If you’re new to cannabis extracts, you might be confused by all the choice. With hash, wax, budder, crumble and shatter to pick from, how do you know where to begin? Extracts are produced by extracting terpenes and cannabinoids from marijuana plants through ethanol, CO2 or butane extraction. Thanks to these methods, extracts are usually very potent with some having more than 80% THC content. That means, if you’re looking for the most powerful effects, extracts are the way to go. However, not all cannabis extracts are created equal, so which ones should you try? Here, we take a look at ten of the best.
1. Lemon Haze
One of the most popular sativa-dominant hybrids is Lemon Haze. Originating from two impressive parents – Lemon Skunk and Silver Haze, this strain has a powerful aroma and incredible potency. Its flavor profile is distinctly citrusy while the effects are well-balanced and long-lasting. This mood-enhancing hybrid Is perfect for inspiring creativity and stimulating exciting conversations. For medicinal users, it produces positive mental benefits which help to reduce the symptoms of depression and stress. It also helps to improve the focus of this with attention deficit disorders and can relieve chronic, temporary and nerve-related pain.
2. Gorilla Glue #4
Gorilla Glue #4 (sometimes called GG4) is another sativa-dominant hybrid which has won numerous awards thanks to its impressive THC content which could be up to 32%. The strain got its name due to the resin which collects on scissors while you’re trimming the plant, and it has a number of interesting genetics thanks to its extensive backcrossing – Chocolate Diesel, Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb and Sour Diesel. This hybrid has a powerful diesel aroma and produces wonderfully chilled out, relaxing effects.
Medicinally, it can help to relieve insomnia and headaches, while sedating painful conditions such as arthritis. It’s also very good for relieving the symptoms of OCD, depression and anxiety.
3. Pineapple Kush
Pineapple Kush is a primarily Indica strain which has a level of THC of around 17%. As you’d imagine from its name, this hybrid has a pleasant pineapple flavor and the effects it produces are uplifting and euphoric but with plenty of body melt which makes this a great strain for night use. Medicinally speaking, it can effectively reduce pain, calm muscle spasms and combat nausea. It can also be helpful in fighting eating disorders and in reducing the symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.
4. Grape OG
Grape OG is an indica-dominant hybrid with a diesel flavor and high cannabinoid levels of up to 25% THC. Used in lower doses, this strain leaves you feeling clear-headed yet with reduced anxiety, pain and stress. It can instil euphoric and relaxed feelings. When used in larger amounts, it produces an impressive body high which makes it ideal for treating insomnia. With its sweet and spicy aroma, this is a great strain for use while working on activities that require focus.
5. Purple Candy
Purple Candy is an indica dominant hybrid which produces a relaxing effect and which has a delightful grape juice flavor. This is a great strain for providing relief from stress since it can boost your mood, although be aware that the uplift will give way to deepened relaxation, which makes it also very useful for relieving insomnia.
6. Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express is a strain which has been around for some time, and which has now become a household name. A hybrid, produced by crossing Hawaiian with Trainwreck, this is a strain with a tropical aroma and flavor that is sweet and smooth. With its THC content of over 24%, this hybrid produces a powerful buzz with a happy head high which boosts creativity and focus. It’s also good for medicinal users since it can relieve stress, fatigue, depression and anxiety while also reducing inflammation, mild pain and migraine.
7. Black Domina
Black Domina is another indica dominant hybrid which produces a potent uplifting and positive effect following by a powerful relaxing sensation. Thanks to its strong Indica effect, it’s ideal for use at night and can be helpful to insomniacs. It can also relieve nausea, migraine and pain as well as depression, anxiety and stress.
Watermelon, or Watermelon Kush is a strain that is shrouded in mystery with an unspecified genetic origin. It does, however, offer an impressive terpene mix which produces a singular watermelon aroma and a summery, refreshing flavor. This strain also offers a long-lasting sedative power and a THC content of 11-22%. Thanks to its indica heritage, this strain has effects which are slow to take hold and while the experience is primarily relaxing, it doesn’t completely knock you out unlikely some other similar strains.
This makes it a good choice for unwinding and watching TV or kicking back after a long day at work and it works best as a night time strain. Medicinally speaking, it produces physically soothing effects which treat both chronic and temporary pains as well as mild anxiety and depression. It’s also ideal for treating insomnia and as it doesn’t trigger paranoia, it’s a good choice for anyone with a low tolerance to THC.
The Kraken strain may be named after a mythical monster, but the relaxing effects it produces are anything but monstrous. As a well-balanced hybrid, it has moderate THC levels of around 15% and promotes a calm relaxation with a powerful appetite boost. It has a strong, diesel aroma and an earthy flavor, and is great for relieving anxiety and depression.
10. Strawberry Cough
Strawberry Cough is a great sativa that’s perfect for anyone who really appreciates their cannabis’ aroma and flavor. Its spicy and sweet taste pairs with the strawberry aroma for a truly unique experience. It’s alleged that this strain originated from a mix of Original Haze and some seeds from marijuana plants that were from a strawberry field. Its THC levels are between 13% and 18% and it’s a great choice for social events since it dulls anxiety and fear, creating a happy and open mindframe. It relieves minor aches and pains and sharpens focus, so it’s good for use during the day.
These ten strains are a great choice for anyone getting started with cannabis extracts. You’re sure to find one on this list that’s right for you.