Ask a scientist how many different ways cannabis can make you feel and they’ll tell you an infinite amount. But what about cannabis makes you feel any of these?
If you’re talking sleepy strains, Granddaddy Purple is one of many that may tuck you in for a few hours. This indica crosses Purple Urkle and Big Bud and is famous for its purple flowers; and maybe even more famous for its usually sedative high. Its most common terpenes are myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.
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Though it can be extremely potent, OG Kush is still the perfect example of a long-lasting euphoric high that doesn’t much teeter toward feeling energizing or sleepy—you’ll just be stoned.
If you want something uplifting, Sour Diesel is held in high regard by the medical cannabis community for its mood-blasting abilities. It’s a potent sativa-dominant hybrid created by crossing Chemdog and Super Skunk. Sour Diesel’s sour and gassy terpene profile features caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene.
“Subjective effects are due to THC causing different patterns of functional connectivity in the brain… a measure of how much they talk to each other,” said Nick Jikomes, Leafly’s Director of Science & Innovation, and host of the Good Chemistry podcast.
“It’s hard to argue Runtz isn’t the strain of 2020,” said Santa Barbara grower Graham Farrar, president of Glass House Group.
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“The grower was just so happy, he was giddy,” said Pennington.
Growing Runtz outdoors is tricky to master—it’s better small and compact indoors than as a field of trees. Masters coax out notes of candied fruit and creamy berry-grape gas.
So now we’ve got that out the way, what are the best and strongest strains out there?
Nowadays, cultivators are able to select desired characteristics of growth, appearance and effect. This can be really useful in finding a strain that’s right for you and your needs.
That being said, it’s important to take all these factors into consideration when you begin your garden so that you know what kind of strain is most suitable for you. Landrace and heirloom seeds for example, have been cultivated for centuries and have traits specific to adapting to their native environment. On the other hand, when growing indoors you may want to find a strain that is less pungent, smaller in size and more pest resilient. It is for this reason that you should have a good idea about how you intend to grow your garden before you chose your seeds.
Stable genetics produce predictable features passed down from parent strains, whereas unstable genetics can often give the offspring unpredictable features which can be difficult to manage.
While we’ve had access to plenty of strong cannabis strains for quite some time, there are new advances in the field every day. We’re happy to present an updated list of some of the most potent varieties of the bunch. Featuring new strains like Cookies Gelato and Triple G, as well as some of the old-timers!
Although there are many methods of growing cannabis, they all come with a different set of pros and cons . for example, if you wanted to grow your plant under some of the UVB spectrum, you would either have to find a nice mountain close to the equator or purchase some UVB emitting LEDs. Both of these methods have problems; LED lights are rather expensive, and walking up a mountain to grow your bud will also leave you feeling pretty low on energy.
Determining the strength of cannabis is not always straight forward, once you have have chosen which strain you would like to use, there are also a number of factors which will affect the THC content of the bud.