Eight Cannabis Strains Named After Other Drugs

Here's Opium.
Here's Opium. Herbert Fuego
The strain name game is a fun, complicated mess of cannabis genetics, nomenclature and overzealous salespeople. You can find strains named after celebrities, candy, presidents, mountain ranges and everything in between.

Since they're dealing with a psychoactive substance, it's not surprising that strain breeders and pot dealers have named a few strains after other drugs that give off similar effects — luckily for tokers, not that similar. From Acid to Opium, here are eight strains named after drugs of much more serious consequence.

Given its calming and sedating qualities, Opium's name is well-deserved. The high is soothing for the body and mind, relieving stress, pressures and pain — or making you forget about them, at the very least. Although heavily used for medical purposes, Opium is also great for a night in, as its relaxing and visual effects keep the senses stimulated for a good amount of time before you slip into the inevitable doze.

Shouldn't be hard to figure out what inspired this strain's name. Bred from an Afghani cut from Northern California, Petrolia Headstash, and a mystery hybrid from Kentucky, this heavy indica is known for its pain-relief and sleep-inducing qualities, as well as an old-school flavor profile comprising notes of wood, hash, fruit, zest and soil. If you can't find Herijuana, look for its citrus daughter, Orange Herijuana. 

Blue Magic
Jay Z fans or anyone who's seen American Gangster will get the reference, but for those who don't: Blue magic was the name of the infamous heroin sold by New York drug trafficker Frank Lucas. The cannabis strain bearing its name is believed to be a phenotype of Blue Dream, carrying a quick burst of euphoric energy before bringing users down and relaxing their bodies.

Named after Novocaine, the painkiller made popular at the dentist office, this cross of Sensi Star, San Fernando Valley OG Kush and Jacks Cleaner 2 is a sativa-dominant strain known for a piney, earthy taste. We've seen it at Good Chemistry and around town in concentrate form by Green Dot Labs.

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