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.
13. White Widow
Among the most classic cannabis strains worldwide is White Widow, a hybrid strain that was first bred in The Netherlands by Green House Seeds. The buds that you’ll find in this strain are white with crystal resin, which is a warning of the potent effects to come. Moreover, the powerful burst of euphoria and energy that you feel almost immediately stimulates conversation and creativity.
Don’t let its intense name fool you: AK-47 will leave you relaxed and mellow. While its scent is sour and earthy, its sweet floral notes can only be fully realized in the taste. Created in 1992 by Serious Seeds, AK-47 has won numerous Cannabis Cup awards around the world.
11. Green Crack
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.
Zkittlez, sometimes also spelled Skittlez or just Skittles, is an indica-dominant hybrid that erupts with fruit flavor. this strain offers you the opportunity to taste the rainbow — but as it turns out Zkittlez lets you see a rainbow too.
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.
Amnesia is typically a sativa-dominant cannabis strain with some variation between breeders. Amnesia’s genetic forerunners have passed on uplifting, creative, and euphoric effects ideal for putting you in a great mood, no matter the day, time, or situation.
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.
Gelato is a hybrid crossed from taste-engineered parents Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and fruity indica Sunset Sherbert. With a balanced, mellow high and a universally appealing flavor profile, this is a great strain for social use.
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.
1. Blue Dream
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.
[Updated, originally published 10.7. 2017]