There are more varied cannabis strains than you could ever possibly imagine. From classic, well-loved strains like OG Kush and White Widow, to more unusual ones like LA Confidential and Citral, you are never going to struggle for choice when it comes to finding a new strain to enjoy.
However, with the immense popularity that some strains have, it is only reasonable to expect that this popularity is taken from other strains. For every well appreciated, famous strain you might find, there are at least a dozen lesser-known strains struggling by the wayside.
But just because people don’t rate these abandoned strains very highly doesn’t mean that they have no value whatsoever. In fact, there is a myriad of strains that have been chronically underrated. So much so that people end up missing out on a seriously good strain, just because of ignorance.
The real problem with most underrated strains is that they tend to fill a niche that another strain already completely satisfies. They are strains with combinations of cannabinoids or flavor profiles that other strains possess, too.
This doesn’t mean you should completely ignore them, though. In fact, sometimes, a strain is worth trying because it is underrated and undervalued.
To help you in your journey of trying out some of the most underappreciated strains across the world, here are the top five most underrated strains of all time.
#1 – Skunk #1
Skunk #1 is not just #1 because of its potent effects, but because it is somewhat of an original. It is the parent of many fan-favorite strains, like Green Crack and Cheese, thanks to its excellent flavor profile and cannabinoid content.
Despite the fact that it is so popular as a grower’s tool to mix into new strains, it is somehow not as popular as a usable strain. It gained a bit of a reputation as being a strain for breeding, but not really for smoking.
This is a great shame, though, because it has one of the most potent skunk aromas and flavors out there. In fact, it has such a strong skunk flavor profile that some people consider it a bit too much to handle.
But, if you are one of those people who enjoys powerful flavor combinations that leave your mouth tingling for hours afterward, then you have got to give Skunk #1 a try.
Skunk #1 used to be one of the best ways to relieve pain and encourage eating thanks to its intense munchies, but these days, people have forgotten its uses. In fact, it is considered a bit of an old man strain, something lost to the ages and belonging to a different generation.
If you can find some at your local dispensary, definitely give it a try. You will get the chance to participate in cannabis history and experience something that many marijuana users will miss out on.
Plus, it’s excellent at helping you sleep at night. Just make sure that you smoke with the windows open – unless you want that skunk aroma to last for weeks on your curtains.
#2 – Cannatonic
On the surface, it would seem like Cannatonic should be an extremely popular strain. It’s got a great mixture of a light THC content and a decently high CBD load. It also contains plenty of earthy, rich flavors to make it taste good.
Considering these base characteristics, it would seem logical that it would be one of the most popular hybrid strains out there. However, thanks to the popularity of a lot of other balanced CBD/THC strains, Cannatonic has somehow fallen by the wayside.
A big part of this is that Cannatonic is the parent strain in a myriad of other strains. Thanks to its excellent blend of different cannabinoids, it features frequently in growing experiments to add just a touch of THC to an otherwise CBD-rich strain.
Cannatonic’s flavor is well-known for its classic herbaceousness, as well as its faint aroma of pine needles. This is one of those strains that most people would readily describe as having an especially peppery aroma and flavor.
The effects of this CBD-rich strain are reminiscent of many other indica-leaning strains, with a large dose of CBD-heavy effects. You will feel relaxed and extremely mellow, while also remaining wholly able to do anything you set your mind to.
Any kind of pain, anxiety, or mental anguish you are suffering from will practically melt away after trying this bud, as its full CBD content ensures that it helps you quickly.
While it might not be everyone’s go-to strain for a CBD-rich effect (partly because its THC content is noticeable), it is still definitely worth a try. As long as you don’t mind having a little bit of a high to accompany your CBD use, this is an excellent strain for encouraging relaxation, healing, and general wellbeing.
#3 – Pennywise
Pennywise is another strain that suffers from a similar problem to Cannatonic: It has just a little bit too much THC to be useful as a high-CBD strain.
Containing roughly equal amounts of THC and CBD, this strain offers a completely balanced and relaxing high. Interestingly, it is a cross between two incredibly well-known and popular strains, Harlequin and Jack The Ripper.
Despite this excellent pedigree, not a lot of people really go to Pennywise these days, partly because not many people seek its particular type of high.
Generally, if you are looking to enjoy cannabis, you are either looking for a potent THC effect or to treat yourself with a high concentration of CBD. There are not really many people opting for a more balanced, equal distribution of THC and CBD.
This is a real shame because it means that people don’t get a chance to try great strains like Pennywise. With a vibrant hash taste mellowed out by the vague bitterness of freshly brewed coffee, this strain is worth trying just for its flavor alone.
However, the best reason to give Pennywise a try is because of its perfectly balanced high. Thanks to the nearly equal amounts of THC and CBD, you will find yourself floating peacefully under the THC effects, while also still feeling enriched and smoothed out by the CBD.
It is an awkward sensation to describe or relate to because most people these days want to go for the highest amount of THC possible. However, if you do get a chance to try some Pennywise, you won’t regret it.
What’s more, you will not likely suffer from psychosis or anxiety attacks after smoking too much. With such a rich CBD content, you are rarely at risk of significant mental anguish with this strain.
#4 – Durban Poison
Durban Poison is a distinct strain in comparison to many other strains on this list, as it is a very THC-heavy strain.
Despite this massive THC load, many people have seemingly forgotten about this potent and well-loved, if a bit ancient strain. Descending from sativa landraces in South Africa, this potent strain was popular in the 1970s. It is one of the few strains to come out of South Africa that still has a place in the modern world of marijuana.
Its high is clear and intensely sharp, hitting you quickly and almost knocking you down. Your senses become almost oversaturated, and you will find yourself feeling a bit delirious like you are lost in the woods and are unsure what is going on around you.
It is also an intensely social strain, encouraging chilled out feelings and a sensation of being totally without worries.
The problem, however, is that same intensity. For many people not familiar with cannabis, or even a few that are, Durban Poison is simply too strong.
With an almost random THC concentration of between 15% and 25%, this strain can really take you off guard. Add onto that the fact that its effects leave you confused and somewhat alarmed due to heightened awareness of external stimuli, and you may find yourself struggling to cope with the high.
Durban Poison is a really interesting strain to try out and is excellent to try and treat certain conditions such as ADHD, but it has its problems as well.
As long as you are being careful and moderating how much you take at any one time, you shouldn’t have a problem, and can thus enjoy the potent and wildly relaxing high that it’s famous for.
#5 – Sweet and Sour Widow
Perhaps the most confusingly named strain on this list, Sweet and Sour Widow is a potent and well-loved strain.
It is a cross between White Widow, the well-loved indica, and another, presumably sweet and sour flavored, strain. The strangest quality of this strain is its odd flavor.
It almost tastes like onion, with plenty of that Chinese takeout flavor that leaves your tongue a little tingly. This is one of those strains that leave most people scratching their heads, wondering why it was created in the first place. After all, no one actually wants to taste sweet and sour chicken while enjoying their marijuana.
However, despite its slightly unsettling flavor profile, it has plenty of beneficial benefits. This feature and a really super high make it rank on our list of strains to try.
It offers the same potent euphoria of White Widow, but with plenty of CBD to balance it out. The high is surprisingly long-lasting, leaving you relaxed and ecstatic for far longer than you might expect.
Plus, its effects aren’t too overwhelming, like White Widow can be. It leaves you euphoric, but still present enough to withstand any social activity or even work tasks put in front of you.
Unfortunately, its weird, slightly strange flavor profile is what lets it down. Despite its excellent series of effects, most people cannot get past the savory taste of this strain. Plus, its effects are so similar to White Widow that many cannabis lovers would prefer just to smoke the latter and skip the strange taste.
If you can get past the flavor, or even learn to love it, you will find a uniquely intriguing strain that offers up a super unique high. In the opinion of many, it far surpasses the high of White Widow.
Final Thoughts on the Five Most Underrated Strains of All Time
Picking a marijuana strain primarily because it is underrated is not a typical move for most cannabis lovers.
Considering the massive amount of strains out there, combined with your limited time on this earth, you really only have time for so many strains.
Most people would prefer to stick with the greats. However, just because these strains are not as popular as others, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t worth trying in their own right.
If you get the chance, find some of these underrated and underappreciated strains so that you can give them a try. Who knows? You might discover that an underrated strain becomes your favorite.