It has been an exciting year for cannabis advocates and cultivators alike, with marijuana legislation sweeping the United States. One in five Americans now lives in a state where weed is legal and if you are one of them, you may be keen to discover what the strongest strains are.
Many types cannabis products sold at San Francisco weed dispensaries contain as much as 35% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When extracted into oil form, this percentage increases; an exciting thought for consumers residing in states that have legalized adult-use and/or medical marijuana.
Cannabis retail sales are predicted to hit $20.2 billion by the year 2021, which is a good indication of the direction this flourishing industry is headed in. As the year comes to an end, medical cannabis patients from all corners are gearing up for a very green 2018, which is expected to bring plenty of new strains for the weed world to enjoy.
But what strains made 2017 so very special? Well, you’re about to find out.
What determines the strength of a cannabis strain?
According to a study conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, cannabis was not as strong 20 years ago as it is now. This was based on the collection and sampling of 38,600 specimens of marijuana. Cannabis potency is determined by its composition of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. Cultivation techniques are advancing and this is leading to cross-breeding of genetics, which is resulting in more vibrant and flavorful green nuggets.
9 Strains of Marijuana that Have Made an Impact on the Medical Marijuana Industry in 2017
Whether you decide to smoke, vaporize or ingest the following types of cannabis in the form of cannabutter or infused beverages, you are guaranteed an intense terpene profile and an even more intense high:
- Pink Starburst – This strain smells just like you would imagine! Expect to feel relaxed yet energetic as you taste this delicious hybrid, which contains as much as 33% THC. (Beginner smokers better increase their tolerance before sampling Pink Starburst.)
- Nova OG – Boasting an equal balance of CBD and THC, this 80% Indica/20% Sativa is a top-shelf option for medical marijuana patients. Developed by Manali West, this pain-relieving strain’s flavor is peppery and very aromatic.
- Chiquita Banana – Cultivated by Utopia Farms, this blend of Banana and OG Kush guarantees feelings of euphoria with its high THC content (33%). The evenly-balanced Hybrid is preferred among medical marijuana patients who deal with anxiety and stress.
- Gorilla Glue – Gg Strains are proud to present the cannabis community with this top cannabis strain. Sharing the genetics of Chocolate Diesel and Chem’s Sister, it is not recommended for consumers with a busy day ahead! THC levels have been known to reach 30%, so you might want to save this one for a bedtime buzz.
- King Tut – Named after the Pharaoh Tutankhamun himself, this marijuana strain is as powerful as the King its name was inspired by. Sativa-dominant, King Tut comprises approximately 23% THC and it has a Sativa/Indica ratio of 80:20.
- The White – Don’t get this monster strain confused with White Widow, because the Hybrid plant is in a league of its own. Plastered in white trichomes, it is clear where this sensational 85% indica/15% Sativa gets its name from. The main attributes of The White are creativity, euphoria and relaxation.
- Bruce Banner – If you cannot choose between a Sativa and Indica strain, enjoy the best of both worlds by taking a hit of this THC-rich (it tests for up to 30%!) strain from the bong. This citrusy strain has orange hairs and is draped in a blanket of white trichomes. Earthy, sweet and diesel undertones will please the palate when you ease chronic pain with this bad boy strain.
- Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) – Well-known in California’s medical cannabis market, GSC is a blend of Durban Poison and OG Kush. The 40:60 Sativa/Indica strain contains up to 28% THC.
- Blissful Wizard – When cannabis cultivators combined the genetics of GSC and Captain’s Cookies, they came up with this potent Hybrid. Feel energized and lifted after tasting the citrus-fusion flavors from this strain, which has a THC level of 34%.
Do I have to smoke cannabis to experience the effects?
Of course not. It’s fun to experiment with the weed you purchase at San Francisco dispensaries. This is especially true if you are a recreational user. Medical marijuana users can also mix up their consumption methods as a way of getting their daily dose in the most enjoyable way.
Examples of the ways in which you can experience the uplifting feeling of a Sativa strain or the sedative feeling of an Indica strain include dabbing, ingesting THC with infused gum, sipping cannabis-brewed drinks, applying topical solutions to the skin, taking suppositories rectally and inhaling vapor with a vaporizer device.
How can I choose a strain that works well for me?
Numerous factors must be taken into consideration before you buy bud from a licensed dispensary. Begin the hunt for a suitable cannabis strain by asking yourself exactly what you are searching for in terms of the appearance, smell, yields, medical/non-medical aspects and of course, whether you’d prefer an Indica, Sativa or Hybrid. Keep in mind that Indica-dominant strains are usually higher in CBD content, whereas Sativa is usually rich in THC and Hybrid is a mix of the two.
What are your favorite strains of 2017? Leave us a comment in the section below.