Doesn’t it seem like every year the cannabis just keeps getting better and better? It’s not your imagination. Innovative breeders, cultivators, and geneticists keep coming out with great new strains. Yet, we decided to compile a list of the top 10 weed strains in Washington (plus a two bonus strains).
As you can imagine, limiting ourselves to ten strains wasn’t easy! (In fact, we had to add two bonus strains to fit in a couple of High-CBD strains.) Clearly, there are dozens (or, hundreds) of strains deserving to be on this list but didn’t want to go overboard. Given how many epic strains there are out there, we compiled this list by making sure we including a healthy mix of strains, representing indicas, sativas, hybrids, old strains, consistently popular strains, and even CBD strains.
Top 10 Weed Strains in Washington: INDICAS
Grand Daddy Purple
Type: Indica Dominant
Genetics: Purple Urkle X Big Bud
Flavor: Grape, Berry, Sweet
Effects: Relaxed, Sleepy, Happy, Euphoric, Munchies
Introduced in 2003 by Ken Estes, Granddaddy Purple (or GDP) is a famous indica cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud. This California staple inherits a complex grape and berry aroma from its Purple Urkle parent, while Big Bud passes on its oversized, compact bud structure. GDP flowers bloom in shades of deep purple, a contrastive backdrop for its snow-like dusting of white crystal resin.
Type: Indica Dominant
Genetics: Chem D X SFV OG
Flavor: Pure fuel and gas with Chem D flavors at the forefront
Effects: Powerful Head and Body High
Considered one of the best strains to debut in 2018, this strain traces its lineage to Chem D and SFV OG. With sky potency that can reach close to 30% THC, this strain is not for the novice. You’ll love its signature award-winning head and body high.
Motor Breath is great for recreational users and medical patients, particularly those suffering from chronic pain and other ailments. A few puffs and your worries will melt away.
The brains behind Motor Breath is @Sticky_ Icky_O.G, who found the incredibly desirable feminized cultivar, Chem D x SFV OG. The strain is also great for concentrates, so keep your eyes out!
Genetics: Granddaddy Purple x Larry OG
Flavor: Grape, Berry, Sweet
Effects: Relaxed, Euphoric, Happy, Sleepy, Uplifted
Purple Punch is the sweet and sedating union of two indica-dominant classics. By breeding Larry OG with Granddaddy Purple, the astonishing trichome laden Purple Punch was born, smelling of grape candy, blueberry muffins, and tart Kool-Aid. The potency of this strain gives the consumer a one-two punch to the head and body, initially landing between the eyes and settling down into the limbs. Purple Punch is a delicious dessert strain that is best suited for after dinner. Its effects may help with managing nausea, stress, minor body aches, and sleeplessness.
Purple Punch was bred and discovered by Supernova Gardens in Hawaii back in 2012. The company discovered a female Grand Daddy Purp from an old pack of Granddaddy Genetics’ GDP and crossed it with a Larry OG male from a pack of seeds from the Cali Connection. This variety was passed around to a few people, but it didn’t really find the spotlight until it got into the hands of @Budologist420 and @_TheVillage. Pictures of Purple Punch started showing up on Instagram a short while later, and that’s when it really started to take off. It’s some of the most photogenic and tasty cannabis around!
Type: Indica Dominant Hybrid
Genetics: Fruity Pebbles x Grape Pie
Flavor: Sweet, Chocolatey, Creamy
Effects: Powerful Body High, Relaxation, Restfulness
Coming from the Exotikz line of strains, Sundae Driver was popularized by its sister company Jungle Boys, alongside flavors like Strawberry Shortcake and Purple Punch. Living up to its name, Sundae Driver almost tastes exactly like the dessert, almost as if sugary marshmallow dust is dancing across your tongue when you inhale, with fine notes of chocolate syrup. Bred from a combination of Fruity Pebbles and Grape Pie, the Sundae Driver will relax you like an easy Sunday morning, or act as the perfect nightcap before you turn in for the evening.
A feminized cross of Fruity Pebbles x Grape Pie, Sundae Driver is one of the best weed strains of the year and represents another exquisite creation from Cannarado. This frosty variety exhibits incredible resin production with a scent and taste of grape-jelly donuts. The phenotype hunted down by Jungle Boyz caused a ruckus online with high-definition macro photos showing almost-white nuggets that look like they’re covered in tiny diamonds. Due to high demand, the resale value of these rare seeds jumped nearly 1,900 percent, so if you have an unopened pack of these, cherish them and grow out a mom of your own.
Type: Sativa-dominant Hybrid Strain
Genetics: Haze hybrid x Northern Lights #5 x Shiva Skunk
Flavor: Pine, Woody, Earthy
Effects: Happy, Uplifted, Energetic, Euphoric, Focused
Jack Herer was created in the Netherlands in the mid-1990s, where it was later distributed by Dutch pharmacies as a recognized medical-grade strain. Since then, the spicy, pine-scented sativa has taken home numerous awards for its quality and potency. Many breeders have attempted to cultivate this staple strain themselves in sunny or Mediterranean climates, and indoor growers should wait 50 to 70 days for Jack Herer to flower.
Although the genetics are kept secret, it is believed Jack Herer stems from the lineage of Northern Lights mixed with the offspring of Shiva Skunk and Haze. It’s a world-renowned Sativa-dominant Hybrid strain that is known mostly for its ability to create a clear-headed buzz coupled with a boost of focused energy. Jack Herer has quickly become one of my go-to strains to bring an instant smile to my face and relieve any stress I can feel building up inside of me.
Jack Herer is a very popular day-time strain promoted by Jack Herer himself — a legendary, life-long activist and author of ‘The Hemperor Wears No Clothes,” which has sold over 600,000 copies. Now, the book is available to download for free for everyone to read and enjoy via the internet. Try the CBD 1:1 Jack Herer Distillate Applicator – Crystal Clear.
Type: Sativa Landrace (100% Sativa)
Genetics: Landrace Strain
Flavor: Earthy, Pine, Sweet
Effects: Energetic (Like Espresso), Uplifted, Happy, Euphoric, Focused
landrace Sativa variety from South Africa, Durban Poison is known for its spicy/sweet anise-like smell and taste and it’s clear-headed cerebral effect. Though it’s a (normally) pure Sativa, most versions finish fairly quickly and don’t stretch like crazy. Many claim the real South African Durban Poison is very racy and finishes as long as 120 days, but that’s not the case for the versions available in seed form (Afropips and African Seeds seems to be the longest to finish).
A South African landrace variety, Durban is known for possessing a very distinct blend of sweet and spicy smells — fennel/anise, orange, lemon, and a creamy sweetness are the most common descriptors.
Durban is known for possessing a very distinct blend of sweet and spicy smells — fennel/anise, orange, lemon, and a creamy sweetness are the most common descriptors.
Type: Sativa-Dominant (65%:35%)
Genetics: Skunk #1
Flavor: Earthy, Sweet, Citrus, Lemon
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Uplifted, Focused, Euphoric
Similar to the likes of Blue Dream, Chemdawg, or OG Kush, the Green Crack strain has become a staple in the cannabis industry. It is a Sativa-dominant hybrid known to be very racy, with genetics linking to Skunk #1 and an unknown strain.
This strain’s famously compact bud structure, spicy/sweet flavor, and uplifting cerebral effect makes it obvious why Green Crack is so popular among MMJ patients.
How Will The Green Crack Cannabis Strain Affect Me? The Green Crack strain provides an extremely energetic (almost overwhelming) head-high that will have you bouncing off the walls (figuratively, not literally). Despite the strain’s name causing controversy within the industry, I do feel that the strain name is a playful identifier for the type of experience you may encounter when medicating Green Crack. “Green Crack is my ultimate go-to wake and bake strain.” Frankly, if a batch of Green Crack fails to make me clean my entire house, then I start to question how good the batch of Green Crack was… it’s that powerful. Often considered to be one of the most “heady” strains available, Green Crack is sativa-dominant [thanks to the overwhelming amount of Skunk #1 in its genetics].
Genetics: Sunset Sherbert x Blue Cookies
Flavor: Berry, blueberry, and sweet.
Effects: Creative, Euphoric, Relaxed. Powerful Cerebral High. Body Relaxation.
Sunset Sherbet, also sometimes referred to as Sunset Sherbert, (the names are literally interchangeable), is a sweet and intoxicating marijuana strain with a name that matches its uplifting effects and tasty flavor profile. Cannabis consumers love SS for its ability to turn sour moments into something beautiful, for the mood-altering abilities of this strain are powerful, as well as its capabilities of healing the body. It acts as a well-balanced medicine that is ideal particularly in the evening or later, after work hours, where this hybrid cannabis strain can shine best. The specific creation of this breed was the altering of a fan-favorite, Girl Scout Cookies.
Type: Hybrid (Slightly Indica Dominant)
Genetics: Girl Scout Cookies x Cherry Pie
Flavor: Delicious, just like a wedding cake! Hints of Cherry Pie, Cookies, Sugar, Spice, Ginger, Skunky
Effects: Relaxed, Happy, Euphoric, Uplifted, Hungry. Packs a serious punch!
Wedding Cake is a delicious hybrid, Indica-dominant weed. Its parents were themselves selected for their delicious tastes, these are Girl Scout Cookies weed, and Cherry Pie strain marijuana. The parents, in turn, have the genetics also of OG Kush, Durban Poison, and Granddaddy Purple, producing not only a delicious weed but one that packs a serious punch, with THC levels in excess of 25 percent.
Wedding Cake, also known as Pink Cookies, is the familial genetic cross of Girl Scout Cookies and Cherry Pie. This delectable treat is rich with tangy sweet earth and pepper, taking notes and dimension from its OG and Durban Poison parentage. Enjoy this double dose of dense dankness with care, as certain farms have noted THC content upwards of 25% or greater. Bar none, one of the best strains of 2018!
Type: Hybrid (Slightly Sativa Dominant)
Genetics: Blueberry x Haze
Flavor: Berry, Blueberry, Sweet Berry
Effects: Happy, Relaxed, Euphoric, Uplifted, Creative
Blue Dream is a slightly sativa dominant hybrid (60% sativa/40% indica) strain that is a potent cross between the hugely popular Blueberry X Haze strains. This infamous bud boasts a moderately high THC level that ranges from 17-24% on average and a myriad of both indica and sativa effects. Users describe the Blue Dream high as having an immediate onset of an uplifting cerebral head high that leaves you completely motivated and focused with waves of creative energy that hit quickly and hard.
This is accompanied by a mellow relaxing body high that leaves you warmed, numb, and completely pain-free. Due to these potent combination effects, Blue Dream is said to be an ideal strain for treating patients suffering from conditions such as chronic stress, chronic pain due to injury or illness, mild to moderate cases of depression, and sleep disorders, including insomnia. Blue Dream has a delicious aroma of sweet blueberry pie and a taste of sugary sweet blueberries that stays on your tongue long after smoking. This bud has large dense yet fluffy popcorn-shaped bright neon green nugs with amber and blue hairs and rich blue undertones. These nugs are dusted with a fine layer of sandy milky white trichomes and sweet sticky resin.
TWO BONUS CBD STRAINS
Genetics: Cannatonic x Sour Tsunami
Flavor: Lemon, Citrus, Woody, Earthy
Effects: Relaxed, Happy, Uplifted, Focused, Euphoric
Searching for a relaxing high-CBD strain? Canna-Tsu is the upbeat bud that has something to offer both medical and recreational consumers.
Canna-Tsu is a hybrid cannabis strain that combines genetics from two CBD-rich parents, Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami. Sweet earthy flavors activate on the exhale, complementing the subtle citrus aroma that radiates from Canna-Tsu’s buds. Because of its high-CBD, low-THC cannabinoid profile, Canna-Tsu delivers its mellow effects with mental clarity. Strains high in CBD like Canna-Tsu are highly demanded by patients treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, and seizures.
Searching for a new high-CBD strain to try? Those who happen to come across Canna-Tsu are in luck. This CBD strain features a surprisingly pleasant yet pungent aroma and close to a one to one ratio of CBD to THC. The result is an upbeat and relaxing bud perfect for taking the edge off of just about any occasion. Here’s why Canna-Tsu might just be one of the most lovable hybrids around.
Canna-Tsu is an easygoing hybrid cross between two respected high-CBD strains, Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami. Both strains are themselves hybrids, providing relaxed and upbeat experiences without a psychoactive high. The resulting lovechild, Canna-Tsu, is a happy-go-lucky kind of bud with some delightful mood-boosting properties.
Genetics: MK Ultra x G13 Haze
Flavor: Sweet, Earthy, Woody.
Effects: Relaxed, Happy, Uplifted, Sleepy, Focused.
This strain is an even blend of sativa and indica (50:50 sativa/indica ratio). It’s a great medical strain high in CBD, a chemical used to treat severe seizures and other conditions. But it’s very low in THC 7–15% at most – so Cannatonic isn’t a good bet for getting high, despite its name. The high, such as it is, is relaxed and uplifting with both mental and physical qualities. Cannatonic has an earthy smell, with a woody citrus flavor. It’s most popular in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Michigan. This strain is best for treating epilepsy and pain, as it provides a deep feeling of relaxation with uplifting cerebral effects. Cannatonic is a hybrid blend of MK Ultra, an indica, and the legendary G-13 Haze, an indica-dominant hybrid. The strain was bred to produce a greater ratio of sativa to indica, and that helps keep the head high clear. Possible side effects include dry mouth, while anxiety and paranoia are less likely.
Again, this is hardly an exhaustive list. There are just so many great strains, but these certainly are a few of our favorites. We’re fortunate in the Pacific Northwest to have the ideal ecosystem to cultivate some of the best cannabis in the world. Washington has plenty of new strains that have come out and others in the pipeline. Keep your eyes out for Cannaman Coffee, UW Purple, and The Cake.
Remember, we have a ginormous selection of flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals, and we usually stock all of the strains you read about in this article.
In the meantime, check out one Have a Heart’s Washington locations to find your favorite strains!