Article by Colleen Fisher Tully, Leafly
With a proud Québecois name revealing its French Canadian lineage, Jean Guy (pronounced jhawn-ghee) is a consistent top-seller known for its energizing yet heavy-hitting effects.
“Alert but steady head high. Great for listening to music. It seems like nothing really hits me anymore but this one sure did.”
—MariahMango, Leafly reviewer
Categorized as a hybrid, Jean Guy is often described as sativa-dominant with an easygoing texture and a great cerebral high. But it’s the frosty green buds, strong citrus smell and lingering lemon-pine aftertaste that fans of Jean Guy often rave about:
“Smells and tastes exactly like those yellow sour lemon jawbreakers that everyone got in their Halloween bags back in the 2000s. The smell of it gave me a huge hit of nostalgia.”
—TiredAf67, Leafly reviewer
Born and raised in Montreal
The story of Jean Guy begins in 2005, when, like a basket of babies brought to a church doorstep, a tray of seedlings was carefully transported across Montreal to a medical cannabis dispensary.
“These clones were given to us by one of our members. He had to get rid of them,” recalls Marc-Boris St-Maurice, director of the Montreal Compassion Center. “He used to grow them outdoors and told us they were a White Widow.”
St-Maurice took in the seedlings and carefully grew the now-notoriously fickle plants to maturity. After cloning a few more he was so impressed by the mysterious strain he decided to sell the fragrant buds to members—but there was already a White Widow on the menu. “And I remember saying, ‘Well, what do we call it?’
The most Québecois name you can imagine
Almost as a joke, St-Maurice tossed out Jean Guy as the most Québecois name he could think of in the moment. But everyone in the room liked it, and the name stuck. Onto the menu went “Jean Guy,” and from there an iconic strain was born.
Because it flew off the shelves at the Montreal Compassion Center, they also began selling clones to eager consumers sometime in the late-aughts.
It wasn’t long before St-Maurice was introduced to some Jean Guy hailing from small-town Quebec, plus his friend and former associate, Adam Greenblatt, had shipped clones out to Canada’s weed headquarters: British Columbia. “And the name just followed because it’s associated with a great strain and it’s a very unique name,” he says.