The 10 best tasting cannabis strains

Researching the best tasting strains of marijuana was a bit of a challenge.  There are a lot of flavors to choose from, and there are also a lot of flavor varieties. 

Taste aside, ILGM also considered how easy it is to grow the strain and the strain’s yield. 

For cannabis connoisseurs looking to grow a strain with a rich aroma and complex flavor profile, here’s a list of the best tasting strains.

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    How does cannabis get its flavor?

    The unique flavor profile and cannabis aroma result from active compounds found in the plant. There are hundreds of active compounds in cannabis. 

    Some you are likely familiar with, like the cannabinoids THC and CBD.

    While CBD doesn’t have a unique scent or taste, THC does, which is where cannabis gets its dank smell.

    Other active compounds alter the smell and taste of cannabis, such as terpenes – an aromatic compound responsible for giving cannabis buds their unique set of flavors and aroma. 

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    Terpenes can also change the plant’s color, which is why there are cannabis strains with uniquely colored buds and leaves like Zkittlez, which, just like the brand of candy that inspired the strain’s name, has colorful purple buds with orange hairs.

    Flavonoid, a less known compound in cannabis, is another active compound that affects buds’ flavor, scent, and color, much like terpenes. 

    The difference between the two, though, is that there are fewer flavonoids than terpenes, so they’re not widely known in the cannabis community. 

    However, as unimportant as they may seem, flavonoids can help enhance the taste and smell of the buds by promoting good flavor development.

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    Marijuana fragrance

    What are terpenes, and how do they affect cannabis flavor?

    Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in most plants. It’s believed terpenes attract pollinators using sweet scents, such as in the case of flowers and some herbs. 

    In other cases, plants developed terpenes to ward off predators by having a foul, bitter, or spicy taste to them when consumed.

    When it comes to cannabis, it’s no different. Terpenes give a strain its unique flavor profile and signature aroma, which is strange considering marijuana plants haven’t evolved to attract pollinators like bees. 

    Even more bizarre is that marijuana plants have high concentrations of terpenes.

    Where does marijuana get its skunky smell? The terpene myrcene gives the plants their unique skunky odor

    Other terpenes found in cannabis also have a unique taste and flavor. A few examples are:

    • Alpha-pinene gives off a piney scent
    • Limonene has a strong, citrusy fragrance of lemon
    • Beta-caryophyllene has a spicy smell similar to black pepper 

    These terpenes, along with others, combine to give our favorite strains their distinct flavor.

    Top 10 best tasting marijuana strains

    Strawberry Cough Strain
    Strawberry Cough

    Strawberry cough

    Strawberry Cough is a sativa-dominant strain known for its sweet smell of ripe strawberries and skunky aftertaste, which explains the cough it leaves users after smoking it. 

    Nevertheless, many consider Strawberry Cough one of the best tasting weed strains due to its strawberry flavor and the creeping, mellow high paired with it.

    When cultivating this strain, Strawberry Cough is the perfect one for novices. It is easy to grow and yields a fair amount despite being a sativa.

    Plant type20% Indica 80% Sativa
    THCUp to 18%
    CBDInsignificant amounts
    DifficultyEasy
    ClimateIndoors | Temperate  
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers8 weeks
    Yields14 to 17 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellBerry | Skunky | Sweet
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    Blueberry

    Blueberry

    Another fruity-tasting strain is Blueberry. Blue Dream, Blue Cheese, and Blue cookies developed this appropriately named strain. 

    After one toke, the taste of sweet berries that this indica was named after is undeniable. Beyond its fruity taste and aroma, Blueberry also has a hint of earthy pine, complimenting the sweet, initial scent.

    However, Blueberry is one of the best tasting indica strains because there is more to its taste than fresh blueberries. A hint of vanilla mixes in with the sweet berry flavor. 

    Plant type80% Indica 20% Sativa
    THCUp to 16%
    CBDInsignificant amount
    DifficultyModerate
    ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers9 weeks
    Yields18 to 25 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellBerry | Earthy | Fruity | Pine | Sweet
    EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Sleepy
    AwardsCannabis Cup Winner
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    • 80% Indica 20% Sativa
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    Blue dream strain
    Blue dream

    Blue dream

    Blue Dream also deserves a spot on this list of the best tasting strains. Outside of its sweet aroma reminiscent of its parent Blueberry, this hybrid also offers pine and spice hints to balance things out.

    Blue Dream’s long-lasting effects, paired with its unique taste, make it one of the best tasting cannabis strains, and it is popular with seasoned and new growers.

    It’s a great daytime strain for those who need a calm high with a clear mind.

    Plant type20% Indica 80% Sativa
    THCUp to 21%
    CBDUp to 2%
    DifficultyModerate
    ClimateIndoors | Temperate | Mediterranean
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers9 weeks
    Yields21 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellBerry | Earthy | Herbal | Sweet | Vanilla
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    Tangie

    Tangie is a citrusy strain that’s easy to identify once experienced.

    As its name implies, the buds from this strain give off a rich smell of fresh tangerines with just the hint of skunk

    The taste matches the smell and more than earns its place as one of the best tasting cannabis strains.

    In terms of potency, this strain has THC levels between 19-22%, which means a euphoric and energizing high right away. 

    Super lemon haze
    Super lemon haze

    Super lemon haze

    Super Lemon Haze is another citrusy strain. With the flavor of lemon candies, its sweet and zesty taste comes through strongly. 

    A refreshing aroma lingers, just like the uplifting and energizing high from smoking its buds.

    The scent isn’t one-note. Hints of earthiness and pine linger once the citrus taste wears off. 

    For this reason, Super Lemon Haze has a spot in this list of the best tasting weed strains.

    Plant type20% Indica 80% Sativa
    THCUp to 22%
    CBDInsignificant amounts
    DifficultyModerate
    ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean | Mold Resistant 
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers9 weeks
    Yields21 to 25 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellCitrus | Herbal | Sweet
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    • 20% Indica 80% Sativa
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    Pineapple haze
    Pineapple haze

    Pineapple haze

    Pineapple Haze gives an unforgettable set of flavors and scents as it combines sweet, tropical fruit flavors with hints of earthy pine. 

    Outside of hints of pine, there’s a subtle floral smell buried in a bit of skunkiness.

    And while its flavor profile can be complicated, the effects are anything but. 

    Pineapple Haze simply provides a boost of energy and a slight body buzz to start the day.

    Plant type30% Indica 70% Sativa
    THCUp to 19%
    CBDInsignificant amount
    ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean 
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers12 weeks
    Yields19 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellCitrus | Fruity | Sweet
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    • 30% Indica 70% Sativa
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    • Deeply rich, fruity taste

    Bubblegum strain
    Bubblegum

    Bubblegum

    Sweet, tropical strains, like Bubblegum, are one of the best tasting weed strains you can grow. 

    Everything about this strain is sweet, even the high that it provides. It boasts a creamy-flavored candy taste with a fruity undertone. 

    Bubblegum is known to give a well-balanced and euphoric high that combines with pain-relieving effects, making it a new favorite strain. 

    And despite its sedative qualities, Bubblegum is still a great daytime smoke, especially when soothing morning headaches or muscle spasms.

    Plant type50% Indica 50% Sativa
    THCUp to 17%
    CBDInsignificant amount
    DifficultyEasy
    ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean
    Plant sizeCompact
    Flowers9 weeks
    Yields14 to 16 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellBerry | Earthy | Fruity | Sweet
    EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Uplifted
    AwardsCannabis Cup | Spannabis Champions Cup | Expo Grow
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    durban poison strain
    Durban Poison

    Durban poison

    Durban Poison is a famous landrace strain from South Africa. Named after the city where it’s cultivated, Durban Poison is known for its black, licorice smell and cerebral buzz. 

    When toked, a strong pine taste fades smoothly into a subtle earthy scent and taste.

    This strain provides an energizing and uplifting buzz. However, despite the potent high, the mind will remain clear-headed.

    Plant type100% Sativa
    THCUp to 20%
    CBDInsignificant amount
    ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean
    Plant sizeAverage
    Flowers8 weeks
    Yields18 to 21 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellCheese | Citrus | Earthy | Fruity | Skunky | Sweet
    EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Sleepy | Uplifted
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    Super silver haze
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    Super silver haze

    Super Silver Haze buds are highly aromatic. They fill the room with the scent of lemon with hints of spicy and floral notes. 

    Moving past the mouthwatering scent, savor the earthy and citrus flavor.

    Like many sativas on this list, Super Silver Haze provides an upbeat and energizing high. 

    However, in terms of growing, it’s best left to more seasoned growers since it requires a heavily controlled environment with lots of light.

    Plant type10% Indica 90% Sativa
    THCUp to 18%
    CBDInsignificant amounts
    DifficultyModerate
    ClimateIndoors | Temperate  | Mold Resistant 
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers9 weeks
    Yields19 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellEarthy | Herbal | Lemon | Skunk
    EffectsCreative | Energetic | Euphoric | Happy | Uplifted
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    Zkittlez

    Zkittlez strain
    Zkittlez

    No list of the best tasting weed is complete without Zkittlez. The colorful buds and leaves aren’t just for show. 

    Zkittlez is as sweet as it appears. Taste the fruity, tropical candy it’s named after with a single toke.

    Zkittlez packs a strong flavor punch, but it also boasts a high THC level of 23%. 

    Despite that, it offers a relaxed and balanced high that mainly takes the shape of a pleasant cerebral buzz. 

    At the end of the day, though, Zkittlez earned its place here as one of the best tasting indica strains to experience.

    Plant type70% Indica 30% Sativa
    THCUp to 23%
    CBDInsignificant amounts
    DifficultyEasy to grow
    ClimateIndoors | Temperate | Mediterranean | Steppe | Continental | Mold Resistant
    Plant sizeAverage
    Flowers8 weeks
    Yields16 to 21 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellFruity | Pepper
    EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Uplifted | Sleepy
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    • Easy growing strain, inside and outdoors
    • A great strain for relaxation and unwinding

    Conclusion

    Are you ready to grow some tasty weed? The good news is: all of these strains are available to purchase in my online store.

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    FAQs about best tasting strains

    How does cannabis get its flavor?

    Cannabis gets its flavor from active compounds found in the plant’s trichomes, consisting mainly of terpenes with some traces of flavonoids. These compounds give the strain’s buds a distinct taste and smell.

    What is the best tasting sativa?

    The best tasting sativa strain is Durban Poison, a landrace cannabis strain with the same name as the city where it’s cultivated. Durban Poison is known for having a flavor that combines the sweetness of candied lemons and the licorice-like taste of anise.

    What are terpenes, and how do they affect cannabis flavor?

    Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in any plant. They serve as both a way to attract pollinators and deter predators. In cannabis, terpenes add a layer of flavor to a strain’s buds. It does it by combining terpenes like myrcene, limonene, alpha-pinene, and many more. Because of this, cannabis has a wide range of flavors.

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