5 Classic Weed Strains That Are Still Popular Today
If you regularly smoke cannabis, you’ll likely have heard old-timers express how marijuana was seldom as potent as today’s strains. During the 70s and earlier, a lot of marijuana likely had THC contents way below 10%. It is estimated that most strains had less than 5%. Nowadays, it is normal to see a strain contain more than 25% THC.
In the 1970s, around 72% of cannabis was illegally brought into the United States. Most of this product contained stems, flowers, leaves, and other parts of the plant. Hydroponic systems in the 1980s enabled more Americans to grow their weed at home, which improved the potency.
Finally, in the 2000s, there was a greater emphasis on growing quality marijuana in the U.S. It eventually became legal for medicinal use in many states, and this led to a significant improvement in potency. However, we may have got it all wrong about older marijuana strains. There is evidence that the herb passed around at Woodstock is stronger than we think.
That said, there is no question that breeders have developed new techniques. As such, the classic cannabis strains you remember from your youth are probably a lot stronger now; and they still exist!
In this piece, we look at 5 classic marijuana strains that still help people get buzzed today. First, let’s quickly see why the ‘weed was weak back then’ belief is potentially incorrect.
It’s Not Your Daddy’s Weed Today, but Was His Actually Potent?
We regularly hear about the less potent cannabis of the 1960s. However, The Atlantic looked into the issue a few years ago and found that incomplete government data clouds the issue. The publication found that the testing method used in that era was not especially accurate.
We used gas chromatography at that time, which isn’t the most appropriate method of measuring cannabinoid content in weed. The process heats the test material before analysis and alters the chemical profile. As a result, it breaks down the THC molecule. The federal government has measured potency for decades, and openly admits the limitations of the equipment used.
The federal government has measured potency for decades, and openly admits the limitations of the equipment used.
Also, several of the samples used are weeks or even years old! In this instance, researchers didn’t compensate for the loss of THC during the storage process. There is also an argument that the government didn’t perform enough testing. They analyzed 3-18 batches of seized weed per annum in the 1970s. These days, they analyze well over 1,000 a year!
Yes, it is clear that, on average, cannabis is more potent today. However, we are probably paying a disservice to the marijuana of yesteryear.
1 – G13
Government Indica Strain 1, better known as G13, is one of the oldest marijuana strains available today. It has been around for at least 35 years, and much longer if you believe the rumors. The United States Government allegedly created the indica-dominant hybrid (70%) in the 1960s and 1970s. It was a time when they were growing native Afghani strains for medicinal purposes.
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G13 is a ‘super strain’ and is remarkably powerful, with up to 24% THC. The high begins in your head, where it gives you a brief energy boost and perhaps a shot of creativity. Don’t worry; these effects don’t last too long! The cannabis strain takes over your body and starts to ease you into a relaxed state.
At this stage, you’ll have no desire to do anything but rest for hours on end. The world certainly seems like a better place when you take some G13! We recommend taking it at the beginning of the evening as you will still be talkative and energetic for a while. Ultimately, however, it will knock you out, so don’t smoke it at work.
2 – Acapulco Gold
Also known as Mexican Sativa, this legendary marijuana strain was apparently cultivated in Mexico. Today, it has a potent THC content of up to 24%. As it is challenging to grow indoors, Acapulco Gold isn’t easy to find. However, it is well worth the search if you need something substantial to help tackle headaches and anxiety.
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It is a common addition in breeding projects and is responsible for world-class marijuana strains such as Skunk #1 and Blueberry #11. It combines a strong head high with a delightful body high that should last for at least two hours.
The breeders created this cannabis strain to ensure that users feel a semblance of happiness. It is one of the best options if you want marijuana in a social situation. Although you may feel happy and relaxed, Acapulco Gold also provides you with energy. As a result, you feel invigorated and ready to go wherever the night takes you.
3 – Sour Diesel
Rated #3 in a High Times list of greatest strains of all time, Sour Diesel is an outstanding 90% sativa-dominant hybrid. With up to 29% THC content, and almost 2% CBD, no one knows exactly where this strain comes from. It is frequently speculated that Sour Diesel is a mix of 91 Chemdawg and Mass Super Skunk. Some individuals also theorize it to be a blend between a Mexican Sativa and a Chemdawg phenotype.
Sour Diesel is not for insomniacs regardless of its indica presence, so if you want to consume it for sleep, a different strain would be better suited. Offering an amazingly energetic and intoxicating high, Sour Diesel is unquestionably the selection to have a jovial time, hardly ever producing a sense of couchlock.
At first try, one quickly realizes how scrumptious this strain is, but it doesn’t give you long to think about the flavor, quickly melting into blissful euphoria. This soon transforms into an uplifting and energizing experience, that lasts for an especially long time, often up to nearly five hours.
4 – Original Haze
Sometimes reffered to as Nevil’s Haze, Original Haze has quite an extensive history. Originally the creation of the Haze Brothers in California, it was later brought in the 1980s by Sam the Skunkman (Dave Watson) to Amsterdam. The genus breeder Nevil worked endlessly to perfect the strain, backcrossing and stabilizing it, and out came the Original Haze we know today.
Nowadays, this perfectly pure sative boasts about 10% and 20% THC, so it is potent enough to appeal to the more intense cannabis consumers, but mellow enough to be well-rounded and accessible to most. Known for its spicy and sweet taste, mny report the most delicate undertone of citrus topping off the sultry combination. Having an initially slow build-up, eventually the strain hits hard and fast. Some even say the experience is almost psychedelic-like.
Best avoided by those who tend to be anxious or paranoid when consuming cannabis, those who want to manage their chronic pain or headaches might consider Original Haze.
5 – Northern Lights #5
30 years ago, Norther Lights #5 was a Cannabis Cup winner in Amsterdam and now it is still a timeless classic. At your local dispensary, you’re likely to find versions of Northern Lights #5 that boast well over a 20% THC content, so the strain has definitely become more potent over the years.
Made up of primarily indica geneticd, 95% to be exact, this cannabis strain is still widely loved all over the world, even after all these years. Just remember – Northern Lights #5 is not for lightweights. It is greatly important to build up a tolerance before taking on proper inhalations of this baby.
If you’re more experienced and can handle the energy of Northern Lights #5, you just might be rewarded with feelings of well-being and elation.
Final Thoughts on Classic Marijuana Strains Still Popular Today
They say that classic things never truly go out of style. This is undoubtedly the case with old school marijuana strains. There are simply hundreds of marijuana strains available, and low-quality weed is quickly tossed aside and forgotten about. Therefore, older strains must be of exceptional quality to compete with the newer bud. Every entry on this list easily meets this exacting standard. Now, if you don’t mind, we’re going to light up some G13 and listen to The Doors!
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Ancient Weed Strains You Should Know About
There seems to be an almost never-ending flood of brand-new crossbred strains. All of these strains are a cross of two or more marijuana strains, as are the vast majority of their parent strains.
Regardless of the strain, they all share a common ancestor; the feral, annual cannabis plant. Most agree that this plant probably originated around 13,000 BC in Central Asia. The oldest weed strains in the world are classified as landraces.
Read on to learn more about landraces and some of the most ancient cannabis strains around.
What Is a Landrace Strain?
A landrace is a pure cannabis strain cultivated in its natural environment. Landrace strains have never been crossbred and have grown wild and indigenously for millennia. With this lack of variation from one plant to the next, they are incredibly consistent. They are almost entirely indica or sativa.
Usually, landrace strains get their name after their place of origin.
Usually, landrace strains get their name after their place of origin. Classic examples include Panama Red and Acapulco Gold. However, it is becoming harder to find true landraces. Imagine taking Panama Red out of its natural environment and growing it in California under different conditions in a new climate. Inevitably, the strain will lose some of the traits that made it unique.
Once a landrace is away from its original growing environment, it must mature under new conditions. Consequently, the plant takes on new traits and will not stabilize for generations. When that process finally takes place, you have a strain that’s different from the original. Now it is a phenotype rather than a true landrace.
Research indicates that the cannabis plant originated in South and Central Asia near the Himalayan Mountains and the Middle East. Throughout history, humankind spread cannabis globally, which means the oldest strains have probably been lost due to crossbreeding. Therefore, it is hard to provide a 100% accurate list of the world’s oldest cannabis strains.
However, here are five we believe make the cut.
1 – Aceh
This marijuana strain comes from the hills of Aceh, an Indonesian province. Nowadays, Indonesia has one of the world’s strictest stances on the herb. The Indonesian government is cracking down on the cultivation and sale of cannabis; it has the same policy toward cannabis as they do for heroin and meth.
This pure sativa strain is a tall plant known for its uplifting effects. It isn’t the most potent strain, with only around 10% THC. However, its delicious mango and tropical fruit taste more than makes up for what it lacks in potency. Aceh is a good option if you need an energy boost in the morning. If you get your hands on Aceh seeds, it takes 8-9 weeks to flower. This plant typically yields 13 ounces per square meter indoors and 18 ounces outdoors.
2 – Nepalese
Any strain that grows in Nepal is known as a Nepalese strain. While most countries had banned marijuana by the middle of the 20th century, Nepal held firm until the 1970s.
Up until 1973, it was legal to smoke cannabis in Nepal, and it was easy to find a hashish shop. Ultimately, the Nepalese government bowed to American pressure and began closing down stores and arresting growers.
However, to this day, Nepalese officers often have a relatively liberal attitude towards policing cannabis users. Visitors to this beautiful region can avail themselves of incredibly cheap marijuana. A tola (equivalent to 11 grams) is no more than $15! You can get a kilogram for a few hundred bucks, but at this point, you are risking lengthy prison time.
The original Nepalese landrace is a pure sativa and is rather potent with a THC content of up to 17%. However, reportedly some plants can contain up to 22%. Nepalese provides users with a euphoric high that is both stimulating and invigorating.
The Nepalese strain has a sweet, citrus taste with robust earthy flavors. Although it is a pure sativa, Nepalese has an indica-type structure. It is a sturdy plant with resinous buds that grows to a medium height. Indigenous Nepalese is grown at a high altitude, which can reach 3,000 meters! As a result, it is resilient against mold and cold temperatures. Its flowering time is 8-9 weeks, and it offers an enormous yield of up to 35 ounces per plant!
3 – Thai
Thai medical practitioners used marijuana in traditional Thai medicine until it was banned in 1934. Thailand was home to the world’s most potent and smoothest marijuana. As a result, it was exported globally in the 1960s and 1970s. Eventually, Thailand followed America’s lead and began its own War on Drugs in the 80s.
However, on December 26, 2018, Thailand legalized medical marijuana, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to do so. It could lead to a goldmine for farmers, as a significant Thai political figure is championing its cultivation. Economists estimate that if a household is allowed to grow six marijuana plants, it could generate up to $13,500 annually.
The Thai landrace strain is a pure sativa with a THC content of up to 24%. Thai is a pure strain and provides users with a euphoric high. Some users say that it provides an energy boost and a focus that few marijuana strains offer.
It is a creamy and sweet smoke with a citrusy and herbal taste on the exhale. If you fancy growing Thai, please note that it needs the careful hand of an experienced grower. It has a lengthy flowering time of up to 11 weeks and provides around 13 ounces of bud per plant.
4 – Afghani
Marijuana has been cultivated in Afghanistan for centuries and was only made illegal in 1957. Even then, the Afghan government was far from strict when applying the law. The Hippie Trail of the 1970s involved countless cannabis-loving tourists traveling to Afghanistan to sample potent indigenous marijuana.
The Afghani landrace strain is 100% indica. It has a THC content of around 17% and comes from the Hindu Kush mountain range within Afghanistan. It has become the base strain for some of the world’s finest hybrids. Afghani offers a potent physical high that acts as a powerful sedative.
It is popular among insomniacs as it makes sleep hard to resist. The taste matches its sweet fragrance, and you may also get a hint of pine when inhaling. On the exhale, Afghani’s sweet and spicy notes are more prominent.
If you are looking to grow a unique strain, Afghani is an excellent choice due to its stable genetics. Its flowering time is 7-8 weeks, and indoors typically produces 16 ounces per square meter planted. Its yield increases to 21 ounces when grown outdoors in a Mediterranean type climate.
5 – Hindu Kush
Many cannasseurs regard this marijuana strain as one of the most important in weed’s history. This landrace was originally grown in the 800 kilometer stretch of the Hindu Kush mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is a pure indica strain with a THC content of up to 20%.
If you are in the mood to relax, there are few better options than this strain. Some say it is the perfect strain for evening use as it reportedly has soporific effects.
Like Afghani, Hindu Kush’s smoke is creamy, and it has a sweet and spicy taste. It also has hints of lemon and pine cone. This plant grows short and is easy to grow outdoors, as long as you live in a warm climate. Outdoors, the yield is approximately 16 ounces per plant. If you grow Hindu Kush indoors, the yield is about 14 ounces per square meter planted. The indoor flowering time is between 7-8 weeks.
Final Thoughts on Ancient Weed Strains
Some view these ancient landrace strains as the OGs of marijuana. They are thousands of years old, and some cultures have used these plants for medicinal purposes. As these are pure strains, their effects and flavors are unique from hybrid strains. This has also allowed them to maintain distinct and consistent traits.
When you consume a landrace strain, you are experiencing a bit of cannabis history.
The properties of landrace strains vary depending on the region. As they have never been hybridized, they adopt the qualities best suited for their native area. In the modern era, cannabis users are becoming more drawn to high-THC hybrids. However, when you consume a landrace strain, you are experiencing a bit of cannabis history.
We take a look at some of the oldest marijuana types in the world, and why you need to get your hands on some of these ancient strains.