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Strain Review: Jack the Ripper

A Wicked Strong Sativa

Jack the Ripper plants. Image Credit: Flickr @ la maria de PipApU

When you think of Jack the Ripper, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the serial killer from London, England back in the 1880s. Fortunately, this time we’re not talking about a murderer, but rather a potent and exceptional sativa hybrid that has become a favorite on the West Coast and has slowly made its way around the nation.

What You Should Expect

Jack the Ripper is bred from a clone of Jack’s Cleaner (a strain bred from Jack Herer and The Cleaner) and a Space Queen male plant, known as Space Dude. Together these plants offer a killer sativa dominant hybrid. With the 70/30 sativa to indica ratio, this plant offers a mostly cerebral effect that has a tendency to creep up on you if you’re not careful. This strain generally has a THC percentage of 15 to 20 percent, but can be found as high as 26 percent. It also has a tendency to have a generous amount of THCV, which offers a more intense psychoactive effect than regular THC.

When it comes to the plant itself, you will be pleased to see darker green, thick buds with lots of orange hairs and sticky pale crystals. The aroma of this strain definitely comes from the Jack’s Cleaner line, as it offers up a lemony scent with a hint of mango and pineapple – all of which are translated into a wonderful fruity flavor just about anyone can (and will!) enjoy. There are few body effects of this strain; in most cases you will find yourself with an energized head buzz and a feeling of calm. The only negative side effects generally associated with this strain are dry eyes, dry mouth and occasional paranoia when used in too high of a dose.

Medical Benefits

If you are looking for a strain to medicate with, then you should look at Jack the Ripper as a daytime solution – it offers a calming yet energized mind flooding with creativity when you need it (and sometimes when you don’t). This strain is most commonly used as a medicine for conditions like depression and anxiety – though it is equally useful for things like PTSD, stress, nausea, anorexia, migraines, inflammation and more.

However, if you are looking for something with more of a body buzz then you will want to consider an indica strain as an alternative. Jack the Ripper does have some indica properties, which make it a decent choice for daytime medicating for chronic pain – however, for more complete relief, or relief of insomnia, then you may want to consider something a little different.

Overall, there are dozens of therapeutic benefits to this history-making strain – and as with all cannabis strains it has its own unique qualities that make it a great alternative for those seeking relief.