Some cannabis strain names aren’t fit for patient care. Pfizer invested millions of dollars and focus-grouped thousands of people before it settled on the name Viagra. And while insecure men everywhere might blush to utter the V-word, you won’t see physicians writing prescriptions for 50mg of the “little blue pill”. Even when the drug companies encourage you to adopt an easy recall handle like “the little purple pill”, your pharmacist still knows its Prilosec. You may not take your drug regime seriously, but the medical profession does.
Unless it’s cannabis.
Imagine approaching your pharmacist after a round of chemo and having him or her nod empathetically before saying, “I know just what you need: a little Alaskan Thunder Fuck ought to do the trick.”
Perhaps I wouldn’t be nearly so judgmental if this was a strain dispensed by a recreational retail outfit, but Amsterdam’s Garden is in California. I don’t believe that pharmaceutical brands convey one iota of insight into the drug it’s named for (Philith was particularly bad, though a reliable birth control product if you think you might be thunder fucked by an Alaskan anytime soon), but that doesn’t give us permission to get stupid.
We need common sense nomenclature if we want to keep cannabis legal and help patients in the 25 states who still do not have access to medical marijuana. (Put that AK-47 in your pipe and smoke it.)