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Is it just us, or have cannabis breeders hit the NOS button? Every day it seems like a new strain loaded with unique characteristics hits the market for us to indulge in.
Unlike the days of old, we’re now spoiled with old-school classics and cutting-edge genetics that pair mouth-watering flavors and mind-numbing potency. It has quickly become apparent there are too many strains and too little time.
If you’re ready to skip the mids and find the ultimate gems within the cannabis industry, join us as we discuss the seven best weed strains of all time (so far, of course).
Granddaddy Purple (aka GDP)
One of the all-time greats in cannabis history, GDP was one of the original purple strains. Still legendary to this very day, GDP is on nearly everyone’s want list.
The mastermind behind GDP was none other than Ken Estes back in 2003. Ken decided to cross Purple Urkle with Big Bud, and the result was nothing short of amazing. He was left with a plant that produced deep purple buds, heavy indica effects, and was covered entirely in frost.
On top of all that, GDP is a serious heavy-hitter with THC content routinely rising to 23%. GDP is synonymous with pure-relaxation, good vibes, and pain-relief. If you have trouble sleeping, or need to chill out after a long day, GDP will be your best friend.
Many of its relaxing qualities come from its relaxed terpene profile of mostly linalool, pinene, and caryophyllene.
OG Kush is responsible for being the backbone of countless West Coast classic strains like Bubba Kush, Tahoe OG, SFV OG, and so many more. OG Kush is a strain steeped in mystery since it is still unknown who originally bred this extraordinary strain.
The most credible story is that OG Kush came all the way to California from Florida. Matt "Bubba" Berger, who bred Bubba Kush, brought the seeds back from Florida and kicked off the OG craze.
OG Kush is surprisingly potent for an old strain, with many growers breaking into 20% or higher THC content.
OG Kush is a real jack of all trades hybrid. Consumers report being able to smoke OG Kush all day since it's perfect for both day and night.
OG Kush is unmistakable when your nose catches its dank pine and fuel aromas. OG Kush’s incredible scent comes from its terpene profile of pinene, caryophyllene, and humulene.
No ultimate strain list would be complete without the sativa-dominant hybrid, Jack Herer. Jack Herer is named after the cannabis activist who dedicated much of his life to decriminalizing marijuana.
The breeders at Sensi Seeds crossed a landrace haze strain with Northern Lights #5, and then crossed that strain again with Shiva Skunk to create Jack Herer.
The result was nothing short of jaw-dropping, with most cuts reaching over 20% THC. Jack Herer is euphoric, energetic, creative, and at the same time, relaxing. One whiff of its floral and lemony smell will have you coming back for more.
Jack Herer has a unique terpene profile of terpinolene, caryophyllene, and myrcene.
Super Sour Diesel (aka SSD)
Super Sour Diesel is a strain that was bred with sativa lovers in mind. It's unknown who exactly produced this powerful strain, but they crossed Sour Diesel and Super Silver Haze to create the ultimate uplifter.
With THC levels commonly exceeding 21%, it's not a strain to take lightly. SSD is perfect for those who want to help ease their tension while still having the energy to tackle the day.
It's perfect for those who need a creative boost. However, don't smoke this strain before bed, or else you could be up for hours instead of sleeping soundly.
The sweet and sour smells that emit from this excellent strain come from its terpene profile of caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene.
Blue Cheese is a strain so pungent and so delicious it could be served up in a Michelin-rated restaurant. Coming from the UK, Blue Cheese was first bred by Buddha Seeds by crossing Blueberry and Exodus Cheese.
The result of this cross was a magnificent indica strain that boasts up to 20% THC content. However, the real reason this strain stands out is from its delicious sour-skunky-cheese aromas.
Its smell is thanks to a unique terpene profile of mostly caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene. Blue Cheese’s effects are also something to behold because after a few puffs, you'll probably sink deep into relaxation and pure bliss.
This strain is perfect for those who need pain relief and relaxation at the end of a long and tiring day.
When your eyes take one look at Wedding Cake, it'll be love at first sight. Seed Junky Genetics' "Jbeezy" joined Wedding Cake in holy matrimony by crossing Triangle Kush and Animal Mints.
The result was a strain called Triangle Mints, but a particularly astounding phenotype was taken called Triangle Mints #3. Since Triangle Mints #3 was so frosty and it had a lemony-vanilla scent, it was dubbed Wedding Cake, and the rest is history.
Consistently crushing through the 24% THC range, wedding cake is a strong strain, to put it lightly. Its complex terpene profile of limonene, humulene, and caryophyllene gives the strain its trademark aroma.
Wedding Cake is an indica-dominant strain, perfect for those who have high stress, pain, and trouble sleeping. After smoking Wedding Cake, you'll know pure euphoria and experience total comfort from head to toe.
Super Lemon Haze (aka SLH)
Super Lemon Haze is an incredible strain that has won the High Times Cannabis Cup Awards two years in a row. Bred by Arjan from Green House Seed Co., SLH was born from a Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk cross.
Boasting a THC content of up to 23%, it's not a lightweight strain either. Super Lemon Haze is a sativa that's sure to pick you up and get you on your feet in no time.
Super Lemon Haze is also a strain that is great for those who are depressed, anxious, or feeling fatigued. One bowl of SLH, and most feel energized, creative, and ready to hit the dance floor.
On top of that, it has a unique terpene profile made up of pinene, bergamotene, and caryophyllene. If there’s one strain that you’ll never get tired of smelling, it’s Super Lemon Haze.
King Louis XIII
You’ll feel like royalty once you lay your eyes on the crown jewel of cannabis, also known as King Louis XIII. Although it is not from France like its namesake, this indica-dominant strain hails from Southern California.
It is unknown who bred this aristocratic bud, but it’s said to be either a cross of OG Kush and LA Confidential or only a majestic cut of OG Kush.
Although its lineage is uncertain, its grandeur is not. King Louis XIII has impressive strength with THC content routinely testing above 20%.
This strain is for serious cannabis patricians because one hit will make your chair feel like a throne. Not long after that, you’ll likely drift into some of the deepest sleep you’ve ever experienced.
If King Louis XIII doesn’t knock you out, then you’ll be heading to the kitchen for plenty of snacks on top of a cloud of euphoria.
King Louis XIII carries a splendid terpene profile consisting of myrcene, limonene, and beta-caryophyllene, creating aromas of piney fragrance on top of fuel and funk that waft from this grandiose bud.
King Louis XIII is a strain for those who want to feel regal after a long day.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a strain from the innovative and legendary breeders at Cookies in Los Angeles. Runtz is relatively new, but has all the characteristics of an extraordinary strain.
The breeders at Cookies believe in making connoisseur grade weed for true aficionados. They don’t focus only on strength, but on taste, appearance, and smell as well.
With all that in mind, Runtz was born by crossing Zkittlez and Gelato. Both Zkittlez and Gelato are treasured strains with a pile of awards between them, including the Cannabis Cup and Emerald Cup.
With a lineage like that, Runtz was destined to be nothing short of pure fire. It’s no surprise that its THC content averages around 27%, and has effects that are a little more on the sativa side.
Runtz is a perfect daytime strain because it’ll make you feel uplifted, social, energized, and completely euphoric. After the sugar rush, Runtz will gently bring you into a tranquil and carefree comedown.
You’ll need to be careful, though, because even seasoned tokers are getting caught off guard with how powerful Runtz is.
However, it might be difficult to restrain yourself because Runtz is an absolute beauty of a strain. The buds are a vibrant lime-green with deep purple hues that are dripping with resin.
The best part about Runtz isn’t how it looks, but how it smells. The second you open the bag, tropical candy aromas with a touch of funk will greet your nose.
Both of Runtz’s parents have caryophyllene as the dominant terpene, and Runtz inherited that too. The sweet taste and smell likely come from its other dominant terpenes, humulene, and myrcene.
Maui Wowie is a classic strain from the 1960’s that became a worldwide staple. Maui Wowie was likely a strain our parents smoked in the 70’s and beyond.
Maui Wowie comes from Maui Island in Hawaii, and legend has it that hippies and others in the counterculture bred it after migrating there in the 60’s.
Another story says that Maui Wowie was a landrace strain found on Maui Island. Whichever story is correct, we’ll never know, but that’s okay because we’re just glad Maui Wowie exists.
Maui Wowie is a pure sativa that’s sure to leave you feeling electrified and uplifted. This strain is best for those who want to do things rather than relax at home.
Maui Wowie is so old that the genetics have changed over time, and some testing has reported THC levels of up to 20%.
Maui Wowie has received mentions in many classic films like Half Baked and Pineapple Express. These mentions are likely due to its fantastic aroma and flavor, which come from the dominant terpenes of pinene, caryophyllene, and myrcene.
If you want to try a piece of cannabis history, look no further than Maui Wowie.