Article by Matt Mernagh, Lift News
After winning an impressive number of cannabis awards, the Jack Herer strain truly honours the advocate and author after which it was named. First created in 1994, the staying power of this sativa is a toker testament to the fondness people have for its unique flavours and effects. Despite its popularity, many fans of the Jack Herer strain don’t know about Jack Herer the person, a cannabis activist who authored the famous book on hemp, The Emperor Wears No Clothes.
The history, origins and genetics of Jack Herer
Herer fought passionately for hemp during the early days of the War on Drugs.
He played a pivotal role in promoting the U.S. government’s Hemp for Victory video, which encouraged farmers to grow the crop. The government long denied such a video existed, but ultimately it was discovered in the U.S. National Archives. These days it can easily be found in online.
Herer was an Oregon resident who planted the seeds of freedom by running for public office in 1988 and then again in 1992.
After giving a rousing public address at Hempstalk 2010, he suffered a heart attack backstage and never fully recovered. Herer died on April 15, 2010.
Long before Herer’s passing, Ben Dronkers, of the Dutch-based seed company Sensi Seeds, recognized the amazing influence this tireless advocate had, and felt he needed a bud in his honour. Jack Herer is such a great strain, the popularity of it has kept the knowledge of Herer’s advocacy alive long after his death.
The variety has won nine different marijuana awards, starting with its debut in 1994, a pot podium return in 1999, and then going on an epic weed award-winning spree from 2002 to 2006.
Given its illustrious pedigree, Sensi Seeds is guarded about the genetics used to create their marijuana masterpiece, but growers speculate it’s a pairing of Northern Lights #5 crossed with a Shiva Skunk.
This would explain Jack Herer’s fine balance of indica and sativa, but it’s known to lean more towards the sativa side and is often listed as a sativa. For the record, Sensi Seeds admits there are four known Jack Herer phenotypes, three sativa and one indica.
Flavour, aroma and appearance
Jack Herer has a lovely, lively spiciness that intermingles nicely with its flowery overtones. These distinctive flavours can be somewhat overpowering, but sativa aficionados adore it for these reasons.
While sativa buds have a reputation for being light and wispy, Jack Herer nugs have some ganja girth on them.