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In today's cannabis market, cannabis consumers can choose from a wide range of sativa, indica, or hybrid strains. While the best strain for you ultimately boils down to personal preferences, there are a handful of marijuana strains that are known for being certifiably dank. Here are the top delta 9 strains.

What is Delta 9 THC?

Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary intoxicating compound found in cannabis buds. Commonly known as THC, this cannabinoid is responsible for the high you experience after consuming cannabis and its therapeutic effects.

Be careful not to confuse Delta 9 THC with its federally legal cousin Delta 8; the effects of Delta 8 THC are much milder and provide a mellower experience than Delta 9.

In the brain, THC binds with cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. This is why users feel euphoric, cerebral, intoxicating effects. THC is commonly used to treat the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Appetite loss
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Glaucoma

Everyone reacts differently to THC. The effects of THC depend on the user’s tolerance, frequency of use, the amount used, and the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the product.

In terms of side effects, THC can produce:

  • Anxiety
  • Delayed reaction times
  • Red and dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Short term memory loss
  • Coordination issues
  • Fast heart rate

Most cannabis strains are high in THC. Researching the effects, terpenes, and cannabinoids of a strain is the best way to determine if it can help you get the right experience or relief.

Top 12 Delta 9 Strains

Here are the best delta 9 strains to try. You’re bound to find a favorite among the bunch!

1. Girl Scout Cookies

First on our list of delta 9 strains is GSC. It is an indica-dominant hybrid known for its mentally uplifting and physically relaxing effects. Users report feeling happy and a reduction in stress levels. Medical users used it to treat nausea and loss of appetite. You will love its sweet, minty, and lemony aroma.

  • THC: 19%
  • Genetics: OG Kush x Durban Poison

2. Durban Poison

Durban Poison is a classic landrace strain that originated in Durban, South Africa. As a pure sativa, you can expect a surge of euphoria and blissful effects along with an earthy, sweet, and pine aroma. It's a good daytime strain to enjoy while tackling your to-do list or exploring your creative side.

  • THC: 17%
  • Genetics: Pure landrace sativa

3. White Widow

White Widow is one of the most well-known strains globally. Developed in the Netherlands by Green House Seeds, this balanced hybrid has been a staple in the Dutch coffee shop scene since the 1990s. Expect a blissful harmony and energetic boost that can make you feel more relaxed and creative.

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  • THC: 17%
  • Genetics: Brazilian sativa and South Indian indica

4. Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a robust indica strain that provides balanced effects of euphoria and relaxation. Medical cannabis patients commonly use this train to treat stress, depression, insomnia, and pain. Its sweet and spicy terpene profile will keep you coming back for more.

  • THC: 16%
  • Genetics: Afghani x Thai

5. OG Kush

OG Kush was popularized in the early 1990s in Florida and made its way to the West Coast around the mid-90s, becoming a foundation for a variety of hybrid strains. Its stress-relieving and physically relaxing effects are best experienced during the evening or nighttime. It boasts an aroma reminiscent of gasoline, skunk, and spice with a hint of lemon.

  • THC: 18%
  • Genetics: Chemdawg x Lemon Thai x Hindu Kush

6. Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid that produces balanced mental and physical effects. Experience a pleasant cerebral boost of energy and a whole-body wave of relaxation. It is used by medical cannabis patients to treat chronic pain, nausea, and depression. Best of all, it has an unmistakable sweet berry aroma and taste.

  • THC: 18%
  • Genetics: Blueberry x Haze

7. Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express rose to fame after the 2008 release of the comedy classic, Pineapple Express. It is beloved for its long-lasting energy that hits you immediately. Feel focused, creative, and wired. It's a great all-day strain. Medical patients commonly use it to treat pain, fatigue, and depression. You'll especially enjoy its citrus, pineapple, and pine notes.

  • THC: 18%
  • Genetics: Trainwreck x Hawaiian

8. Amnesia Haze

If you are looking for a reliable wake-and-bake strain, Amnesia Haze is an ideal sativa that can get you motivated and focused. Amnesia Haze’s energizing and blissful effects have earned it numerous Cannabis Cup awards and permanent status on many Amsterdam coffee shop menus.

  • THC: 18%
  • Genetics: South Asian landrace x Jamaican landrace

9. Super Silver Haze

Super Silver Haze is a sativa cannabis strain developed by Green House Seeds. This award-winning strain delivers a long-lasting dose of energy to keep you engaged and a relaxing body high that will relieve minor aches and pains. Medical users commonly use this strain to treat nausea, stress, and appetite loss.

  • THC: 18%
  • Genetics: Skunk x Northern Lights x Haze

10. Tangie

Last on our lit of delta 9 strains is Tangje. Brad by Amsterdam-based DNA Genetics, Tangie is a sativa cannabis strain that produces energetic and relaxing effects. It is a common strain found in Amsterdam coffee shops. Enjoy this daytime strain’s invigorating and delicious tangerine smell. Medical users use it for stress, pain, and fatigue.

  • THC: 17%
  • Genetics: California Orange x Skunk-1

11. Maui Wowie

Maui Wowie is a popular sativa strain that originated in the Hawaiian island of Maui in the 1960s and continues to wow users. It is known for its tropical and pineapple flavors and ability to reduce stress and increase energy. Because of this, it is great to use early in the morning and can last for hours.

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  • THC: 17%
  • Genetics: Hawaiian sativa x Unknown strain

12. NYC Sour Diesel

NYC Sour Diesel, also known as NYC Diesel, is a sativa-dominant strain that provides users with a whirlwind of heady effects that gradually taper into a cloud of relaxation that can be felt across the body. NYC Diesel boasts a citrus aroma reminiscent of lime and grapefruit. Users can take this for stress, depression, and anxiety.

  • THC: 17%
  • Genetics: Mexican landrace x Afghani landrace

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