Are there strains of marijuana that taste like gasoline, old tires or skunk spray…
For many, believe it or not, these are desirable traits. For those looking to smoke something that doesn’t have the olfactory appeal of an abandoned garage, there is hope.
Hundreds of strains exist that resemble something you’d find in a supermarket as opposed to behind it — even Baskin Robbins only boasts 31 varieties. Flavor has become paramount in modern cannabis as more high-end consumers turn to vaporizers with low-heat functionality instead of joints or bowls, where strains’ flavor profiles lose their punch after only a couple hits.
Here are 9 strains that may spin you out, knock you down or have you chasing an ice cream truck — but regardless of the effect will taste divine. In no particular order:
No list of the best tasting cannabis strains would be complete without Zkittlez. Fruity and tropical, just like the candy, this strain packs a strong flavor punch. You’ll also notice tangy and herbal notes underneath its initial sweet citrus profile.
The tropical vibes carry through to its effects, with this high-THC (23%) strain lending the relaxed but happy feelings of the best beach vacations.
Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
I’m so bored of Cookies I wish they’d only go on sale once a year, but people can’t stop clamoring over this particular cut. (More of a Samoas man myself.) If you’re looking for crisp mint with an even fresher pine behind it, this is your strain. The best iterations seem to have lost the floor-cleaner elements from its Durban Poison lineage altogether, leaving a sweetness that helps mask the OG Kush rubber undertones. You happy, Cookies monsters?
If you like sweet, tropical strains, Bubblegum is for you. With a mouthwatering smoke that tastes like creamy berry-flavored candies and a fruity aftertaste, Bubblegum is an excellent strain for smokers who prefer sweeter flavor profiles.
Its well balanced and euphoric high combines with pain-relieving effects, making it a great daytime smoke for those with chronic headaches or muscle spasms.
Guess what Tangie tastes like? I’ll give you a moment. Everyone who said “tanning lotion” please turn off your screen. A mix of Cali Orange and Skunk, it’s positively flush with limonene, the terpene that gives oranges their delightful citrus smell. More like the flesh of a clementine than the rind, there’s still faint white pepper and skunkiness in the strain that some people can’t help but pick up on, like a Canadian producer who once visited my house. I accused him of having no sense of smell. It’s one of the easiest strains to identify and a regular concentrate contest winner.
Another great fruity tasting strain is Blueberry, parent to Blue Dream, Blue Cheese, and Blue Cookies. Appropriately named, one toke of this classic will leave you thinking of plump, sweet berries. Right away, you’ll notice fruity notes, giving way to more subtle earthly and pine scents. The taste is incandescent–a delightful mix of blueberry and vanilla.
Expect a euphoric and happy high from this relaxing and sometimes sleep-inducing strain.
Big Buddha Cheese
When Big Buddha Cheese is done properly, though, many fall for the robust, tangy funk that it emits. If left to run a little longer, it jumps to the next level, almost like a Roquefort (though hopefully sans the mold). Admittedly, I was tempted to go with Space Queen but the “BBC” is the pure queso experience. Feel free to pair it with any other strain on this list.
Super Lemon Haze is a citrusy dream. With a flavor redolent of lemon candies, its sweet and zesty taste comes through strongly. Known to linger, expect its refreshing aroma to leave behind hints of earthiness and pine once the initial fruitiness has worn off.
As you might expect, Super Lemon Haze is all about the energetic high, making it a great daytime smoke.
Black Cherry Soda
An old-school strain used frequently by TGA genetics, Black Cherry Soda is one instance where the breeder said, “You know what? Let’s be as on the nose as possible this time.” Opening the jar, you’ll be hit with overripe Hudson cherries and a sugary earthiness that’s hard to place. That is, until you smoke a little. While there’s zero fizz, those soda notes come in and are decidedly more cola meets syrup with a fair amount of round molasses that will linger. Just don’t smoke it out of a can.
Speaking of Blue Dream, it deserves a place of its own on this list of best-tasting marijuana strains. With a sweet aroma reminiscent of its parent Blueberry, this hybrid offers pine and spice hints to balance out its sweetness.
Blue Dream’s long-lasting effects make it popular for both seasoned and inexperienced growers. It’s a great daytime strain for those who need a calm high with a clear mind.
[Updated, originally published 27.7.2017]