Star Wars and the Cannabis Connection
May the Force be with you this month as around the world that most legendary of movie franchises, Star Wars gets celebrated on its own special day – May 4th. Over the years, most of us in the Paradise Seeds office have enjoyed lighting up our own special lightsaber to enjoy an evening in the company of the Star Wars crew. This month, we have asked our cannabis film specialist, Jasper Rascal, to seek out connections between Star Wars and cannabis.
Greetings my fellow padawans! The rebels from Planet Paradise have asked ‘is it true that cannabis influenced Star Wars?’ Before I start I would like to inform you that the following opinions are all my own! HOWEVER! It has long been my belief that Star Wars reflects cannabis culture in many ways – and I am not just talking about Yoda’s bong-smoking eyes! Let’s have a look:
1) Star Wars, Cannabis and Counter culture:
For those of us who have grown up on Star Wars it is often hard to see beyond our favourite scenes and characters. However, in the context of movie history, the original, released in 1977 widely reflects what counterculture at the time. Talking about his book How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, author Chris Taylor, tells the New Yorker magazine; “Star Wars is a piece with everything that was happening in the seventies, with the search for greater meaning that was happening at a societal level… There was a sense of, ‘let’s pull everything down, let’s find the basis upon which we can all agree, let’s figure out that all religions point to this or that.’ He suggests that the hippie ideals and the hallucinogenic quality of Carlos Castaneda’s Don Juan series contributed to the film’s ‘spiritual’ element and that the film’s release came at a time when marijuana use amongst students was its peak.
2) Star Wars, Cannabis and Smoking culture:
As a cannabis smoker you have no doubt been forced to spend significant periods of your social life hanging out in dodgy places waiting for a dealer, or attended some pretty wild parties filled with colourful characters. So, of course, there will be elements of the famous Tatooine cantina, not to mention Jabba the Hut’s freaky palace, that you will recognize. Smokey, edgy, filled with renegades from the fringe of society – you get the picture! Plus, find me a cannabis smoker who has not attempted a Jedi mind trick when stopped by the cops with their stash in the car…
3) Star Wars, Cannabis and the Rebel Alliance:
Ok, so let’s look at some of the great rebel meeting points in the Star Wars series. Look around the room as the rebels prepare to launch an assault on the Death Star in both New Hope and Rogue One. You will see a rainbow coalition of different colors, sexes and even Goddam species! Cannabis culture is all about inclusion and every cannabis smoker knows what it feels like to be a rebel! Again, going back to the 1970s, when the Vietnam War was still a bad taste in many people’s mouths, some have suggested that the Empire was based on Nixon’s America, just as its imagery was influenced by the Nazi era. Watch this space, in these uncertain times, the Empire may well rise once more…
4) Star Wars, Cannabis and Paradise Seeds:
And just before I leave, let me throw a Paradise Seeds connection into this mix! Apart from master breeder, Paradise Luc (Master Luc!) there is of course the legendary powerful, flavorful Paradise Seeds indica Sensi Star – which is one half of the very popular Death Star strain which originated in the Mid West of the USA in the early 2000s.
As the Star Wars world celebrates May the 4th, we ask our movie expert if cannabis has had an influence on the making of the Star Wars series with 4
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Despite Carrie Fisher’s recent acknowledgment of cocaine on the set of The Empire Strikes Back, we’re pretty sure that everyone on the right side of the Force would tell you to just say no to drugs. (With the exception of Han Solo, who’d probably tell you to just say no to smuggling drugs on any ship other than the Millennium Falcon.)
However, if you were a medicinal marijuana patient in Southern California in 2010, then chances are your dreadlocked “budtender” sent you home with at least a gram of Skywalker OG. (We’d like to see Lucasfilm deal with THAT little nug of copyright infringement!)
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In fact, throughout 2010, a slew of Star Wars-themed strains of cannabis were circulating throughout California, most of them ending with OG, a reference to the fact that they’re crossed with Ocean-Grown Kush, a particularly potent strain of the famed Afghani marijuana.
As it turns out, Star Wars and cannabis have gone hand in hand for decades. Yeah, don’t act like you’re surprised. For your consumption—but only if you’re a card-carrying patient—we present these 20 different varieties of marijuana named inspired by Star Wars.
A long time ago, in a Dutch city far, far away .
Bud fact: “Starwarz” is what Gerrit, founder of Holland-based Magus Genetics, named his cross between the Sensi Star and Warlock strains (Star-War, get it?).
Bud fact: The Dutch Passion Seed Company (the same Amsterdam company responsible for the “Strawberry Cough” strain Michael Caine grew in Children of Men) crossed two of its award-winning strains to produce Skywalker, which it hoped would be “one of the best indicas in the world.”
3. Skywalker OG
Dude, where’s my X-wing?
Bud fact: One of the more prevalent strains in California at the moment is Skywalker OG, which is Skywalker crossed with a OG Kush.
4. Purple Skywalker
“But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some . yeah, err . power converters!”
“You can waste time with your friends when your chores are done.”
Bud fact: Skywalker was also crossed with Purple Kush to create, you guessed it, Purple Skywalker.
5. Master OG Wan Kenobi
Help me, Obi Wan, you’re my only toke.
Bud fact: This cross between Master Kush and Skywalker OG hybrid was sold as the “Special Reserve” bud at California Caregivers Alliance in 2010.
6. Yoda OG, 7. OG Master Yoda, 8. Yoda’s Breath
Doobie or doobie not, there is no try.
Bud Fact: We’ve also heard of OG Master Yoda and Yoda’s Breath, but, as near as we can tell, they’re names for the same strain.
9. Jedi OG
Succumb to the power of the Dankside!
10. Han Solo OG
“What an incredible smell you’ve discovered!”
How’s this for a scruffy-looking nerfherder: According to Strainreviews.net, Han Solo OG has “a little bit of a cat piss smell odor to it” and “tasted a bit like a burnt match.”
Bud fact: According to the UrbanDictionary.com Chewbacca is “Very high strain of marijuana that some don’t even consider to be part of the Cannabis family it’s so potent.” There seems to be little evidence that such a strain exists, though in 2006 one grower named his home-grown hybrid “Chewbacca” on account of how hairy the nugs are. A “Chewie” is also a joint laced with cocaine.
12. DarkSide (Granddaddy Purps)
13. Darth Vader
I find your lack of rolling papers disturbing.
14. Death Star
It’s as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced . but in a good way.
Bud fact: According to Colorado Alternative Medicine, Death Star’s “fragrant smell translates to its taste as well, and the hits are mind-numbingly dense.”
15. Death Star Hash
It’s unclear whether Death Star Hash is concentrated Death Star, or whether it’s just the Emperor’s second attempt after the ultimate party foul.
16. Jedi Death Star, 17. Jedi Storm Trooper
These aren’t the buds you’re looking for.
18. R2-D2, 19. C-3PO
Luke: This R2 unit has a bad motivator, look!
Uncle Owen: [to Jawa] Hey, what are you trying to push on us?
According to Nature’s Medicine in Boulder, Colo., C-3PO is “was named after its intentions. If you enjoy thinking creatively and want to become an inter-galactic language expert—these buds are for you.” R2-D2 is a hybrid found in Santa Ana, Calif.
Reportedly bred in the mountains of Colorado, Jawa derives its name from its parents, a Jamaican Pine strain and a Maui Wowie.
Despite Carrie Fisher's recent acknowledgment of cocaine on the set of The Empire Strikes Back, we're pretty sure that everyone on the right side of the Force would tell you to just say "no" to drugs. (With the exception of Han Solo, who'd probably tell you're to just say "no" to smuggling drugs on any ship other than the Millennium Falcon.)