With thousands of options, choosing a small number of elite marijuana strains is no easy task. Some would say it is impossible, since there is probably no single person on the planet who has smoked every available strain. Then there is the small matter of subjectivity; one smoker may think a specific strain tastes heavenly, while another believes it is akin to burned bird droppings.
As a result, we fully expect this list to engender a lot of debate, arguments, and outright disagreements! All of the entries are well-known in the weed world and take their place on the list for different reasons. Some offer enormous yields, others provide a knockout level of THC, while some have a remarkable aroma and taste. Without further ado, let’s dive into the five greatest marijuana strains ever.
5 – White Widow (The Social Marijuana Strain)
White Widow is one of the world’s most famous marijuana strains and is a balanced hybrid; a cross between a South Indian indica and Brazilian Sativa landrace. It has been a staple in Dutch coffee shops since the 1990s. If you possess any knowledge of how to read the appearance of weed, the concentration of white crystal resin should be a warning of its immense potency.
One thing you’ll notice about White Widow is that the scent and resin remain on your fingers until you wash your hands. It is known as a fantastic ‘social’ strain because you can enjoy a smoke with your coffee and carry on a normal conversation. Aficionados adore White Widow because it brings them back to a time when strains provided an earthy aroma and woody flavor. In other words, when cannabis smelled and tasted ‘classic.’
White Widow has a THC content of between 18% and 25%, and its main effects are happiness, relaxation, creativity, and euphoria. The strain gets its name from the fact it is covered in beautiful white crystals. Indeed, it looks like weed that has been dipped in sugar! The result is an overpowering fragrance with a potent taste to match.
In the medical world, it is used to treat fatigue, pain, depression, and insomnia. White Widow is said to be especially useful for people in danger of having a breakdown due to the immense amount of stress in their lives. It is considered an easy plant to grow, with a flowering period of 7-9 weeks. It can grow to 78 inches high, and while indoor growers can expect a yield of 18 ounces per square meter, outdoor growers benefit from up to 21 ounces. It should be ready for harvest by the end of October.
4 – OG Kush (This Marijuana Strain is Still the Queen of Cali)
The origins of this classic strain are unknown, although most people now believe it is a cross of a Pakistani Kush, ChemDawg, and Lemon Thai. There was a (mainly discredited) theory that it is nothing more than a good cutting from the ChemDawg plant. Either way, it is a potent strain that was initially grown in Southern California.
Its THC levels can reach 24%, which was close to being the highest in the world when it was initially released. Of course, growers have started breeding plants with exceptionally high THC since, but it is unlikely that any of these 30+% THC strains can compete with OG Kush in terms of flavor or the enjoyment you derive from the high.
Although it is a hybrid, OG Kush is 75% indica, which becomes apparent through the extra-strong, hard-hitting high that injects you with a burst of energy. After this initial phase, your body will fall into a state of gentle relaxation before eventually bringing you to a state of couch lock. It is the perfect relaxation marijuana strain and is practically guaranteed to bring on a case of the munchies.
OG Kush has been championed as a possible solution to a cavalcade of medical maladies. Proponents suggest that it does a great job of providing profound muscular relief and relaxation while reducing the impact of nausea, and even migraine headaches. As OG Kush is also a strain known for helping you unwind, perhaps it is worth looking into its use as a treatment for anxiety.
According to one legend, gang members who suffered gunshot wounds used to smoke OG Kush because its high level of CBD made it an excellent medical treatment. When growing this strain, expect it to flower in 8-9 weeks, and it should give indoor growers a yield of 17 ounces per square meter, with outdoor growers unusually getting less at around 16 ounces.
3 – Northern Lights (The Legendary Marijuana Strain)
Even neophytes in the world of marijuana are likely to have heard of Northern Lights, one of the original ‘badass’ strains. It is a pure indica with a THC content of up to 21%, and it was perfected in the Netherlands in the mid-80s, although it possibly came from Seattle via a breeder known as ‘The Indian.’ It is a mix of a Thai sativa with an Afghani indica and has become one of the world’s favorite strains.
All it takes is a few hits of Northern Lights, and you will benefit from an uplifting high that puts you completely at ease. Although it doesn’t cause the same level of euphoria as other well-known strains, it does provide users with a sense of well-being; they may even feel that all is well with the world during the blissful high. As a result, it is a fantastic option if you suffer from depression, anxiety, or stress.
What’s unusual about Northern Lights is that it can have opposite effects depending on the user. For some, it is the perfect relaxing and sleeping aid as it brings them slowly but surely towards a welcome feeling of sanctuary. For others, Northern Lights offers a euphoric feel as well as a sudden urge to be more creative. We recommend testing this strain first to see if it is a better as an afternoon or evening smoke.
Northern Lights is a favorite of medical patients in need of a non-opioid way to treat pain and mental issues. As it significantly uplifts your mood, Northern Lights is possibly a realistic option for people suffering from mood swings or depression. If you’re lucky, there are occasions where Northern Lights is ready for harvest after just seven weeks. Indoors, the average yield per square meter is 18 ounces; increasing to 22 ounces when grown outdoors.
2 – Super Silver Haze (The Champion Marijuana Strain)
This strain has the rare honor of being a back-to-back High Times Cannabis Cup winner. It is a very similar strain to Super Lemon Haze, but the latter’s Lemon Skunk adds a distinct citrus taste. It is a cross between Northern Lights, Skunk #1, and Haze, so with such an all-star cast, it is hardly a surprise that Super Silver Haze is a proven winner.
It is a sativa-dominant (90%) strain, and while its THC content of 18% is pretty high, it is beginning to pale in comparison to modern-day ‘super strains.’ Even so, Super Silver Haze offers a fantastic all-day high that acts as medicine but enables you to continue your everyday tasks. When smoking SSH, be wary because its high can hit you quite suddenly. For some users, a single hit is all it takes to feel the effects which begin with euphoria, and then several hours of energy.
SSH has one of the most pleasant scents of any marijuana strain on the planet. Its sour citrus aroma is refreshing and the herbal taste, coupled with a touch of spiciness, is precisely what you need to kick-start your day. The lemon aftertaste is just a bonus. We’ve heard some users suggest that Super Silver Haze gives them a creamy, peachy taste. Its potency means you need to use a lot less SSH to derive medicinal and relaxation effects when compared to other strains.
Be wary when using Super Silver Haze because excessive consumption could lead to paranoia. However, it is one of the most sought-after strains for people with mental health problems which makes it a real option if you have depression or anxiety. Patients with ADD/ADHD and PTSD have also benefited from SSH. Don’t expect significant yields with Super Silver Haze. Indoor growers could get 10 ounces per square meter while outdoor growers may see 15 ounces.
1 – Chemdawg (The Real Godfather of Marijuana Strains)
Although it is a great strain in its own right, Chemdawg belongs near the top of any list because of the sheer number of incredible strains that have been derived from it. According to legend, 13 seeds were found in a pound of Colorado bud that was purchased in the early 1990s by someone on a Grateful Dead tour. These beans created what became known as a ‘genetics revolution’ and spawned strains such as Chemdawg, Chem’s Sister, and Chem ’04.
It is a slightly indica-dominant (55%) strain with a THC content of up to 19%. While the THC level is nothing to write home about on the surface, Chemdawg continues to surprise users with its immense potency. It doesn’t take much for it to produce a cerebral high that is both euphoric and highly enjoyable. This strain is also known to induce a spell of unadulterated creativity, but be careful when using it at work; Chemdawg users often start giggling uncontrollably after a few puffs.
Incidentally, it is one of the most pungent strains on the market. The diesel haze is guaranteed to fill a room, and it leaves an earthy-pine scent behind long after a user has left. Chemdawg has mothered more Cannabis Cup winning strains than any other in the 21st century, including the original OG Kush, Stardawg, and Sour Diesel. It is unquestionably a Hall of Fame strain.
Chemdawg is also renowned as an excellent medical strain. For example, it is a potentially brilliant option for those who suffer from stress because it could significantly ease symptoms and help you relax. This strain is widely used to treat muscle spasms, nerve damage, and back pain. For home growers, please note that Chemdawg flowers in nine weeks and you get 28 ounces per square meter indoors, and 35 ounces per square meter outdoors.
Final Thoughts on the Best Marijuana Strains of All Time
Like we said at the very beginning, generating a list of the greatest strains ever is a near impossible feat; but we hope readers have some understanding as to why we made the five choices above. Each one offers something unique to the industry; whether it is the parent of other incredible strains (as is the case with Chemdawg), or else it is has kicked ass at various Cannabis Cups (as Super Silver Haze did). We would love to hear your all-time lists, too, along with reasons why you think they belong.