The 7 Rarest Cannabis Strains You’ve Never Heard of
Cannabis is the most popular drug in the US, with more than 12 million Americans using it yearly. What’s more, there are over 779 marijuana strains that have been recognized and named.
Most people know about strains like Northern Lights, White Widow, or Purple Haze (thanks, Jimi Hendrix), but there are some rare weed strains that even hardcore marijuana lovers may have never tried or even heard of.
Buckle up then, dear adventurer, and let’s go on a quest to find out whether the legends are true. Here are seven cannabis strains you’ve probably never heard of.
1. Greek Kalamata
You probably recognize Kalamata from its exceptional and tasteful olives. But did you know that olives are not the only thing that the Kalamatians have been growing in their backyards? Greek Kalamata is an example of a remarkable sativa and evidence that Greeks have the talent to grow plants. Kalamata is high in THC and produces intense, head-focused effects.
Unfortunately, because of the Greek law introduced in the 80s, growing Kalamata became illegal, and therefore it’s tough to find. Nevertheless, if you somehow manage to get your hands on it, you won’t be disappointed. What a pity about Greece’s approach to cannabis – it offers the most beautiful views to enjoy a nice high.
2. Black African Magic
Black African Magic strain is so rare that some experts doubt if it really exists. No, it’s not an attempt of a lame joke, it’s true. Still, if you remember the 70s, you might’ve come across this particular strain.
In the world of cannabis, Black African Magic is mostly known, for a few who know about it, for its black coloring. It’s also a strain that is high in THC (22%). That’s why if you, by any magical chance, come across it, be careful. Even experienced users remember it as one of the most potent weeds they’ve ever tried.
3. Roadkill Skunk
Have you got any friends who claim that cannabis stinks like a skunk? Well, they’re lucky that Roadkill Skunk is not with us anymore. As the name suggests, this marijuana strain had a very intense smell, in addition to its fabulous taste and effect.
If you’d like to learn more about Roadkill Skunk, you should ask your parents or grandparents as they may remember it from their youth. And while there are some rumors about it making a comeback, old-school smokers claim that it’s not the same as the good old Roadkill Skunk. Nevertheless, it’s worth checking out, especially if you like to irritate your smell-sensitive friends. Aside from its effects and taste, of course. If you would like to read some reviews of skunky strains, check out the ones from the Super Skunk 2 from the Grasshopper, Skunk of Queen from Abraxas Coffeeshop, or Super Skunk.
4. Amnesia Haze
Although its name suggests it, Amnesia Haze won’t make you forget. On the contrary, you’re going to remember it for a long time. This sativa-dominant hybrid is one of the most popular strains in the Netherlands, but it still lacks recognition in the US. Amnesia Haze is famous for its citrus taste and intense uplifting effects. Also, because it’s a hybrid, the strain bonds both qualities of sativa and indica.
Keep in mind that it’s high in THC (20-25%) and can cause heavy psychoactive effects. That makes it an ideal strain for more experienced marijuana users who are looking for a new experience. Check out some of our reviews of Amnesia Haze purchased in Amsterdam from Hunter’s Coffeeshop and Soma Sacred Seeds.
5. Colombian Red Haze
You may have heard of Colombian Gold Haze, as it’s made a reappearance in recent years. But there’s a high chance that you don’t know about its brother, Colombian Red Haze. Back in the 70s, it was one of the best sativa weeds you could find. Unfortunately, it disappeared and still awaits a proper resurrection. Some companies try to bring this legendary weed back to live, but it still remains unknown to the majority of marijuana users.
6. Lambs Breath
Now it’s time for a true classic. Lambs Breath, also known as Lambs Bread, is one of the world’s most unique strains. Some experts say that it’s currently in the top 100 rarest known strains of cannabis.
But it hasn’t always been like that. In the 80s, Lambs Breath was extremely popular, especially in Jamaica. It’s one of the strongest and delicious weed strains there is. According to various sources, it was one of the most favorite strains of Bob Marley himself. Is there any better recommendation to try it? Oh, and when it comes to its name, don’t worry. It doesn’t smell like lamb’s breath. Strain names including an animal’s breath are not uncommon. Check out our Bushdoc review of Shark’s Breath from DNA Genetics, a cross of Jamaican Lambsbread x with Great White Shark, purchased at Grey Area Coffeeshop in Amsterdam.
7. Magic Jordan
No, no basketball player had any involvement in creating Magic Jordan strain, although the name may suggest it. What’s so unique about Magic Jordan, is that in addition to THC and CBD, it contains CBG.
What’s more, this strain comes with many health benefits, as it’s known for helping people with chronic pains. Magic Jordan is an indica that has some serious relaxing effects on your mind and body, making it a perfect strain for summer nights. Unfortunately, it’s tough to purchase online, and not many dispensaries have it on their menu.
With more than 700 types of cannabis strains, it’s impossible to know every one. Some of them have been lost in history, and some are yet to be discovered. With the ongoing legalization of marijuana and its growing popularity, we can be sure that our adventure with cannabis is still just at the beginning.
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Named in honour of cannabis researcher Harvard MD Lester Grinspoon, author of 1993’s prescient Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine, Dr. Grinspoon is pure sativa and an excellent choice for any activity requiring extended concentration–barring driving, of course. Ryan Lee, founder of Chimera Genetic Resource Management, says that Dr. Grinspoon is often sold in Dutch coffee shops under the name “Grinspoon”, but is often referred to as “Quaze” or “Quaze Haze” for reasons unknown.
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What makes it special: Grinspoon is a heady strain; offering an uplifted, cerebral clarity and an unusual “spicy” flavour when smoked or vapourized.
Approx. cost: Unlike many strains, Grinspoon is only available for purchase in the form of seeds, meaning you’ll have to grow your own if you want to try it in Canada at $19.42 per seed.
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Bred to cope with back pain by secretive grower Shadrock in 2006, Jamaican Lion was one of the first strains to showcase CBD expression, making it a perfect blend for those who want the headiness of a sativa with the relaxation of an indica. “It came in second place in the 2011 San Francisco Cannabis Cup,” says Kevin McKernan, CSO at Medicinal Genomics Corporation, adding that it’s also at the center of a genetic patent fight between several research parties due to its complex composition. It’s a cross between “Mountain Lion” and “Jamaican Yarder”, hence its current name.
What makes it special: With its 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, this strain upholds a perfect blend of powerful pain-relief properties and light euphoria.
Approx. cost: $9 per g
If you grew up in the 60s, you might’ve come across Panama Red. Bright red in hue, this pure sativa plant was in keeping with the counterculture of its era; its heady properties are mostly psychedelic in nature. “Pure” strains like this one are going extinct due to increasing demand for hybrid strains.
What makes it special: Consumed mostly to evoke the 60s nostalgia, this strain’s attributes are its fiery appearance and the speed with which its mind-altering effects kicks in.
Approx. cost: $20 per 3.5 g
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Lovingly referred to as “Lasqueti Sweetie”, this strain is super rare, and maybe even extinct. On its origin, Lee notes: “It was grown by an older hippie on Lasqueti Island in the 90s.” Lasqueti’s powerful cerebral effects aren’t for the faint of heart, with many consumers recalling an invigorating boost of energy and focus that can be intimidating. Connoisseurs report a “sweet” and “herbal” flavour, in tandem with a strong, pungent aroma.
What makes it special: Like Panama Red, Lasqueti gives an intense boost of energy that can provide symptomatic relief against fatigue.
Approx. cost:The extreme rarity of this strain makes it essentially unavailable online, so consumers will just have to be lucky to stumble upon it.
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Named for its condensed, deep black-purple buds, McKernan cites Black Beauty as a contender for one of the most interesting strains–its fascinating appearance is matched by its exotic cannabinoid profile. Though THC values are relatively standard, it holds an almost unheard-of 4 percent THC-V (tetrahydrocannabivarin). Despite being psychoactive, THC-V is often the answer to “couch lock”, the tendency to be immobilized by particularly potent bud. It also curbs the voracious “munchies” appetite characteristic of the “stoner” stereotype.
What makes it special: Its black buds alone make this strain instantly recognizable–you’ll know it when you see it. Appearances aside, its unique THC-V profile means it relieves pain and stress without leaving you glued to your couch.
Approx. cost:Another finder’s gem, the rarity of this strain means you won’t easily find it online.
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McKernan makes a point to mention Doug’s Varin in the same breath as Black Beauty; a strain whose background is as much a mystery as its name. All sources point to California as its origin, but its story has been lost to time. What is recorded, however, is monumental: Like Black Beauty, its THC-V value is one of the highest in recorded history; almost completely alleviating the “burnout” effect by keeping certain THC side effects at bay.
What makes it special: Zero couch-lock, an energy rush, and suppression of panic attacks are just a few reasons to give this strain a try… should it cross your path.
Approx. cost: $280 per ounce
If relaxation is your top priority, then Hindu Kush is the solution—a powerful, pure Indica. Indigenous to the Hindu Kush mountain region, you might’ve heard “Kush” used to describe various breeds of cannabis. The buds are typically thick and dense, much like their resulting full-body effects.
What makes it special: Few strains embody the “indica” spirit more than Hindu Kush. Its consumption is known to result in a deep state of tranquility, highly useful for both stress and pain relief.
How much it approx. costs: $6.75 to $10 per g
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Lime & Pine
For those who demand flavour, Lee says he’s found a winner in the enigmatic Lime & Pine strain. “It’s a plant found from imported seeds, with a terpene profile of limonene and pinene–a rare combination. Both terpenes are known for their mind-focusing properties.” You can avoid the all too common haziness of most high-THC strains as well. “Pinene has been shown to counter some of the negative effects of THC, such as short-term memory loss and the ‘weed hangover’,” he points out.
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What makes it special: Its flavourful profile makes it the ideal choice for consumers who value taste as much as the effect, and the lack of consequent burnout is particularly enticing.
Approx. cost: Like most good things, you’ll have to wait to see this one; while its availability is too limited for mainstream purchase at the moment, Lee says he expects to see it in a select few dispensaries following legalization.
“Any strain that makes cannabigerol (CBG), a lesser known cannabinoid, is worthwhile,” says McKernan. Although one of the most prominent cannabinoids in the plant (alongside THC and CBD), McKernan says consumers are unlikely to come across strains producing in this non-psychoactive, anti-inflammatory, pain-killing compound. “They are unique and medically differentiated.” One of the biggest names in CBG-generating cannabis is Colorado Seed Inc.’s Magic Jordan. Though its name and genetic heritage are an enigma, its effects are not: This is a mellow indica, highly useful for alleviating chronic pain and inflammation.
What makes it special:Relaxation is the name of the game with this plant, as its indica lineage suggests its part of the Kush family of strains. The few lucky enough to have tried it describe a profound release of bodily tension; inducing such a sense of calm that it could help treat insomnia.
Approx. cost: Consumers will have to apply this strain’s relaxed attitude to acquiring it—its scarcity means it’s not accessible for online purchase.
Malawi Gold was traditionally grown by native Malawi tribes and is considered one of the strongest sativas produced in Southeast Africa. It’s also one of the region’s largest cash crops with effects described by consumers as exceptionally cerebral and euphoric.
What makes it special: Its golden strands make it easy to spot, as does its sweet, earthy aroma. A pure sativa, its effects are those of most high-THC plants (uplifting, energetic and stimulating)–only stronger.
Approx. cost: $15 per 3.5 g
Purported to be the favourite strain of iconic songwriter and cannabis enthusiast Bob Marley, this highbrow sativa, as you might’ve guessed, is notable for its efficacy in creative pursuits. Also called “Lamb’s Breath”, the origin of its whimsical name is shrouded in mystery.
What makes it special: This sativa’s cerebral buzz makes it the perfect companion for creative activities. Consumers have also reported feelings of great introspection.
Approx. cost: $8.28 per g
Here’s what experts had to say about the most sought-after, seldom-found strains