In the marijuana world, nearly all strains have a reputation. While each type of flower comes with its own set of flavors, smells, effects, and unique characteristics; some are held in the highest regard for what they bring to the table. They become repeat favorites, for good reason.
While some are new and exciting additions to the flourishing herbal scene, many of the most popular strains are staples within the cannabis community. Tried and true, but never tired.
While this list is by no means extensive, these famous weed strains are well-known and smoked, back again and again by popular demand.
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8 Most Famous Weed Strains
1. Blue Dream
Type: Sativa Hybrid (Blueberry x Haze)
Flavor: Sweet, blueberry, fruity
About: Blue Dream is widely considered the most popular flower of all time, and thus one of the the most famous weed strains. This could be due to its low-key hybrid effects; it's a mix of indica Blueberry and sativa Haze, which, though sativa-dominant, results in a mix-and-match sensation – consumers report a calm and relaxing euphoria minus the sedative effects. There's a nice, cerebral buzz.
Blue Dream originated in California, and is reminiscent of West Coast dreamin', chill vibes and all. It's great for both inexperienced and prime consumers alike.
Type: Indica (Afghani x Thai)
Flavor: Sweet, earthy, citrus
About: Said to be a Washington state native, Northern Lights is one of the most famous weed strains due to its high-quality and quick-hitting properties, often considered one of the purest indicas in existence. In fact, this strain has been "an international Cannabis Cup winner since the 1990s and continues to contribute to new hybrid strains," as stated on our strains page.
So far there are 11 different indica strain adaptations that carry the Northern Lights name. Its history is a little muggy, but the strain is believed to have originated in Seattle from Afghani seeds, and then perfected in the Netherlands.
Consumers report a Northern Lights high leads to a deep sense of relaxation, in addition to a mood-boosting buzz, which is ideal for a lot of right-before-bed consumers. This strain is also popular amongst consumers looking to ease their stress or alleviate symptoms of chronic pain.
Type: Sativa Hybrid (Nepalese x Thai)
Flavor: Earthy, diesel, pungent
About: Though its origin is considered mysterious and genetics are somewhat ambiguous, much is known about Chemdawg's reputation as a famous weed strain. It's distinctively skunky and very potent, with THC levels ranging between 15 and 20 percent.
Additionally, Chemdawg is the source of many popular strains, such as Sour Diesel, Stardawg, and OG Kush, among others. Like its spawned strains, Chemdawg is a sativa-dominant strain that consumers report induces a cerebral high and a body buzz. It can still be found on the shelves of many popular dispensaries.
4. Green Crack
Type: Sativa (Super Skunk #1 x Purple Kush)
Flavor: Pine, earthy, berry
About: Despite its out-there name, Green Crack is quite a welcoming and highly famous weed strain, striking popularity because of its reportedly potent and positive effects. Consumers report it’s a sativa that delivers when it comes to long-lasting energy and focus, with an added sense of clarity. Green Crack is known for its invigorating and uplifting high, making it popular as a wake-and-bake strain for those lighting up early.
Formerly known as Cush (before Snoop Dogg tried it and renamed it something a little more striking), Green Crack is born from Super Skunk #1 and Purple Kush, bred in Athens, Georgia in the 1970s. It's a smooth smoke, lingering with a slight hint of tang.
5. OG Kush
Type: Indica Hybrid (Hindu Kush x Chemdawg)
Flavor: Earthy, pine, woody
About: Up next is OG Kush, the cannabis caviar love child of Hindu Kush and Chemdawg, which entered the cannabis trade scene in the 1990s and was perfected in Southern California. This strain is quite famous and has a bunch of offspring, making it a genetic backbone of many West Coast strains. It has also won numerous Cannabis Cup awards as well, and is considered the best of all time by High Times Magazine.
OG Kush is known amongst consumers as the strain for stress relief — as well as anxiety, depression, and PTSD — given its reportedly happiness-inducing and relaxing qualities. It's considered a nighttime strain, because of its sleepy effects and full body soothing.
Type: Indica Hybrid (OG Kush x Durban Poison)
Flavor: Sweet, earthy, skunky
About: Extremely popular amongst consumers for its pain relief properties and delicious flavors, Girl Scout Cookies is a beloved hybrid strain. It was born out of San Francisco, bred from OG Kush and Durban Poison, and has induced a cult following in part thanks to the attention given by musicians such as Wiz Khalifa, and the cultural connection between the non-cannabis cookies sold outside of dispensaries.
Girl Scout Cookies bring the best of both worlds, with consumers reporting an energizing mental high and a relaxing physical sensation, making time fly and everything seem pleasant. It's award-winning, potent, and has delightful effects, which is why it's considered quite a famous weed strain.
7. Sour Diesel
Type: Sativa (91 Chemdawg x Super Skunk)
Flavor: Skunky, diesel, spicy
About: As one of the most common and thereby most famous weed strains, Sour Diesel is simply iconic. Its name originates from the strain's diesel-like, pungent smell that is as typically marijuana as it gets. Since its inception in the 1990s in New York City, Sour Diesel has been known as a source of fact-acting effects — namely energizing and dreamy.
Sour Diesel is regarded akin to a mix of cannabis and caffeine, with its uplifting yet relaxing — sometimes even couch locking — effects. The strain also has an attractive appearance, with soft, fluffy, lime-green buds and olive leaves.
Type: Indica Hybrid (Purple Thai x Afghani)
Flavor: Blueberry, sweet, earthy
About: Consumers report stress has been known to melt away after some quality time with Blueberry, an indica-dominant hybrid that is one of those famous weed strains that puts its money where its mouth is. It's a premium strain that has been dated back to the 1970s, with famous parents (Purple Thai and Afghani, each potent and distinct indicas) that are the genetic backbone of numerous cannabis strains on the market today. Blueberry gained a resurgence of popularity in 2000, after winning the title of "Best Indica" at the High Times Cannabis Cup.
Consumers love Blueberry for many reasons. It’s be said to pack a punch in terms of pain relief, as well as a tantalizing flavor and aroma — bursting with notes of berry. Many people delight in smoking it at night, binging their favorite Netflix shows as they do, since it typically sends consumers straight to the couch. Keep in mind, the high potency might be better suited to more experienced cannabis smokers.
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