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6 cannabis strains for people who love tropical terpenes

Published on November 15, 2019 · Last updated July 28, 2020
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Ever hear someone say “Oh, I love tropical terps!” You know they were talking about some cannabis with a particular flavor. Tropical strains tend to hold flavors of pineapple, mango, tangerine, and other fruits that fall under that tree.

These tropical flavors come from the plant’s terpene profile, which are compounds that give plants their aroma and flavor. In cannabis, terpenes not only influence smell and taste, but also the effects and experience we all feel after consumption.

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Many tropical-flavored strains have uplifting and energetic qualities. Here are a few that can lead you there.

Cinderella 99

Cinderella 99 is a super duper classic cannabis strain whose legend stretches far and wide. Also known as Cindy 99, this sativa-dominant hybrid is the result of some Jack Herer bagseeds.

Those lil’ baby seeds grew into short, bushy plants with big, sweet flavors. Coming from myrcene and caryophyllene, it tastes of tropical fruit, like mango with citrus undertones.

Stimulating and energizing, this is a great strain for those who have a lot on their mind and want a THC-based break from it all.

Golden Goat

Golden Goat is a classic marijuana strain known for its exceptional flavor and effects. Randomly, it was bred in Topeka, Kansas, when a cross of Hawaiian and Romulan pollinated a Sweet Island Skunk. This marriage of island-based strains results in a plant with beautiful flowers covered in green and orange hairs that produce a tropical smell of pineapple accented by sour citrus.

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As for effects, Golden Goat is known to be stimulating and energizing, leaving anyone who consumes it feeling a full-body rush of euphoria and creativity. So basically, if you want to get high and paint a pretty picture, Golden Goat will be a great appetizer.

Maui Wowie

Maui. Wowie. Just the sight of its name makes you think of fire weed, but more importantly, an extremely fire Kid Cudi song, which was inspired by this fire weed.

This classic sativa hails from Hawaii and man, oh man, is it tasty. With sticky buds that emit sweet pineapple flavors, this strain is a treat for anyone seeking a tropical escape. The genetics and terpenes of this strain leave people feeling an energetic euphoria. Scoop some Maui Wowie, toss on some music, and take yourself on a nice jog along the beach.

Tropicana Cookies

Tropicana Cookies may be the best suggestion I could make for anyone seeking something tropical and fruity. This sativa-dominant hybrid is just so damn tasty and beautiful.

Crossing Forum GSC and Tangie, this plant produces dark purple flowers that almost look black. From those flowers comes a vast array of flavors, including a dominant tangerine taste with berry undertones.

Equally great in effects and flavor, this strain leaves most consumers feeling relaxed, energized, and engaged with their surrounds. It’s the perfect daytime strain, if you ask me. Give it a try.

Golden Pineapple

Golden Pineapple (which is great as a vape cartridge, by the way) is a popular strain for its tropical flavors of pineapple with a slight hint of citrus. Many consumers experience an engaged and active high that can be great for anyone who needs a boost in morale or productivity.

Created by crossing Golden Goat, a classic tropical strain, with Pineapple Kush, we get a double tropical strain with the best attributes of both parents. If you’re looking for a boost in your brain or body in the form of focusing energy that’ll get you up and moving, go ahead and scoop up this flower or concentrate. Your endocannabinoid system will thank you.

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Mango Kush

Wrapping up our tropical suggestions is Mango Kush. This strain tastes similar to the actual mango fruit, with a distinct kush flavor and hints of pine on the exhale.

It has dense, sticky buds with orange pistils, and when ground up, bonged down, and smoked in, this strain can leave you feeling euphoric and uplifted. In heavier doses, it can even leave you feeling relaxed and a bit sleepy, making this a great example of a strain that can be used both in the daytime and nighttime.

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Danté Jordan
Danté Jordan
Danté Jordan is a cannabis writer based in Los Angeles. He's written for Leafly, Weedmaps, High Times, and many more publications.
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