By Mitchell Colbert
First Grown By: Pineapple Thai was bred sometime before 2009 and the original breeder is unknown. It first appeared at cannabis collectives in the Long Beach area of California, such as Herbal Solutions. Presumably, the grower was based out of Southern California.
Genetics: The genetics for Pineapple Thai, like the breeder, is entirely unknown. It is believed to be a cross of a pure sativa Thai landrace with another sativa.
Cannabinoid/Terpene Profile: Pineapple Thai is a strain rich in cannabidiol (CBD), usually testing in at 4-7% CBD. While most sources say that this strain has low amounts of THC, some sources online report it also having a high amount of THC, potentially ranging into the high teens and low twenties. While this isn't unreasonable given that it is a pure sativa and sativas tend to have higher amounts of THC than indica strains, it may be undesirable in a CBD-rich strain.
The terpene profile for Pineapple Thai is not known but is likely to include lots of myrcene, giving it the pineapple flavor and scent for which it is named. Myrcene has been shown to weaken the blood-brain barrier to cannabinoids, raising the potency of THC, CBD, and all other cannabinoids. Leafly suggests that it could also have elevated amounts of β-caryophyllene, giving it peppery notes to balance out the sweetness.
History and Background: Pineapple Thai was one of the first six CBD-rich strains identified by Harborside Health Center, Steephill Labs, and Project CBD during their first round of lab testing back in 2008. Harborside was one of the first cannabis dispensaries featuring CBD-rich medicine way back in 2009 thanks to their laboratory testing project. The partnership between Project CBD, Steephill, and Harborside led to many of the advances we have seen in lab testing accuracy and to the rediscovery of CBD. In their early testing, a strain was not viewed as being a CBD-rich strain unless it had over 4% CBD; that is still a commonly used definition for when a product can be deemed CBD-rich.
While reports online vary, it seems that Pineapple Thai most commonly displays a 1-2 ratio of THC to CBD, but can potentially have even more THC than CBD due to natural genetic variance. This 1-2 ratio makes Pineapple Thai less psychoactive than Harlequin because the increased levels of CBD block some of the psychoactive effects of the THC, leaving just the medical properties to due their work without feeling high. With a 1-2 ratio, patients will still feel some psychoactivity, but less than with a 1-1ratio and much less than if they had taken THC alone. This kind of a ratio is ideal for people who suffer from chronic pain but worry about the psychoactive effects of THC and want to calm those down while still gaining its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. This ratio is likely to feel very calming, your stereotypical “body high” feeling but without any of the couch lock that a pure indica can induce. Due to these calming effects, a 1-2 ratio like this could also be a benefit to suffers of PTSD and other anxiety conditions. Like with Harlequin, this ratio could also be useful for epileptic patients later on in their life who often need more THC and less CBD than pediatric epilepsy patients.