Commercially Successful Cannabis Strains

Updated: Nov 7, 2019


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In 2018, with the marijuana industry blooming in more places than ever, the cannabis consumer is also presented with an incredible variety of strains. The only thing that may be more difficult than choosing which strains to buy is deciding strains which to sell. Fortunately, a few names on the market have stood out from the rest, making it easier to come to an informed decision.



Blue Dream


First to make the list is Blue Dream, a hybrid strain that enjoyed the top selling spot in both Colorado and Washington during 2015. Blue Dream is known for its aroma and flavor profile full of dark berry and blueberry notes, which play into its popularity. Users enjoy a mellow relaxing effect coupled with an uplifting euphoria, the most common phenotypes not being too physically sedating, making this strain popular for both new cannabis consumers and veterans alike. Any dispensary would be missing out on sales by not having this strain on the shelves.



GG4


GG4, formerly known as Gorilla Glue #4, is known for its powerful couch-locking effect and exceptional stickiness of its buds. This indica-dominant hybrid sends people’s minds into dreamy orbit while keeping bodies stuck to the sofa, filling a room with a pungent earthy aroma. This strain took home second place in Best Hybrid Flower at the 2016 Colorado Cannabis Cup, followed by a copyright infringement lawsuit from the makers of the adhesive Gorilla Glue filed against GG Strains LLC in March 2017. A settlement has since been reached, and consumers don’t seem to have been discouraged by the suit.




GSC


GSC, better known by its former name Girl Scout Cookies, is a California-born hybrid that boasts a high THC percentage, several Cannabis Cup awards, and a reputation for being a fantastic party strain. GSC sends users into soaring euphoria and cerebral creativity within full-body relaxation, while providing relief from pain, stress, and loss of appetite. Like GG4, this hybrid’s popularity was enough to have the Girl Scouts of America send a cease and desist letter to California dispensaries in 2017, which fortunately hasn’t impacted its selling power.



Sour Diesel


Also referred to as Sour D, the famous Sour Diesel is a sativa-dominant strain with a distinct diesel-like aroma and an invigorating cerebral high. Its uplifting energy makes it an excellent choice to address stress and depression. Sour Diesel’s notoriety has led to a strong presence in many dispensaries, and most users won’t turn the strain down. It’s not the easiest strain to grow, but the product is well worth the patience.



Green Crack


Although uncommon in some places outside of California, Green Crack has still made a place for itself on many dispensary menus thanks to clientele demand. The sativa is a popular daytime option, energizing users and giving them racing cerebral invigoration, similar to a shot of espresso. Allegedly given its controversial name by Snoop Dogg, the strain is also known as Cush or Green Cush. Green Crack is great for fatigue, stress, and depression, though this potent sativa may also cause paranoia for some users. Its fruity flavor profile is reminiscent of citrus and mango, and the strain is fairly easy to grow, flowering between 7 to 9 weeks.



OG Kush


OG Kush is well-known and renowned as the parent of a wide variety of OG phenotypes, such as Skywalker OG, SFV OG, and Ghost OG, making the OG family a dominant force in California markets. The hybrid banishes stress with a relaxed euphoria, possessing an aroma of earthy pine tones, a trait that is passed down to many of its descendents. Although OG Kush is difficult to grow, the popularity of OG genetics extends well beyond California’s borders.

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