If you like the finer things in life, then you’ve got to check out our list of the 25 best weed strains of all time. While strain preferences are subjective, there are some tried-and-true strains out there with tons of personality. Whether you’re looking for a loud aroma, high potency, fast growth, or all of the above, our list has got you covered.
1. Super Silver Haze Strain
If you’re looking for a fast-acting and energizing sativa, look no further than the classic Super Silver Haze. Popularized in the 1990s, this sativa-dominant strain was bred from Haze, Skunk #1, and Northern Lights #5. Replace your morning cup of coffee with its uplifting high and earthy aroma. It can induce focus and creativity, ideal for those who need to get stuff done.
2. Strawberry Cough Strain
Enjoy a burst of berry flavors coat your palate as you smoke or vape this sweet and earthy strain. Strawberry Cough is a sativa-dominant hybrid that elicits invigorating effects. We don’t know its true origins but we do know it can help relieve stress and anxiety. Even seasoned users can experience an intense high with Strawberry Cough’s high THC potency.
3. Girl Scout Cookies Strain
Compared to landrace and classics strains, Girl Scout Cookies is a newcomer to the scene. Its lineage is highly debated but we can all agree that its sweet and earthy aroma is one-of-a-kind. No wonder it’s won so many Cannabis Cup awards. Experience a balanced cerebral euphoria and relaxing body high, perfect for medical users who need all-body relief.
4. Chem Dog Strain
Chem Dog changed the face of the industry as we know it. Developed in the early ‘90s, Chem Dog has parented a diverse generation of strains, many of which have won Cannabis Cups including the original OG Kush, Sour Diesel, and more. You may have smelled the original Chem Dog’s diesel aroma or the aroma of one of its strain children. It offers a potent and cerebral experience and heavy body high.
5. Sour Diesel Strain
Sour Diesel is arguably one of, if not, the favorite strain among users. It could be due to its energizing effects or its diesel-like aroma. This sativa-dominant strain provides long-lasting relief for stress and minor aches and pains. Use it to lower your inhibitions at a social event or lower the pain throughout the day. Some say it’s the tastiest strain around due to its gasoline, skunk, and lemon notes.
6. Amnesia Haze Strain
Feel like you’re smoking weed inside a Dutch coffee shop with the award-winning Amnesia Haze strain. This classic sativa-dominant hybrid hails from the Netherlands. Its aroma is full of citrus notes and a slightly spicy undertone. This smooth-hitting strain provides the energy and creativity you need to relax or work on your hobby.
7. Granddaddy Purple Strain
California strains are highly represented on this list. Northern California’s Granddaddy Purple is the catalyst for the purple-bud revolution. You won’t be able to take your eyes off its striking green and purple exterior. Enjoy its sweet, fruity, and grape taste. This indica-dominant strain offers a balance of euphoria and relaxation. Its heavy-handed effects are ideal for relieving pain, stress, insomnia, and muscle spasms.
8. Cannatonic Strain
If you’re looking for a low-THC strain with a high-CBD content, Cannatonic is right for you. Bred by the Spanish seed bank Resin Seeds, this medical-quality strain produces a subtle and mellow buzz while lifting your mood due to its CBD content. Cannatonic’s CBD concentration has been used to treat pain, anxiety, headaches, and many other medical symptoms. Plus, it has a tantalizing earthy, sweet, and citrusy aroma and flavor.
9. Acapulco Gold Strain
This North American landrace strain has been the genetic backbone of many award-winning strains such as Skunk #1, Blueberry, and many Haze strains. Cannabis connoisseurs can’t get enough of its coffee aroma and uplifting facts. A rarity in dispensaries, this strain isn’t easy to get. Acapulco Gold, also known as Mexican sativa, is truly the holy grail of sativas.
10. Afghani Strain
We all owe a debt of gratitude to the original Afghanica strain. Shortened to Afghani, this legendary and pure indica has helped create a wide repository of strains including Northern Lights, Blueberry, Sour Diesel, and more. Growers love its heavy resin content and users can appreciate its sedating and euphoric effects. Patients have tried this strain to treat pain, stress, and insomnia.
11. Haze Strain
Haze, also known as Original Haze, is behind many of today’s most popular sativa strains. The story goes that in the 1970s, the Haze Brothers in Santa Cruz teamed up with Sam the Skunkman to crossbreed Mexican, Colombian, Thai, and Indian landrace sativas. Now, this legendary union produces uplifting and psychedelic effects. Make sure to try other Haze varieties such as Purple Haze, Amnesia Haze, and Neville’s Haze.
12. Northern Lights Strain
If you’re a grower or user, Northern Lights has it all for you. It’s a fast-flowering and hardy plant that produces buds heavily coated in resin. This pure indica produces a cerebral haze and sedating buzz. It also has a strong piney and earthy smell. Patients have used this to treat pain and insomnia as well as stress and depression. For many users, Northern Lights has been a game-changing strain that taps into natural healing powers.
13. OG Kush Strain
Arguably, one of California’s greatest creations, OG Kush is the epitome of West Coast cannabis. OG Kush is hailed as one of the strongest and most potent strains in the world. It also has a pungent aroma full of citrusy, sweet, and earthy notes. As a grower, you can grow extra big yields and trichome-coated buds. OG Kush keeps you calm and blissful throughout the day.
14. Bruce Banner #3 Strain
Bruce Banner #3 is a hard-hitting sativa-dominant strain. It’s a result of crossing OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel genetics. Its buds have an intense diesel-like aroma and a sharp citrus kick. Bruce Banner produces fast-acting effects to enjoy throughout the day. A blissful euphoria is followed by a state of relaxation. First-time users are advised to start with a low dose due to this strain’s higher-than-average potency.
15. Maui Wowie Strain
Maui Wowie was bred in Hawaii and struck a strong with the mainland. It has a unique pine and pepper aroma. This classic sativa has interesting tropical flavors of sweet pineapple. Users love its uplifting and stress-relieving effects during the day. If you want to grow this strain, you will need to grow it in a space that simulates its natural tropical habitat.
16. Durban Poison Strain
Durban Poison is a landrace sativa strain from Africa. Its high potency and resilient genetics have been used in many breeding programs. Durban Poison has a strong licorice flavor with hints of orange, vanilla, and cream. It’s generally used during the day due to its energizing and uplifting effects. Go on a hike or finish all your chores after using this bliss-inducing strain.
17. Blueberry Strain
Blueberry is liked by all. Originally bred by DJ Short in Canada, this indica-dominant hybrid strain is a result of 8 different genetics. DJ Short concocted one of the best smelling strains around. Users love its sweet blueberry taste when smoked or vaped. It also offers balanced and long-lasting effects to keep you calm and relaxed. Blueberry’s effects have been used to treat pain and stress.
18. White Widow Strain
White Widow is known far and wide across the world. It’s a balanced hybrid strain that came out of the Netherlands’ Green House Seeds. They crossed a Brazilian sativa landrace and a South Indian indica. Its euphoric and energizing effects were immediately embraced in Amsterdam coffee shops in the 1990s. Now, you can also enjoy its skunky, sweet, fruity, and spicy aroma to start off your day.
19. Skunk #1 Strain
Skunk #1 combines the powerful trio of Afghani, Mexican, and Colombian landrace strains. For growers, Skunk #1 produces big yields, whether you grow it inside or outside. For terpene lovers, Skunk #1 has a strong skunky and sour aroma with a hint of earthy notes. Skunk #1 leans on the energetic side and is great for relieving stress.
20. Hindu Kush Strain
Hindu Kush is a landrace strain that has powerful indica effects. It originated in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. It has also been one of many breeders’ favorite strains. Hindu Kush has produced popular hybrids such as Master Kush and OG Kush. Hindu Kush isn’t as common nowadays but you can find many of its potent and flavorful hybrids around.
21. Super Lemon Haze Strain
Green House seeds in Amsterdam created Super Lemon Haze by crossing Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze. Lemon Skunk passes on its intense citrus flavors while Super Silver Haze brings the extra potency and aroma. This strain has a sweet, candy, and citrusy aroma. Users love its invigorating and relaxing effects for all-day relief.
22. Tangie Strain
Tangie provides a tropical aroma and flavor profile. Experience intense orange and citrus notes on the inhale and exhale. Tangie is a cross between a Skunk hybrid and California Orange. This strain elicits an uplifting buzz that can help treat depression, anxiety, and stress. Sweet and tart all at once, Tangie is a pleasure to smoke or vape.
23. Thai Stick Strain
Thai Stick is a pure sativa that was popularized in the 1960s. Back then, the dried buds were molded onto a long stick. Nowadays you can use hash oil to create your own modern cannabis cigar. This strong sativa elicits relaxing and energizing effects. It has a pungent fruity and citrus aroma. If you want to grow this strain, make sure you grow it in a tropical climate to stimulate its native Thailand.
24. G-13 Strain
G-13 has fueled many rumors over the years. It is thought to have been grown by the federal government at its only cannabis research facility in Mississippi during the late 1960s. Someone is believed to have smuggled the strain to Holland in the mid-80s. After that, there was no stopping its rise to fame. G13 became a favorite among breeders. It has produced hybrids such as G-13 Haze, G-13 Hashplant, Lemon G-13, and XJ-13.
25. Blue Dream Strain
Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain from California. Its breeders crossed Blueberry and Haze genetics. Blue Dream has balanced effects on the mind and body. Its Blueberry genetics pass on its sweet Berry scent. Users love its fast-acting and energizing effects. They have used it to treat pain, nausea, and depression.