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Panama Red, Panamanian Red,[1] or P.R.[2] is a cultivar of cannabis, popular among cannabis aficionados of the 1960s and 1970s, and renowned for its potency.[3][4][5] The typically high THC levels associated with the variety are thought to be dependent on the particular cultivar, rather than the Panamanian climate.[6][7] In a limited test, an Auburn University researcher reported that "seed of a sample of Panama Red, grown in the very different climates of the Canal Zone, campus and northern New Hampshire, yielded marijuana with similar THC content."[7] Its name comes from its cultivation in the country of Panama, and its claylike red color.[8] Production was common in Panama's sparsely-populated Pearl Islands.[9] It is known for causing a strong, racy, and intense psychedelic high. Cannabis culture died off in Panama with the rise of cocaine trafficking.

Popular culture

"Panama Red" was a song played by Jerry Garcia with Peter Rowan in Old and in the Way in 1973. It was also recorded and played by the New Riders of the Purple Sage on The Adventures of Panama Red, becoming the group's only radio hit. During the seminal Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now, the character "Chef" specifically requests "Panama Red" cannabis from a military quartermaster. In addition Panama Red is also mentioned by Andre Linoge as a deplorable pastime of one of the townsman of Little Tall Island, in Stephen King's Storm of the Century; and is an adult guide to the country of Panama.

Panama Red is also mentioned in the Van Halen song "Amsterdam" on their 1995 album Balance.

During the pool volleyball scene in the 2000 film Meet the Parents, Robert De Niro asks Ben Stiller if he could spike the ball if it was set up for him. To this, Stiller replies, "Yeah. I'd have to be pretty high, but yeah," to which Robert De Niro responds, "I bet you would, Panama Red."


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  6. ^ U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (1971). "Marihuana and Health: A Report to Congress from the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare". U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, D.C., p. 14. Retrieved on 2007-10-02.
  7. ^ a b Doorenbos, Norman J. (April 2004.) "Botanical Note". Economic Botany, vol. 58, no. 2, doi:10.1663/0013-0001(2004)058[0172:BN]2.0.CO;2.
  8. ^ Girdano, Daniel A., Dorothy Dusek. (1980). [Drugs: A Factual Account." Addison-Wesley Longman, Limited, ISBN 0201029626, p. 75. Retrieved on 2007-10-02.
  9. ^ Pardey, Lin and Larry Pardey. (1992). "Cruising in Seraffyn". Sheridan House, Inc., p. 82. Retrieved on 2007-10-02.



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Panama Red

  1. a type of marijuana, originally from Panama.

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