The highest THC strains present some challenges. People with cannabis experience should know their respective limits, but they should still pay attention to elevated THC reactions. New users, those who have not tested their response to THC potent strains, must be wary of the psychoactive effects triggered by some of the highest THC cannabis strains.
Thirty-five and the District of Columbia states have legalized grow, sale, carry, and use of cannabis. Fifteen of them now permit recreational marijuana. As the authorization expands, demand comes out of the shadows.
Veteran cannabis users find themselves free to diversify their purchases, and new users have the chance to make good and bad choices. New cannabis breeders are creating increasingly potent strains, and the expanding customer market always pushes the envelope.
10 highest THC cannabis strains:
Strain: Indica-dominant strain (60%/ 40%) with over 34% THC
Genetics: The strain's heritage is the proprietary secret of California Herbal Remedies.
Reputation: This award-winning strain has been around for a while, but some users warn it will leave you couch-locked while others seek that immobility to relieve medical problems.
User highlights: Godfather OG will hit your head quickly. It explodes and spreads as a full-body euphoria, leaving you calm and deeply relaxed. Regular cannabis users appreciate the sedation, but it can interfere with work and studies.
Strain: Indica-dominant hybrid (70%/ 30%) with 22% to 26% THC testing to 31.62%
Genetics: Crocket's Banana Kush and Strawberry Bubblegum
Reputation: Strawberry Banana tastes and smells of sweet fruit.
User highlights: This strain hits the head hard and fast, leaving you relaxed and focused before leading to full-body sedation. Users report relief from sleep disorders and PTSD. Strawberry Banana is not for newcomers because the euphoria and sedation are intense.
Strain: Nearly-balanced Indica-dominant hybrid (55%/ 45%) has tested at 32.13% THC, but the retail market sells Chemdawg around 20%.
Genetics: Origin remains a secret held by its creators at Next Harvest (Denver, CO)
Reputation: Chemdawg users must get past its pungent Sour Diesel smell, which it has passed on to other hybrids.
User highlights: This strain is powerfully uplifting without confusion or paranoia. It was designed for those stoners who just want to chill because it calms overactive minds, and a relaxed body follows.
Strain: Sativa-dominant hybrid (80%/ 20%) may average THC in the low 20%, but it has also tested <30% to keep you spirited all day.
Genetics: Trainwreck, Trinity, and Jack the Ripper
Reputation: Chernobyl is aptly named. It will explode and stick with you for a long time.
User highlights: Lemon and lime flavors will perk you up with a long-lasting dreamy relief to body tension and brain stress.
Strain: Indica-dominant hybrid (85%/ 1%%) with >29% THC
Reputation: Smooth forest taste and loamy aroma surround a strong creative focus.
User highlights: Potency may alarm first-time users with a high euphoria that surrenders to a relaxing creep that may ease insomnia, pain, and stress but will also leave you frozen in place.
Strain: Indica-dominant hybrid (70%/ 30%) with >29% THC
Genetics: Kush4Breakfast blended White Girl Scout Cookies and Tahoe OG
Reputation: Sweet tasting and woodsy on the exhale, this strain pushes euphoria to the edge until a sleepy, relaxing body tingle comes over you.
User highlights: White Tahoe Cookies is a sedative treating appetite, inflammation, pain, and sleep disorders. Effects could frighten first-time users, but it promises rewards for those looking for a laugh and a good night's sleep.
Strain: Sativa-dominant hybrid (65%/ 35%) reaching 27% THC
Genetics: OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel
Reputation: Sour lemon barely hides the pungent diesel and earthy taste and aroma.
User highlights: Hulkberry soothes the brain and body to relieve ADD/ADHD, chronic pain, cramps, depression, fatigue, migraines, and muscle spasms. It does so with an energetic rush of creativity and motivation.
Strain: Indica-dominant hybrid (70%/ 30%) with 17% THC often testing to 27%
Genetics: Mighty Irish Seeds crossed Real McCoy with Cookies and Cream.
Reputation: Irish Cream smells of wood, earth, pine, and herbs under smoke heavy with flowers.
User highlights: Irish Cream is excellent for social smoking and after dinner relaxation. Your sociability will settle into a calming relaxation one body part after another promoted by its 1% CBD. It provides a pleasant experience relieving anxiety, chronic pain, depression, headaches, and stress.
Strain: Indica-dominant hybrid (70%/ 30%) with 13% to 19% THC often coming in at 26% to 28% THC
Genetics: White Fire and SFV OG Kush
Reputation: Triple G delivers rich berry and chocolate flavors and
User highlights: Triple K is a "go-to option" for those who want to stone or relieve symptoms of anxiety, nausea, spasticity, and stress. It lifts your spirits quickly before settling into a total body calm.
10. Green Gelato
Strain: Indica-dominant hybrid (55%/ 45%) with 25%
Genetics: Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Cookies
Reputation: Richly-flavored strain leads to total couch-lock for hours.
User highlights: The Green Gelato will put you to bed. You might feel peppy at the start, but the sleepy relaxation will follow soon. It may be all you need to end a stressful workday, but it also reduces the suffering from chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and involuntary spasms.
Some of these strains have been around a while, but legalization has made them more accessible. Some of them have been rare, but legalization will increase the demand. If potency is your thing, you can also look for Royal Gorilla, Death Star, Lemonhead, and more.
Those listed here have significant medical benefits. However, the medical results may be a placebo effect resulting from the distraction and preoccupation with the strong cerebral influence.