If our goal were to avoid controversy, we wouldn’t have entered the marijuana business! It remains illegal on a federal level in the United States and most countries. Weed is a controlled substance, while deadly opioids take tens of thousands of lives a year. The entire industry is plagued with a lack of or weak regulation. As a result, it’s filled with charlatans that would make Charles Ponzi blush.
We have read countless articles claiming that cannabis is ‘evil’ and ‘highly addictive’ despite evidence to the contrary. Some outlets even believe that the entire concept of ‘strains’ is bull***t. Then there is the small matter of opinions. The Internet, and especially the advent of social media, means we get to hear every opinion under the sun.
Today, we know that Dave from Surrey, England, believes that 5G masts cause the coronavirus. Beth from Wisconsin thinks that vaccines cause autism. Michael from San Antonio believes that Adam Sandler is ‘talented.’ Yes, the world is laden with bizarre theories on everything ranging from climate change to whether there are actually two Olsen twins.
The cannabis world is no different. Give 100 people one strain, and you’ll get a wide range of opinions. As the old saying goes: “Give a man a fish, and he will feed himself for a day. Give a man a username on an Internet forum, and he will act like an ***hole.”
The Trouble with Saying Things Are ‘Overrated’
The goal of this article is to check out five marijuana strains that users say are overrated. It is essential to note that the following is not the opinion of WayofLeaf. Instead, we have looked at the online consensus. It is an imperfect process because of the nature of how we act online. It is much easier to launch into hyperbole and vitriol when disguised with a pseudonym (as this article proves).
Nonetheless, you get a larger sample size doing this than if you try going ‘door to door.’ Also, there are hundreds of strains widely available now as we breed and crossbreed. You may feel that a cannabis strain is ‘overrated’ for a variety of reasons. These include excessive hype or a disappointing high compared to another type of weed. It is also entirely possible that the herb you got was low-quality in general and not representative of a strain as a whole.
We anticipate a lot of comments from people who thoroughly disagree, or agree, with the selected strains. That’s the beauty of this world: We all have different tastes. Also, through everything, please remember that some people like Adam Sandler’s most recent movies. It remains a mystery to almost everyone else!
1 – Blue Dream
A lot of experienced cannabis users probably saw this one coming! Blue Dream has been among the biggest selling marijuana strains in America since states started permitting weed use. This slightly sativa-dominant hybrid is a cross of Super Silver Haze and a Blueberry indica. With a THC content of 17-24% and up to 2% CBD, this isn’t a lightweight.
What we’ve found, however, is that Blue Dream is primarily popular with relatively new users. Once they become more experienced, they often turn to different options. We’ve heard some people claim that it is overhyped and not particularly impressive. In reality, there is nothing wrong with Blue Dream whatsoever. It’s a bit like Ed Sheeran, a good musician, but his extraordinary popularity is puzzling when there are so many better options.
Blue Dream remains an excellent place for marijuana users to begin their journey. It has a pleasant blueberry aroma with a vanilla-sweet, and even mango scent. The sweet berry taste and fruity traits ensure you should enjoy toking it. It also provides you with beautiful, balanced effects. Best of all, it is widely available, and most dispensaries have it on sale at one time or another.
However, it is not a cannabis strain that you’ll return to again and again for the most part. Vodka drinkers may tolerate Smirnoff, but will probably not return to it when they can afford Grey Goose. In the end, Blue Dream is a fine cannabis strain but doesn’t deserve quite the level of hype it gets.
2 – Pineapple Express
Speaking of hype, the Pineapple Express strain benefited from tremendous exposure due to the movie of the same name. It is among the favorite stoner movies due to its unerring silliness. Alas, if you believe the film, you will get zonked out on Pineapple Express to the extent where you end up accidentally fighting crime. It’s a bit like Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle. Those who had never tried Whitecastle might think that it is tasty. They soon learn the folly of trying ‘sliders.’
In any case, Pineapple Express is a cross of Hawaiian and Trainwreck. It is a slightly sativa-dominant hybrid with 19-25% THC and around 1% CBD at times. Perhaps the biggest disappointment with the strain, according to users, is the moderate high. It won’t cause you to go on a wild adventure and take on drug lords.
However, like Blue Dream, Pineapple Express is an excellent strain to try. You should feel uplifted after using it, and the sweet tropical taste is worth savoring. It is unquestionably a strain worth trying, but you shouldn’t reach for it due to the hype. Give it a go, but don’t forsake the myriad of ‘superior’ options on offer. It gives you a pleasant feeling of intoxication, but nothing earth-shattering.
3 – Sour Diesel
We are entering dangerous territory here. ‘Sour D’ has a fanbase as passionate as those who defend people who look (and act) like rabbits with myxomatosis when faced with a crisis. Sour Diesel is a sativa-dominant hybrid that’s possibly a cross of Super Skunk and Chemdawg 91. It has a THC content of up to 22% with minimal CBD.
Perhaps the biggest issue with Sour D isn’t the strain itself, but how it is sold. The strain’s genetics remain a secret. Given its popularity and high price tag, Sour Diesel is one of the most ripped-off strains ever. The market is completely flooded with low-grade knock-offs that deny users the authentic Sour Diesel experience.
‘Genuine’ Sour Diesel remains a force of nature and belongs on any ‘try before you die’ lists. The strong fuel smell and pungent, savory experience are well worth seeking. It is also a very potent strain and ideal for recreational users trying to get blitzed. It acts quickly and provides you with a sense of euphoria. Alas, if you get a counterfeit version, Sour Diesel is more like Vin Diesel. You see it everywhere but decide it isn’t worth the effort.
4 – Champagne Kush
The thing about marketing is that it can gloss over a lot of deficiencies. Budweiser calls itself the ‘King of Beers.’ Many of us have tried it, and perhaps even stuck with it for a long time in the belief that it was ‘better’ than the rest. Then you tried other options and only now realize what beer is supposed to taste like.
Champagne Kush isn’t that bad, to be fair. In fact, it is another decent strain. Therein lies the problem, however. It is a balanced hybrid that’s a cross of Burmese Kush and Hash Plant. The marketing suggests that you are benefitting from a ‘luxury’ experience. It is similar to spending far too much cash on Ferrero Rocher, only to discover that it’s no better an ‘experience’ than eating a Snickers or Mars bar.
With a THC of 13-15%, Champagne Kush won’t offer the kind of mind-melting high that experienced users crave. The flavor is especially disappointing if you’re expecting a vague champagne taste. It offers sugary and sweet notes, but so does the $10 bottle of ‘Prosecco’ you found at your local convenience store. Ultimately, it is a middle-of-the-road experience, like cruising down a deserted highway in your Chevy listening to Garth Brooks.
5 – OG Strains
We’ve decided to go a little off-course here and add in the OG range. Much like the Fast and Furious series, there are a couple of good ones. The rest is as enjoyable as the drunken uncle cliché from Thanksgiving. Okay, that’s probably a bit harsh (to the OG range), but there’s no doubt that breeders are taking advantage of the reputation. They create a mediocre strain using genetics from the OG Kush strain and piggyback on the brand.
The ‘real deal’ OG Kush strain is a fan favorite and with good cause. It is an indica-dominant hybrid that’s a cross of Old-World Paki Kush and Chemdawg. Its THC content can hit 26% with minimal CBD. OG Kush is a heavy hitter and provides users with a fantastic mental buzz. We would advise against using high doses because it can cause complete sedation and couch-lock.
Much like Coldplay’s music, the seeming promise of one piece of work doesn’t necessarily result in continued quality. There are many examples of ‘OG’ strains providing little more than an ‘average’ user experience.
Final Thoughts on Overrated Marijuana Strains
Ultimately, being ‘overrated’ doesn’t mean something isn’t good. One could argue that Floyd Mayweather is overrated in boxing due to his perfect 50-0 record (Jose Luis Castillo doesn’t like this). However, no one can reasonably suggest that he isn’t a remarkable fighter who enjoyed an incredible career. It is ‘okay’ to say he isn’t one of the top ten all-time great pugilists. This isn’t the same as saying ‘he sucks.’
It is a similar situation with overrated cannabis strains. There are doubtless some readers who are aghast at the mere mention of Blue Dream in a list of this nature. You could make the argument that Girl Scout Cookies, Durban Poison, and Jack Herer are all ‘overrated’ strains. It doesn’t mean they, and the others on this list, are not enjoyable. The mere fact that countless people around the world use them is proof. Coldplay, Vin Diesel, Garth Brooks, and Adam Sandler also have lots of fans!