12 of the most popular strains on Weedmaps
When it comes to cannabis, “what’s the best weed?” is one of the most asked questions of all time. Truth is there is no answer because weed is such an individualistic experience. Whatever cannabis strains make your body feel great may make someone else’s head hurt; just like whatever cannabis strains make you feel sleepy could make someone else feel energized.
Though the best weed will forever be subjective, the popularity of weed strains is answerable through data and cultural impact. Here are the 12 most popular cannabis strains on the Weedmaps Strains platform, our database of strain information, including genetics and growing conditions, top reported effects and flavors, and retailers carrying strains near you.
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OG Kush is the world-famous California legend that was first propagated in Florida but popularized in Los Angeles. It has a complex mix of sour, skunky and citrus aromas and flavors, thanks to its myrcene, limonene and caryophyllene terpenes. While its flavors are well-known, the effects are what really made OG Kush famous.
OG Kush is the original hybrid with potent, heavy and long-lasting effects that leave you super stoned, yet not exactly stuck on the couch. Many of the strains we love today come from OG Kush, whether they be crosses or phenotypes, including Kosher Kush, Triangle Kush and SFV OG.
Recently, Seth Rogen confirmed the strain Pineapple Express didn’t exist until they made the movie, so there’s your chicken and egg.
There are plenty of strains with all kinds of genetics being sold as Pineapple Express these days. The most-known variation is from G13 Labs, who crossed Trainwreck and Hawaiian to produce a cannabis cultivar with citrus and tropical flavors, backed by a Kushy earthiness (you can thank Trainwreck for that one).
The high gets you high and a little in your head, but overall you’re just stoned and happy.
AK-47 is one of those super popular strains that people don’t know too much information about, other than the buds are usually dense and flooded with orange hairs. The lineage is thought to be a mix of Colombian, Mexican, Thai and Afghani genetics. One of those under-the-radar popular strains, you know?
Regardless of where and how we got AK-47, the high is well-known for being strong, long-lasting, and mentally stimulating.
Blue Dream is the single most well-known cannabis strain in the world. So much so that there are various genetics and strains that claim to be the real BD. With that in mind, the majority of us know Blue Dream as a cross between a Haze and a Blueberry.
The lovers of Blue Dream champion its sweet flavor and mood-boosting effects that make it the perfect example of a feel-good cannabis strain. It’s reported mood-boosting and head effects are so widespread they have made their way into the mainstream.
Gelato came out of nowhere and set the game ablaze years ago. It’s the most viewed strain on Weedmaps Strains. Californians especially love it. Named after the dessert, this strain has a variety of flavors. Some cultivars are grapey and gassy; some are berry and earthy; some are just straight-up sweet and floral.
Regardless of how your Gelato smells, those potent effects are coming through and fast. Most people reserve Gelato for the latter parts of the day due to its ability to couch-lock you for a few hours.
While there’s no doubting the popularity of Green Crack, it may come as a surprise that it’s the second most viewed strain on Weedmaps Strains.
Green Crack is one of those cultivars that people always suggest for daytime consumption because of its cerebral effects. It usually hits you with an “Oh, HELLO, yup, I’m up” kind of high. The buds are pretty with light green and orange colors and the aroma is usually sour and citrusy.
Purple Haze is one of the strains that people who don’t even smoke know about, largely thanks to the namesake song and 60s psychedelic culture.
Thankfully, it’s such a great bud that it deserves to be celebrated for its influence in weed culture.
The high is potently relaxing, exactly like the experience people attribute to any substance with this name — thanks to Jimi Hendrix.
Sour Diesel, also known as Sour D, Sour Dies or East Coast Sour Diesel, is another strain that has surpassed cannabis culture and is now known in general pop culture. The name comes from its sour and citrus flavor. The diesel kicks in on the aroma when you squeeze the buds, but overall this strain is more lemony and earthy than gassy.
Sour Diesel lineage is thought to be Chemdog 91 and Skunk, though there are now so many Sour Diesel strains on the market that there’s truly no telling if what you’re buying is the true Sour.
Effects-wise, people seek out Sour Diesel to help propel them through the day. Many say it’s energIzing and focusing, others say it’s calming and euphoric.
Wedding Cake is one of the more popular strains of the new age. Thank Seed Junky for that.
Wedding Cake is named for having a sweet and dough-like flavor and thick smoke. It coats your mouth, leaving a lasting aftertaste that hits exactly like a slice of vanilla-flavored cake. Though the aroma holds strong, the flavor falls through with more earthy and floral notes than sweet icing when you smoke it.
Wedding Cake is a high THC strain with content usually averaging around 20 percent or better. Effects come on slow, starting in the head before gradually hitting the body with a floaty feeling. Wedding Cake is the definition of being on Cloud 9.
Another in the line of sweet, cookie-focused strains is Biscotti, the third most viewed strain in our lineup. Biscotti is a Cookies cross of GSC, Gelato #25 and South Florida OG with a sweet and buttery aroma.
Truthfully, Biscotti looks and smells great, but the effects are a little middle of the road. You’ll be stoned, but it’ll be mostly in the head, which isn’t what you’d expect from a brand that’s known for producing heavy hitters like Runtz and Gary Payton.
Kush Mints is fairly new to the world of strains, and because of that, there isn’t much information about it. All that’s known is that it was bred by Seed Junky, who gave us Wedding Cake, so you already know it’s some fire.
Kush Mints is said to have a strong minty flavor and produces relaxed and calming effects.
Forbidden Fruit is one of the tastiest strains out there. It has a mix of tropical, berry, fruity and slightly gassy flavors. It almost like pouring out the blue bag of Skittles into a rolling paper and lighting up. No, better yet, it’s like smoking a glass of Berry Medley V8 Splash.
Forbidden Fruit was bred by crossing Tangie and Cherry Pie, and if you can find it as a concentrate, definitely snatch it up for one of the most terpene-forward weed experiences possible. Cannabis flavors get no better than this.
Find hundreds of strains and where to buy them on Weedmaps Strains.
Though the best weed will forever be subjective, the popularity of weed strains is answerable through data and cultural impact.
Hip-hop has always had a love affair with marijuana. Whether it’s the calming effect it can have on the nerves, the creative spark that it can provide, or the communal aspect that comes with passing a joint around the studio, it remains something of the unofficial “sixth element” of the genre.
While fans have always attempted to emulate their favorite artists by trying to dress like them, the rise in marijuana culture – thanks to a shift in perception due to changing laws – has also given listeners the ability to not only step into their favorite artist’s shoes, but also inhale the same marijuana-laden smoke as their rap heroes.
In honor of 4/20, we take a look at the preferred weed strains for some of the biggest names in hip-hop right now.
Favorite strain: All Saints OG, Private Reserve OG, Amy Winehouse, Herijuana, Girl Scout Cookies What Leafly says: “Herijuana is an indica with very strong flavor. Provides great body-numbing effects to free you from pain, nice strain to smoke when chilling at home.”
If there is one artist who best embodies the convergence of hip-hop and weed, it’s Snoop Dogg. Although there was a six-month period back in 2003 when he abstained from smoking, ultimately, the Doggfather reverted back to his old ways which at one point involved smoking “81 blunts a day.”
In 2015, he furthered his commitment to the culture by launching Merry Jane – a digital media platform he called “a crossroads of pot culture, business, politics, health.”
Perhaps lost in his grandiose stoner lifestyle is what he actually prefers when smoking. It seems quite apropos that when he and Curren$y discussed their favorite strains, he couldn’t name just one. Of the various strains he pointed to, all have calming effects which would explain why Snoop never seems too worried about anything.
Favorite strain: Khalifa Kush What Leafly says: “The ‘real’ Khalifa Kush is supposedly unavailable to the public, but those who have acquired strains under this name say that the effects and aromas are similar to that of OG Kush: sour lemon and pine, with an active cerebral buzz ideal for morning and daytime use.”
If Snoop Dogg ever decides to pass the stoner rap torch, Wiz Khalifa would probably be the top choice. According to Medium, approximately 69% of all of his songs are about weed.
“I’m not sober, ever. I wake up and get high.”
Like any budding entrepreneur, Khalifa looked to use his star status and passion for weed as the basis for a business venture – launching “Khalifa Kush” with help from Colorado-based RiverRock Cannabis. A phenotype of OG Kush first created by San Francisco dispensary the Cookie Co. 415, the venture had to be mimicked in Colorado because of federal laws that don’t allow the transport of plants across stat lines.
“Weed is a freedom drug,” Khalifa said. “So you have to use it within your routine. You can either pick and be like, ‘yo, I’m going to be a pothead’ and smoke weed and function on weed, or you can be like, ‘yo, I’m going to do everything I need to do during the day and at the end of the day I’m going to smoke weed and that’s going to be me relaxing and chilling. Pick in between those two things and make it work for you.”
Favorite strain: OG Kush What Leafly says: “OG Kush is cherished for its ability to crush stress under the weight of its heavy euphoria. It carries an earthy pine and sour lemon scent with woody undertones, an aroma that has become the signature of OG Kush varieties and descendants.”
With songs in his illustrious catalog like “Dr. Greenthumb” and “Smoke Weed,” B-Real of Cypress Hill has been championing marijuana culture for almost 25 years.
“I think music and marijuana go hand in hand,” he said.
In addition to creating music about his passion, B-Real is another hip-hop veteran who is attempting to cash in on the burgeoning California marijuana industry. In February 2015, he was given a license to open a shop and grow his own products in Santa Ana, California.
“We have the Jet Fuel OG and the Dr. Greenthumb Tangerine,” he said. “We’ve been involved in the culture since the early ’90s. It was about taking the strain we’ve been working with since since then and branding the strain we make under our banner.”
As for his own personal smoking tastes, B-Real relies on a genre favorite: OG Kush.
“Back home, the strain we smoke is OG Kush; it’s a staple in Southern California,” B-Real told High Times. “In New York City, there’s the Sour Diesel — that’s a favorite. But in Amsterdam, I like all the Hazes.”
Favorite strain: Soul Assassin OG What Leafly says: “It is an indica-dominant hybrid that produces smooth, expansive smoke with an aroma of pungent diesel, and citrus fumes. Soul Assassin OG evokes sleepy, knockout indica effects that help silence any pain, stress or tension from a long a day.”
TDE’s ScHoolboy Q made his weed preferences known on Mac Miller’s 2013 release, “Gees,” from his album Watching Movies with the Sound Off, rapping, “Flashy as high beams, smoking on good weed, something from kush seeds, the only strand to smoke for us OGs.”
In honor of 4/20, we take a look at the preferred weed strains for some of the biggest names in hip-hop right now.