Cannabis Strain Guide: Finding the Right One For You

We believe cannabis to be one of the best medicines on the planet, and that it can be used to treat most minor and severe illnesses. Just like over-the-counter medicines, everybody reacts to and prefers certain cannabis strains over others; they work differently from person to person, so you need to find the right strain in order for it to be effective.

With so many strains to choose from, where do you start?

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake developing beautifully in a greenhouse

When selecting a strain for treatment, keep the following questions in mind:

  1. What do I want to treat? THC vs CBD?
  2. Do I want it to make me relaxed or productive? Day or night?
  3. How many hours of relief am I looking for? How strong?
When selecting a strain for your garden, ask yourself:

  1. How much experience do I have growing?
  2. What characteristics am I looking for?
  3. Is this for indoor or outdoor?
Popular cannabis strains to consider, in alphabetical order, are:

ACDC

Hours of Relief: 2+ hours
Effects: Mild to moderate strength, high CBD, Sativa
Good For: Inflammation, relaxation, preventing the spread of cancer
Plant Characteristics: Quick veg, short internode spacing, low calyx to leaf ratio, moderate to large yield
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 10-11 weeks

Animal Cookies

Hours of Relief: 3+ hours
Effects: Strong, not as euphoric as Forum
Good For: Anxiety, pain relief, PTSD, relaxation, insomnia, depression, appetite stimulation
Flower Characteristics: Similar aroma to regular Cookies, but more gassy aroma and taste
Plant Characteristics: Slow to moderate veg, medium internode spacing, high calyx to leaf ratio, beautiful color in cool temperatures, moderately yielding
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 10-11 weeks

Blue Dream

Hours of Relief: 2.5+ hours
Effects: Moderate strength
Good For: Motivation, depression, can trigger anxiety
Flower Characteristics: Blueberry and sandalwood aroma and taste
Plant Characteristics: Quick veg, large internode spacing, moderate calyx to leaf ratio, dense flowers, extremely high yielding
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 9-10 weeks

Blue Sapphire

Hours of Relief: 3.5+ hours
Effects: Extremely strong, Indica hybrid
Good For: Anxiety, pain relief, PTSD, relaxation, insomnia, depression, appetite stimulation
Flower Characteristics: Diesel, cookie dough, and vanilla aroma, diesel cookie taste
Plant Characteristics: Slow veg, tight internode spacing, high calyx to leaf ratio, prefers LST for multiple tops, needs defoliation for maximum production, sturdy stems, frosty flowers, moderate to high yielding
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 11-12 weeks

Cherry Pie

Hours of Relief: 2.5+ hours
Effects: Moderate strength, Indica
Good For: Anxiety, relaxation, depression
Flower Characteristics: Cherry pie aroma, cherry fuel taste
Plant Characteristics: Medium internode spacing, greasy, beautiful color, prone to mold in high humidity, can herm when stressed but pollen is sterile, moderately yielding
Best For: Indoor
Flowering Time: 10-11 weeks

Crippy

Hours of Relief: 3.5+ hours
Effects: Extremely strong, Indica
Good For: Anxiety, pain relief, best strain for PTSD, relaxation, insomnia, appetite stimulation
Flower Characteristics: Piney, earthy aroma, pine sol taste
Plant Characteristics: Moderate veg, high calyx to leaf ratio, exotic, viny, thin branches, needs plenty of support, smaller flowers, highest testing OG terpenes, greasy, moderately yielding
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse, experienced growers
Flowering Time: 10-12 weeks

Forum Cookies

Hours of Relief: 3+ hours
Effects: Strong
Good For: Euphoria, creativity, functional pain relief
Flower Characteristics: Fresh ground pepper and cookie dough aroma
Plant Characteristics: Slow to moderate veg, medium internode spacing, high calyx to leaf ratio, beautiful color in cooler temperatures, small to moderate yield
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 9-10 weeks

GG4

Hours of Relief: 3+ hours
Effects: Strong, Sativa hybrid
Good For: Relaxation, pain relief, depression, can trigger anxiety
Flower Characteristics: Chocolate Kushy aroma, chocolate skunk taste
Plant Characteristics: Extremely fast veg, bushy, large internode spacing, needs plenty of support, mold resistant, high yielding
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 10-11 weeks

Lemonade

Hours of Relief: 2+ hours
Effects: Moderate strength
Good For: Motivation, stimulation, depression
Flower Characteristics: Lemon zest aroma and taste
Plant Characteristics: Extremely slow veg, tight internode spacing, medium calyx to leaf ratio, dense flowers, high yielding
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 9 weeks

OGKB

Hours of Relief: 3+ hours
Effects: Strong
Good For: Pain relief, PTSD, insomnia, depression, appetite stimulation
Flower Characteristics: Gas and cookie dough aroma and taste
Plant Characteristics: Extremely slow veg, extremely tight internode spacing, prefers LST, moderately yielding
Best For: Indoor, experienced growers
Flowering Time: 10-11 weeks

OZ Kush

Hours of Relief: 2+ hours
Effects: Moderate strength
Good For: Euphoria, productivity, creativity, depression
Flower Characteristics: Sweet aroma and taste
Plant Characteristics: Medium internode spacing, high calyx to leaf ratio, sticky, extremely frosty flowers, smaller flowers, prone to mold in high humidity
Best For: Indoor
Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks

Sour Diesel

Hours of Relief: 2.5+ hours
Effects: Strong
Good For: Motivation, depression, appetite stimulation
Flower Characteristics: Sour citrus diesel aroma and taste
Plant Characteristics: Quick veg, large internode spacing, high calyx to leaf ratio, moderately dense flowers, high yielding
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 9-10 weeks

Sunset Sherbet

Hours of Relief: 3.5+ hours
Effects: Strong
Good For: Anxiety, pain relief, PTSD, relaxation, insomnia, appetite stimulation
Flower Characteristics: Aroma and taste are fruity and sweet with a hint of creaminess
Plant Characteristics: Medium internode spacing, dense flowers, beautiful color in cooler temperatures, prone to mold in high humidity, moderately yielding
Best For: Indoor
Flowering Time: 9-10 weeks

Wedding Cake

Hours of Relief: 3+ hours
Effects: Strong, Indica-dominant hybrid
Good For: Pain relief, relaxation, creativity, depression, appetite stimulation
Flower Characteristics: Vanilla cream and gas aroma and taste
Plant Characteristics: Quick veg, large internode spacing, high calx to leaf ratio, dense and frosty flowers, high yielding
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 10-11 weeks

Wifi 43

Hours of Relief: 2.5+ hours
Effects: Strong
Good For: Anxiety, pain relief, relaxation, insomnia, appetite stimulation
Flower Characteristics: Earthy aroma and taste
Plant Characteristics: Medium internode spacing, medium size flowers, greasy, moderately yielding
Best For: Indoor or greenhouse
Flowering Time: 9-10 weeks

Enjoy the Process

We encourage you to try new strains, ask questions, and go for something that provides adequate relief. Bag appeal, frostiness, and clever names are all nice, but medicinally speaking, have little to do with the effectiveness of a flower.

The more you familiarize yourself with cannabis, the better you'll be able to differentiate the effects and characteristics of each strain. Finding the right one can take some time, but when you find that winner, it can be life-changing.

Happy hunting.