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The best strains of all time: 100 popular cannabis strains to try before you die

A lot of people ask us what strains they should search out and try. It’s one of the reasons weadic exists. And generally, our answers vary widely according to the consumer, location, and situation.

But there are some strains that everyone should try. Just like everyone should read The Great Gatsby or watch Citizen Kane, the following 100 hold an appeal for any and every cannabis consumer. From the heaviest indicas through perfectly-balanced hybrids to the brightest sativas, all manner of strain types, effects, aromas, flavors, and origins are represented below. If you can only get around to trying 100 strains in your lifetime, the following are the ones you should choose.

How we chose the top 100 strains

Weadic editors, strain researchers, former budtenders, and subject matter experts collaborated on developing this list, and many others in the weadic office contributed additional feedback. Below, find each strain’s name, type, lineage, backstory, and reasons why it made the list. Use the printable checklist to mark off each essential strain as you find and try it—you can use weadic strain pages to find out where each one is available.

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Afghani

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Afghani. (Courtesy of Cameron Karsten)

Strain type: Indica

Parent strains: None; landrace strain

Backstory: Afghani is a heavy indica strain named after its geographic origin, where the earliest varieties of cannabis are believed to have grown. Breeders worldwide have come to treasure Afghani for its heavy resin production.

Why we love it: It’s an Afghan landrace strain with famous sedation qualities and generous resin production.

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RelatedWhat is a landrace cannabis strain?

Afgoo

Strain type: Indica

Parent strainsAfghani

Backstory: Afgoo, also known as Afgooey, is a potent indica strain believed to have descended from an Afghani indica and Maui Haze. Its sativa parent lends Afgoo uplifting, creative qualities, yet this strain undoubtedly takes after its indica parent with relaxing, sleepy effects to go with its earthy pine flavor.

Why we love it: This ultra-heavy indica delivers a sedative, one-of-a-kind buzz that hugs the body like a straitjacket fresh from the dryer.

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AK-47

Strain type: Hybrid

Parent strainsSouth AmericanMexicanThaiAfghani

Backstory: Don’t let its intense name fool you: AK-47 will leave you relaxed and mellow. While its scent is sour and earthy, its sweet floral notes can only be fully realized in the taste. Created in 1992 by Serious Seeds, AK-47 has won numerous Cannabis Cup awards around the world.

Why we love it: “It’s a hybrid strain with rich genetic heritage and bold, mood-brightening effects.”

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RelatedTips for growing AK-47 cannabis

Alaskan Thunder Fuck

ATF is a classic with an outstanding, heady buzz.

Strain type: Sativa

Parent strainsNorth American Sativa

Backstory: Alaskan Thunder Fuck (also referred to as ATF, Matanuska Thunder Fuck, or Matanuska Tundra) is a legendary sativa-dominant strain originating in the Matanuska Valley area of Alaska. According to the legend, it was originally a Northern California sativa crossed with a Russian ruderalis, but sometime in the late 70s it was crossed with Afghani genetics to make it heartier. ATF presents large, beautifully frosted buds with incredibly strong odors.

Why we love it: ATF is a classic. It is a hearty, sweet smelling plant with an outstanding, heady buzz.

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Allen Wrench

Strain type: Sativa
Parent strainsTrainwreckNYC Diesel

Backstory: An extremely popular strain for sativa lovers, Allen Wrench wraps the best qualities of its parent strains into a single package, and couples them with crisp flavors of sour fruit.

Why we love it: Loved by go-getters of all kinds, Allen Wrench’s clear-headed stimulation makes it a perfect coffee substitute.

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Amnesia

Strain type: Sativa

Parent strainsSkunk No. 1Cinderella 99Jack Herer

Backstory: Amnesia is typically a sativa-dominant cannabis strain with some variation between breeders. Amnesia’s genetic forerunners have passed on uplifting, creative, and euphoric effects ideal for putting you in a great mood, no matter the day, time, or situation.

Why we love it: Forget your worries and woes with this clear-headed high: Amnesia’s sativa-dominant lineage make it a stimulating and functional strain that belongs in the bag of any cannabis consumer on the go.

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Banana OG

Strain type: Hybrid

Parent strainsOG Kush, Banana

Backstory: With a smell and flavor of overripe bananas, this hybrid definitely earns its name. Banana OG has tested at over 25% THC and has a reputation as a “creeper”—as in, its effects will creep up on you if you’re not careful.

Why we love it: Banana OG smells amazing—It’s like an overripe banana peel full of pine needles, and it creates thick smoke that can always get you laughing.

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Bay 11

Strain type: Sativa

Parent strainsAppalachia

Backstory: Bay 11, bred by Grand Daddy Purp, is an ultra-potent sativa. Its dense, pale buds are coated in amber resin with a sweet, fruity aroma that initiates immediate relaxation.

Why we love it: A very happy and uplifting strain, Bay 11 is a sweet sativa that reminds you of cruising through sunny California with the windows down.

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Berry White

Berry White is the offspring of parents of near-celebrity status in the cannabis world, and is just as famous in its own right.

Strain type: Indica

Parent strainsBlueberryWhite Widow

Backstory: Berry White is the offspring of parents of near-celebrity status in the cannabis world, and is famous in its own right for effects that offer shelter from stress and a sturdy sense of euphoria.

Why we love it: You may never laugh so hard as you will after sharing a cartridge of this with your best friend.

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RelatedTips for Growing Berry White Cannabis

Blue Dream

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Blue Dream. (Courtesy of Cameron Karsten)

Strain type: Hybrid

Parent strainsBlueberryHaze

Backstory: Blue Dream, a sativa-dominant hybrid that originated in California, has achieved legendary status among West Coast strains. By crossing a Blueberry indica with the sativa Haze, Blue Dream balances full-body relaxation with gentle cerebral invigoration. Novice and veteran consumers alike enjoy the level effects of Blue Dream, which ease you gently into a calm euphoria.

Why we love it: Without a doubt, it’s the most common and illustrious strain found across the United States today.

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