The world is full of an abundance of full-flavored and dynamic buds just waiting to be consumed. To make your selection a little bit easier, we’ve brought you 50 of the most popular and well-rated cannabis strains with descriptions that are less than 100 words. We include a brief overview of the products, including their origins, flavor profiles, and “high” level quotes. Enjoy!
This sativa-dominant hybrid (60% sativa and 40% Indica) was made when California growers crossed Blueberry indica with Sativa Haze. This THC-rich strain has risen in popularity due to its cerebral, focused high countered with a mellow body high. Users report it having a sweet blueberry aroma. It’s also reported to be an excellent day high, as enables entire body relaxation without disrupting the mind.
“The “Bayer” aspirin of bud that should be in every medicine cabinet. Smoking is slightly blueberry and harsher than expected. Vaporized, it’s smooth and has a perk up “get her done” benefit. It is a nice well-rounded daytime medication that is not sedating.”
“Blue Dream is a favorite for my patients who suffer from anxiety or are looking for a way to stay relaxed yet focused while being productive. Motivated and relaxed.”
2. Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel, or Sour D, is a Sativa-dominant stain known for its strong diesel gas smell. It is thought to be derived from the mystery-shrouded strain, Chemdawg 91, and the indica-dominant strain, Super Skunk. Users report it giving them a dreamy cerebral high. It’s said to be super sour and a little bit earthy. Beyond that, it is considered an energizing blend.
“This is my IDEAL strain. My god. I got off my anti-depressants when I found this strain. It’s all I smoke and I couldn’t be happier. I feel sexier, I’m happy, I’m horny, I don’t mind eating and yet somehow I’m losing weight. Don’t mind doing housework. it’s absolute bliss.”
3. CBD OX
This indica-dominant hybrid stain is the crossbreed of Bubba Kush and Stone Mountain strains. It’s known for its stunning two to one THC to CBD ratio. Users have reported experiencing heightened happiness, sedation, and calmness. The stain has a slightly spicy flavor with coffee and berry highlights. It’s highly recommended to patients with elevated pain or anxiety.
“This is one awesome strain. It helps amazingly with my Cohn’s disease and back pain. The smell is wonderful and so is the taste. I highly recommend this strain.”
“Great indica strain! Good smelling CBD strains are hard to come by which is why I was surprised of CBD OXs great smell. Great for fighting anxiety and insomnia. I’d put this strain up there with my favorite CBD strains.”
4. Chocolate Rain
Escobar Seeds, who coupled Chocolope and Cocoa Krush, developed this strain. As expected, it has a chocolate aroma with slight berry notes. Users report experiencing a subtle body and mind high. It’s also a well-known mood lifter.
“This strain is very uplifting and flavorful it will put you in a good mood, energize you, and help you start your day.”
5. Ultra Banana
Ultra Banana is an indica-dominant strain that is a cross between MK Ultra and Banana Kush. The strain is known for its sleep-inducing qualities, so definitely save this for the evening or a day out. Users report it having a tropical banana flavor with floral notes. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, diminishes insomnia, and reduces pain.
“I really dig this strain helped me sleep like a rock no hangover either. Tastes a little bit like banana, but my batch generally just smelled like delicious flowers.”
6. Golden Calyx
This sativa-dominant strain was developed by Calyx Garden. It’s a cross between Grape Calyx and Golden Goat. It has risen its popularity thanks to its vibrant tropical aroma, consisting of pineapple, bubble gum, and floral notes. It offers a happy high and increases appetite. It’s a great option for patients suffering from pain or stress.
“Golden Calyx is a great tasting sativa. It has the punch of an indica that is smooth. Yet, you can feel the effects immediately.
7. Four Cups
This unique indica-dominant boutique strain is a blend of Cherry AK-47, Sensi Star, Jack Herer, and Blueberry. Users report feeling relaxed, giggle, and antisocial after toking some Four Cups. In addition to offering a wide range of highs, this stain offers a cornucopia of flavors, including berries, plums, and earth.
“I had some Four Cups with gelato. It was smooth as silk but with some added giggles.”
8. Mt. Cook
Kiwi Seeds developed this stain after they had blended together their Northern Lights and Hash Plant. A one-time Cannabis Cup champion, this THC-rich bud offers a long-lasting body and mind high. It has an earthy, floral scent and is characterized by its dark green nuggets with wispy orange hairs. Users report experiencing major munchies after smoking this strain.
“One of my favorite strains since 2010 or so. When my friend grew it, it tasted like watermelon. While the bean I cracked has a more citrus-like flavor, I’ve narrowed the flavor down to Sierra Mist soda.”
Metsu is a favorable indica strain with a modest THC level. While its origins are unknown, it’s spread far and wide. It has a lovely floral smell and generates a balanced cerebral high that is great for creativity. Its abundant green buds, orange hairs, and delicate trichomes identify the strain.
“WOW!!!- BLACK BELT BUD- Labeled as an unknown at MC but feels like an Indica all the way. Covered in trichomes! Milky, sticky buds! This is the second type of bud to make me tingly!”
10. Nectarine Lips
Wolf Genetics developed this fruity sativa-dominant strain. It’s a great option for those looking for a heady high. The buds have a purple hue that is reminiscent of their nectarine juice smell. It’s also a good day high that doesn’t leave you feeling antisocial.
“This is an epic plant. It’s very easy to grow and a rewarding plant with beautiful flowers and delicious smooth smoke. I Can’t have enough of this flavor!”
Monolith is an Afghan indica strain with a deep earthy flavor. It possesses all the signatures of a dank bud, including crystal trichomes, amber hairs, and dense green buds. Users report it lifting their moods, providing a full-body tingling sensation, and increasing appetite. In addition, it is a great way to combat chronic pain, discomfort, or anxiety.
“It is very pungent and not an easy smoke to hide if you have too. This is happy uplifting smoke with a great body high.”
12. Sweet Jesus
While Sweet Jesus’s origin story is a bit hazy, this sativa-dominant strain is known for its brain-enhancing cerebral high. A great strain for creative types who are looking to conjure up new ideas. This hybrid has a citrus, berry flavor with some gas undertones. Users report minimal body effects, though pain relief is not out of the question.
“I must try this strain! Some amazing knowledgeable Leafly users please help me get my hands on some of this for my family and me!!!”
13. Four Way
Four Ways is a super dynamic indica hybrid developed from Indian, Afghani, and Pakistani strains crossbred with the infamous Skunk #1. Its super fragrant, with a spicy, herbal aroma that bites back. It offers a dynamic whole-body buzz coupled with a sense of happiness and bliss. If you’re not a fan of being couch-locked, this strain may be a bit too heavy for you.
“I’ve been using cannabis for over 20 years, and I’ve never smoked anything that could hold a candle to Four Way. It has a signature scent I can only describe as “Christmas Morning”, and buds absolutely COVERED in golden resin, this strain will always hold a special place in my heart. It is a blissful, powerful indica effects have made Four Way THE go-to strain for this stoner.”
14. Green Crack
Green Crack is a sativa strain with a rich tropical flavor. It provides an energizing high that is suitable for daytime activities. Users report experiencing increased energy, focus, and creativity. This heartwarming strain is derived from Skunk #1 and unknown Afghani strains.
“It gets me very horny.”
“I like how a good sativa can make me feel more positive about almost everything, almost instantly. I live with chronic depression, so a bowl or two every morning helps me get over my gray mood and get on with my day. Green Crack is an amazing weed suffering from an unfortunate name.
15. OG Kush
OG Kush is a class West Coast strain that first surfaced in Southern California in the mid-90s. With that being said, it originated in Florida, where Imperial GneIt’s developed it. The heightened THC levels make for an intense body and mind combination high. As such, it is often recommended to patients suffering from mental ailments, such as bipolar syndrome and anxiety.
“This is the best strain of cannabis if I had the ultimate say so. It’s the true definition of dank. Purchase in large quantities if possible, as it can heal in multiple facets. Can you work out after smoking it? Hell yeah.”
16. Granddaddy Purple
Ken Estates developed this strain when he crossbred Big Bud and Purple Urkle. It’s got a delicious grape flavor that yields potent smoke and vape. What’s more, it produces a solid cerebral high while generating a heightened sense of body euphoria. Many users suggest that this strain has somewhat psychedelic effects.
“I tried Granddaddy Purple for the first time yesterday. I’d looked forward to trying it all week after reading these reviews. Seriously, I think I was MORE excited to try the strain than a kid looks forward to Christmas.”
17. Jack Herer
The Arizona-based Item 9 Labs developed this sativa-dominant strain. It is visually appealing thanks to the thin layer of crystal trichomes covered in bright orange fuzz. The mellow tasting bud enhances focus and generates euphoria. It’s an ideal strain for daytime activities, as it fails to reduce energy levels.
“I love this bud. It rolls and burns perfectly. It is smooth and uplifting.”
18. White Widow
White Widow is a hybrid strain made from Brazilian Sativa and South Indian Indica. It offers a rich cerebral high with mellow body relaxation. The name is derived from the alluring white buds with their thick crystalline resin. Due to its popularity, it has been used to create a wide range of genetic hybrids.
“This has got to be my favorite strain that I ever smoked. It gets me moving. I’m not too lazy, and I feel happy. I can get things done for sure. I’m not paranoid AT ALL. I actually feel NORMAL! Smoking White Widow is like taking a medication for me. It’s the perfect weed. Seriously.”
19. Bubba Kush
This is a pure indica strain that is derived from the Hindu Kush Mountains. Its mystic origins give it its green and purple buds as well as its thick amber hairs. Most users report it giving them a strong body high that leaves them feeling totally relaxed and occasionally becoming immobile. The taste of Bubba Kush is sweet and piney.
“Personally my favorite strain, Bubba Kush (BK) delivers a high unparalleled to most other strains. At first glance, BK is marvelous to look at. It has hints of purple and deep green on the outside of the bud and turns a beautiful white once you go deeper into the bud. The taste is very hard to describe, but just think of tasting the air of a sugar cane field in a pinewood forest.”
20. Pineapple Express
Pineapple express comes as a result of crossbreeding Trainwreck and Hawaiian. It is a sativa-dominant strain that produces a mild mind and body high. The buds have citrus notes, while the smoke has pineapple notes. Users report feeling euphoria, increased appetite, and pain relief.
“The dopest dope I’ve ever smoked.”
“It makes me feel like a slab of butter on a big old pile of flapjacks!”
21. Durban Poison
This strain is an inbreed of a South African Sativa strain. It has been around since the early 1960s when an American cannabis activist brought it back from a trip abroad. Users say it is a powerful daytime high that does not leave you feeling incapacitated. In fact, it has the ability to increase one’s concentration and bring about an undeniable “get shit done” attitude.
“Durban Poison is like the “espresso” of cannabis. The greatest sativas I know of, it’s a stimulating and clearheaded high with no trace of numbing or “stoning.” It wakes you up, cuts through the bleary fog and leaves you clearheaded and bright. It also gives you the energy to go and seize the day.”
“Again, it’s a Sativa that won’t give you the munchies or paranoia (two big priorities for me), but will make you creative, energetic and euphoric. Never had a problem with this strain. I wouldn’t recommend this one for sleep.”
22. Northern Lights
This extremely popular indica strain offers full-body euphoria and mental relaxation. Users report it increasing their happiness and making them feel slightly sleepy. The mellowing effects are great for a wide range of mental disorders, including stress and PTSD. Many people enjoy the earthy, citrus aroma of the buds.
“This is hands-down the best weed I’ve smoked. This tree really releases all of your blocks. On your mind and your body. Your thoughts just flow to you effortlessly. And the relief of my back pain almost made tears of joy come up. I couldn’t feel any pain whatsoever(chronic back pain from injury). It doesn’t feel like an indica at all. I’m a sativa guy. I need more of this in my life.”
This surprisingly mellow sativa-dominant strain is the ideal bud for social situations. It was developed by Serious Seeds and was derived from Columbian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani varieties. It has one several Cannabis Cup awards because of its rich THC levels. Users report feeling relaxed, euphoric, and stress-free.
“This AK-47 is gorgeously coated in golden trichomes. It has nice dense buds and broadleaves. It grinds out to become very puffy to reveal the density. I smoked it out of a normal single-perk bong with ice. I had a small breakfast and have been awake for two hours. It has a nice earthy taste and offers a slow-developing cerebral euphoria with a slight feeling of eye pressure.”
““I have 40+ years experience growing and using cannabis, a masters degree in agri/horticulture from MSU and will break each review down as follows from my own personal experience with seeds or clones obtained directly from the original breeders, in this case Serious Seeds: – Use; Sativa effects, happy, euphoric, relaxed, great for depression, anxiety, stress, motivation and daytime use. It is a very nice strain.”
24. Blue Cheese
This indica-dominant hybrid strain has high levels of THC that endorse a powerful body high paired with undeniable stress relief. It was developed when growers crossbred a female U.K. Cheese with a male Blueberry. The result is a flavorful strain that is suitable for evening relaxation. This strain also has profound medicinal properties.
“This is somehow the only indica-dominant strain I can smoke during the day. It’s amazing for anxiety and stress relief, while not making you too tired. I feel like Blue Cheese is what Blue Dream was trying to be but you just can’t beat this stuff, and, again, it doesn’t make me sleepy. I had to buy a Ziploc bag and put it in the freezer for the zombie apocalypse. This is also my girlfriend’s favorite strain for sex.”
Headband, or Headband Kush, was developed when growers crossbred OG Kush and Sour Diesel. As such, this strain offers slow-to-develop stress relief and entire body relaxation. It received its name from users who reported it alleviating the pressure around their skull. The stain is reported to have a citrus, gas, and earthy aroma that makes for a smooth yet favorable smoke.
“This is a very versatile strain. It really has two different highs to it; one is when it’s consumed in low doses, and one is when it is in high doses. The most recent batch of this at Montana Buds is around ~22% THC and ~0.1% CBD, and it has an extremely prominent lemon scent, with a hint of diesel. The flavor was surprisingly more lemony, and the thick smoke gives it a creamy aftertaste.”
“This stain offers a very happy high that is good for depression or nausea.”
26. Strawberry Cough
Strawberry Cough is a sativa-dominant strain that has a noteworthy strawberry aroma. It offers a rich cerebral high. Most users report feeling happy and stress-free after a hit or two of this cough-worthy strain. It does not produce couch-lockdown and is a great option for social situations.
“This is my favorite strain and nothing else even compares. I have anxiety very often and this strain is one of the only strains that helps me with it. Strawberry Cough (also known as strawberry fields x haze) is the best tasting strain I have ever had, and I am not joking or exaggerating when I say that. From the first inhalation, I can taste the strawberry flavor that reminds me of the strawberry patches that grew at my childhood home.”
27. Lemon Haze
Lemon Haze is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain that is the love child of Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk. With minimal CBD content, this THC-rich strain is quite powerful. It increases mental focus, mood, and happiness. Most users report a quick feeling of euphoria followed by a lingering mellow feeling. Of course, its refreshing lemony aroma makes it one of the all-time most popular stains.
“Several days and several joints later I must revise my review. This medicine is awesome! Stress and depression are no match for this herb, which fills your brain with happiness and euphoria without turning your brains to mush. Too much and you will lose yourself to your very chatty brain and explore regions of the mind that may be alarming or confusing, but satisfying in the end.”
This indica strain is a surefire Cannabis Cup winner. DJ Short created it in the late 1970s. It has a slight blueberry aroma and produces a well-balanced cerebral high that lasts for hours on end. Most users report stress relief and pain relief as some of its many positive attributes.
“Bubbles of fruit carry me towards the heaven where I shall finally meet THC Jesus. If you are reading this you have been blessed by him; puff, puff, and pass it on”
29. Purple Kush
This purely indica stain is a crossbreed of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani stains. It has won awards for being one of the most powerful strains on the market. It produces a full-body state of euphoria and unbeatable pain relief. Users report it having a sweet grape-like aroma.
“I smoked a bowl of this and my body went straight into a relaxed state. It felt lovely AND I decided to smoke another bowl right after. While I was packing it, I couldn’t help but notice the sativa effects of the strain kicking in.”
Chemdawg is a split of sativa and indica strains. Therefore, it relaxes the body while increasing focus and creativity. It’s a great choice for patients with ADHD or individuals suffering from acute pain or discomfort. The aroma is slightly spicy with diesel finishing notes.
“It’s amazing to smoke. It helps you clear your head, and it takes away your pain, anxiety, and/or paranoia.”
31. Super Silver Haze
This sativa-dominant strain has noteworthy brown and orange leaves covered in a thin layering of lovely crystal trichomes. It produces a full0body high that is accompanied by total mental relaxation. This is definitely a munchies-inducing strain!
“I don’t know what it was that set this one apart, maybe there was a specific cannabinoid that reacted with my brain or something, but this strain had me all smiles with a distinct “one with the world” kind of feeling. Amazeballs.”
32. Super Lemon Haze
This sativa-dominant strain is a righteous blend of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze. Users report feeling sexy, euphoric, energetic, and generally happy. It is important to note that this strain may not be the best choice for newbies, as it is quite powerful. Its citrus aroma makes for a refreshing session.
“One of the best strains on earth. It has a psychedelic aspect and is crazily euphoric. Treat your connoisseur friends. I guarantee they’ll be asking you where you purchased it. Every time I indulge in SLH, I think, “This is absolutely amazing and it takes things to a whole other level.”
33. Grape Ape
This indica-dominant strain is made from Mendocino Purps, Sunk, and Afghani strains. It produces a strong but mellow body high that is great for pain reduction. It has a noteworthy grape-like smell that makes it awesome for vaping.
“Smells like a grape jolly rancher – feels like you’re an 800-pound gorilla. I never imagined knowing what that felt like but for some reason, I just felt really big. My hand didn’t look bigger but it certainly felt huge. I’m a seasoned smoker (vaporizer) and have never felt anything quite like it. Obviously gives you some couch lock which is great for streaming Netflix and going to sleep.”
34. Blackberry Kush
Blackberry Kush is an indica strain with a vibrant blackberry-like aroma. It provides deep bodily relaxation. Therefore, we recommend this strain for nighttime use only. For this reason, it’s also a great option for individuals battling insomnia.
“This has been my favorite smoke for bedtime. It taste likes berries and put’s you into a state a deep relaxation. Perfect for my insomnia since I will sometimes wake up around 2 a.m.”
35. Alaskan Thunder Fuck
ATF is a sativa-dominant strain that is slightly spicy with occasional diesel notes. Users report it giving them an intense couch-lockdown feeling that isn’t the best fit for social situations. Nevertheless, this strain, which comes from Matanuska Valley of Alaska, is a surefire munchies inducer.
“This strain’s name pretty much sums up it effects. I decided to wait a few minutes before commenting and things only got worse. Forgot to breathe (don’t you hate when that happens! 🙂 Not a strain to go out in public.”
36. Master Kush
This is an indica hybrid that is often used for medicinal purposes. It was developed from crossbreeding Hindu Kush and Skunk. It has a sweet earthy flavor and yields a euphoric body high that often results in early-onset sleep.
“HOLY KABLAMMO! I was looking for something for sleep, as in knock me out, and THIS IS IT! It could also be renamed as “Punch in the Face.” It offers immediate results. I sure wouldn’t hit this and drive. Hit it – go to bed.”
37. Cherry Pie
This strain was made when growers crossbred Granddaddy Purple and Durban Poison. As you may have already guessed, this strain truly smells like cherries. It yields a powerful long-lasting high that is excellent for stress relief.
“I am not easily impressed. Cherry pie, however, did something not even my beloved Blue Dream does. It made me smile.”
38. Mazar x Blueberry OG
This is a blend Mazar x Blueberry and OG Kush, also known as Blueberry OG, which has an intensely spicy aroma and produces a powerful full-body high. It may leave you couch-bound but will get rid of any painful ailments that may be bothering you.
“This is a fantastic strain. In a bad mood? Feeling anxious? Overwhelmed? Skywalker will lift you up and take you to the stars. Excellent for combating nausea, this hybrid has all the best effects of sativa and indica without any downfalls.”
This indica-dominant strain originated in the United Kingdom. It enables a simple, mellow high with points of euphoria and creativity. As you may have guessed, it has a super pungent smell.
“I have no clue where my shoes are.”
40. Amnesia Haze
This is a sativa-dominant strain that comes from Jamaican, Laotian, and Hawaiian strains. It increases awareness and decreases anxiety. It is surefire mood enhancer that is great for social situations. Users report it having a spicy, earthy aroma.
“I am pretty damn baked right now. Just had one bowl of this stuff using my bubbler pipe and wow. I’m feeling really euphoric sensations and I’ve just eaten a half of a birthday cake that wasn’t mine.”
41. Maui Wowie
This sativa-dominant strain is from, you guessed it, Hawaii. It is attractive strain with a super fruity aroma that is reminiscent of its tropical homeland. It’s a mood booster that is good for concentration. It also does wonders to reduce stress levels and anxiety.
“Maui Wowie is an excellent Sativa. I suffer from anxiety and depression, and this is a strain that significantly mitigated my symptoms. Within minutes of smoking, I felt uplifted, energetic, creative and motivated to go about my day.”
42. Death Star
When growers crossed Sensei Star and Sour Diesel, this powerful THC-rich strain is what they got. It has a citrusy aroma that produces a potent smoke. It is ultra relaxing and has a profound cerebral effect.
“ATTN LADIES: I have officially added this strain to the PMS/ period collection. Kills pain, numbs a headache down, relaxed the body and I feel like it’s helping to chill me out. You’re welcome.”
This sativa-dominant strain has a noteworthy chocolate flavor that gives it its delectable name. It is important to note that this THC-rich bud produces a super psychedelic high that not all cannabis lovers can handle. If you can get past the mind-altering properties, you will find this strain to be very euphoric.
“The buzz itself doesn’t last for super long, but it leaves you with a feeling of optimism, happiness, and motivation that lasts for a really long time afterwards (at least three hours AFTER the buzz dies down).”
44. Platinum GSC
Platinum Girl Scout Cookies is a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison. Its offers tons of THC and is nearly split down the middle between being sativa and indica. Users report that it produces a happy high marked by long-lasting euphoria.
“This is my favorite strain. I used it at night, which produced a very clear thinking mode.”
45. Tahoe OG Kush
This strain is equal parts sativa and indica. It is a THC-rich hybrid that is known for producing a mellow head high. While it may cause users to break out in a fit of laughter, it is an overall wise choice for social situations. Its beloved for its refreshing combination of citrus and earth notes.
“Superb plant. Dense, extreme resin-coated buds that reek of lemon and burnt rubber.”
This CBD-rich strain is a crossbreed of Columbian gold AND Swiss Landrace. It has enough THC to enable a rich cerebral high, but the balanced levels of CBD make it ideal for staying focused during the day. It also has many medical uses.
“It produces a great energizing effect with the high CBD and sativa.”
47. God’s Gift
God’s Gift is the byproduct of Granddaddy purple and OG Crush. Many users report it giving them a religious-like experience due to the deep euphoria and pleasurable high. It is an extremely sticky strain with sweet citrus notes.
“I am a lightweight; GG IS A”
48. Golden Goat
This strain was actually developed by leaders in the medical marijuana industry. It is a sativa-dominant hybrid that produces a pain relieving effect and brings about sudden mood improvements. It is known for its florally citrus notes.
“To be honest this strain is the closest feeling to being on MDMA.”
49. Purple Urkle
This strain’s origins are in Topeka, Kansas. It is product of crossbreeding Hawaiian-Romulan with Mr. Dank’s Island Sweet Skunk. It produces a tingling sensation throughout the entire body. It has relatively high THC levels and a little bit if CBD to balance it out.
” The Happiest High that I have ever had. Great balance between head and body. Perfect Hybrid. Sativa start to it, almost psychedelic then evens out. DO NOT DRIVE!”
50. LA Confidential
This vibrant green strain is known for its tasty aroma, which is ever so piney and fresh. It is a common medicine for insomnia, as it has the power to induce deep sleep. It’s also slightly psychedelic.
” This is a POWERFUL psychedelic… it’s awesome!! We ended up watching Wallace & Gromit and having sex.. then passing out listening to music!”
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