The year is 1970. Under the obstinate Richard Nixon, the United States includes cannabis on the list of the most dangerous narcotics under its Controlled Substances Act. It appears the golden era of cannabis is coming to an end. Or perhaps this isn’t the case? While Nixon, Haldeman, and others scheme to defame, harass, and destroy a single plant, the mood on the street is entirely disparate, with an increasing number of young (and older) individuals discovering this exotic herb.
With the advent of the 1970s along came a fresh viewpoint on drugs, credit owing to pop culture influences such as Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin. From rock ‘n’ roll to disco, Cheech & Chong to Hunter S. Thompson, the anti-establishment counterculture of the 1970s helped to nurture cannabis history as we know it.
The 1970s were an era steeped in paradox: restrictions, hippies and beatniks traveling in quest of the greatest cannabis and hashish, the first commercial harvests in the West, the so-called War on Drugs – an epic battle between official authorities‘ opinions and a substantial portion of the public. It was also a critical period in cannabis production, when landrace types from remote locations began to be produced and the first contemporary hybrids that would see the light of day in the next decade began to take shape.
For decades, cannabis breeders and enthusiasts strived for stronger strains, which resulted in selective breeding and cross-breeding. Many of these iconic, retro cannabis strains from the 1970s are now scarce, but some are still accessible at your local dispensary, although, fair warning, they may be a bit stronger than you remember.
Hop in our DeLorean and travel back in time with us as we explore the grooviest strains the 70s had to offer.
This variety rose to prominence as a classic sativa landrace throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Maui Wowie got its name from its Hawaiian origins, which are obvious in its delicious, tropical scents and tastes. This was a strong strain for its time, with an average THC content of roughly 13%. This strain is widely available in current dispensaries as a somewhat euphoric and active strain.
With a joyful, creative, and vibrant high, this strain is a mood lifter and stress buster like no other.
This strain has a traditional Sativa effect and hits like a heavy does of caffeine. It is not unusual to feel revitalized, clear-headed, and creative.
Blueberry, sometimes known as DJ Short Blueberry, is a mix between Purple Thai and Afghani. Blueberry sprang to prominence in 2000 after winning the high time Cannabis Cup, despite the fact that the strain has been there since the 1970s.
Today, blueberry has several different phenotypes, but it is most recognized as a powerful indica with a calming and drowsy high. Blueberry smells like sweet and sour berries with skunk and gas, as one would anticipate.
This strong sativa has been present since the 1970s, named after Acapulco, Mexico and its orange, almost golden appearance. Acapulco Gold was one of the most popular strains on the west coast during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and it was thought to have been imported into the country from Mexico.
Cheech and Chong popularized this strain with their 1978 classic film, Up in Smoke: “No stems, no seeds that you don’t need, Acapulco Gold is badass weed!”
This potent sativa will leave you feeling energized and focused. This is the strain for individuals who want to boost their minds and feel really productive. Expect a long-lasting high that mixes cheerful effects with stress-relieving relaxation.
Although it was most likely less strong in the 1970s, this strain is currently known to have THC levels of 20% or more.
Smugglers trafficked the majority of America’s cannabis supply in the 1970s. As a result, Panama Red was a fittingly called landrace sativa from Panama’s warm, humid environment. The strain’s rapid rise to popularity began in the late 1960s, thanks to its racy cerebral effects.
Long blooming durations, which are now uncommon in the legal market, encourage commercial farmers to hesitate and opt for faster-growing crops. Unlike the other tropical-sounding strains, Panama Red had a peppery, woody palate rather than the others’ sweet, fruity tastes.
Panama Red delivers a joyful, cheerful sativa high that is well worth experiencing. This bud is a cheerful flower that can cause fits of laughing and mild exhilaration. Overall, Panama Red is a strain suitable for both novice and seasoned users.
Colombian Gold is a sativa landrace with a citrus, sweet smell and joyful effects that may help regulate mood. This variety, which originated in the highlands of Colombia, is less common in some areas, although numerous clinics in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado still stock it.
This strain isn’t the most powerful ever cultivated, averaging between 14 and 20% THC, but it has a strong reputation for producing potent cerebral effects.
Colombian Gold is believed to increase focus and encourage creative thinking due to its high energy content.
This native sativa is the source of the well-known Skunk #1. It is an excellent alternative for first-time users or people who need to stay productive.
Afghani, a powerful indica landrace strain of Middle Eastern provenance, is well-known and widely sought after for its consumer-reported stony, body soothing effects. This variety, one of the oldest known, is increasingly common on the legal cannabis market.
With THC levels ranging from 17 to 24 percent, Afghani has an earthy, piney scent and flavor, as well as the potential for euphoric, couch-locking effects. This strain is frequently associated with a ravenous case of the munchies, according to consumers.
The scent is the iconic fragrant and woody aroma of Afghan hashish from the 1970s, and the high leaves you feeling absolutely joyful, at peace with the world, and deeply tranquil.
It is used to treat conditions such as sleeplessness, pain, and stress problems.
An indica cannabis strain created by crossbreeding Afghani and Thai, Northern Lights causes euphoric sensations that spread throughout the body, relaxing muscles and easing the mind.
According to users, this strain offers a spicy-sweet taste profile with a smooth exhale.
Northern Lights is one of the most well-known strains of all time, a pure indica praised for its sticky buds, quick blooming, and growth resistance.
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While this strain is commonly regarded as a landrace, breeders cross it with Skunk #1 to make it more robust. This strong indica, named after Afghanistan’s fourth biggest city and presumed to have heritage from the legendary Afghani strain, consistently yields THC levels exceeding 20%.
Because this strain generates a lot of resin, it’s widely used to make hash, which was a fashionable way to consume marijuana in the 1970s.
Cannabis enthusiasts should expect a hefty and calming effect from this traditional Indica strain. Its effects are happy and artistic, combined with laughing and positive vibes.
Skunk lineage is difficult to dispute, named from its strong fragrance. This strain, which has been popular since the late 1970s, is also widely utilized to develop many of the beloved strains present in the legal cannabis market. Skunk #1, despite its indica leanings, is noted for its balanced effects.
The strain produces less than 20% THC, which is not a deal breaker for THC production. This strain seems to be almost royalty, since it is a cross of Afghani, Colombian Gold, and Acapulco Gold.
This hybrid boosts innovation with its elevated buzz, while tension and hunger loss vanish.
Haze, a hybrid strain created from four sativa landrace strains, first appeared in the 1960s and rose to prominence as a cannabis strain in the 1970s. This strain, which contributed genetics to several popular strains today, is still in great demand and prospering in the legal market.
Haze, a crossbreed of four powerful parents, generates spicy, earthy tones and THC levels that range from 17 to 27 percent. This strain is regarded by some as the best of all time.
As genealogy and genetics give a picture of our biological beginnings, we must not overlook the importance of our roots as cannabis products, strains, and even users adapt. These classic cannabis strains from the 1970s, along with a few creative growers, lead to the diverse range of strains and products offered in legal marketplaces around the world.
Without a question, this psychedelic generation was responsible for sowing the seeds that developed into the cannabis business we today recognize and adore.