The trends in the world of marijuana are continually changing, and it seems that brand new strains are popping up every other week. Generally creating quite a buzz when they “reveal themselves” to the world, these new strains often overshadow the hundreds of incredible and useful cannabis types that already exist. It seems that sometimes, these classic cannabis strains can be silenced by the hype of the “fresher” and newer products.
However, there are a few cannabis strains that are known to nearly every cannabis enthusiast – even the newbies. Whether these strains have earned high status and have impressive reputations due to their unique properties or successful genetics, they’ve made an impression on the cannabis community. Whether they have a recognizable and potent aroma, an abnormally high THC content, or they spoil growers with exceptionally large yields, here are the top 5 classic cannabis strains to try in 2018.
1. Northern Lights (Indica)
This is one of the best cannabis strains for a good night’s sleep. Nobody likes tossing and turning at night when they should be sleeping, and there’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning feeling all groggy and irritable because you didn’t have a decent night of rest.
Also, keep in mind that lack of sleep can actually lead to various health problems, and could even cause circumstances as severe as hallucinations or delusion. You might be shocked to hear that insomnia affects one in three people at least in a mild manner, so this is an issue that is very much prevalent.
It’s 2018, after all, and with our increasingly fast-paced lives and stress levels that are reaching new heights, it’s imperative that we all get a good night of sleep. The problem is that many of the pharmaceutical drugs that are prescribed for sleep disorders are highly addictive and often have harmful side effects. This is why cannabis is so beneficial in helping you fall asleep, and also ensuring that you stay asleep for the duration of the night.
Northern Lights Indica is the ultimate knockout strain. Although the origins of this legendary strain are unknown, it’s believed to come out of the west coast of America. It’s a 100% pure indica strain that results in a high that is very potent and “stoner” like. First developed in the 1980’s, it’s a real classic with a THC content of about 18%.
Northern lights is among the most famous strains of all time, cherished for its fast flowering, resinous buds, and resilience during growth. The psychoactive effects of the strain settle firmly throughout the body, resulting in relaxed muscles and pacifying the mind into a calm, dreamy euphoria. The comfortable laziness gives patients relief from pain and sleeplessness, and its mellow contentment roots out stress and depression. All in all, Northern Lights does everything that it needs to ensure a good night’s sleep.
2. ACDC (Hybrid)
ACDC is considered to be an “all-purpose medical strain” by many. As most of us here already know, cannabis is capable of assisting with not only mild medical occurrences but also more severe ailments as well, a few of which even the medical world doesn’t have a cure for.
ACDC is a high CBD hybrid that’s popular for raw juicing and dietary cannabis. In fact, one of its most remarkable characteristics is its THC:CBD ratio of 1:20, which means that it has relatively zero intoxicating effects. It’s well-known for treating anxiety, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, pain, and the adverse effects of chemotherapy, among other things.
Some lab tests have shown that the ACDC strain contains upwards of 19% CBD content and particularly potent varieties can reach up to 24%. This is why it’s known to act brilliantly when it comes to combating various medical conditions, and is consequently referred to as the “all-purpose” strain.
Another major plus for many is the fact that is has a very small THC content, which makes it perfect for those who are looking for medical relief but don’t want to get high as they need to be able to function throughout daily life and activities.
ACDC is a popular choice among users who want to juice cannabis rather than smoke it or cook with it, ahe fact is, it has significant medical benefits both when used raw and when heated. As a non-psychoactive strain, ACDC promotes a calm and happy relaxation without disrupting cognitive function.
3. White Widow
Among the most classic cannabis strains worldwide is White Widow, a hybrid strain that was first bred in The Netherlands by Green House Seeds. The buds that you find in this strain are white with crystal resin, which is a warning of the potent effects to come. The powerful burst of euphoria and energy that you feel almost immediately stimulates conversation and creativity.
Just the mention of White Widow in the cannabis world brings about a topic for conversation – and a lot of times debate. The origins of the strain have been a much-debated subject for years, but it has been confirmed that White Widow is indeed a Dutch classic.
Found in most Amsterdam coffeeshops, this strain produces an entrancing, full-body effect and is usually smothered in shiny, white trichomes. With an uplifting yet thought-provoking high, it’s perfect for social gatherings or going on solo adventures.
Mind you, though, White Widow is not to be underestimated. Although it looks soft and sweet, it packs a punch that can quickly put you in a stoney trance. Also, keep in mind that effects will depend on your tolerance level, how you consume it, how it’s grown, how much you ingest, and other things. Thought to have a 60% Sativa and 40% Indica ratio, it can no doubt be a bit spacey, especially if you’re a relative cannabis rookie. For this reason, it’s a popular strain for treating PTSD, chronic aches and pains, anxiety, and migraines.
By all accounts, White Widow is an uplifting, energetic, and creative strain that produces an almost psychedelic headspace, while still maintaining the ability to engage in intimate conversation.
4. Durban Poison (Sativa)
With a menacing name that hints towards its powerful psychoactivity, Durban Poison is a pure South African Sativa strain, straight out of Durban. It’s a strain that offers an energizing and uplifting high that won’t cause you to burn out and crash in the end. Rather, you will come down slowly and steadily.
Although it sounds like a dangerous concoction, Durban Poison is one of the very few unadulterated sativas on the market. This is, of course, assuming its genetics are pure. In other words, Durban Poison doesn’t have the complicated lineage of cross-breeding that a lot of modern strains have.
With a practically 100% sativa genetic makeup, Durban Poison is almost as pure as sativa can get. Lab tests have discovered a THC content between 17 – 26%, which essentially means that a little can go a long way. Durban Poison is also high in THCV, which means it has potential to stabilize insulin levels and is an excellent strain for treating fatigue. It’s also known to be a mood booster, and it provides users with a euphoric and energized high.
In fact, if you prefer to have your weed in the morning, this is the perfect strain for you. Some people say it’s more energizing than a cup of coffee, which makes it perfect for daytime cannabis use – or perhaps a night out on the town.
5. Girl Scout Cookies (GSC)
Girl Scout Cookies, or what is commonly known as GSC, is a cross between OG Kush and Durban Hybrid. It’s a hard hitter that gives users the best between a comfortable body melt and an intense cerebral buzz. While it is a fairly even combination of OG Kush and Durban Hybrid, it has a mellow high that leans more towards indica. It’s a balanced and versatile strain with a THC content ranging between 18 – 23%, with levels in some varities reported to reach as high as 28%.
Due to its high THC content, this is another strain where a little goes a long way. Patients looking for a strong dose of relief may look to GSC for severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss. This is known as one of the strongest strains in the world, and has by all accounts been a classic for many, many years.
Lastly, the high produced by this strain is like none other. A great mix of Sativa and Indica, the effects of GSC offer the best from both worlds. This is what makes this strain great for medical marijuana consumers. Also, GSC is known for having a wonderful flavor and aroma. The hints of spicy nutmeg compliment a unique earthy and lemon-mint aroma.
Final Thoughts On Top Classic Cannabis Strains in 2018
With the emergence of so many new and exciting cannabis strains, don’t forget about the “golden oldies.” Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce with some of the “classics” that you may have forgotten about in recent years.
Some of these strains are still considered to be the best in the world, and are definitely worth trying if you haven’t before. There are hundreds, if not thousands of different strains on the market today, which can make choosing which ones to use a little bit difficult, to say the least. But, hopefully, this list will help you decide which is best for you.