August Strain of the Month-Birds Eye
Few strains have as rich a history as Birds Eye. Named after the late cannabis pioneer, activist and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer was developed in the 90s in the Netherlands, where it was successfully trialed as a treatment for cancer pain at the Amsterdam Hospital.
A 70-30 sativa-dominant variety made up of a Haze hybrid and a cross between Shiva Skunk and Northern Lights #5, Birds Eye captured the title for top strain at the seventh High Times Cannabis Cup. Its terpene profile is dominated by a spicy and piney aroma, attributed to high levels of myrcene and pinene.
Bred by legendary greenthumb Nevil Schoenmakers of the Dutch Sensi Seed Company to blend the heavy resins of an indica with a cerebral high associated with sativas, Jack Herer is a variety that now serves as the parent to many subset strains.
A bold variety that consistently tests above 20% THC, Birds Eye has come to represent a range of qualities and cannabinoid profiles across its varied phenotypes. In-house, the Jack Herer we cultivate tops a potent 23% THC, a point of fact Tweed Master Grower Kevin Furet says makes it one of the most popular varieties we grow.
“The combination of a dominant haze and an established sativa makes this strain one of my favourites. I have experience with several different phenotypes, from a relatively fast finishing and powerful sativa to a denser, higher yielding plant with a more indica influence,” he says. “The differences in phenotypes created provides a look into just how valuable this strain truly is. With such a robust history, growing this strain has always felt as though I was paying tribute to the culture of cannabis."
Because of its sativa dominance, Birds Eye is most-often preferred as a daytime strain by our customers. Patients have said that the variety is helpful for treating a wide range of symptoms and ailments, chief among them fatigue, nausea, anxiety, depression, stress and chronic neuropathic pain.
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