Best Weed Strains

Are you having a hard time trying finding your ideal cannabis strain to grow?

The best weed strains are actually just a click away.

ILGM has the highest quality genetics of some of the best cannabis strains – here are ten of them. 

What makes a marijuana strain great?

But first, how did decide on our list of the best weed strains? We looked at the cannabis qualities that matter to marijuana growers, namely: 

  • Yield
  • Popularity
  • Effect

When it comes to yield, it’s normal for growers to choose strains that produce a considerable return for their work, and that’s why we focused on yield when picking the best strains of weed.

Additionally, both beginners and experienced growers appreciate strains that give them an easy time, so we considered that as well. 

Put the two together and the best strains are those that are high-yielding and easy to grow.

However, yield and ease of growing alone won’t guarantee the best weed strains, which is why growers often weigh the effects of the buds over the amount that the cannabis produces.

This is where popularity comes into play. More often than not, the most popular weed strains are ones with notable effects, meaning ones that appeal to a lot of people the most.

This could mean a classic strain that gives you a boost of energy, or an indica dominant strain with strong sedative effects.

It all depends on preference, which is why a lot of experienced growers trust strains with an established following because they clearly are what people like.

However, some growers occasionally risk choosing a strain that isn’t yet mainstream because they see the strain’s potential to gain popularity because of its effects.

Essentially it works like any kind of trend. There are those that follow and those that set it.

To set the trend, you need to know what your target community is looking for, and this is when growers often need help identifying the best bud strains to grow that produce the effect that they’re looking for.

Fret not, this list includes the effects of each of our best weed strains to save you the trouble of researching.

Click through to our online store to learn even more information about these top strains, such as the amount of harvest you’ll get per plant, their preferred climate, as well as their CBD and THC level.

Granddaddy Purple Strain

Granddaddy Purple is a pure indica marijuana strains developed in San Francisco.

It took root as one of the classic strain of the West Coast as well as being the top indica strain of all time after winning the 2015 Denver High Times Cannabis Cup.

It’s also one of the most popular weed strains because of its unique purple-colored buds and its deeply relaxing high.

granddaddy purp strain
Granddaddy Purp Strain
Plant type100% Indica
THCUp to 23%
CBDInsignificant amount
DifficultyEasy
ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean
Plant sizeCompact
Flowers9 weeks
Yields14 to 17 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellBerry | Fruity | Grape | Sweet

Once toked, you’ll feel a mix of mind and body high that fuses together into a mild yet satisfying buzz. This purple strain is nothing like the popular Purple Haze.

Since it’s an indica, Granddaddy Purple won’t leave you completely stuck to your couch, but with THC levels of up to 23% you’ll feel so deeply relaxed and comfortable that you may find it difficult to do anything else other than lie down.

So, if you’re looking for the best weed strains for sleep, then Granddaddy Purple could be the strain you’re looking for.

Additionally, Granddaddy Purple has completely taken its place as one of the best evening cannabis strains as it has been shown to be good for male arousal, making it equal to purple punch – another strong indica strain.

In terms of growing, Grandaddy Purple is considered to be an easy strain that’s great for beginners.

This is because it responds well to its environment, which essentially means the more work you put in, the better the buds will turn out.

Super Skunk Strain

Super Skunk is a potent indica dominant hybrid that will leave you giddy, stress free and feeling its overall euphoric effects.

Super Skunk was made by breeding Skunk #1 with an Afghani Indica to our knowledge.

super skunk strain
Super skunk
Plant type80% Indica 20% Sativa
THCUp to 20%
CBDInsignificant amounts
DifficultyEasy
ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean  
Plant sizeAverage
Flowers8 weeks
Yields18 to 21 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellCheese | Citrus | Earthy | Fruity | Skunky | Sweet
EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Sleep | Uplifted

And on the note of breeding, a lot of experienced growers may know Super Skunk as being the parent of the popular Sour Diesel, but there’s more to Super Skunk than just that.

Super skunk is an indica dominant hybrid strain, but despite that, it’s ranked as one of the best indica strain that Sensi Seeds developed because of its perfect mix of effects.

It’s also one of our best buds strains because of the dense and potent flowers it produces.

The effect of Super Skunk is immediate as it is potent.

With THC levels up to 20% it will lull you into feeling incredibly calm and relaxed with its strong full-body high. In some cases, you may even find yourself falling asleep, but that’s only if you want to. Its strong sedative effect is great for chronic pain.

This is where the sativa part of this strain kicks in because despite making you feel relaxed and drowsy, Super Skunk keeps you in-tuned and aware of your surroundings.

This makes it perfect for plowing through menial tasks while feeling sociable and talkative. There’s also a chance that you’ll burst into a fit of uncontrollable laughter.

Super Skunk is also great for improving appetite as its known to relieve symptoms of nausea. Which is great if you need to eat.

Bruce Banner Strain

Just like the superhero it was named after, Bruce Banner is a sativa dominant hybrid strain with a surprisingly strong and immediate effect.

Don’t expect yourself to turn into something big, green, and mean though as toking this strain will have the complete opposite result.

bruce banner weed strain
Bruce Banner Strain
Plant type40% Indica 60% Sativa
THCUp to 25%
CBDInsignificant amount
DifficultyModerate
ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean | Mold Resistant
Plant sizeTall
Flowers8 weeks
Yields14 to 19 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellDiesel | Earthy | Pungent
EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed
AwardsCannabis Cup

Because of its hybrid nature, Bruce Banner’s terpene profile will have you feeling euphoric and happy, which then smoothly eases you into a mix of calming effects that will leave you feel relaxed.

However, just like the Hulk, the effects will hit you as fast as him hitting Thor.

Thankfully, you won’t feel as angry. Instead, you’ll feel a boost in creativity and mood, which is great if you’re feeling less than yourself after a bad day.

In regards to its taste and smell, you can expect that you’ll get hit just as strongly with the flavors and scent of diesel and fruits as you would with its effect.

In addition to its strong flavor that will remind you of its Sour Diesel grandparent, you’ll also be able to taste hints of berry flavors which it got from from its other grandparent, Strawberry Cough.

If you’re interested in growing your own Bruce Banner, expect to put a bit more elbow grease to get the best yield possible, as this strain is known to be moderately difficult for beginners.

At the very least, DNA genetics made it resistant to mold and can grow indoors or outdoors in steppe or Mediterranean climates – which is why it is one of the best weed strains.

Super Lemon Haze Strain

Super Lemon Haze is a cross between Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk. The combination of these two produced a strain with effects that are more potent than its parents.

Super Lemon Haze Strain
Super Lemon Haze Strain
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

This sativa dominant hybrid strain delivers a head high that will give you a huge boost in energy throughout the day along with a buzz to stimulate your creative side.

Super Lemon Haze is an amazing strain for morning use as it helps in shaking off any feelings of lethargy. 

Additionally, it also helps in elevating your mood, making you feel happy and light-hearted.

And with a THC content of up to 22%, it’s no wonder that Super Lemon Haze has earned a stable following for itself – keeping it popular for years.

However, the potency of Super Lemon Haze also gives you a serious case of the munchies, which is a trait of its parent – Super Silver Haze.

And like its parent, Super Lemon Haze replaces feelings of nausea with munchies.

It also has a flavor that matches with its effects, a kind of lemony taste that fits with its uplifting and euphoric effects.

The effect and the potency of Super Lemon Haze are why this strain received the 2008 High Times Cannabis Cup and the 2009 High Times Cannabis Cup, making it a two-time winner and our personal choice for top Sativa strain.

White Widow Strain

White Widow is one of our best weed strains when it comes to bringing out your talkative side.

Crossed between a rare Brazilian sativa landrace strain with a resin-heavy South Indian indica, White Widow became an immediate favorite in Dutch coffee shops.

white widow
White widow strain
Plant type60% Indica 40% Sativa
THCUp to 19%
CBDInsignificant amounts
DifficultyEasy
ClimateIndoors | Temperate | Mediterranean | Steppe
Plant sizeAverage
Flowers9 weeks
Yields18 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellEarthy | Herbal | Pungent | Spicy | Sweet | Woody
EffectsCreative | Euphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Uplifted
AwardsCannabis Cup Winner 1995

It’s also one of the best hybrid strains to grow, simply because it grows in a variety of climates.

The effects of the White Widow compliments the atmosphere of the typical coffeeshops that you’ll find in the Netherlands.

As places for conversation and socializing, it’s no wonder this cannabis strain was developed to help enhance that experience.

Experienced smokers and new smokers love the effects of this slightly indica dominant hybrid. Once toked, you will feel a strong and steady buzz that will bring out your creative side and help put you in a better mood.

And despite how potent and immediate White Widow’s effects are, you won’t be overwhelmed by its head high.

This makes it one of the best strains of all time for daytime use, and our top choice for a daytime strain that still leaves you functional.

In addition to not leaving you couch locked, White Widow also has little to no adverse effects.

This means, you are less likely to suffer from dry eyes, cottonmouth, and dehydration. However, this is only if you occasionally smoke White Widow.

Amnesia Haze Strain

If you’re looking for a potent sativa strain to try out, then Amnesia Haze is a good contender for the pick. Although it’s a hybrid, this marijuana strain surprises many with the intensity of its THC.

Amnesia Haze Strain
Amnesia Haze Strain
Plant type20% Indica 80% Sativa
THCUp to 21%
CBDInsignificant amounts
ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean
Plant sizeTall
Flowers9 weeks
Yields21 to 25 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellCitrus | Earthy | Lemon | Sweet
EffectsCreative | Energetic | Euphoric | Happy | Uplifted
AwardsCannabis Cup | Sativa Cup

After toking, you wouldn’t feel much of an effect at first, but give it 10 to 15 minutes and you’ll be hit with a surprising boost of energy.

It’ll make you feel happy and invigorated into doing your daily routine, no matter how dull it may be.

And unlike with other potent marijuana strains, the Amnesia Haze won’t end in a crash in a few hours that makes you drowsy and fatigued.

Instead, you’re eased into relaxation and may feel chatty from the residual head high.

The flavor of this potent strain compliments its effects.

Although having a dominant earthy taste, this hybrid strain has hints of lemon and citrus that you can also pick up in its scent.

Amnesia Haze’s delayed effect is what made it one of the best strains of all time for beginners that are looking for something a little stronger.

Because it takes a few minutes for it to hit, you can prepare for the buzz that’s about to come.

Because of its potent effects and citrusy flavor, Amnesia Haze has won the Cannabis Cup in the 2004 High Times Cannabis Cup and the Sativa Cup in the 2012 High Times Cannabis Cup.

Gold Leaf Strain

Gold Leaf Autoflower is what happens when you take an already great strain and make it even easier to grow. As Robert’s signature strain, we already know it’s one of the best cannabis strains you can find. Its autoflowering counterpart is the best strain for beginner growers.

Gold Leaf Strain
Gold Leaf Strain
Plant type60% Indica 40% Sativa
THCUp to 21%
CBDInsignificant amounts
DifficultyModerate
ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean |& Continental
Plant sizeTall
Flowers9 weeks
Yields16 to 23 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellEarthy | Herbal | Pungent | Spicy | Sweet
EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Uplifted

In general, most marijuana strains are easy to grow, but this one wins the award.

Not only is your closet enough room to grow Gold Leaf, but you also don’t have to worry about providing a lot of nutrients for them as opposed to growing standard Gold Leaf.

In terms of effects, Gold Leaf will improve your mood and provide a boost of creativity.

This is due in part to it being a sativa dominant hybrid. The scent and flavor of Gold Leaf certainly compliment its effects.

With a predominantly earthy taste with a tang of spice, the Gold Leaf’s set of unique flavors will surely grow on you. In regards to its scent, you will find that there’s an herbal undertone along with a hint of sweetness with each toke.

Gorilla Glue Strain

Gorilla Glue, also known as Original Glue and Gorilla Glue #4, is another top autoflowering strain that ILGM highly recommends. It’s popular among both growers and users for its potent effects that will put you out of commission for the day by leaving you couch locked.

gorilla glue strain
Gorilla Glue Weed Strain
Plant type50% Indica 50% Sativa
THCUp to 26%
CBDInsignificant amount
DifficultyEasy to grow
ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean
Plant sizeTall
Flowers8 weeks
Yields16 to 18 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellCheese | Earthy | Pine | Pungent | Sour | Sweet
EffectsEuphoric | Uplifted
AwardsCannabis Cup | Jamaican World Cup

The potent body high of Gorilla Glue isn’t it’s only characteristic, it also has uplifting effects that help improve your mood by making you feel happy and euphoric from the head high you get from toking it.

This West coast cannabis strain provides a balanced high – that leaves a thick blanket of relaxation that will soothe your body while your mind brightens with feelings of joy and delight.

Gorilla Glue is not indica dominant, but it is definitely an end-of-day marijuana strain since its potent THC level will make it impossible to do even the most basic of tasks.

Thankfully, heavy sleep is the worst it’ll do. Gorilla Glue only has minimal side effects including dry mouth and dry eyes.

Blue Dream Strain

Blue Dream originated in California during the 1990s and was an immediate favorite among Californians because of its great daytime highs.

In fact, the marijuana strain quickly became one of the most popular weed strains in the state, and in many places, remains top-shelf cannabis strain.

blue dream strain
Blue Dream Strain
Plant type20% Indica 80% Sativa
THCUp to 21%
CBDUp to 2%
DifficultyModerate
ClimateIndoors | Temperate | Mediterranean
Plant sizeTall
Flowering time9 weeks
Yields21 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellBerry | Earthy | Herbal | Sweet | Vanilla

The reputation of Blue Dream was built up by its great effects that fit the California vibe.

With THC levels of up to 21%, it provides an easy-going all-day high that’s potent enough to provide a boost of energy, but not so potent that it will leave you a jittering mess.

It’s the perfect type of sativa dominant high to help give you that extra push you need for a busy day.

Blue Dream is also a massive mood booster that’ll make you feel uplifted and happy.

Part of the buzz of this daytime marijuana strain promotes your creative side while also keeping you motivated throughout the day. To top it all off, your mind will stay clear and focused on any tasks that you have to complete.

Growing this marijuana strain is as easy as the high it gives, but only if you know the best time to plant seeds since Blue Dream is highly responsive to its environment.

Conclusion

When it comes to choosing the best weed strains, most people look at both the popularity of the strain and its effects. However, some weigh the effect of the marijuana strain over its popularity.

When choosing the best strain or attempting to find the most famous strains, it really depends on where you are and what you prefer.

Thankfully, there is a lot of marijuana strains (as well as a lot of different names) that surely you’ll find one that’s best for you.

And if you’re eager to grow your own weed, we have your back.

Visit our online marijuana seed bank for a wide selection of even more top-rated marijuana seeds, such as Green Crack, Girl Scout Cookies Extreme, Sour Diesel, Northern Lights, Hindu Kush, Purple Punch and Wedding Cake.

FAQ About Weed Strains

What is the most popular weed strain?

The most popular weed strains highly depend on your locale. Especially if you’re in the U.S, where each state has its own preferred marijuana strain. The best way to find your answer is to go into your local dispensary and ask them what the best-selling marijuana strain they have, or better yet, look online.

What is the rarest weed strain?

Landrace strains are now one of the rarest marijuana strains that you will come across. But what is a landrace? They’re pure marijuana strains that were only bred with one another to maintain genetic purity. This means that they’re not a product of hybridization like most cannabis strains nowadays. A great example of a landrace is Durban Poison, one of the more well known strains that’s available in our online store and our personal favorite sativa.

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Robert Bergman

Robert Bergman is an Amsterdam-based marijuana grow expert who has years of experience from small grows to massive operations. His passion for growing lead him to develop his own Gold Leaf strain. Now, Robert is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with the world.... [Read full bio]

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