Most cannabis strains available in coffeeshops, dispensaries and seedbanks are hybrids. Hybrids are cannabis strains that contain both indica and sativa genetics, and they offer a wide range of effects from the iconic indica body stone to the cerebral sativa high.
Hybrids are the result of crossing one cannabis strain with another. For example, when breeders decide to cross a sativa-dominant strain with an indica-dominant landrace. These genetics have been cross-pollinated to create a different hybrid strain. They can be categorized further into sativa-dominant and indica-dominant strains, where more than 50% of the genetics are sativa or indica.
There are so many choices when choosing the best hybrid, so throughout this article, we will discuss 9 of the best hybrid strains!
1. Jack Herer
Jack Herer is a cross of Haze, Northern Lights #5, and Shiva Skunk. It is a balanced 50/50 hybrid created in the early 1990s. It was named after Ben Dronkers’ close friend and famed cannabis activist Jack Herer, the Emperor of Hemp.
With four main phenotypes (three sativas and one indica), Jack Herer is great fun to grow.
It can grow exceptionally tall in loose soil and has the potential to produce a substantial yield. The buds have a dense structure and, by harvest, are covered in sticky resin glands.
Jack Herer has an exquisite terpene profile with a heavy presence of terpinolene, caryophyllene, and pinene. Dried flowers have an intense skunky aroma, with fresh lemon and pepper undertones. For consumers, Jack Herer is known for its soothing, uplifting effects. It is a classic daytime strain, leaving the user uplifted and creative.
2. Fruity Juice
Fruity Juice is a 55% sativa and 45% indica hybrid introduced to the cannabis community in 1995. Created by crossing classic Afghan indica with a Thai sativa, it’s a strain acclaimed for abundant harvests and tropical palate.
This strain is only available in regular seeds, which means the plant can produce both males and females; growers will have to sex the plant during the third or fourth week. It is advised to cultivate Fruity Juice in greenhouses or outdoors, as this strain can reach up to 3 meters tall and has the potential to produce a substantial harvest!
When vaporizing Fruity Juice, sweet notes of tropical fruits with slight hints of spicy hashish make it a revitalizing experience. The high starts with an initial uplifting cerebral high reminiscent of its Thai heritage, which slowly fades to a soothing body high and is a clear reminder of the Afghan lineage.
3. Guava Jelly
Guava Jelly was created by crossing Wedding Cheesecake with Durban, OG Kush, and Strawberry Kush. It is a balanced 50/50 hybrid with a unique terpene profile similar to the tropical punch.
Guava Jelly is an exceptional resin producer and thrives outdoors in Mediterranean climates. In loose soil, this strain can reach impressive heights and has the potential for large harvests! For maximum productivity, this strain is best cultivated under the sun. However, it can also thrive indoors and in greenhouses; expect a tall, slender structure with elongated branches and heavy foliage.
This strains terpene profile is dominant in myrcene, caryophyllene, and limonene, so expect sweet notes of fresh berries with hints of aniseed and skunky undertones. The high is uplifting, and Guava Jelly is an excellent strain for the daytime!
4. Jack Flash
Jack Flash is a multiple cannabis cup winner derived from the legendary Jack Herer.
It’s a 55% sativa and 45% indica hybrid created by crossing Super Skunk and a Haze. Beginners beware that Jack Flash is only available as a regular strain, so there is the possibility of male and female plants.
This strain can grow to excessive height outdoors, and yields of up to 600 grams per plant have been reported– so don’t be surprised if she reaches over 3 meters! It’s a resilient strain with long slender branches and densely-packed buds. With a long flowering time of up to 70 days and a hazy heritage, Jack Flash flourishes in climates with long summers.
Jack Flash has more of an earthy profile, with pungent skunky notes and floral undertones. It’s an uplifting sativa that will induce a cerebral euphoria of happiness, and the high will slowly fade away into a relaxing body-stone, leaving you feeling uplifted and relaxed. Jack Flash is an ideal easy-to-grow, low-maintenance hybrid.
5. Girl Scout Cookies (GSC)
Girl Scout Cookies is a perfectly balanced hybrid created in the early 2010s by the Cookie Family in San Francisco. It crosses Durban Poison, Hindu Kush and OG Kush with an Afghan combination. It is one of the most influential hybrids ever, and most of the strains you see on dispensary shelves in America have GSC genetics somewhere in their lineage.
It’s a stocky plant with sturdy lateral branches and clusters of flowers that fill out the internodal gaps from the bracts. Outdoors Girl Scout Cookies has the potential to reach over three meters with a guaranteed bumper yield in up to 65 days!
With an abundance of caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene in its terpene profile. This cultivar comprises a complex mix of woody and nutty notes, with sweet skunky undertones and hints of spice. The high is a potent, long-lasting, cerebral high with a calming deep-body stone and is an ideal hybrid!
6. Gelato #420
You can’t make a list of the best hybrids without mentioning Gelato. If Girl Scout Cookies changed the game in terms of modern-day hybrids, Gelato #420 changed the game in modern-day terpene profiles. It was created by back-crossing Gelato 33 with Durban and OG Kush and is a 60% indica and 40% sativa hybrid.
This sturdy cultivar has the potential to yield up to 500 grams per square meter. Its bud structure is extremely dense and coated with trichomes. Expect short internodal gaps, with clusters of compact flowers and a long thick cola. Having experience cultivating cannabis before growing this strain is recommended, as it can be a big challenge for rookies.
Gelato #420 is an absolute treat for those who love dessert strains with a terpene profile made up of limonene, myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, and linalool. There are sweet notes of fresh berries and grapes, with citrus undertones and hints of pine. The initial effects will induce an uplifting cerebral high before dissipating into a relaxing full-body stone. Although be warned, due to its heavy THC content, too much of this potent cultivar could leave you couch-locked!
7. Pure Power Plant
Pure Power Plant is a classic cannabis strain from The Netherlands that has been around since the early 1990s. It is a phenotype of Power Plant and is a 40% indica, 60% sativa derived from an African sativa lineage.
This low-maintenance strain thrives in temperate climates with the potential to produce an outstanding yield of dense flowers. It has a compact structure similar to a classic indica with lush foliage and a compact bud structure. With an average flowering period of up to 60 days, there is even the potential for more than one harvest per year.
Its terpene profile features a heavy presence of myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene, so expect sweet notes of vanilla with earthy undertones. Pure Power Plant produces an uplifting high, which stimulates creativity and happiness. Pure Power Plant is an ideal daytime hybrid and a perfect addition to any garden!
8. White Widow
White Widow is renowned worldwide as one of the best hybrids and has been a favorite in Amsterdam coffee shops since the early 1990s. It is a 65% indica and 35% sativa created by crossing a Brazilian landrace with a Southern Indian indica. It has since been used to develop up-and-coming hybrids like Blue Widow, White Russian, and White Rhino.
This cultivar is well known for being low-maintenance, easy to grow strain and gets its name due to its heavy trichome content. With a flowering period of up to 65 days and the potential for yields of up to 500 grams per square meter, White Widow is an ideal hybrid for your garden.
The high starts with an uplifting cerebral high that increases happiness and creativity. It then slowly fades away into a relaxing body stone. So, if you’re looking for an ideal hybrid for those early evenings, this could be your next favorite option!
9. White Gold
White Gold was created by crossing the iconic White Widow with our Himalayan Gold. It is a 60% indica and 40% sativa hybrid eminent for its dense, compact buds covered in sticky resin glands.
This cultivar will flourish in a Mediterranean climate, with reported yields of more than 600 grams per plant in loose soil. Throughout the final weeks of flowering, expect to see purple hues throughout the buds with deep orange-colored pistils. It is a low-maintenance strain, and even novices can succeed in producing a large yield of dense buds.
White Gold has sweet fruity notes with undertones of earth and hints of pine with uplifting daytime effects. The high starts with an uplifting and soothing cerebral high, calming the mind and dissipating to a relaxing body high. An essential hybrid for any cannabis connoisseur.
Although we have just highlighted a few of the best hybrids, there are thousands more to choose from. If you enjoyed our selection or thought we missed out on any classics, please let us know in the comments below!
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