One of the best things about marijuana is the seemingly unlimited variety of strains and cultivars available to patients and recreational users. They might not be the best strains for everyone, but this list of the most popular cannabis strains of 2016 takes into account the people-pleasers, to the judge-approved, and the downright most functional strains on the market. Here are the strains that flew off dispensary shelves this year.
Girl Scout Cookies has been a popular for what seems, at least in cannabis years, to be forever. The buds are a multi-color spectacle and smell distinctly of the terpene caryophyllene, which inhibits cancer growth and eases anxiety. Originating from OG Kush and Durban Poison parents in California, GSC has now had many offspring (phenotypes) of her own, including Platinum Cookies, the Forum Cut, and Thin Mints. Thanks to its strong genotype, Girl Scout Cookies has won multiple Cannabis Cups
and continues to provide quick relief of nausea, pain, chronic stress, and anorexia nervosa for thousands worldwide. A little goes a long way, so it happens to be an economical bud, as well.
Sour Diesel never seems to go out of style. It’s a powerful, and loaded with flavor—although some cannabis users don’t appreciate the intensity of the Pinesol-esque terpene profile. The buds are almost menacing with their long, fiery orange hairs and frosty trichomes and in this case the more pungent the aroma the better you can expect the bud to be. Sour Diesel offers a very soothing and uplifting effect that is a popular choice for those who need to medicate during the day without losing the spring in their step.
Charlotte’s Web was specifically cultivated by Colorado breeders The Stanley Brothers for a young epileptic patient named Charlotte whose parents first administered her the cannabis oil made from the hemp-derived product to relieve her constant seizures. Charlotte’s Web contains less than 0.3% THC but is high in cannabidiol
, or CBD, making it great for those who don’t want their medication to affect their daily tasks.
Durban Poison is a classic sativa strain originating from the South African city of Durban. Its sweet taste and energizing effects make it suitable for daytime medication. Durban Poison has experienced growing popularity among concentrate enthusiasts who enjoy the over-sized resin glands which produce good quality concentrates thanks to the thick coating of trichomes on the buds. One Colorado-based reviewer Durban Poison
for his ADHD.
Blackberry Kush is an indica-dominant strain that is a mix of Afghani and Blackberry strains and has beautiful dark purple buds that contrast beautifully against the rust-colored hairs. Blackberry Kush tends to have a punchy, sweet berry aroma and taste and, thanks to its strong indica body effects, is a relaxing way to end the day.
Khalifa Kush, aka Wiz Khalifa OG, is a hybrid that was bred specifically for the rap artist Wiz Khalifa (it seems 2016 was his year too). It is supposedly a phenotype of the OG strain, which accounts for the relaxing and mellow body buzz that follows the uplifting, creative and energetic buzz that first hits. Those who regularly medicate with Khalifa Kush say that the effects and aromas are similar to that of OG Kush: sour lemon and pine, with a powerful nulling effect on chronic fatigue, chronic stress or anxiety, depression, and muscle spasms.
Blue Dream is perhaps the most popular, best-selling marijuana strain right now and there are a lot of reasons that make it a dispensary list topper
. Take the facts that it isn’t super strong, making it easily enjoyable anytime and any place, and that it has a heavenly blueberry aroma. This sativa-dominant hybrid can be used to medicate during the day or as a light night cap.