Within the last decade, there has been a tremendous boost in the cannabis market. Increasing levels of worldwide stress, people seeking more natural remedies to anxiety and physical pain, and the decriminalization of recreational use in many areas have contributed to a huge gain in the popularity of cannabis. The plant’s multiple therapeutic benefits have granted it access to the medical field, and ever since, the stigma regarding recreational use has also subsided.
Now, whether you’re a recreational cannabis fan or a medical user, you’re always in search of the best strains, based on several factors, such as potency, THC and CBD content, effects, and more.
There is a huge variety of cannabis products to choose from, from capsules, oils, tinctures, and topicals to edibles, teas, and beverages. However, the most popular ways to consume cannabis are smoking and vaping ―the latter constantly gaining popularity amongst the younger generations.
So, let’s see some of the best strains for vaping of the past year.
Blue Dream is one of the most popular sativa-dominant hybrid strains. Originally grown in California, it’s one of the OG (original gangster) strains of the West Coast, made by cross-breeding Blueberry Indica and Sativa Haze. It’s quite thick and flavorful, offering a sweet blueberry scent and a relaxing effect, making it one of the vaping beginners’ favorites and perfect for alleviating pain, nausea, and anxiety symptoms.
Originating from an unknown breeder, the legendary milky-white, thick budded Strawberry Cough is one of the most potent Sativa strains, featuring a sweet strawberry smell and a unique expanding sensation (hence its name). You’ll enjoy this strain’s uplifting effects, and the euphoric feeling will alleviate your stress.
As its name can assume it, this strain originates from Acapulco, Mexico, and it’s one of the most well-known and praised strains of cannabis ―recognized by the golden hue on its green buds. Acapulco Gold is a strain enjoyed by medicinal and recreational users. It helps with nausea and helps alleviate chronic, but also offers a relaxing, euphoric effect and cerebral high for all.
Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is a Sativa-dominant hybrid, born from the combo of OG Kush with an F1 Durban Poison. This potent strain is made up of green buds with orange hairs, and it’s known for the strong, earthy, and sweet aroma, while it also offers a euphoric feeling with full sedation. However, it boosts creativity and sociability due to its high THC and GSC percentages, resulting in a cerebral high. Medicinal users like it since it’s highly effective in stress relief and helps with depression and chronic pain.
This is a relatively young hybrid strain, created in 2003 by cross-breeding Purple Urkle and Big Bud. Granddaddy Purple is widely beloved because of its analgesic and stress relief properties combined with a strong high. The strain has thick purple buds, covered in orange hairs and resin, and has a strong berry smell. Plus, since it’s Indica-dominant, its effects combine euphoria with relaxation, so it’s perfect to vape before bed.
Afghan Kush is one of the oldest and most prominent OG cannabis strains, originating from the Hindu Kush Mountain, near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It produces big blunt-topped buds, and it’s full of resin. This is a highly potent strain, offering powerful sedating effects, making it ideal for relaxation and pain relief, as long as it is used in moderation.
Commonly known as ‘Sour D,’ this Sativa strain originates in the early ‘90s, and it’s regarded as a hybrid of Chemdawg and Skunk. It produces round, medium-sized buds with yellowish-green leaves and a citrusy flavor with a distinct, pungent aroma, offering energizing effects and making for a state of ‘happy relaxation.’ However, these effects are not strong or long-lasting so that they can be vaped often. Except for its recreational properties, this is also a favorite strain of medicinal users, as it helps with stress, depression, and chronic pain.