It may be the first of its kind: A strain of medical marijuana that has been developed to match one first imagined in a book.
The strain is Elephant Crush, currently on sale at Waterfall Wellness in San Francisco. It has been on the market since July; before that, it existed only in the pages of "Baked," the novel by Mark Haskell Smith.
According to the book, Elephant Crush is “very smooth, ... nicely balanced” and tastes like mangoes. Columnist David Downs stopped by the licensed dispensary and took a look. "This smelled foreign and intriguing, sweet and complex, like stonefruit, or, dare we say it, mangos? Yeah, maybe, a little," he wrote.
"Baked" is the entirely fictional story of Miro Basinas, an experimental botanist whose Elephant Crush wins the Cannabis Cup, the famed worldwide marijuana competition that takes place every year in Amsterdam. Inspired by the pluot -- half plum, half apricot -- and convinced that over-hybridizing leads to marijuana as delicious as processed cheese (not at all delicious), he uses his botany skills to develop Elephant Crush.