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.

Blue Dream


 Blue Dream 

Strain type: Hybrid

Parent strains: Blueberry, Haze

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.

Bubba Kush


 Bubba Kush

 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

Parent strains: Cinderella 99, Vortex

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.

Dutch Treat


   Dutch Treat

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.

Juicy Fruit


 Juicy Fruit 

Strain type: Hybrid

Parent strains: Afghani, Thai

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


  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. 

Madman OG


 Madman OG

 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… 

Sonoma Coma


 Sonoma Coma

 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. 

Summertime Squeeze


 Summertime Squeeze

 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


 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. 


Beginner’s Guide to Marijuana Strains


Beginner’s Guide to Marijuana Strains

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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.

Acapulco Gold

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

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

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.

Sour Diesel

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

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

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. 

Afghan Kush

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Pineapple Express

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

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.

Useful products 

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.

Volcano Vaporizer

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. 

Palm Mincer

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.

Sian  Ferguson is a freelance writer and journalist based in Grahamstown,  South Africa. Her writing covers issues relating to social justice and  health. You can reach out to her on Twitter.

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Sunset Sherbet Cannabis Strain

 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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Jack Flash Strain Review

 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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Marijuana Strain Profiles

 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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