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120 most popular weed strains of 2023

My mom is going to Disneyland soon and wants to prepare for the most popular Marvel ride, Avengers Campus. But she’s worried she doesn’t really know what Marvel is or who the Avengers are. And there’s so many of them – she doesn’t have time to sit through and watch each individual backstory for all the unique superheroes.

I recommended she just watch Endgame – where they all teamup and use their unique strengths to battle Thanos and save the world. Likewise, I collected this post of the most popular marijuana strains for 2023 so you can get a *quick peek* at the Internet’s favorite weed.

These are what people are searching for, these are the coolest names, and some of them are actually great. But not all of them. Just because they’re popular, doesn’t mean they’re right for you.

But as a starting point, it’s a good idea to get acquainted even if you forget most of them right away.

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

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Top 120 weed strains

We used a very lazy and unscientific method of pulling SEO data from the most popular weed blogs to see what strains were trending, and then ordered them accordingly – so this list goes from *most* popular to less popular (but it’s based only on popularity and not sorted by type).

We’ll use our own symbols for sativa, indica and hybrid strains.

  1. Gelato: A hybrid strain known for its dessert-like aroma, Gelato produces a heavy high with noticeable euphoria and an immediate physical relaxation.
  2. Purple Punch: Indica strain, Purple Punch, offers a rush of relaxation and euphoria. Its flavor profile includes grape candy, blueberry muffins, and tart Kool-Aid.
  3. Gorilla Glue: Known for its super high THC levels, Gorilla Glue delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch.
  4. Sour Diesel: An invigorating sativa strain, Sour Diesel has a fast-acting, dreamy cerebral effect that offers long-lasting relief for stress, pain, and depression.
  5. OG Kush: A classic strain with high THC levels, OG Kush is known for its ability to crush stress under its heavy euphoria. Its flavor includes spice and diesel.
  6. Bubba Kush: Indica strain Bubba Kush provides a sweet, earthy flavor profile and induces a tranquilizing effect, ushering in relaxation and sleepiness.
  7. Runtz: A balanced hybrid strain, Runtz delivers a deliciously sweet fruity flavor and offers a euphoric and mood-elevating high.
  8. Dosidos: An indica-dominant hybrid, Dosidos carries a sweet, minty scent and offers a relaxing body high perfect for an evening chill-out.
  9. Girl Scout Cookies: Known for its high THC content, Girl Scout Cookies provides a euphoria-driven high and a flavor profile of earthy sweetness.
  10. Skywalker: This powerful indica-dominant strain gives a strong body buzz and relaxation. It’s perfect for dealing with stress and insomnia.
  11. Blue Dream: Sativa-dominant Blue Dream balances full-body relaxation with gentle cerebral invigoration, with sweet berry flavors.
  12. Grand Daddy Purple: Grand Daddy Purple is a famous indica that delivers a fusion of cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation with a grape and berry aroma.
  13. Mimosa: This uplifting sativa-dominant strain carries a fruity, citrusy flavor profile, making it a perfect choice for daytime usage.
  14. Bruce Banner: Bruce Banner might be best known as the alter-ego of comic book hero The Incredible Hulk, but maybe he wouldn’t be such a stressed out ball of anger if he had some of his namesake strain. This green monster also has hidden strength and features dense nugs that pack the power of very high THC content.
  15. Sunset Sherbert: This hybrid strain introduces powerful full-body effects elevated by a jolt of cerebral energy, with a complex aroma of skunky citrus, sweet berry, and a candy-like smell.
  16. GMO Strain: Also known as GMO Cookies or Garlic Cookies, this strain is recognized for its sedating effects and garlic, mushroom, and onion scent.
  17. Durban Poison: This pure sativa hails from South African port city of Durban. It has gained popularity worldwide for its sweet smell and energetic, uplifting effects.
  18. Grape Ape: Grape Ape is an indica strain named for its distinct grape-like smell and is known for providing carefree relaxation and ease of physical pain.
  19. Pineapple Express: A sativa-dominant hybrid, Pineapple Express merges the potent and flavorful forces of parent strains Trainwreck and Hawaiian, offering a long-lasting energetic buzz.
  20. Biscotti: Biscotti is an indica-dominant strain with a richly multidimensional flavor profile. Its effects can be heavy and narcotic, making it a great choice for anyone looking to relax after a long day.
  21. Cherry Pie: Known for its well-balanced hybrid effects, Cherry Pie provides a bright cerebral high and soothing body relaxation with a sweet cherry flavor.
  22. Purple Kush: Purple Kush is a pure indica strain with a subtle and earthy aroma, delivering long-lasting blissful relaxation.
  23. Jet Fuel: Also known as G6, Jet Fuel is a pungent sativa-leaning hybrid that delivers a jolt of uplifted cerebral effects.
  24. Jack Herer: A sativa-dominant strain honoring the memory of Jack Herer, a longtime local cannabis activist and medical marijuana user. Its happy, blissful, and clear-headed effects stimulate creativity.
  25. Northern Lights: One of the most famous strains of all time, Northern Lights is an indica strain known for its resinous buds and resilience during growth, delivering a pacifying and body-softening euphoria.
  26. Fruity Pebbles: A hybrid that packs a powerful, uplifting punch with a fruity, tropical berry flavor profile.
  27. Tahoe OG: A top nighttime strain, Tahoe OG brings an extremely heavy body high with it, making it excellent for relief from pain.
  28. Lemon Haze: A sativa strain that has been characterized as smelling of fresh peeled lemon slices with a similar taste, Lemon Haze leaves users feeling uplifted and energetic.
  29. SFV OG: An indica-dominant strain that is perfect for patients who need strong pain relief but don’t want to be stuck on the couch, carrying an earthy pine and lemon scent.
  30. Green Crack: Despite the heavy-handed name, Green Crack is a sativa-dominant strain delivering a sharp energy and focus, inducing an invigorating mental buzz.
  31. Trainwreck: A mind-bending hybrid with potent sativa effects that hit like a freight train, carrying a sweet lemon and spicy pine aroma.
  32. Maui Wowie: A classic sativa with tropical flavors and stress-relieving qualities, Maui Wowie will drift you off to creative spaces.
  33. AK-47: This sativa-dominant hybrid delivers a steady and long-lasting cerebral buzz that keeps you mentally alert and engaged in creative activities.
  34. Cookies and Cream: A hybrid cross of Starfighter and an undisclosed GSC phenotype, Cookies and Cream took first place in the hybrid category of the 2014 Denver Cannabis Cup.
  35. Alien OG: A cross of Tahoe OG and Alien Kush, Alien OG has the typical lemon and pine OG smell and flavor, and an intense high that combines heavy indica body effects and a psychedelic cerebral buzz.
  36. Strawberry Banana: Known for its heavy resin production and high-THC content, Strawberry Banana produces happy, peaceful effects that sharpen creativity and sensory awareness.
  37. Forbidden Fruit: An indica-dominant strain with a smooth flavor and relaxing effects. This strain is great for consumers looking to relax and maybe even get a little creative.
  38. King Louie: King Louie is an indica-dominant strain with a very strong THC concentration. It’s piney smell and earthy and spicy flavors are well-known in the cannabis world.
  39. OG Sour: OG Sour is a sativa-dominant strain which features energetic, focused effects and a complex aroma with notes of berry, citrus, and spice.
  40. Hindu Kush: Named after the mountain range between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Hindu Kush is a pure indica strain characterized by a sweet and earthy aroma and deep relaxation effects.
  41. Tangie Strain: A refreshing, uplifting sativa strain known for its distinctive tangerine aroma. Tangie provides energetic effects, making it a perfect choice for creative endeavors.
  42. Master Kush: A popular indica cross created out of two landrace strains from different parts of the Hindu Kush region. It’s known for its full-body relaxation without the mind-numbing effect.
  43. Cheese Strain: An indica-dominant hybrid known for its powerful, tranquilizing properties. Cheese is also recognized for its pungent, cheese-like aroma, hence the name.
  44. Headband Strain: Known as the ‘headphone’ strain because of the slight pressure around the crown of your head, Headband is a potent hybrid strain that offers a high that envelopes the body, especially the head, in a nice, smooth cloud of smoke.
  45. Golden Goat: A sativa-dominant hybrid with a distinctive spicy, tropical fruit flavor. It’s famous for its potent cerebral high and mood-lifting properties.
  46. G13: A very strong strain of cannabis indica that is the subject of many urban legends. G13 delivers effects like relaxation, happiness, euphoria, and hunger.
  47. Candyland: A gold medalist of the 2012 KushCon, Candyland is a sativa-dominant strain that brings a strong euphoric high with mental sharpness, making it a daytime choice.
  48. White Rhino: A hybrid of White Widow and an unknown North American indica strain, creating a stout and sturdy plant. It has a high THC content, offering a happy and deeply relaxing effect that often leads to a munchie effect.
  49. Apple Fritter: A true hybrid strain, known for its powerful and relaxing high. Apple Fritter’s taste is equally dreamy, with a sweet and earthy overtone that’s accented by fresh apples and sweet nutty cookies.
  50. Lemon OG: What this strain lacks in longevity it makes up for in speed. A cross between a landrace strain from Las Vegas and Lemon Skunk, Lemon OG provides users with a quick-acting sleepy head sensation.
  51. Stardawg: With bright green, highly resinous buds, Stardawg offers a potent mental buzz and upbeat effects, making it suitable for daytime use.
  52. Blueberry Strain: True to its name, Blueberry has a distinctly fruity aroma and a calming, yet euphoric high. This strain is popular for its relaxing effects.
  53. Ghost Train Haze: One of the most potent strains available today, this strain provides a potent dose of euphoria and energy, sparking creativity and conversation.
  54. Larry OG: Also known as Lemon Larry, Larry OG is an easy-going and relaxing strain with a skunky citrus flavor and aroma.
  55. Super Silver Haze: This sativa-dominant strain is cherished for its long-lasting, energetic buzz that’s perfect for productivity and stress relief during a busy day.
  56. Bubble Gum: A balanced hybrid strain with a subtle sweet bubble gum aroma. This strain can produce a well-balanced range of effects, making it a versatile choice for many users.
  57. Purple Haze: An old-school classic named after the 1967 song by Jimi Hendrix. This sativa-dominant strain delivers a dreamy burst of euphoria and is great for creativity and energy.
  58. Strawberry Cough: Known for its sweet strawberry scent and tendency to make consumers cough, Strawberry Cough offers a comfortable, enjoyable cerebral high.
  59. Orange Agent: An indica-dominant hybrid strain with a rich orange aroma and strong calming effects, ideal for treating anxiety and insomnia.
  60. Purple Urkle: A classic indica strain, Purple Urkle’s history is as complex as its flavor palate. The effects are rewarding: a slow body buzz that will lead to a deep sense of relaxation.
  61. Chem Dog: Known for its distinct, diesel-like aroma, Chem Dog is a potent strain that delivers a balance of cerebral excitement and physical relaxation.
  62. Clementine: A sweet, citrus-flavored sativa hybrid that combines Tangie with Lemon Skunk genetics, known for its energetic, uplifting effects.
  63. LA Confidential: An indica strain with fast-acting, feel-good effects. Expect a calm body high in addition to a strong heady buzz.
  64. Kosher Kush: This strain produces a powerful but lazy body buzz that can leave novice users quite sedated, but it also lifts their moods with its sativa-based cerebral effects.
  65. Haze Sativa: Known for its extreme potency, with a high THC content, the Haze strain is a pure sativa with a stimulating high that is excellent for day use.
  66. Amnesia Haze: This sativa-dominant strain can induce potent psychedelic experiences with its high THC content. It carries a citrusy aroma and is beloved for its elevating, mood-boosting effects.
  67. Kandy Kush: An indica-dominant hybrid that brings together two California classics, OG Kush (thought of as the ‘backbone’ of West Coast varieties) and Trainwreck, for a dynamic, exciting experience.
  68. Black Jack: This strain, a cross between Black Domina and Jack Herer, has a balanced high and a robust flavor profile to match. It’s known for a creative, uplifting, and energizing high.
  69. God’s Gift: With a strong aroma of grape and citrus, this indica-dominant strain delivers swift effects ideal for patients needing pain, stress, and sleep-aid.
  70. Ice Cream: Often described as a ‘luxury’ cannabis strain, Ice Cream offers a creamy, vanilla-like aroma and provides a heavy, indica-like calmness.
  71. Jilly Bean: A cheerful and uplifting strain, Jilly Bean is characterized by its sweet, candy-like aroma and euphoric effects, making it an excellent choice for social outings or creative stimulation.
  72. Skittles: A strain often celebrated for its bursting fruity flavor, Skittles is perfect for those after a calming, mood-boosting high.
  73. Triangle Kush: Named after Florida’s three cannabis-producing capitals: Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa, Triangle Kush is an indica-dominant strain that offers a relaxing high with an ample amount of euphoria.
  74. Papaya: An indica-dominant strain known for its calming high, which many prefer for dealing with stress and anxiety. Its tropical fruity flavor and a pleasant musky scent are additional attractions.
  75. Critical Kush: A blend of Critical Mass and OG Kush, this strain delivers a heavy sedative high and is loved by those looking for the couch-locked, chilled out experience.
  76. Cinderella 99: Known as ‘Cindy’ or ‘C99,’ this strain is popular for its potent cerebral high and is often referred to as a ‘psychedelic sativa.’
  77. MK Ultra: Named after the CIA’s mind-control program Project MKUltra, this indica-dominant strain stands apart due to its powerful cerebral effects, inducing a hypnotic cerebral space and a heavy-bodied feeling.
  78. Romulan: Well known for its potent, therapeutic qualities, Romulan offers potent relief for pain and sleeplessness. Its spicy, pine fragrance will leave you in a calm, dreamy state.
  79. Critical Mass: This indica-dominant hybrid gets its name from the heavy yield it produces, often causing branches to snap. The powerful body effects are beneficial for pain relief, insomnia, and stress.
  80. Harlequin: One of the most effective strains out there for treatment of pain and anxiety, Harlequin is a sativa-dominant strain. Its CBD content consistently outweighs its THC content in a 5:2 ratio.
  81. Alaskan Thunder: Also known as ATF or Alaskan Thunderfuck, this strain originates from the Matanuska Valley in Alaska and its sativa-dominant genetics are somewhat of a mystery. It is known for its strong euphoric effects and has a distinctly piney aroma with a hint of diesel.
  82. Vanilla Kush: This indica-dominant strain shows off its Afghani descent with its potent body effects. It has a strong, sweet, and floral aroma with a hint of vanilla. It’s perfect for sinking into relaxation at the end of a long day.
  83. Wedding Cake: Also known as Pink Cookies, Wedding Cake is a strain rich in THC that gives a relaxing, and euphoric high, uplifted by a sativa-dominant burst of creativity. It has a sweet, sour, and tangy fruity aroma with a light floral hint.
  84. Caviar Gold: Known as one of the strongest and most expensive strains available, Caviar Gold is perfect for those looking for a high-THC strain with strong and long-lasting effects.
  85. Presidential OG: An indica-dominant strain with a strong citrus flavor, Presidential OG delivers a deep sensation of relaxation and calm, ideal for treating stress, insomnia, and chronic pain.
  86. Cannatonic: This strain is often used to treat pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, migraines, and a wide variety of other physiological and psychological symptoms, due to its low THC and high CBD content.
  87. UK Cheese: A popular hybrid strain known for its potent, balanced effects and signature musty cheese smell. It offers a highly euphoric and mood-lifting experience.
  88. Amnesia Strains Chernobyl: This sativa-dominant strain features a unique lime sherbet smell. Chernobyl is a great choice for anyone looking to get both a strong cerebral hit and a soothing body effect.
  89. Skunk Strain: An influential strain that has parented many other strains, Skunk #1 offers an energetic and cerebral high. It’s known for its strong skunky smell and balanced effects.
  90. Lavender: A strain with a sweet floral aroma, Lavender delivers a calm, relaxing high. It is an indica-dominant mix of Super Skunk, Big Skunk Korean, and Afghani Hawaiian.
  91. Snowcap: A popular West Coast strain that’s well-loved for its cerebral high and vibrant lemon scent. This sativa-dominant hybrid provides uplifting and creative effects, making it a good choice for social gatherings or creative pursuits.
  92. AC DC: A CBD-dominant strain, AC DC is known for its therapeutic benefits without the psychoactive effects typically associated with cannabis. It’s commonly used to alleviate symptoms of various ailments like pain, anxiety, epilepsy, and the effects of chemotherapy.
  93. Jesus OG: This strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a lemony scent and uplifting effects. It’s typically chosen by patients undergoing treatment for depression, stress, and anxiety.
  94. God Bud: Originally from Canada, God Bud is a small, dense, purple-tinged plant that comes with a balanced high and a powerful floral aroma. It’s a potent strain, and one nugget carries enough potency for a whole joint.
  95. J1: An uplifting, clear-headed buzz with a skunky aroma, this strain is a favorite for daytime use and clear-headed thinking.
  96. Royal Kush: This hybrid strain, while overall calming, offers a balanced high, and its aroma is similar to sweet, fruity red wine. It’s an ideal strain for both recreational and medicinal use, providing relief for patients suffering from pain or insomnia.
  97. Power Plant: A pure sativa variety from South Africa, Power Plant has a spicy, pleasing aroma, and offers a high-energy, uplifting high, making it perfect for social occasions and creative pastimes.
  98. Hawaiian: A mostly sativa strain, Hawaiian leaves users with a happy, relaxed, and creative feeling. The high sativa content provides a spark of energy and enhancement of mood.
  99. Kryptonite: An indica-dominant strain that’s got a sweet but slightly diesel aroma. Kryptonite is known for its potent, relaxing body high.
  100. The Widow: This strain is predominantly a hybrid of Brazilian and South Indian landraces. Its sativa levels lead to high-energy effects, and users usually find The Widow’s aroma to be a sweet, white widow-like scent.
  101. Death Strain: An extremely potent hybrid strain, Death Bubba is known for its high THC content and nearly psychedelic effects. It offers a spicy lemon and pine aroma and is often chosen to treat pain, insomnia, and appetite loss.
  102. Afghani Goo: Also known as Afgoo, this strain is a potent and relaxing indica-dominant strain that is known for its sweet and piney aroma. It’s often chosen to soothe insomnia and stimulate appetite.
  103. Candy Cookies: This sweet and flavorful strain is a child of Girl Scout Cookies and provides a euphoric, uplifting high. It’s often chosen for its ability to provide relief from stress, depression, and pain.
  104. Off White OG: A hybrid strain known for its powerful effects due to its high THC content. It carries a strong citrus and diesel aroma, and is often chosen by experienced users seeking a potent euphoric experience.
  105. Zours Strain: A relatively new strain known for its balanced effects, Zours offers a unique sweet and sour flavor profile. It’s often chosen for its ability to provide a creative and uplifting high, balanced with a gentle physical relaxation.
  106. OG 13 Strain: A highly potent strain, OG 13 is known for its sedative effects. It carries a strong citrus and earthy aroma, and is often chosen by experienced users looking for deep relaxation or help with sleep.
  107. Planet Of The Grapes Strain: This strain is an indica-dominant hybrid with a grape-like aroma. It provides a relaxed, euphoric high, making it great for unwinding or nighttime use.
  108. Cuban Linx Strain: Known for its invigorating mental buzz, Cuban Linx is a sativa-dominant hybrid that gives off a spicy aroma with undertones of berry and earthy flavors.
  109. Ethos Glue Strain: A variant of the popular Gorilla Glue, Ethos Glue offers a pungent fuel-like aroma. This strain provides potent euphoric effects that settle in to provide relaxation and stress relief.
  110. Melon OG Strain: Melon OG is a hybrid strain known for its sweet, fruity flavors and its gentle, relaxing effects. It is ideal for anyone looking for a mellow and enjoyable smoking experience.
  111. Green Crush Strain: Also known as Green Cush, this sativa-dominant strain provides an energetic, uplifting high. Its sweet, fruity, and slightly skunky aroma makes it a favorite among users.
  112. Skymint Strain: Skymint is a sativa-dominant strain with a spicy, minty aroma. It delivers an uplifting, creative high, making it ideal for daytime use.
  113. Lemon Cherry Gelato: This strain is a potent hybrid that delivers a balanced high. Its aroma is sweet and fruity, with a distinct lemon and cherry scent.
  114. Ice Cream Cake Strain: Known for its creamy vanilla flavor, Ice Cream Cake is an indica-dominant strain that offers a soothing, tranquil high. It is ideal for night-time use or for those seeking relief from stress and insomnia.
  115. Cereal Milk Strain: This hybrid strain is named for its sweet, dessert-like aroma that resembles a bowl of creamy, sweet milk left after a serving of cereal. It offers a balanced high that is uplifting yet calming.
  116. Oreoz Strain: Oreoz is an indica-dominant hybrid known for its sweet, dessert-like aroma that closely resembles the cookies for which it’s named. This strain delivers a strong, relaxing high.
  117. Gary Payton Strain: A balanced hybrid strain, Gary Payton is known for its strong, potent effects and its sweet, earthy aroma.
  118. Slurricane Strain: This indica-dominant strain delivers a potent, relaxing high that is ideal for end-of-day unwinding. It has a sweet, fruity aroma that is reminiscent of berries and tropical fruit.
  119. Grease Monkey Strain: A rich, indica-dominant hybrid, Grease Monkey is known for its skunky, diesel aroma. The high is deeply relaxing, often leading to sleepiness and an intense case of the munchies.
  120. MAC 1 Strain: Also known as Miracle Alien Cookies, MAC 1 is a balanced hybrid strain known for its potent, euphoric effects. It has a sweet, earthy aroma with hints of diesel.

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Honestly we’re a little sick of all the self-help blogs that focus only on clean, healthy living, as if waking up early and yoga will cure everything. Marijuana as a health supplement can make you more active and energetic, boost positive thinking and confidence, and make you more productive at work. Or it can help you relax, sleep better and improve your mood and outlouk.

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