Every cannabis connoisseur has their favourite region of origin. For some, nowhere has done bigger or more important things for cannabis culture than the United States. Indeed, it’s hard to dispute the fact that some of the most incredible cannabis the world has ever seen was born in the USA.
But which are the best All-American strains on the market right now? If you’re out for a quintessential taste of the USA, which strains can you rely on to deliver the goods?
1. Blue Dream
Right at the top of the table, Blue Dream really is the stuff of legends. Engineered by combining Blueberry with Haze, Blue Dream came out of nowhere to become the single most popular and best-selling cannabis strain in the whole of the United States. Blue Dream owes its popularity to its beautifully balanced high, exceptional potency and the fact that it is also surprisingly simple to grow. It has lent its genetics to a whole bunch of newcomers, but most agree that the original is still the best.
2. OG Kush
Nobody knows exactly where OG Kush came from, but this only adds to the mystery and enjoyment of the whole thing. It’s been a key player on the scene in Las Angeles for decades, lending its legacy to dozens of outstanding phenotypes in the meantime. Characterised by a beautifully sour lemon fragrance, OG Kush delivers a hard-hitting cerebral high that wipes cares and concerns of the face of the earth. One of the ultimate stress-busting strains on the market and a top seller worldwide.
3. Bubba Kush
Bubba Kush landed on the scene in the United States at a similar time to OG Kush, and likewise has somewhat mysterious and debated origins. The fragrance of Bubba Kush is predominantly sweet with plenty of exotic spice, translating to rich coffee and chocolate notes when combusted. Unlike its cousin above, Bubba Kush produces an immediate and long-lasting body stone that makes its way quickly into the extremities. An exceptional choice when you’ve nothing to do, other than enjoy doing nothing at all. Bubba Kush’s relaxing properties also make it a popular choice in medical cannabis circles.
4. Green Crack
Popularised and semi-officially renamed by Snoop Dogg, Green Crack more than lives up to its name. An exceptional wake and bake smoke that’s perfect for an energy-boost anytime, Green Crack is all about energy and motivation. Green Crack is also widely used in medical cannabis circles for the relief of mild depression and everyday stress. True to its name, Green Crack is the kind of strain that has you coming back for more relentlessly.
5. Gorilla Glue #4
Gorilla Glue #4 lives up to its name in more ways than one. Originally engineered purely by accident (albeit a fortuitous one), Gorilla Glue #4 produces the kinds of ultra-resin-heavy buds that are almost impossible to break up by hand. This stuff has a tendency to be just about as sticky as it gets. In addition, a few generous hits of Gorilla Glue #4 is typically all that’s needed to have you glued to the couch indefinitely. Powerful, punchy and earthy, Gorilla Glue #4 is a hard-hitting strain that’s not for the uninitiated. Even seasoned smokers can find Gorilla Glue #4 a tricky animal to handle.
6. Girl Scout Cookies
Well, we couldn’t make a list like this without paying tribute to the legendary Girl Scout Cookies strain. All-American in the extreme, Girl Scout Cookies was an instant superstar smash hit on the West Coast, before quickly taking over the rest of the world. Girl Scout Cookies was engineered by combining the genetics of OG Kush and Durban Poison, resulting in a hybrid that became a far more than the sum of its parts. The sweet baked-goods-like aroma of Girl Scout Cookies is intoxicating in its own right, while the high perfectly balances skyrocketing euphoria with complete physical relaxation. It also has enormously wide reaching therapeutic applications for medical cannabis users, making it an all-round crowd-pleaser.
7. Alaskan Thunderfuck
Top marks to the folks who came up with the name for this legendary strain, which like most of its All-American counterparts wasn’t born in California. Alaskan Thunderfuck – also referred to as ATF for short – has a lemon-minty fragrance with plenty of heavy skunk, delivering a powerful yet gradual euphoric high that lingers indefinitely. Alaskan Thunderfuck is also notorious for taking its time to get the job done, slowly creeping its way into the brain and body over an hour or two. Just when you think ATF is done with you, it takes you on another epic ride.
8. Skywalker OG
Concocted by combining OG Kush with Skywalker – two exceptionally popular strains in their own right – Skywalker OG boasts approximately 85% indica genetics. Not to mention, a THC concentration that often hits a mind-melting 25%. This stuff really is as dank as it gets, bringing on the ultimate head to toe stone after just a couple of heavy hits. Couchlock is non-negotiable with a good batch of Skywalker OG, which also makes light work of everything from depression and mood disorders to chronic pain.
9. Sour Diesel
Born in the early 1990s, Sour Diesel was engineered by combining the genetics of Chemdawg ‘91 and Super Skunk. An immensely popular sativa staple worldwide, Sour Diesel has one of the most characteristic fragrances of any cannabis strain – heavy fuel and acrid sourness. Sour Diesel is energising in the extreme, providing an instant and long lasting burst of motivation and inspiration. Like Green Crack, it’s one of the most popular strains on the market as a daytime smoke, or is the perfect choice for a wake n bake.
10. Ghost Train Haze
Last but not least, Ghost Train Haze combines the genetics of Ghost OG and Neville’s Wreck to create one of the most potent and powerful strains you’ll experience right now. Ghost Train Haze is all about creativity and focus, combining long lasting euphoria with a head-to-toe sense of complete relaxation and contentment. The flavour profile is predominantly floral, with notes of sour citrus and lingering skunk on the exhale.