Are you finding that your favorite strains are no longer getting the job done as far as effect goes, and you might want to try something new? A tolerance to cannabis can occur fairly easily, so switching to a different strain with a different cannabinoid and terpene profile may be what you need.
Rather than lament the loss of the strain of your dreams, merely put it on hold for a few weeks, and when you revisit it, most likely you’ll find that it once again delivers the punch you desire. There are so many outstanding strains on the market now that sampling a variety will allow you to discover new strains to enjoy, while simultaneously maintaining the desired effects you’ve grown to expect. So, don’t think of experimenting with new strains as an unfortunate necessity; have fun with it and embrace the unknown!
Consider the Possibilities
Stop to consider exactly what it is about the current strain(s) you enjoy that you find appealing. Is it flavor as well as potency? Everyone needs to mix things up once in a while, which is why there are so many wine varietals and styles of craft beer. Living life to the fullest is all about choices and not getting mired down with old routines. So it is with cannabis. The specific cannabinoid and terpene content of a given strain can be quite different from others. The synergy and relationships between different cannabinoids and terpenes, and the resulting entourage effect, makes each strain uniquely its own. Your endocannabinoid system will awaken and enjoy something new. If you enjoy fruity strains, decide on something new that has the fruity sweetness you desire but is different enough to provide an all-new experience.
Let’s explore some high-potency strains together to give you food for thought and new strains to consider and look out for at your local dispensary. Whether it’s sativa, indica, or a nicely balanced hybrid, the following strains are worthy of your consideration, regardless of whether they are somewhat new on the scene or a well-established classic. These strains pack enough of a potency whack that you are using less and feeling the effects more, which is always a good thing.
The number of pure landrace sativas around these days are dramatically outnumbered by the amount of hybrids that lean heavily to the sativa side (the same can be said for indicas). We’ll cover a mixture of sativa strains as well as hybrids that act like sativas here. All of these strains give you that motivational jolt that sativa lovers appreciate. If you want to enjoy cannabis but also need to stay on your feet and get things done, reach for a sativa or sativa-leaning strain.
An older strain and one that’s well-established in today’s cannabis industry, Durban is always worthy of consideration. As its name implies, Durban Poison comes from the Durban region of coastal South Africa. The sweet pine flavors will delight the palate and the strong cerebral effect will keep you focused and motivated, regardless of whether you’re engaged in strenuous outdoor recreational activities or something more mentally challenging.
The decidedly sativa effect of Bruce Banner also has a relaxing quality to it that reveals the presence of some indica genetics in its background. The OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel parents of this strain combined to create something altogether new and different. The flavor has a sweet hashy dankness, with some phenos having a subtle hint of diesel. Grown competently, Bruce Banner has respectable strength. Not racy, it has enough of a motivational quality to make it a good daytime strain.
The Goat is another tasty strain with upbeat, cerebral qualities. With sativa-leaning parents (Island Sweet Skunk x Hawaiian Romulan), it should come as no surprise that Golden Goat also has an upbeat quality, but it’s also more balanced than some sativa strains. Alert but not racy would be a good way to describe its effects. The flavors are very pleasing, with a tropical sweetness that some Hawaiian genetics are known for. The sweetness also has a spicy quality that makes it unique and notable.
Although the “Cough” part of the name has a catchy ring to it, Strawberry Cough is no more likely to make you cough than many other strains. The flavors are unique and delicious. While many strains have a pleasant berry quality, Strawberry Cough really does taste like strawberries, with a smooth, creamy quality that’s quite memorable. The effects do not have devastating power, but are strong enough to induce a positive, upbeat euphoria.
No conversation about notable sativa strains can skip touching on Haze, a classic and strong sativa-leaning hybrid if there ever was one. Haze was developed on the Central Coast of California by combining some of the popular sativa imports of the time with an Afghani, which shortened its finishing time to be more appropriate for an outdoor temperate climate. The aroma and flavor of Haze has a very distinct minty pine quality. Haze spawned a whole category of “Haze strains,” two of the more notable ones being Lemon Haze and Super Silver Haze.
Created by DNA Genetics, Chocolope has become a classic since the time it was introduced. Easy to grow and packed with a respectably potent sativa high, Chocolope has flavors of sweet chocolate and coffee. This strain’s sativa buzz will brighten the mood of those who smoke it and provide them with a mentally sharp effect that allows for focused work. Because it’s cerebral and upbeat, it makes a good strain for social activities.
A true classic from Amsterdam, Jack Herer combines American and European genetics to create a hazy sativa-leaning hybrid that should be on any shortlist of top sativas. There are several phenos of Jack, and they all tend to have the hazy quality, while the better ones have a subtle tropical fruitiness. Jack Herer produces the type of energetic euphoria that you’d expect from a great sativa hybrid. It rarely disappoints.
Sometimes after a busy day, you just want to go home and relax to a good movie. These types of evenings when you want to reach for a good indica and let the stresses of your day melt away. Some people enjoy indica at just about any time, but for many, it’s best enjoyed in the evening when the day is winding down. It is known for a sedative, couch-lock effect.
This strain has a strong fan base that keeps it popular year after year. As the name implies, many Granddaddy Purple flowers have a gorgeous purple color, as well as a potent kick when smoked or vaped. Created in California, Granddaddy Purple is an indica-leaning cross of Purple Urkle and Big Bud. The terpenes impart a bold flavor of grapes and berries, which complements the purple color quite well.
Another strain with strong indica effects, Afgooey is a particularly sticky strain when grown correctly. It’s the unlikely result of crossing a pure landrace Afghani with Maui Haze—a sativa strain if there ever was one. The inclusion of sativa into the mix produces a slightly uplifting quality to the overall indica experience for which Afgooey is known. In the flavor department, Afgooey leans to the Afghani parent. Expect a pungent earthy dankness.
A hard-hitting indica, Hash Plant is another Amsterdam classic, with strong sleepy effects. The flavors are a combination of rich Afghani genetics with a sweet element of hash present. Hash plant delivers everything you would expect from a pure indica, and at 90-percent indica it’s about as close to pure as you can get. The Northern Lights parent used to create it no doubt contributed the relaxing sleepy quality that results from smoking it.
One of the great purple strains that packs a serious punch, Purple Urkle is an indica-leaning hybrid from California. The somewhat uncertain genetics, the flavors are somewhat reminiscent of Granddaddy Purple. Expect deeply relaxing effects with a fruity flavor profile that hints at grapes, berries, and earthy dankness.
Do you need to catch up on your sleep? If so, Northern Lights is an excellent choice. A true classic from the Pacific Northwest, Northern Lights is an iconic indica-leaning strain that has served as a vital cornerstone strain in the creation of other hard-hitters. Pleasing sweet and spicy skunkiness is bound to please any indica lover, and the strain is great for pain relief as well as insomnia.
Girl Scout Cookies
Now an industry standard, the classic Girl Scout Cookies attracted a lot of attention when it first hit the cannabis scene. Many people became dedicated fans overnight, and GSC’s fervent following continues to this day. The effect is pleasingly balanced. GSC comes from two outstanding parents (OG Kush x Durban Poison), which resulted in something truly special, with flavors that are hard to define. Floral sweetness combines with a rich, earthy dankness that cannabis connoisseurs adore.
Another excellent strain for end-of-day use, the potent and delicious flavors of Bubba Kush are sure to send those who consume it into a deep slumber. The flavors are amazing and widely recognized as being among the tastiest strains available. Sweet, woody, and complex are the best way to describe it, and the superlatives you can use to describe this classic strain are almost endless. Bubba Kush is a hybrid that leans heavily to the indica side. It makes outstanding medicine for both insomnia and appetite stimulation.
Most things in life are not black or white; they’re a shade of gray. So it goes with the effects of many balanced hybrid strains. Finding that perfect balance is part of the allure of hybrids. Just like Goldilocks when she visited the three bears’ house and made herself at home, some hybrids lean too far in the indica or sativa direction, while others are just right, capturing of the best of sativa and indica genetics. Defining exactly what hybrids are perfect for you will require some sampling. The following strains are a good place to start.
Sweet, as its name implies, Candyland often has a pleasing bluish-purple hue as well, thanks to its Granddaddy Purple parent. This hybrid strikes a nice balance between uplifting sativa and sedating indica effects, providing a social euphoria that many people enjoy. Some cuts of Candyland have a subtle citrus quality combined with a rich earthiness.
Another classic from Amsterdam, White Widow is the foundation for a string of good strains, including White Rhino and Great White Shark. Brazilian sativa crossed with an indica from south India results in a strain that produces an elevated and mentally engaging high that gradually transitions to a full-body effect. The balance is very pleasant, and the sweet floral flavor is pleasing to the palate.
The ever-popular “Sour D,” as it’s often called, is one of the more popular diesel strains. Known to boost the mood of those who smoke it, Sour D has pungent diesel flavors like other fuel strains like Chem Dawg and New York City Diesel. As a sativa-leaning hybrid, Sour D has an upbeat, dreamy effect that’s not racy and induces mild relaxation.
This strain used to be known by its original name, Gorilla Glue #4, but a legal battle with the Gorilla Glue company forced the rebranding of this popular strain. A potent hybrid with decidedly indica traits, Original Glue will quickly induce a state of relaxing euphoria with rich indica flavors. There are a few popular phenos of Gorilla Glue, but Original Glue (aka Gorilla Glue #4) seems to rank the highest among cannabis connoisseurs.
This potent and pleasing strain sometimes goes by its full name, White Fire OG. WiFi OG is a balanced hybrid, at 60/40 sativa dominance. This strain descends from the diesel family of strains, with a pleasing sweet-and-sour diesel flavor that’s not as overwhelming as the heavy-diesel varieties. When smoked, WiFi OG promotes alert and upbeat activities, with a subtle relaxing side that removes any sativa edginess. It’s a solid hybrid that’s gained a following.
Depending on the version of Bubblegum you sample, it can lean to either the sativa or indica side. With genetics that originated in Indiana, a good cut of Bubblegum has a distinctly sweet flavor that is extremely reminiscent of pink bubblegum. The amazing and distinct flavor resulted in the creation of multiple spin-off strains, including Double Bubble and Bubblicious.
Aptly named, Space Queen is a sativa-dominant hybrid that has a spacey, energizing quality that any true sativa lover will enjoy. Perhaps a bit racy for some, the flavors vary a bit depending on the pheno, but nearly any of them will have a fruity sweetness. Space Queen is the result of crossing Romulan with the sativa classic Cinderella 99. With an iconic sativa parent like Cindy 99, the sativa effects are understandable.
So, there you have it—a great selection of tasty sativa, indica, and hybrid strains with a potent kick that will provide a welcome change from your regular go-to flower. If you aren’t feeling the power of strains that used to do the trick for you, most likely you are developing a tolerance that a new, high-potency strain will cut through. New cannabinoid and terpene profiles promise all-new cannabis experiences!