The strain’s flavor tends toward tropical fruit and fresh wildflowers, and the pungent aroma leads the way towards a cerebral buzz known to turn any task into an adventure. Why we love it : The PNW’s own, Lodi Dodi combines uplifting mental effects with an effervescent body high perfect for work or pleasure. Backstory : Mango Kush tastes like an actual mango fruit, with a distinct Kush flavor and notes of pine on the exhale. Its buds are extremely dense and covered with orange pistils.
Mango Kush is a favorite with both indoor and outdoor growers, and grows with thick shiny trichomes which are readily evident when the bud is broken apart. Why we love it : There’s quite simply nothing like inhaling a mouthful of silky-smooth mango smoke—and Mango Kush provides exactly that. Backstory : Master Kush is a popular indica cross created out of two landrace strains from different parts of the Hindu Kush region. Bred by the Dutch White Label Seed Company, located in Amsterdam, the plant produces a subtle earthy, citrus smell with a hint of incense, which is often described as a vintage flavor. The taste of cured Master Kush is reminiscent of the famous hard-rubbed charas hash. This strain offers a superb balance of full-body relaxation without the mind-numbing effect that many indica strains produce; instead, Master Kush offers a sharpened sensory awareness that can bring out the best of any activity. Why we love it : A heavier Kush varietal, Master Kush’s deep body effects and permeating relaxation make it a natural stop on an exploration of fine cannabis genetics. (Courtesy of Cameron Karsten) Strain type : Sativa.
Backstory : Maui Wowie (not Maui Waui) is a truly classic sativa. Its tropical flavors and stress-relieving qualities will float you straight to the shores of Hawaii, where this strain was originally born and raised. Since its beginnings in the island’s volcanic soil, Maui Wowie has spread across the world to bless us with its sweet pineapple flavors and high-energy euphoria. Why we love it : It’s a beloved tropical-tasting sativa straight from the rich soil of Hawaii. Backstory : Mendocino Purps, or Mendo Purps, or even just The Purps, comes out of Mendocino County in the famed Humboldt region of Northern California. Winning one of the top 10 slots in High Times’ Strains of the Year in 2007, Mendocino Purps began as a clone-only plant, but BC Bud Depot developed a stable cross to make The Purps seeds widely available. The delectable flavor has been likened to caramel coffee and woodsy pine. Why we love it : Offering big, classic purple buds from cannabis’s proving ground, Mendo Purps is a flower with sweet berry flavors and deep purple colors. (Courtesy of Cameron Karsten) Strain type : Hybrid. Backstory : Middlefork is a hybrid strain that unites two extremely flavorful parents. Bred in Washington state between the fork of two rivers, Middlefork has become a local favorite known for its potency and effects. Creativity and energy are ushered in by sweet berry and tangy citrus notes inherited from the strain’s illustrious lineage. Why we love it : A Pacific Northwest staple strain, this Blueberry–Dutch Treat cross sparks imagination and entices those lucky enough to acquire it with an earthy, citrusy blend of flavors. Backstory : Northern Lights stands among the most famous strains of all time, a pure indica cherished for its resinous buds that has given rise to famous hybrids like Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze. Rumor has it that Northern Lights first sprouted near Seattle, Washington, but was propagated out of Holland after 1985 at what is now Sensi Seeds. Pungently sweet, spicy aromas radiate from the crystal-coated buds, which sometimes reveal themselves in hues of purple. Northern Lights’ psychoactive effects relax the muscles and pacify the mind in dreamy euphoria. Why we love it : It’s a storied Pacific Northwest transplant blanketed in starry, crystal-tipped trichomes. Backstory : This unique indica appropriately channels its namesake president’s famous message of ‘Change’ as it invigorates and inspires. Daughter of an indica and a sativa-dominant hybrid, Obama Kush sets itself apart from other indicas through its cerebral stimulation and euphoric rush. This strain is recommended for all levels of patients looking for a balanced experience. The flowers are frosty with a purple hue and reddish hairs. Why we love it : Named for the president, this strain has undeniable bi-partisan appeal. Its chunky flowers, thanks to its Afghani lineage, create a sweet, floral aroma that produces cerebral stimulation and a euphoric rush. Backstory : OG Kush makes up the genetic backbone of West Coast cannabis varieties, but in spite of its ubiquity, its genetic origins remain something of a mystery.
Popular myth maintains that Chemdawg and Hindu Kush parented OG Kush; however, we can’t be sure because OG Kush first came from bag seed in the early 90s. The earliest propagators (now known as Imperial Genetics) are said to have brought the seeds out of Florida to Colorado and southern California, where it now flourishes. There are many different phenotypes of OG Kush, including Tahoe OG, SFV OG, and Alpha OG. OG Kush is cherished for its ability to crush stress under the weight of its heavy euphoria. Why we love it : It’s the prodigious strain that gave rise to innumerable iconic West Coast hybrids. OG Kush makes up the genetic backbone of West Coast cannabis varieties, yet its genetic origins remain something of a mystery.
Backstory : Panama Red is best described as an old-school cannabis classic. Originating from Panama, this pure sativa rose to stardom in the late 1960s thanks to its effects: speedy and intense, bordering on psychedelic.