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LA Amnesia

Strain Type: Sativa Dominant Hybrid (75% Sativa, 25% Indica)

Dominant Terpenes: Valencene, Myrcene, Limonene, Caryophyllene

Cannabinoid Content: THC 20-25%, CBD .1-.5%, CBG .24-1.23%

Popular for Treating: Depression, Stress, Fatigue, Pain, Joint Pain, Nausea

Positives: Euphoric, Energizing, Uplifted, Focused, Creative, Inspired

Negatives: Paranoia, Dry Mouth, Dry Eyes, Dizziness

LA Amnesia is a heavy-hitting, sativa-dominant hybrid known for its ability to boost mood, energy, and alertness. With staggering THC levels of 20-24%, this strain is highly potent, making it a favorite among experienced consumers seeking strong psychoactive effects, and among patients seeking high-powered symptom relief.

LA Amnesia delivers a long-lasting high that is widely described as euphoric, energizing, and invigorating, making it popular for daytime use, and for those seeking a strain to enhance focus and creativity. Simultaneously, LA Amnesia induces a pleasurable body high by reducing discomfort and relaxing the joints and muscles. And despite its potency, many consumers describe the LA Amnesia high as smooth, manageable, and even meditative.

Recreational perks aside, LA Amnesia has serious therapeutic potential, and its benefits make this strain a promising option for patients with a wide variety of conditions, including depression, pain, nausea, and fatigue.

These are just a few noteworthy aspects of this unique strain. Below, we discuss the full range of effects and benefits associated with LA Amnesia, providing everything you need to know about this sativa-dominant hybrid. In collecting this information, we’ve drawn upon hundreds of consumer reviews–as well as scientific studies on the strain’s dominant terpenes–to help patients decide whether LA Amnesia is the right strain for their individual needs.

By synthesizing the scientifically-backed benefits of this strain’s unique compounds with feedback from real consumers, we aim to offer a more holistic, evidence-based approach to this strain than other reviews available online.

Strain Characteristics & Cannabinoid Content

LA Amnesia is 75% sativa and 25% indica, making this strain a strong sativa-leaning hybrid that delivers uplifting, cerebral effects. As previously noted, LA Amnesia has a sky-high THC content of 20-24%, while its CBD levels average just 0.1-0.5%, resulting in pronounced psychoactive effects. LA Amnesia also contains notable concentrations of CBG, averaging between .24-1.23%, which may contribute to its popularity for focus, mood, and inflammation.
LA Amnesia

La Amnesia Strain Genetics

LA Amnesia is a proprietary strain created by renowned breeders, Paradise Seeds, in collaboration with cannabis advocate Tommy Chong. With Dutch and Californian genetics, this strain is the byproduct of two classic, time-tested parents: Amnesia Haze (sativa), and Afghan Kush (indica).

LA Amnesia inherits its sativa genetics from Amnesia Haze, an energizing, citrusy sativa with genetic roots in Jamaica and South Asia. Amnesia Haze has gained international popularity as a winner of multiple cannabis cups, and a staple in Amsterdam coffee shops and US dispensaries.

Counterbalancing these sativa genetics is Afghan Kush, an indica strain that originated in the Hindu mountains. For centuries, this strain has been harnessed to relax the body and mind; Afghan Kush is known to elevate mood, while relieving pain, stress and nausea. One of the strain’s trademarks is a thick, crystalline layer of trichomes, originally developed to protect its flowers under harsh, mountainous growing conditions.

Smell, Taste, and Appearance

LA Amnesia flowers are striking in appearance, featuring bright orange hairs (pistils), and a thick, crystalline coating of trichomes that give its buds a sugary appearance and sticky feel. Trichomes are important indicators of a strain’s therapeutic potential–these resinous glands contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes, and their visible presence in LA Amnesia hints at its diverse entourage of medicinal compounds.

Due to its terpene content, LA Amnesia often tastes and smells earthy, citrusy, and sweet. According to anecdotal reports, this strain is a great-tasting, smooth smoke, causing minimal coughing when inhaled.

Dominant Terpenes

LA Amnesia derives many of its most popular benefits from its dominant terpenes: valencene, limonene, caryophyllene, and myrcene. Terpenes are naturally-occurring compounds that give cannabis strains and other plants their distinctive aromas, while offering therapeutic benefits often harnessed in essential oils.

Why Terpenes Matter

Alongside cannabinoids, terpenes are key contributors to the distinctive characteristics of each strain. Different cannabis strains have different terpene profiles, which is why the high you experience from marijuana may differ from one strain to the next. LA Amnesia’s terpenes are predominantly uplifting, energizing, and mood-boosting, and contribute to its popularity for daytime use, as well as for pain and inflammation relief.

When selecting the right strain for you, it’s important to pay attention to terpene content. Most cannabis terpenes have been widely studied for their unique effects and benefits, and are linked to various therapeutic properties. By keeping track of the terpenes in your favorite strains, you can make an educated guess on which options will deliver both the recreational effects, and medicinal benefits, that are best-suited to your unique needs and desires.


Limonene is a key contributor to LA Amnesia’s most popular recreational and medical benefits. This citrus terpene is found in lemons, and is known for its uplifting, mood-boosting effects. Limonene benefits mental health by regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, all of which are involved in conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and OCD

Limonene’s presence in LA Amnesia likely bolsters its popularity for daytime use, since this terpene elevates mood, enhances cognition, and improves alertness and focus. Moreover, its neuroprotective benefits could support cognitive health in the longer-term. Clinical trials suggest that limonene may also promote creativity, a popular benefit associated with the LA Amnesia strain.

In addition to its benefits for mental health, limonene also acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, and is known for its ability to reduce pain, and to aid in the management of conditions such as GI disorders and fibromyalgia.


LA Amnesia is also abundant in a less common terpene, valencene, which, like limonene, creates a sweet and citrusy scent. Valencene improves mood, reduces anxiety, and enhances cognition by sharpening memory and boosting alertness. And as an antioxidant, valencene offers neuroprotective benefits for long-term cognitive health. Valencene reduces physical discomfort by reducing inflammation, while protecting the body by strengthening the immune system.

In addition to its anti-allergy and antimicrobial properties, this terpene may also support heart health, and some studies have even suggested that valencene may enhance the activity of certain chemotherapy drugs.


Caryophyllene, another dominant terpene in LA Amnesia, is a potent antidepressant and anti-anxiety aid, and supports mental health by regulating the brain’s emotional responses to  chronic stress. Like THC, caryophyllene binds with CB2 receptors to reduce inflammation, and may be particularly helpful in the management of conditions such as arthritis, MS, and neuropathy.

Like the other terpenes in this strain, caryophyllene is an antioxidant with neuroprotective benefits. Moreover, some studies suggest it may exhibit anticancer activity. In LA Amnesia, Caryophyllene benefits not only the mind and body, but also the palette, counterbalancing strain’s citrusy notes with a sharp, peppery aroma.


Myrcene is the most prevalent compound in cannabis, and a predominant terpene in nearly all strains–including LA Amnesia. Though myrcene is found in all strains, it is more concentrated in indicas that produce sedating effects. But in sativa strains such as LA Amnesia, lower concentrations of myrcene allow consumers to bypass sedation while still reaping its therapeutic benefits–which are highly significant, and not to be ignored when assessing the full medicinal potential of this strain.

Myrcene may contribute to the pleasant, physical “body high” that many consumers seek from LA Amnesia, since this terpene acts as a muscle relaxant, while providing relief from pain–possibly by acting upon opiate receptors--and easing inflammation and arthritis. Like this strain’s other terpenes, myrcene is also an antioxidant that may exhibit antitumor and anticancer effects.

In LA Amnesia, myrcene complements the energizing, uplifting effects of the aforementioned terpenes by inducing a subtle note of relaxation that underrides this euphoric, invigorating high–allowing for calm focus and bodily comfort.

What Consumers are Saying:

The Positives

So what do consumers say about LA Amnesia? Here at Nationwide Dispensaries, we’ve gathered reports of firsthand experiences to distill the key benefits and unique effects that patients attribute to this strain.

Though reviews are inherently anecdotal, many of these reported benefits are, in fact, highly consistent with the scientifically-studied benefits of its dominant terpenes. This overlap suggests that in LA Amnesia, compounds such as valencene, limonene, and caryophyllene synchronize to deliver their benefits in prime form. 

Below are some of the key traits and phrases that consumers have used to describe the effects of this strain.

Euphoria & Mood Elevation. Consumers of LA Amnesia can’t seem to overemphasize  the euphoria that this strain provides: “happy” is a buzzword in countless reviews that describe the mood-boosting effects of this strain. Consequently, depression is one of the most common symptoms that reviewers describe using this strain to manage.

Cerebral, Creative, and Inspiring. Perhaps due to its limonene and valencene content, LA Amnesia also seems to deliver a cerebral, creative high that many describe as inspiring.” Consumers have commented at length on the mental clarity that this strain delivers, and suggest that LA Amnesia helps them think outside of the box, encouraging creative, abstract thinking to help them feel confident as they tackle tasks throughout the day.

Energized, Focused & Alert. LA Amnesia is purported to be quite energizing, which is why many patients love using this strain to start the day. Many customers have reported that in addition to an energy boost, LA Amnesia seems to benefit alertness and focus, making it a perfect way to achieve symptom relief without dulling your mental clarity.

Fast-Acting, Long Lasting. The effects of LA Amnesia are fast-acting, delivering a smooth buzz within minutes of exhalation. And even more notably, they are unusually long-lasting; some consumers say that the effects of LA Amnesia last for a solid four to five hours. And many report that despite this sustained energy burst, they also sleep soundly after using LA Amnesia earlier in the day.

Great for Depression and Anxiety. Reviews abound in favor of LA Amnesia’s benefits for depression and anxiety–perhaps unsurprisingly, considering that the dominant terpenes in this strain are renowned for their antidepressant and anxiolytic effects. Granted, LA Amnesia is known for its euphoric buzz, and is likely a great mood-booster for any consumer–but the strain may be especially helpful for those looking to manage symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression. Reviews also suggest that this strain is beneficial for managing circumstantial stress, allowing them to unwind and let the day’s worries melt away. 

Physical Comfort & Pleasurable Body Buzz. Typically, indicas are credited with delivering a pleasant, full body high, while sativas are known to deliver more of a cerebral “head high”–but LA Amnesia, despite being sativa-dominant, manages to do both. In addition to feeling energized, consumers of LA Amnesia describe a pleasurable “body high” while using this strain, reporting that it soothes the muscles and joints, while reducing discomfort–delivering a rare combination of relaxation and invigoration at once. 

Great for Physical Activity, Mobility, and Joint Pain. Because LA Amnesia is energizing, motivating, and uplifting, it may be an excellent aid for physical activity, and for those looking to manage discomfort and maintain active lifestyles. In particular, many consumers note reduced joint pain after using LA Amnesia, which makes the strain great for enhancing mobility while supporting daily activities and workouts without aches, pains, sore muscles, or stiff joints. 

Stimulating, But Not Jittery. Though we’ve said plenty about LA Amnesia’s energizing effects, users have also pointed out that the strain is simultaneously relaxing, with many reporting that LA Amnesia makes it easier to fall asleep at night, particularly when consumed in higher doses.

Potent, But Not Panicky. LA Amnesia is potent–that’s for sure. And for some, maybe too potent. (See the “Negatives” section below.) But many reviewers who have tried the strain have pointed out that despite its high potency, the “high” they get from LA Amnesia doesn’t seem to induce the panicky feeling associated with other, high THC, low CBD strains. Instead, many describe the buzz as strong, but nonetheless, experience a “smooth,” “meditative” high for hours after consumption. 

Social, Talkative, and Giggly. Unlike many cannabis strains of similar potency, LA Amnesia is reported to be great for social occasions. In addition to the euphoria, confidence, and “inspiration” that this strain delivers, consumers report feeling talkative, sociable, and giggly while enjoying this smooth, long-lasting high. 

Appetite Stimulant & Anti-Nausea. Like many cannabis strains, LA Amnesia is also a potent appetite stimulant, and is often used to reduce nausea.

The Negatives

Though the majority of feedback about LA Amnesia is positive, this is not to say that the strain is ideal for all consumers. In general, strains with high THC content and low CBD content may be ideal for experienced users–or those looking to relieve more intense symptoms–who have a higher tolerance. Though negative experiences can be idiosyncratic, here are some of the main drawbacks that consumers have reported after using this strain.

Highly Psychoactive. Unsurprisingly, with a THC content up to 24%, some consumers find LA Amnesia too psychoactive for their liking. Simply put, some consumers who aren’t crazy about this strain report that it makes them too high. This is why we recommend starting slowly with LA Amnesia to gauge your ideal dose before indulging further.

Paranoia. LA Amnesia not only has high THC content–it also has extremely low levels of CBD, averaging around .1-.4%. In strains with more balanced CBD:THC ratios, CBD counterbalances the high that THC produces, and in particular, subdues some of its less popular side effects. This may be why some consumers have listed paranoia as one of the negative effects of LA Amnesia, which is quite common when it comes to high-THC strains.

Dry Mouth, & Dry Eyes. Like many cannabis strains, LA Amnesia can produce dry mouth (or “cottonmouth”) and dry eyes. Contrary to popular belief, these effects are not caused by exposure to smoke while consuming marijuana. Instead, scientists believe that this is the result of THC binding to endocannabinoid receptors in the eyes and salivary glands, which may alter ocular pressure and saliva production. If you encounter these issues when you consume cannabis, we suggest keeping your favorite eye drops, gum, or mouthwash handy while enjoying the LA Amnesia strain.

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Reported Medical Benefits

Below are a list of conditions that LA Amnesia may be helpful in managing. We have selected these conditions based upon two sources: reviews from consumers who report using the strain to manage these symptoms, and/or substantial scientific evidence suggesting that its dominant terpenes may help manage the conditions listed below.

Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
Cancer Symptoms & Chemotherapy Side Effects
Neurological & Cognitive Disorders
Gastrointestinal Issues
Multiple Sclerosis
Musculoskeletal Pain
Chronic Pain
Muscle Tension and Spasms
Reduced Appetite

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