What Are The 6 Most Popular Strains on Leafly?
When I first started smoking weed 20 years ago, I thought all the names of the different strains were just pure marketing and BS. Today, with all of the information so readily available online and at dispensaries, I know how wrong I was. Still, lots of my friends are unconvinced. And yes, these are regular users. Often I’ll say something like “you know there is obviously a difference between mass produced beer like Molson Canadian and something more carefully crafted,” or “this is a crop, and like anything that is grown there are good crops and bad crops.” But old opinions die hard. That being said, you are here reading this, so you must care about what you put into your body! It’s important to know which strains work best for you to achieve desired results. Today we will go over 5 of the most popular strains as featured on Leafly.
Not only is this strain ranked #1, it’s also one of my person favourites.
Blue Dream, a sativa-dominant hybrid originating in California, has achieved legendary status among West Coast strains. Crossing a Blueberry indica with the sativa Haze, Blue Dream balances full-body relaxation with gentle cerebral invigoration. Novice and veteran consumers alike enjoy the level effects of Blue Dream, which ease you gently into a calm euphoria. Some Blue Dream phenotypes express a more indica-like look and feel, but the sativa-leaning variety remains most prevalent.
With a sweet berry aroma redolent of its Blueberry parent, Blue Dream delivers swift symptom relief without heavy sedative effects. This makes Blue Dream a popular daytime medicine for patients treating pain, depression, nausea, and other ailments requiring a high THC strain. Personally, I find that this strain really elevates my mood, reduces anxiety, and enhances creativity.
Another favourite. This is the Gas. This Sativa dominant hybrid is a genetic mix of Chemdawg 91 and Super Skunk. Sour Diesel is most often used to treat pain, depression, and stress. Recreational users love it for the bursts of creative energy experienced when using and the low CBN count resulting in little to no burn out for regular users. If you are a producer, you can expect nice big Sativa yields, and flowers will start to appear within 10-12 weeks.
Girl Scout Cookies
Number 3 on Leafly’s list of most popular strains is Girl Scout Cookies. There are several different phenotypes of the Girl Scout Cookies strain including Thin Mint and Platinum Cookies, which exhibit some variation in appearance and effect. Typically, however, Girl Scout Cookies expresses its beauty in twisting green calyxes wrapped in purple leaves and fiery orange hairs. Patients and consumers looking to cultivate this cannabis staple themselves should wait 9 to 10 weeks for their indoor plants to finish flowering. This strain is extremely high in THC, and so provides very euphoric highs. I personally love this strain but only in small doses. Too much has given me anxiety before.
Another Sativa on Leaflys Top Strains List, Green Crack is a popular strain at dispensaries. It is used to treat fatigue and depression. But if you are looking to unwind after a long day I wouldn’t smoke any. This shit will get your heart racing to say the least. It’s exciting to think about the scientific research that still has to take place. Instead of prescribing methamphetine derivatives like Adderall to kids and adults with ADHD, I could see certain compounds from this strain serving the exact same purpose, but delivered in a natural organic way. When grown correctly this strain will have a fruity taste comparable to mango. Make sure you have a good quality vaporizer so you can really taste the terpenes.
What list would be complete without this staple. A perfect “go to” strain, OG Kush is very relaxing, happy, and anti-axiety strain. Culturally, everyone knows this name, but not everyone knows what it means. The Kush aspect comes from the original Hindu Kush, the indica strain that grows naturally and plentifully in the Hindu Kush Mountains of India. Kushes are a preferred choice for medical product manufacturers and medical users due to their sedative, calming nature. OG Kush carries an earthy pine and sour lemon scent with woody undertones, an aroma that has become the signature of OG Kush varieties and descendants.
Introduced in 2003 by Ken Estes, Granddaddy Purple (or GDP) is a famous indica cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud. This California staple inherits a complex grape and berry aroma from its Purple Urkle parent, while Big Bud passes on its oversized, compact bud structure. GDP flowers bloom in shades of deep purple, a contrastive backdrop for its snow-like dusting of white crystal resin. GDP blesses growers with massive commercial yields which are ready for harvest following a 60 day flowering time indoors. This heavy indica is a favourite among people seeking aide for sleep and really just about every other therapeutic use you can dream of.
So there you have it. Leafly’s top strains as voted on by its users. The problem with this way of ranking strains is that only the most popular strains get voted on this much, so it is obviously skewed towards more mass produced seeds. That being said, the quality REALLY all depends on the grower that you are getting your bud from.
What are you favourite strains? Two of mine that weren’t covered are Pink Kush and Nuken.