As the world is enjoying the rapid rise of the marijuana industry, we are also seeing the introduction of many more types of the best cannabis seeds and strains brought to us by some of the finest breeders in the industry. The number of strains we have today is close to a thousand or could possibly even be more than that. That means that we have a lot more strains to choose from today than we ever had in the past.
Although we do have a lot of cannabis strains today, the truth of the matter is that there are still a few of those that stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack not only in terms of popularity but also when it comes to their overall quality. Such strains are, to most cannabis enthusiasts’ minds, are the greatest of all time. That said, here are the best cannabis strains we have today:
- Northern Lights
Northern Lights is not only one of the greatest strains of all time but it has also held that title for as long as it has existed. Having been introduced to the market in the middle of the 1980s, Northern Lights is the lovechild of two great landrace strains (Afghani and Thai). And though it has the genetics of the Thai sativa, it is mostly indica in terms of its genetic composition.
Though Northern Lights is famously a very potent strain that has THC levels north of 20%, what makes Northern Lights such a great strain in terms of its effects is that it has a unique blend of a potent indica high and a pleasant sativa heady buzz.
It starts out in the head by providing you with light psychoactive sensations that can help you see the world in a happier and more vibrant way. At this point, this happy vibe will slowly lull you into a state of introspection as the body high begins to manifest itself to provide full relaxation. This relaxing buzz will be enough to melt your body into place as all of the pains and stresses go away. The next time you wake up, you will be feeling as refreshed as you have ever been.
- OG Kush
We see many Kush strains in the market today as there have been breeders that have come up with strains bearing the genetic of the Kush family. However, OG Kush stands as the greatest of all time in the Kush line of strains as it is also the most popular marijuana bud in all of California. OG Kush was introduced in the 90s and is said to be the result of the crossbreeding between Chemdawg and Hindu Kush.
Whatever its genetic background is, what cannot be argued is the fact that OG Kush comes at you with a great combination of earthy pine as this balanced hybrid strain has effects that can put both mind and body in a blissful state. OG Kush instantly uplifts your spirits with a jolt of euphoria as such an effect eventually blends with the body-melting buzz you get from this strain’s indica side.
As the name suggests, Blueberry is a popular strain because it tastes almost exactly like real blueberries. But what really gets people excited about this indica-dominant strain is that it has THC levels that can reach as high as 24%. In that sense, it is an intense experience in terms of taste and effects.
Like any good indica, this rumored blend of the Afghani and the Purple Thai is one of the most effective strains at giving you a couch-locking effect. True to its status as an indica-cup winner back in 2000, Blueberry gives you a stoner-like experience you will never forget as your body will feel so relaxed and lazy while your mind is placed in a peaceful state of calm and tranquility.
- Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel may come with that sour and pungent kind of earthiness but it is a delightful experience of a strain as this sativa ranks as one of the most popular daytime buds of all time. A 90% sativa strain, Sour Diesel is said to be a descendant of Chemdawg and Super Skunk. Regardless of where it came from, what is sure is that it is not the strain you should go for if you are looking for something to end the day with.
As an extremely potent sativa, Sour Diesel has THC levels that can reach 26%. In that sense, it may even be better than your early morning coffee at giving you a jolt of energy and mental focus as you look to start your day well.
This strain has the ability to make you feel so energized and uplifted that you will immediately feel like you are ready to take on the day both mentally and physically. So if you want to get some work done or if you want to be a little extra in the gym, Sour Diesel is the strain you should look for.
- White Widow
Since the 90s, White Widow has steadily made a name for itself as a brainy kind of strain that hits your head more than your body. A favorite in Dutch coffeeshops, White Widow comes from landrace strains that are popular in South America and in India. As such, it developed into a really potent strain with THC levels as high as 25%.
White Widow might be a bit spicy and skunky but it can be quite fruity sweet depending on how you perceive its taste.
Nevertheless, this is a brainy strain that hits your head in the heaviest of ways. It puts your mind in a state of euphoria to provide you with an extremely positive outlook on life. This stimulates your mental faculty as your mind stays refreshed, focused, and invigorated throughout the day. Expect yourself to feel more creative and productive under the effects of this all-time great strain.
- Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze comes from the Haze family of cannabis. In that sense, expect this three-time cannabis cup winner to be a masterpiece of a sativa as it gives you the terrific effects that its parents (Northern Lights, Skunk, and Haze) have.
Despite its genetic lineage, SSH actually comes with a pleasant aroma that still is spicy and diesel-like but is quite light and delicate on your senses. The effects are anything but that as this strain immediately hits you win mind-buzzing effects that can improve your mental sharpness and focus. You will feel yourself becoming more creative under the effects of this long-lasting sativa.
- Durban Poison
Durban Poison is considered a landrace strain that originates from the port city of Durban in South Africa. But, despite the fact that it is technically considered a landrace strain, it has evolved over the years as breeders have improved its genetics. Now, it carries THC levels that can be as high as 24% and effects that are as great as ever.
Given that it comes from a line of pure sativas, Durban Poison is extremely great when it comes to providing your mind and body with the kind of energizing buzz that sativas are known for. You will immediately feel a clean type of energy coursing through your entire body as you might feel the need to do some heavy lifting or some exercises under its effects.
You might have noticed that this list is mostly composed of strains with high THC levels. In that regard, Cannatonic is an entirely different breed of marijuana as it is a CBD-rich strain that has CBD levels as high as 19%.
Given that fact, you would know that Cannatonic is a strain made for medicinal purposes. It does not carry heavy psychoactive effects as the CBD counteracts the THC. Instead, it is great at enhancing your mood as it leaves you with a positive outlook on life and a calming high that allows you to function well throughout the day.
- Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze is another one of that popular sativas that have previously won the sativa cup. Judging from that alone, you would know that this strain is seriously potent yet enjoyable at the same time. Of course, you could always expect that from a strain coming from the Haze family.
With THC levels that are north of 20%, Amnesia Haze is potent but not in a scary way. It has a clean type of high that helps improve your creativity and mental focus. So do not let the name fool you as you probably won’t forget a single thing under the effects of this all-time great sativa strain.
- Granddaddy Purple
The granddaddy of the cannabis world, GDP is one of the most popular strains in existence and is also a delicious and high-yielding strain thanks to its parents (Big Bud and Purple Urkle). It has a grape-like flavor you will never forget as the taste blends well with its classic indica effects.
Given that GDP is mostly indica (about 80%), you can expect to get a high that is more than likely to leave you relaxed and lazy. It has that cozy type of high that will slowly lull your entire body in a state of sedation as all of your pains, worries, and stresses will suddenly begin to melt away all while your mind floats in a blissful feeling of euphoria.