Best Marijuana Strains - Blue Dream is still on the top of the list!

January 17, 2018

Legal marijuana has been around for a few years in many states now, with the industry as a whole totaling sales of more than $1 billion last year alone. More and more states are seeing green and either putting referendums up for vote, or legislation in place. With everyone jumping into the fray, there is one question that needs to be addressed: What’s the most popular strain?

The good people at BDS Analytics, a firm started about a year ago have done the hard work, and compiled the data with consent dispensaries all over and the answer is Blue Dream.

According to Civilized, a cannabis news related site, Blue Dream is an offspring of Blueberry indica and Haze, selling over $3 million in Washington and a staggering $6 million in Colorado.


Johnny Green at The Weed Blog, writes about what he thinks is the reason behind Blue Dream’s dominance of the market, “So if Blue Dream isn’t the best marijuana strain out there, or even close, why does it sell at such a higher volume compared to all other marijuana strains in Colorado and Washington? I don’t think it has to do with popularity. My theory is that it has much more to do with the fact that Blue Dream is EVERYWHERE.” 

He goes on to say that while the strain itself isn’t bad, it’s not great either. Blue Dream’s presence is do to the fact that the product is strong, gives a reliable yield, and is fairly cheap. Therefore it’s stocked at more places and in higher quantities than others.

While giving more thoughts and comparing it to the weed of the northwest in the early part of the new millennium he goes on to say, “I wouldn’t kick it to the curb, but when given the chance, I would choose a different strain to consume more often than not.”


Leafly has their own list of the top marijuana strains. Leafly team believes that there are some type of strains that should be tried by every marijuana enthusiast; just like how everyone should watch Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption and Inception. Leafly came up with a 100 strain list that holds "an appeal for any and every cannabis consumer." 

Now, without further ado, here is Leafly's top 100 marijuana strains: 

First: 9 Pound Hammer

Strain type: Indica

Parent strains: GooberryHell’s Angel OGJack the Ripper

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.” —Will Hyde

Second: Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Gold has a reputation as one of the best cannabis strains ever created.
Jeremiah Wilhelm, strain researcher

Strain type: Sativa

Parent strains: Mexican

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.” —Jeremiah Wilhelm

Third: ACDC

Strain type: Hybrid

Parent strains: Cannatonic

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: “A light-footed CBD strain with almost no THC to cloud your mind.” —Bailey Rahn

“AC/DC is one of my favorite high-CBD strains because of its THC-to-CBD ratio and surprisingly good flavor. As a dab, it’s the perfect nightcap. As flower, I use it to tone down THC strains that are too buzzy.” —Ben Adlin

Fourth: Afghani

Strain type: Indica

Parent strains: None; landrace strain.

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: “An Afghan landrace strain with famous sedation qualities and generous resin production.” —Jeremiah Wilhelm

Fifth: Afgoo

Strain type: Indica

Parent strains: Afghani

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.” —Jeremiah Wilhelm

Sixth: AK-47

Strain type: Hybrid

Parent strains: South AmericanMexicanThaiAfghani

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.

Why we love it: “A hybrid strain with rich genetic heritage and bold, mood-brightening effects.” — Bailey Rahn

Seventh: Alaskan Thunder Fuck

ATF is a classic with an outstanding, heady buzz.
Will Hyde, cannabis expert

Strain type: Sativa

Parent strains: North American Sativa

Backstory: Alaskan Thunder Fuck (also referred to as ATF, Matanuska Thunder Fuck, or Matanuska Tundra) is a legendary sativa-dominant strain originating in the Matanuska Valley area of Alaska.  According to the legend, it was originally a Northern California sativa crossed with a Russian ruderalis, but sometime in the late 70s it was crossed with Afghani genetics to make it heartier. ATF presents large, beautifully frosted buds with incredibly strong odors.

Why we love it: “ATF is a classic. It is a hearty, sweet smelling plant with an outstanding, heady buzz.” —Will Hyde

Eighth: Allen Wrench

Strain type: Sativa

Parent strains: Trainwreck, NYC Diesel

Backstory: An extremely popular strain for sativa lovers, Allen Wrench wraps the best qualities of its parent strains into a single package, and couples them with crisp flavors of sour fruit.

Why we love it: “Loved by go-getters of all kinds, Allen Wrench’s clear-headed stimulation makes it a perfect coffee substitute.” —Jeremiah Wilhelm

Ninth: Amnesia

Strain type: Sativa

Parent strains: Skunk No. 1Cinderella 99, Jack Herer

Backstory: Amnesia is typically a sativa-dominant cannabis strain with some variation between breeders. Amnesia’s genetic forerunners have passed on uplifting, creative, and euphoric effects ideal for putting you in a great mood, no matter the day, time, or situation.

Why we love it: “Forget your worries and woes with this clear-headed high: Amnesia’s sativa-dominant lineage make it a stimulating and functional strain that belongs in the bag of any cannabis consumer on the go.” —Jeremiah Wilhelm

Tenth: Banana OG

Strain type: Hybrid

Parent strains: OG Kush, Banana

Backstory: With a smell and flavor of overripe bananas, this hybrid definitely earns its name. Banana OG has tested at over 25% THC and has a reputation as a “creeper”—as in, its effects will creep up on you if you’re not careful.

Why we love it: “Banana OG smells amazing! It’s like an overripe banana peel full of pine needles, and it creates thick smoke that always gets me laughing.” —Will Hyde


Read the rest of the list The 100 Cannabis Strains You Must Try Before You Die here.

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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