did they use real weed in pineapple express

18 Things You Didn’t Know About Pineapple Express

Seth Rogen celebrates Pineapple Express’ 10th birthday with trivia.

Apparently time is now moving much faster than it used to and Pineapple Express is already 10 years old.

David Gordon Green’s comedy starring Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride still stands as one of the best modern stoner movies – sitting somewhere between the early Judd Apatow classics and the big budget insanity of This Is The End.

To mark the film’s first decade, Rogen – who co-wrote the script with Evan Goldberg – has taken to Twitter to reveal a string of factoids about the making of the film.

It turns out Franco got a nail in his head, McBride cracked his head open and Rogen did his own stunts…

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In #PineappleExpress, me and my co-writer Evan had to roll all the cross joints needed to film (about 100) ourselves because nobody else on the crew could roll them properly.

The name #PineappleExpress was around for years before the movie. It’s a Hawaiian weather system that sometimes hits the Pacific Northwest, which is where we’re from. Evan heard the name and said “that would be a great name for a movie.” Years later we found a perfect fit.

There was NO strain of weed called #PineappleExpress when we made the movie. We said “if one day, people are out there selling weed called Pineapple Express, it worked”.

Throughout the fight scene in Red’s house in #PineappleExpress, I broke my finger and Danny McBride got his head cracked open when Franco hit him with the bong.

The reason Saul wears a headband in #PineappleExpress is the result of another injury. There’s a shot (that’s in the movie) when we are running through the woods, Franco hits his head on a tree. He actually hit his head on a screw that was holding a pad in place and got stitches.

In #PineappleExpress, Red refers to his ex wife having gotten out of jail recently. There’s a pic of Red and his ex wife, who was played by Stormy Daniels.

We wrote #PineappleExpress express for me to play Saul and Franco to play Dale. James wanted to switch roles, and I didn’t care that much, so we did.

The shots of the dick drawings on the principals desk in Superbad was actually filmed on the set of #PineappleExpress in the woods while we were shooting Dale and Saul destroying their cell phones.

In #PineappleExpress, Red was originally supposed to die the first time he was shot when he was tied up in his apartment, but we thought Danny Mcbride was so funny that we just kept bringing him back to life.

While we were filming the scene where Red is taped to the chair in #PineappleExpress, Danny had to actually be taped in the chair all day and we couldn’t let him out because it took too long to put him back.

I did my 99% of my own stunts in #PineappleExpress, (which might explain all the injuries) including this one:

In #PineappleExpress, originally, Red killed Matheson with a Ford Fiesta, but Ford didn’t want their car involved in a movie murder so we had to change it to a Daewoo Lanos, which is ultimately much funnier I think.

Huey Lewis and the News recorded an original theme song for #PineappleExpress. We were inspired by our favorite 80s movies that had rock songs with their titles. Here he is performing it on Kimmel: via @YouTube

We DID have a smoking billboard for #PineappleExpress that got shut down by the fire department because people keep thinking it was on fire.

The song Paper Planes by MIA does not actually appear in the movie #PineappleExpress, just the trailer.

Of all the weird references in #PineappleExpress, my favorite is to the fact that Matheson is wearing “British Knights”, because when I was a kid I wore the fuck out of my BK’s.

In #PineappleExpress, Saul calls his shit weed “Snicklefritz” because it’s what our practical FX supervisor would call his second in command when he didn’t like what he was doing and we thought it was hilarious.

Seth Rogen celebrates Pineapple Express' 10th birthday with trivia.

Did they use real weed in pineapple express

Ah, Pineapple Express, arguably one of the last great weed films of the prohibition era. Branded a stoner buddy action-comedy by its creators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film follows two underachieving potheads (played by Rogen and James Franco) who witness a murder by a dirty cop and a gangster. Unfortunately for the two unlikely heroes, the weed they left at the crime scene — a strain called Pineapple Express — was just so damn delicious that the gangster could identify it by scent alone, which leads the bad guys on a hunt to track down the good guys. Hijinks, hilarity, and explosions ensue.

But what came first, the famous strain or the even more famous movie? And do Pineapple Express flowers fill pot shop shelves across the country simply because of the name, or is there more to it than the Hollywood cool factor?

The Movie Came First

Let’s clear the air here: If anyone tells you that they sampled Pineapple Express flower before the film debuted on August 6, 2008, they’re probably blowing smoke up your keister.

In a 2014 interview with Denver’s “Everyday Show” host Chris Parente, Rogen said that he and co-writer Evan Goldberg invented the weed strain just for the film.

“There’s… Pineapple Express weed that’s named after our movie,” he told Parente. “We created it. There was no Pineapple Express weed before the movie.”

Where did Rogen and Goldberg get that dank-ass name, though? They’ve never said, but before the film dropped, “Pineapple Express” referred to a weather phenomenon known as an atmospheric river, where winds carry moisture from the Hawaiian Islands and dump precipitation all over the American West Coast. When El Niño events occur, those are basically extreme versions of the meteorological Pineapple Express.

Here, let Saul (played by James Franco) explain it in much simpler, stonerfied terms:

But that’s all conjecture, right? We’re taking Rogen on his word (which is probably pretty legit). Let’s take a look at some hard, historical data on Google Trends.

You can check this out for yourself: There were practically zero searches on Google for the term “pineapple express” until the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. In the summer of 2007, the first test screens for the movie premiered, and the Hollywood hype machine was in full swing by that Christmas.

If you look at the Google Trends search graph, you’ll see it’s a flatline for “pineapple express” before 2007 — with a teeny tiny bump of activity around January 2005. That’s because from January 7 to January 15, 2005, a Pineapple Express weather event hit Southern California with one of the region’s biggest storms of the decade.

If Pineapple Express the weed strain existed before the film, you’d expect more search activity for the term prior to 2007. And if we narrow the search to “pineapple express weed,” we see a complete flatline in Google activity until November 2007.

Where Does Today’s Pineapple Express Come From, Then?

So, what’s with all the hype surrounding today’s Pineapple Express marijuana? That largely depends on which Pineapple Express someone is referring to.

According to Leafly’s strain database, Pineapple Express is a cross of the Hawaiian landrace and Trainwreck strains. It purportedly has a strong fruity, citrusy smell, and its heady effects hit harder than a locomotive, though many self-reports claim that the intense high doesn’t last terribly long. That could be due to its high average THC content, which usually hovers around the 20-to-25 percent range. (Higher THC percentages usually mean lower terpene contents, and terpenes likely contribute to longer-lasting highs, as well as delicious flavors.)

However, some cannabis seed companies offer their own Pineapple Express genetics, which don’t come from Hawaiian or Trainwreck. For instance, G13 Labs sells a strain of Pineapple Express that its breeders made from various Skunk parents and Big Bud.

Meanwhile, Barney’s Farm in the Netherlands offers an autoflowering plant called Pineapple Express, crossed from the company’s proprietary Pineapple Chunk strain and a ruderalis form of cannabis.

But Rogen himself — a self-taught marijuana maestro who now owns and runs his own weed company in Canada — hinted that none of these genetics may truly define Pineapple Express.

“There was a Pineapple weed,” Rogen said in 2014, “and people crossed it with another thing and made Pineapple Express.” So, here we have the creator of the strain’s name suggesting that one of its parents was actually the Pineapple strain, though that may have just been something he heard through the grapevine and simply mentioned off-the-cuff.

So, what’s the verdict? It’s likely that you’re seeing multiple varieties of weed branded as Pineapple Express. Whether the genetics are truly Hawaiian and Trainwreck or Skunk and Big Bud or what have you isn’t what necessarily characterizes the plant.

Some Folks Just Really Love Sweet, Powerful Weed, Regardless of Name

Most people seek out Pineapple Express for its potency and fruity bouquet — and besides, it probably feels badass to blaze a joint of it while watching the eponymous movie. In other words, different cannabis cultivators most likely breed their Pineapple Express for its scents, flavors, and quick-hitting highs, then label it as “Pineapple Express” so customers have some idea of what they’re getting in to. Or, it’s a way to capitalize off the brand-awareness and popularity of the movie, as well as Seth Rogen’s aspirational stonerdom.

Probably none of these claimed lineages for Pineapple Express really matter to Rogen or Goldberg. Despite running their own weed company in the Great White North, they have no plans to ever sell anything dubbed Pineapple Express in Canada. That’s because Canadian law bans celebrity endorsements for licensed weed, and Rogen and Goldberg are cannabis business owners, not cannabis brand representatives.

“As we were writing [Pineapple Express],” Rogen said during the “Everyday Show” interview, “we were like, ‘If one day we were at a weed store. and someone offers us Pineapple Express, then we made it’” as filmmakers.

Sounds like y’all made it, in both senses of the phrase.

What came first, the famous strain or the even more famous movie? And why do tokers love this fruity strain so much? ]]>