A Breed Apart
Outlaw geneticist Subcool shares his best strains
The Heads Magazine 2007 Strain Review featured a panel of pot pros sharing the secrets of their stash. TGA Seeds breeder, Subcool joined the conversation with his insight and humour. Here are his answers to each of our weed lifestyle questions—some never-before published! They offer a glimpse into the depth of the Weed Nerd's knowledge and his bon vivant life philosophy.
Upbeat and happy, Jillybean from MzJill Genetics
Q: It’s 5 pm and you’ve had a helluva day. You’re finally home and ready to relax. You pack a bowl of… What strain is best for relaxing?
Subcool: My favourite winding down smoke has to be the Candy Store phenotype of Jillybean. While not the strongest strain, it has an amazingly sweet candy-like taste and a very upward buzz that doesn’t make me want to pass out on the couch. It also has a nice smooth drag and is easy on the lungs and throat. It has just enough of an Indica side to relax but the buzz almost makes me laugh it has such an up happy high. I like to clean the bong like brand-new, add some ice to the toob, and have a few rips with MzJill.
Stoney and relaxing, Scarlet Queen
Q: It’s midnight and the party is starting to die. To help keep the night going strong, you pull out a bag of… What strain is best for socializing?
Subcool: Scarlet Queen is a cross of G-13, Romulan, and C99. We recently pulled the first of this strain down and were totally amazed at how talkative it made us. We smoked it for the first time with a good friend, Smokey who reads lips and Jill and I were talking so fast and at the same time that he could barley keep up. It also makes me silly and prone to giggle.
Pungent and potent, Chemdog
Q: You’re chilling at home with a few friends and order three extra-large pizzas. To prep yourselves for the huge feast ahead, you smoke a fatty of… What strain is best for eating/munchies?
Subcool: Chemdawg! I am not a huge pure Indica smoker and most of my strains, other than JC, really don’t promote hunger, but Chem was nice enough to leave me quite a few samples of his flagship clone and I could not get enough to munch after smoking it. I noticed even after a good night’s sleep—and believe me this strain works for that too—you are still hungry in the morning and I found myself eating more than normal all day.
Lovin'-ready, Jack's Cleaner
Q: You’ve managed to score a date with the hottest stoner chick you’ve ever met, and now you’re at the “look out” point. To heat up the action you spark a doob of… What strain is best for bumping the uglies?
Subcool: I am very lucky to have “scored” an extended date with MzJill and she’s certainly the hottest stoner chick I know! I would love to tell you some magic strain that does it for me but all weed is great for making out, IMO.
Deeply relaxing, Urkle
Q: You just downloaded the best album ever. You’re at home with the lights out and the new music is blasting in your earphones. You start puffing away on a big spliff of… What strain is best for music?
Subcool: This one’s easy. Urkle came to us last year as solid purple buds tasting like Nehi Grape soda. I took a ride one day with a few bowls and jammed to some tunes as I was cruising. The combination of driving through the trees, smoking grape-tasting weed and listening to Elizabeth Reid (Allman Brothers) was one of the better drives I have taken.
Cerebral and energizing, Apollo-13
Q: It’s time to write that blog post you’ve been mulling over for days. To help get your creative juices flowing, you vaporize a bowl of… What strain is best for getting creative?
Subcool: Apollo-13 is very motivating! One of my online friends noticed that each time I said I was going to smoke some A-13—poof! a thread appeared online with some how-to post. I had always considered the cross between Genius and P75 an up hybrid but I hadn’t realized until that point it affected me so dramatically.
Subcool passed away on February 1, 2020 after a long battle with Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency (A1AD). Subcool was a legendary breeder creating some of the most original and cherished cannabis strains. His contributions to the cannabis community will live on forever.