As we bid farewell to another year, the cannabis world presents us with its latest triumphs. 2023 has been remarkable in unveiling some of the most coveted and adored strains in the cannabis industry. These cultivars have not just captivated the seasoned cannabis enthusiasts but also piqued the curiosity of newbies. In this quick guide, we’ll get into the crème de la crème of cannabis strains that defined 2023, eagerly anticipating what 2024’s harvest might bring to our senses and spirits!
Blue Dream, a sativa dominant strain, intertwines the genetics of Blueberry and Haze, offering cerebral stimulation paired with serene body relaxation. Revered for its creative and energetic buzz, it does have its quirks, like dry mouth and a hint of paranoia. It’s a beacon of hope for those grappling with stress, anxiety, and depression. With a THC content hovering around 18%, its berry-like aroma and sweet flavor profile have crowned it a favorite across both novice and veteran circles.
Originating from California, it commands an average price of $20 per gram. Its lineage has given rise to similar marijuana strains like Blue Dream CBD, Double Dream, and Blue Magoo, continuing its legacy.
Skywalker OG, an indica dominant strain, is a potent cross between Mazar and Blueberry OG, boasting a THC range of 20-30%. It’s famed for its sleepy, relaxed, and tingly sensations, albeit accompanied by dry mouth and eyes. Ideal for alleviating stress, chronic pain, and anxiety, this strain is a nod to the Star Wars saga, mirroring the potent, ‘forceful’ effects akin to its namesake. With a spicy, herbal flavor and earthy notes, it’s a favorite among those seeking deep relaxation and euphoria.
Gelato, a balanced hybrid strain known as “Larry Bird” or “Gelato #42”, is the offspring of Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. It ushers in a euphoric high marked by relaxation and mental stimulation. With a THC level of 21%, it’s a powerhouse for chronic pain, fatigue, and insomnia relief. Its sweet, fruity, and creamy notes are a treat, while its buds bloom in dark purple hues, accented by fiery orange hairs. Priced at $12 per gram, Gelato has inspired many other marijuana strains owing to its legendary status among connoisseurs.
Durban Poison, a pure sativa strain from South Africa’s Durban, is renowned for its sweet aroma and energetic, uplifting effects. It’s the go-to strain for productivity, outdoor adventures, or a burst of creativity. Its oversized resin glands make it a prime choice for concentrate extraction, and its chunky buds covered in trichomes are a visual delight. It’s particularly favored by those seeking to alleviate stress, depression, and anxiety, offering an invigorating experience that doesn’t weigh you down.
5. Cherry Pie Strain
Cherry Pie, a harmonious blend of Granddaddy Purple and F1 Durb, is known for its dense buds tinged with orange and purple. This hybrid strain exudes a sweet and sour cherry pie aroma, making it a sensory delight. Users often report feelings of happiness, euphoria, and a peculiar giggliness. It’s particularly effective against stress, depression, and anxiety, offering a balanced high that soothes yet invigorates.
Pineapple Express, a sativa dominant hybrid resulting from the union of Trainwreck and Hawaiian, gained fame from its cinematic namesake but stands strong on its own merits. With a THC content of 18%, it offers a long-lasting, energetic buzz. Perfect for daytime use, its flavor profile bursts with bright citrus, pineapple, and earthy pine. At $20 per gram, it’s sought after for relief from depression, chronic pain, and fatigue, offering an uplifting and creative high.
7. Cereal Milk Strain
Cereal Milk, a balanced hybrid from Cookies, is crafted by crossing Y Life and Snowman. Known for its sweet, creamy, and ice cream-like flavor, it’s a strain that keeps users coming back for more. Its dense, trichome-rich nugs promise a potent and relaxing high, ideal for managing anxiety, depression, and stress. Its THC content and unique flavor profile make it a standout choice in the cannabis market.
Apple Fritter, a true hybrid known for its potent and relaxing effects, is a cross between Sour Apple and Animal Cookies. Its sweet and earthy aroma, with a hint of cheesy apple pastry, is truly unique. Offering a blend of relaxation, giggles, and tingliness, it’s an excellent choice for those looking to alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression. This strain combines the stone of GSC with the energy of a diesel, creating a perfect hybrid experience.
OG Kush, a legendary weed strain with roots in Florida, is a complex cross involving Chemdawg, Lemon Thai, and a Hindu Kush plant from Amsterdam. Its terpene profile, exuding fuel, skunk, and spice, offers a high-THC, mixed head and body effect. Perfect for easing stress, it’s a staple in creating famous marijuana strains like GSC and Headband. Its various phenotypes, including Tahoe OG and SFV OG, have cemented its status as a genetic backbone of West Coast cannabis varieties.
10. Biscotti Strain
Biscotti, an indica dominant strain, is the offspring of Gelato 25 and Sour Florida OG. Known for its cerebral high that leaves users feeling relaxed and creative, it’s a strain that sneaks up on you. With a sweet cookie and diesel undertone flavor, it’s a choice for those looking for stress, anxiety, and depression relief. Its striking trichome coverage and a THC level of 21% make Biscotti a top-shelf contender in the cannabis world.
11. Wedding Cake Strain
Wedding Cake, or “Triangle Mints #23,” is an indica-hybrid weed strain from crossing Triangle Kush with Animal Mints. It offers a relaxing, euphoric effect that soothes both body and mind. Its rich, tangy flavor with earthy pepper undertones makes it a unique strain. Medical marijuana patients choose it for chronic pain, insomnia, and appetite loss relief. With its high THC content, Wedding Cake is a strain to be enjoyed with care, especially by those with a lower THC tolerance.
Granddaddy Purple, or GDP, is a well-known indica strain combining Mendo Purps, Skunk, and Afghanistan. It’s recognized for its grape and berry aroma and deep purple-hued flowers covered in white crystal resin. GDP is the choice for those seeking a blend of cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation, ideal for chronic pain, stress, insomnia, appetite loss, and muscle spasm relief. Its substantial yields and distinct effects have made it a favorite among consumers and growers.
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As we explore these standout strains of 2023, it’s clear that the cannabis industry continues to innovate and impress. And WHTC is here to provide you with the best of the best. Shop these strains or similar products at our dispensary and see why they’re making waves in the industry.
And we anticipate the best marijuana strains of 2024, we can only imagine the new heights of enjoyment and relief they’ll bring. What’s your pick for the best strain of the year? Maybe it’ll be on the next list!