Strain review: Nurse Jackie 

click to enlarge Nurse Jackie is a potent combo of Medicine Woman and Jack the Ripper. - BAYNARD WOODS
  • Baynard Woods
  • Nurse Jackie is a potent combo of Medicine Woman and Jack the Ripper.
The only thing I really remember about the cable show Nurse Jackie was that Edie Falco’s titular nurse was also a pill head who broke her hand with a hammer. Not necessarily the best thought to sit down with for a big session. But after a bowl, this strain’s moniker directed my mind toward the so-called “Golden Age” of television and its aftermath of abundance and it seemed like an apt analogy for where we are with weed.

Nurse Jackie, the show, first aired on Showtime in 2009, two years after Falco’s previous show, The Sopranos, finished its game-changing run. Around the same time as the Sopranos, The Wire, and Deadwood, were all revolutionizing TV on HBO.

That was the beginning of what the critics call TV’s “third golden age” (Difficult Men is a great book on this, and as the title suggests, shows the obvious limits of that moment). But then things started to expand. Nurse Jackie was Showtime. Mad Men and Breaking Bad were on AMC.

Then Netflix dropped a whole season of House of Cards at once. And now there are an endless number of shows anyone can watch anywhere any time. And that’s amazing. And if anything has been lost since the Golden Age, it’s just that with abundance, great things aren’t as remarkable or as memorable. I liked the show Nurse Jackie, I just lost touch with it and, looking it up now, am surprised to find it had like, eight seasons.
That’s where we are with weed. When it was first legalized, it was crazy and amazing like — “We can do this!” You could test for terpenes. And it seemed like the strains that were coming out were really dynamite. Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies, Green Crack... these were just a few of the strains that felt like the harbingers of a golden age.

As things have progressed and more people have gotten pretty good at growing cannabis, there is such an abundance of good weed that you never have to stick with a single strain long enough to really come to love it.

Nurse Jackie, the strain, is a potent combo of Medicine Woman and Jack the Ripper. It’s a strong Sativa packing a heavy THC punch. I found the high super cerebral and focused. I could see, in the wrong frame of mind, getting paranoid on all its juice, but it eased my anxiety, which came primarily from looming deadlines.

It actually reminds me a lot of Green Crack, which I haven’t seen in a while, with a talkative jazz, but its uplift is all sans jitters. The flowers glow with a pale viridescence, wrapped in a wreath of matted, curly Willie Nelson hairs and a wintry coat of white crystals. The smell is lemony with just enough of a peaty, old leather smell to make you think of mezcal.

Unlike the show, Nurse Jackie is a strain that I’ll remember. In the midst of a glut, it has a classic feel.

Strength: 9
Nose: Old shoe leather, lemon, alcohol
Euphoria: 8
Existential dread: 6
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 5
Drink pairing: A flight of different mezcals
Music pairing: “TV Party” by Black Flag
Rating: 9


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