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In the early days of legal recreational marijuana, I used to occasionally swing through a very mediocre dispensary in North West Portland. This particular herb shop – which, out of kindness, we won’t name – had a not particularly large selection of mostly overpriced decent but not great cannabis. 

The curious reader may be wondering why your Daily Leaf correspondent would go to this subpar bud shop. The first time, it was convenient; my mother’s office was right around the corner. But something kept me coming back. That something was one Grade A strain that, mysteriously, was always to be found on deep discount. Fruity, potent, and energizing, this strain made me a regular of this otherwise unmemorable dispensary. This strain was Golden Pineapple.

The sativa dominant strain, the child of Golden Goat crossed with Pineapple Kush, presents light sage green buds with a very sparse dusting of pale pistils and a heavy snow of dense white trichomes. Its bouquet is fruity and floral, recalling the pineapple of its namesake, comes with an abundant myrcene and terpinolene blast and is touched by just a hint of sour in the finish. A dash of the strain’s exquisite sweetness comes through even after combustion, but the flavor palette really impresses when consumed through a dry herb vape.

But the highlight of the strain is its usefulness to smokers like me. I love the uplifting effects of a good sativa, but many sativa-heavy strains leave my mind and heart racing. Professional consumer that I am, they don’t grip me with the amateur’s paranoia of “OMGI’MGONNADIECALLADOCTOR!!!!” But strong sativas will, all the same, leave me worried about all the things in my life that I ought to be doing but haven’t. 

Golden Pineapple does not. Instead, it leaves me with all the energizing and creative effects that Sativas are known for, and a get-up-and-go attitude, without the unpleasant mental buzz. Indicas remain my go-to strains, but, perhaps thanks to its hint of Kush lineage, when I select a sativa, it’s usually Golden Pineapple.