Jack Herer is easily one of the best-known strains in America. Originating in California, this sativa honors the memory of Jack Herer the man, a longtime local cannabis activist and medical marijuana user. It’s not quite as strong as its popularity might suggest, but the high is heady and distinctive. Jack Herer has a unique loamy smell and taste with hints of pine and trees. The sativa high is happy, bubbly, and euphoric, spurring energy and creativity. Jack Herer is ideal for errands and other daytime activities. This strain is effective for patients with mental or neurological disorders, including bipolar disorder, anxiety, migraines, PTSD, and ADHD. Dry mouth and red eyes are common, along with occasional dizziness and paranoia. Jack Herer is popular throughout the United States, but, like many other strains, it’s most popular in the West.
OG Kush is an American marijuana classic, a Southern California original with some of the highest THC levels in the world. With a 25:75 sativa/indica ratio, this strain pulls no punches. Expect a hard, mixed high with intense euphoria followed by serious couch-lock. The plant’s THC concentration can reach levels as high as 19-24%. That just 1 percentage point less than the current record-holder. The cerebral boost from OG Kush is ideal for depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, while the heavy body high can help with pain and nausea. OG Kush is also used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Dry mouth and eyes are the most common negative effects, though headaches and paranoia are also possible. This strain is a hybrid, probably a descendant of a female Chemdawg plant and a male Hindu Kush plant. OG Kush, which has given rise to countless West Coast strains, has an earthy, wood taste and a strong pine scent. It’s most popular in California, the Pacific Northwest, and Colorado.
Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 65% Sativa / 35% Indica
THC: 15% – 25%
A perennial favorite, Green Crack is a sativa-dominant hybrid that was bred by inbreeding Skunk #1. Green Crack is usually sativa-dominant, but there’s also a less popular indica-heavy version of the strain. Green Crack got its name from Snoop Dogg, though it’s also known as Green Cush or simply Cush among smokers who prefer not to reference cocaine. This highly addictive strain is massively potent, with top THC levels reaching 24%. It has a sativa/indica ratio of 65:35. The high is decidedly cerebral, with a big mood boost and a jolt of energy. This strain spurs creativity and helps patients get things done. It’s most effective in treating anxiety and depression, along with ADHD, PTSD, and migraines. Green Crack has a sweet flavor with tropical and citrus notes. The buds are dense and tight. Dry mouth occurs frequently, while dry eyes, dizziness, and paranoia, happen less often. It’s most common in the Pacific Northwester, California, Arizona, and Colorado. But it can be found almost anywhere else with relative ease. It’s one of the most popular strains on the black market for this reason.
Indica Dominant Hybrid – 85% Indica / 15% Sativa
THC: 20% – 25%, CBD: 2%
Skywalker OG, also known as “Skywalker OG Kush” to many members of the cannabis community, is an indica dominant hybrid (85% indica/15% sativa) strain that is a potent cross between the hugely popular Skywalker X OG Kush strains. This dank bud boasts an intense THC level ranging from 20-25% on average and a combination of both indica and sativa effects. Skywalker OG has an aroma of spicy herbal jet fuel and a taste of spicy diesel with an herby aftertaste. This bud has medium-sized dense round olive green nugs with burnt orange furry twisty hairs and rich orange undertones. These nugs have a fine layer of milky white trichomes and sweet sticky resin. Users describe the Skywalker OG high as a very heavy stoney high that leaves you utterly couch-locked, relaxed, and lethargic with an almost overwhelming case of the munchies. This is accompanied by a head-in-the-clouds euphoric head high that fades into a deep and peaceful sleep upon the come down. Due to these potent effects, Skywalker OG is an ideal strain for treating patients suffering from conditions such as chronic stress, pain due to injury or illness, and mild to moderate cases of depression.
Expect a major blow to the head from this super-potent strain. A pure sativa, Durban Poison is the beloved inbred descendant of a sativa strain grown in South Africa. Ed Rosenthal, an American cannabis activist, discovered the original strain and brought in back to the United States in the 1970s. It has long been a favorite of stoners and medical marijuana patients here. Durban Poison has THC levels that can reach 24%, making it one of the world’s more powerful strains. This strain hits with a strong, happy head high that’s great for creativity and daytime errands. Paranoia may be a possible side effect, along with dry mouth. Durban Poison is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety, as well as chronic pain, and it can also be helpful with nausea. This strain is ideal for making concentrates, as the bud is covered in over-sized trichomes. The dominant smell and taste of Durban Poison is earthy and sweet, with a subtle pine aroma. The buds are round and chunky, with a dense coating of trichomes. This strain is best for active periods, chores, and other daylight activities.