Most Popular Indica Marijuana Strains So Far in 2017

Here’s a look at the 10 most popular indica-dominant marijuana strains so far in 2017.

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Purple Kush. (Photo: StrainSpot.com)

Although sativa strains have been all the rage in recent years, indica strains still (and will always) have their place in the cannabis world. Known for their intense pain relieving effects, indica strains are excellent for those wanting to relax and relieve some stress (or depression or anxiety); they’re also great for those wanting to get some sleep, or those who simply like a powerful high.

That said, below are the top 10 most popular indica marijuana strains so far this year, using data compiled by Leafly:

A genius mix of Big Bud and Purple Urkle, Granddaddy Purple is easily one of the best indicas on the market. The strain has a sweet, berry-like flavor, and dense, kiefy nuggets. The high is incredibly potent and relaxing.

Bubba Kush is known for its enjoyably strong and subduing effects, that result in almost instant relaxation. The strain has a pine-like flavor with tasty notes of chocolate and coffee. Bubba Kush owes much of its lineage to OG Kush, which itself is one of the most legendary marijuana strains around.

According to Leafly: Northern Lights stands among the most famous strains of all time, a pure indica cherished for its resinous buds, fast flowering, and resilience during growth. Itself a descendant of indigenous Afghani and Thai landrace strains, Northern Lights has given rise to famous hybrids like Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze.”

Although it’s been around for a while now, Blue Cheese is easily the newcomer on this list of legendary strains. Blue Cheese is a mix of Blueberry with U.K. Cheese. It has a sweet and savory taste and smell of berry and blue cheese, giving it one of the most unique flavors of any marijuana strain available.

Fans of Purple Kush will be less-than-surprised to see it on this list. The years-long mainstay is a cross between Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani ; the results are a powerful, long-lasting high that rushes throughout the head and body. Unless you don’t like indicas (or cannabis in general), it’s almost impossible to not fall in love with Purple Kush.

 

Snoop Dogg OG Marijuana Strain Overview

As you would expect from a strain named after one of the most prominent cannabis consumers in the world, Snoop Dogg OG is a potent and delicious indica.

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(Photo: Cannabis.net)

Snoop Dogg OG is a mix between Lemon OG and Sour Diesel. This combo becomes immediately apparent when smoking it, as the strong lemon flavor of the Lemon OG comes through almost simulatenously with the sour taste of Sour Diesel. The results in a smooth, potent smoke that fills the room with a lovely smell.

Smell and taste:

  • Diesel
  • Lemon
  • Undefined herbs and spices

 

The top effects of the Snoop Dogg OG marijuana strain are:

  • Happiness
  • Sleepiness
  • Increased appetite and also
  • A strong, buzzing head high

 

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression and also
  • Insomnia

 

Reviews:

At the time of publication Snoop Dogg OG has 88 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.6 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews):

theyardboy:

“vaped. nice OG taste. pungent smell. nice dense nuggs. uplifting, good for pain relief. experience required with this one so go slow If you’re a novice blazer.”

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, you may want to check out Leafly’s strain finder. This feature can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Snoop Dogg OG marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

 

Darth Vader OG Marijuana Strain Overview

Darth Vader OG earns its name with dark, dense nuggets that pack quite a punch.

Darth Vader OG is a powerful indica-dominant strain that is great for those trying to relax or get some sleep. The powerful head high might make it difficult for some to handle during the day without wanting to take a nap, but it’s thoroughly enjoyable.

The strain is excellent for numerous medical conditions, especially insomnia, chronic pain and depression.

 

Smell and taste:

  • Grape and also
  • Pine

 

The top effects of the Darth Vader OG marijuana strain are:

  • Relaxation
  • Sleepiness
  • Strong head high and also
  • Increased appetite

 

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and also
  • Depression

 

Reviews:

At the time of publication Darth Vader OG has 95 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.4 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews):

sswarden:

“One of my favorite highs of all time. Extremely relaxing and an almost soothing high.”

 

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, you may want to check out Leafly’s strain finder. This feature can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Darth Vader OG marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

 

Looking for overviews of other marijuana strains? Click one of the links below!

Pandora’s Box
Grape Skunk
Animal Cookies
Batman OG
Watermelon
Love Potion #1
Strawberry Banana
Trump OG
Jedi Kush
Jesus OG
Obama Kush
Cookies and Cream
LSD
Mango Kush
G13
Grape Ape
White Widow
Super Silver Haze
Granddaddy Purple
Jack Herer
Bruce Banner
Pineapple Express
Green Crack
Allen Wrench
Sour Diesel
OG Kush

Trump OG Marijuana Strain Overview

Trump OG is an excellent indica with a great smell, making its name quite ironic. And don’t worry, it doesn’t care what race you are.

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Trump OG. (Photo: SC Labs)

Trump OG is an indica-dominant strain with an average THC percentage of around 20. It has a strong head and body high that makes it perfect for insomnia or those just trying to get some sleep; also perfect for relaxation sessions.

This strain is a mix between OG Kush and Presidential OG, and has an earthy smell with subtle hints of pine and citrus. The taste isn’t quite as pleasant, with the citrus and pine hues not really coming through, but it’s far from bad.

The top effects of the Trump OG marijuana strain are:

  • Relaxation
  • Increase in appetite
  • Potential sleepiness

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of appetite
  • Stress and also
  • Anxiety

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational purposes, you might want to check out Leafly’s strain finder. This feature can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Trump OG marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

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G13 Marijuana Strain Overview: The Strain of Legends

G13 is a powerful indica-dominant strain that is the continuing subject of numerous “urban legends”.

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(Photo: Marijuana.com)

As noted by Leafly: “According to some accounts, the CIA, FBI, and other agencies gathered the best strains of marijuana from breeders all over the world. At a super-secret installation at the University of Mississippi, they bred many new super hybrids in the late 1960s. Allegedly, a single cutting of this plant was liberated by an unnamed technician and bred for the masses.”

Although this story – and some of the others told about this strain – likely isn’t true, what is true is that G13 is an excellent indica with a powerful kick and intense medical properties. The strain has a sweet, earthy flavor and smell that lingers in the air.

The top effects of the G13 marijuana strain are:

  • An intense but pleasant head and body high
  • Complete relexation; perfect for enjoying movies, video games, painting, reading a book, etc.
  • Increased appetite and also
  • Happiness

Medical properties:

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of appetite and also
  • Depression and also
  • Headaches/Migraines

Reviews:

At the time of publication G13 has 642 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.4 out of 5 (8.8 out of 10). This places it as one of the top 10 indicas on the site (out of hundreds of strains).

Where to find it

If you are lucky enough to live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational purposes, we suggest you check out Leafly’s strain finder.

This feature can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the G13 marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for the strain finder.

Grape Ape Marijuana Strain Overview

Grape Ape, oh Grape Ape, how lovely you are!

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(Photo: Weedist.com)

Grape Ape is a lovely indica-domninant marijuana strain. With a taste and smell of grape and berry, fans simply can’t get enough of it; and it makes sense, as few strains have near as sweet of a flavor or smell.

Grape Ape is a cross between Skunk, Afghani and Mendocono Purpos. All of these are strong indica strains, giving it a definitive indica experience.

 

The top effects of the Grape Ape marijuana strain are:

  • Happiness
  • Relaxation
  • Increased appetite and also
  • A strong “head high”

 

Medical properties:

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and also
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

 

Growing information:

Grape Ape flowers in around 52 days and has a typically medium yield. The plants grow shorter than many other strains, and has an outdoor finish of around September.

Below are a few growing notes specific to this strain, courtesy of our friends at Leafly:

  • Best results with excellent air circulation
  • Clearing lower branches can improve circulation and air flow
  • Grows best in temperatures between 70 to 80°F (21 to 27°C) and at 50% humidity

 

Reviews:

At the time of publication Grape Ape has 1,079 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.3 out of 5 (8.6 out of 10).

 

Where to find it

If you are lucky enough to live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational purposes, we suggest you check out Leafly’s strain finder.

This feature can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Grape Ape marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for the strain finder.

Indica or Sativa: What’s the Difference?

What are the differences between indica and sativa marijuana strains?

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When purchasing marijuana, you might notice that strains are separated into three types; sativa, indica and hybrid, which is a mix of the two. These different species have varying effects when consumed; they also grow slightly differently.

Indica Marijuana Strains

Indica strains tend to have a much stronger “head high” than sativas; this results in a relaxed experience that’s excellent for insomnia and pain relief. Most people find indicas a little too heavy to take during the day; at least if you plan to do much more than hang out at home and play video games (not necessarily a bad thing).

As a plant, indica marijuana strains tend to be shorter and wider than sativa plants, growing between 3.2 to 9.8 feet tall. Indica marijuana plants flower considerably faster than sativas, and are more easily influenced by an alternation of light cycles.

Below is a list of some of the most popular indica marijuana strains on the market:

  • Northern Lights

    Pineapple kush.
  • Pineapple Kush
  • ICE
  • OG Kush
  • Blue Mystic

 

Sativa Marijuana Strains

Sativa strains tend to be more popular than indica strains, especially among new consumers. They tend to have a much more energizer and uplifiting high; this makes it suitable for daytime use.

Although sativa strains aren’t as strong or “heavy” as indica strains, they still have vast medical value; they are particularly useful for anxiety, increasing appetite, reducing nausea and a large number of other things.

As a plant, sativa marijuana strains are taller and thinner than indica strains; in some cases they can reach up to 20 feet in length, though are more often somewhere between 8 and 12 feet.

Below is a list of some of the most popular sativa marijuana strains on the market:

  • Maui Waui

    Chocolope. (Photo: AllBud.com)
  • Chocolope
  • Laughing Buddha
  • Strawberry Cough
  • Amnesia Haze

 

Hybrid Marijuana Strains

Hybrid marijuana strains are a combination of sativa and indica. This may be a 50/50 split, or it may be more of an 80/20 split.

Below is a list of some of the most popular hybrid marijuana strains on the market:

  • Tahoe OG Kush

    Girl Scout Cookies.
  • Death Star
  • Mango Kush
  • Girl Scouts Cookies
  • Bruce Banner

 

Sativa vs. Indica vs. Hybrid: What’s the Difference

By Bailey Rahn, Leafly.com

When browsing Leafly or purchasing cannabis at a shop, you may notice strains are broken up into three distinct groups: indica, sativa, and hybrid.

Indica strains are known for being physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed. Sativas typically provide more invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects. Hybrids tend to fall somewhere in between the indica-sativa spectrum, depending on the traits they inherit from their parent strains.

Because of these perceived differences, medical patients using cannabis to treat their symptoms and conditions may also consider a strain’s classification. A patient suffering from fatigue or depression may use a sativa during the day, and another treating pain and insomnia will likely choose an indica strain at nighttime. High-CBD strains, which are preferred by patients treating seizures, anxiety, pain, and a few other conditions – may be of either category, but offer little to no psychoactive effects.

This classification has been around longer than you might think: early taxonomic distinctions between Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa began in the 18th century when differences between their structure and resin production were first noted. The hybrid category was adopted later on, as growers began mixing genetics from different geographic locations.

Indicas are believed to have originated in the Hindu Kush region near Afghanistan, where they developed thick coats of resin as protection against the harsh climate and conditions. Sativas thrive in temperate areas closer to the equator.

Indica vs. Sativa breakdown

Other Unique Attributes:

In addition to differences in geographic origin, sativa and indica cannabis strains have several other unique attributes:

  • Morphology – indica and sativa plants have differences in appearance.
  • Flowering time – sativa plants have a longer maturation cycle than indica plants.
  • Yields – Indica strains tend to produce heavier yields than sativa strains.
  • Flavor – Indica and sativa strains tend to have different flavor profiles

But to what extent do these classifications hold true? Ask almost any cannabis consumer to compare the indica Bubba Kush to a Sour Diesel sativa, and most will say there is a definite difference in effect. Take a look at how thousands of Leafly visitors have described the two:

Bubba Kush vs. Sour Diesel cannabis effects

Expectations:

Our expectations certainly play a role in how we experience any given strain, but this consistency is not insignificant. However, these expectations are sometimes over-generalized. Two types of cannabis compounds – cannabinoids and terpenes – hold most of the influence when it comes to effects. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are molecular structures with their own unique properties and medical benefits. Terpenes are the aromatic oils secreted in cannabis resin that modulate the effects of cannabinoids, and these too have their own set of effects. In this way, cannabis strains are the sum of smaller parts that may be passed on genetically. This helps explain the undeniable consistency in strain types, but there is still room for variation.

Let’s take Blue Dream as an example. Due to its sativa-dominant genetics, we expect Blue Dream to make us feel uplifted and energized. Sometimes, however, you’ll find a more indica-like phenotype. Or a strain that expresses characteristics we associate with indicas. Such as relaxing effects, a shorter flowering time, and a bushier plant structure. How the plant is grown can also affect the strain’s terpene and cannabinoid contents. More or less of either compound type may give rise to different physical sensations.

As more research is conducted, our understanding of cannabis classification is bound to evolve as we learn what chemical configurations will produce these so-called “sativa” and “indica” effects. Until then, there’s a wealth of user-submitted strain reviews to guide us to our next purchase.

The Difference Between Indica, Sativa And Hybrid

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com

budNot all marijuana strains are alike. You have probably already heard of sativa and indica, and even the hybrid strains, but do you know what the differences between them are? They are three distinct categories of specific traits that even the most experienced growers don’t know about.

Sativa and Indica have been on the books since the 1700s, but the hybrid didn’t come until some time later. Sativas come from a temperate climate near the equator, while the Indica likely originated around present-day Afghanistan, specifically near the Hindu Kush area. The climate and weather conditions there are harsh — this is likely why they have a thicker protective coat of resin than the Sativa strains.

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Study: Marijuana Genetics Often Mislabeled

purpleplantBy Paul Armentano, NORML

Strains of cannabis sativa or cannabis indica possess relatively few significant genetic differences and are often mislabeled by breeders, according to an evaluation of marijuana taxonomy published online last week in the journal PLOS ONE.

Investigators from the University of Manitoba, the University of British Columbia, and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia evaluated the genetic structure of diverse range of commonly cultivated marijuana and industrial hemp samples.

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