Most of us didn’t have the luxury of knowing exactly what kind of marijuana we were smoking when we first started enjoying cannabis. Many of us remember the days of “the jar,” where your guy would reach behind his couch and pull out a mason jar filled with stems and a little bit of weed. If you asked that guy “is this an indica or sativa strain,” he’d probably end up giving you a blank stare and a $10 upcharge for being needy. What we’ve discovered over the years of smok… err… researching cannabis, is that the plant grows primarily in three different forms, indica, sativa, and hybrid strains that contain some genetics from both. How your body responds to certain strains and what kind of high you’re looking for should be at the forefront of your mind when you’re shopping for cannabis. So before you head out to the dispensary, take a quick look at the breakdown… we’ve put together a list of the Most Popular Marijuana Strains of 2017.
Most Popular Marijuana Strains of 2017
Indica Marijuana Strains
Indica strains are most known for their relaxing effects that can be felt most in the body. If you’re having problems with sleeping or your mind races and you need something to slow it down, an indica strain is the way to go.
Consuming an indica cannabis plant, whether through smoking, vaping, or edibles, is ideal for the night-time unwind when you’re off of work or done with being an adult for the day. Indicas pair well with couches, cartoons, and buckets of ice cream, as they are most often associated with the famous “couch lock” sensation. Medicinally, these strains will typically treat ailments such as insomnia, chronic pain, lack of appetite, and migraines.
If you need some kind of tool to remember the difference between indica and sativa strains, just remember: Indica = In-da-couch.
Most Popular Indica Strains:
- Afghan Kush
- Bubba Kush
- Death Star
- Grandaddy Purps
- LA Confidential
Sativa Marijuana Strains
If you’re not after a heavy high like the one that Indica strains offer, then sativa may be more your style. Sativas are known for their bright, energetic highs that won’t sink you into a couch or put you to bed. Where indicas are felt in the body, Sativa strains are felt mostly in the head. This makes Sativa marijuana strains a popular choice among people that consume in the middle of the day, and not just in the evenings when everything is done for the day. There are also people that will tell you that it becomes too hard to focus when smoking a Sativa so it doesn’t seem like anything gets done.
Planning on hiking the mountains of Colorado or kayaking off the coast of Washington? You can’t afford to be napping on the trail or on the water. A Sativa strain is the way to go. You may be stoned, but that doesn’t mean you have to lie around like one. The possible drawbacks of Sativa strains that some people have experienced is a racing mind and general paranoia, along with being scatter-brained and giggly. Not everyone is prone to these symptoms, but it’s worth knowing before you toke that joint.
Most Popular Sativa Strains:
- Durban Poison
- Jack Herer
- Sour Diesel
Hybrid Marijuana Strains
Hybrid marijuana strains are the result of growers allowing an Indica plant and a Sativa plant cross-pollinate. What happens when you mix up these genetics is a plant that can offer the best of both worlds. Some marquee strains have come from this toying with the genetics of different plants, and many users will tell you that they’ve reacted differently than other people have to certain strains. It may not be a bad idea to sample around and see what works best for you. Some people will tell you that Gorilla Glue #4 is great for sleep, some say it gives them a little boost in the morning. It’s all about your individual makeup.
A good general rule of thumb is that if something smells good to you, take that as your body’s way of telling you that this is the weed for you. Try some different strains out (in moderation), and see what cannabis strain does right by you.
Most Popular Hybrid Strains:
- Golden Goat
- Gorilla Glue #4
- NYC Diesel