Most often, newsworthy strains are those bred and sold on America’s West Coast — the epicenter of cannabis culture and creation. However, just because strains like GG#4 and Dutch Treat reign supreme on the coast doesn’t mean that the rest of the country is so enamoured with these varieties. Cannabis commerce laws being what they are, cannabis growers in states with more stringent medical recreations typically cultivate their own varieties of weed, which then become popular in local dispensaries.
As an example of this phenomenon, here are some of the most popular strains found at a dispensary in Fayetteville, AR:
A descendent of Cinderella 99, Glass Slipper is a sativa-leaning hybrid that is noted for its ability to provide a good amount of energy without the jitteriness that can come with too much THC. Typically, Glass Slipper contains around 16 percent THC, but some Arkansas breeders have tested upwards of 20 percent in their offerings. Users love Glass Slipper for its tropical fruit taste and ability to provide a clean daytime high, which can help sufferers of depression, anxiety and stress disorders lift their spirits and accomplish their daily tasks. Unlike Cinderella’s glass slipper, this strain is excellent for everyday use.
Mandarin Temple Kush
This strain is a mix of Mandarin Sunset and Triangle Kush, which combine to create a slight orange aroma amidst an intense, earthy, herbal flavor. Most users attest that Mandarin TK, as the strain is sometimes known, is not for beginners or those unprepared for a strong, long-lasting high. With THC content between 21 and 26 percent, Mandarin Temple Kush provides a powerful sense of euphoria, and it is notably lacking in an intense sedative effect, making it a great wake-and-bake strain. In Arkansas, it is most often used to combat mental disorders, especially anxiety.
Another strain with Mandarin Sunset genetics, Member Berry also descends from Skunkberry, which despite its name, helps to make Member Berry tart and fruity as opposed to herbal and skunky. Perhaps the most balanced hybrid on this list, this strain can be used comfortably day or night to combat a range of health concerns, from chronic pain to chronic anxiety. The resulting mind and body high is powerful but not overwhelming, which means it can provide an relaxation and contentment that lasts long but doesn’t interfere with activity or socialization. Still, Member Berry typically comes with THC content around 19 percent, so users should be on the experienced side to sample this strain.
Scott’s OG comes from the famed Colorado seed bank Rare Dankness, and there is some dispute regarding whether the strain was initially named for the founder of the seed bank or his best friend, both of whom are named Scott. Regardless, Scott’s OG is a blend of genetics from Triangle Kush and Rare Dankness #1, which creates a complex aroma that has layers of sour, earthy and lemony flavors. An indica-dominant hybrid, Scott’s OG tends to have a THC content between 17 and 23 percent, and though effects from this strain tend to be more on the calming side of the spectrum, this strain isn’t for beginners. Cannabis veterans will appreciate the heady sedative effects, which are particularly good for addressing insomnia.
One of the newest strains to hit shelves in Arkansas dispensaries, Eleven Roses gets its name partially from its mother, the award-winning Sugar Black Rose, and partially from its outstanding autumnal coloring, which it develops during its flowering phase. With THC content in the mid-to-high-20s, Eleven Roses packs a punch, which is perhaps why it has become so popular so rapidly. Sweet, floral and fruity, this strain is easy on the taste buds, and its indica-dominant effects help with nausea and pain. However, most varieties of Eleven Roses are low on CBD, which means it can be detrimental in fighting anxiety and other mental concerns.
Arkansas might not have the latest and greatest strains bred in kush capitals like California and Colorado, but the state’s dispensaries do know what MMJ cardholders want and need. When a state has a less-welcoming cannabis culture and less permissive cultivation laws, budtenders tend to stock their shelves with the products their clientele want and need — and these strains demonstrate that Arkansans crave strength and potency.