Through centuries of research, crossbreeding, and extensive testing, cannabis has evolved into a wide variety of strains. The weed available today is obviously far more potent than what people had back in the 60s and 70s, but there are also plenty of new flavor profiles… some even taste like cookie dough!
However, with all of these different cannabis strains available, how do you know which one to pick? It depends on your needs and preferences, but there are some popular weed strains that people swear by and have become known as must-try strains. These strains are the most sought-after and purchased strains in dispensaries throughout the legalized states.
Wondering what to get next time you stop by your local dispensary? Here’s a full list of the most popular weed strains of all time.
1. Blue Dream (Hybrid)
Thanks to its Blueberry parent, this strain has an ambrosial blueberry aroma and the savory taste of sweet berries covered in whipped cream.
Even though it has high THC levels, Blue Dream is still a great strain for both new and experienced users alike. The body sedation and couch-lock from the Blueberry perfectly complement the cerebral high from the Haze, bringing you a balanced high (but serious munchies)!
2. Sour Diesel (Sativa)
This one is really popular, something that probably has a lot to do with its high THC content. A cross between Chemdawg, Northern Lights, and Skunk, Sour Diesel is a potent sativa strain with a pungent diesel smell and a high that packs a real punch.
The effects hit you fast and give a hazy high that almost makes you feel as though you’re in a dream. With the uplifting nature and mental relaxation, this is a great option for those with anxiety, chronic stress, and depression.
3. OG Kush (Hybrid)
With its super high THC levels, OG Kush is a staple for stoners, especially those on the west coast. OG Kush has definitely earned a name for itself, and its earthy-pine aroma and taste are unique to this strain. The high is hardly subtle or slow, hitting you immediately and HARD. It brings on a serious stone, but one that comes with a happy, relaxed mood you can’t help but love.
4. Girl Scout Cookies (Hybrid)
Girl Scout Cookies is one strain that’s definitely earned its place up on the top shelf. It’s an evenly balanced hybrid of Durban Poison x OG Kush and offers a high THC level and strong high. Aromatic and flavorful, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular strain.
5. Pineapple Express (Hybrid)
Thanks to the movie and the hilarious antics of Seth Rogen and James Franco, Pineapple Express has skyrocketed in popularity. This strain is a hard-hitting, sativa-dominant hybrid brought to you by Trainwreck and Hawaiian.
Citrusy and earthy, this one is absolutely delicious and has a high THC:CBD ratio with a thick resin coating. It’s perfect for seasoned smokers, but a bit strong for newer stoners.
6. Super Silver Haze (Sativa)
A powerful combination of Haze and Skunk 1, this Super Silver Haze has been popular since the 90s and has even won awards. It’s a sativa-dominant strain with tons of kick to it. It’s densely packed and has a rich forest-green color, with deep amber trichomes. The aroma and flavor are a lot alike: piney and earthy. Delicious!
7. Headband (Hybrid)
With a THC level that tends to fall between 20% and 28%, Headband is great for seasoned smokers, but beginners should be cautious. The effects hit hard, but they come on gradually and surprise you. Coming from OG Kush and Sour Diesel, this is one of the most common on this list of popular weed strains.
8. Northern Lights (Indica)
Northern Lights is, by far, one of the most popular weed strains ever. Coming from Super Silver Haze and Sour Diesel, this indica definitely brings on some intense couch-lock. With its resin-rich buds, high potency, and strong high, Northern Lights is one of the most beloved strains out there.
9. Trainwreck (Hybrid)
Looking for a fire strain? Trainwreck is one of the most popular weed strains ever and definitely lives up to its name. It hits you like a train!
This one was born from crossing Thai and Mexican sativa strains with Afghani indicas. It smells phenomenal and invigorating, and the effects are euphoric and relaxing. Perfect for both pain relief and mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
10. AK47 (Hybrid)
The name may sound a bit intense, but this one will leave you feeling happy, uplifted, and totally chill. AK47 became one of the most popular weed strains because of its super high THC levels. In fact, it even won a couple of Cannabis Cup awards!
This sativa-dominant hybrid is great for experienced and new smokers alike, giving you a long-lasting head high, but without the heavy couch-lock or dulled senses.
These are 10 of the most popular weed strains of all time, and you can bet they’re all going to strong and have fast-hitting effects. Growers are constantly cross-breeding, cultivating, and bringing life to new strains. Who knows what the next top ten strains will be?