Contrary to what you may believe, ‘old school’ marijuana was seldom as powerful as today’s strains. Back in the 1970s, most weed had THC content in the single digits, and a lot of cannabis strains contained little more than 4-5%. Today, it is normal for a marijuana strain to have over 20% THC.
In the 1970s, around 72% of cannabis was illegally brought into the United States. Most of this product contained stems, flowers, leaves, and other parts of the plant. Hydroponic systems in the 1980s enabled more Americans to grow their weed at home which improved the potency. Finally, in the 2000s, there was a greater emphasis on growing quality marijuana in the U.S. since it finally became legal for medicinal use in many states and this led to a major improvement in potency.
As such, the classic cannabis strains you remember from your youth are probably a lot stronger now; but they still exist! In this piece, we look at 5 classic marijuana strains that are still helping people get buzzed today.
1 – G13 (The Government Backed Marijuana Strain?)
Government Indica Strain 1, better known as G13, is one of the oldest marijuana strains available today. It has been around for at least 35 years, and much longer, if rumors are to be believed. The indica dominant hybrid (70%) is said to have been created by the United States Government in the 1960s and 1970s at a time when they were growing native Afghani strains for medicinal purposes.
G13 is a ‘super strain’ and is remarkably powerful with up to 24% THC. The high begins in your head where it gives you a brief energy boost and perhaps a shot of creativity. Don’t worry; these effects don’t last that long as the cannabis strain takes over your body and starts to ease you into a relaxed state.
At this stage, you’ll have no desire to do anything but rest for hours on end; the world certainly seems like a better place when you take some G13! We recommend taking G13 at the beginning of the evening as you will still be talkative and energetic for a while. Ultimately, however, it will knock you out so don’t smoke it at work.
2 – Acapulco Gold (Mexico’s Masterpiece Marijuana Strain)
Also known as Mexican Sativa, this legendary marijuana strain was apparently cultivated in Mexico and today; it has a powerful THC content of up to 24%. As it is difficult to grow indoors, Acapulco Gold isn’t easy to find, but it is well worth the search if you need something potent to help tackle headaches and anxiety.
It is a common addition in breeding projects and has been responsible for world-class marijuana strains such as Skunk #1 and Blueberry #11. It combines a strong head high with a delightful body high that should last for up to two hours at least.
This cannabis strain was clearly grown to ensure that users feel a semblance of happiness and it is one of the best options around if you want marijuana in a social situation. Although you will feel happy and relaxed, Acapulco Gold also provides you with energy, so you feel invigorated and ready to go wherever the night takes you.
3 – Sour Diesel (The Tasty Marijuana Strain)
This powerful Sativa dominant hybrid (90%) was #3 in the recent High Times list of greatest marijuana strains of all time. It can have up to 26% THC with 4% CBN and 2% CBD. Its exact origins are disputed: Some say it is a cross between 91 Chemdog and mass super skunk while others believe it is a cross between a Chemdog phenotype and a Mexican Sativa.
Although it contains some indica, Sour Diesel is definitely not for insomniacs as it provides you with arguably one of the best energetic, psychoactive highs on earth. Sour Diesel is unquestionably the strain for ‘good times,’ and you don’t have to worry about couch lock.
Once you start smoking Sour Diesel, you will be taken aback by how tasty it is. However, you won’t have time to dwell too much on that because the euphoria comes soon after accompanied by energy and an uplifted mood. Sour Diesel also rewards users with one of the longest highs; up to five hours.
4 – Original Haze (The Legendary Marijuana Strain)
Also known as Nevil’s Haze, Original Haze has a storied history. It was a creation of the Haze Brothers of California before Sam the Skunkman (Dave Watson) brought it to Amsterdam in the 1980s. The incomparable Nevil, one of the kings of breeding, backcrossed and stabilized Original Haze.
In the modern era, this pure Sativa marijuana strain contains between 10% and 20% THC which makes it a potent, yet well-balanced option. It is known for its sweet and spicy haze flavor with the merest hint of citrus. Original Haze offers a slow building high which you should initially feel behind the eyes.
Soon enough, the force of the strain hits you hard and fast, and in some cases, it offers a psychedelic experience. Although it is a cerebral and energizing strain, we don’t recommend using it to treat paranoia or anxiety. It is best to use Original Haze for migraines or chronic pain.
5 – Northern Lights #5 (The Award Winning Strain)
This strain was a Cannabis Cup winner in Amsterdam almost 30 years ago and remains an all-time classic. Today, you can find Northern Lights #5 strains with a THC of well over 20% along with small amounts of CBN and CBD.
It is a potent indica dominant strain (95%) and continues to be one of the most loved marijuana strains in the world. Be warned; Northern Lights #5 is not for casual users; we recommend building up a tolerance before taking on this behemoth.
Otherwise, this sweet and tangy sensation will overwhelm you. It has been known to knock newcomers for six after one puff! If you can withstand the power of Northern Lights #5, it will reward you with a sense of happiness and well-being. It should be smoked responsibly and is best used to deal with stress, anxiety, and pain.
Final Thoughts on Classic Marijuana Strains Still Popular Today
They say that classic things never truly go out of style and that is certainly the case with old school marijuana strains. There are simply hundreds of marijuana strains available and low-quality weed is quickly tossed aside and forgotten about. Therefore, older strains must be of exceptional quality to compete with the newer bud, and every entry on this list easily meets this exacting standard. Now if you don’t mind, we’re going to light up some G13 and listen to The Doors!