We’re heading into the tail-end of summer, which means it’s time to look back and assess which marijuana strains reigned supreme over the course of the sunny season. After reviewing and cross checking strain data with user feedback, we compiled a shortlist of the Golden State’s current 10 most popular marijuana strains.
When it comes to selecting cannabis strains, current taste dictates that marijuana users in California prefer to strike a balance between trending and tried-and-tested buds. Our shortlist showcases a blend of promising newcomers and old-school staples which cater to the needs of patients suffering from a range of ailments, including chronic pain, appetite loss, anxiety and sleeping disorders. Here’s our breakdown of the popular cannabis strains in California at the moment:
A Bay Area favorite, Girl Scout Cookies is an indica-dominant, OG Kush and Durban Poison hybrid that has grown steadily in reputation over the last few years. Also known as GSC, the strain was designed by the industry-renowned Cookie Family in the mid 90’s and came to prominence in 2010. Although its precise lineage is still subject to debate, Girl Scout Cookies is noted for its balance as both an intense body-relaxant and a mild cognitive stimulant. GSC packs 18-23% THC, making it the perfect choice for those looking for a potent, long-lasting pain relief or for patients having difficulties getting some shut eye. GSC is best taken in the afternoon or at nighttime, when its appetite-stimulating and sleep-inducing qualities are most desirous. GSC is the go-to therapeutic strain for patients seeking relief from depression or anxiety.
This multiple-award winning strain comes in two main color sets or phenotypes: Thin Mint and Platinum Cookies. Though slightly different in appearance, both share the signature green, densely-packed calyxes and fiery-orange hairs wrapped in purple leaves. Covered in a frosty layer of sticky trichomes, GSC buds provide a dazzling contrast of colors and textures.
Aroma-wise, GSC lives up to its name, giving off a sweet-scented mix of glazed herbs and baked cookies. With earthy hints of chocolate and sweetmeats on the exhale, GSC is wholesome and smooth on the palate without causing the much-maligned cottonmouth effect associated with other strains.
Since its emergence in Santa Cruz, California, Blue Dream has gone from strength to strength, earning pride of place among Californian cannabis users. A sativa-dominant hybrid cross of Blueberry (indica) and Haze (sativa), Blue Dream balances the strong pain-relief effects of Blueberry with the stimulating qualities of Haze, producing a unique mix of body-relaxant and cerebral-enhancing qualities. Clocking in at 80% Sativa and a slightly above-average 17-24% THC, Blue Dream is a potent, long-lasting anxiety and depression reliever best suited for daytime use. Blue Dream is the prefered choice among patients looking for indica-rate pain or stress relief without the added soporific effect.
As a Blueberry descendant, Blue Dream packs a sweet fruity aroma combined with a whiff of Haze-based undertones. Crisp and sweet on the exhale, Blue Dream is widely considered to be one of the best-tasting strains. The nubbin-sized light green buds are gilded in fine orange pistils and trichomes, giving Blue Dream its beautiful appearance. A California classic, Blue Dream is readily available at most licensed cannabis dispensaries in California including The Harvest Bloom and the All Bay Delivery. Ask your licensed budtender for more details on the best medical marijuana in California, including information on which Blue Dream phenotype suits your needs best.
Also called Sour D, Sour Diesel has been around for a long time, slowly working its way up to the very top of the cannabis strain food chain. Thought to have originated in the Mexican hinterland, Sour Diesel is a sativa-dominant Chemo and Mexican sativa hybrid best known for its potent pick-me-up qualities. A 90% Sativa strain containing a cannabinoid-heavy 19-25% THC, Sour D packs quite the punch and is best suited for users looking for strong therapeutic relief. Medically, Sour D targets chronic ailments such as stress, pain or fatigue, providing immediate and long-lasting relief. In addition, Sour D provides strong cerebral stimulation without the body-mind disconnect so typical of other strains. Sour Diesel’s robust uplifting and energy-enhancing qualities also makes it a great pre-workout or daytime strain.
As its name suggests, Sour Diesel is a pungent strain which has an all-pervading smell reminiscent of gasoline. Widely considered to be less palatable than GSC or Blue Dream, Sour Diesel provides a touch of pine resin and citrus on the exhale. Sour D calyxes are lime to pale green in color and bulge out among the darker fan leaves, while its stunning pistils range from light pink to blood orange. Sour D has been known to cause dry mouth if taken in excess. Despite being an extremely popular strain, Sour D can sometimes be hard to find on account of the many off-licensed premises offering fake buds for cut prices.
Pincher’s Creek (Sativa)
Recently redubbed Pincher’s Creek by budtenders and dispensaries alike, this strain is more widely known as Green Crack, a patient favorite whose origins date way back to 1989. Originally called Green Crack because of its fast-acting, energy-enhancing qualities, Pincher’s Creek is a sativa-dominant Skunk#1 and indica cross. Charged with medium strength 13-21% THC, Pincher’s Creek provides an immediate but relatively short-lived energy boost together with a healthy measure of physical well-being. The mental buzz provided by Pincher’s Creek is the perfect prequel to tasks requiring focus and close attention.
Pincher Creek’s signature citrus aroma is accompanied by notes of earth and tangy grass. The lemon citrus aftertaste grows on the palate, cloaking the tongue in a light sweetness on the exhale. The bud is a thick, dark green color, with light to dark orange pistils and a coating of white trichomes.
A multiple prize winner, Super Lemon Haze is the brainchild of Arjan from Green House Seeds. Appearing in 2008, Super Lemon Haze stems from a cross between Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze, also commonly known as Amnesia Haze and The Bomb. At 80% Sativa and a strong 15-22% THC, Super Lemon Haze is a potent, fast-acting stress reliever and mood-booster. Super Lemon Haze is also known to stimulate the appetite and to induce deep body relaxation, making it the perfect therapeutic option for the late afternoon or evening.
Super Lemon Haze definitely lives up it to its name, delivering an incredible range of overwhelming citrus perfumes and fruit zests that hit you full in the nose. Floral and citrus-like yet buttery on the inhale, Super Lemon Haze lingers slightly on the tongue, darkening before acquiring a harsher, musky flavor on the exhale. Appearance-wise, Super Lemon Haze stands out from the rest. Its fleshy, dark green buds are laced with purple leaves and covered with wispy amber-colored feelers and a delicate trichome frost. Pick up your Super Lemon Haze buds and other top cannabis strains at The Irie Care Collective, and Patio Wellness.
Overlord OG (Hybrid)
Grown exclusively for patients by Loompa Farms and designed by Cookies SF, this hard-hitting, much-hyped OG Kush, Chemdawg and Skunk polyhybrid is taking the California cannabis scene by storm. Packing a whopping 27% THC, this cannabinoid-rich OG Kush descendent is the latest Bay Area indica-dominant strain to catch our attention. Its strong sativa content kicks in immediately, providing a prompt lift in energy and well-being while allowing the indica time to set in and slowly cause the body to relax. Because of Overlord OG’s high THC levels, patients are advised to limit consumption to low doses. A highly-potent pain and stress reliever, Overlord OG has no added soporific effect, making it a great option for those looking to boost awareness and focus.
Dazzling and crisp, Overlord OG has a pungent smoky scent allied with a hint of earth and mint. The harsh ash scent hits the tongue on the inhale, slowly moulding into a sweeter minty and grass flavor as the smoke exits the front of the mouth. The nuggets are a dense, knotted green, with orange tendrils and a thick coat of frost.
A cross of California Orange, Skunk #1 and an unknown third strain, Tangie is a revamped version of the popular Tangerine Dream produced by the Dutch lab DNA Genetics in the 90s. A 80% sativa hybrid with 23% THC, Tangie has become a trending strain since its award-winning emergence in 2013, winning over Bay Area dispensaries, budtenders and users alike. A great daytime strain, Tangie is best suited for patients looking for anxiety, stress or depression relief. The strain also boasts strong energy-boosting and appetite-inducing qualities, making it a good therapeutic for anorexia and other eating disorders.
Sharing the distinction with Super Lemon Haze, a distant cousin, Tangie reigns supreme in the citrus category, packing an overwhelming orange scent which blows other fruity-scented strains clear out of the water. Its signature sweet citrus aroma is followed by Tangie’s orange flavor on the inhale, and is capped off by faint but pleasureable hints of diesel and skunk. Tangie nugs are large and relatively compact, and their light orange pistils stand out in stark contrast against the pale green buds and the white overlay of trichomes. Head to HEO Caregivers and Patio Wellness or your local dispensary for more information.
Another brainchild of Dutch designers Green House Seeds, the White Widow is a world-famous strain that has been an industry mainstay since its creation in the mid 90’s. A Brazilian sativa and resin-heavy South Indian indica hybrid with mid-level 16% THC, the White Widow strain has parented a number of award-winning descendents, including the White Russian, White Rhino and Blue Widow. With its intense euphoria-stimulating effects and its subtle combination of mind-body relaxation, the White Widow has long been taken as an instant remedy against stress, depression, anxiety and socializing difficulties.
The White Widow strain is characterized by its robust scent of pine wood, earthy tones and its sweet sour nose-prickling perfume. As it hits the palate, White Widow unfolds in a lingering hint of smooth citrus and fruit that deepens as the smoke passes out of the mouth. The White Widow strain owes both its name and its frosty appearance to its resin-heavy South Indian forefather. Its buds are a highly-compact vivid green under light orange pistils. Contact Kush Clinic for more information.
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