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.

Top 10 Sativa Marijuana Strains of 2017 (So Far)

Here are the 10 most popular sativa-dominant marijuana strains so far in 2017.

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Super Silver Haze.

Recently we listed the top 10 marijuana strains so far in 2017. Now, we will be more specific by breaking down the top sativa-dominant strains.

Sativa marijuana strains have gained massive popularity in recent years; this popularity continues to grow as more people begin to understand the differences between sativa, indica and hybrid strains. Given that sativa strains are often great for daytime use, and great for a high without drowsiness, their popularity makes perfect sense. However, not all sativas are created equally, and here we list some of the best.

Without further ado, below are the top 10 most popular sativa marijuana strains so far this year (using data from Leafly):

Sour Diesel earns its place at the top with a unique and enjoyable taste, and a high that exemplifies why sativas are so loved: its heady with a nice, uplifting body buzz, and it accomplishes this without making you drowsy. It’s pretty much always an excellent choice.

With its sweet, citrus-like flavor and smell, and balanced high, Green Crack has shot into prominent in recent years. Many in the cannabis community, for good reason, are opposed to its name and believe that it does the marijuana movement no favors, but if you can look past that what you’ll find is an enjoyable smoke with an even, smooth high.

Jack Here, for good reason, is about as legendary a sativa strain as there is. Its prominence over the past couple decades haven’t prevented it from remaining popular to this day; even as legal cannabis takes hold across the country. Jack Herer is an excellent cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk; this results in piney flavor and smell that’s a complete joy to consume.

Durban Poison, which has African Sativa lineage, has gained worldwide notoriety for its sweet smell and energetic, uplifting high. As with many strains on this list, Durban Poison is perfect for daytime use or wake-and-bake sessions, making it a go-to strain for regular cannabis consumers.

According to Leafly: “Lemon Haze has been characterized as smelling of fresh peeled lemon slices with a similar taste. Its buds appear to be green and yellow with amber hairs on the trichomes, giving it the yellow tint. This strain’s THC has been measured at about 15-20% with a CBD of 0.38%.”

When Super Silver Haze debuted in the late 90s, it burst onto the cannabis scene; it was a first-place winner at each of the first three High Times Cannabis Cups in 97, 98 and 99. It has remained a well-loved and much-coveted marijuana strain ever since.

This sativa-dominant strain is a mix of Northern Lights, Skunk and Haze; all three much-respected strains in their own rights. This results in a sweet, earthy flavor and smell.

Strawberry Cough earns its name with a taste of sweet strawberries, with a backdrop of pine. This potent sativa-dominant strain has remained popular for years, even though its exact lineage is a bit of a mystery.

Alaskan Thunder Fuck. (Photo: TheNug.com)

ATF is known for its dense, kiefy nuggets. It’s also know for its relaxing and euphoric high. The headiness of this strain makes it more potent than many other sativa strains, but it’s uplifting enough to remain a solid daytime option.

Super Lemon Haze is a sativa-dominant hybrid; it’s a cross between Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze which has is a two time Cannabis Cup winner. As the name implies, the taste and smell is that of sweet lemons.

Maui Wowie, with its sweet, tropical flavor, has become known for its pleasant and smooth high. Excellent for relieving stress, this strain is far from the most potent sativa around, but is a joy to consume regardless.

 

Top 10 Marijuana Strains So Far in 2017

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

Marijuana StrainsMarijuana is now legal in eight states, with medical marijuana legal in many more. This increase in legal access to marijuana hasn’t prevented some of the top marijuana strains over the past couple decades from retaining their popularity; legendary strains like OG Kush and Jack Herer remain some of the most popular around. However, relatively new strains like Girl Scout Cookies and Green Crack have also become consistently popular options.

Using data compiled by Leafly, below are the top 10 most popular marijuana strains so far this year:

Blue Dream, a sativa-dominant hybrid, is well deserving of its massive popularity. The brilliant cross between the indica-dominant Blueberry strain and the sativa-dominant Haze strain has a smooth, even high that buzzes through the body. The taste and smell is that of sweet blueberry, with hints of pine and citrus.

For many cannabis consumers when they think of a good sativa, they think of Sour Diesel. The popular strain, which has Super Skunk and Chemdawg lineage, is known for its strong, diesel-like smell. The high is energetic and uplifting, which makes it great for daytime use and wake-and-bake sessions.

This cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison is known for its sweet smell. It’s also known for its excellent taste and uplifting high. This hybrid tends to be high in THC, and has been the recipient of numerous cannabis cup contests over the past few years.

green crackDespite an unfortunate name that doesn’t do the cannabis movement any justice, Green Crack is an extremely popular and well-loved strain. In fact, it’s widely considered one of the most energetic sativa strains available, and with sativas all the rage in recent years, its popularity is unsurprising. It has a sweet, ofttimes citrusy flavor and smell.

OG Kush, with its earthy and often piney flavor, is known the world around. The classic combo of Hindu Kush and Chemdawg is aone of the most sought after marijuana strains, which has been the case for many years. Few strains have a status as legendary as OG Kush.

For those who like indica-dominant marijuana strains, it doesn’t get much better than Granddaddy Purple. A brilliant mix of Big Bud and Purple Urkle, this strain has a sweet, often berry-like flavor, and dense, kiefy nuggets.

White Widow is another one of those strains that nearly all cannabis consumers have heard. Its energetic, uplifting and powerful high is well known, as its uniquely Earthy flavor and smell. This strain is a mix between South American Sativa and South Indian Indica, with the results being an excellent hybrid.

jack hererJack Herer – named after the legendary activist and author – is a sativa-dominant cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk that has a legendary reputation in its own right. It has a piney smell and flavor with a backdrop of citrus, and a smooth, even high.

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. According to Leafly, this well-balanced hybrid; “delivers heavy-handed euphoria and also relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin and also kief covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains, Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel.”

According to Leafly, “Bubba Kush is an indica strain that has gained notoriety in the U.S. and beyond for its heavy tranquilizing effects. Sweet hashish flavors with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee come through on the exhale, delighting the palate as powerful relaxation takes over. From head to toe, muscles ease with heaviness as dreamy euphoria blankets the mind, crushing stress while coercing happy moods. Bubba Kush exhibits a distinctive, bulky bud structure with hues that range from forest green to pale purple.”

Jack Herer Marijuana Strain Overview

Jack Herer was a legendary cannabis advocate and author; suitably, the strain that has his namesake is legendary in its own right.

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Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk. It’s piney flavor and smell is a joy to take in, and often has a subtle backdrop of citrus.

Jack Herer originated in the Netherlands around 20 years ago; it was distributed through Dutch pharmacies as a medical cannabis strain. Several years later it made its way into the U.S. and Canada, and is now a household name in the world of cannabis.

The top effects of the Jack Herer marijuana strain are:

  • Uplifting
  • Energy
  • Happiness
  • Bursts of creativity and also
  • Focus

Medical properties:

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Paine and also
  • Depression

Growing information:

The Jack Herer marijuana strain flowers in around 60 and has a typically medium yield. It’s a tall plant that prefers soil.

Below are a few growing tips specific to this strain courtesy of Leafly:

  • Requires a dry outdoor climate
  • Best results when plants are grown large and not confined to pots
  • Four phenotypes, three of which typically express sativa influence while the fourth exhibits more indica-like characteristics

Reviews:

At the time of publication Jack Herer has 2,146 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.4 out of 5 (8.8 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 uses your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Jack Herer marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for the strain finder.

California Activists Begin Gathering Signatures in October to Put Cannabis Legalization on the 2014 Ballot

California’s Attorney General has recently given approval to the California Cannabis Hemp Act of 2014 (also known as the Jack Herer Initiative), which would end cannabis prohibition in the state, including private cultivation, and industrial hemp.

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Advocates in California will begin gathering signatures in October in an attempt to put legalization to a vote in 2014.

Under this initiative, the possession (and transfer) of up to 12 pounds of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to 99 plants, would be legal for any adult 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized, with the state’s legislature being mandated within 6 months to determine specific regulations.

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