With thousands of options, it isn’t easy to find the best strains for your marijuana garden. The world of weed has come a long way since the alleged ‘halcyon’ days of the 1960s. In reality, hardly anyone wanted to legalize cannabis back then, and when demand escalated around the Woodstock era, there were a number of cannabis droughts – ‘Golden Age’ indeed!
Fast forward to today, and a significant majority of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes. The herb is now legal in over 30 states, and for residents of most of these states – especially those with medical marijuana cards – it is now possible to grow weed in your backyard without worrying about police smashing your door in!
In this guide, we look at seven of the finest marijuana strains that you’ll be proud to grow in your cannabis garden.
#1: White Widow
Practically every White Widow strain review points out that it is one of the world’s most famous strains. Although it is now associated with the Green House Seed Company, White Widow was supposedly developed by a Dutch breeder named Ingemaar in 1987. Back then, White Widow was already a renowned strain and was given the nickname ‘Arnhem’s Wonder.’
Green House Seeds purchased the rights in 1992 and crossed the male and female stock to produce seeds two years later. Fast forward to today, and the White Widow weed strain is famed for being relatively easy to grow. It is also extremely resistant to mold and is known for its potency.
The White Widow marijuana strain is a Sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid, and its THC content ranges from 18 – 25%. It also contains up to 1% CBD and CBN. As you can probably tell from the name, it is a strain adored for its psychoactive power, and if you cultivate a crop with a THC content of 25%, with little CBD to counteract the high, you will receive a pretty intense and energetic buzz.
White Widow has been used for a wide range of medical issues, including:
- Hepatitis C
If you are looking for a sedative, ‘couch lock’ effect, you will NOT find it with this strain! Users are routinely stunned by how quickly White Widow takes effect. You will feel a cerebral high that lasts a long time.
As well as being a robust plant, White Widow is easy to grow indoors because it seldom exceeds a height of 40 inches. The flowering period is 7-9 weeks, and you should look to harvest it in early October if growing outdoors. Once you get the hang of growing White Widow, expect to earn yields of up to 21 ounces per plant.
#2: Cheese Quake
The Cheese Quake strain is famous for its unique taste. It genuinely offers a cheesy flavor with a hint of grape that makes it utterly divine. If you don’t like the smell of cheese, this strain will cause problems, because it positively reeks of the stuff!
It is a cross of UK Cheese and Querkle, which makes it a relatively new strain since the latter parent was only made available in recent times. With a THC content of 16 – 18%, the Cheese Quake strain will not completely blow your mind, and it also contains up to 1.5% CBD.
Initially, you will fill a noticeable mental buzz that lasts for a few minutes but soon, your body will be treated to a whole new experience. Within minutes, the effects of Cheese Quake intensify and your body feels completely relaxed. Now that the tension has been removed from your body, you feel happy and almost euphoric. Incidentally, we recommend drinking plenty of water because this strain can make you feel dehydrated.
This indica-dominant (60%) strain has an array of medical uses. Its propensity to relax your muscles means it is an excellent option for stress relief. It will come as no surprise to learn that the Cheese Quake strain is used to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression, and its relatively high CBD content ensures this marijuana strain is also a good option for individuals with headaches and chronic pain.
Although you can grow Cheese Quake indoors or outdoors, outdoors is probably the better option as one issue you may face indoors is the fact that the plant can reach six feet tall! As a result, you probably need to ‘top’ it or else it will have a ‘treelike’ shape. Utilize a Low Stress Training (LST) method to grow the plant in the shape of your choosing.
It has a flowering time of 8-9 weeks and produces 12-16 ounces per square meter indoors, or 18 ounces per plant outdoors. Experts say that if you grow outdoors, the best climate is one akin to Colorado.
#3: Purple Trainwreck
In the world of weed, Purple genetics have always been popular. Jimi Hendrix popularized Purple Haze for example, and today, the aesthetically pleasing phenotypes of plants with Purple genetics ensure that Purple Trainwreck seeds are among the most sought-after on the market.
The Purple Trainwreck strain comes from Trainwreck and Granddaddy Purple. It is an extremely potent bud with a THC content of up to 25% and minimal CBD. It is typically grown as a balanced hybrid and is known for being an outstanding social strain. Initially, you will feel a little bit ‘hyper’ and you’ll soon discover that you can’t stop talking!
“Purple Trainwreck – a delicious genetic cross-breed between OG Trainwreck and Grandaddy Purple…”
After a while, you may find yourself on the floor wondering why everything is so funny. The amusing cerebral effects combine with a strong body high for a strain that is extremely potent. In fact, Purple Trainwreck may be too hot to handle for new users. But after the euphoria comes the feeling of calm.
As it is a balanced hybrid, Purple Trainwreck has a multitude of uses including as a medical treatment for chronic stress disorders, depression, and anxiety. If you suffer from joint aches or muscle aches, you can also benefit from this strain because of its seeming ability to reduce inflammation.
Purple Trainwreck’s flowering time is a little longer than average, at 9-11 weeks. If you grow it indoors, you should receive around 18 ounces of bud per harvest, but as it grows so tall, you may be better off growing it outdoors. This strain is usually ready for harvest by the middle of October (because it flowers in the late summer) and you can expect to receive up to 25 ounces per plant.
#4: Critical Kush
The Critical Kush strain was created by Barney’s Farm Seeds and has since won the coveted High Times Cannabis Cup. It is a strongly indica-dominant (90%) strain which is a cross of OG Kush and Critical Mass. To be clear, most Critical Kush reviews agree that it is not a strain known for its exceptional scent or taste. Instead, it is revered for its extremely potent effects.
Whether you smoke or vape Critical Kush, you will be hit with an intense high within a few minutes. The THC content of 25% gets to work by hugging your body and inducing couch lock. As a result, you should only use this strain in the late evening when looking to relax and preparing for sleep. It also provides a sense of euphoria and ensures you feel inspired and uplifted.
As you can probably guess, Critical Kush is used to relieve stress and is also used by patients in need of an alternative to opioid painkillers. You might consider this strain if you suffer from:
- Muscle spasms
- Joint aches or back pains
- Any inflammatory condition
Critical Kush is also regarded as one of the easiest marijuana plants to grow. It is a tough and durable plant capable of thriving in conditions that would damage other strains. If you elect to grow indoors, you can get 21 ounces of high-quality weed per square meter, and it should be ready for harvest in 9-10 weeks.
If you decide to grow Critical Kush outdoors, a healthy harvest should ensure up to 23 ounces per plant. It begins to bloom during the summer and is typically ready for harvest by the end of September. Expert growers use the Sea of Green (SOG) method and can get even more premium quality bud.
#5: Blue Dream
Blue Dream weed is world-famous, and it was the most popular marijuana option in California until relatively recently. It originated in the Golden State and is a cross of Super Silver Haze and a Blueberry Indica. The Blue Dream strain is a sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid that packs a real punch with up to 24% THC against just 2% CBD.
If you are looking for a ‘chill’ high, Blue Dream is precisely what you need. It slowly but surely introduces a feeling of euphoria which makes it a nice strain for neophytes, despite its potency. As it provides you with cerebral invigoration, it is a great way to start the day. If you wake up in the morning feeling no motivation, take a quick hit of this strain and feel your creative streak return.
Blue Dream’s mellow high makes it one of the premier choices for patients with minor ailments. You may be able to use it to treat things like:
- Menstrual cramp pain
- Muscle soreness
Once again, as it keeps your body relaxed yet energetic and doesn’t get you too high, Blue Dream is an excellent choice if you just need a ‘pick me up’ before work.
If you purchase Blue Dream seeds, please note that it develops into an exceedingly tall plant. It is easy to grow indoors but requires more work outdoors because it is susceptible to pests such as red spider mites. The Blue Dream strain doesn’t cope well with extreme weather changes so make sure you live in a subtropical or Mediterranean climate if growing outdoors.
For indoor growers, the flowering time is 9-10 weeks, and you should benefit from up to 21 ounces of weed per square meter planted. If you grow outdoors, each Blue Dream plant will provide up to 21 ounces of weed, and you should be ready to harvest in October.
#6: Sour Diesel
The Sour Diesel strain is one of the world’s best-known sativas. It was first grown in the 1990s in New York City, and quickly became a sensation on the East Coast. It was born due to a mistake when Original Diesel was accidentally crossed with a hermaphrodite Northern Lights/Shiva and Hawaiian. Others suggest that Sour D is a descendant of ChemDawg that was mixed with Super Skunk and originated in California.
DID YOU KNOW? Sour Diesel may be a descendant of Chem Dawg mixed with Super Skunk genetics
Whatever the background, Sour Diesel is described as a ‘magic’ strain with the ability to help people forge friendships. It is sativa-dominant (70%) and has a THC content of up to 22%. It is adored by its legion of followers because it provides a rapid and potent high without forcing you to succumb to couch lock. Sour Diesel is renowned for being one of the finest marijuana strains for boosting your energy and mood. When you take a hit, you will feel better within minutes, and the high can last for up to five hours.
The longevity of the Sour Diesel strain means it is a common method of treating chronic pain. Arthritis sufferers also enjoy the feeling of relief provided by Sour D, and it has been known to help relieve stress. If you have ADHD or ADD, this marijuana strain could help sharpen your focus. Finally, it is said that Sour Diesel is effective in helping patients regain their appetite.
If you decide to grow Sour Diesel outdoors, you’ll need a dry climate with low humidity. This plant also requires some of the best high-intensity lights if grown indoors, and as it is prone to powdery mildew, make sure you keep the growing room sterile.
With a flowering time of up to 10 weeks, Sour Diesel is one of the slowest growing strains, but its indoor yield of 18 ounces per square meter is relatively good. When grown outdoors, you could receive up to 25 ounces per plant.
#7: OG Kush
It is fair to say that if you have not heard of the OG Kush strain, you don’t know marijuana! Strains that carry the ‘Kush’ name originate from the Hindu Kush region, a disputed territory that borders Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. Travelers from the United States brought Kush seeds home with them in the 1960s, and numerous Kush varieties have won awards such as the High Times Cannabis Cup.
OG Kush was probably derived from a cross of Chemdawg and a Lemon Thai/Old World Paki Kush in the early 1990s in California, although its origins remain disputed today. It has a THC content of up to 26% and can hit you hard, fast, and early. You are immediately hit with a sudden rush of energy and an intense cerebral high. In higher doses, OG Kush can sedate you and even cause severe couch lock.
This indica-dominant (75%) strain is favored by patients suffering from anxiety or depression. As it helps relax body and mind after the initial energy surge, OG Kush is also used by individuals with insomnia. According to legend, this strain is so strong that gangsters used it to treat gunshot wounds, although we would take such tales with a large pinch of salt!
“According to urban legend, NYC gangsters used to use the pain-relieving effects of OG Kush to help treat gunshot victims…”
When you purchase OG Kush seeds, you are setting yourself up for a difficult journey because this strain is tricky to grow. It is a sensitive plant that is prone to disease, and susceptible to pests and powdery mildew. As a result, you must grow it in properly optimized settings.
You can only grow OG Kush outdoors in a hot and tropical climate. It offers 16 ounces per plant and can be harvested in October. It is a little easier to grow it indoors as long as you create a controlled microclimate. It flowers in 8-9 weeks and provides approximately 17 ounces per square meter planted.
Final Conclusion: The Best Cannabis Strains for Your Garden
Even though there have been some concerns recently about large quantities of outdoor cannabis growth, we firmly believe that the marijuana plant strains outlined above are among the very best you can grow in your garden.
However, please note that genetics play a major role in how big your yield is, and how potent the end product is. You must make genetic considerations based on the environment you have access to. For instance, it is best to choose marijuana plants likely to grow into enormous bushes if growing outside. However, auto-flowering strains could be the right choice if growing in limited space indoors.
You can use clones if you are confident that the seeds carry the ideal genetic traits, but you need to trust the source fully. Above all else, please ensure that you choose feminized seeds. Otherwise, around half of your garden will consist of male plants that don’t produce the resinous buds you crave.
Finally, even marijuana plants carrying the best genetics need high-quality soil; use organic soil laden with the right level of nutrients, and reap the massive benefits come harvest time.