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Effects: Although anxiety and freakouts are limited (rare for a potent sativa), Great White Shark can easily disorient users after the first bowl. Its potency, while calming, also minimizes focus and attention, making it a classic strain for stupid bliss and unrefined energy. Medical patients have used it to treat anxiety, stress, pain, nausea and eating disorders, but it can also be used to combat lethargy and boredom.
Flavor: Sweet, understated flavors of clove honey and lavender lead off each toke, with spicy notes of wood and a skunky aftertaste rounding it out.
Still, I love to watch Shark Week, and I decided to take the plunge with Great White Shark, a vintage sativa with a skunky South American heritage. The strain’s name instantly drew me in, taking me back to those Street Sharks cartoons from the early ’90s. Great White Shark saw its popularity peak later that decade; it won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1997 but became somewhat endangered as time went on.
Smell: Although its skunky overtones aren’t as pungent as you’d expect, Great White Shark carries relaxing floral aromas of cloves and lavender, with subtle notes of zesty wood and an earthy-skunky back end to remind you of its lineage.
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The strain, which comprises Super Skunk and South American landrace genetics, also goes by White Shark and Peacemaker — the latter of which doesn’t exactly line up with a man-eater’s terrifying reputation. But the high easily fits in the Jekyll/Hyde category, as a little bit can be both uplifting and calming, while too much causes confusion, dry mouth and uncooperative energy. One or two hits is a Peacemaker, indeed, but more than a bowl leaves most users swimming with the sharks.
Commercial grower’s take: “Takes a little long to produce for a strain without a strong profile, but I think Great White still does well in Canada. We’d tell our budtenders to stay away from recommending a strain like this to beginners, because its THC potency draws them in, but that high can be way too out-there for their tolerances; it leaves them lost. A bad experience is likely if you’re not ready.”
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The Great White Shark strain comprises Super Skunk and South American landrace genetics, and also goes by White Shark and Peacemaker — the latter of which doesn’t exactly line up with a man-eater’s terrifying reputation. But the high easily fits in the Jekyll/Hyde category, as a little bit can be both uplifting and…