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Cannabis strains, also known as cultivars, are different varieties of the cannabis plant genus. Each strain contains a unique compound profile that includes its terpene and cannabinoid content.
Read on to learn more about the science behind the plant, 10 of the top strains around today, and why they work better for some activities than others.
This throwback from the '90s has been a standard West Coast offering from Green House Seeds ever since winning 1st place Hydro at the 1997 High Times Cannabis Cup...and for good reason. This strain is known for its energetic and uplifting properties.
Super Silver Haze is a fast-hitter that provides a mellow high, with more body effect than you'd expect from a mood-elevating strain.
Genetics: Sativa dominant (80%), ½ Original Haze, ¼ Northern Lights #5 and ¼ Skunk #1 (Shiva)
Flavors: citrus-forward, with spicy overtones
THC content: 18% to 28%, averaging about 20%
Effects: creative, cheerful, energetic with a sedative effect as it tapers
Typical uses: mood disorders, appetite, creative inspiration
Prominent minor cannabinoids: CBG
Prominent terpenes: alpha-Pinene, Humulene and Caryophyllene
5g | 26.7% THC
4.4g | 28% THC
This gassed-up cross from the female-, minority-owned Pure Beauty cultivation brand is great for just about any occasion, including hangover wake and bake sessions, studying, and various get-togethers. Overall, expect uplifting, focused effects.
The 2:1 CBD:THC profile makes Terry T x Gelato 33 an "anytime strain," meaning it can work day or night, depending on your personal needs. Be social or stay in with this one.
Genetics: Cross between Terry T (pure CBD flower) and Gelato 33, which is a balanced hybrid born from Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC.
Flavors: cherries, citrus, and a hint of diesel
THC content: hovers around 7%, with CBD at around 14%
Effects: 2:1 CBD THC for a very mild high that loosens tense muscles and lightens the mood
Typical uses: mood disorders, appetite, creative inspiration
Prominent minor cannabinoids: CBD
Prominent terpenes: Limonene
High CBD | 3.5g | 6.67%
Wanna relax at home, get high and stimulate your physical or creative energies? This Kush Mints x Lemon Meringue Pie cross and its mood-boosting meets calming full-body effects may compel you to meditate, watch a movie...or very likely both.
Lemon Kush Mints delivers ease-inducing effects that can suit a range of needs, making it another possible anytime strain.
Genetics: Indica-dominant hybrid cross of Lemon Meringue Pie and Kush Mints
Flavors: herbal minty citrus
THC content: tends toward 28%
Effects: Relaxed and cheerful, mildly sedating high
Typical uses: stress and insomnia, late-night smoke before bed
Prominent minor cannabinoids: <1% CBD very THC dominant
Prominent terpenes: caryophyllene, limonene and myrcene
3.5g | 22.8% THC
A cannabis essential and one of the Sativa landrace strains bred and made globally known by Ed Rosenthal in the 1970s, this South African gem is held in high regard and has been modified over the years to enhance its profile. Efforts have won Durban Poison high honors, including 2nd place medical sativa at the 2013 and 2014 Denver High Times Cannabis Cups.
One of the few remaining pure sativas, Durban Poison is an uplifting strain perfect for outdoor hangouts, chores or anything else you'd like to accomplish with your day.
Genetics: 100% Sativa
Flavors: orange, cream, spice, vanilla, licorice and pine, very complex
THC content: Averages 15% but can go as high as 24%
Effects: uplifting head high with stress relief
Typical uses: Paired with morning coffee, fun at the beach and other daytime activities
Prominent minor cannabinoids: varies a lot based on storage time and can run a little higher in CBN and/or CBG than other medium THC strains and up to 1% CBD
Prominent terpenes: caryophyllene, humulene and terpinolene, but this strain tends to vary a lot
3.5g | 34.27% THC
3.5g | 35% THC
0.5g | 89.6% THC
A popular cultivar with undetermined origins in the Santa Cruz, California area, this Blueberry x Haze cross has won awards for numerous producers over the years. Blue Dream's ability to deliver energy and other beneficial boosts without overwhelming make it a potential option for newcomers and vets alike, boosting appetites or even surviving a night with the in-laws.
Blue Dream is a legendary strain that can help adult use and medical consumers alike, providing swift physical or mental relief.
Genetics: There are a few versions of this strain, usually bred from Silver Haze and Blueberry. Most are sativa-dominant
Flavors: Sweet Blueberries
THC content: medium, usually between 15% and 20%
Effects: Very mellow straightforward head high with a sense of wellbeing, massive munchies
Typical uses: Great for beginners who want to try a non-jittery sativa and all users who want an appetizer before a nice meal.One of California's most popular strains.
Prominent minor cannabinoids: Usually medium THC content and very low CBD, but there are strains of CBD dominant Blue Dream available as well
Prominent terpenes: myrcene, pinene and caryophyllene
3.5g | 24.66% THC
0.5g | 85.58% THC
1g | 82.68% THC
This cultivar that some call Triangle Mints #23 or Pink Cookies was Leafly's 2019 Strain of the Year, and it shouldn't come as much of a surprise. First bred by Seed Junky Genetics, this high-THC Triangle Kush x Animal Mints cross is a top choice for vegging out and enjoying the scenery, be it at a comedy club or staying home catching up on The Witcher.
Wedding Cake is a flavorful, sedative strain that may help with pain or sleep issues.
Genetics: Indica dominant hybrid cross of Triangle Kush and Animal Mints
Flavors: cherry cheesecake, flowers, sweet earth
THC content: often over 25%
Effects: Very strong body high that can produce couch-lock, but it's still fantastic for concerts
Typical uses: Concerts, comedy clubs, vegging on the couch with a bag of chips after a long day at the office.
Prominent minor cannabinoids: Usually around .3 to .5 CBG when freshly cured
Prominent terpenes: usually over 1% Humulene and sometimes over 2%, followed by Terpinolene and Myrcene
3.5g | 30.13% THC
0.5g | 90.05% THC
Originally grown in its Mexican namesake, Acapulco Gold is a revered landrace strain now cultivated worldwide.Known for its motivating, uplifting effects, Acapulco Gold has been known to help people better express themselves and create.
Acapulco Gold is a must-try for anyone looking to boost their energy and creativity, as it reportedly provides effects similar to the sun rays beaming down on Mexico.
Genetics: a rare sativa dominant hybrid that can be hard to find these days, many consumers call it a purebred due to the fact that it's been around for decades
Flavors: woods, fresh dirt, sweet musk and skunk
THC content: modern strains are usually between 20% and 25%
Effects: very cerebral high with nice body effects
Typical uses: pain control without couch lock, reading the Anarchist's Cookbook, discussing politics with friends, and just to say you've had it
Prominent minor cannabinoids: mostly THC, very little CBD
Prominent terpenes: alpha-Pinene, Caryophyllene, Myrcene
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2g | 23.2% THC
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Sour D is one of the most iconic strains in recent years. This Chemdawg x Super Skunk cross came onto the scene in the early '90s and remains a popular choice for people waking and baking as well as those looking to find the energy to complete their chore list.
Sour Diesel is regarded for its ability to address numerous physical and mental pains, offering energizing effects that also calm the mind.
Genetics: popular sativa thought to be a cross of Chemdawg and Kush
Flavors: hints of gasoline mixed with citrus and fruit
THC content: averages 20% to 25%
Effects: mentally stimulating, perfect for wake and bake breakfasts
Typical uses: highly sought for pain control, depression and stress
Prominent minor cannabinoids: sometimes higher in CBN
Prominent terpenes: Caryophyllene, Humulene, Myrcene
3.5g | 26.26% THC
0.5g | 80.5% THC
1g | 39.08% THC
This award-winning Starfighter x undisclosed GSC phenotype cross comes courtesy of Exotic Genetix. The 2014 Denver Cannabis Cup winner reportedly offers a balanced body effect that often induces sleep and leaves people in a better mood.
Cookies n Cream is as delicious as the name suggests, offering an excellent taste, aroma and effects that consumers say can last quite a while.
Genetics: balanced hybrid of Starfighter and an unnamed GSG
Flavors: sugar cookies and vanilla
THC content: usually around 20% to 25%
Effects: a balanced high that relaxes the limbs, may lean toward sleepiness
Typical uses: it's a very balanced high, so pairs well with we time and me time, also great for bed time if you smoke enough
Prominent minor cannabinoids: sometimes as high as 1% CBG
Prominent terpenes: Caryophyllene, Humulene
0.5g | 80.48% THC
A nod to one of the community's esteemed legends, Jack Herer embodies the legendary pot proponent and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Introduced by Sensi Seeds in the 90s via a Northern Lights #5 x Shiva Skunk cross, this tribute cultivar is ideal for parties or laying low while reading cannabis literature.
Jack Herer is known for its quick-hitting effects that often leave folks deep in thought…much like Jack Herer's iconic literary works have done for decades.
Genetics: Some claim Northern Lights #5 x Shiva Skunk. Others say it's a secret ;)
Flavors: flowers, oranges and peaches with a hint of pepper
THC content: varies between 15% and 24%
Effects: another well-balanced high that hits fast and leads to deep thoughts
Typical uses: reading the emperor wears no clothes, smoking all day, parties
Prominent minor cannabinoids: can have up to 0.24% CBD
Prominent terpenes: Caryophyllene, Mycerene and Terpinolene
1.05g | 86.66% THC
3.5g | 22.96% THC
3.5g | 20.9% THC
Today, we often associate sativa with uplifting, energetic cultivars, while indica strains are more sedative. You may want to stop using this misnomer if you're making this association.
The plant's effects were never part of the original descriptions and categorizations for Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. Instead, the terms relate to the plant's leaves and nug shapes.
With sativa, cultivars often have thinner, longer leaf blades, with their nugs long in shape. Indica leaves are shorter and broader, with nugs that appear more stout and dense.
So, while indica and sativa still have a place in cannabis terminology, it might not be best for determining their effects. What really matters is the cannabinoid content and how your unique chemistry interacts with the different cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids and terpenes are like herbs and spices: without the right ratio, you aren’t going to enjoy your meal. And just like different spices add different flavors, a strain’s unique cannabinoid and terpene profile will dictate the flavor and effects you experience.
The below table of typical cannabinoid levels are taken from street samples. So while the levels of each cannabinoid will be lower here than you’re likely to find in top shelf bud at your local dispensary, this is a more accurate representation of the natural amounts of cannabinoids you could expect to find in a plant with an unmanipulated growing environment or genetics. As such, it can serve as a starting place if you’re looking for new strains that are more likely to offer a specific effect.
There are hundreds of cannabinoids, and the different combinations (along with the terpene profile) in each strain is what produces the unique effects you experience. Additional research is needed to shine a brighter light on these lesser known cannabinoids and how they contribute to the entourage effect.
Terpenes are often associated with a strain’s flavor profile. But like cannabinoids, terpenes can play a role in the effects you experience. It’s one reason why the same strain from two different growers might produce different effects.
For some consumers, the only priority is high THC content. But for experienced connoisseurs and many medical marijuana patients, the most important factor when choosing a strain is the specific effects it will have. And to understand effects, you must understand the role cannabinoids and terpenes play.
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