My parents rushed in, but my mother, unbeknownst to me, decided to try, responsibly, one puff. When she saw me on the floor, she was doing everything she could to make sure I was okay, but also couldn’t stop laughing, which then made my dad start laughing uncontrollably. I couldn’t laugh because my face was in the carpet. They eventually got me to bed, and the next day I had to go to the doctor to find out I broke two ribs. That is the story everyone who doesn’t know this real story, like most of my family, has been told over the past five years.
Marijuana and me (which is not a sequel to “Marley and Me” that I know of) now have a wonderful relationship and it’s a pretty big part my life. However, that relationship had to start like dating, I had to form it and become comfortable with it. If you were having your first drink ever, would you chug a bottle of Jack Daniels? Test the water before you do a cannonball to avoid momentary freak outs that don’t at all represent the powers of the flower. The best strains of all time: 100 popular cannabis strains to try before you die. A lot of people ask us what strains they should search out and try.
And generally, our answers vary widely according to the consumer, location, and situation. But there are some strains that everyone should try. Just like everyone should read The Great Gatsby or watch Citizen Kane , the following 100 hold an appeal for any and every cannabis consumer. From the heaviest indicas through perfectly-balanced hybrids to the brightest sativas, all manner of strain types, effects, aromas, flavors, and origins are represented below. If you can only get around to trying 100 strains in your lifetime, the following are the ones you should choose. Leafly editors, strain researchers, former budtenders, and subject matter experts collaborated on developing this list, and many others in the Leafly office contributed additional feedback. Below, find each strain’s name, type, lineage, backstory, and reasons why it made the list. Use the printable checklist to mark off each essential strain as you find and try it—you can use Leafly strain pages to find out where each one is available. Order cannabis online with Leafly Pickup or Delivery. (Amy Phung/Leafly) Use Cmd + F (on Mac) or Ctrl + F to search and jump to a strain you want to learn more about. Use Cmd + F (on Mac) or Ctrl + F to search and jump Back to top . Backstory : 9 Pound Hammer is an 80% indica strain whose dense buds are coated in resin, offering sweet grape and lime flavors. True to its indica heritage, effects are heavy and long-lasting. Why we love it : 9 Pound Hammer is a chunky indica-dominant strain that really stands out when you see it growing next to other strains. Its flavors intermix and create a sweet funk that leads to deep relaxation. Backstory : One of the best-known strains, Acapulco Gold has been likened to dinner at a five-star restaurant. It resembles a gold nugget, and aromas of burnt toffee linger when the bud is broken up. Why we love it : A Mexican landrace prized for its happy, stimulating buzz, Acapulco Gold has a reputation as one of the best cannabis strains ever created. Backstory : A sativa-dominant phenotype of the high-CBD cannabis strain Cannatonic, the most remarkable characteristic of ACDC is its THC:CBD ratio of 1:20.
That ratio means that this strain induces almost no psychoactive effects. Tests have put ACDC’s CBD content as high as 19%, which is almost unheard of. Why we love it : It’s a light-footed CBD strain with almost no THC to cloud your mind. (Courtesy of Cameron Karsten) Strain type : Indica. Backstory : Afghani is a heavy indica strain named after its geographic origin, where the earliest varieties of cannabis are believed to have grown. Breeders worldwide have come to treasure Afghani for its heavy resin production. Why we love it : It’s an Afghan landrace strain with famous sedation qualities and generous resin production. Backstory : Afgoo, also known as Afgooey, is a potent indica strain believed to have descended from an Afghani indica and Maui Haze.
Its sativa parent lends Afgoo uplifting, creative qualities, yet this strain undoubtedly takes after its indica parent with relaxing, sleepy effects to go with its earthy pine flavor. Why we love it : This ultra-heavy indica delivers a sedative, one-of-a-kind buzz that hugs the body like a straitjacket fresh from the dryer. Backstory : Don’t let its intense name fool you: AK-47 will leave you relaxed and mellow. While its scent is sour and earthy, its sweet floral notes can only be fully realized in the taste. Created in 1992 by Serious Seeds, AK-47 has won numerous Cannabis Cup awards around the world.