We have Jaws author Peter Benchley, and subsequently Steven Spielberg, to thank for the larger-than-life profile of man-eating sharks in western popular culture: despite their spooky, badass rep, sharks don't actually eat people that often. Still, sharks have so effectively captured the imagination of pathetic mammals that the Discovery Channel's Shark Week, a 7-day homage to the scariest fish on the planet, has spawned a crazy cult following, branded shirts, sunglasses and mugs, as well as some interesting slang.
Also shark-inspired? These three killer strains. Dive in at your own risk.
1. Great White Shark
Like the actual Great White, which is responsible for the majority of fatal human-shark encounters and can grow up to 20 feet in length, Great White Shark is nothing to joke around with. If a strain that rapidly seizes your body in the jaws of a powerful, indica body buzz sounds too unpleasant, don't worry: far from hurting, it's frequently recommended to treat chronic pain. It isn't a total party-killer - it's got sativa features that'll keep you alive and kickin', although it "isn't," as Leafly puts it, "recommended for days when a lot of work needs to get done." The blankets of trichomes on Great White buds, like the strain's deadly strength, could have something to do with the name.
Don't let the name fool you: the indica-dominant hybrid Sharksbreath actually smells more like sweet-and-sour candies than ocean-creatures-and-instant-death. It gets the name from its lineage: a cross of Great White Shark and Lamb's Bread. Unlike its Great White predecessor, it tends to leave folks feeling more awake and peppy: it takes a serious bite out of depression and anxiety, too.
3. Shark Attack
Come to think of it, it's not entirely clear how Shark Attack - a cross of Super Skunk and White Widow - got such a super-scary name: unlike being dismembered by an actual shark, the high is both long-lasting and incredibly chill. One thing Shark Attack does have in common with the man-eating, carnivorous fish? It's moving fast: Shark Attack, according to Leafly, is "quickly becoming one of the more popular hybrids available in feminized seed form."