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12 of the most popular strains on Weedmaps

When it comes to cannabis, “what’s the best weed?” is one of the most asked questions of all time. Truth is there is no answer because weed is such an individualistic experience. Whatever cannabis strains make your body feel great may make someone else’s head hurt; just like whatever cannabis strains make you feel sleepy could make someone else feel energized.

Though the best weed will forever be subjective, 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, our database of strain information, including genetics and growing conditions, top reported effects and flavors, and retailers carrying strains near you.

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OG Kush

OG Kush is the world-famous California legend that was first propagated in Florida but popularized in Los Angeles. It has a complex mix of sour, skunky and citrus aromas and flavors, thanks to its myrcene, limonene and caryophyllene terpenes. While its flavors are well-known, the effects are what really made OG Kush famous.

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, whether they be crosses or phenotypes, including Kosher Kush, Triangle Kush and SFV OG.

Pineapple Express

Recently, Seth Rogen confirmed the strain Pineapple Express didn’t exist until they made the movie, so there’s your chicken and egg.

There are plenty of strains with all kinds of genetics being sold as Pineapple Express these days. The most-known variation is from G13 Labs, who crossed Trainwreck and Hawaiian to produce a cannabis cultivar with citrus and tropical flavors, backed by a Kushy earthiness (you can thank Trainwreck for that one).

The high gets you high and a little in your head, but overall you’re just stoned and happy.

AK-47

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. The lineage is thought to be a mix of Colombian, Mexican, Thai and Afghani genetics. One of those under-the-radar popular strains, you know?

Regardless of where and how we got AK-47, the high is well-known for being strong, long-lasting, and mentally stimulating.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is the single most well-known cannabis strain in the world. So much so that there are various genetics and strains that claim to be the real BD. With that in mind, the majority of us know Blue Dream as a cross between a Haze and a Blueberry.

The lovers of Blue Dream champion its sweet flavor and mood-boosting effects that make it the perfect example of a feel-good cannabis strain. It’s reported mood-boosting and head effects are so widespread they have made their way into the mainstream.

Gelato

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.

Regardless of how your Gelato smells, those potent effects are coming through and fast. Most people reserve Gelato for the latter parts of the day due to its ability to couch-lock you for a few hours.

Green Crack

While there’s no doubting the popularity of Green Crack, it may come as a surprise that it’s the second most viewed strain on Weedmaps Strains.

Green Crack is one of those cultivars that people always suggest for daytime consumption because of its cerebral effects. It usually hits you with an “Oh, HELLO, yup, I’m up” kind of high. The buds are pretty with light green and orange colors and the aroma is usually sour and citrusy.

Purple Haze

Purple Haze is one of the strains that people who don’t even smoke know about, largely thanks to the namesake song and 60s psychedelic culture.

Thankfully, it’s such a great bud that it deserves to be celebrated for its influence in weed culture.

The high is potently relaxing, exactly like the experience people attribute to any substance with this name — thanks to Jimi Hendrix.

Sour Diesel

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 lineage is thought to be Chemdog 91 and Skunk, though there are now so many Sour Diesel strains on the market that there’s truly no telling if what you’re buying is the true Sour.

Effects-wise, people seek out Sour Diesel to help propel them through the day. Many say it’s energIzing and focusing, others say it’s calming and euphoric.

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake is one of the more popular strains of the new age. Thank Seed Junky for that.

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 a high THC strain with content usually averaging around 20 percent or better. Effects come on slow, starting in the head before gradually hitting the body with a floaty feeling. Wedding Cake is the definition of being on Cloud 9.

Biscotti

Another in the line of sweet, cookie-focused strains is Biscotti, the third most viewed strain in our lineup. Biscotti is a Cookies cross of GSC, Gelato #25 and South Florida OG with a sweet and buttery aroma.

Truthfully, Biscotti looks and smells great, but the effects are a little middle of the road. You’ll be stoned, but it’ll be mostly in the head, which isn’t what you’d expect from a brand that’s known for producing heavy hitters like Runtz and Gary Payton.

Kush Mints

Kush Mints is fairly new to the world of strains, and because of that, there isn’t much information about it. All that’s known is that it was bred by Seed Junky, who gave us Wedding Cake, so you already know it’s some fire.

Kush Mints is said to have a strong minty flavor and produces relaxed and calming effects.

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit is one of the tastiest strains out there. It has a mix of tropical, berry, fruity and slightly gassy flavors. It almost like pouring out the blue bag of Skittles into a rolling paper and lighting up. No, better yet, it’s like smoking a glass of Berry Medley V8 Splash.

Forbidden Fruit was bred by crossing Tangie and Cherry Pie, and if you can find it as a concentrate, definitely snatch it up for one of the most terpene-forward weed experiences possible. Cannabis flavors get no better than this.

Find hundreds of strains and where to buy them on Weedmaps Strains.

Though the best weed will forever be subjective, the popularity of weed strains is answerable through data and cultural impact.

Strains & Products

Top 7 Strongest Cannabis Strains in 2020

Like most other industries over the last 50 years, the cannabis trade has changed and evolved dramatically to adapt to technological advances, consumer tastes and market forces. Gone are the days when weak Mexican brick weed dominated the bowls and joints of U.S. consumers. Those days have been left behind due to a surge of scientific advancement in growth techniques, cultivation, product analyses and consumption. The result is a thriving industry with options aplenty when it comes to production and consumption. It has also resulted in cannabis with very high levels of THC.

Although it is difficult to be certain, most researchers agree that in the 1970s the average THC content in the vast majority of marijuana consumed in the United States was around 1 – 3%. That level of THC crept up to around 4% in the early nineties and ballooned to around 13% in 2013. In 2017, the most popular strains of cannabis being purchased legally in Colorado averaged between 17% and 28% THC content.

So why is the market dictating that the strongest weed is also the most popular? How are they making such potent cannabis? In this article we’ll explore the advancements that have been made in the industry and some of our favorite high-power strains.

“Bigger is Better” Mentality

This is probably the main factor that has made the strongest strains the most popular. Similar to the rise in popularity of high alcohol beers, strong red wines or insanely oaked chardonnay, consumers tend to think that the item with the most of something will be the best. In the relatively new world of legal recreational cannabis, many consumers aren’t aware of t nuances such as CBD percentage or the entourage effect that might make a particular strain a better fit than one with a ton of THC. After all, why purchase a strain with only 14% THC when you can get one with 28% THC?

Pricing

The highest THC strains have a better price point for growers and retailers. The strongest types of weed can sell for much more than those with only slightly lower THC levels. Think about how much commission a realtor will make on a house that sells for $100,000 vs. one that sells for $1,000,000. Which one would they prefer to sell?

Supply & Demand

The market regulates itself and keeps the most potent weed as the most popular. There are fewer low-THC seeds available because those strains are not as popular. Therefore, there are fewer low-THC strain clones available. It then becomes more difficult to grow those types of strains which means it is not as profitable to produce strains with less THC.

Medical Benefits

Some medical marijuana patients need high THC/CBD levels for relief of certain types of pain, symptoms of multiple sclerosis, nausea, insomnia, etc. Understanding where to buy these strains is particularly important, although this can easily be solved with a little research and a few calls around to local MMJ dispensaries.

How Cannabis is Grown to Yield High THC Levels

With strains containing high THC levels are all the rage at dispensaries across the country, growers are working hard to keep up with the demand. Those looking to grow the strongest weed strain possible need to know the genetics of their plants. Genetics determine how much THC the plant will be able to produce. Once a grower selects a strain with a high THC content, they can then breed it with a different strain that also harbors high THC dependability. The result of this crossbreeding will be a hybrid that exhibits the traits from its two mother plants (look, taste, smell) but also an increased percentage of THC content.

That content is most commonly determined by sending a sample to an accredited third-party lab that uses high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). This process involves dissolving the sample in a solvent, diluting it and then heating it so it can pass through separation columns and then on to a detector. Of course, different labs have different equipment and specific practices so there can be minor discrepancies between labs. Samples can also vary in THC level based on physical aspects like the location where the sample was procured, soil pH levels, weather, etc.

Highest THC Strains

What’s the strongest weed, you ask? Well, that’s pretty much impossible to say since there are so many strains in the world. Having said that, here are seven strains that regularly show up as the most potent weed on the dispensary shelf and – perhaps more importantly – would also grace a list of the best kinds of weed. These top marijuana strains are strong, but they also have plenty of terpenes that make them smell great, taste delicious and provide a well-rounded cannabis experience. Sometimes the strongest pot in the world is not the best pot, but these strains are definitely some of the best weed in the world.

For a much larger list of cannabis strains, check out our strain guide!

Ice Cream Cake

A sugary flavor topped with notes of vanilla dominates this tasty hybrid of Wedding Cake and Gelato #33. THC levels consistently clock in around 27% – 29% and provide users with a sedative high that is pure bliss.

Chiquita Banana

A sugary flavor topped with notes of vanilla dominates this tasty hybrid of Wedding Cake and Gelato #33. THC levels consistently clock in around 27% – 29% and provide users with a sedative high that is pure bliss.

White Tahoe Cookies

The result of a hybridization of The White, Tahoe OG and Girl Scout Cookies, this Indica-dominant strain hovers around 27% THC. Its effects move quickly from a mellow buzz to an even and mellow ride. It’s a beautiful strain with sharp green buds covered in a haze of white trichomes.

Godfather OG

This whopper of a strain is popular in the medical community for its soothing high and pain relief properties. A cross between XXX OG x Alpha OG, Grandfather OG reeks of pungent pine with a hint of grape. This top marijuana strain finished first in the Indica category at the 2013 Cannabis Cup in California and in 2016 it broke the previous Cannabis Cup record of 32.13 percent THC with the test revealing a staggering 34.04% THC content.

Ghost Train Haze

Ghost Train Haze is a Sativa-dominant strain developed by crossing Neville’s Wreck with Ghost OG. It routinely tests with levels above 27% THC and is ideal for a creative prompt or an energetic boost. Citrus and pine dominate Ghost Train Haze’s flavor profile.

Bruce Banner #3

The Hulk is another Sativa-dominant plant that is widely loved for its uplifting effects and fruity flavor. The result of a marriage between OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel, THC levels tend to hover in the 26% – 29% range.

Emperor Cookie Dough

Cannabis consumers in search of medical relief flock to this intense yet balanced hybrid created in Canada by combining Girls Scout Cookies and Emperor OG. THC levels can be astronomical; if this isn’t the highest THC strain it is certainly in elite company with levels around 35% not uncommon. Bonus? It tastes delicious.

Have you tried any other super-potent strains? What were some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

Like most other industries over the last 50 years, the cannabis trade has changed and evolved dramatically to adapt to technological advances, consumer tastes and market forces. Gone are the days when weak Mexican brick weed dominated the bowls and joints of U.S. consumers. Those days have been left behind due to a surge of scientific advancement i