50 of the world's most popular cannabis strains in 2020

Published Dec 28, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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Browsing through the vast array of options on the market today feels like a new adventure each and every time because there are just so many to choose from, and most shops rearrange inventory, swapping out old strains for new ones just to keep things exciting. There are currently over 3,000 reported strains in existence, so the odds of you finding the same strain with each visit are low, but there are some names that you can rely on for making more frequent appearances on dispensary’s menus.

Why are some strains more popular than others?

The most common and most popular strains go hand in hand, as demand controls what the market must produce to stay competitive, but there are several reasons why some strains seem to be more widely loved and advertised than others.

1. Ease of growth

Some cannabis strains have become so popular because they are really easy to produce due to high average yields or durability under less than ideal conditions. This makes them popular first among those who cultivate and from there, the sheer amount of exposure and experience that consumers gain from seeing them so much on the market makes these strains feel like a reliable bet.

2. Effects

Many of the world's most popular cannabis strains have achieved the title because they’re easy to grow, but most of the best ones, earn the title due to their sought after effects. Strains like Green Crack are known for their motivational boost and invigorating sensations, whereas Gorilla Glue is just as famous, but consumers love it because it can glue you to your seat, and help to soothe all that ails you.

3. Aesthetics

Most popular cannabis strains get that way through word of mouth by consumers, which is why numbers 1 and 2 on this list are the most common reasons for any strain’s rise to fame, but some producers prefer to focus on how plants look. Growers who are cultivating for the show, need an awe-inspiring look, and this is where aesthetics come into play. Some of the most beautiful strains don’t pack a whole lot of punch inside their buds, but instead, they offer unique features such as unexpected colors or growing patterns.

The best weed strains

Many of these cannabis strains have something in common, but the reason behind each one's popularity is vastly different from the next, so it is important to research the potential effects of each one before you invest in cannabis products. Since available strains seem to be a constantly revolving door and memorizing over 3,000 strains is a nearly impossible task, we highly suggest that you start by familiarizing yourself with this list of 50 of the most popular strains that exist right now because most dispensaries are bound to carry at least one of them at any given time.

  1. Blue Dream

  2. Runtz

  3. Gorilla Glue

  4. White Widow

  5. Romulan

  6. Blueberry

  7. Skunk

  8. OG Kush

  9. Jack Herer

  10. Bruce Banner

  11. Pineapple Express

  12. Girl Scout Cookies

  13. Trainwreck

  14. Strawberry Cough

  15. Zkittles

  16. Northern Lights

  17. Green Crack

  18. Black Diamond

  19. Durban Poison

  20. Afghani

  21. Maui Wowie

  • Super Silver Haze

  • Master Kush

  • Ice

  • Gelato

  • Harlequin

  • Hindu Kush

  • Chemdawg

  • Tahoe OG

  • Grandaddy Purple

  • Pineapple Kush

  • AK-47

  • Blue Mystic

  • White Cookies

  • Super lemon Diesel

  • Headband OG

  • LA Chocolate

  • Neville’s Haze

  • Mazar

  • Hay-Z

  • Sour Diesel

  • Wonder Woman

  • Forbidden Fruit

  • Bubba Kush

  • Grape Ape

  • Dosido

  • Sunset Sherbert

  • Biscotti

  • Purple Haze

  • Wedding Cake

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