Everyone who has ever grown to love cannabis started out as a first-timer at one point. For those just beginning to get their beaks wet today, there are so many choices it can make the head spin. The difference between a first time experience that will make them a fan for life or a blip on the radar can have a lot to do with flavor. Who wants to smoke something that smells like rotten cheese rubbed on a skunk’s butt and doused in gasoline? Not a newbie, that is for sure.
If you want to help your friends on their path to herbal appreciation, start with something they will love, both for the effect and the bouquet. This list is all about strains that make the mouth water, not the eyes. Here are 10 delicious strains, perfect for introducing to a first-time smoker.
1. Game Changer (hybrid)
It has a profile like grape bubble gum from when we were young but ramped up like today’s Sour Patch Kids. Covered in trichomes, this sour grape gum has notes of lemony citrus, making for an excellent flavor.
2. Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies (hybrid)
Girl Scout Cookies is one of the most popular strains ever, with a flavor that has people coming back for more. Now there is another Girl Scout cookie flavor, Thin Mint. Loaded with mint backed by pine, it has the regular cookie flavor you love, topped with lots of mint, and a pine undertone.
3. Tangie (sativa)
Tangie has a distinct limonene abundance, giving it a clementine aroma that is sweet and delicious. There are undercurrents of white pepper and skunkiness from its Skunk heritage, but the Cali Orange lineage dominates quite nicely. Once you smell it you will never forget it. This strain wins a lot of concentrate contests, and with good reason.
4. Strawberry Cough
One of my personal favorites, it has that smooth fruity flavor you crave, more like fresh strawberry shortcake than fake candy flavor. The smoothness and balance of haze contributed pastry goods flavor makes for a delightful smoke.
5. Golden Panda
A cross of Golden Pineapple and Gold Nugget, this sativa-dominant hybrid packs rich tropical flavor with spicy notes that enhance the overall aroma. It has the Kush lineage to fight pain, but the Jack Herer genes to give a great mental lift.
6. King Cake
A potent THC producer, this can test at up to 20%. The unique aroma is one of sweet basil and licorice and is named for a Mardi Gras pastry with the same purple, green, and yellow flower color. The experience is one of an uplifting and creative cerebral high with a relaxed body feel.
7. Mendo Breath
This strain is a cross between OG Kush Breath and Mendo Montage. The buds are awash with sweet vanilla and caramel scents, but this potent body relief strain should only be used when the day’s work is done.
8. Sugar Black Rose
Sugary, tropical, fruity, Sugar Black Rose is like getting a great mixed drink made with top shelf liquor at the club. Very minor floral notes when smoked don’t detract from the experience.
9. Blueberry Muffins
This is an indica-dominant hybrid that leaves you with a functional body buzz. A mix of Afghani and Blueberry genetics, it smells exactly like what the name implies.
10. Sweet Black Angel
This is a cross of sativa-dominant Super Silver Haze and pure indica Black Domina, two very different kinds of cannabis. The sweet musky odor has undertones of blackberry, for an overall flavor that is reminiscent of berry wines.
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