The Strongest Strains of the Year (So Far)
High potency strains are a big deal in 2017, and there is now quite a large selection available. Some of the world’s strongest strains are now pushing 35 percent THC, making the herb stronger than ever. While some suggest that the cannabis plant can’t produce much more THC than that, breeders are certainly doing their best to provide as potent of an experience as possible. Here are the 10 strongest strains of 2017, so far at least:
1. Nova OG
Manali West’s Nova OG may be the highest testing cannabis strain in history. Manali West, a cultivation company that specializes in rare and unique strains and concentrates, and they’ve certainly created a potent plant.
Featuring 35.6 percent THC, this strain is an extremely potent, top-shelf, designer bud. This strain is a hybrid of Top Dawg Seeds’ Stardawg Guava and an OG/Diesel cross. Back in 2012, Stardawg Guava won best sativa at the Denver Cannabis Cup.
2. Pink Starburst
Another Manali West treat, Pink Starburst, has tested as high 32.49 percent THC. This hybrid is a complicated cross between DJ Short’s Blueberry, Headband (Underdog OG), and AJ Sour Diesel (BX3).
The strain was then backcrossed on itself to produce Pink Starburst. The result is a strain with indica growth patterns but more of an uplifting sativa experience, a true craft flower.
3. Chiquita Banana
Chiquita Banana is an extremely high producing flower. Bred by Utopia Farms, this bud has reached 33.5 percent THC. Already, the strain has won several awards.
A cross between the legendary OG Kush and Banana, this bud seriously pushes the limits as to how potent a cannabis flower can become. Featuring a sweet and tropical taste, you can’t go wrong with a little Banana.
4.Tutankhamun (King Tut)
This regal strain features between 27 and 30 percent THC, making it one of the strongest strains in the world right now. An offspring of AK-47, King Tut packs some serious energy.
Classified as a sativa, this strain is a bit unique among other high-producing buds. While all of the most potent strains in the world are hybrids, most err toward the middle or indica side of the spectrum.
5. Bruce Banner #3
Named after the Incredible Hulk’s alter ego, Bruce Banner has stayed on the strongest strains list for the past couple of years. This bud can reach up to 30 percent THC, making it one strong-armed hybrid.
Considered slightly sativa dominant, this strain provides a powerfully euphoric high and a relaxed body experience.
6. Gorilla Glue #4
Gorilla Glue #4 is one of the most popular strains in the U.S. right now. A potent and high-yielding hybrid, this bud produces a heavy yet comfortable high that knocks away pain.
In the past, this strain has reached the 30 percent THC mark. Yet, the standard bud falls between the 24 and 28 percent range.
7. Blissful Wizzard
Blissful Wizard was bred by the Captain’s Connection tests between 25 and 34 percent THC. A cross between the famous Girl Scout Cookies and Captain’s Cookies, this bud produces a soaring euphoric high that will put you in a good mood for a few hours.
This strain has a tendency to stimulate appetite, so having some snacks on hand before partaking is recommended.
8. The White
In the past, The White has been difficult to find. However, as word about this amazing hybrid spreads around, this strain is growing in popularity.
The White features around 29 percent THC, which makes it great to consume on its own or to use in breeding projects. The exact origins of this strain are a mystery, but it is thought to contain OG Kush lineage.
9. White Fire OG
An offspring of The White, White Fire OG also makes the list of most potent strains this year. Sometimes called Wifi OG, this strain is covered with a thick coating of white crystal trichomes.
The THC levels in this strain range from 25 to 30 percent, earning this bud a place as one of the world’s strongest. Featuring an upbeat sativa-dominant high, Wifi OG is the perfect strain for a sunny and blissful afternoon.
10. Girl Scout Cookies
Over the past few years, Girl Scout Cookies has taken the U.S. by storm. This delightful hybrid cross of Durban Poison and OG Kush features up to 28 percent THC, setting a high bar for new contemporary hybrids.
Uplifting and euphoric, Girl Scout Cookies provides a soaring cerebral experience and a hefty amount of full-body relaxation. For experienced consumers, this strain makes a great daytime toke.
(This article originally appeared on herb.co and was written by Delilah Butterfield)