What do we mean by “top strains,” you might ask? As with any flowering plant, there are many varieties. The variables in the strains can combine through cross-breeding and back-breeding to produce desired results over several generations.
Our present day marijuana growers have taken the strains of old and created monsters in the industry. Breeding the best plants with the most desirable qualities has become the the ultimate goal for many. Beyond winning awards, these plants are changing the game.
While opinions are subjective, there are a few things about which one can agree:
- These plants are beautiful
- These strains are potent
- The flavors are varied
- They will mess you up
As the THC levels increase, the effects vary as much as the flavors of the buds. Flavor nuances cultivated from mixing strains has become as much an art as cultivation itself.
Banana Kush takes the tail end of our list as the 10th most commonly stocked strain in Colorado cannabis shops. Carrying the unmistakable aroma of fresh bananas, this potent hybrid strain is all you’ll need to command the mind and body into deep relaxation.
Its name may be unsavory to some, but that hasn’t kept this strain from flying off the shelves of storefronts across Colorado. Green Crack has an uncanny ability of bringing laughing fits to social circles and engaged focus to solo ventures.
This Indica-dominant strain has won two Cannabis Cup titles. With high levels of THC, this is a guaranteed cure for insomnia. With OG Kush genetics, this California hybrid has a nice, mellow high with earthy, fruity flavors.
The high THC mixed with some amazingly pleasing flavors is sure to impress even an old school stoner.
Born and bred just over the border in Kansas, Golden Goat has retained its supremacy in Colorado since its westward arrival when medical marijuana was making its debut. While some in Colorado might grow weary of seeing Golden Goat at every corner, this fragrantly tropical sativa-dominant staple is must-try for visitors from outside the state.
As the first on this list to be a Sativa-dominant hybrid, it makes quite a show. The bright colors of the pistils contrasting with the greens in the bud make for one pretty nuglet. The result of crossing Agent Orange with Blue Power, it carries the best qualities of both strains.
The uplifting yet relaxing high comes from the citrusy aromas with a hint of spice – reminiscent of Afghan Kush.
The Cookie craze may have started in California, but it certainly didn’t end there. Colorado natives were quick to embrace the potent Girl Scout Cookies, making it the sixth most stocked strain in the state. For those who have experienced this hybrid’s heavy-handed euphoria, it isn’t hard to imagine why this strain is an absolute necessity for Colorado dispensaries and shops.
Few indicas and indica-dominant hybrids made it on this list, but of course the exception would be Northern Lights. This heavy indica brings out appreciation from all the senses: food, nature, company, hobbies…what isn’t made better by the dreamy, sublime sensations of Northern Lights?
Another widely prolific sativa, Sour Diesel is by no means a rarity among Colorado shops and dispensaries. Its engaging cerebral energy is a perfect pair for getting outside and staying active, and in a state with so much outdoor recreation to enjoy, it makes sense that Sour Diesel has maintained its demand in Colorado.
The second most commonly offered strain in Colorado traveled far from its African homeland to share with us its lively effects. Stimulating euphoria feeds the mind creativity and focus, which goes to show why so many compare Durban Poison to a cup of coffee and use it as such.
Blue Dream is topping the sales list at many dispensaries around the globe. The mellow high appeals to novice smokers and pros alike. A cross between Blueberry Indica and sativa haze, it produces a level high that is good for almost everyone.
The active buzz makes it a good choice for daytime or nighttime use. Full bodied relaxation and gently motivating high is cerebrally invigorating.
The flavor palate comes from its Blueberry parentage. Relief is quick without being overly sedating. Pain, depression, and nausea are all likely to be remedied, as well as others which require higher level THC content.
While these are just a few of the amazing strains circulating the scene there are many others deserving to be on this list (top 50 would have been fun).