Lanny Swerdlow is a certified nurse and longtime cannabis activist in Southern California’s Inland Empire. For several years he ran one of the biggest pot shops in Riverside, Cal., until the city forced him to close up shop. The marijuana strain that bears his name is a pure sativa (100:0 sativa/indica ratio) with a strong sweet flavor and aroma. As a sativa, it has low CBD levels, too low for use in treating symptoms that respond to that chemical. THC levels are unclear. But o-o-Swerdlow is known to produce a strong heady effect, with a blend of energy and relaxation. The high is very happy, with mental relief and a strong case of the munchies. This strain can be used to treat anxiety, depression, irritability, lack of appetite, nausea, and GI distress. Negative effects are likely typical for a sativa, with dry mouth and red eyes possible. Swerdlow the strain, like Swerdlow the man, flies mostly below the radar. It’s probably most common in California, where Swerdlow operates, but it’s hard to find almost everywhere else, including the black market.