In recent years, marijuana consumption has become more and more accepted. Colorado and Washington have legalized the recreational use of the drug while Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C. have legalized the medicinal use of the drug. Countless other states and municipalities have also moved to decriminalize weed.
The American public is generally becoming more accepting of marijuana use and are beginning to see the economic benefits of legalization and taxation. Gone are the days of "Reefer Madness" and zero tolerance. Instead, we are seeing a new breed of marijuana entrepreneurs finding innovative ways to distribute the drug to consumers that transcend the Cheech and Chong-influenced stereotypes of yesteryear.
This rising tide of legalization has brought with it a new crop of ultra-potent strains of pot. In the past, competitions like the High Times Cannabis Cup were the bellwether for judging the most awesome strains of bud. Although the Cannabis Cup is still going strong, new platforms for gauging the potency of certain strains have also begun to pop up. The most reliable of such sources is Leafly, which bills itself as "The World's Cannabis Information Resource."
Leafly is basically Yelp for weed. Reviewers give ratings out of five stars to various weed strains, the reviews are added together and the specific strain is given a mean score. For this piece I have ranked 10 of the world's strongest weed scores based on their Leafly scores. So, sit back, roll one up and check out this list of the dopest dope you'll ever smoke.
10 Alien Dawg F2 - Score of 4.1
Alien Dawg is a pure Indica that is intended to induce sleepiness and a conditions known as "couch lock." The strain is spawned from some great genetics, the potent mix of Chemdawg and Alien Technology can result in an incredible THC content of up to 20 per cent. The incredibly powerful weed was reared in Northern California with the help of its Afghan genetics. It is typified by its strong, if not overwhelming, sour odor. Chemdawg offers a great high for both the mind and body while unleashing the pungency of its bitter taste. According to Leafly, the effects include euphoria, relaxation, happiness and creativity. Unfortunately, this strain and its seeds can be extremely hard to come by.
9 Bruce Banner No. 3 - Score of 4.2
Bruce Banner, named after the alter ego of the Incredible Hulk, is an incredibly potent hybrid. There are multiple strains of this Bruce Banner variation, but Bruce Banner no. 3 remains the strongest and most well-regarded of these phenotypes. The strain was cultivated by Delta 9 Labs and is bred from OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel. Banner no. 3 smells like something from the Diesel family with the added bonus of sweet, strawberry aromatic undertones. According to Leafly, Bruce Banner no. 3 will leave smokers feeling uplifted, happy, euphoric, energetic and creative. Hulk up and see what this powerful strain has to offer.
8 Head Cheese - Score of 4.3
Head Cheese is the combination of two extremely potent strains: Headband and Cheese. The combination creates a beautiful aromatic mix which creates an extremely powerful Sativa-dominant hybrid. Some tests have shown Head Cheese's THC content measuring in at an extremely impressive 25 per cent . Head Cheese is also known to have a great deal of medicinal value, helping to combat insomnia and migraines to name a few. The strain's cheese genetics are evident as the strain's aroma and flavor carry over into the hybrid. These hybrid effects are also clearly felt as the strain seems to affect the body and mind in equal measure. Leafly describes the strain as an earthy, pungent blend.
7 Tahoe OG - Score of 4.3
Tahoe OG is an extremely powerful Indica-dominant hybrid bound to create some pretty heavy couch lock. It's probably not the best strain to smoke if you have a lot of chores or responsibilities to take care of. It's best suited for a lazy day on the sofa watching Netflix. Leafly claims that the strain is good for treating a variety of maladies, from sleeplessness to pain management. Because the strain tends to create laziness and extreme relaxation, the strain should really only be recommended for night time smoke sessions. With that being said, Tahoe OG's hybrid genetics mean that there are still traces of Sativa within the strain. These traces can also incorporate a more cerebral, energetic high that works as a balance agains the more sleepy Indica effects.
6 Death Star - Score of 4.5
Death Star is an incredible cross-breed of the illustrious Sativa-heavy Sour Diesel and the powerful Sensi Star, an Indica. the strain creates a great effect, combining a great body high with subtle cerebral effects. The strain placed in three separate High Times Cannabis Cups (1999, 2000, 2005) which is evidence that it is favored by many marijuana purists. An added bonus of the Death Star strain is that it can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Leafly lists a variety of the strain's effects ranging from relaxation to euphoria. Given the celebrated background of Death Star, it is a must-smoke for any marijuana connoisseur.
5 SFV OG Kush - Score of 4.5
SFV OG Kush is an Indica-dominant strain that was originally bred in California using the genetics of an Afghani plant and a SFV OG plant. The resulting strain is a strong OG that clearly displays its genetics. Given that it is a powerful Indica-dominant strain, it is best smoked at night time when one is devoid of any important responsibilities. Leafly lists the strain's flavors as being a combination of lemony, piney sweetness.
4 Blue Cookies - Score of 4.6
Blue Cookies combines two of the most celebrated strains of recent years: the incredible Girl Scout Cookies and the tasty Blueberry. The strain is held in very high regard, not only because of its potency, but also because of its sweet taste. The strain creates a euphoric, relaxing high that is truly unique amongst marijuana strains. But, don't get it twisted, this strain is not for the novice smoker. Use Blue Cookies in moderation and don't overdo it; it is extremely powerful. With that being said, Blue Cookies is a new favorite of veteran smokers.
3 OG Ghost Train Haze - Score of 4.6
OG Ghost Train Haze is an incredible Sativa strain that crosses Ghost OG and Neville's Wreck. It's an atypical Sativa whose buds resemble Indica strains more closely. Nonetheless, it is still a pure Sativa with a variety of beneficial effects like treating depression and pain symptoms. Ghost Train can also aid in creativity and concentration if administered at low doses. The strain has a citric, floral aroma and taste that is favored by many hardcore smokers. The plant is also conducive to outdoor growth and has a relatively short flowering period. OG Ghost Train Haze is a must try for any Sativa enthusiast.
2 Khalifa Kush - Score of 4.6
Khalifa Kush (or KK) is a strain grown specifically for rapper and avowed weed enthusiast Wiz Khalifa. Unfortunately, the purportedly hyper-potent strain is shrouded in a great deal of mystery. The strain is a hybrid with what's believed to be OG genetics, but conflicting reports can't seem to verify Khalifa Kush's direct lineage. Apparently, the strain is not available to the public and never will be, but some who have smoked varieties of the strain have noted strong similarities to OG Kush. Based on reports, the high is cerebral and good for daytime use, so the strain is assumedly Sativa-heavy. Mysteries aside, Khalifa Kush is a mythical strain said to have extremely powerful effects (and its Leafly rating seems to serve as verification). Check out Wiz's song, dedicated to his strain, below.
1 Nexus OG - Score of 4.8
Like Khalifa Kush, Nexus OG is also shrouded in mystery. The strain is an Indica-dominant hybrid (80 per cent Indica, 20 per cent Sativa) with unknown genetics. The strain competed in the 2014 Los Angeles Cannabis Cup and is noted for it's earthy and berry undertones. Although little is known about the strain, it's still regarded as one of the most powerful strains to emerge in recent years. Good luck getting your hands on it.