If you’re seeking the benefits of cannabis, you don’t have to settle for a strain that’s less than pleasant tasting. Strains have come a long way, and there’s a vast array that feature a wide variety of flavors. From sweet to fruity to earthy, tastes and textures abound. You also won’t have to worry about losing potency and strength. Those with refined palates can still get a buzzworthy high without sacrificing savor and piquancy.
Growers often use their considerable skills not only to increase yield but to maximize what hits our taste buds. Each year sees new strains that entice and tantalize to no end. This year was no exception. Terrific strains flourished under the watchful eye of cultivators only to be enjoyed by cannabis lovers around the country.
It’s been a rough ride for cannabis these past few years. But with less stringent legislation and a push for marijuana acceptance, there has been an explosion in the sheer volume of choices available. We’ve managed to whittle down all the options and zero in on five of the best-tasting strains this year.
5. Sugar Black Rose
This pungent strain by any other name would be just as sweet – and potent. While many users may yearn for the out-of-this-world experience guaranteed by THC-heavy strains like Alien Dawg, this strain runs entirely counter. Instead, those looking for a beautiful, relaxing evening in can rely on the sedative-like effects of Sugar Black Rose.
It gently lulls users into a dreamy, cozy state of mind while boasting heavenly flavors like lemon and pine. Consumers can also enjoy a hint of musky earth along with floral tones and sweet candy notes.
4. Somango XL
Somango may not sound very appealing, but users get a hint of fruity sweetness along with a kick of tropical, berry earthiness. It also exhibits an exotic and profound, dank herb flavor. Somango is the offspring of three different strains. These strains include heavy hitters Big Skunk Korean, Jack Herer, and Super Skunk. Each of these Somango antecedents has THC levels that hover between 17 and 28%, respectively.
Somango’s parentage gives rise to a strain that is not only potent but incredibly buzzy. Its intense kick of energy-boosting trichomes provide a burst of mellow, sedative inducing essence. It is three-fourths indica and a quarter sativa, making for an exciting melding of worlds. Somango is sweet, somewhat tart, but delicious on the tongue without a harsh aftertaste. Users enjoy its fresh, fruity notes and its deep, piney, and spicy flavors.
3. Lemon Shining Silver Haze
Lemon Shining Silver Haze is every bit as fun as it sounds. Its THC level reaches up to 25% and contains great lemony goodness. It’s also backed by a symphony of other flavors, including vanilla, pine, candy, and sour dankness.
While its aroma and taste are delightful, many users adore its powerful analgesic effects. It has been indicated in the relief of a litany of complaints, including low energy and focus, anxiety, stress, and muscle aches. It’s a powerful and eye-opening energy booster and won’t be a good fit for anyone looking for sleep. However, if you’re a night owl and want a creative edge with a tasty bite, this strain is for you.
Lemon Shining Silver Haze isn’t exactly a newbie in the cannabis arena. Instead, it’s an old favorite and a winner of the 2008 High Times Cannabis Cup. It’s a favorite of growers with its quick flowering time of only 8-9 weeks and is covered in layers of sugary, frosty trichomes.
2. Game Changer
If you’re looking to one-up your usual cannabis routine, nothing shakes it up more than the Game Changer strain. As the name implies, this may be one that sets a whole new standard. It is incredibly potent; its THC level tops out at an unbelievable 29%.
It’s not one for those just getting adjusted to THC; but for those who may be looking for a new level of lifted, this is one to try. It is not only potent, but it boasts a delicious grape flavor and a sweet, full-bodied candy undertone.
Its parentage, a cross between Purple Dragon and the lush Green Thai, leads it into a sharp, skunky territory. It has a slight cheesy tang, but its berry flavor melds quite well with a distinctive floral and slightly citrusy pungency. It is a remarkable blending of sweet and savory.
Users also enjoy its hypnotic and relaxing charm, all while inducing couch-lock, relaxation, stress and pain relief as well as substantial mood enhancement. Game Changer is also eye-catching with purple hues, dark blues, greens, and reddish-orange nuggets. It is more on the indica side with a 60/40 split and has a quick growth time of 8-9 weeks.
1. Strawberry Cough
Don’t let the name fool you. It may sound like a seasonal allergy, but Strawberry Cough goes well beyond the pastiche of most strains. Instead, it draws inspiration from the sweet, red, ripe berry that is its namesake.
Users get also get a swift hit of vanilla, with just a slight bit of skunk and deep earthiness. It’s an excellent strain for relieving stress, and with a THC level of up to 26% can be intense and potent. It has been indicated in mitigating other physical ailments, including depression, mental fog, along with bodily aches and pains. As a stimulating strain, users have cited its energizing potential in many day-to-day pursuits, including creative endeavors and painting.
It is a relatively easy strain to grow and flourishes in a little under ten weeks. It is versatile and can grow both indoors and outdoors, making it a hit amongst growers.
Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
This strain has amassed a cult following for its strange yet intoxicating flavors. It has hints of sweet and sour, with a citrusy bite followed by aromatic pine. It can be a bit too redolent for some users, although others rave about its chocolatey hints and earthy goodness. With a THC level of 19%, it can be an exciting ride, though this strain isn’t exactly an all-around favorite. Many either love it, or they don’t.
Bubblegum XL harkens back to a simpler, less complicated time. Its sweet notes of bubblegum and candy leave users with nostalgic yearning. It is a heavily sativa and has some sedative effects. It can be useful for a joyful night in or just relaxing around the house.
Its THC level is around 19%, making it a great high without being overly buzzy. It is descended from the strains Santa Maria and Power Plant and has a rapid growth time at 8-9 weeks. The downside is that it generally doesn’t have a large yield.
Blue Dream has become iconic amongst many cultivators. It has a high THC level (about 27%) and a low CBD level (around 2-3%). Its background includes the strains Blueberry and Haze. It is sativa-dominant, and though not much else is known about it, it is popular in many circles.
Blue Dream combines sweet and crisp blueberry flavors with hints of vanilla, floral, and earthy undertones. Its high has a slow burn. It is cited as being an energetic strain, great for battling cases of ennui without taking away from its soft, relaxing edge.
It is mostly an outdoor strain as it can top five feet. For anyone looking to grow in cramped spaces, this may be a bit of a challenge.
Final Thoughts on the Best-Tasting Cannabis Strains of the Year
Cannabis isn’t your run of the mill “stinkweed” anymore. It has evolved and morphed into something more like a work of art. Time, patience, and incredible innovation have led the way in creating strains that taste more appealing than what may have been standard mere decades ago.
No longer is the taste of rubber, industrial fumes, and skunk accepted as part of the marijuana experience. Nowadays, cannabis connoisseurs are developed refined palates and looking for more than just a buzz.
Luckily, today’s options have what even the pickiest among us would want. From sativa to indica, there’s something for everyone. Not only that, but with legislation quickly turning a corner, we can look forward to even more crossing of strains and the development of new and ingenious breeds.
The proliferation of delicious and tasty strains lends itself to a new way of thinking among cannabis users. Cannabis is no longer something to be done in the dark, in out-of-the-way places where no one’s the wiser; it is becoming more acceptable. With acceptability has come a push to go past boundaries and create something that didn’t exist before.
The world is open for marijuana, and there doesn’t seem to be a shortage in the varieties available. Cannabis has come a long, long way, and there doesn’t seem to be any stopping its momentum anytime soon.