By Luke Sumpter

Most people know France for its rich history, long list of famous locations, and delicious food. However, the country is also home to a budding community of cannabis cultivators. There are five main climates across France, and growers can produce high-quality flowers in all of them. Hundreds of different strains are cultivated in the country each year, but a handful of them have become mainstays. Discover the 5 most popular weed strains in France below.

1. Green Gelato Auto

So far, we know that growers in France love covert autoflowering varieties. While old-school autos were quick, they used to lack in the cannabinoid department. However, our breeders have created next-generation varieties that produce sky-high levels of THC while maintaining impressive brevity. Take Green Gelato Auto for example. This strain became a huge hit in France for its THC level of 24% and lightning-fast life cycle. The strain also boasts sugary sweet terpenes that make every hit a delight.

Green Gelato Automatic produces thick and compact flowers that serve up a generous coating of resin. The fact that this strain thrives in almost any environment makes her even more popular among French growers. If you want to grow this plant indoors, you can apply some LST to keep her at a compact height of 70cm. Even at this size, Green Gelato Auto will still serve up 375–450g/m². Outdoors, this strain demonstrates impressive pest and disease resistance. She’ll offer a return of 100–175g/plant after a growing cycle of 9–10 weeks.

Green Gelato Auto

Green Gelato Auto
23_genetic background_1 Green Gelato x Cookies Auto
33_Yield indoors_1 375 - 450 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 70 - 120 cm
25_flowering time_1 7 - 8 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 24%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 55% Indica 40% Ruderalis 5%
34_yield outdoor_1 100 - 175 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 100 - 120 cm
27_harvest period_1 9 - 10 weeks after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Clear, Physically Relaxing

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2. Quick One

Her name says it all. Our breeders designed Quick One with a single objective in mind: speed. By crossing the premium autoflowering strain Lowryder 1 with Old School Indica, they managed to capture this trait perfectly. But before we get into her record-breaking rapidity, we simply must make note of her effects and aroma. Quick One provides a moderate THC content of 13%. This might not seem like much, but it produces a relaxing, but not couch-locking, bodily sensation that can be enjoyed at any time of day. Her fruity and earthy terpenes sweeten the deal and contribute to her soothing embrace.

Of course, growers in France also love this strain because it helps to keep their herbal hobby covert. Indoor plants grow to only 50–60cm, but are still capable of pumping out up to 325g/m² in as little as 9 weeks after sprouting. Plants grown outdoors top out at 100cm and offer a return of 100–150g/plant.

Quick One

Quick One
23_genetic background_1 Lowryder 1 x Old School Indica
33_Yield indoors_1 275 - 325 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 50 - 60 cm
25_flowering time_1 5 - 6 Weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 13%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 10% Indica 60% Ruderalis 30%
34_yield outdoor_1 100 - 150 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 60 - 100 cm
27_harvest period_1 9 - 10 weeks after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Physically Relaxing

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3. Purple Queen

Purple Queen has achieved royal status in France. Growers in the country have fallen in love with her stoning high, delicious flavours, and stunning appearance. This progeny of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani produces bright purple flowers that add immense ornamental value to any grow room or garden. Looks aside, the flowers also possess a THC content of 22% and fruity and earthy terpenes. Purple Queen offers a relaxing and euphoric high that eases tension and unleashes creativity.

Adding to her stellar appearance and desirable effects are some outstanding yields. Indoor plants grow to 80–120cm and produce up to 500g/m² after a flowering time of 8–9 weeks. Purple Queen responds great to topping and training, which help to reduce her size while increasing her yield. Outdoors, she peaks at a height of 210cm and produces a massive 650–700g/plant ready to harvest in October.

Purple Queen

Purple Queen
23_genetic background_1 Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani
33_Yield indoors_1 450 - 500 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 80 - 120 cm
25_flowering time_1 8 - 9 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 22%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 25% Indica 75%
34_yield outdoor_1 650 - 700 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 175 - 210 cm
27_harvest period_1 October
22_Effect_1 Calming, Euphoric

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4. Fat Banana Automatic

Why has Fat Banana Automatic become so popular in France? Well, it has a lot to do with her intense effects and moreish flavours. RQS breeders created this variety by crossing the original Fat Banana with Cookies Auto. In doing so, they created an indica-dominant hybrid with a THC content of 22%, making her one of the more potent autos around. Throw in flavours of banana and earthiness and a clear-headed high, and you have yourself a very well-rounded cultivar!

As Fat Banana Automatic charges through the growing cycle so quickly, she makes a perfect outdoor option for growers in the north of France; you’ll harvest these buds in as little as nine weeks after seeds sprout. Indoors, plants reach 100cm and produce 375–450g/m². Grow her outside, and you’ll watch plants peak at 120cm and deliver up to 175g/plant.

Fat Banana Auto

Fat Banana Auto
23_genetic background_1 Fat Banana x Cookies Auto
33_Yield indoors_1 375 - 450 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 70 - 100 cm
25_flowering time_1 7 - 8 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 22%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 20% Indica 70% Ruderalis 10%
34_yield outdoor_1 90 - 175 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 80 - 120 cm
27_harvest period_1 9 - 10 weeks after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Calming, Clear

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5. Royal Gorilla

Royal Gorilla has risen to great heights all over the world, but French cultivators have taken a particular liking to this variety. Perhaps these individuals really love strong weed! This strain descends from a legendary genetic lineup that includes Sour Dubb, Chem Sis, and Chocolate Diesel. Together, these titans passed down a monolithic THC content of 27%. Whenever you plan on blazing these buds, make sure to clear your schedule and have plenty of snacks to hand. Delicious tastes of chocolate, diesel, and pine accompany Royal Gorilla’s deeply stoning high.

This strain flourishes in a range of conditions, from hot and dry to cool and damp. Indoor plants max out at anywhere from 90–160cm. Top them early and apply LST to keep them at the lower end of this spectrum. Prepare to harvest up to 550g/m² following a blooming period of 8–10 weeks. If you grow Royal Gorilla outside, she’ll reach 170cm and produce 550–600g/plant during the middle of October.

Royal Gorilla

Royal Gorilla
23_genetic background_1 Sour Dubb x Chem Sis x Chocolate Diesel
33_Yield indoors_1 500 - 550 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 90 - 160 cm
25_flowering time_1 8 - 10 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 27%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 50% Indica 50%
34_yield outdoor_1 550 - 600 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 130 - 170 cm
27_harvest period_1 Middle of October
22_Effect_1 Calming, Clear

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Weed in France: It’s All About Flavour and Discretion

What else would you expect from such a food-centric nation? As you’ve noticed, the cultivars on this list differ substantially in their THC content, but a couple of common threads unite them. First, French growers are obviously attracted to small and fast plants that help them stay under the radar. Second, they’re in love with fruity, sugary, and sweet terpene profiles that light up the taste buds with every hit. And we can’t blame them for having great taste!

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