With thousands of options, it isn’t easy to find the best strains for your marijuana garden. The world of weed has come a long way since the alleged halcyon days of the 1960s. In reality, hardly anyone wanted to legalize cannabis back then. Also, when demand escalated around the Woodstock era, there were several cannabis droughts – ‘Golden Age’ indeed!
Fast forward to today, and a significant majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. The herb is now legal in over 33 states. For residents of most of these states – especially those with medical marijuana cards – it is now possible to grow weed legally too.
In this guide, we look at seven of the finest marijuana strains that you’ll be proud to grow in your cannabis garden.
#1: White Widow
Practically every White Widow strain review points out that it is one of the world’s most famous strains. The White Widow strain is now associated with the Green House Seed Company. However, a Dutch breeder named Ingemaar supposedly developed this strain in 1987. Back then, White Widow was already a renowned strain and had the nickname ‘Arnhem’s Wonder.’
Green House Seeds purchased the rights in 1992 and crossed the male and female stock to produce seeds two years later. Fast forward to today, and the White Widow weed strain is famed for being relatively easy to grow. It is also extremely resistant to mold and is known for its potency.
The White Widow marijuana strain is a sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid, and its THC content ranges from 18 – 25%. It also contains up to 1% CBD and CBN.
As you can probably tell from the name, it is a strain adored for its psychoactive power. If you cultivate a crop with a THC content of 25%, with little CBD to counteract the high, you will receive a pretty intense and energetic buzz.
White Widow consumers say that it is useful for helping with the symptoms of a wide range of conditions, including:
- Hepatitis C
If you are looking for a sedative, ‘couchlock’ effect, you will not find it with this strain! Users are routinely stunned by how quickly White Widow takes effect. You will feel a cerebral high that lasts a long time.
White Widow Grow Info
Apart from being a robust plant, White Widow is easy to grow indoors because its height seldom exceeds 40 inches. The flowering period is 7-9 weeks, and you should look to harvest it in early October if growing outdoors. Once you get the hang of growing White Widow, expect to earn yields of up to 21 ounces per plant.
#2: Cheese Quake
The Cheese Quake strain is famous for its unique taste. It genuinely offers a cheesy flavor with a hint of grape that makes it utterly divine. If you don’t like the smell of cheese, you won’t like this strain’s fragrance, because it reeks of the stuff!
Cheese Quake is a cross of UK Cheese and Querkle. Therefore, this makes it a relatively new strain since the latter parent was only made available in recent times. With a THC content of 16 – 18%, the Cheese Quake strain will not completely blow your mind. It also contains up to 1.5% CBD.
Initially, you will feel a noticeable mental buzz that lasts for a few minutes. However, soon, your body will be treated to a whole new experience. Within minutes, the effects of Cheese Quake intensify, and your body feels completely relaxed. With the tension removed from your body, you feel happy and almost euphoric. Incidentally, we recommend drinking plenty of water because this strain can make you feel dehydrated.
Medicinal marijuana consumers use this indica-dominant (60%) strain to help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of conditions. This strain’s propensity to relax your muscles means it is an excellent option for stress relief. Cheese Quake may offer temporary relief from conditions such as anxiety and depression, due to its uplifting, yet relaxing effects. This strain’s modest CBD content may make this marijuana strain a good option for individuals with headaches and chronic pain.
Cheese Quake Grow Info
Although you can grow Cheese Quake indoors or outdoors, outdoors is probably the better option. One issue you may face indoors is the fact that the plant can reach six feet tall! As a result, you probably need to ‘top’ it, or else it will have a ‘treelike’ shape. Utilize a Low-Stress Training (LST) method to grow the plant in the shape of your choosing.
Cheese Quake has a flowering time of 8-9 weeks. In terms of its yield, it typically produces 12-16 ounces per square meter indoors or 18 ounces per plant outdoors. Experts say that if you grow outdoors, the best climate is one akin to Colorado.
#3: Purple Trainwreck
In the world of weed, Purple genetics have always been popular. Jimi Hendrix popularized Purple Haze, for example. The aesthetically pleasing phenotypes of plants with Purple genetics ensure these strains are among the most sought-after on the market. And Purple Trainwreck is at the forefront of these in-demand strains.
The Purple Trainwreck strain comes from Trainwreck and Mendocino Purps. It’s an extremely potent bud with a THC content of up to 25% but only contains a minimal CBD content. It is typically grown as a balanced hybrid and is known for being an outstanding social strain. Initially, you will feel uplifted and euphoric. Soon you’ll discover that you can’t stop talking!
Purple Trainwreck – a delicious genetic cross-breed between OG Trainwreck and Mendocino Purps…
Purple Trainwreck’s cerebral effects combine with an intense body high for a strain that is extremely potent. Due to the nature and potency of Purple Trainwreck’s effects, it may be too hot to handle for new users. But after the euphoria comes a feeling of calm.
As it is a balanced hybrid, Purple Trainwreck is extremely popular with both recreational and medicinal marijuana consumers. Some medicinal Purple Trainwreck consumers say that it helps with the symptoms of chronic stress disorders, depression, and anxiety. This strain purportedly has anti-inflammatory properties, too, so it may be useful for alleviating joint pain or muscle aches.
Purple Trainwreck Grow Info
Purple Trainwreck’s flowering time is a little longer than average, at 9-11 weeks. If you grow it indoors, you should receive around 18 ounces of bud per harvest. However, Purple Trainwreck plants grow tall and can reach up to 65 inches in height. If you live in a place with a warm and dry climate, then you can grow it outdoors instead. This strain is usually ready for harvest by the middle of October (because it flowers in the late summer). You can expect to receive up to 25 ounces per plant from an outdoor grow.
#4: Critical Kush
Barney’s Farm Seeds created the Critical Kush strain, and it has gone on to win the coveted High Times Cannabis Cup. It is a strongly indica-dominant (90%) strain, which is a cross of OG Kush and Critical Mass. Most Critical Kush reviewers agree that it is not a strain known for its exceptional scent or taste. Instead, it is revered for its extremely potent effects.
Whether you smoke or vape Critical Kush, you will be hit with an intense high within a few minutes. With a THC content of up to 25%, this is a very potent strain that is unsuitable for novice cannabis consumers. Also, its overwhelmingly dominant indica genetics and strong sedative properties almost guarantee that you’ll end up couch-locked. Therefore, you should only use this strain in the late evening when looking to relax and prepare for sleep. In its initial stages, Critical Kush also provides a sense of euphoria, which leaves you feeling happy and uplifted.
Critical Kush consumers find it useful for alleviating the symptoms of several different conditions. Some of these include:
- Muscle spasms
- Joint aches or back pains
- Inflammatory conditions
Critical Kush Grow Info
The good news is that most regard Critical Kush to be one of the easiest marijuana plants to grow. It is a robust and durable plant capable of thriving in conditions that would negatively impact other strains. If you elect to grow indoors, you can get 21 ounces of high-quality weed per square meter. It should be ready for harvesting in 9-10 weeks.
If you decide to grow Critical Kush outdoors, a healthy harvest should ensure up to 23 ounces per plant. This plant begins to bloom during the summer and is typically ready for harvest by the end of September. Expert growers use the Sea of Green (SOG) method and can get even more premium-quality buds.
#5: Blue Dream
Blue Dream weed is world-famous, and it was the most popular marijuana option in California until relatively recently. It originated in the Golden State and is a cross of Haze and Blueberry. The Blue Dream strain is a slightly sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid. Its THC content has been recorded as high as 27%, so this strain packs a real punch. A lot of strains contain less than 1% CBD, but Blue Dream can have a CBD content of up to 2%.
If you are looking for a ‘chill’ high, Blue Dream is precisely what you need. However, due to its potency, it is unsuitable for novice cannabis consumers. Experienced cannabis consumers will enjoy its stimulating effects. If you wake up feeling unmotivated, Blue Dream may help to put a pep in your step.
Blue Dream’s mellow high makes it one of the premier choices for patients with minor ailments. Medicinal consumers of this strain say that it can help with the symptoms of the following conditions:
- Menstrual cramp pain
- Muscle soreness
Blue Dream Grow Info
If you purchase Blue Dream seeds, please note that it develops into an extremely tall plant. While it is easy to grow indoors, it requires more care and attention outdoors. This strain is also particularly susceptible to pests such as red spider mites.
The Blue Dream strain doesn’t cope well with extreme weather changes. If you are growing this plant outdoors, it does best in a subtropical or Mediterranean-type climate.
For indoor growers, the flowering time is 9-10 weeks. Blue Dream produces generous yields of up to 21 ounces of weed per square meter planted. If you grow outdoors, each Blue Dream plant can provide up to 21 ounces of usable bud. October is the ideal month for outdoor harvesting.
#6: Sour Diesel
The Sour Diesel strain is one of the world’s best-known sativas. It was first grown in the 1990s in New York City and quickly became a sensation on the East Coast. Due to the underground nature of the cannabis market of the 1980s and 1990s, recording strain information wasn’t exactly customary. This has led to some confusion regarding Sour Diesel’s exact lineage. Some believe that Sour Diesel came into being when Original Diesel was crossed accidentally with a hermaphrodite Northern Lights/Shiva and Hawaiian. However, others suggest that Sour D is a descendant of ChemDawg and Super Skunk, and originated in California.
DID YOU KNOW? Sour Diesel may be a descendant of ChemDawg mixed with Super Skunk genetics.
Whatever the background, some describe Sour Diesel as a ‘magical’ strain with the ability to help people forge friendships. It is sativa-dominant (80%) and has a THC content of up to 25%. Its legion of followers adores it because it provides a rapid and potent high. Another plus is that it doesn’t cause couchlock either.
Sour Diesel is renowned for being one of the finest marijuana strains for boosting your energy and mood. After consuming this strain, you may feel better within minutes, and its high can last for up to five hours.
The longevity of Sour Diesel’s effects has made this strain very popular with medicinal marijuana consumers. Some Sour Diesel reviewers say that it has analgesic properties. This may make Sour Diesel useful for alleviating chronic pain conditions, like arthritis.
Others find this strain helpful for relaxation and unwinding purposes. This may make Sour Diesel potentially useful for temporarily relieving stress. Medicinal patients with ADHD or ADD, say that this marijuana strain can help to sharpen mental focus. Also, some Sour Diesel consumers say that it can help boost appetite too.
Sour Diesel Grow Info
If you decide to grow Sour Diesel outdoors, you’ll need a dry climate with low humidity. This plant also requires some of the best high-intensity lights if grown indoors. This is because it is prone to powdery mildew. It is essential to keep your grow room sterile.
With a flowering time of up to 10 weeks, Sour Diesel is one of the slowest growing strains. However, its indoor yield of 18 ounces per square meter is pretty impressive. When grown outdoors, you could receive up to 25 ounces per plant.
#7: OG Kush
It is fair to say that if you have not heard of the OG Kush strain, you don’t know marijuana! ‘Kush’ strains originate from the Hindu Kush region, a disputed territory that borders Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. Travelers from the United States first brought Kush seeds home with them in the 1960s. Since then, numerous Kush varieties have won awards, such as the High Times Cannabis Cup.
Many believe that OG Kush is a cross of Chemdawg and Hindu Kush, and its creation dates back to the early 1990s in California. However, its origins remain disputed even today. It has a THC content of up to 27%, which can strike you, fast, and early. To begin with, you will experience a sudden rush of energy and an intense cerebral high. In higher doses, OG Kush can sedate you and even cause severe couchlock.
Some OG Kush consumers say that its relaxing effects offer temporary relief from the symptoms of anxiety or depression. After the initial energy surge, OG Kush helps to relax both body and mind. As OG Kush has soporific effects in its latter stages, it is a popular strain for consumers with insomnia. According to legend, this strain is so potent that gangsters used it to treat gunshot wounds. Unsurprisingly, we take these tales with a large pinch of salt!
According to urban legend, NYC gangsters used to use the pain-relieving effects of OG Kush to help treat gunshot victims…
OG Kush Grow Info
When you purchase OG Kush seeds, you are setting yourself up for a difficult journey. This is because OG Kush is exceptionally tricky to grow. It is a sensitive plant that is prone to disease, and susceptible to pests and powdery mildew. As a result, you must grow it in properly optimized settings.
You can only grow OG Kush outdoors in a hot and tropical climate. It offers 16 ounces per plant and can be harvested in October. Fortunately, it is a little easier to grow it indoors as long as you create a controlled microclimate. It flowers in 8-9 weeks and provides approximately 17 ounces per square meter planted.
Final Thoughts on the 7 Best Cannabis Strains for Your Weed Garden
There have been some concerns recently about large quantities of outdoor cannabis growth. However, we firmly believe that these marijuana plant strains are among the very best you can grow in your garden.
However, please note that genetics play a significant role in how big your yield is and how potent the end product is. You must make genetic considerations based on the environment you have access to. For instance, it is best to choose marijuana plants likely to grow into enormous bushes if growing outside. However, auto-flowering strains could be the right choice if growing in limited space indoors.
You can use clones if you are confident that the seeds carry the ideal genetic traits. However, you need to trust the source entirely. Above all else, please ensure that you choose feminized seeds. Otherwise, around half of your garden will consist of male plants that don’t produce the resinous buds you crave.
Finally, even marijuana plants carrying the best genetics need high-quality soil. Therefore, you should use organic soil laden with the right level of nutrients. This will help you to reap a bountiful return come harvest time.