Everything You Need to Know About the Trainwreck Weed Strain

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It's thought to be Lowland Thai x Mexican Sativa x Afghani.

Place of origin

A very old variety dating back to at least the early 1980s, Trainwreck is a bit of a mystery thanks to a couple different origin stories. However, the common thread in these stories is Thai, Mexican, and Afghani plants, all of which were common in the Arcata and Humboldt County areas of Northern California.

Approximate THC content

High (20%-25%)

What to expect

Notoriously potent and racy, Trainwreck is a variety for true sativa lovers, but it also packs a strong indica punch towards the end that leaves most users a little dazed and sleepy after the somewhat heart-racing start. This one is for experienced smokers only; too much can have you peeking out the windows and calling the cops on yourself.

Trainwreck weed strain, cannabis, trichomes
Ry Prichard

How to spot it

If you’re fortunate enough to see a live plant, Trainwreck is known for its... well, train wreck of a growth structure. It has spindly, weak branches and oddly shaped flowers that seem to jut out at random. In its dried flower form, it has a silver appearance and a pale green color, but the scent is the best way to tell it apart from the pack.


Trainwreck has a very complex lemon-menthol-pine scent and flavor, with an interesting sweetness and an acrid side. Though the smell is certainly pungent, the flavor really steals the show when well-grown, hanging in the mouth and sinuses for what seems like an eternity.

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Ry Prichard is a freelance cannabis photographer and researcher who loves Haze more than just about anything. Follow him into the Colorado cannabis jungle @cannabisencyclo.