The 10 Most Popular Marijuana Strains to Start 2018

As we march into 2018, here’s a look at the most popular marijuana strains on the  market.

In the U.S. marijuana is now legal in eight states for recreational use, and dozens for medical purposes. Using data collected by Leafly, below is a list of the top 10 most popular marijuana strains for the start of 2018.

Anyone who has consumed cannabis for any amount of time will likely find Blue Dream’s placement on this list unsurprising (especially those in states with legal marijuana stores). This sativa-dominant strain has remained one of the most popular for years, and is a mainstay in almost all marijuana stores and dispensaries. The popularity of this strain – a cross between the indica-dominant Blueberry strain and the sativa-dominant Haze strain – is well earned, with it’s smooth, uplifting high, and it’s delicious blueberry-tinged taste and smell.

Sour Diesel is another long-term mainstay of the cannabis world. With Super Skunk and Chemdawg lineage, this strain is best known for its strong diesel-like smell, and potent, energetic high.

This hybrid – a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison – has bursted onto the scene in recent years. With it’s excellent taste and smell, and its powerful high, this relative newcomer has quickly become more popular than legendary strains like OG Kush and White Widow.

Despite an unfortunate name Green Crack is a growingly popular and respected strain. It has an extremely energetic high and powerful body buzz, and its sweet, ofttimes citrusy flavor and smell make it stand out from the crowd.

OG Kush is known the world around. The classic combo of Hindu Kush and Chemdawg has an earthy and piney flavor, and has one of the most sought after marijuana strains for years.

As far as indica-dominant strains go, Granddaddy Purple is one of the most vaunted. An excellent mix of Big Bud and Purple Urkle, this strain has a sweet, often berry-like flavor. Most people know this strain for its dense, kiefy nuggets.

Jack Herer – named after the legendary activist and author – is a sativa-dominant cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk. It has a piney smell and flavor with a backdrop of citrus, and a smooth, even high.

White Widow’s popularity is due to its energetic, uplifting and powerful high; its uniquely earthy flavor and smell also help it stand out. This strain is a mix between South American Sativa and South Indian Indica.

Gorilla Glue #4 has shot into prominence over the past few years. It won the 2014 Los Angeles and Michigan Cannabis Cups, as well as the High Times Jamaican Cannabis World Cup. Given its status as a balanced and tasty hybrid, it’s likely to remain popular for years to come.

Bubba Kush is a powerful indica-dominant strain that has remained popular for years, and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Vermont Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill

Legislation to legalize marijuana in Vermont has been approved by the state’s House of Representatives.

A bill already approved by the Vermont Senate that would make marijuana legal for adults was passed today by the Vermont House of Representatives with some minor amendments. It will now go to the Senate for a final concurrence vote before being transmitted to Governor Phil Scott. In December, Governor Scott indicated that he intends to sign H. 511 into law.

If H. 511 is signed into law, it would eliminate Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants, beginning in July. Meanwhile, a governor-appointed task force will issue a final report on how the state should tax and regulate marijuana sales and commercial cultivation by December 15, 2018.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Rescinds Memo Protecting State Marijuana Laws

Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to rescind an Obama-era memo (the Cole Memo) which directed federal law enforcement to respect states’ marijuana legalization laws.

“This is going to create chaos in the dozens of states whose voters have chosen to regulate medical and adult use marijuana rather than leaving it in the hands of criminals,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. “The administration’s decision to override voter will and the rights of states protected under the Tenth Amendment is going to throw the criminal justice system off balance, affecting not only those working tirelessly to bring the marijuana trade into the sunlight, but also thousands of state officials just trying to do their jobs.”

Major Franklin continues; “If enforcement of laws are subject to the whims of individual prosecutors, no one will have any idea what is legal or what isn’t – because it could change from day to day. There’s no greater headache for an officer of the law than not to know where those lines stand, which is exactly why the Cole Memo was put into place.”

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Canada Marijuana Stock Index Rises 126% in One Month, Over 1,100% in Less than Two Years

As Canada inches closer to legalization, the nation’s Marijuana Index continues to rise at a rapid pace.

The Canadian Marijuana Stock Index has risen drastically over the past 30 days, going from 419.11 on December 4th, to 950.26 at the close of today’s market (January 3rd). This represents an 126% increase in just one month, one of the largest single-month increases ever seen for the Canadian marijuana stock market. A stat that’s equally impressive, however, is that the market has jumped roughly 365% in less than six months, going from 204.40 on July 10th, 2017, to 950.26 today. A little over a year prior, on March 28, 2016, the Canadian Marijuana Stock Index was at just 74.85; today’s index represents an over 1,100% increase.

The Canadian Marijuana Index “tracks the leading cannabis stocks operating in Canada”. Constituents must “have a business strategy focused on the marijuana or hemp industry”, and are also “required to meet our minimum trading criteria. The Index is “equal-weighted and rebalanced quarterly”.

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The Top 5 Best Smelling Marijuana Strains in Washington

By Will Hyde, Leafly.com

Here’s a list of the top 5 best smelling marijuana strains in Washington State:

#1 | Lemonder by Seattle’s Private Reserve

Lemonder from Seattle’s Private Reserve is a 91-point strain that was awarded the Best Aroma in Washington State using Leafly’s Cannabis Rating System. While somewhat wispy in appearance, it was the only qualifying strain that scored perfectly for its aroma. The strain is a hybrid of Super Lemon HazeOG Kush, and Lavender, and it produces a sweet citrus aroma with the added pungent zest of fruit when ground up. Its flavor is a fruity, floral experience that reminds me of candied orange.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

 “Lemon, cream, spice, and some middle savory note that is mellowing the lemon in an unexpected way.” –Jeremiah Wilhelm, Strain Researcher

#2 | White Tahoe Cookies by Royal Tree Gardens

Royal Tree Gardens has a diverse mix of aromas and flavors coming from their flowering rooms. Their White Tahoe Cookies is a prime example of the quality and consistency their garden produces. A 94-point strain overall, White Tahoe Cookies’ aroma is a compelling mix of its parent genetics, The WhiteTahoe OG, and an unspecified GSC cut. This flower has a grape and berry sweetness that blends with notes of musky mint, pine, and skunky earth to complete its enchanting bouquet.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Robust grape and berry notes charged with a hint of dank, musky Kush and a sweet finish. Aromas of mint, eucalyptus, and pine forest erupt when this bud is broken down into shake.” –Will Hyde, Cannabis Expert

#3 | Gummo by Gabriel Cannabis

Gummo from Gabriel Cannabis is an irresistible 92-point strain that crosses the sweetness of Bubble Gum with the intricate citrus aroma of Orange Bud. The tight buds covered in fiery orange hairs emit an intense citrus sour with soft floral sweetness. The flavor follows suit with a sharper, spiced finish reminiscent of cinnamon and sandalwood. The resulting effects are immediate, heady, and introspective.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Loud, ripe berry aroma that expands into a sweet citrus medley of mandarin and tangerine.” –Bailey Rahn, Strains & Products Editor

 

Gummo grown by Gabriel Cannabis.

#4 | Blueberry Pancakes by Nebula Gardens

A truly amazing flower with a captivating, nuanced, and unique terpene profile, Blueberry Pancakes from Nebula Gardens really does emulate its namesake: a mix of berry notes that finish with a creamy touch of citrus, evoking memories of fresh baked muffins. Scoring 89 points overall and near perfect for its aroma, Blueberry Pancakes provides soothing effects that pair nicely with its pungent essence.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Bright strawberry, wildflower, and sweet pine with doughy vanilla. Its aroma feels clarifying with diverse nuance.”–Bailey Rahn, Strains & Products Editor

#5 | Golden Ticket by Khush Kush

An 87-point strain overall, Golden Ticket from Khush Kush is a flower with fragrant fruity notes of citrus and subtle undertones of tropical flowers. The nuanced smells of Golden Ticket were just a couple points shy of a perfect aroma score. Its complex smell gives way to fresh pine and spearmint flavors with just a touch of sharp lime upon exhale.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Sweet, floral, and sort of tropical like a papaya
. Reminds me of a Trainwreck
 cross. When I grind it up, the aroma is even sweeter like a sour green apple or an overripe pineapple
.” –Will Hyde, Cannabis Expert

Study: Cannabis Use Does Not Reduce Motivation in Adolescents

Cannabis use, even on a regular basis, does not reduce motivation in adolescents, according to a new study published by the journal Substance Use & Misuse and published online by the National Institute of Health.

For the study, researchers examined 79 adolescents ages 14 to 18, who were “classified as recent regular cannabis users (36) or light users (43).” Frequency and amount of substance use “were assessed across participants’ lifetime and during the past 30 days”, and motivation was measured “through the Apathy Evaluation Scale and Motivation and Engagement Scale.” To examine associations between cannabis use (CU) and motivation indices, researchers conducted a series of two-step hierarchical multiple regressions.

After controlling for confounds, “no significant differences were observed between regular and light users on any motivation index”, states the study. Similarly, “no associations between motivation and lifetime or past 30-day CU amount were observed”.

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Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in New Mexico Legislature

A constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana has been pre-filed in the New Mexico Senate.

The legislation, filed by Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, would amend the New Mexico constitution by adding a new section that reads: “Possession and personal use of marijuana shall be lawful by persons twenty-one years of age or older only if the legislature provides by law for:

A. the production, processing, transportation, sale, taxation and acceptable quantities and places of use of marijuana to protect public health and safety; and

B. any state revenue generated from the taxation of marijuana to be distributed to the general fund.”

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The Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2017

Continuing the trend of the past few years, 2017 produced a plethora of important cannabis-related studies, showing the plant to be beneficial in a wide, diverse range of medical ailments. 

The massive amount of peer-reviewed research on cannabis released in 2017 makes it quite a challenge to narrow the studies into a “top 10” list. However, that’s exactly what we’ve done.

Below is our list (the fifth annual) of the 10 most important cannabis studies of the year (in no particular order):

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7 Tips About Arizer Extreme Q That Will Blow Your Mind

By Barbara M.

The Arizer Extreme Q is gaining popularity in the Vaporizer world by the day. Known for its easy usability, high performance and wide selection of controls it really comes as no surprise to see the Extreme Q soaring. While not many vaporizers give us the option of whip style vs the balloon method the Extreme Q does so with ease. It could not be easier to switch between methods with it being as simple as changing the glass and whip connections. Arizer provide you with a number of accessories to help make your vaping session easier and more enjoyable. With the Q standing for Quiet in the name of this unit, Arizer have produced their most close to silent vaporizer yet. The use of the fan method would normally increase the noise levels however grounds have clearly been made to combat this. The materials used in the build of this model are of the highest quality ensuring the longevity of your Arizer Extreme Q is not affected in anyway. In this article we learn the best ways to use your Extreme Q vaporizer to receive optimum vapor.

 

Heat up fully before use

The first thing you need to do when you receive your Arizer Extreme Q is turn the units heating system on to full power. The reason for this is to essentially sterilise the unit. During manufacture the vaporizer would have been subject to a number of materials and oils which you will want to flush out before using. By turning the heat on full blast for as little as 20 minutes ensures all the unwanted residues are disintegrated giving you the cleanest vapor possible. Start as you mean to go on.

 

Heat slightly higher than you normally would

While some of us consider ourselves vaping connoisseurs, there are also a growing number people taking it up daily. Making the switch from smoking to vaping can be a difficult transition. Figuring out your preferences to temperature, flavor, vapor thickness can be a long and time consuming practice however if you are an experience vaper you will know the temperatures etc that work best for you. When using the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer you may want to set your temperature slightly higher than you normally would. The reason for this is because the core temperature represented on the screen is slightly higher than the temperature in the bowl. Simply set your temperature 10 or 15 degrees higher and sit back and enjoy.

 

Grind your botanicals

Before you load your Arizer Extreme Q chamber you must first thoroughly grind your botanicals. While each of us have preferences for how finely we grind our herbs it is imperative to do so to some extent. By grinding your materials before use you are ensuring the most even air distribution and flow while ensure the surface area of the botanical is more suitable. By failing to grind your botanicals you are sacrificing both valuable herb and quality vapor. Considering the vast range of grinders on the market today it would be foolish to ignore.

 

Mix your herb

Having grinded your herbs, loaded your chamber and begun to vape the next important tip for optimizing your Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer is to mix your herbs during the session. By using the stirring tool provided you simply remove the glass connection and give your ground herbs a quick mix. The necessity to do this is actually not taken seriously enough, by mixing your herbs during the vaping session you ensure all the materials you are using are cooked evenly. This provides us with piece of mind that we are maximising the herbs we are using saving valuable money in the long run.

 

Balloons or Whip

 

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Like I mentioned in the beginning of the article, the Arizer Extreme Q give yous the option of a whip style vaporizer or a balloon style. While both have their advantages try to consider how long you intend to use it for and how many people you intend to share it with. With the whip style being a faster method it isn’t as suitable for sharing, the delicate glass pieces could be broken by someone less familiar vaporizers while the balloon can be easily disconnected and passed among friends. However, while the balloon has its benefits as far as the shareability is concerned it does take considerably longer to use.

 

Low Fan Settings

When choosing the balloon style of vaping you are introducing the fan into use. The fan acts as a means of transferring the vapor into the balloon. While there are a number of fan settings available, a little tip would be to use the lowest setting to recreate a slow draw. As you may already know the best quality of vapor can be produced by taking slow, exaggerated draws from your vaporizer. By recreating this effect using the fan at a low setting you can be sure to achieve the most optimal vapor in both flavor and density. If you are in a hurry and want to fill your balloon at a faster rate there are a number of settings from you to choose from with the higher fan setting representing the fastest balloon fill.

 

Aroma Dish Afterwards

While we are all familiar with smells which can linger after the use of some plant materials, it is a nice addition to have an aromatherapy dish provided with the Arizer Extreme Q. By using the aromatherapy dish after use with a nicely scented botanical such as lavender it neutralise the smells or scents left behind by vaping. Not a universally important tip, but one for someone conscious of the smell vaping can produce.

 

Overall, whatever way you find works best for you is down to personal opinion. Each of us are different and each of us have very different preferences when it comes to all things vape. Hopefully by reading these tips you are able to implement them into your vaping experience to achieve the best possible results using your Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer.

California: Legal Marijuana Sales Begin in Four Days

In just four days the legal distribution of recreational marijuana will begin in California.

During the November, 2016 election California voters chose to legalize marijuana, including establishing a system of licenses cannabis retail outlets, through the passage of Proposition 64. In just four days, the initiative goes into full effect, with licensed distribution becoming legal on January 1st.

The new law allows outlets with a state-issued license to distribute up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. Although most marijuana stores won’t be open on January 1st, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (CBCC) has been issuing temporary licenses to certain businesses, including currently operating dispensaries, allowing  them to begin sales at 6am on Monday.

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