Strain type: Indica
Parent strains: None; landrace strain
Backstory: Afghani is a heavy indica strain named after its geographic origin, where the earliest varieties of cannabis are believed to have grown. Breeders worldwide have come to treasure Afghani for its heavy resin production.
Why we love it: It’s an Afghan landrace strain with famous sedation qualities and generous resin production.
Strain type: Hybrid
Backstory: Blue Dream, a sativa-dominant hybrid that originated in California, has achieved legendary status among West Coast strains. By crossing a Blueberry indica with the sativa Haze, Blue Dream balances full-body relaxation with gentle cerebral invigoration. Novice and veteran consumers alike enjoy the level effects of Blue Dream, which ease you gently into a calm euphoria.
Why we love it: Without a doubt, it’s the most common and illustrious strain found across the United States today.
Strain type: Indica
Parent strains: OG Kush
Backstory: Bubba Kush is an indica strain that has gained notoriety in the U.S. and beyond for its heavy tranquilizing effects. Sweet hashish flavors with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee come through on the exhale as powerful relaxation takes over. Bubba’s stocky plant stature and bulky bud structure suggest Afghani descent, but its genetic origins aren’t certain:
Why we love it: It’s a crazy-popular tranquilizing Kush born and bred in the USA.
Strain type: Sativa
Backstory: Cinex, a mix of already popular parents, has a variety of flavors ranging from sweet citrus to earthy skunk. The effects are clear-headed and uplifting—perfect for building a positive mindset and stimulating creative energy.
Why we love it: Cinex is a cross of Cindy 99 and Vortex genetics. What more could you ask for? Citrus flavors and a sativa kick make this strain one to try.
Strain type: Hybrid
Parent strains: Unknown
Backstory: Over the years, Dutch Treat has become an essential strain of Amsterdam coffeeshops. The dense, sticky buds have an intense smell of sweet fruits mixed with pine and eucalyptus trees. The cerebral high comes on quick and leaves consumers feeling uplifted and euphoric while reducing stress and relaxing the mind.
Why we love it: Dutch Treat has a sweet, candied flavor that is unique to the strain. A longtime favorite in Amsterdam (and very potent), Dutch Treat also makes a great concentrate.
Strain type: Hybrid
Backstory: Also known as Fruity Juice, this cannabis strain was developed by Sensi Seeds. The plant is large-leafed and thick-stemmed, and as buds are broken up, colors of lavender, orange, and amber-purple flow throughout the trichome heads and into the stems. The strain’s aromas range from tangy and sweet, sort of like fruit punch and lemons, to a blend of piña colada and plums.
Why we love it: A true “old school” strain, Juicy Fruit has a tropical mix of sweet flavors and a fantastic balanced high.
Gorilla Glue #4
Sporting an incredible 30-35% THC content, is there any limit to this strain’s abilities? Gorilla Glue #4 is loved by stoners globally, giving them a pure euphoria, but it isn’t for the weak of mind. Sporting psychoactive effects and a real couch locking feeling, this hybrid won 1st place in both the Los Angeles and Michigan Cannabis Cup circa 2014. Feel transported into another realm with pungent pine and earthy scents that distort your reality and lure you through an enticing adventure. Originally rather difficult to get your hands on, Gorilla Glue #4 is now revolutionizing the cannabis world.
This creative and inspirational sativa dominant strain brings uplifting and stimulating effects to your mind and emotions, that leave whoever smokes it filled with awe and passion. A gold medalist at KushCon in 2012, those who try this gorgeous flower become Candyland die hards after just one smoke. Coated in heavy crystals with a sugar sweet aroma that is earthy yet pungent, Candyland features an incredible genetic lineage, making it the perfect strain if you’re wanting to write a song, paint a picture or go out on a photo shooting expedition. The amazing thing is just how versatile this hybrid has proven to be. With its energizing nature, it is not only a wonderful bud to spend time alone making art, but also the best choice for a party or gathering with friends.
Nothing sounds better than getting into your PJs, climbing into your toasty bed, cranking up the Netflix and getting a case of the mad giggles. Laugh all your troubles away before bed with Madman OG, the perfect strain for some late-night happiness to set your mood for the morning to come. This indica dominant hybrid was developed from an outstanding lab in Southern California and has become a nighttime favorite for cannaisseurs. With an overall coffee aroma and subtle yet pungent sour and earthy undertones, this flower usually tops out at a THC content of 16-24%, making it not only sleep inducing, but also very potent; the perfect combo for an evening of relaxation and deep slumber. Zzzzzzzzzzz…
If you’re feeling that your appetite has seemingly disappeared because maybe you’re stressed, tired, sick or just not feeling it, the good ol’ powers of marijuana are here to help. The energetic and uplifting sativa Sonoma Coma not only puts you in the best mood, but it also is known to give you the munchies, which is just the cure you need if you just can’t seem to get hungry. Not only will this sativa make you crave everything in your fridge, it tastes mind-blowing by itself, with subtle woody hints, sweet tropical fruitiness and spunky citrus zest. A quality batch of Sonoma Coma is also so appealing to the eyes, with its bright green color and heavy crystal trichome coating- it’s almost as if you feel you are getting high just by looking at this bud.
The vibe this strain creates can even be felt within the name; Ah, summertime- when partying with your friends, socializing and getting outside is what seemingly occupies your days. If you are one that loves to smoke and get motivated, Summertime Squeeze is exactly your correct dose of momentum. This bubbly and energizing sativa strain isn’t too common on the marijuana scene (yet), but we truly believe it should be. Its effects are similar to that of drinking a few cups of coffee, without the jittery comedown but still a high intensity of energy and activeness. If you want to get your morning started right and you are the classic wake-n-baker, have a bowl or two of Summertime Squeeze, the fun, loving sativa that’ll get you out on that AM run, or give you the strength to visit the gym. Afterwards, kickback with your buds and soak in the Summertime.
Lemon Diesel Strain
Hybrid strains are so common and well-loved because they offer both the euphoric mind high of a sativa with the deep body sensation of an indica. When first choosing a hybrid strain, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that all hybrids are the same and that if you loved one in the past then blindly picking another randomly off the shelf will always work for you. In fact, hybrid strains are incredibly varied, in terms of both effects and flavors, due to the variation in indica / sativa levels, as well as things like terpene content.
Picking the perfect hybrid to suit you and the situation around you involves careful consideration as to whether you want the traditional effects of an indica, focused on the body, or whether you want more of a mind high that leaves you feeling energetic. If you are looking for an indica-dominant hybrid that also has gentle notes of a traditional sativa high, then Lemon Diesel might just be the perfect strain for you.
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Cannabis use is on the rise in the United States. A 2018 study notes that, while cannabis use among teens has decreased, American adults are increasingly using cannabis on the daily.
According to Forbes, the global cannabis industry is estimated to be worth $7.7 billion. It’s projected to hit $31.4 billion by 2021.
The industry is booming in part because cannabis can be a versatile form of medication. A number of research studies have found that cannabis has the potential to help with a variety of medical conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain, and epilepsy.
But, as any recreational or medical marijuana user can tell you, not all cannabis is created equal. Different strains of cannabis produce different effects, and thus can be used for different reasons.
If marijuana is legal in your state and you’re looking to try it, but not sure which strains best suit your needs, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide to marijuana strains below.
What is a marijuana strain?
If you’ve read a little about marijuana, or if you enter most dispensaries, you might see the words indica, sativa, and hybrid. Generally, most people divide marijuana into these three categories.
Indica, which originates from the Hindu Kush mountains of India, is believed to have a relaxing effect on the user. Sativa has a more energizing effect, while hybrid is a combination of the two.
Many industry experts, however, are reconsidering the indica, sativa and hybrid categories. According to Amos Elberg, head of data science at Confident Cannabis, these terms are more or less meaningless.
“We see samples of all cannabis products tested through our partner labs, and when we look at all the data, particularly of the chemical makeup of flower, we see no identifiable characteristics that are consistent with indica, sativa, or hybrid,” he explains.
“Essentially people are using these terms as catchalls for effect, but they're not all consistent with those effects. Some indica makes some people wired, not couch-locked, for instance.”
In other words, people shouldn’t be alarmed if a reportedly energizing sativa strain has more of a mellowing effect, or if an indica strain makes them feel more bubbly and excitable.
Beyond indica, sativa, and hybrid, dispensaries might divide the types of cannabis they have into strains. Strains are essentially different breeds of cannabis, and they’re bred to have specific effects on the user.
But if the terms indica, sativa, and hybrid are essentially useless categorizations, are strain names also meaningless?
Not exactly, says Elberg.
“Not all seeds that are sold under the same name are genetically identical, or even necessarily related. Some producers may choose to create a strain name essentially as a branding exercise, or to identify their product with an existing name because they believe the product matches characteristics the market expects from product sold under that name,” Elberg explains.
There are, however, still consistencies among product sold under specific strain names, Elberg adds.
“In general, for the less common names, product sold by different vendors tends to be pretty consistent,” he notes. “For the most common strain names, however, a wider variety of different products are sold.”
If you purchase product from a quality source, the strains should be more or less consistent. Bear in mind, however, that every person reacts differently to cannabis.
How to choose a strain
The strain you choose depends on what effect you desire. As mentioned earlier, cannabis has a range of medical uses, but some strains are better for certain conditions than others.
It’s also worth researching the potential adverse effects of the strain. Many of the more common strains, which you can find below, list dry mouth, dry eyes, and dizziness as possible side effects. Marijuana also has the potential to interact with medications you might be taking. Do not operate machinery when using marijuana.
Check with your doctorIf you’re interested in trying cannabis, and you’re looking to help treat a medical condition or currently taking any medications, speak with your doctor first.
Different types of strains
According to user reviews on Leafly, here’s what people might expect from a few of the most popular marijuana strains.
Originating from Acapulco, Mexico, Acapulco Gold is a well-known and highly praised strain of cannabis. It’s noted for its euphoria-inducing, energizing effects. It’s said to reduce fatigue, stress, pain, and even nausea.
Blue Dream is relaxing and soothing, but it isn’t a total sedative. This makes it perfect for easing pain, cramps, or inflammation for when you can’t afford to fall asleep. Plus, it’s said to lift your mood and give you a feeling of euphoria.
Purple Kush is great for inducing a state of bliss so that you feel relaxed, happy, and sleepy. It’s often used for reducing pain and muscle spasms. Its sedating effects means it can be used to reduce insomnia.
A highly energizing, mood-lifting strain, Sour Diesel is great for giving you a burst of productive energy. It also has notable destressing and pain-relieving effects.
Bubba Kush is a relaxing, sleep-inducing strain. It’s perfect for helping you fight insomnia and get some shut-eye. It also offers pain-reducing, stress-relieving results.
Granddaddy Purple is another highly relaxing strain. It’s often praised for its insomnia-fighting and stress-reducing results. Users also note that it can make you feel euphoria and increase hunger, which is great if you’re experiencing a lack of appetite.
Originating from the Hindu Kush mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Afghan Kush is super relaxing and sleep-inducing. This, too, can help you feel hungry if you’re experiencing a lack of appetite, and can relieve pain.
LA Confidential is another relaxing and sleep-inducing strain that is often used to soothe insomnia. It’s also said to have noticeable anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing effects, which makes it a favorite among people with chronic pain.
Maui Wowie can help you feel super relaxed, yet energetic and creative. It reduces fatigue, too, making it great for days when you need to be productive.
Golden Goat is notable for making users feel euphoric and creative. It’s also great for reducing fatigue and stress while lifting your mood.
Northern Lights is another relaxing, sleep-inducing strain. It’s also known for its mood-lifting effects, and it can be used to relieve insomnia, pain, stress, and depression.
White Widow improves your mood, gives you energy, and relaxes you all at once. It’s said to help reduce pain and stress, as well as feelings of depression. If you’re feeling fatigued, White Widow might help you stay energized and alert.
Super Silver Haze
Another energizing strain, Super Silver Haze is said to produce feelings of euphoria, relieves pain and nausea, and lifts your mood. This makes it excellent for stress relief.
Made famous by the 2008 eponymous movie, Pineapple Express has a pineapple-like scent. It’s relaxing and mood lifting, but is also said to give you an energetic buzz. This is the sort of strain that could be great for productivity.
Fruity Pebbles OG, or FPOG, is associated with inducing euphoria and relaxation, which could make it great for stress relief. It often makes users feel giggly, helps reduce nausea, and increases appetite.
If marijuana is legal in your state and you’re interested in trying — or even growing — different types of cannabis strains, there are a number of products that can make your life a little easier.
Growing Laws Legislation around growing marijuana differs from state to state. Before you decide to grow, make sure you’ve done your research.
Some people might prefer inhaling cannabis over smoking it through a pipe, bong, or joint. This desktop vaporizer heats up cannabis and expels the vapor into a balloon. The person then inhales the air from the balloon.
The vaporizer can be used with dried herbs or liquid concentrates, and can be purchased here.
Magical Butter Kit
Cannabutter — or cannabis-infused butter — is the basis of many edibles. Unfortunately, making cannabutter can be a lengthy and labor-intensive process.
This butter kit, however, makes it easy to infuse herbs into butter. It has its own heating unit and thermostat, which ensures that the product and butter are at the ideal temperature throughout the process.
Check Dosage Checker
The tCheck Dosage Checker tests the strength of cannabis-infused liquids — like alcohol-based tinctures. It can also test cannabis-infused olive oil, ghee (clarified butter), and coconut butter, which will help you determine how strong your edibles are before you indulge.
Unfortunately, it only checks liquids, not dried herb.
Grinding up cannabis can be time-consuming, so the Palm Mincer can be quite useful. It fits perfectly into your palm, and it can be used to chop up cannabis quickly and efficiently. What’s more it’s dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to clean off the sticky cannabis resin. You can buy it I here.
Harvest Starter Kit
If you want to start growing your own cannabis, this convenient starter kit contains everything you need to harvest it.
The grow kit includes a trimming tray, a microscope for examining the buds to determine whether they’re ready for harvest, three types of pruning shears, a disinfecting spray for your tools, a drying rack, and gloves.
Note: Even if marijuana is legal in your state, it continues to be illegal under federal law.
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Sunset Sherbet, also sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as Sunset Sherbert, (the spellings have become somewhat interchangeable), is a sweet and intoxicating marijuana strain with a name that matches its uplifting effects and tasty flavor profile.
| “Any self-proclaimed stoner will love Sunset Sherbet marijuana for its ability to turn sour moments into something beautiful…”
And of course, medical patients will also love the SS strain for its powerful mood-altering abilities, as well as its capabilities of protecting and healing the body from pain and inflammation.
Sunset Sherbet weed acts as a well-balanced medicine that is ideal particularly in the evening or later, after work hours, where this hybrid cannabis strain can shine best. The specific creation of this breed was the altering of a fan-favorite, Girl Scout Cookies, but we’ll explain all about this occurrence during our complete Sunset Sherbert review…
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As the recreational marijuana market grows, so does the number of available strains. It is exciting to try brand new strains with unknown effects and flavors, but sometimes you just want a good old predictable strain. A strain that has been around for decades, with a long list of possible effects both positive and negative, Jack Flash has benefits you can reliably expect, and there are no nasty surprises.
Traveling back in time to The Netherlands, home of marijuana, Jack Flash is a strain that was winning awards even before the turn of the century. With Jack Flash you know exactly what to expect; there are never-ending reviews and lab reports, so you are guaranteed a good time every time.
Let’s look at Jack Flash in more detail to find out exactly what you can expect from this award-winning strain.
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Below you will find one of the largest marijuana strain collections on the web, complete with detailed descriptions and high resolution photography. For each strain, we've documented its history, genetic background, appearance, aroma, unique qualities and flavor. Learn more about your favorite strains of cannabis or discover some new ones!
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