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The 15 Strongest Indica Strains On Earth Right Now

What’s your favorite indica? These top ten strains are loaded with THC, so expect plenty of euphoria and some quality nap time with these pungent buds.
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Are you an Indica fan? Then go check out our latest selection of the Best Indica Strains.

Kush fans are in for a real treat with this list. Indica strains are naturally high resin producers, meaning that you can count on plenty of crystal-coated buds from these strains. Sedative, dreamy, and calming, these psychoactive flowers can ease away stress while delivering some seriously euphoric highs.

Medical consumers may appreciate the potent and narcotic-like pain relief provided by these intoxicating herbs. These strains are perfect to make weed oils, so don’t lose the opportunity to learn how to make cannabis oil with them. Without further ado, here are the 10 strongest Indica strains on earth right now.

But before, be sure to check out our pick for the best indica strain available. Perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a long day.

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Strawberry Banana is a potent indica-dominant hybrid from DNA Genetics. This drowsy herb produces more of a euphoric feeling than other strains on this list thanks to split indica/sativa lineage. A cross between Banana Kush and Bubble Gum, Strawberry Banana is an award-winning strain loaded with THC.

On average, this fruity bud produces between 22 and 26% of the psychoactive. Unlike other strains on this list, Strawberry Banana is not completely sedative. This powerful bud can encourage a deep relaxation and jolly mental high. Some can get away with consuming Strawberry Banana during the day, however, it is generally considered an evening strain.

Here’s our favorite Strawberry Banana flower out there:

Purple Kush

Testing with up to 27% THC, Purple Kush is a hard-hitting favorite. Considered one of the most powerful strains in the world, this flower is 100% indica. A mix of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani, this strain has landrace heritage and delivers a pure indica experience. Many consumers report deep sedation and pain relief from Purple Kush.

Thanks to its potency and unique body-relaxing effects, Purple Kush is perhaps one of the most valuable medical cannabis strains around. However, this numbing herb is best saved for nighttime. A few tastes of Purple Kush can leave you feeling stuck to the couch with drooping eyelids.

Death Star

An indica-dominant cross between Sensi Star and Sour Diesel, Death Star is one powerfully sedative hybrid. Featuring between 20 and 26% THC, Death Star will blast stress and worries to another galaxy. Highly euphoric, this strain is known to promote some laughter and a positive sense of well-being.

However, this strain is also about 80% indica. That means that most can expect to feel drowsy, relaxed, and maybe even a little unmotivated after several tastes of this psychoactive plant.

Check out Clayborne Co.’s Death Star Power Pack. 3.5 grams of small buds with an added gram of kief!

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Death Star

Kosher Kush

Kosher Kush is a Californian strain with unknown indica heritage. Bred by DNA Genetics, this bud features a robust herbal aroma with plenty of lemon and pine. Containing between 20 and 25% THC on average, Kosher Kush is one drowsy bud that indica fans are sure to enjoy.

This strain is recommended for nighttime use, though Kosher Kush also has a giggly, talkative side to it as well. Recreational consumers who love winding down with a movie and some nice herb after a long day may find a new best friend in this crystal-coated flower.

Clayborne Co.’s Kosher Kush is among the highest-rated buds out there. Grown indoors in northern California, this is bud you can’t miss.

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Kosher Kush

MK Ultra

Named after a mind-control program operated by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), MK Ultra is an uber-strong indica hybrid that promotes a dreamy, euphoric state. One of the strongest indicas in the world, the THC in this strain reaches between 18 and 23%.

THC, however, is not the ultimate indicator of strength. Rather, there’s something about MK Ultra that promotes a super heavy body numbness and a spacey, euphoric bliss. This cross between G-13 and OG Kush is a must-try for serious indica fans.


Critical Kush

Critical Kush is a Barney’s Farm creation. A cross between Critical Mass and OG Kush, this woody flower boasts THC levels between 20 and 25%. This deeply tranquilizing strain may be soothing for those with anxiety or under chronic stress. Fast-growing and high-yielding, Critical Kush is an excellent cash strain.

As a Critical Mass offspring, Critical Kush features large, resin-dense buds that release an intoxicating lemon-pine scent. Popular among patients with chronic pain, Critical Kush is a therapeutic strain that provides full-bodied nighttime relief.


God’s Gift

No matter your religious beliefs, God’s Gift seems like a flower from a higher power. This sedative indica can feature as much as 22% THC. Though this strain has been around since the 1990s, it remains an impressive specimen. Fast-acting, the happy and upbeat effects of this strain often come on first. Many enjoy the happy, bubbly mental side of this strain.

However, don’t let the upbeat nature of this herb fool you. God’s Gift can pack some serious sedation. The area behind the eyes is likely to grow heavy, and many find that this strain leaves them stuck on the couch. Get some snacks ready and prepare yourself for a strong, yet genuinely good-spirited experience with this one.


Sherbet, an indica-dominant hybrid, is heir to the Girl Scout Cookies throne. Funky and pungent, this strain boasts THC levels of up to 20%. While this strain may not be the most potent in terms of THC, the overall experience is quite incredible.

Thanks to its hybrid heritage, Sherbet is more uplifting than many strains on this list. Many find that the effects often start off in the head, providing a joyous and upbeat high. However, this strain soon mellows out into an easy, full-bodied indica experience.

This strain is only gaining popularity as a go-to indica hybrid. It is much beloved by those with mood disorders and chronic pain. Sherbet is a very enjoyable, top-notch bud all around.

Want some top-quality Sherbet bud? Then try this product from Flow Kana:

Papaya Punch

A potent Indica-dominant hybrid marijuana strain that comes from a cross between Papaya and the classic Purple Punch strain. With a high THC content that oscillates somewhere around the 20% mark, Papaya Punch is characterized for providing a calming, yet not entirely sedative high, that helps you wind down after an action-packed day.

Papaya Punch is a great strain for people with active lives that need some help with sore muscles and physical pain caused by the strain of heavy-duty activity. A feature that is further enhanced by a 1% CBG content.

Papaya Punch smells of fruit and cheese but tastes mostly sweet and herbal. A calming strain that leaves you in a social yet chill mood.

Glass House Farms offers a great version of this strain in a 3.5 g jar.

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Papaya Punch

Lava Cake

Surprise, surprise, another Indica-dominant hybrid. This time made from an almost perfect cross between Thin Ming GSC and Grape Pie strains. Lava Cake has a close to 20% THC content and a low, but still, present CBG content that plays an important role in the effects that this strain can deliver.

Although Lava Cake is not particularly sedating, it can become a bit overwhelming if not handled with care. We suggest using this strain on days off and when you can actually set a whole day apart for yourself.

Lava Cake gets its name from the sweet flavor profile that characterizes the strain and the sweet herbal smells that come from lighting a joint rolled with it. Lava Cake has also been documented to have great benefits on pain relief, stress, and anxiety.

The Cure Company makes a particularly stand-out Lava Cake product that comes with 21% THC and is completely grown indoors.

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Lava Cake

Super OG

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Super OG is a triple threat crossbreed between Skywalker OG, Tahoe OG Kush, and Larry OG. Staying true to its Indica nature, Super OG brings a heavy THC dose that leaps over the 20% mark and can reach up all the way to the 30% line, or at least graze it.

The strain makes you feel relaxed, gigglish, and very sleepy if you don’t dose correctly. I would recommend using this strain only if you’re a frequent cannabis consumer and know your way around a puff.

Super OG is native to the LA area and has a herbal aroma that out-does any other scents to be spotted in its smoke. Using this strain at night might be the best decision you can make if you are having trouble staying asleep through the night. Perhaps baking an edible with it would also be a good idea.

Sessions makes a couch-crashing, binge-watching version of the Super OG strain that fits perfectly into a rainy Saturday night.

Sundae Driver

Sundae Driver is one of the more balanced Indica strains on the list. It provides a calming effect but still uplifts your spirits and allows you to feel the perfect amount of euphoria without becoming overwhelming.

I haven’t experienced any paranoia with this hybrid strain bred from a combination of FPOG and Grape Pie.

Sundae Driver smells and tastes sweet. The smoke produced by a Sundae Driver joint feels thicker and creamier than most. A very pleasant strain to smoke if you’re on a hike or any other outdoor activity. Dry mouth can be an issue with this strain so make sure that you have plenty to drink or a lozenge to pop in your mouth.

Screaming Trumpets beautifully packages 3.5g of this must-try Indica-dominant hybrid. The THC content on Sundae Driver can scale all the way up to the high 20%s but the Screaming Trumpets version offers a 23% potency.

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Sundae Driver

Mendo Breath

Mendo Breath is a crossbreed strain made using OGKB and Mendo Montage. It is considered an Indica-dominant hybrid but is up to the task of delivering all the effects that you would expect from a true Indica.

The smells that emerge from Mendo Breath a reminiscent of sweet berries combined with notes of cocoa. The flavor is similar to the smell but can sometimes feel a bit cooler, almost minty.

Like most of the strains on this list, THC levels sit in the 20%s, making it highly psychoactive and a great medical marijuana strain for patients with unbearable physical pain. Better sleep, pain relief, sedation, and appetite stimulation are all effects that have been linked to the use of this strain.

Claybourne Co. makes a top-notch Mendo Breath flower, grown indoors and commercialized in 3.5 g packs.

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Mendo Breath

Gorilla Glue

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Gorilla Glue is another balanced Indica-dominant hybrid that we like recommending,, because even though THC levels can be very high in one of these buds, the strain does tend to provide a balanced high. Just the right amount of relaxation combined with euphoria and uplifted spirits.


Gorilla Glue might be best left to indoor sessions as you will start feeling like the couch is a great place to be. The earthy and sour aromas that come from its smoke make it a fun strain to have and it’s an added bonus to know that this flower has won several cannabis awards around the world.

Baker’s Cannabis Co. makes an extremely potent bud of this strain that will leave you counting sheep within minutes.

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Gorilla Glue

Purple Rain

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An Indica-dominant hybrid born from a cross between Purple Candy Kush, Chemdog, and OG Kush. Three strains that, even if not considered classics, are pretty close to being them. Which makes us think that there is not much that could go wrong with this one.

Unlike other Indica-dominant buds, Purple Rain seems to lean towards more energizing effects. Not to say that you won’t feel completely and utterly relaxed when smoking it, but you’ll also feel a rush of energy and euphoria making its way through your body.

The smells that stem from this flower are sweet and fruity, just like the taste its smoke has. I personally like consuming this strain after lunch for early afternoon workouts that don’t require too much physical effort. Maybe a slow jog or a swim in the pool.

THC levels can reach up to 20% per unit of dry weight but this strain has also been known to have lower THC levels down to 13%.

Pure Beauty’s version of Purple Rain is one of those that goes beyond the 20% THC content.

Want more information on cannabis strains? Don’t forget to check out Herb’s Strain Database, here.

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August 13, 2019 — Last Updated April 30, 2021
Written by Anna Wilcox
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