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If nothing else, we like the G13 strain for its story. Poking around the internet will reveal a number of tales for the curious reader eager to learn more about the strain’s storied history. Although the strain seems to have appeared in the 1970s, if you’re anything like us, the first time you heard about G13 in the film American Beauty.  “This shit is top of the line,” Ricky, a teenage dealer, tells Lester. “It’s called G-13. It’s genetically engineered by the U.S. Government. It’s extremely potent, but a completely mellow high. No paranoia.”

Now, it seems that the last two sentences of Ricky’s quote are entirely true. We’re not sure about the rest. The first time we crossed the strain was about fifteen years ago, shortly after American Beauty came out, when my local teenage neighborhood dealer tried to convince me that the weed he was selling me was G13, government engineered weed, the best of the best.

For those of us who remember buying weed on the black market, we also remember the sales pitches that dealers would deliver along with their product, assuring you that their weed was the best weed you’d ever find. We assumed, when we bought our G13, that the dealer was probably lying. But we also assumed that G13’s hallowed status was justified.

In fact, after doing some research, we now know that there probably isn’t any truth to the G13 rumors. Yes, the government does grow marijuana at a university research facility in Mississipi. But by all reports from those who have consumed it, it’s extremely weak stuff. Various rumors suggest that the “13” in “G13” refers to “M”, the 13th letter of the alphabet, short for “Marijuana”. Others suggest that the government created a number of strains and number 13 was the most potent. Yet another claims that the government created a strain by crossbreeding 13 of the world’s most potent strains.

All of these claims are likely false. Your Daily Leaf correspondence has spent a few years working for the Federal Government and he knows this: for most government employees, the majority of their interactions are with other government employees in other departments. To mark a strain as “government” produced just makes no sense. Who grew it? NIDA? The DEA? The Department of Agriculture? The very notion that the government would grow a strain and then label it “government marijuana” would only make sense to paranoid stoners who know very little about how the government operates.

But whatever the strain’s origins – Afghani seems to be the most popular claim – we’ve come across a number of G13 strains grown in the Pacific Northwest, and we’ve never been disappointed. Various reports claim that G13 is an indica, sativa, or hybrid, but we tend to experience typical indica effects, with potent body relaxation free of excessive cerebral euphoria.  The flower tends to be large and light in color, with indoor grows producing dense and  tightly packed buds. The strain’s fragrance tends to be spicy and herbaceous, but we’ve recently run into a G13 grow with atypically light, sweet, and fruity bouquet.
While we give little credence to the government superweed rumors, that’s no reason to abandon G13; whatever its provenance, it’s a solid strain for regular smokers looking for a relaxing body high.