Name: Jacks Cleaner
Jacks Cleaner is a sativa-dominant hybrid that is much sought after by the growing community, with a lineage that is as long as your arm Jack Herer x Cleaner (Pluton x Lambsbread x Purple Haze x Northern Lights) X (Skunk#1 x Northern Lights #5 x Haze). The Jack Herer side adds that unique candy smell and taste, above average yield, and not to mention it is probably the most awarded strain known to man. The Cleaner side and its huge family tree bring the bold household cleaner stench and a fair amount of indica qualities to boot. You may not have heard of Jacks Cleaner, but among the collectors of elite genetics, it has become somewhat of an urban legend. In fact, the original Jacks Cleaner is becoming harder and harder to find, giving way to newer hybrids like Jacks Cleaner II, Jacks Cleaner BX, and Jack the Ripper. The Jacks Cleaner you find today is not your daddy's JC.
Looks and Smell
The Jacks Cleaner buds are mostly bright green, but there is also a strong yellowish tint to the appearance. The light orange hairs tend to get lost under the immense crystal coverage, almost like foliage under snowfall. These ultra white raised trichromes actually give the plant a gooey appearance. The actual bud structure is harder to pin down. The nugs run the gamut from an indica-like dense and small look to a larger airy more sativa-like appearance. On first sniff, you can tell this strain is related to Jack Herer. That familiar sweet candy smell greets your nose like an old friend. There is also a noticeable citrus aroma, along with musty chemical undertones—a lot going on for sure. After the nugs were broken up, the Cleaner side of this hybrid really stepped to the forefront, waiting patiently for this exact moment to let its presence be known. What can be described as a Lemon Pledge/Mr. Clean mixture actually balances out quite nicely with the Sweet Jack Herer side of the smell equation.
The taste of Jacks Cleaner is very similar to the smell profile. There is that familiar sweet, candy-like Jack Herer taste to start things off, but at the same time there is also a very noticeable lemon citrus taste. The exhale changes things up with a much more apparent musky, fuel/cleaner taste, all followed up by a skunkiness that lingers on the taste buds for a while. The smoke is not super expanding and is actually rather smooth and quite nice on the throat. As with most sativas or sativa-dominant strains, the effects of this strain came on quickly and hit hard from the start. Things begin with a nice warm cerebral high that is very clear. The high becomes more intense as time goes by, but not heavier. This was a great smoke to clear the mind of any stress or anxiety I was feeling. It was euphoric and energetic at the same time, and the come down was mellow.
I was somewhat surprised to learn that this strain is an 80/20 sativa to indica split. The effects felt much more evenly distributed between mind and body than the numbers of this heavily sativa-leaning strain would lead you to believe. Those who have a high tolerance would like this as a good go-to daytime strain. Those with a lower tolerance would still appreciate this strain, but should probably do so at night. This is because the Jacks Cleaner strain can reach upwards of 20% THC. Jacks Cleaner is a good strain for increased appetite, pain relief, asthma, energy, anxiety, depression, and migraines. I can see why more and more cannabis breeders are using Jack Herer in their crosses—it really is an excellent building block, and the possibilities are endless.