28 Weed Strains Everyone Needs to Try

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There are more weed strains than ever before — so many so that it can be tough to know where to start. But thanks to new research, we have an improved understanding of the effects each weed strain produces as well as each's unique flavor. What does this mean for you? If you live in a place that has legalized the herb, you have more control over your experience than anyone in history. But with great power comes great responsibility: you have to choose between thousands of delicious and alluring cannabis strains.

Be not afeared. Whether you’re looking to mix up your smoke session or are new to our favorite herb, here are the best cannabis strains to spark up in 2021.

Disclaimer: The following was written for informational purposes. It is not medical advice. If you have a medical condition or a question or concern, please speak with your medical professional. We’re not doctors.

The 10 Most Popular Weed Strains

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 of the most popular varieties, according to search data. Though popular does not mean that they are the best, it does give you a jumping off point for finding the effects and flavors you like.

  1. Wedding Cake
  2. Gelato
  3. Gorilla Glue
  4. Blue Dream
  5. Purple Punch
  6. Ice Cream Cake
  7. Mimosa
  8. Girl Scout Cookies
  9. Northern Lights
  10. Cherry Pie

The best way to taste any strain's unique flavor profile is to use a silicone bong that won't pollute you herb (and will deliver a potent hit every time).

Wedding Cake Strain

Typically described as mood-boosting, Wedding Cake is one of the most popular varieties because of its elevating properties. Wedding Cake is a genetic cross between Girl Scout Cookies and Cherry Pie. It gets its name through its flavor profile, which is likened to a creamy cake.

  • Effects: This high-THC strain is typically euphoric and calming
  • Flavors: Herbal and lemon-y
  • THC Content: 25% (high THC content)
  • CBD Content: Less than 1%
  • Terpenes: Limonene, myrcene

See our terpene chart for more information.

Gelato Weed Strain

Gelato is often described as sweet and citrus with notes of lavender. Gelato can produce creative focus. It is also known for its stabilizing properties. Some use it to reduce inflammation and chronic.

  • Effects: May produce a sense of creative euphoria
  • Flavors: Sweet, berry, citrus
  • THC Content: 20%
  • CBD Content: Less than 1%
  • Terpenes: Limonene, caryophyllene

Gorilla Glue

Also known as Gorilla Glue #4, this iconic weed strain is world-famous for high THC content and body high. A great, euphoric way to end the day, though beware of couch lock (hence the “glue”).

  • Effects: Relaxxxx, and don't be surprised if you experience cotton mouth
  • Flavors: Not known to have the strongest flavor (but smells sour or diesel-like)
  • THC Content: 26% (can even be over 30%)
  • CBD Content: Less than 0.1%
  • Terpenes: Caryophyllene
lemon og weed strain

Pictured: Lemon OG

Blue Dream Cannabis Strain

This hybrid is famous for its sweet, fruity aroma and full-on body high. It is not ideal for falling asleep; instead, use it during the day or socially.

  • Effects: Relaxing yet energizing body high
  • Flavors: Aptly named after berries, Blue Dream also has notes of floral and citrus (it’s a cross of Blueberry and Haze weed strains)
  • THC Content: 20%
  • CBD Content: 0.2%
  • Terpenes:

Purple Punch

This indica-dominant variety tastes a little like Kool-Aid. If you’re looking for strong, cerebral effects and some sedation, Purple Punch (which is as strong as its name suggests) is the way to go. May put you to sleep, depending on your disposition, and may put you in a better mood.

  • Effects: Cerebral, sedating, mood-elevating
  • Flavors: Kool-Aid, berry, grape
  • THC Content: usually 15%
  • CBD Content: 1%
  • Terpenes: Caryophyllene, lomonene, pinene

Ice Cream Cake Weed Strain

This aptly-named cross between Wedding Cake and Gelato has the cheesyness and sweetness of its parent strains. Get ready for euphoria and some couch lock.

  • Effects: Calming, mood-boosting
  • Flavors: Sweet, Creamy, Cheesy
  • THC Content: 20% or more
  • CBD Content: n/a
  • Terpenes: Limonene, caryophyllene, linalool

Mimosa Weed Strain

Named after the iconic vacation/weekend drink, Mimosa is great for relaxing infused with euphoria. It may also be an effective pain reliever or energizer for those suffering from fatigue.

  • Effects: Energizing, relaxing, euphoria
  • Flavors: Sour, Orange
  • THC Content: 20%
  • CBD Content: Less than 1%
  • Terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, limonene

Girl Scout Cookies

A hybrid of Durban Poison and OG Kush, Girl Scout Cookies is known for it’s sweetness and euphoria. It also may produce the munchies and sedate you. A great weed strain for relieving stress at the end of the day.

  • Effects: Sedating, appetite-stimulating, euphoria, stress-relief
  • Flavors: Earthy, sweet
  • THC Content: 27% (very high)
  • CBD Content: 1%
  • Terpenes: Caryophyllene, limonene, humulene

Northern Lights

This indica is known for producing sleepiness and stimulating appetite. If you’re looking to relax — on the couch and with some chocolate — this could be the variety for you.

  • Effects: Relaxing, sedating, appetite-stimulating
  • Flavors: Earthy and sweet
  • THC Content: 25%
  • CBD Content: n/a
  • Terpenes: Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Limonene

Cherry Pie Weed Strain

A great head-high, Cherry Pie may boost your mood and inspire creativity. One of the best weed strains for focus, also great socially. Expect some cotton mouth.

  • Effects: Mood-boosting, creative, focusing
  • Flavors: Cherry, sweet, sour
  • THC Content: 20%
  • CBD Content: less than 1%
  • Terpenes: Myrcene, caryophyllene, pinene
best weed strains for sex

8 Best Cannabis Strains for Sex

We’re just going to come out and say it: weed is great for sex, especially for women. But couch lock will do you no favors (neither will getting wicked baked). In other words, high-THC is your friend.

Keep in mind that when it comes to the best cannabis strains for sex, less is more. You can always smoke up after.

  1. Wedding Cake to rev up your sex drive
  2. Thai to relieve stress
  3. Lemon Meringue for energy
  4. Amnesia Haze for keeping it calm
  5. Skywalker OG for feeling less self-conscious
  6. Blue Dream for a confidence boost
  7. Super Lemon Haze to kick things up a notch
  8. Sour Diesel to feel everything more

Should you consider indica vs sativa on your quest to find the best weed strains for sex? Maybe. New research shows that terpene content may matter more than the sativa and indica dichotomy. The best way to find out is to try a few different strains and see what works for you and your partner.

Are Edibles Good for Sex?

Probably not, considering their potency and tendency to kick in at different times for different people. Fun fact: the more estrogen someone has in their body, the more potent THC may be. This means that women may experience cannabis — and specifically edibles — stronger than men, especially during different times of the month.

Also, things can get very intense with edibles… and feeling their effects can be a slow process. Proceed with caution.

The Best Medicinal Cannabis Strains for Pain

People have been using cannabis for pain management for centuries. Applications range from reducing soreness, inflammation, cramps, and illness or treatment-related pain, especially for cancer and AIDS patients.

Disclaimer: The following is not medical advice. If you are experiencing pain, suffering from a serious condition, or have a question or concern, speak with a medical professional.

  1. Harlequin: Pain-relief without going to sleep
  2. Northern Lights: Relaxation (and couch-lock)
  3. Bubba Kush: Sleeping
  4. Master Kush: Sleeping (and super potent)
  5. ACDC: Best of both worlds (CDB and THC)

What Makes Some Weed Strains Better for Discomfort?

Some suggest that weed with a balance of THC and CBD is most effective, rather than looking for THC dominance. This is thanks to a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. In short, the entourage effect postulates that weed may be more potent when its cannabinoids and terpenes exist side-by-side rather than in artificial isolation (ex: CBD distillate).

How to Take Weed Strains for Pain

The most effective way to use cannabis for pain management depends on the person and the type of discomfort. For example, some use topicals for muscle cramps or other physical injuries. Edibles may provide longer-lasting, but slower activating, pain management. Smoking your favorite weed strain is a great way to feel its effects immediately, though they’re shorter-lasting.

  • Smoking and vaping: Faster
  • Dabbing: Fast and extremely potent
  • Edibles: Longer-lasting
  • Topicals: Localized

Like enjoying your favorite weed strain recreationally, the best way to use medicinal cannabis depends on personal preference and desired outcome.

best weed strain for creativity

Best Weed Strains for Creativity

Every 420 enthusiast knows that cannabis makes you think and feel differently than you do while sober. But this isn’t just dorm room talk: research suggests that the herb elevates creativity (specifically verbal fluency).

The typical answer for which weed strain makes you the most creative is: Look for a THC. Here are a few of our favorite strains to get the mind rolling.

  • Chem Dog: Great for an energetic, creative high
  • Purple Haze: There’s a good reason why Jimi Hendrix was such a fan
  • Sour Disel: A sativa-dominant ideal for enlivening cerebral effects
  • Jillibean: Boost your mood and relax while feeling super creative
  • Space Queen: Aptly named, it will transport you to a different planet
  • Jack Herer: Get motivated, like Jack Herer himself

Best Cannabis Strains for Nausea

One of the many amazing properties of our favorite plant is its ability to curb nausea. For many, medical cannabis is a go-to solution for effective nausea treatment, whether it’s illness-related or habitual.

  1. Northern Lights may also help with pain and insomnia
  2. Blue Dream, which may boosts appetite 
  3. Sour Diesel
  4. Durban Poison could also help with migraines
  5. Lemon Haze (and Super Lemon Haze) may also reduce dizziness
  6. Blueberry Diesel, a mix of Sour Diesel and Blueberry, it’s also very relaxing
  7. Jack Herer, which is known in Amsterdam coffeeshops for its medical properties

The Best Weed Strains According to the Experts (Us)

Cannabis has never been more varied — or delicious. But knowing where to start or what to try next can be struggle. One way is to think about the effects you’re looking to experience. Relaxation at the end of the day? Inspiring creative work? Socializing with friends? Relieving pain? There are weed strains that may produce all these effects and more.

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