Top 10 Classic Cannabis Strains

There are some cannabis strains that are known to almost every smoker, even those who are new to the scene. These strains have earned high status and hold impressive reputations due to their unique properties and successful genetics. Perhaps they offer a recognisable and potent aroma; maybe they spoil growers with massive yields; or they might be very high in THC. Whatever the reason, these strains are not to be missed out on.

Here is a top 10 list of some truly classic cannabis strains which have stood the test of time:

White Widow

White Widow is a legendary name within the worldwide cannabis scene. The very mention of the name conjures images of cannabis flowers heavy with shining white trichomes. There is probably no other strain out there with quite the reputation that White Widow has built for itself over the years. The origin of White Widow is quite a controversial subject and a topic that is often debated, however it has been confirmed that the original White Widow is indeed a Dutch classic and was grown initially in The Netherlands. As far as ancestry goes, the original White Widow was the love child of a pure sativa landrace derived from Brazil, and an indica hybrid from southern India. It is reported that White Widow is the result of years of breeding in the mountains or Kerala, a project that aimed to produce cannabis plants dense with resin.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is certainly another absolutely classic strain that is well-known all around the world by name alone. The origins of the legendary strain remain somewhat of a mystery, although it is believed to have come out of the west coast of America. The exact genetics of the strain are unknown, though rumour has it that Northern Lights was from Afghanistan, yet other sources claim the original plants contained Thai genetics. Northern Lights is a 100% pure indica strain and therefore the high generated is very stoney and potent. However, it is also reported to have a head element that is slightly elevating. The strain offers a THC content of 18%.

Amnesia Haze

Amnesia Haze is an incredibly potent strain of cannabis that placed second at the HighLife Cup in 2011. The strain is a hybrid that consists of 70% sativa genetics and 30% indica genetics. The THC content of Amnesia Haze is sky high and weighs in at a powerful 22%. The CBD content is also rated as medium. This cannabinoid profile results in a potent, long-lasting, and relaxing state. The high generated from Amnesia Haze targets both the body and the mind to varying degrees. The head high is more dominant, defined by thought provoking, psychedelic, meditative, and uplifting qualities. These elements make the strain an excellent smoke when pursuing creative projects or when seeking some mental motivation. The body high is less dominant, but still present and offers calming and soothing vibes.
The taste of Amnesia Haze is quite desirable, the flowers offer flavours of sweetness, sourness, and spice. The aroma is quite complex and interesting. Opening up a stash jar of the dried flowers will unleash pleasant scents of lemon, pepper, and honey.

OG Kush

Another top-notch classic. The exact genetic origins of OG Kush appear to be unknown, however it is thought to be the result of crossbreeding ChemDawg, a Lemon Thai, and Pakistani Kush. Others theorise that the strain is simply just a good cutting from a ChemDawg plant. Regardless of the origins of this strain, what we do know is that it offers a powerful and impressive high. OG Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid strain that features 75% indica genetics and 25% sativa genetics. Being heavy on the indica side of the spectrum, this strain is relaxing and offers a soothing high that targets the body; although the head high is definitely there too. The body high is characterised by calming and pain-numbing sensations, whereas the slight head high brings about a meditative, relaxing, and psychedelic state. The THC content within the flowers of OG Kush is 19%.

Girl Scout Cookies

Popular hybrid Girl Scout Cookies, also known as GSC, is a heavy hitter that gives users the best of both cerebral intensity and comfortable body melt. It originated on the West Coast as a cross between strong sativa Durban Poison and staple hybrid OG Kush. Although it’s a fairly even meld of its two potent parent strains, Girl Scout Cookies has a mellow high that leans more indica. Overall, it’s a versatile and balanced smoke with a THC content that ranges from 18% to 23% but has been tested as high as 28%.

Afghani #1

So why we do call this keystone strain “Afghani,” as opposed to just “Afghan”? The answer reaches back into the history of this powerful indica, to a time when she was commonly called “Afghanica,” a reference to both her nation of origin and her classification as a truly pure indica variety. Today, the name has been shortened to the familiar “Afghani.” That being said, the Afghani #1 is one of only a handful of cornerstone genotypes that can be credited with aiding in the creation of nearly every major breeding achievement of the past 30 years. The Afghani is a major contributor to strains such as Skunk #1, the original Northern Lights, Sour Diesel, Cheese, Blueberry and Mazar, just to name a few.

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This landrace strain is the primary reason the words “Kush” and “indica” have become synonymous. Originating in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, this pure indica is responsible for such offspring as the Master Kush … and she also played a role in the creation of our beloved OG Kush. Originally released by the stalwart Sensi Seeds, it’s rare to see these flowers around much these days, although her family still ranks among cannabis royalty.

Durban Poison

With a menacing name that hints at its powerful psychoactivity, Durban Poison is a pure South African sativa landrace. It is a bold and sticky variety that’s well adapted to a variety of growing conditions. Durban Poison boasts a THC content of between 15% and 25%. Cannabis has been cultivated on the African continent since at least the 14th century; by the era of Dutch colonization, it had spread south and the Khoikhoi, San, and Bantu groups indigenous to South Africa had an established cultivation and cultural acceptance of the drug, which they called dagga.

Skunk #1

One of the first and best real hybrids of the modern cannabis-breeding era, Skunk #1 is a mix of three true-breeding landrace strains: Afghani, Mexican and Colombian. This well-balanced beauty is a heavy yielder, doing well both indoors and out, filling gardens with that pungent, skunky aroma. She went on to play a role in the creation of such strains as Skunk- berry, Cheese, the Church, Island Sweet Skunk and Lemon Skunk and many other

Sour Diesel

The exact origin of Sour Diesel is clouded in over a decade of well-smoked haze. Some believe breeder Chem Dog to be the founding father of this particular strain, having introduced it in the early 90’s from a hybrid of ChemDawg, Northern Lights and Skunk phenotype. Others believe it to be a mind-bending mix of Original Diesel (ChemDawg + Super Skunk + Northern Lights) and an unknown Skunk phenotype (Skunk + Hawaiian + Northern Lights).Take one whiff of a Sour Diesel spliff and you’ll know straight away how it got its name. Its strong aroma of gasoline with a refreshing hint of lemon will scintillate your senses as your mind gets taken on a euphoric, energizing high.

[Updated, originally published 16.11. 2017]

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