There are hundreds upon hundreds of strains of cannabis. It’s really hard to narrow down the buffet of cannabis goodness into a petite curated collection, especially since everyone has different tastes. It’s harder than trying to get everyone to agree on the best pizza joint.
Many strains have developed loyal cult followings. They’re universally loved, and their popularity makes them very easy to find. Dispensaries give the people what they want, and strains that fly off the shelves will always be restocked.
Your next favorite strain may not be one of these strains. You might find something off the beaten path that tickles your fancy better than any well-known strain does. Use these as a starting point, but follow your personal preferences.
Cannabis Works Differently for Everyone
Think about your favorite wine. You love the way it smells and tastes. You enjoy the way it makes you feel. It’s the perfect way to end a long day with a little bit of “me” time. Your favorite wine may not be your best friend’s favorite wine, and that’s perfectly fine.
Every strain has a unique balance of cannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabinoids like CBD and THC interact with your body’s cannabinoid receptors and produce noticeable physical and mental effects. Terpenes are the plant’s aromatic compounds, and they add an aromatherapeutic aspect to the experience.
You should be able to tell how a strain will work for you simply by smelling it.
- Limonene is bright and citrusy, making you feel energized and creative
- Myrcene is earthy and herbal, helping you feel soothed or sleepy
- Linalool smells like lavender, with a calming and uplifting terpene
- Pinene smells like a forest of pine trees
- Beta-caryophyllene is warm and spicy, like black pepper
- Terpinolene is fruity like a bowl of rainbow breakfast cereal
Terpenes sometimes combine to produce unique aromas and robust effect profiles. Wedding Cake is a perfect example. It tastes and smells like vanilla dough with lemon buttercream frosting. Zkittlez tastes like grape candy. Sour Diesel smells like gasoline and citrus zest.
If you can’t stand vanilla, you won’t enjoy Wedding Cake. If gasoline aromas are too much for you, Sour Diesel is unlikely to set the stage for a fun time.
The best cannabis strain of all time is subjective. It’s the one that tastes delicious to you and imparts the effects that you like. Keep that in mind when you’re browsing for something new.
GG4, also called Gorilla Glue 4 or Original Glue, is an award-winning hybrid cannabis strain. It has an earthy, piney, musty flavor. Its scent will remind you of the forest after a long rain.
This strain is extremely popular among medical cannabis patients who use it to reduce the sensation of pain and combat feelings of depression.
The general population regards GG4 as the ultimate stress buster. It imparts happy relaxation. It’s not the kind of strain that will put you right to sleep. It’s the kind of strain that will firmly plant you on the couch when you’re long overdue for a binge-watching session.
Blue Dream is a Sativa-leaning hybrid that most casual cannabis users universally love. This strain has a sweet berry flavor. It tastes a little more like blueberry candy than fresh blueberries.
Blue Dream is considered a legendary strain. Although it originated on the West Coast, dispensaries across the country keep it in stock. Almost every major cannabis farm grows Blue Dream because the demand for the strain is so great.
This strain is considered to be a perfect daytime strain. It helps to cut through feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety while elevating the mood and creativity of its users. If you’re looking for an “anytime” strain, Blue Dream will likely fit the bill.
Wedding Cake (or Pink Cookies for Canadian cannabis enthusiasts) is an Indica leaning hybrid that boasts the flavor of the lemony cake. Some people think it tastes like raw sugar cookie dough with frosting.
This award-winning strain is beloved for more than its uniquely delicious flavor. This is a well-rounded and gentle strain that produces relaxation. If you’re wound up during the day, you can use a little bit of Wedding Cake and still be productive.
You’ll simply feel a little less overwhelmed by the length of your to-do list. This type of versatility is unique in a cannabis strain, with many people finding the balance of its effects “just right.”
GSC (Girl Scout Cookies) is a wildly popular heavy hitter with a sweet, minty, fruity, and earthy flavor. This Indica-dominant hybrid produces strong effects that may be off-putting to new cannabis users. Seasoned cannabis users flock to GSC for both recreational and medical purposes.
This strain does an excellent job at reducing the perception of pain and lessening the feeling of depression, but it comes at a slight cost. This strain is notorious for making people very hungry and very thirsty. For some, this is a selling point.
Medical cannabis patients turn to GSC because they need its appetite stimulant effects for their overall wellbeing. If you’re looking to curb a snack habit, this one may not be for you.
Sour Diesel is a high octane Sativa that smells like lemons and gas. Just picture a lawnmower moving through a citrus orchard. That smell is this strain.
This very potent strain will really lift you up. People turn to Sour Diesel when they need to be highly productive.
Many people feel like it takes the edge off their anxiety and makes them more eager to socialize with friends. People dealing with stress or depression feel like this strain puts them on a happy cloud. Just be wary of its potency. If you aren’t experienced with cannabis, keep in mind that a tiny bit of Sour Diesel goes a long way.
OG Kush is a Florida-born classic that’s often regarded as the perfect hybrid cannabis strain. This strain has an earthy, piney, woody aroma reminiscent of a campfire.
OG Kush is regarded as the unofficial king of erasing away stress, pain, and anxiety. It works wonders for medical cannabis patients, and their experiences have shaped the backbone of this legendary strain’s reputation.
Just be cautious with the strain’s potency and munchie-inducing effects. If you want the benefits without the side effects, use a minimal amount of OG Kush before you eat a healthy lunch.
Granddaddy Purps is often regarded as the perfect Indica strain. It tastes like grapes with a musty undertone, almost like old red wine.
Granddaddy Purps is perfect for combatting symptoms of insomnia, stress, and anxiety. Many people find that Granddaddy Purps is the perfect addition to their bedtime routine after a tough day.
Get into some Purps and spend half an hour listening to your favorite music, journaling, or reading a great book. You’ll sleep like a baby.
How to Find The Best Strain For You
Use the most popular as a starting point. What sounds good? What commonly produces the effects you desire from a strain? Pick up a few that seem promising to you. We’re here to make the rest of the process easy.
We’ve got everything you need to start an organized journey into cannabis, and we make it easy to keep your cannabis fresh until you’ve used it up. You wouldn’t put an expensive bottle of wine in a plastic bag and shove it in your nightstand. You shouldn’t do that with your cannabis.
Get a Stori case.
The Stori Case comes with six light-proof, air-tight, travel-safe cannabis storage pods and six pre-roll tubes. The storage containers have color-coded childproof lids.
If you’re trying a strain for the first time and your dispensary sells single pre-rolls, grab one.
You’ll be able to try the strain without committing to several grams. If you’re not crazy about the strain, you won’t generate any waste. Pop it right in the Stori tube.
Once your tubes and pods are full, open up the Stori app. You’ll be able to plug in strain information for each color-coded storage container. You can list the name of the strain, when and where you bought it, your personal rating, and any notes you have about the strain.
You can also use the app to find similar strains. If you liked the way GSC made you feel, but you’d prefer a strain that didn’t give you the munchies, you can browse related strains that are less likely to cause that side effect.
It might take you a while to build a curated and functional collection of the perfect strains for you, but it’s a fun journey. Make the most of it, stay organized, and enjoy your experimentation.