Every cannabis enthusiast knows that the type of strain is an essential consideration when stocking up on supplies from your favorite dispensary. Like any plant species, the variety or strain determines the unique properties of cannabis, such as potency and flavor. But over the years, many cannabis breeders experimented with growing techniques by crossing different varieties and focusing on producing more sinsemilla.
The very top of unfertilized female cannabis plants (sensimilla) contains the highest concentration of THC. As such, the cannabis strains we know today are stronger than what some may have gotten accustomed to more than a decade ago. According to current estimates, cannabis strains today can contain more than 15% THC.
Cannabis breeding basics
Cannabis strains sold today are either pure or hybrids. As a typical practice in agriculture, hybrids are customized according to the desirable characteristic you want the resulting strain to contain. Ideally, cannabis hybrids possess some of the best qualities of pure strains.
In breeding cannabis plants, growers control the conditions and selectively choose which strains to cross-pollinate. It can be somewhat of a trial and error because the first generation of plants will be tested first for the desired qualities. The plants that exhibited the expected characteristics are once again bred for several generations more to stabilize the qualities.
Apart from pollination, cannabis plants can also be cultivated asexually. Dividing the roots, propagating cuttings, and even cloning are several of the popular methods to reproduce plants while at the same time retaining the same qualities as the parent plant.
Over the years, the sophisticated methods of growing cannabis have resulted in many popular strains favored by enthusiasts. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at five of the most famous cannabis strains and why consumers keep buying them despite the many options available in dispensaries.
If you’re a first-time cannabis user, experts would likely recommend you begin with the Blue Dream strain. It’s well-known for having balanced effects and is consistently ranked as one of the best-selling cannabis strains across the country. This strain is a hybrid of Sativa Haze and Indica Blueberry, which means that you’ll get the most of what these strains have to offer. Although some phenotypes of blue dream tend to have more Sativa, there are buds that contain more Indica properties. Hence, an Indica-leaning strain will result in more “sedative” effects.
Pastel green buds and forest green leaves distinguish blue dream cannabis from other strains. The flavor profile is typically described as a combination of grape and dark berry with hints of funky cheese. Most users describe the effects as “happy” and easy-going. It’s a strain that you can use during the day and sometimes before going to bed if you want to relax and wind down after a long stressful day.
If your tolerance for cannabis is already high and you’re looking for something stronger, Godfather OG might be the one for you. It’s arguably considered as the strongest cannabis strain available today with a THC content that can be over 34%. According to dispensaries, this particular strain is a cross between Granddaddy Purps, OG Kush, and Cherry Pie. This strain is already multi-awarded and famous for the incredibly high and euphoria you’ll feel after smoking. The effects ooze throughout the body and mind, and there’s an overall happy and calming effect.
The name itself is controversial and said to have been given by Snoop Dogg- a well-known cannabis enthusiast. But despite the unusual name, this strain has gained a reputation as one of the most popular Sativa strains for daytime use.
The buds are typically dark green, which gives off a distinct scent reminiscent of pineapple, mango, and citrus. This strain will make you feel energetic and invigorated, hence making it an ideal strain for people with social anxiety.
Every cannabis connoisseur knows about this popular cannabis strain. It was introduced to the market a couple of decades ago and became an instant hit. It’s easily recognizable because of the sweet citrus and earthy pine aroma emitted. This strain was developed by mixing a hybrid Sativa strain with another hybrid of Shiva Skunk and Northern Lights. The resulting strain is Sativa-dominant with effects that won’t overwhelm even first time users. The milder effect of this strain means you won’t have to worry about a sudden head rush and still experience some slight loosening in your limbs.
This strain is recommended for those looking to start using cannabis for its medicinal properties. Since it’s milder, you can still use it during the day while staying alert and focused.
Girl Scout Cookies
This strain is quite versatile that it’s favoured by experienced users and beginners alike. This hybrid combination of OG Kush and Durban Poison has a balanced effect that will put you in good spirits. The parent strains are popular in their own right, making this hybrid the perfect combination of some of the most desired cannabis characteristics.
The distinct aroma of GSC has hints of mint, citrus, and wood. In a majority of cuts sold in dispensaries, GSC has some Indica dominance. Users of this strain claim that they experience mellow and happy moods. GSC has been used for breeding new strains, including phenotypes Thin Mint and Platinum Cookies.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a newcomer like Strawberry Cough. But unlike the strains mentioned above, this one doesn’t have any clear or defined genetic origins. However, mostly recognized as a Sativa hybrid. The name comes from its distinct strawberry aroma, which tends to be overwhelmingly sweet. One of the main reasons for its popularity is the high THC potency. But despite the potency, some users claim that they still experience an uplifting mood without the anxiety. This characteristic makes Strawberry Cough a potent strain that’s also ideal for daytime use.
What’s next for cannabis strains?
Today, there are probably thousands of strains listed and sold in dispensaries. Knowing which strains are most popular should help you decide where to start. Later on, you can start experimenting with other strains as you build your tolerance to the effects of cannabis.