2016 is almost over. What better way to celebrate than with some of the most popular strains of the year? 2016 has been a big year for cannabis. With eight new states facing serious transformations in the cannabis scene, more unique and high-quality local strains are sure to pop up over the coming months. These top 10 sativa strains have brought joy, laughter, and relief to patients and recreational consumers alike over the past 12 months.
1. Ghost Train Haze
Ghost Train Haze is one of the strongest strains available. It has won several awards, including 2013 and 2014 High Times Cannabis Cups. Today, it’s becoming easier to find on dispensary shelves.
A cross between Ghost OG and Nevil’s Wreck, this strain potent strain features a THC content of 25 to 27%. It’s currently available and most popular in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.
Chernobyl has been around for a few years, but this sativa-dominant hybrid is more popular than ever. Bred by TGA Subcool Seeds, Chernobyl is a three-way cross between Trainwreck, Trinity, and Jack the Ripper.
The result is a forest colored bud that known for its clear-headed cerebral high, delicious lemon-lime aroma, and physically relaxing high. The average THC content is about 17%.
3. Super Sour Diesel
Super Sour Diesel promotes a very spirited, cerebral high. This racy and euphoric strain features up to 24% THC. Super Sour Diesel is an excellent wake n’ bake strain to kick off New Year’s Day. Of course, this speedy herb can also help keep you awake well after midnight.
Catfish won first place sativa at the 2014 High Times Michigan Cannabis Cup back in 2014. Now, two years later, the strain has once again impressed cannabis consumers across the U.S.
Named a High Times Strain of 2016, this herb features THC levels testing at 20% or above. Catfish features a very distinct fish-like aroma. It may not sound pleasant, but this pungent herb sure makes an impression.
5. Strawberry Cough
Strawberry Cough is well on its way to the Cannabis Strain hall of fame. Though this lung-expansive sativa is known to cause a cough or two, but that doesn’t stop it from becoming one of the most popular strains on dispensary shelves.
Known for its herbal berry aroma and happy head high, Strawberry Cough is a bright and mellow sativa which features around 18% THC.
6. Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie is a strain with some history. An heirloom strain, this tropical Hawaiian flower has made the popular list for decades. Today, over 50 years after it’s national debut, Maui Wowie continues to be one of the most sought-after sativas around.
Who wouldn’t love a couple of grams of this fruity and psychedelic strain? Maui Wowie is incredibly potent, often featuring between 20 and 28% THC.
7. Super Lemon Haze
Super Lemon Haze is a cross between Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze. The result is a speedy sativa head high that can border on psychedelic. As the name might suggest, this strain promotes a bit of a foggy mental experience rather than a clear-headed one.
Many find that this strain promotes creativity and provides energy. However, this strain may not be the best strain for focused tasks. All in all, this is a great choice for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
8. Lamb’s Bread
Lamb’s Bread is another classic heirloom strain that still has style. Lamb’s Bread is a popular Jamaican strain that is thought to be one of Bob Marley’s favorites.
Well, the legend lives on. Lamb’s Bread is growing increasingly more popular in home grows and on dispensary shelves. While the original varieties might be difficult to find, cannabis lovers still crave the unique upbeat and creative qualities of this herb.
9. Jack Herer
Jack Herer and offspring strains have taken the world by storm. It’s not uncommon to find Jack or a relative as one of the top-shelf sativa samples at a local dispensary or coffee shop.
This strain is quickly earning a reputation as one of the most beloved sativas around. Jack Herer proper features THC levels of 20%. Popular Jack Herer crosses include Galactic Jack, Critical Jack, and Jack the Ripper.
Chocolope is a DNA Genetics creation. A cross between Chocolate Thai and Cantaloupe Haze, this strain features a rich and sweet aroma with ample THC. In fact, Chocolope tests with around 19% of the psychoactive on average.
This strain arrived on the scene a few years ago. However, as with many DNA Genetics strains, Chocolope seems to have made a lasting impression.