The 10 of the Most Popular Strains of Marijuana

Constante Quirino

With so many types of marijuana on the market, how do you know which ones provide the kind of high you desire? Should you opt for an indica that will calm your nerves, a sativa that will super-charge your energy, or a hybrid that offers the best of both worlds? The fun of finding your favorite lies in trying new strains, but why not get started with the strains that are universally loved and praised on a worldwide stage?

1. Blue Dream

Blue Dream, a world-famous hybrid with strong sativa domination, tops nearly every list of the top marijuana strains. The perennial favorite hails from California, which may explain its soothing cerebral effect. Since it's a hybrid, however, you do get the urge to laze on the couch that comes from its indica side. Typically, however, that comes after a boost of creativity and productivity.

2. Northern Lights


For cannabis enthusiasts who prefer the laid-back, pain-relieving traits of indica, Northern Lights is a top choice. Created in Northern California, it's considered one of the most unadulterated strains of indica currently available. People who experience pain, anxiety, and stress have nothing but high praise for it as a medicinal strain.

3. Green Crack

Legend has it that Snoop Dogg gave this sativa strain its controversial moniker. Whether or not that's true, the name is certainly apt. The high hits with a focus that allows for laser-sharp, long-lasting concentration. You're likely to bounce off the walls for a while. Alternately, smoke it at night for a burst of energy—but even if you're up for a while, you won't be burnt out or tired afterward. Given its mango taste, it's an out-of-this-world wake-and-bake strain.

4. Girl Scout Cookies

For an effect that's more mellow, Girl Scout Cookies—also known as GSC—is the way to go. This is a strain that's won awards for its psychoactive results. Time flies, but as it passes, you're wrapped up in euphoria, feeling relaxed from your head to your toes. GSC is everything you expect from a hybrid, but it doesn't leave you couch-stuck and sleepy.

5. Blueberry

Fans of indica flip for Blueberry, another award-winner. This one has been around since the 1970s, although it's evolved throughout the years. As the name implies, the flavor is sweet with a definite blueberry note. The high is potent and seems to last forever, accompanied by a blissful demeanor and a euphoric effect. It's near the top of most dispensary lists due to its ability to soothe stress, anxiety, and pain.

6. Sour Diesel

With a pungent odor and a taste that unquestionably evokes gas, diesel, and smoke, Sour Diesel is a buzzy, energetic sativa. Although it will invigorating you within minutes of use, it will leave you dream-smeared as well as peppy. Lovers of the strain are fond of how well it relieves depression, as well as anxiety and pain.

7. OG Kush

Not for nothing is OG Kush also known as Queen of California. The strong hybrid often wins the Cannabis Cup, in part because of its array of phenotypes. Since it's a powerful relaxant that's able to manage anger, anxiety, depression, stress, and issues associated with PTSD, the mother hybrid is a bestseller with dispensaries and cannabis delivery services. 

8. Granddaddy Purple

As you can guess by the name, Granddaddy Purple has a clear purple cast. In fact, it's one of the first flowers to come out that color. Everything about it is intense, from the hue to the flavor to the mind-body effects that result in a calm, relaxed sleep.

9. Super Lemon Haze

In addition to its tart citrus taste, Super Lemon Haze is an active sativa. You won't want to sit down once it sets in with an intense head-high. If you need to be awake and aware, you need to roll with the SLH.

10. Durban Poison

This sativa hails from Africa, and it's a landrace strain with superb genetics. It tastes like licorice and energizes you for hours. Anytime you need to boost your creativity or productivity, this is the strain to pick. 

Check out whichever strain piques your interest. Research dispensaries and delivery services in your area—or, if you're in the market for cannabis alternatives.

Constante Quirino is a freelance writer and content strategist. A passionate yogi for several years, he is an advocate for healthy, balanced lifestyles.