In this age of dispensaries and online buying, weed smokers are exposed to a much wider variety of strains than ever before. This diversity of options can be bewildering: which strain to smoke?

That depends on what you’re in for! People turn to cannabis for a variety of motivations—some are looking for better sleep, others for help with medical issues, others for a party-enhancer. Picking the right strain is crucial to getting what you’re looking for out of this versatile plant.

Without further ado, here is our official guide to picking the strain that’s right for you.

INDICA OR SATIVA?

First of all, you’ll need to decide whether or not you want to grow an indica or sativa variety. These two types of cannabis are said to originate from different regions and feature distinct morphological differences.

Indica strains are shorter, bushier and develop thick-fingered fan leaves. In contrast, sativas grow taller, lankier and feature thin-fingered fan leaves. Hybrid strains that descend from both indica and sativa parents often feature a mix of these traits.

Popular culture often assigns different effects to indica and sativa plants—although much more nuance underpins the exact effects of each strain. Traditionally, sativa plants are associated with a stimulating head high and indica varieties with a physical body stone. Although strains from each of these categories sometimes offer these effects, the reason they do goes deeper than this classification.

Researchers in cannabis science now suggest referring to “cultivars” (cultivated varieties, or strains) as “chemovars” (chemical varieties). Instead of guessing the chemical makeup and effects of a strain based on their genetic lineage, cannabis users can have a clear-cut idea of the phytochemicals within a chemovar and the subsequent effects.

All cannabis strains produce varying levels of THC and CBD. So, what makes the effects they produce vary so much? Terpenes! These aromatic molecules give cannabis its aromas, but also synergise with cannabinoids to create a variety of psychoactive effects.

For example, high levels of the terpene myrcene are associated with a stoning “indica-like” high, whereas limonene offers more of a cerebral sensation. Instead of relying on the amount of indica and sativa genetics in a strain, check out its terpene profile for a more accurate idea of the effects you’ll feel.

INDICA OR SATIVA?

THC AND CBD

You’ll also want to keep an eye on the THC and CBD level. THC is what makes you high and causes a cascade of effects in the body. CBD doesn’t make you high and has an entirely different effects profile, with lots of potential health benefits.

OTHER FACTORS

You’ll want to take note of other cannabinoids, many of which have effects useful for specific wants and needs. Weed also contains terpenes, which produce the distinctive flavours that give many strains their names; these have their own unique effects on the human body.

STRAINS

It’s showtime! What follows is a list of health reasons and other motivations people might have for smoking weed, and a discussion of the best strains for each.

Disclaimer: Please note that the following is not to be taken as medical advice, but rather as an indication of the unique effects inherent within different strains.

ANXIETY

Soothing anxiety with cannabis can be tricky. Many high-THC sativa strains can actually increase anxiety and cause paranoia. You don’t want to play around with any high-THC strains to decrease your anxiety. Instead, we’d recommend sticking to the indica side of things, and seeing what works for you.

OG KUSH

If you really need to knock out your anxiety, OG Kush is for you. This hybrid has a unique effects profile, and may have you feeling lazy, uplifted, calm, and focussed all at once. This strain could make you sleepy, so avoid making big plans before blazing.

O.G. Kush
Chemdawg x Lemon Thai x Pakistani Kush
425 - 475 gr/m2
90 - 160 cm
7 - 9 weeks
THC: 19%
Sativa 25% Indica 75%
500 - 550 gr/plant
180 - 220 cm
October
Relaxing and full of flavour

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STRESS KILLER

What better way to destroy anxiety than with Stress Killer? It’s a sativa-dominant hybrid, so it won’t knock you out during the day. It’s high in THC, but also packs a killer dose of CBD to help murder your anxiety. Users may want to try a routine of taking Stress Killer during the day, and one of the above strains at night.

Stress Killer

Stress Killer Automatic CBD
Lemon Shining Silver Haze x Juanita la Lagrimosa x Ruderalis
450 - 500 gr/m2
90 – 140 cm
7 - 8 weeks
THC: 11%
Sativa 60% Indica 30% Ruderalis 10%
110 - 160 gr/plant
120 – 160 cm
11 - 12 weeks after sprouting
Clear High, Mental Focused

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NORTHERN LIGHT

Northern Light is a great indica-dominant strain that can help you sleep. Its calming and sedating effects can be effective at combating anxiety. Great for nighttime use.

Northern Light
Northern Light S1
500 - 550 gr/m2
100 - 160 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 18%
Sativa 0% Indica 100%
575 - 625 gr/plant
180 - 220 cm
Late September
A combination of stoned + high

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DEPRESSION

Like anxiety, combating depression with cannabis is all about picking the right strain. However, if you’re fighting depressive symptoms, sativas will generally be your friend. Here are some options.

LEMON SHINING SILVER HAZE

Lemon Shining Silver Haze is a sativa, which already places it head and shoulders above the crowd in this race, but its real depression-fighting advantage comes from its terpene profile—it’s high in limonene, a lemon-scented terpene known for its mood-boosting effects.

Lemon Shining Silver Haze
Lemon Skunk x Shining Silver Haze
600 - 650 gr/m2
80 - 140 cm
9 - 10 weeks
THC: 21%
Sativa 75% Indica 25%
650 - 700 gr/plant
130 - 170 cm
Middle of October
A combination of stoned + high

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JACK HERER AUTOFLOWERING

Royal Jack Automatic is one of the most popular strains of all time, in large part thanks to its mood-elevating effects. Jack is energising and produces euphoric feelings, all without being overstimulating. Like Lemon Shining Silver Haze, it contains limonene as part of its terpene profile.

Royal Jack Auto

Royal Jack Automatic
Jack Herer x Ruderalis
350 - 400 gr/m2
40 - 80 cm
7 - 8 weeks
THC: 16%
Sativa 40% Indica 30% Ruderalis 30%
70 - 120 gr/plant
60 - 80 cm
11 - 12 weeks after sprouting
A motivating and inspiring feeling

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DANCE WORLD

Dance World is a sativa-dominant strain with shocking white-violet crystals—and it may be exactly what you need to knock you out of your depression! Dance World is uplifting, motivating, and may even make you want to dance. Its high CBD content will quell chronic inflammation, which recent research has shown may be associated with depression.

Dance World
Dancehall 20 x Juanita la Lagrímosa
475 - 525 gr/m2
60 - 100 cm
8 - 10 weeks
THC: 12%
Sativa 75% Indica 25%
400 - 450 gr/plant
80 - 120 cm
Early October
A motivating and inspiring feeling

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CHRONIC PAIN

For many, the miracle of marijuana comes from its incredible pain-relieving properties. The following strains are especially known for their effectiveness at relieving chronic pain symptoms.

WHITE WIDOW

White Widow is sativa-dominant and known for relieving pain while preserving mental clarity and acuity. For those who want to relieve their pain without slowing down their day, White Widow is a good choice. Its euphoric and creative effects are a bonus!

White Widow
White Widow S1
450 - 500 gr/m2
60 - 100 cm
8 - 10 weeks
THC: 19%
Sativa 50% Indica 50%
550 - 600 gr/plant
150 - 190 cm
Early October
Extremely stoned

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NORTHERN LIGHT

The indica-dominant Northern Light is known for relaxing muscles and easing insomnia. It’s the perfect strain for the end of a long day, when all you want is to knock out your pain and unwind.

Northern Light

Northern Light
Northern Light S1
500 - 550 gr/m2
100 - 160 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 18%
Sativa 0% Indica 100%
575 - 625 gr/plant
180 - 220 cm
Late September
A combination of stoned + high

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PAINKILLER XL

Painkiller XL is high in both CBD and THC, which seem to be responsible for its effectiveness in fighting a wide range of different kinds of pain. If other strains aren’t doing the trick, Painkiller XL might be worth a try!

Painkiller XL
Respect 13 x Juanita la Lagrimosa
500 - 550 gr/m2
60 - 100 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 9%
Sativa 75% Indica 25%
500 - 550 gr/plant
120 - 150 cm
Late September
Physical, clear high

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EPILEPSY/SEIZURES

Despite cannabis’ often miraculous success at combating seizures, the research in this area is still in its early stages. That being said, high-CBD strains have shown themselves to be especially effective at reducing the frequency and severity of seizures.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Charlotte’s Web is the most famous seizure-fighting strain. It was bred in 2011 for Charlotte Figi, a little girl with severe epilepsy who experienced great relief from cannabis. It has an extremely low THC level of 0.3%, which technically qualifies this strain as hemp, and a high CBD level. This strain won’t get you high, and isn’t effective at much other than fighting seizures—but at that, it excels. The Stanley brothers, inventors of the strain, set up a foundation called the “Realm of Caring Foundation” to help those access Charlotte’s Web who can’t afford it.

MEDICAL MASS

Medical Mass is high in CBD, which is exactly what you’re looking for to combat seizures. It’s also a sativa and produces a clear, functional high, thereby allowing you to go about your day without disruption.

Medical Mass

Medical Mass
Critical Mass x CBD dominant plant
500 - 550 gr/m2
60 - 100 cm
10 - 11 weeks
THC: 10%
Sativa 40% Indica 60%
500 - 550 gr/plant
120 - 150 cm
Late September
Relaxing and full of flavour

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ROYAL KUSH AUTOMATIC

The Kush family is known for its rapid onset of effects, which may be necessary for soothing epileptic episodes. Something to keep in mind, and in your tool belt, when fighting this condition is Royal Kush.

Royal Kush Automatic
OG Kush x Ruderalis
300 - 350 gr/m2
60 - 90 cm
7 - 8 weeks
THC: 13%
Sativa 20% Indica 50% Ruderalis 30%
120 - 170 gr/plant
120 - 150 cm
11 - 12 weeks after sprouting
Physical, clear high

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ARTHRITIS

Strain choice here will depend on what kind of arthritis you suffer from. Those with osteoarthritis will benefit from high-CBD strains, which target inflammation, while those with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit more from high-THC strains, as this is actually an immunodeficiency disorder. Here are some suggestions.

ROYAL COOKIES

Royal Cookies is high in THC, which is associated with pain relief and immunomodulation. However, it will induce a strong high, and so it may not be the best choice for everyone.

Royal Cookies
Forum Cookies S1
450 - 525 gr/m2
80 - 110 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 23%
Sativa 20% Indica 80%
450 - 500 gr/plant
140 - 180 cm
Middle of October
Relaxed and Euphoric

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DANCE WORLD

Dance World’s high CBD content is great for combating inflammation. Furthermore, its uplifting and energising effects profile is sure to add some bounce to your step!

Dance World

Dance World
Dancehall 20 x Juanita la Lagrímosa
475 - 525 gr/m2
60 - 100 cm
8 - 10 weeks
THC: 12%
Sativa 75% Indica 25%
400 - 450 gr/plant
80 - 120 cm
Early October
A motivating and inspiring feeling

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ROYAL MEDIC

Royal Medic is high in CBD and relatively low in THC, making it a perfect strain for those who want to fight their inflammation without getting too stoned.

Royal Medic
Critical x Juanita
500 - 550 gr/m2
80 - 120 cm
9 - 10 weeks
THC: 10%
Sativa 75% Indica 25%
475 - 525 gr/plant
120 - 150 cm
Early October
A clean cerebral rush

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INSOMNIA

If you’ve got insomnia, you’ll be looking for a strain with strong CBN content. CBN is a cannabinoid known for putting you to sleep, and some strains are bred for it. Older weed, especially stuff that’s been stored in non-airtight containers, tends to have a high CBN level, as over time THC oxidises and turns into CBN. If you want to combat your insomnia and save a few bucks, consider smoking the stuff that’s been sitting at the bottom of your drawer for a year. If you want to splurge, consider these.

ROYAL COOKIES

Royal Cookies is known for its happy, relaxing effects. This indica-dominant hybrid from the famous cookies genetic line will knock you out with a smile on your face. Give Royal Cookies a try for a calming, sedative experience that’s sure to kick your insomnia to the curb.

Royal Cookies
Forum Cookies S1
450 - 525 gr/m2
80 - 110 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 23%
Sativa 20% Indica 80%
450 - 500 gr/plant
140 - 180 cm
Middle of October
Relaxed and Euphoric

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OG KUSH

A strain known for its mood-uplifting and sedating effects, OG Kush is sure to still your mind, relax your body, and bring you to a blissful sleep.

OG Kush

O.G. Kush
Chemdawg x Lemon Thai x Pakistani Kush
425 - 475 gr/m2
90 - 160 cm
7 - 9 weeks
THC: 19%
Sativa 25% Indica 75%
500 - 550 gr/plant
180 - 220 cm
October
Relaxing and full of flavour

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NORTHERN LIGHT

Often described as tranquillising, Northern Light is great for getting to sleep. This pure indica is known for producing a deeply relaxing effect, and will be there for you when you’re ready to pass out.

Northern Light
Northern Light S1
500 - 550 gr/m2
100 - 160 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 18%
Sativa 0% Indica 100%
575 - 625 gr/plant
180 - 220 cm
Late September
A combination of stoned + high

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STRAINS TO MAKE YOU LAUGH

We’ve been discussing weed’s effectiveness in combating a host of medical conditions, but cannabis is also a recreational drug! The next few entries will focus on the recreational uses of weed, starting with strains to make you laugh. There are a few reasons why weed might bring on the giggles; it increases blood flow to the right frontal and left temporal lobes of the brain—areas associated with laughter—and generally elevates mood, which could make you feel more like smiling. Laughing has a social element, so if you really want to spend your high in stitches, bring a friend along for the ride! The following strains will increase your chances of experiencing a weed-induced laughing fit.

SOUR DIESEL

A sativa famous for its happy and euphoric effects, Sour Diesel is sure to bring about some laughs. This strain combines an invigorating, energising, and happy profile with cerebral and creative stimulation. With this strain, your good mood will be matched by all those clever free associations so necessary for humour.

Sour Diesel
Original Diesel x (Northern light x Shiva x Hawaiian)
475 - 525 gr/m2
90 - 160 cm
10 - 11 weeks
THC: 19%
Sativa 70% Indica 30%
550 - 600 gr/plant
150 - 200 cm
Late October
Physical, clear high

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EUPHORIA

If social anxiety is what keeps you from reckless laughter, consider Euphoria. This sativa-dominant strain is highly energising, true to its name, and is known for smashing social anxiety. Be warned: Euphoria produces a strong, THC-heavy high.

Euphoria

Euphoria
Great White Shark x CBD dominant plant
450 - 500 gr/m2
60 - 100 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 9%
Sativa 20% Indica 80%
450 - 500 gr/plant
120 - 150 cm
Early October
Relaxing and well balanced, more physical

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OG KUSH

If pure sativas aren’t your cup of tea, consider hybrid OG Kush. This Kush will produce a giggly, happy, relaxed state, perfect for a night spent with good friends.

ENHANCED SEX

Cannabis can be great for sex. It calms the mind, opens and relaxes the body, produces euphoria, and can increase sensitivity to touch. Plus, many find it to be an aphrodisiac. This is an area where strain choice is again key, and can mean the difference between a lustful night and one zonked out on the couch. Moderation is also key. When it comes to using cannabis as an aphrodisiac, less is more; too high a dose can lead to sexual dysfunction in men and vaginal dryness in women.

SOUR DIESEL

Sour Diesel, we meet again. This euphoric and energetic strain is perfect for getting in the mood for some high-intensity lovemaking.

Sour Diesel
Original Diesel x (Northern light x Shiva x Hawaiian)
475 - 525 gr/m2
90 - 160 cm
10 - 11 weeks
THC: 19%
Sativa 70% Indica 30%
550 - 600 gr/plant
150 - 200 cm
Late October
Physical, clear high

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BUBBLE KUSH

If you’re looking for some calmer, more grounded and relaxed lovemaking, Bubble Kush might be the right choice. This indica-dominant hybrid is great for loving, intimate sex, with lots of sensitivity-enhanced touch. For nighttime sex full of lingering touches, Bubble Kush is a good choice.

Bubble Kush

Bubble Kush
Bubble Gum x O.G. Kush
550 - 600 gr/m2
80 - 140 cm
8 - 10 weeks
THC: 19%
Sativa 20% Indica 80%
600 - 650 gr/plant
160 - 200 cm
Late September
Stoned, physically and mentally

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SHINING SILVER HAZE

Shining Silver Haze is a euphoric, creative, and cognitively stimulating strain. If you’re looking to incorporate some new ideas and extra wildness into your sex life, Shining Silver Haze might be for you. It’s also good for masturbation, as its creative element can help to enhance and flesh out fantasies.

Shining Silver Haze
Haze x (Skunk x Northern Light)
600 - 650 gr/m2
80 - 120 cm
9 - 11 weeks
THC: 21%
Sativa 75% Indica 25%
600 - 650 gr/plant
180 - 220 cm
Late October
Very high

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STRAINS TO BRING TO A PARTY

Enough tough subjects, now it’s time to party! Still though, strain choice is important. You don’t want to be the one at the party falling asleep on the couch! The following strains are sure to enhance your night out on the town.

ROYAL MOBY

For those nights where you wanna go all-out and party till dawn, Royal Moby is the strain to pick. This whale of a strain provides a high-energy experience with a rocking body buzz, and is perfect for loud environments with lots of music, excitement, and good cheer.

Royal Moby
Haze x White Widow
550 - 600 gr/m2
80 - 140 cm
9 - 10 weeks
THC: 21%
Sativa 65% Indica 35%
650 - 700 gr/plant
200 - 300 cm
Late October
A combination of stoned + high

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CHOCOLATE HAZE

A phenotype of the famous Chocolope, this uplifting strain is perfect for those parties where you go from conversation to conversation. Combining a euphoric, fun energy with a cerebral sharpness, Chocolate Haze is one to bring along to every house party.

Chocolate Haze

Chocolate Haze
OG Chocolate Thai x Cannalope Haze
475 - 525 gr/m2
90 - 160 cm
9 - 11 weeks
THC: 20%
Sativa 95% Indica 5%
450 - 500 gr/plant
150 - 200 cm
Late October
Very high

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FAT BANANA

This Kush is great for lowkey gatherings with good friends, great conversations, and, hopefully, lots of food. Fat Banana is an indica-dominant hybrid that will whet your appetite and chill you out, but its sativa side will keep you talkative and happy. A good choice for any party!

Fat Banana
Banana x OG Kush
350 - 400 gr/m2
80 - 140 cm
8 - 10 weeks
THC: 25%
Sativa 30% Indica 70%
450 - 500 gr/plant
170 - 200 cm
Late September
Relaxing and full of flavour

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