The most popular marijuana strains are widely produced and sold in various states where cannabis consumption is legal. All of these marijuana strains are used for their medicinal properties, but are also used recreationally as well. We consider these classic marijuana strains, which are often recognized by name even by non-cannabis consumers.
The five most popular marijuana strains are Blue Dream, Jack Herer, Cannatonic, Sour Diesel and OG Kush.
All of the Jack Herer phenotypes are known for their quality, potency and high levels of THC. THC levels can range from 18–23%. This popular marijuana strain also has low levels of CBD and CBG. Jack Herer presents high levels of limonene, which is a terpene known to fight depression. It’s a great medical strain for stress, depression, pain, fatigue and headaches.
Blue Dream is arguably the most popular strain of marijuana in the country. Blue Dream, which originated in California, is a sativa-dominant hybrid that’s a cross between the indica Blueberry and Haze, which is a sativa. Blue Dream is known for its high levels of THC, with percentages ranging from 17–24% and small levels of both cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabigerol (CBG).
Cannatonic is known as one of the most premier medical marijuana strains. It’s also known for its relatively low THC content, below 6%, and a high CBD content of about 6–17%. Cannatonic is a hybrid strain that comes from a cross of MK Ultra and G13 Haze. It’s known for its mellow effects, which don’t produce a strong high, but rather a very relaxing effect. Cannatonic has great pain-relieving qualities, and it works to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, anxiety and migraines.
Blue Dream is known to cause full-body relaxation, while also being mentally invigorating. This marijuana strain is known to produce a gentle and calm high without heavily sedative effects. Blue Dream is very popular with medical marijuana patients for daytime relief of pain, depression and nausea. And it’s also praised for not producing a sense of anxiety, which to many makes it a clear winner.
Cannatonic produces happy and uplifting feelings without high levels of psychoactivity. It’s considered a borderline marijuana strain because it usually doesn’t produce psychoactive effects due to its higher levels of CBD. However, it still may impart a high if a patient is particularly sensitive. Its balance of THC and CBD make it a popular choice for people seeking strong pain relief without a prominent high.
Medicinal marijuana patients have found OG Kush to be very helpful with migraines and stress-related problems. It’s also been helpful in easing with pain and insomnia. This cannabis strain has fairly high levels of limonene and linalool, which are both terpenes that help fight against depression.
OG Kush is one of the most well-known marijuana strains on the market. It’s known for its high levels of THC, which can reach up to 26%. OG Kush is also known to produce extreme happiness and euphoria, as well as relaxed and calming effects. This sought-after marijuana strain has fairly high levels of psychoactivity, and it also has great medical benefits.
Cannabis strains become incredibly popular if they have specific qualities that make them unique from other marijuana strains on the market. Often, one of those qualities is the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content found in a strain—typically, the higher the THC content, the more popular the cannabis strain. Most of the
Strain type: Sativa
Strain type: Hybrid
Parent strains: Hemp
Why it’s overhyped: “No matter how great a strain is, if it’s the most popular strain in the nation, it’s going to end up with a target on its back—as Blue Dream has. Is Blue Dream good? Yes. Is it hands-down the best strain in the nation? Probably not. But the beauty of Blue Dream is that it’s a great place for cannabis beginners to start: It offers appealing flavor, balanced effects, and widespread availability. Among more experienced consumers, Blue Dream is less popular, and sometimes even vilified, but that’s to be expected. Take wine as an example: The easy-drinking red table blend that gets a beginner into wine probably isn’t going to pique the interest of a seasoned connoisseur with a penchant for Cabernet. And that’s completely okay. You do you, Blue Dream.” —Brett Konen
Why it’s overhyped: “Don’t get us wrong—Pineapple Express is a fantastic strain. That’s why it’s also on our list of the Top 100 Strains to Try Before You Die. This strain is overhyped not through any fault of its own, but thanks to the fact that it was chosen as the name of a major motion picture and, subsequently, became Hollywood-famous. Thanks to its eponymous movie, Pineapple Express has joined the canon of the world’s most iconic strains, which makes it capable of eclipsing many other worthy strains with its name recognition alone. You should absolutely enjoy Pineapple Express whenever it crosses your path—just don’t let its star power make it the only thing you reach for.” —Brett Konen
Strain type: Sativa
Parent strains: Undisclosed
Parent strains: Mexican
Why it’s overhyped: “To say the least, Sour Diesel is a polarizing strain. People seem to love it or hate it, but no matter how they feel they are passionate. Due to closely guarded genetics and the historically high price tag Sour D fetched in its native New York City, it has been counterfeited, knocked off, and forged for years. With the market flooded with bunk versions of the genetics, consumers are often misled and disappointed when looking for the real Sour. True Sour Diesel is well worth the hype if you are attracted to its palate of flavors—when grown well, the pungent aroma and sharp taste produces a gassy, diesel note that either entices to the point of obsession or repulses to the point of complete disgust. The effects of the strain are regularly described as energetic, upbeat, and euphoric, which can also spark paranoia and anxiety for some. Tl;dr: There’s a lot of hype behind Sour Diesel, some of it is even justified, but if you don’t know for certain that you have legit Sour Diesel there’s a good chance that hype train is headed right off the rails.” —Will Hyde
Pretty much every cannabis strain is worth trying, but some—such as these ones—get a disproportionate amount of attention. Here's why they're overhyped.