Though the cannabis plant contains myriad cannabinoids, with more than 100 cannabinoids identified in the plant to date, it’s still tetrahydrocannabinol that reigns supreme in both the public consciousness and the plant we’ve bred exhaustively throughout recent history.
White Fire (commonly known as WiFi) OG is a Southern California strain bred by OG Raskal Seeds, taking the stability of a Fire OG female and boosting it with the aroma and potency of a male The White. Lab testing from PSI Labs reveals a THC content rage of 14% – 29% . If you’re looking for a potent strain with sedative effects and a winning mix of fuel and pine aromas, WiFi OG is the high-THC strain for you.
Strawberry Banana is a frosty combination of California and Amsterdam genetics, bred by DNA Genetics’ Reserva Privada subdivision. According to DNA, the strain’s high resin output makes it ideal for making tasty, potent concentrates.
The “Don of all OGs” is a mysterious high-THC strain often thought to originate from Bubba Kush, L.A. Confidential, and Granddaddy Purps, and OG Kush,. The original Godfather OG , a popular strain among California medical circles, is reportedly a cross of XXX OG and Alpha OG.
Testing from Steep Hill labs typically places the strain’s THC content in a range of 17%-28% . GSC is another prolific high-THC strain with several High Times Cannabis Cup awards under its belt, as well as several popular phenotypes including Thin Mint and Platinum Cookies. For many California tokers, GSC is a practically unavoidable and typically welcome mode of THC delivery.
THC isn’t the only cannabinoid or native cannabis compound that contributes to the cannabis high, but it is without a doubt the main player. When you hear weed described as intoxicating, euphoric, sedating, mind-altering, and socially enhancing, you’re hearing about effects for which THC may largely be responsible. Though its effects have traditionally been sought after for recreational use, THC has also been found to alleviate pain and inflammation, stimulate appetite, reduce nausea, and treat muscle spasticity. All of these factors usually end up as the shorthand of “strongest weed strain” when people talk about what they’re looking for.
A creation of Colorado seed bank Rare Dankness from around 2010, Scott’s OG is a reliably potent bud. Rare Dankness founder Scott Reach bred the strain from his own Rare Dankness #1 and a Triangle Kush female from the Devil’s Harvest Krew. Reach told Weedmaps that the strain tests consistently above 25% THC, producing resinous buds and a strong lemon aroma with dank kush undertones. Among high-THC strains, Scott’s OG rests comfortably in the middle of the pack, and its potency has been passed onto several new strains for which it’s a parent.
GG4, also known as Gorilla Glue, Original Glue, and Gorilla Glue #4 , was the best phenotype of a strain bred by the founders of Nevada’s GG Strains, Josey Whales and Lone Watty.
The Chemdog we know today, also known as Chem ’91, is a phenotype of the original Dogbud. Testing from MRC Labs puts Chemdog between 21% and 24% THC.
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“Not wasting any time, I quickly narrowed my posible choice to two very qualified candidates: Bubba OG, the indica-dominant equivalent of Jay Z and Beyoncé’s child; and Ogre Kush, a fruity strain with some iconic genetics of its own. Watching Shrek stoned on some Ogre sounded like a great way to fall asleep and kick-start an interesting dream, so I bought a half-eighth for $18 with the discount.”
Oh, Denver: One of the few places in the world where you can tell your pot dealer, “This shit sucks. I’m going somewhere else,” and actually mean it. Securing a new and reasonably un-sketchy weed guy is a headache for people in other, less-fortunate states – but not here, where you just walk a few blocks (or feet, depending what part of town you’re in) to the next dispensary. Almost two years of legal pot in Denver has created an entitlement for quality herb of which I’m completely unashamed, and for the most part, the dispensaries of the Mile High have delivered.
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10) Ingrid at Good Chemistry
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“Don’t let Ingrid’s homely smell fool you. Burning this was like enjoying cheese and wine for dessert, and the knockout blow makes it an easy choice for insomnia or stress relief. With such strong and specific effects, my leftovers will be set aside for a rough day or when counting sheep just won’t cut it.”
“Opening up the pre-packaged buds at home gave me an intense nosegasm. Sweet, fruity aromas jumped right out, with hints of diesel lingering long after; my mouth watered as a tart earthiness filled my nostrils. Despite the small amount I’d bought, all of the nugs were full and robust. Rich, amber trichomes cloaked the Stardawg’s light-green calyxes, giving them a yellowish hue, and the noticeable lack of stems made me smile. I couldn’t twist one up fast enough — and after a few drags, subtle tropical notes danced around my taste buds and a familiar earthy flavor stuck to the back of my tongue.”
8) White Fire OG at Mile High Green Cross
“A midnight bowl brought the salivating sweetness I expected, but it was rounded out with a firm earthiness as well. It’s one thing to enjoy the taste of a strain, but taking hit after hit because I can’t get enough of the flavor is something entirely different. The exquisite taste made me overzealous, and I smoked two bowls too many before I even realized it. One would’ve worked just fine to enhance my appetite and then put me to sleep. Three made me a drooling vegetable.”
In Denver, we're lucky — if we don't like the bud offered by one person, we just have to walk a few blocks — or feet — to find another option. And we tried a lot in 2015. Here are our top ten strains of the year.