Welcome to our second annual installment of “The Best-Tasting Buds on Earth.” These rankings are derived from our Cannabis Cup competition data, culled from lab reports.
Majestic-12 weed strain
is an indica-dominant cross between Obama Kush (OG) and Space Queen.
The God Father OG from the folks at California Herbal Remedies is an indica-dominant hybrid of Cherry Pie x Granddaddy Purps x OG Kush. This strain was recently named “The Strongest Strain on Earth” (HT, May 2017), reaching 34.04% activated
This is the second consecutive year that Strawberry Banana has appeared on our “Best-Tasting Buds on Earth” list. In 2015, the Banana OG x Bubblegum hit 1.75% in total terp content.
Durban Poison weed strain
The Durban Poison from TJ’s Organic Gardens was the top terp strain in our inaugural “Best-Tasting Buds on Earth” feature last year at 4.1%, and it climbed over two percentage points this year to 6.35%—good for second place overall in 2016.
Schlemons = Gorilla Glue #4 x Schrom, where Schrom = Romulan x Colombian and GG4 = Sour Dubb x Chem’s Sister.
The Ghost Train Haze #13 is really a GTH #1. Turns out a typo on the cover of a certain pot magazine (ahem) a few years back led to some packs of seeds being marketed as GTH #13 to correspond with the error. In fact, there is no GTH #13.
Golden Goat weed strain
The little-known Golden Goat, a sativa-dominant cross (Hawaiian Sativa x Romulan x Island Sweet Skunk), has been around for the better part of this decade and was hitting 22% THC at Cups as far back as 2011.
Orange Bangi is reportedly a landrace strain from Tanzania.
The Sunshine #4 hit 27.04% THC in the June competition, third-highest in that Cup, taking second place in Hybrid Flowers.
Terps: Flavors, Aromas & Effects
On top of their isolated effects as individual compounds, these terpenes combine with cannabinoids such as THC and CBD to create a much broader experience within the user. This total experience is known as the “entourage effect,” which takes into account the overall effects of a particular strain outside of specific metrics like THC potency or primary flavors. The entourage effect will still vary from person to person, but it indicates that a strain has certain qualities when taken as a whole, versus having specific cannabinoids and terpenes isolated and consumed via extraction (such as in hash or concentrates).
Sour Tangie weed strain
Sour Tangie took home a first-place Cup in the Sativa Flowers category at this event, reaching 27.5% THC. Combined with over 4% terp content, this flower possesses intense all-around effects.
This is the second time on this year’s List that Durban has appeared. She represents the closest to a landrace/pure strain out of any to make the cut, which says a lot about her genetics.
Boss Frost weed strain
Boss Frost, a.k.a. Grease Monkey 2.0, is an unknown cutting originally thought to be Gorilla Glue #4—but terpene profiles indicated that she was not GG4 at all. The cutting was flowered and produced a few S1 seeds that were also grown and produced new phenotypes, one of which was called the Boss Frost due to her very high trichome content. She took 26th place (first in NorCal) in our latest edition of “The Strongest Strains on Earth” (HT, May ’17) at 27.5% THC.
Sunshine #4 weed strain
Sunshine #4 (OG x Cherry Pie x Pink Panties) appeared on last year’s “Best-Tasting Buds on Earth” list at #7 with a 2.2% total terp content. Pink Panties is an OG x Burma hybrid.
Mega Hash weed strain
Mega Hash took fifth place in the Indica Flowers category, with an average judges’ score of 3.5 (out of 5) on “Taste.” Five terps went over a half-percent each: myrcene, linalool, caryophyllene, careen and limonene.
Newcomer Zeki Farms took home a second-place finish in Sativa Flowers last October with the Dragon Haze, which hit 23.14% THC. The Dragon Haze is a sativa consisting of Super Silver Haze x Blue Dream x The White.
It is rare that an OG phenotype is higher in pinene than limonene, but the Red Eye OG has nearly triple the pinene, at 1.9%, than limonene, at 0.62%. She also hit 29.69% THC in the February Cup in SoCal.
Some of the info from: Hightimes
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