As fellow stoners, we understand the need for exploring new weed strains. It keeps the excitement alive and helps break monotonous routines. This article will cover the top 10 strongest weed strains and information about each.
But before we get into that, we’d like to answer a very frequently asked question. What makes a particular weed strain “strong” or “potent”? You probably thought to yourself “THC” as you read the question, however, THC isn’t always the most reliable method to gauge the potency of a strain. The Cannabis plant, in all its complexity, contains many different Cannabinoids that act synergistically and influence the way THC reacts with our brain. It is entirely possible for you to experience widely different effects, from two different strains, with the same percentage of THC. When determining the potency of a strain, it is the combination of all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and their collective effect that produces the effects of the high.
Another important factor to note in determining the potency of a strain is the conditions in which the plant was grown. Depending on the knowledge and expertise of the grower, and the location it was grown, the same strain can vary widely in potency. Furthermore, there are many variables that contribute to the potency of a cannabis strain.
10. Death Star
Death Star is an Indica-dominant hybrid strain (75% Indica and 25% Sativa). A cross hybrid between Sensi Star and Sour Diesel strains.
THC percentage: 18-27%
Smell: The strain smells citrusy and sour like tyres and lemons.
Flavour: The Death Star tastes sweet with a tinge of a distinctive sour.
Appearance: It has broad leaves and frosty shades of purple.
Effects: Death Star has relaxing and calming effects. Expect a mellow euphoria that creeps up on you slowly, but surely. The Death Star, due to such properties is commonly used to combat the effects of depression, insomnia, nausea and anxiety, while people have also used it to treat different physical pains. With outstanding reviews, Death Star is the perfect companion for a chill weekend with friends or when you’re just trying to seize the moment alone.
9. Strawberry Cough
Strawberry Cough is a Sativa dominant hybrid strain. A cross between Strawberry Fields and Old School Staple Haze, this strain is 80% Sativa and 20% Indica.
THC percentage: 20-23%
Flavour: Creamy candy, with a sweet taste that leaves a somewhat spicy aftertaste in your mouth.
Smell: Strawberry and citrus!
Appearance: Light green shades with frosted pinkish-orange hairs.
Effects: This strain is great if you’re looking for an energized high. It makes you more focused, creative and productive. Because of its uplifting properties, Strawberry Cough is used to treat anxiety and depression symptoms along with nausea, pain and loss of appetite. Strawberry Cough is a recommended potent strain for beginners who want to experience a strong high without the paranoia.
8. Ghost Train Haze
The intriguing Ghost Train Haze is another Sativa-dominant legendary 80% Sativa and 20% Indica hybrid strain. The strain is a cross between Ghost OG and Neville’s Wreck strains.
THC Percentage: 25-27%
Smell: A citrusy smell, with hints of pine and earthy soils/florals.
Taste: Gives a sour citrusy punch followed by an earthy, spicy aftertaste. A perfect combination of its parent strains.
Appearance: White crystal trichomes with tints of orange and brown.
Effects: Perfect to stimulate your appetite, this strain makes you feel euphoric, energetic, creative and maybe just a little paranoid; which is why we wouldn’t recommend this strain if you have anxiety. This potent strain also has a lot of medical applications. In small doses, is recommended for depression and post-surgery pains while simultaneously being studied for cancer, PTSD, Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
7. Tickle Kush
Tickle Kush, is an Indica-dominant hybrid strain (70% Indica and 30% Sativa content). It is a crossover of the LA Kush and Chemdawg strains.
THC Percentage: 27-28%
Taste: A fruit salad! Expect a sweet berry or apple tart taste.
Smell: The strain has an earthy smell with hints of petrol.
Appearance: Tickle Kush looks beautiful in the sun, with a frosty blue shade and splashes of orange, green and yellow.
Effects: Tickle Kush actually ‘tickles’ your insides to make you more giggly, chatty, happy and hungry! The perfect stress reliever that combats fatigue, pain and depression, it was named as one of “Earth’s strongest strains” a couple of years back. Remember to stock up on a few snacks and take it slow when trying this out!
6. Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is another Indica-dominant (60% Indica and 40% Sativa) hybrid strain, produced as a cross of the OG Kush and the Durban Poison strains.
THC percentage: 28%
Smell: Ground nuts with earthy notes.
Taste: A sweet earthy flavor, or as some people have reported it: Lemon and mint.
Appearance: The strain has twisted green calyxes with bright orange hairs and purplish leaves.
Effects: The Girl Scout Cookies strain helps treat chronic pain, inflammation, cramps and muscle pain. An award-winning strain, The GSC produces a relaxed and happy high, known to make you more productive and creative. However, it is known to induce severe cottonmouth, so stay hydrated! This strain is considered one of the 10 strongest weed strains.
5. Gorilla Glue
Also known as 420 Glue, the GG is a balanced 50% Indica and 50% Sativa hybrid strain, although some grow it as an Indica Dominant strain, whereas some as a Sativa dominant strain. It has several parent strains-due to extensive backcrossing- Sour Diesel, Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister, and Chocolate Diesel. But is almost always a mix between the Classic Chocolate Diesel and the Sour Diesel strains.
THC percentage: 28%
Taste: Think chocolate and grapes mixed with diesel. A sweet and sour punch that sticks to your tongue long after you’re done.
Smell: Can vary according to the indica and sativa percentages. Could either have a bubblegum scent or a pine tree aroma.
Appearance: Chunky Calyxes with white trichomes and light green/ orange pistils.
Effects: The 2014 Cannabis Cup Award Winner has an uplifting and energizing effect on the mind and body. Known to relieve symptoms of Depression, Insomnia and Anxiety with its euphoric high, consumers also feel dizzy and occasionally may even end up with a headache if not careful.
4. The White
Originally called “The Triangle”, the White is an Indica dominant hybrid strain, with an 85% Indica and 15% Sativa content. The White can only be grown through the clippings of a mature plant of the same variety, making it a clone-only strain.
THC percentage: 25-30%
Taste & Smell: This unique strain is known for having little to no odour or taste. Perfect for those who are a little repelled by Cannabis aroma or taste; although you can get a flavoured one as well.
Appearance: A blanket of frosting sugar, literally! The buds are covered with white trichomes.
Effects: Knocking all the weight and stress from over your shoulder, the “White” is a powerful strain for relieving stress, treating anxiety, Insomnia, Pain, Nausea and Depression. Consumers report feeling relaxed, calm and euphoric with its use.
3. Blissful Wizard
The Blissful Wizard is a 50/50 hybrid strain made from the cross of the “Girl Scout Cookies” and the “Captain’s Cookies” strains.
THC percentage: 30-34%
Smell: Apples and Lemon-lime pie!
Taste: Smooth and sour Lemon Icecream!
Appearance: Colourful calyxes dipped in snow! (white trichomes)
Effects: The Blissful Wizard produces a head high, which is why it is commonly used as an analgesic and for depression and stress management. Its potency is also why it can agitate neck pain and headaches. Its uplifting effect immediately makes you euphoric, relaxed, focused and more social after trying Blissful Wizard. This is surely the strain to smoke before something that makes you nervous.
2. The Bruce Banner #3
Bruce Banner #3, also known as the “Incredible Hulk” is a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain (60% Sativa and 40% Indica) produced as a result of a cross between the OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel strain.
THC percentage: 30%
Smell: Earthy hash with some topical notes.
Taste: Less strong than its smell, the strain tastes earthy with hints of a citrus.
Appearance: Like the Hulk! A greenish structure covered with light, white trichomes.
Effects: Bruce Banner # 3 has strong analgesic and anti-depressant properties. It calms you down and somewhat energizes you all at the same time. We would recommend it to the real Hulk as well, maybe its namesake strain will calm him down! This is considered one of the 10 strongest weed strains.
1. King Tut
King Tut, also known as “Tutankhamun” is a Sativa dominant hybrid strain (80% Sativa and 20% Indica) that was named after one of Egypt’s most famous Pharaoh. It is from the lineage of the strain AK-47 and is extremely rare. The name of the strain gives respect to Egypt’s famous ruler, Pharoah.
THC Percentage: 25-30%
Smell: A sour fruit with citrus notes.
Taste: Fresh fruit and flowers with a slight sour undertone.
Appearance: A light green structure with pale, amber-coloured hairs.
Effects: The number one strain, the King Tut, is reviewed as the perfect companion for social gatherings and for days when you require a little extra creativity. Consumers have reported feeling energized, productive and uplifted upon its use. For medical purposes, King Tut is known for its role in the treatment of depression, chronic pains, inflammation and stress.
There you have it, our pick of the top 10 strongest weed strains, based on the type of high they produce and their common usages! These strains are for those who seek diversity in their cannabis adventures and for people going through various medical problems.