The holiday season is a time for celebration, relaxation, and spending quality time with loved ones. It’s also the perfect opportunity to explore the world of cannabis strains whose names bring a festive twist to the holidays of cannasseurs everywhere. From strains with names inspired by holiday traditions to those that embody the essence of the season, cultivators have proven there is no limit to their creativity.
In this jolly ganja guide, we will delve into the world of festive cannabis strains. We’ll explore their names and discover the benefits of incorporating them into your medical or adult use routine.
What’s in a Name?
Naming a new marijuana breed often incorporates the strain’s effects, terpene profile/aroma, appearance, and breeding lineage. Other naming considerations include the breeder’s location, inspiration, and local cultural references. These are all characteristics to keep in mind if you’re looking to create a new branded strain.
Festive cannabis buds are often the result of cultivated varieties associated with holiday themes and flavors. They are carefully bred to enhance specific traits that evoke the spirit of the season. Whether it’s a strain that mimics the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread or one that provides a soothing and relaxing experience perfect for holiday indulgence, “there’s a strain for that.”
Cannabis breeders and cultivators often create festive strains by strategically cross-breeding male and female plants to produce unique flavors, scents, and therapeutic effects that resonate with local holidays and celebrations. The result is a diverse array of cannabis plants that not only provide various medicinal benefits but also enhance the festive experience of your customers through their terpene profiles.
Exploring Fun and Festive Cannabis Strains
We’ve all chuckled at one time or another when reading the name of a creative and playful cannabis strain. As with holiday decorations and festivities, cannabis strains often have names that describe their terpene profile using several of the techniques mentioned above. Some are named after iconic holiday characters while others are inspired by holiday treats and traditions. Keep in mind, it’s quite common for a strain to take on various aliases.
Let’s take a look at some festive cannabis strains that cultivators have given to some of their premium genetic blends. If you are a commercial cultivator, it might be fun to comb through the next section for strain-naming inspiration as you cultivate your next, new breed.
Eight Holiday-Centric Strains
Many of the festive cannabis breeds below share sweet or minty terpenes such as eucalyptol and pinene. That said, many strains contain similar terpenes and flavonoids. However, it’s the unique combination and concentrations of these compounds that invoke the senses to recall sweet, minty, and earthy aromas. Let’s indulge in some festively creative cannabis strains that cultivators have sprouted.
#1. Santa’s Cookies
Also known as Santa’s Stash, this hybrid strain was bred by West Coast Cure in California. It’s often used to unwind and relax after a day of holiday preparations. As the name implies, these buds are known for their sweet flavor and emit the aroma of freshly baked cookies. Medicinally, Santa’s Cookies can help alleviate anxiety or pain.
#2. Jack Frost
Although this strain’s origin is not widely known, Jack Frost’s terpene profile is often duplicated by combining the genetics of White Widow and Northern Lights. The result is a hybrid cultivar with uplifting and energetic effects. Customers identify the aroma as a combination of earthy, sweet, and sometimes “skunky.” It has been used to help provide relief to patients experiencing stress and PTSD.
Also known as “Frosty the Budman”, this strain boasts a frosty trichome-covered appearance. Common effects associated with this rare and potent strain include an uplifting and energetic high. Frosty is an indica-dominant strain that often has a dank and pungent aroma. Its calming effects are often sought after to relieve stress and anxiety.
#4. Sugar Plum
This sativa strain is named after the iconic holiday treat, the sugar plum. Its terpene profile contains fruity and sweet flavors and is popular for its high THC content and its long-lasting cerebral effects. Medicinally, Sugar Plum is often recommended for chronic pain and nausea. As a strong sativa cultivar, this breed is great for obtaining the therapeutic effects of cannabis without the onset of couch lock.
#5. Peppermint Dream
Also known as Peppermint Kush, this festive indica strain contains the terpene eucalyptol, which grants the breed a minty/eucalyptus aroma. The sedative effects of Peppermint Dream are ideal for those seeking respite from chronic pain, insomnia, or the hustle and bustle that often accompanies a social gathering, holiday, or festival.
#6. Candy Cane
This strain’s name is claimed by both Crop King Seeds, as well as In-House Genetics. As we’re not one to take sides, both cultivars are indica-dominant and result in uplifting effects with sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. Medicinally, patients experience an uplifting high that helps ease depression and insomnia, along with a body high that results in a comfortable couch lock.
#7. Three Kings
Frequently marketed as “3 Kings,” this sativa-dominant cultivar quickly produces uplifting cerebral effects; ideal when seeking relief from inflammation, headaches, or chronic pain without the sedative effects of previously mentioned indica strains. This Californian cultivar’s name is strictly symbolic, as it does not pull from its parent breeds — Headband and Sour Diesel.
#8. Hawaiian Snow
Last on our list is a strain whose dusted buds glisten like the snow covering the mountainous peaks of the Hawaiian Islands. This 2003 award-winning sativa strain provides an energetic, uplifting effect on its users.
A Cultivator’s Prerogative
Creating new cannabis strains with unique flavors and aromas can be fun for the experienced cultivator. From a branding perspective, if a new strain becomes popular, it can boost a craft or commercial grower’s reputation. As you mix the genetics of two parent plants, they biosynthesize new combinations of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that provide their grower the opportunity to have some fun naming the breed.
Creating new cannabis strains with unique flavors and aromas can be fun for the experienced cultivator. From a branding perspective, if a new strain becomes popular, it can boost a craft grower’s reputation. As you mix the genetics of two parent plants, they biosynthesize new combinations of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that provide their grower the opportunity to have some fun naming the breed appropriately.
When naming a new strain, try experimenting with words representing familiar scents found in the aroma, the names of the parent plants, and your region/location. Your customers may also find that the distinctive strain provides new therapeutic effects.
Have Fun and Stay Frosty
Regardless of the holiday or festival you are celebrating, cannabis is found in traditional events around the world and continues to become increasingly accepted. Many of your patients and customers may be partaking while engaging in their diverse array of festivities. Offering strategically branded cannabis strains provides a unique opportunity for them to explore new flavors, scents, and effects that align with their holiday traditions.
Remember to pair strains that align with your customers’ (and your) desired effects. Most importantly, enjoy partaking cannabis responsibly and be aware and respectful of the friends, family, and pets around you while enjoying an edible or toking. Happy holidays from your friends and partners at Omega!
Note: The content of this article is purely for entertainment and informational purposes and is not intended to provide medical or legal advice. Always check local laws and regulations before purchasing or consuming cannabis.