The 5 Worst Marijuana Strains Ever
November 28, 2017

The 5 Worst Marijuana Strains Ever

Based on personal experience
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on November 28, 2017

The 5 Worst Marijuana Strains Ever

If you’ve ever smoked marijuana, chances are, you’ve encountered at least one low-quality strain. This is to be expected since you’ll never come across two marijuana harvests that are identical. The quality of bud depends on various factors including the condition of the grow, the general strain quality and the care provided to the plant during and after the harvest.

You might think that low-quality weed will carry a low price tag. Wrong! Some disreputable suppliers will try to pass off their garbage by selling it at the kind of price associated with medium or even high-quality marijuana. Fortunately, it isn’t difficult to spot low-quality weed before parting with your cash. Here are a few things to watch out for.


Decent quality marijuana buds will have an easily identifiable smell which indicates a high level of terpenes. In contrast, low-quality weed either smells of hay or has no discernible scent. This is a clear sign that the cannabis was poorly grown and/or cured. When looking for a sativa strain, check for sharp citrus notes. For an indica strain, check for a coffee or chocolate scent.


The type of strain dictates the structure. Sativa buds are typically light and fluffy whereas indica buds are dense and tight. In poorly grown indicas, you will notice visible stems and incomplete buds which make them look more like sativas.


While cannabis strains have different colors, they should be some shade of green. It is important to note that some high-quality buds have tinges of pink, blue or even purple so don’t discount any marijuana containing those colors. However, if you notice that a bud’s color is majority tan, red, brown or yellowish, steer clear because it clearly came from an unhealthy plant. You should also avoid any buds that have a ‘bleached white’ color because they have ‘light burn.’


High-quality cannabis is loaded with ripe trichomes, and you can distinguish the trichome density pretty easily. Buds that have a ‘frosty’ appearance are covered in trichomes, and they sparkle like tiny crystals. Low-quality cannabis will have little or no trichome coverage.

You should also check for trichome ‘ripeness,’ but you will need a magnifying glass or a similar tool. With this device, look at the ‘heads’ of the trichomes. If they are white, you have a high-quality strain. If the heads are clear, the plant was harvested too early, and if they are entirely amber, the plant was harvested too late.

General Low-Quality Marijuana Strain Information

There is still a plethora of mass-produced junk on the market which is also known as ‘Schwag,’ ‘Dirt Weed’ or ‘Ditch Weed.’ Not only is it produced in bulk, but the weed is also grown in poor conditions. You can easily spot this kind of rubbish by following the tips above, and it is imperative that you do. This type of low-grade marijuana is filled with pesticides and heavy metals and is about as harmful as cigarettes!

The main reason for the poor quality is because the plant is improperly cured and dried and it is much older than its high-grade counterpart. Aged marijuana is high in CBN which is a low-quality breakdown of THC. If your goal is to get high, you won’t succeed with this kind of cannabis!

If all of the above isn’t bad enough, low-grade weed will certainly lead to several coughing fits. Here is a quick overview of low-quality marijuana:

  • Contains seeds.
  • Crumbles easily because it is so dry.
  • Has a brown or reddish color with little or no green.
  • Poorly trimmed and manicured.
  • Not dense.
  • Contains little in the way of trichomes.
  • Is incredibly harsh to smoke, causes coughing fits and a pain in the chest.
  • Has a weak or musty smell.

Contains residual pesticides, mold, mildew and possibly heavy metals.
Now that you know what to look out for in low-quality marijuana strains, let’s check out five of the worst.

Please remember that this is our personal opinion

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1 – Chronic (The Rapper’s Favorite Marijuana Strain)

Chronic was a major favorite amongst rap stars in the 1990s. It was made popular by the likes of Dr. Dre and was considered high-class weed at a time when most people only had access to stem and seeds skunk. Fast forward 20 years and it’s clear that this strain (with a THC content of up to 20%) no longer passes muster.

It is a hybrid strain and originated as a cross between Skunk, Northern Lights, and AK47. To be fair, the modern version of Chronic is vastly superior to the decades-old rubbish that veteran smokers had to contend with but even today, it gives you cotton eye and dry mouth.

2 – Mango Pina (The Forgotten Marijuana Strain)

Mango Pina was another 90s favorite and the mango cannabis strain has been around since the 1960s. Today, you’ll find that such strains have been crossed with KC33 and that’s what you’ll find when you look for a mango marijuana.

However, the Mango Pina strain from the old days tasted pretty good but was weak as hell. At best, you’ll have a somewhat relaxed state of mind, but you never felt as if it was worth the effort frankly.

3 – Violator Kush (The Bizarrely Flavorless Marijuana Strain)

According to experienced smokers, avoid all crossbreeds referred to as Violator Kush; truer words were never spoken! It has a THC level of up to 23% and a CBD level of 2%. This Indica dominant (80%) hybrid is supposed to reward users with a spicy, pungent earthy aroma, and at over 20% THC, one would expect a pretty good buzz.

Instead, you end up with a relatively flavorless bud that feels as if you’re inhaling broken glass. If you’re lucky you’ll end up being talkative but droopy red eyes means that sleep isn’t far away. Overall, if Violator Kush doesn’t have OG, it isn’t worth your cash.

4 – Madman OG (The Marijuana Strain That Causes the Jitters)

This is a hybrid strain that is supposed to alleviate cramps, chronic pain, hypertension, and headaches but it is one of the most likely types of marijuana to be grown poorly according to the various reviews we’ve read.

It has a THC level of 19% but also contains 1% CBN which, as we mentioned above, is a red flag. You should never smoke Madman OG for anxiety (the name is a giveaway surely) because it only makes matters worse and it also gives people a case of the jitters.

5 – Top 44 (The Sedative Marijuana Strain)

One would expect a lot more from Top 44 since it was created by the breeders at Nirvana Seeds. It is probably harsh to place this strain in a ‘worst of’ list but we are taking into account the level of disappointment users will feel afterward.

With a THC content of 8-15%, Top 44 won’t do much for experienced smokers, and as it is an indica dominant hybrid (90%), the best you can hope for is a solution to your insomnia. Overall, the long-awaited intense body buzz doesn’t really materialize and you wonder why you bothered.

Final Thought on Low-Quality Marijuana Strains

Whether you like it or not, you have to pay decent money if you want the kind of marijuana that makes you love life. However, you should never make a purchasing decision based on price alone, just in case, the seller is trying to pull a fast one.

Take your time to inspect the weed to ensure it passes the color, trichomes, smell and structure tests, along with any other criteria you have established. While many readers will disagree with the above list, we feel as if those strains either disappointed or failed to deliver on what they promised. When in doubt about the quality of a marijuana strain, you can’t beat the old-fashioned smoke test!

  1. Virginia Vaughan
    Don't try Madman

    i think never smoke Madman OG at all, even if you don’t have anxiety, some level does exist subconsciously and this strain makes it worse. We were pranked by a group of friends and they gave us this strain saying it was AK47. And we were holding our heads for 3 days later on with the bad mood and severe low this weed gave us!

  2. Terry Kamps
    Major Violation

    Violator is the only place to taste true Malana hash. The fact that the flavor was the main criticism makes me doubt all aspects of this article.

  3. DC
    What's happened the grow world

    ALL of these strains on the market now are total junk, I’ve been growing for over 10 years, am very scientific about my work (such as my water goes through an RO system and then 2 resin canisters) to produce the water that I’ll use that is STRICTLY below 002 PPM, I run 2 batches concurrently and pull a harvest every month, I grow 12 plant batches and have produced over 110 of them, I am not an amateur and am considered by my peers to be the best of us all (not worldwide just with my peers some of whom have been growing for 25+ years), I have been growing my dual 12 plant system for over 10 years, I started out with 2 donor clones, 1 Alpha and 1 Blueberry Diesel, untill they were fully grown into mothers I was running seeds like Creem, Skywalker, Cheese, Chemdog, Lemon Skunk Diesel and Sour Diesel, even after getting my two regular strains mothers grown out and have everything fully operational I still would occasionally get seeds while I was growing new mothers for my system just to throw a little variety into my customers lives, I’m not saying this for the sake of bragging but to assure readers of this, that I am an accomplished grower that’s been told plenty of times by people that they’ve never had anything like what I can do including other growers that will give me a cutting of something they’re running just to see how I can make it come out and develop a good program for them, point is I know what I’m doing, not that’s it’s doing me any good because my finances have been ruined the past 4 years looking for a replacement strain for my original 2 because after 6 to 7 years they finally lost their vigor, for 4 years I’ve been beating my head off the wall trying to find something decent to work with, the older strains I was familiar with are all fakes now by start up breeders, these breeders and seed banks nowadays are so unscrupulous it’s disgusting, I’ve bought strains that claimed 350-400 grams per square meter, not only not a single one has come even close to it but every strain I’ve tried has been horribly unstable without a single plant per batch that would fit the description they were sold with, everytime with every strain I’ve tried I’ve had at least 3 or 4 different pheno’s in each batch of 12, some plants stay bushy at ×2 their height after switching to 12/12 and other ones will go ×3+ up into the highest i can adjust my lights and have to be tied over, and make only nuggets the size of Hazelnuts at each lanky node, one of the biggest problems in this occupation nowadays is all these hobbyists who get on forum sites that only grow a couple of plants in a tent and give a review of their grow, and of course they’re dying to share their excitement about smoking something that they grew themselves, and say things like “Man it’s dank” and “Dude it’s budalicious” and “The grow was sweet”, when in fact if I look at their pictorial grow diary I can assure you that their grow didn’t go nearly as well as it could have and 99% of the time I can taste the fertilizer just looking at the grow and listening to how they said they flushed and dried it, IF YOU DON’T GROW IN BATCHES OF AT LEAST A DOZEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, so please if someone on a forum asks if anyone has any experience with a certain strain or is asking to be recommended one and you grow in a tent or closet and don’t grow entire batches KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, also if someone asks about a strain please everyone keep from jumping in with all the “Just ordered mine, Got mine yesterday, Gonna order mine tomorrow, Just put my seeds in, Some are starting to germinate” lines that some poor guy will get bombarded with, he’s asking if anyone has experience growing out the strain and what he can expect from it, not whether or not people have ordered seeds or are about ready to, now back to the original point of this message to you all, this entire seed and strain industry has gone to hell, all these seed banks only quote what the breeders tell them to so they can sell them and let me tell you these breeders nowadays are a bunch of liars, everyone’s chucking pollen from one famous strain on to another trying to come out with the “latest thing” (because hey, that’s what all of you react to) and not only are they not back breeding them enough to stabilize them but they’re also hybrids of hybrids of hybrids of hybrids of hybrids and the natural vigor of the original wild plants that all of it started from is gone, these punks that call themselves breeders nowadays need to get off of their lazy asses and get into the wilds of Mexico and the Kush mountains etc and get new seed stock to start new breeds from, I’ve been growing for over 10 years and have been around it even longer than that and I can tell all of you that all of these new strains are rip offs and the people selling them to someone who’s relying on them to make a go of things in life are just plain unscrupulous and should be ashamed of themselves, I have watched this world deteriorate into the back stabbing thing it is now over the past 4 years or so, I pretty much got myself to where I wanted to be with possessions and finances 3 years ago and have been trying to save just 4 or 5 thousand so I can move 2 states away and start a job that’s at my disposal so I can get back to a normal life (I started this because I got wiped out in life about 12 years ago), but instead for the past 3 years I’ve been getting ripped off with these junk strains from these scam artist breeders and seed banks and now my finances are ruined, as a result I’m going to have to sell some of the possessions I’ve worked so hard to get replaced in life, I’m 53 years old now and this was my chance to get caught back up in life but it got stolen out from underneath me by a bunch of low lifes, but hey they got that money off of me and that’s the most important thing, to everyone who’s done this to this business over the past 4 years thanks a lot jerks, you and your BS strains, once again folks I didn’t write the things I did to brag about my abilities, I’m merely trying to shine some light on what’s going on in the grow world so you can try to keep the same thing from happening to you.

  4. Ce
    You need to check the facts

    Dude like everyone one of these strains is surprisingly good thc levels, all above average indica/sativa level and get you stoned. For example, Top 44 is a great strain and it’s thc levels can reach 7.5% higher than average indica.

  5. 420

    Violator Kush is amazing ,Maybe the growers product you tried wasn’t up too the standard of a quality flower. I recommend violator Kush. One persons experience doesn’t mean its a bad strain

    1. Ys
      Loved Violator Kush

      I agree! I’ve had the pleasure of trying some organic Violator Kush from B.C and it was amazing. Everything about it was good. Smelled great, tasted great, nice nugs, high THC. But it was EXPENSIVE… Idk if it was OG Violator Kush or not though, could’ve been.

  6. Captain

    Violater if done well is an amazing spicy purple. It does make you sleepy but that’s the point.

  7. Kathy Frazier

    It’s good to have a heads up about the worst strains so thanks for sharing. I’m not too clued up on marijuana and am a fairly new user so I found this article very informative. Will definitely make sure to read up on the best strains.

  8. Alisa Bianco

    Madame og has the worst taste ever

  9. Mildred McPherson

    Yes, I agree. I have tried violator kush and it’s really bad. Never ever try it, it is just so bad with tons of side effects

  10. Amy Horton

    Have tried Mango pina in the past. It was awful. Even though I drank tons of water, it had some pretty bad side effects. My mouth and eyes both dried after smoking it.

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