use in anti-inflammatory topicals and creams. Caryophyllene is the only terpene that binds to cannabinoid receptors.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis. The aroma is often described as earthy with musky notes, resembling cloves, and sometimes even has a fruity, red grape-like smell. It has also been reported that it is useful in reducing inflammation and chronic pain.