Cannabis lovers are continuously cross-breeding strains to produce new ones with unique physical attributes qualities of effect, and some look to the world of sports for inspiration in naming their creations. To give you a few names to look out for, here are six famous athletes whose greatness has inspired the naming of at least one specific variety of cannabis.
1. Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps OG is a potent hybrid of unknown origins that was named for the 18-time Olympic gold medalist after a photo of him smoking cannabis surfaced in 2009. The flowers emit a pungent, earthy odor of pears, lemons, mint, and pine, and while they give an energy boost to some, they induce laziness in others.
2. Mike Tyson
Simply known as Tyson, this indica was named after the heavyweight champion and smells strongly of skunk and diesel. The flowers induce powerful effects over the body and are used to treat pain, nausea, appetite loss, insomnia, and anxiety.
3. Peyton Manning
The Broncos quarterback's namesake strain debuted in 2013, and it was bred from Chemdawg 91 and SFV OG. Peyton Manning is a powerful hybrid with long-lasting effects on both the body and mind. However, Mr. Manning is not happy about the honor.
Two potent cannabis strains were named after the Seattle Seahawks' well-known nickname: Beastmode 2.0, an indica bred from Master Kush and White Fire OG, and Beast Mode OG, a hybrid with strong OG Kush genetics. Beastmode 2.0 tastes of sweet berries, earth, and pine, and Beast Mode OG is fast-acting and powerful, just like the famous running back.
5. Tiger Woods
A rare strain of unknown origins, Tiger Woods is a mildly stimulating, sativa-dominant hybrid that has a sweet lemon flavor. It induces relaxation, an increased appetite, and cerebral euphoria. It also uplifts the spirits, improves focus, and soothes body pains as well.
6. Larry Bird
The famous Boston Celtics basketball player has inspired a namesake strain, Larry Bird Kush, and the flowers often have showy colors of dark purple and bright orange covered in white crystalline resin. It's also known as Gelato and is a well-balanced, powerful hybrid bred from Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbert that smells of earth, sugar, and tangy fruit.