Now you may already be asking yourself “popular to whom?”. Well, the answer is simple: Me. I smoke a fair amount of ganja and often have the privilege of sampling some righteous Cali strains. So while this list may be a bit biased, I can assure that if you blaze on any of these bionic buds you’ll be shaking your fog-laden head in earnest agreement.
Flowers are not known for their potency. Your typical high-potency pot only averages about 17% THC content. To put this comparatively, the stuff your parents were smoking when they were finding someone to love on a Jefferson Airplane was only about 7% THC, with more potent strains (such as Maui Wowie) averaging about 12%.
But these are different times and growers are creating different strains whose main function is to get you as high as humanly possible. It’s not uncommon to find platinum nugs breaching the 25-28% THC threshold, with a few of these monsters even pushing the 35 percentile. Take Nova OG from Manila West, for example. This high-end bougie bud recently tested for a blistering 35.6% THC. Its popularity has been soaring as of recent for this very reason.
Blue Dream isn’t a new strain. Hell, I was smoking it back when I lived in Chicago, and it was the fire then. Blue Dream, however, is super popular out here in the Bay Area– all of California in fact. Its popularity seems to have only grown in 2017, as rap luminaries gush about it and local dispensaries feature it prominently on their menus.
I only smoked Jesus Shark once this year and the effects stuck with me like a co-dependent ex. I then attempted to find more information about this giggle-inducing strain and was surprised to find how rare it is. A cross breed of Jesus OG and Shark Shock, there’s not much more information to go around. Even when gazing into the depths of Google’s search results could I not find any reviews (or images) of this magical breed. So you’re just going to have to take my word for it. Although at this point I’m not sure if I just hallucinated having a 3-day long session or if I actually did smoke the stuff.
A strain that was incredibly popular in hash form, Durban Poison has been gaining popularity this year as a flower that packs some serious punch. Smoke some and you might just feel as if you’ve been freed from prison after 27 years in solitary confinement. Now it’s time for you to return home and remove all the hanger-ons and session crashers who lived in your house, treated your family like shit and were the ones to put you in jail in the first place. This weed is empowering, revolutionary even.
Whenever I smoke Gorilla Glue my eyelids literally become glued shut, due to the glue being a highly potent and relaxing strain. Popular with working professionals, the Glue helps you wind down after a long day of class warfare and shoving elderly minorities aside on the train. Possessing a sweet, almost tropical smell, it’s also not the kind of weed you can brag about, as it beats its chest loudly.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.