For a lot of growers, when it comes to growing cannabis at home, the yield is the single most important aspect. While there are other things to consider, such as the potency of your buds, there are few things more satisfying than seeing a thriving marijuana garden after putting months of hard work into the project.
The yield of your garden depends on a variety of factors, including the nutrients you give to the plants, climate, grow mediums, and genetics. The last one is arguably the most crucial. No matter how much care and attention you give to your precious plants, your yield is ultimately restricted by the genetics of the strain you choose. In this guide, we outline five of the best marijuana strains for a high yield.
1 – Blue Dream (The Novice’s Marijuana Strain)
Up until recently, Blue Dream was the #1 marijuana strain in the United States. This sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid has been a cornerstone of the California medicinal marijuana circuit and is a cross of Super Silver Haze and a Blueberry Indica. It has a potentially high THC content; strains range from 17% to 24%, and its 2% CBD level helps boost its potential medicinal qualities.
One of the main reasons for its popularity is the enormous yields associated with the plant. Whether you grow Blue Dream indoors or outside, you can earn a remarkable 21 ounces per plant! If you grow just three plants in California for instance, that equates to 63 ounces! We’re not sure how much you smoke, but that’s one hell of a stash! Its flowering time is 9-10 weeks. For outdoor growers, Blue Dream should be ready for harvest in October.
Blue Dream has attained legendary status for the full-body relaxation it offers. Although it is strong, this is a strain that gently introduces euphoria which makes it a good option for newbies. However, you can rely on this strain to provide you with a little ‘pick me up’ in the morning thanks to the energetic head high you receive.
The sweet berry scent and taste combination is a joy to behold! Blue Dream is popular among creative individuals, and in the medical field, this marijuana strain is the go-to option for those in need of an effective painkiller who don’t want exposure to opioids. If you suffer from inflammation, migraines, or menstrual cramps, Blue Dream is worth a try. It is also used by individuals with PTSD or depression.
2 – White Widow (A 1990s Classic Marijuana Strain)
White Widow is an indica-dominant (60%) hybrid that was a huge hit in the Amsterdam coffee-shop scene almost 30 years ago. It is one of the most famous European imports ever to hit American shores and was bred in the Netherlands by crossing a South American Sativa with a South Indian Indica. It has a THC content of 18-25%, and when you grow it correctly, you’ll be rewarded with glorious, fat, sticky buds coated in gorgeous crystallized resin.
If you grow White Widow indoors, it can yield up to 18 ounces per square meter planted, with a flowering time of 8-9 weeks. Outdoor growers benefit from an even larger yield of up to 21 ounces per plant. This easy to grow strain thrives in warmer climates but is rugged enough to grow in cooler conditions. When growing outdoors, expect White Widow to be ready for harvest in late October.
There is no question that White Widow is a potent strain but its effects come on slowly. The result is a smooth and enjoyable high which paves the way for relaxation. It provides a cerebral high so that you can continue your day’s work without interruption. White Widow is also considered as one of the finest social smokes on the market. You can enjoy euphoria and energy without succumbing to couch-lock.
Although it looks as if it has been dipped in sugar, White Widow offers an earthy taste rather than a sweet one. It is yet another medicinal favorite and is used to ease the symptoms of mood disorders such as PTSD, PMS, anxiety, depression, and ADD/ADHD. You can also use White Widow to ease your stress levels, and fight against fatigue.
3 – Critical Kush (The Marijuana Strain with a Healthy Appetite)
Unlike the strains immediately above it on the list, Critical Kush is not the best option for new users. It is the epitome of a ‘top shelf’ strain and was created by Barney’s Farm Seeds. The breeder crossed OG Kush with Critical Mass. It is a strongly indica-dominant (90%) strain with a high THC content of 25%. The 1% CBD does little to curb the strain’s powerful effects.
For such a high-yielding marijuana strain, Critical Kush is pretty easy to grow. If you grow outdoors, make sure you live in a warm and temperate climate. During a healthy harvest outdoors, you could end up with 23 ounces of bud per plant! Best of all, Critical Kush has an early harvest; it should be ready near the end of September. For indoor growers, the strain has a flowering time of 9-10 weeks and can produce up to 21 ounces of bud per square meter. Just remember, this is a hungry strain so make sure it is well fed.
There is no getting around it: Critical Kush acts fast! It is essential to use it in the evening though, because the relaxing effects come on rapidly and are powerful enough to confine you to the couch. In higher doses, it makes you feel sleepy, and as it is almost entirely indica, Critical Kush invokes spectacular feelings of euphoria.
Users enjoy the herbal taste of Critical Kush which also carries a hint of lemon. As a medical marijuana strain, you can use it to handle the symptoms of painful conditions such as muscle spasms, back pain, and joint aches. As you’ve probably guessed from reading the previous paragraph, Critical Kush is also the weapon of choice for insomniacs.
4 – Cheese Quake (The Savory Marijuana Strain)
Cheese Quake is not the strongest strain on the market with around 18% THC, and its CBD content of up to 1.5% also counteracts the psychoactive effects somewhat. As such, it is not a strain that will concuss you, but it does have a surprising degree of potency and commands respect. It is an indica-dominant (60%) strain which is a cross of Querkle and UK Cheese.
Cheese Quake is a popular strain amongst growers because of its 8-9 weeks flowering time. It isn’t unusual for plants to reach six feet tall and it can produce around 16 ounces of weed per square meter planted indoors. For outdoor growers, a yield of up to 18 ounces per plant is not unusual. It is also said to grow extremely well in a climate akin to that of Colorado.
You will be delighted with how Cheese Quake affects both the body and mind. It begins with a fantastic mental buzz that lasts for a few minutes. Next, your body begins to relax as the strain’s indica properties become noticeable. You will feel significantly less stressed, and the cerebral high should bring about a feeling of joy. If you need to focus, use a small amount, go out and socialize! Once you consume a lot, your mind becomes foggy, so learn your limits!
The scent of cheese is matched by the delightful savory taste which has the merest hint of sweet grape. Cheese Quake is one of the best tasting strains around! As this strain does such an excellent job in relaxing the muscles, it is said to be extremely effective when seeking relief from conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. In larger doses, you can also use Cheese Quake to battle insomnia.
5 – Purple Trainwreck (The Fragrant Marijuana Strain)
Also known as Granddaddy Wreck, this strain is a cross of Trainwreck and Granddaddy Purple. It is potent with a THC content of up to 25%, and as it is a balanced hybrid, it provides users with the best of all marijuana worlds. Purple Trainwreck was developed by the Humboldt Seed Organization and has since taken its place as one of the connoisseur’s favorites.
If you decide to grow Purple Trainwreck indoors, please note that it grows exceptionally tall so you’ll need a large grow room. It has a relatively long flowering time (up to 11 weeks), but the 18 ounces of quality bud you get per square meter makes it worth the wait. Purple Trainwreck is even more generous when grown outdoors. It is ready to harvest in mid-October and can produce a remarkable 25 ounces per plant.
With ‘Trainwreck’ in the name, you would expect it to be a hard-hitting strain, and it doesn’t disappoint. You will feel a touch hyperactive and extremely chatty, as a sudden burst of euphoria consumes you. The heavy body high allows you to sit back and relax while retaining your feeling of positivity. Purple Trainwreck is the strain of choice when trying to chill out after a tough day at work.
You should experience an herbal taste coupled with hints of berry and grape. As it is a balanced hybrid, Purple Trainwreck is suitable for patients in need of mental or physical stimulation. You can use it to treat depression and anxiety disorders, because it helps to soothe your nerves. Alternatively, it can help alleviate joint aches and muscle pains. Its potency and body relaxation properties also allow users to benefit from a restful night’s sleep.
Final Thoughts on High Yielding Strains
Assuming you intend to take great care of your cannabis garden, the next most important step is to find a marijuana strain capable of rewarding your hard work with a bountiful yield. Each of the strains mentioned in this article should provide you with at least 16 ounces per square meter indoors, and 18 ounces or more outdoors.
Depending on where you live, this can equate to over 100 ounces per harvest! Let’s say you can find an ounce for $200; your high-yielding cannabis garden could produce over $20,000 worth of weed per harvest! It should go without saying then that you must keep your grow a secret. By the way, other high-yielding strains worth mentioning include Big Bud, Jack Herer, Northern Lights, and Super Silver Haze.