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June 25th, 2019
At Home Grow Community, we’re often asked by new customers, “Which strains should I grow? What are your favorite cannabis strains?” We’re tempted to say we like them all, but we’re growers as well as consumers, so our votes for best strains are based on horticultural as well as consumption factors.
Of the scores of strains we’ve tried over the years, we’ve narrowed the answer to the question what are our favorites down to these six: Cheese, Critical CBD, Critical Kush, Jack Herer, OG Kush and Super Lemon Haze. We’ve found these to be vigorous growers that give us consistent results: strong, healthy plants, with a high bud yield. These six strains are some of the most popular available today, and represent a good range of taste, effect and use. Mostly hybrids, they can reflect strong Indica or Sativa characteristics, or a nice blend of both. Critical CBD has been bred to have unusually high CBD content, with only a moderate amount of THC, and so is great for those looking primarily for medical application.
Want to learn more about these six strains? Read on. We’ve included basic data about each—their ancestry, characteristics, common uses, and reviews from popular sources like Wikileaf and Leafly.
Cheese is originated in the UK around 1989. It’s a cross between Afghan Indicas and Mexican & Columbian Sativas.
According to Wikileaf “Despite being Indica-dominant, the strain is said to hit hard and fast. Users' first experience of increased happiness and waves of euphoria is followed by a powerful body-numbing high that leads to increased appetite. A few users report feeling more creative than lazy or tired, but the sedating Indica effect is likely to be the most powerful, resulting in a couch-lock.”
Common uses: relaxation, treatment of pain, anxiety and depression.
Reviewers told Wikileaf “This strain is suitable for anyone. Relaxed and chill high. The buds are frosted with trichomes and it really smells like cheese.” “Madness!!!! Nearly the best and nicest tasting I've ever smoked!”
Critical CBD is an Indica-dominant strain, Originating with Critical Kush. According to Nirvana shop, “Critical CBD is a short, non-fussy, 1:1 ratio of CBD/THC that will make any medical user fall in love. She is great for medical users that like medicating with marijuana after a long day at work. She’s great for setting up the rest of your day and will take away that work-induced stress and pain, bring back your appetite, and help wind you down from a hectic day.”
It has a lemony/pine taste.
Critical CBD is most commonly used to relieve pain and cure insomnia.
A reviewer told Nirvana Shop “I have chronic insomnia and hadn't slept through a night for about 10 years until I started using this. Prescription sleep aids do the job, but leave me in a fog until about midday the following day. Critical CBD has none of the side effects, and is so much more enjoyable. I give some to my sister in law, who uses it for pain management for her fibromyalgia, and to my niece in law, who also has chronic insomnia and frequent back pain. They both LOVE this strain.”
Critical Kush is an Indica strain, created by California based growers Barney’s Farm, from a cross between Critical Mass and OG Kush.
According to Wikileaf “Since Critical Kush offers a true creeper of a high, smokers should wait a while after their first toke before boosting dosage. As much as 15 minutes after sampling this strain, users begin to feel a tingle of relaxation spread through the limbs and core. Smokers also report a decreased heart rate and a lessening of muscular tension.”
It tastes of pine with a bit of spice.
Common uses include energizing/euphoric, pain relief, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety.
Reviewers told Leafly “Stress, anxiety, and pain melt away... Along with your face. Could be administered with a dart via tranquilizer gun. Serious chill.” “Really nice stoned-body feel with mild-to-moderate cerebral high. Strong smoke at first (caught me out). Really nice taste and smell to it, very "pine-tasting." Doesn't cause me as much paranoia, zoning out, anxiousness as most other strains do."
Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant hybrid developed in the 1980s-90s, thought to be cross between Haze, Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk.
According to Wikileaf “This strain acts quickly—users are hit with a strong headrush that is noticeably more energizing than disorienting. As time progresses, or greater doses are consumed, this initial tingle spreads down the neck and through the limbs, creating a sense of relaxation without immobilizing. What follows is an alert and easily suggestible high marked by creativity. It’s uniquely social in its ability to facilitate conversation while allowing users to maintain a semblance of awareness.”
Jack Herer has a clean herbal scent, much like sage.
Common uses include creative brainstorming, energizing/euphoric, treatment of anxiety and depression.
Reviewers told Leafly “Jack Herer is my morning medicine. I take it daily every morning before work, and it turns me into a happy, focused, energized person completely capable of working and talking to people without tripping over my tongue.” “This is one of my very favorite strains. I am unusually vulnerable to feeling anxiety and paranoia when using cannabis, Jack has never even made me tense. A reliable calm and uplifting experience that doesn't cloud my mind. Functional daytime medicine.”
While the origins of OG Kush aren’t documented, it’s believed to be a cross between Chemdawg and a hardy Hindu Kush landrace. It’s quite a potent strain, with THC levels 20-25%.
According to Wikileaf “The high from OG Kush is more head-focused than physical. It starts with a sudden headrush that may lead users to feel more focused on their surroundings; sounds and colors may seem intensified. This alteration of the senses may soon give way to a general uplift in mood that progresses towards euphoria. The increase in focus is not as cerebral as with more pure Sativas -- smokers will not suffer from a disorienting sense of rapid thought association or ‘mindrace.’”
OG Kush has a distinct hash-like taste, with spicy undertones.
Common uses include parties and socializing; enhancing game play, exercise and sex; treatment of anxiety and depression.
Reviewers told Leafly “Amazing balance between Head and Body it totally hits you both ways, amazing for Migraines, Stress, Pain & Spasms.” “Can you work out after smoking it? Hell yeah. Can you sit on the couch all day and play the Playstation? You damn right.”
Super Lemon Haze
Super Lemon Haze is a Sativa-dominant hybrid based on Super Silver Haze crossed with Haze, Skunk #1 and Northern Lights #5, with that hybrid crossed with lemon Skunk.
Acording to Wikileaf, “Energetic and social, this hybrid can be great daytime medication for eliminating fatigue, anxiety and stress. The mood elevating properties of Super Lemon Haze may also help regulate mood disorders, such as chronic depression, PTSD and/or anxiety.
As its name suggests, Super Lemon Haze has a strong citrus taste.
Common uses include enhanced creativity, energizing/euphoric; treatment of anxiety and depression.
Reviewers told Leafly “One of the best strains on earth. Has a psychedelic aspect. Crazily euphoric. Treat your connoisseur friends.” “In search of a strain to spark my inner creativity or lack there of I came across this sparkling treat. Its flavors have a strong initial tone of a sweet lemon flavored candy, its effects take place quickly with a stream of creative thoughts and ideas followed by a sudden burst of physical energy to act upon those motives."