It doesn’t take much browsing through any seedbank’s website or your local dispensary (you lucky bastard) to realize that there is an abundance of marijuana strains. Potent, high-yielding, fruity, sour, fast-flowering, tall, short, are only a few of the myriad adjectives that can be used to describe cannabis.
This “strain overflow” is the result of years of careful, selective breeding from all over the world. Cannabis nowadays is nothing like cannabis in the ‘70s, when varieties with THC levels of 15% were considered extremely potent. Our collective tolerance levels have raised, and so have our expectations regarding private cultivation.
Choosing Your First Strain
Depending on how informed you are about cannabis genetics, this can quickly turn from a headache to an exciting safari. The first things you should look at when choosing a newbie-friendly strain are:
- Hardiness (resistance to disease, mold, and insects)
- Yield (how much flower the plant will produce)
- Autoflowering v. Photoperiod (can you afford the time to regulate the light intake of your plants?)
- Potency (how strong do you want your strain to be)
There are so many weed strains out there… You will never try all of them. However, there are some strains recommended for beginners. Some strains can be more forgiving and require less maintenance as compared to others. This makes those strains suited for new growers who want to see results without the hassles.
But where to start? These five strains are known to demand less than some of their pickier, more finicky ancestors, and they tend to be easier to grow. If you’re a beginner grower, consider locating seeds or clones of the following cannabis varieties.
Named after one of the most widely used killing machines on the planet, this strain is much more gentle than you’d imagine. The sativa-dominant hybrid came to fame in the early ’90s, winning cannabis cups and taking over the streets thanks to a potency that crossed the 15 percent THC mark, which was really powerful at the time.
Time hasn’t passed AK-47 by — these days, it easily reaches 20 percent THC — but it’s more likely to win a lifetime-achievement award than Strain of the Year going forward.
Finding a “perfect” cannabis strain to grow can at times be quite challenging. Many strains can often sacrifice one quality for another which means that strains where everything is “just right” are definitely not easy to come by. Critical by Royal Seeds is possibly the cannabis strain that comes closest to provide the perfect balance across all her qualities, without any drawbacks, no matter how you look at her. Critical is an easy-to-grow strain that satisfies in all aspects. She delights with great yields, a short flowering time, awesome taste and a stellar high.
Do you want to try something a little higher in THC? If so, you should definitely consider Jack Hair, this is a very good strain to begin with. What is worth mentioning, this strain is originally Dutch – it was created in the Netherlands in the mid 1990s and it is more than 50% of saliva inside. It is thought to be one of clear-headedness strains.
White Widow is yet another truly legendary cannabis strain that has become incredibly popular and quite famous. While the strain’s origins are unclear and shrouded in cannabis lore, it is known that the original White Widow was bred in the Netherlands where it came to fame as one of the Dutch classics. The original strain’s parents are a Brazilian sativa landrace crossed with a Southern Indian indica hybrid. Legend has it that her indica parent was the result of careful selection and crossbreeding in the mountains of Kerala in India. The success of White Widow after her introduction in the 1990s led to many varieties of the strain. There is no reputable seedbank today that doesn’t offer the one or the other variety of this famed strain.
A hybrid strain with an aroma as strong as its euphoria, Guerilla Glue (Gorilla Glue) is a great choice for the novice grower looking to cultivate a sedating, flavorful strain. The genetics were developed by GG Strains and took the world by storm in 2014 after winning multiple Cannabis Cups.
Guerilla Glue has a very bushy growth pattern, making it an ideal strain for anyone looking to grow in a small space and explore the screen of green (SCROG) technique. Generally speaking, this strain offers up a lot of bang for its buck by producing a quality product without having to worry too much about specific nutrient needs.