The Most Awarded Cannabis Strains in Cannabis-Industry History

One of the advantages of weed being legalized is that there’s now an enormous choice of legal weed strains available. Whether you want a relaxing indica strain, an energizing sativa strain or a balanced hybrid strain, you have tons of options and some of them have won some of the most important and prestigious awards in cannabis world.

What any newbie should know is that you can practically get a strain of weed for anything! Sleepy, hungry, sore, happy, sad – there will be a strain for it! So, if you are interested in weeding out the weak from the chaff, you’ve come to the right place!

Northern Lights


Northern Lights is probably one of most well-known and well-loved strains out there. This delightful indica is world renowned for its potency and ability to give the user long-lasting feelings of euphoria and physical relaxation with just a couple of puffs! An inbred descendant of an original Afghani strain, this pure indica is capable of some powerful physical effects, making it increasingly popular for those suffering from chronic pain or fatigue.

The uplifting effects lend themselves well to those struggling with anxiety and depression, and the delicious taste will make it an easy one to get along with! If you’re not into the strong tasting buds, then this could be a good one; known for its delicious sweetness with hints of earthy zest, Northern Lights is a must try strain!

This predominantly indica plant won ‘90 High Times Cannabis Cup and became the best indica in ‘88 and ‘89 – excellent genetics for indoor growing, due to its reduced size, scarce leaves, short flowering and high resin production.

Gorilla Glue


Gorilla Glue is one of the best weed strains of all time by far. The world-popular strain is technically a hybrid, but it’s mainly known for its strong indica punch which will leave you feeling glued to the couch in a carefree and euphoric state. This cannabis strain won numerous awards, from cannabis cups to patients choice and is definitely a strain worth looking into.

White Widow


Another mythical strain every expert grower knows perfectly is White Widow; this classic indica cannabis strain, up to 20% THC, has an abundant production, and, besides, this marvel has been winning cups worldwide – in 2014, it won its last award in a cannabis cup, but, previously, it got countless awards.

Its name, White Widow, comes from the abundant resin quantity which totally covers the buds, providing a unique whitish color when late flowering.

New York City Diesel

New York City Diesel is famous for its exotic ripe red grape smell and taste. NYC Diesel is a mostly Sativa hybrid that has won 9 different cannabis cup awards.

NYC Diesel’s happy, talkative qualities make this hybrid a good choice for social activities and many anxiety-prone consumers praise it for its paranoia-free effects.

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Sensi Star


Sensi Star’s an indica hybrid strain smelling like coniferous forest and lemon – up to 20% THC, this super champion got undoubtedly awarded 13 times, from 1999 to 2010.

Really powerful genetics, usually recommended for high-tolerance consumers – most of them feel instantaneously euphoric with brain effects immediately after the first puff, and, shortly after, they feel a strong body stimulus which relaxes the muscles, together with a narcotic, sedating feeling, difficult for concentration: beginner users have to be careful with common side effects – dizziness, paranoia and headache.

Usually, it’s a very good option for those trying to alleviate their pain or chronic pain – recommended for evening consumption, Sensi Star can reduce stress, insomnia nights, anxiety and depression; some people use it to be hungry or to combat the effects of migraine, headache and glaucoma.

Critical Mass, aka. Critical+

This one sparked a bit of internal debate as to whether she merited inclusion on The List. However, in the end she won out over some of our honorable mentions (appearing at the end of this article) — mostly due to her overwhelming popularity in Spain, which is fast becoming the new Amsterdam of Europe. Furthering her cause is her strong and flavorful high, for which a special nod to her folks, who rank at #11 and #6, is due.

Amnesia Haze


A classic strain from the Netherlands, the Amnesia Haze was winning Cups more than a decade ago and might be considered a fixture of the Amsterdam pot scene. A sativa-dominant hybrid, her ancestry looks something like this: (Afghani x Hawaiian) x Laos x Jamaican. This combination gives the Amnesia Haze a sweet and spicy flavor with a very cerebral high.

Jack Herer


Jack Herer’s also another super champion with more than eleven awards behind and a long successful career 1994-2006 – unique flavor and outstanding THC levels for your super high times (up to 20% THC and 500g/sq m).

Its name comes from Jack Herer, the mythical US pro cannabis activist, a.k.a. Hemp Emperor – if never grown this marvel, you should definitely do it, because its flavor and strength don’t leave anybody unmoved.

Girl Scout Cookies


Girl Scout Cookies, also known as GSC, is one of the best weed strains of all time. It is an amazing hybrid that has won the hearts of both newbie and veteran smokers alike. In fact, Girl Scout Cookies is considered by many as one of the best strains in California – and in the world. It has won multiple awards for its delicious and tantalizing aroma, as well as its calming and soothing effects. Its psychoactive effects are in a class of its own; many describe the high from Girl Scout Cookies as one that makes you feel like time just seems to fly by. Along with a great taste, it offers some of the best hybrid effects, making you happy, uplifted, creative, and physically calm.

Green Crack aka. Cush


Green Crack is a Cannabis Cup award winner and legendary American strain, Green Crack offers one of the strongest sativa highs. This strain gives a sharp, energizing, cerebral high that allows smokers to accomplish what needs to be done with a focused yet relaxed head. The aroma and flavor of Green Crack is very fruity and sweet. Seeds produce two phenotypes: one with predominant indica traits and the other with slight sativa traits. Harvest these light green and purple crystal-coated buds after just 7 to 8 weeks of flowering time.


This has been an overview on some of the most classic and awarded genetics in cannabis industry – strains every grower should grow at least once in their lifetime, since they’re the cornerstone for the great majority of current strains. While this might be an exhaustive list, there are a ton of good cannabis strain every weed connoisseur should try. I hope you enjoyed our list.

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