Honestly speaking, cannabis legalization in Canada, thus far, has equated to nothing but inconveniences in my personal lifestyle. For me, October 17th marked a day where my supply and selection became extremely limited, where the only place to purchase cannabis became poorly organized government outlets, where prices became inflated, where purely medical cannabis products became hard to access, and quality assurance in cannabis sales was swept to the side. Less than three months into legalization and we’ve already been subjected to dry product, moldy product, and just full-on perpetual lack of stock for product.

To add annoyance to inconvenience, a lot of the province’s dried flower menus may as well be written in a foreign language. What I mean is that, when I went to view the strains available in my current province (Quebec), I recognized barely half the strains listed. I don’t mean I’ve never tried them, I mean, I’d never seen these strain names before in my life, and I am familiar with a LOT of strain names. This is because, many Canadian Licensed Producers (LPs) have written up their own branded names for the strains they grow, in favour of using commonly recognized strain names based on seeds and genetics (“street” names). Essentially, anyone who was a cannabis user prior to legalization (who paid attention to strains), is most likely left a bit discombobulated by a large chunk of the Canadian legal cannabis menus.

Well, at the very least, I was confused. Therefore, with reinforcement from a few IG followers, I am writing up this legal strain guide. The following list includes the Canadian LP’s (legal) branded name, beside the commonly known strain name that the flower would be most similar to.

On one hand, I understand the logic behind LPs branding every strain that they grow with a new name. As I detailed in another post, no two seeds can ever produce the exact same plant, due to natural gene variation between all seeds. Also, different growing environments can create phenotypic changes, meaning that, even if two LPs grow from the exact same clone, their plants will still come out slightly different from one another. Hence, each LP having their own names for each strain makes some sense. However, I think a lot of us can agree, that it also makes the shopping experience a huge pain in the ass…


Atlantis/Atlantide — AK-47
Seirra — Cannatonic
Terra – CBD Remedy
Horizon — Kali Mist
Helios/Hélios — Maui Wowie
Tsunami — Northern Lights
Lagoon/Lagune — Northern Lights x Blueberry
Bayou — Purple Kush
Nebula/Nébuleuse — White Widow


Houndstooth — Candyland
Donegal — Chemdawg
Argyle — Nordle
Balmoral — UK Cheese

Solei (Aphria)

Renew/Renouveler — Alien Dawg
Gather/Renouer — Jack Herer
Balance/Harmoniser — Nordle
Free/Libérer — Treasure Island
Sense/Toucher — Sour Kush

Riff (Aphria)

Subway Scientist — Granddaddy Purple
Sunday Special — Jack Herer
Sweet Jersey 3 — Jean Guy
Blue Ninety Eight — Rockstar
Two-Tone Ban — Sour Kush

Broken Coast

Quadra — Headstash
Galiano — Northern Lights
Ruxton — Sour Kush
Keats — White Walker Kush

Edison (Organigram)

Casablanca — Afghani
City Lights — Critical Kush
Lola Montes — Hash Plant
Rio Bravo — Jack Herer


Dreamweaver — MK Ultra
Super Sonic — Quantum Kush
Solar Power — Sour Kush


Blueberry Kush — Blueberry
Fantasy Island — Warlock
Tropical Breeze — White Widow


Kinky Kush — Gold Kush
Yin and Yang — Pennywise
Easy Cheesy — UK Cheese

Alta Vie (MedReleaf)

Campfire/Feu de Camp — Buddha’s Sister
Airplane Mode/Mode Avion — Critical Kush
Cabaret — Sweet Island Skunk


Tailgate — Diesel
Walk The Dog — Warlock

Peace Naturals

Rest — Pink Kush


Temple — Cannatonic

**Bonus .. Quebec Specific Strains

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