No one even knows how many strains actually exist because cannabis can be endlessly crossbred to create as many different strains of weed as there are stars in the sky. Some strains of weed like Thai Stick, much like certain stars, have already gone extinct while others have yet to exist.
The popularity of weed strains is answerable through data and cultural impact. Here are the 12 most popular cannabis strains on the Weedmaps Strains platform.
OG Kush is the original hybrid with potent, heavy and long-lasting effects that leave you super stoned, yet not exactly stuck on the couch. Many of the strains we love today come from OG Kush
This hybrid flourishes on the west coast where it is well known for alleviating migraines, treating ADD/ADHD and other stress disorders with a heavy euphoria due to THC levels that can reach up to 27%.
This incredibly popular, colorful, distinctly flavorful sativa has a zany comedy named after it because of its high-energy buzz, making it a great strain to get you off your couch for productive pursuits or recreational hijinks and mischief. The high gets you high and a little in your head, but overall you’re just stoned and happy.
AK-47 is one of those super popular strains that people don’t know too much information about, other than the buds are usually dense and flooded with orange hairs. Despite its violent name, the strain imparts a very mellow feeling and can even leave one stuck in a state of “couch lock”. It also leads to increased creativity. For the most part, however, AK-47 will leave you feeling uplifted, peaceful and euphoric.
Blue dream is one of the most popular strains on all the lists because seasoned smokers and green cannabis users alike love the balanced full-bodied relaxation and euphoric cerebral stimulation.
It’s an ideal daytime medicine great for alleviating pain, depression, and nausea. This hybrid arguably gives you the best-balanced blend of indica and sativa effects, making it a great introductory strain into the wonderful world of cannabis.
Gelato came out of nowhere and set the game ablaze years ago. It’s the most viewed strain on Weedmaps Strains. Californians especially love it. Named after the dessert, this strain has a variety of flavors. Some cultivars are grapey and gassy; some are berry and earthy; some are just straight-up sweet and floral. Gelato is known to hit users quickly, sometimes taking effect before they’ve had a chance to even exhale. The most striking effect is a sense of altered perception and confusion, forcing smokers to adapt to their newly intensified surroundings. This head rush is met by a palpable body buzz that discourages much activity but still leaves users mobile and not couchlocked. Some describe Gelato as having amplified psychedelic effects like time dilation and sound sensitivity.
Originally called “Cush”, this strain was re-dubbed “Green Crack” by none other than cannabis connoisseur Snoop Dogg after he sampled its intense sativa effects. Green Crack is one of those cultivars that people always suggest for daytime consumption because of its cerebral effects. Despite the edginess of its name, Green Crack is more likely to make users energized and inspired than strung out and manic. Providing the best of what sativa varieties have to offer, it’s a great strain for enhancing your appreciation of your surroundings or simply as a way to help you get up and go.
Sour Diesel, also known as Sour D, Sour Dies or East Coast Sour Diesel, is another strain that has surpassed cannabis culture and is now known in general pop culture. The name comes from its sour and citrus flavor. The diesel kicks in on the aroma when you squeeze the buds, but overall this strain is more lemony and earthy than gassy. Sour Diesel is a very pungent, aromatic strain. Heavy chemical, herbal and sour flavours come from its glistening buds.
Wedding Cake is named for having a sweet and dough-like flavor and thick smoke. It coats your mouth, leaving a lasting aftertaste that hits exactly like a slice of vanilla-flavored cake. Though the aroma holds strong, the flavor falls through with more earthy and floral notes than sweet icing when you smoke it. Wedding Cake is distinguished by its very large and colorful flowers. The chunky, globular nuggets adhere in a dense, indica-typical bud structure, with tightly curling leaves.
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