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OG Kush was born in the late ’90s when a cut of Hindu Kush from Amsterdam was crossed with unknown genetics from Northern California. Gassy, skunky, and spicy as shit, OG Kush is a stellar strain with a heady, relaxing, and euphoric high. The cut went on to spur tons of famous West Coast strains, like Bubba Kush, GSC, and Headband and is considered hugely influential in shaping the strains we see coming out of the California weed market.

He continued, “There’s the aroma, the appearance, the flower structures, the concentrates that it makes. I mean, she brought orange back into the world. That orange flavor, that tangerine taste and smell; before this, it was lacking in the market, and wouldn’t have existed without her.”

Chiah Rodriguez, the second-generation cultivator behind River Txai Farms, a Mendocino operation distributed by Arcanna Flowers, puts an equal emphasis on the flower’s smell transferring to the flavor of the smoke. When asked what makes a strain great, Rodriguez shared, “High terpenes and something that has a unique nose and kind of hits you in the face when you open the drawer.”

OG Kush

Next up we have the breezy, tropical strain behind the recent surge in flower with an orange, citrusy nose. A cross between California Orange and a Skunk hybrid, Tangie has been a hugely popular strain in the past few years for its euphoric, uplifting high and tangerine dream profile.

While the original cut lives up to the reputation that precedes it, the Sour Diesels of today vary greatly. “There’s a lot of faux Sours out there,” explained AJ. “But some of them are actually pretty good. Sometimes someone will give me a call and say, ‘yo, I think this is the original Sour.’ And I’ll get a cut and grow it out. It never is, but it’s still really good. When it comes down to it, there’s no real authentication process, and I can’t go around checking. So, who knows?”

The inclusion of OG Kush also brings up the conversation surrounding the yield of a strain and how that plays into it being great. For growers like Aaron of DNA Genetics, it plays a huge role. “I definitely think OG Kush needs to be in there,” he said. “It checks all the boxes like aroma, bud structure, taste, etc. The one thing I would say is that, like LA Confidential, it doesn’t really check off the box in yield. But it’s got everything else.”

Aside from being a personal favorite, Maui Wowie made the list of a number of our experts. With a piney, peppery profile and a high that’s equal parts uplifting and stress-neutralizing, it’s the perfect strain for daytime use.

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The nice balance of indica and sativa effects mean that you’ll experience a wonderful elevation in mood along with relief from stress and pain.

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Chernobyl is a mix of Trainwreck, Trinity, and Jack The Ripper. Contrary to its “powerful” and “scary” name, Chernobyl is more about floating away on a happy, relaxed cloud than it is about watching the walls have a meltdown. That makes Chernobyl great for relieving stress and bad moods.

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This uplifting, energetic sativa is named after the port city in South Africa where it’s originally from. It’s a highly sought after strain used for making cannabis concentrates .

Parent strains: None; landrace strain

Strain type: Indica

Why we love it: A classic cannabis strain and a piece of cannabis history, Panama Red remains a foundational element in the popularization of cannabis around the world.

Hindu Kush

Backstory: Panama Red is best described as an old-school cannabis classic. Originating from Panama, this pure sativa rose to stardom in the late 1960s thanks to its effects: speedy and intense, bordering on psychedelic. As cannabis cultivation matured, Panama Red, which has a lengthy flowering time of at least 11 weeks, was left behind for faster-growing strains and increased profits. However, those who fondly recall days of its prominence love its smooth experience and call for its revival. If you can get your hands on this sentimental throwback, do not hesitate.

Why we love it: It’s a flavorful fusion of lemon and citrus that frees you from stress and bad moods.

Parent strains: Cannatonic

Why we love it: It’s the prodigious strain that gave rise to innumerable iconic West Coast hybrids.