Who Grows the Best Marijuana in the United States? [ANSWERED]
The age-old debate, finally answered…
Since the beginning of cannabis’ appearance and growing popularity in the United States, it has long been debated what region produces the best weed. Although the marijuana community will probably never reach an actual consensus, it is a fun topic to discuss and consider all the possibilities.
In reality, this is not that easy of a question to answer, primarily because the marijuana front runners in the US have changed drastically in the past 10 years, especially as more and more states have begun cultivating their own herb, and people are really perfecting their skill sets. This shift in extraordinary growing practices is a result of the widespread legalization of recreational cannabis, particularly throughout the states that would be considered candidates for a list of “the best”.
Nowadays, there is actually way more competition. Early on, it used to be that California had the best green, hands down. After the West Coast went fully legal, Washington and Oregon began to consume some of the Golden State’s hype, and then came in Colorado, the in-land, unexpected competitor that seems to just have totally nailed indoor growing methods on the head with a hammer.
Even though it is challenging to make sense of who stands above the rest in regards to marijuana cultivation, in this article we will try to make sense of all the candidates and ultimately select a winner. You, of course, do not have to agree with us, but based off our carefully collected research, personal experience, and in depth analysis, you will be able to learn who we consider to be the best.
Keep reading to discover who grows the best weed in the United States…
In deciding who cultivates the best cannabis, these are the categories that we were considering while making our decision…
- Cost of marijuana for the customer
- Growing conditions and environment, whether outdoor or indoor
- Legalization status and overall attitude towards cannabis
- Quality of the weed itself, in addition to access of cannabis-derived products (edibles, CBD oils, concentrates, etc.)
- Production of cutting-edge technologies and growing methods, as well as seed breeding advancements.
Who are the Candidates?
It is important to begin by stating that there is a massive difference between states where you can purchase the best quality weed versus the states that grow the best marijuana. This article specifically focuses on the regions that are known for their quality ganja grows, and this product is typically widely distributed to other locations where it is enjoyed and consumed.
One of the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, in 2014 Colorado made its way up the ladder by becoming a frontrunner of the legal marijuana scene, inspiring many other states to follow suit after they witnessed just how much success CO achieved after starting on its path towards legalization. For this specific reason, Colorado ranks high when it comes to the overall attitude and legalization status of this state. Aside from a few of the more conservative counties, residents of this mountainous state usually see marijuana as beneficial not only for the people, but also for the local economy.
In addition to a generally positive attitude towards pot, Colorado is also home to a lot of popular and even famous seed banks and marijuana genetics breeders. Some names you may have heard of include The Farm (based out of Boulder), Colorado Seed Inc. (also based out of Boulder), The Bank Cannabis Genetics (based out of Denver), and 303 Seeds and Green Point Seeds (also based out of Denver). With so many seed banks and cutting-edge breeders, you can bet that the quality of the cannabis grown out of CO is really something special.
This is why Coloradians are so satisfied with their homegrown product – it hits the spot! Plus, edibles, concentrates, and CBD oil, are all just as easily accessible. In Denver and Boulder especially, there is an endless amount of both recreational marijuana shops and medical marijuana dispensaries to choose from. On top of all this, Colorado is said to have the third cheapest cannabis in the United States, which is a huge added bonus.
Colorado does not typically possess the right outdoor temperatures to support the cultivation of a multitude of different strains. For this reason, it rates quite low in regards to ideal climate and environment, but this is why this state has learned to perfect its indoor growing techniques.
Washington State (WA):
Ranking in as the second cheapest producer of marijuana in the country, Washington State is a location to visit if you want to come across some inexpensive ganja. Just below Colorado regarding international fame, Washington ranks in second, because the world seems to be so curious about this gorgeous state that legalized cannabis in 2012 – the first region to do so in the United States. The surrounding states soon followed suit, as WA became the spark that fueled the fire for the entire West Coast, which is now all legalized.
Washington State is home to numerous pioneers in the world of cannabis, including Northwest Cannabis Solutions, BMF Washington, Harmony Farms, Grow Op Farms, Spinning Heads, and so many others. The overall quality of weed in Washington is said to be quite phenomenal, but it is almost all indoor grown, making certain strain types more prevalent than others if they are locally raised.
Just like Colorado, Washington does not possess the right outdoor temperatures to support the cultivation of a multitude of different strains outdoors, unless you go over to Eastern Washington, where mentalities and attitudes towards cannabis are not very positive… Seattle primarily, where plenty of dank weed is cultivated, can be rather cold and humid, so indoor growing is prefered over outdoor. Additionally, legal weed is not such an old decision in Washington, so some people are still getting used to this change and do not possess a positive attitude yet towards the medicinal green.
One aspect of Oregon cannabis that seems to set it above the rest is the affordability. Oregon, by far, has the greatest affordability of almost any other state, and for this reason you might even be able to purchase an out-of-this-world ounce for $200 or less. The price point alone might have you convinced that OR ganja is the best out there, but there is also some solid quality product being produced out of this forest-covered state.
In Southern Oregon especially, which is considered to be a pretty good place to grow, weed is being grown both indoors and outdoors, because the outside environment during growing season is superb in this region. It is a bit too cold during the growing season in Northern Oregon to have the same results, but Portland and the surrounding areas have perfected their indoor cultivation techniques, and they are stocking up dispensaries all over the US with some top-notch herb.
Portland is extremely positive towards cannabis and its legalization, while this is slightly less common an attitude in Southern Oregon and other parts of Northern Oregon. What is especially cool about Oregon is actually the amount of momentum taking place in the state regarding the latest developments and advancements.
Home to Subcool and TGA Genetics, as well as to the legendary dab maker Ganja Jon, there is a lot of insane pot related material arising out of OR, especially when it comes to concentrates, extracts and dabbing. In addition, the famous Jack Herer strain is seen as an Oregon strain, and we all know how amazing that one is.
There is not a huge public interest regarding marijuana in Oregon, especially not in Eastern Oregon where the demographic is still quite conservative and not particularly accepting towards enjoying 420. Regardless, in areas like Southern Oregon and Northern Oregon (Portland), people seem to overall really love weed and are quite open towards its consumption.
Seen by many as having some of the all-time best weed, California is a massive state, and a massive cannabis culture has arisen from within it. With prices that are the fourth lowest in the United States, parts of CA have the perfect climate for outdoor cultivation, which is part of what makes the ganja out of this state so incredible. Although you may not discover a $200 ounce like in Oregon, if you are purchasing from a reputable dispensary or recreational pot shop, even the cheapest larf is almost always top-shelf product in many places.
Parts of California, especially Humboldt County in the “Emerald Triangle”, are known for supplying pot to a lot of the rest of the United States, stretching as far as the East Coast where they originally brought quality back to a region that was known for its poor quality weed.
Overall, one thing that is really incredible about The Golden State is that the general attitude towards weed is positive; many people enjoy it and have for decades, so it is no surprise this area recently became legalized.
On top of California cannabis just being overall mind-blowing by the standards of many, there are a multitude of cutting-edge cannabis breeders and other related companies coming out of California, including Aficionado Seeds, Exotic Genetix, Brothers Grimm Seeds, Bodhi Seeds, The Source Genetics, Top Dawg Seeds, Crockett Family Farms, Swamp Boys Seeds and Gage Green Group, just to name a few.
With sunshine almost all year and temperatures that do not typically reach any lower than 40 degrees farenheit, Southern California is a perfect place to grow cannabis, all year round.
The Bay Area:
The Bay Area definitely has a much trickier climate than Southern California, but part of the year it is possible to cultivate the green even outside, although indoor growing methods are normally preferred, especially in this densely populated area that consists of many big cities and a high population of residents. Oakland, San Francisco, and Chico in particular are notorious for their top-quality Mary Jane, as well as the culture surrounding cannabis.
A part of the famous “Emerald Triangle”, Humboldt County is widely recognized for its top-shelf marijuana being grown outdoors, which of course can only be cultivated during the season from April/May until the end of October, when weather conditions tend to take a massive turn. Humboldt County is seen as a region that is ideal climate-wise for producing amazing cannabis, and the weed that has hit the market from this area definitely lives up to its reputation.
You do not always know the quality of your cannabis in California. Cartels and other illegal organizations do also cultivate a lot of cannabis, because marijuana is no doubt a cash crop, and for this reason you are not always getting organic quality in The Golden State. You have to be careful and know your source. If you are purchasing from a reputable dispensary or recreational pot shop, this will likely not be the case, and you can trust what your knowledgeable budtender is offering you. A recently passed law may have only improved the trust in cannabis vendors, however, because it is now required for California dispensaries to apply stricter laws and testing for pesticides, etc. if they want to sell cannabis in their storefronts. Although this is a financial hit for vendors, it definitely does keep the health of the consume as a priority.
After considering a lot of research, we have ultimately concluded that the regions that consist of the “Emerald Triangle” are considered to possess the best weed in the United States. If you are not familiar with the Emerald Triangle and what it consists of, the next section will explain in further detail what this zone is all about.
What is the Emerald Triangle?
The Emerald Triangle is made up of 3 counties in Northern California, including Humboldt County, Mendocino County and Trinity County. This is a region that is notorious for its top quality cannabis , and many individuals in this region are marijuana cultivators. Our research has exemplified that this area possibly possesses the best quality ganja, because not only is the practice of growing cannabis totally normal and widely accepted, it is essentially what fuels the economy of this region. Additionally, herb being supplied to dispensaries all over the US is derived from regions throughout the Emerald Triangle, which only adds to the concreteness of its top-shelf quality.
The Final Verdict:
Although the debate still probably stands – and likely always will – if you have ever wondered who exactly grows the best weed in the United States, we have compiled all the information to the best of our ability in order to provide an unbiased opinion of what region exactly is pumping out the best cannabis. We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of marijuana is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken.
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Top 10 Countries That Produce The Best Weed
There is change in the air these days. Well, maybe it’s not just change, but change that is taking the form of some pleasant smelling and distinct smoke. That’s right, throughout the United States, wh
There is change in the air these days. Well, maybe it’s not just change, but change that is taking the form of some pleasant smelling and distinct smoke. That’s right, throughout the United States, where carrying a small amount of pot could once get someone tossed in prison for decades, states are slowly allowing their citizens the herbal medicine (or pleasure) they want.
There are a few reasons for this new phenomenon, ranging from a decreased belief in the drug war (losing cause that wastes a laughable amount of money) to the belief that smoking marijuana actually produces no victims and therefore should not be a crime, building off the argument that it is no responsibility of any government to dictate what free citizens put into their bodies.
Whether you are a daily consumer who likes to get high early and have it last all day, or you are the type who smokes before bed time, or even the “every now and again” type, it’s a good time to be alive. Of course, this doesn’t apply to those who smoke because running from the cops is exciting (they exist). Even still though, times will be even better when the debate over pot is a thing of the past and governments have moved on to more pressing problems, like their own spending and their bureaucrats watching adult movies all day, every day. But that’s a story for another day. Back to marijuana, one of the most popular debates between stoners is where they can find the best green. I’ve always been a believer that when talking about pot, beer or women, the best one is the one currently nearby and cheap, but this is not the method of thinking for everyone. There are some strains of bud that produce a better high than others and the issue of smell, and how long the buzz lasts, are also criteria for what makes the best pot. Here is our list of countries who just get it right when it comes to marijuana.
While it is most widely known for cocaine, it still produces weed that packs some decent kick, and a great deal of it. Colombian bud can be found across North America and throughout northern South America. The country itself has been close to legalizing the drug (along with blow) for a few years. One of the best from the country is Colombian Gold, which (as with all sativa) produces an energetic and alert high.
While many fans of Colombian Gold swear by its flavor and effects, growers trying to buy seeds in the United States should be wary, as quality is inconsistent.
Those trying to grow Nigerian strains of bud outdoors in North America may be disappointed, but there has been some success with indoor methods. Another pure sativa, Nigerian is a powerful strain that is known to “take you away” and some suggest making sure your day is free before indulging. While there are other strains of marijuana commonly grown in Nigeria, many are crosses with plants from other regions, one popular and powerful example is Afghan/Nigerian, (spoiler alert) more on Afghani stuff later.
Mexico is one of those places that produces great weed but we really don’t encourage anyone to go there; it’s in the middle of one of the ugliest drug wars the world has ever seen. There was a time when Mexican weed was considered some of the best in the world, but legalization in the United States has hit the Mexican weed business hard, as has the drug war, which has nearly destroyed the quality aspect of that industry.
Mexican producers used to make some of the highest quality sativa strains in the world, but as of 2015, Mexico has taken a slide down this list.
Canada is still one of those places where yes, pot is still illegal, but if you look around, few people are ever penalized. The small-time dealer may get shaken down by the cops and given a stern talking-to and the massive grow ops are occasionally shut down. But look around; whether heading to work or just in a park after a miserable day at high school, Canadians are enjoying their bud.
From the east coast to the west, there is a great deal of variation in Canadian weed, but for the best high, anything with B.C. in its name is a great bet. B.C. stands for British Columbia, which is a Canadian province, but for our purposes it is also Brilliant Chronic.
While there are those places that specialize in pot that will take you to another planet, Jamaica is the place to go if you want a simple, easy going, delightful high, with amazing tasting weed. While the technology and methods that can lead to these powerful strains are available, Jamaican herb is generally produced without these; leading to a natural taste (in a good way) with a pleasant high that will make you forget your troubles, mon.
Despite Jamaica being known worldwide for Rastafarianism, a religion that encourages pot-induced spirituality, marijuana was illegal until February when small amounts for personal use were decriminalized.
Oh those hard-partying Aussies, they not only pound beers all night, but also produce some mean dope. While many of the strongest strains in the United States range in the mid to high 20% area in terms of THC, a group of Australians were rumored (a couple of years ago) to have developed marijuana with a 40% THC content.
They have been known for years to produce some out of this world bud down under, but the 40% rumor from back in 2013 is still somewhat up in the air, as some in the United States have disputed the authenticity of such claims.
The Netherlands is famous for having been one of the first places in the world to have a tourist industry partly based around marijuana consumption. I say partly because the red light district also had a hand in the tourism boom. Of course, the authorities in the country, especially around Amsterdam, have recently scaled back some of the measures as locals became fed up with foreign youngsters wandering their streets completely blasted.
With regard to the pot itself, it is unquestionably among the best in the world, often achieving hybrids of other widely beloved strains created for both potency and flavor.
For those who thought that Borat was the only thing Kazakhstan is known for, they also produce great weed and a great deal of it. the two actually go nicely hand in hand. It is one of the few places thought to be the first in which cannabis was first harvested for use by people.
The herb grows naturally in many parts of the country and has been enjoyed by locals for millenia. Of course, back in the days of the Soviet Union, pot consumption was made illegal. There are still some draconian laws in place, but mainly for distribution, as opposed to use. Whether it is the wild plant or a variant that has been modified, marijuana produced in the southeast is widely considered to be of the finest quality in the world, combining a great, peaceful high with great flavor. Some of the world’s best hash comes from the region and many popular cross-bred species of marijuana include Kazakh roots.
Talk about persistence, Afghanistan got looted and pillaged by the Soviets decades ago, and even after the lengthy conflict between the Taliban and the United States and their allies, they still grow some of the best Mary Jane in the world and an obscene amount of it. In recent years production has been reduced, partly due to a declining demand, but also because of officials in some provinces cracking down on the drug.
Afghanistan is another place in which some believe marijuana to have first been cultivated. Some of the finest indica strains, many of which are widely grown and enjoyed in the United States, such as anything with the name “Kush” in it, hail from Afghanistan. While Kush may not be the best of all strains in any given way, it does find a great combination of relaxing, peaceful high along with a great aroma.
1 United States
While nearly none of the strains of weed that are popular in the United States actually originated there, American growers are in the process of perfecting the game. For a quick parallel; in the beer industry, many of the worst beers are mass-produced garbage that comes from the United States. On the flip side however, craft brewing has led to some of the finest ales and lagers in the world to be American made, even if other nations like Germany and Ireland don’t wish to hear it.
There is change in the air these days. Well, maybe it’s not just change, but change that is taking the form of some pleasant smelling and distinct smoke. That’s right, throughout the United States, wh