With 2018 coming to a close, we decided to pull the numbers on the most popular weed strains according to the people. And by people, we mean Google. Because what is Google besides an amalgamation of our collective thought as a society? If Google knows anything about us, and it likely knows everything, it knows what we want. Its monthly search data is the perfect place to turn, to discover the most sought-after weed strains in 2018.

We extracted data from the Google search engine, using a popular data service to analyze the information. All data was pulled exclusively from the United States. This data painted a beautiful cannabis-filled picture of what the strain landscape looks like in the country today. What strains do the people want, and more importantly, why do the people want them?

In the following top 10 weed strains searched on Google, we get out the microscope and explore what makes each of the strains unique. From their flavor profile to their high, to the possible medical benefits. The beauty of weed is the diversity. It’s these differences which make each so unique, and individuals so noteworthy. Like a fine wine, the true cannabis connoisseur knows what sets a great strain apart from the subpar. The top strains on Google in 2018 are the stand out specimens, worthy of our attention.

Here is what we found for the Top 10 Best Weed Strains Searched on Google in 2018:

10. Headband Sneaks into the Top 10

Headband Cannabis Strain

Coming in hot at number 10 on the top weed strains of 2018 is Headband. Headband is the perfect marriage between OG Kush and Sour Diesel. With parents like this, it’s not hard to see why it is continuously making “Top 10” lists across the internet. If you need a go-to standby strain, to always have on hand, this is a good candidate.

It stimulates an overwhelmingly happy experience. A deep and soothing euphoria capable of wiping away any winter blues you are carrying around. It’s named Headband because of the heady high it creates, mimicking a headband across your forehead.

In terms of medical benefits, it usually contains over 20 percent THC and low levels of CBD. This makes it better for chronic health issues which require heavy medication, like pain. Many users also report it’s great to relieve stress and boost mood.

Its flavor profile is sharp and highly lemony. Undertones of woodsy and earthy flavors and its Sour Diesel heritage also pokes its head in. Overall a very soothing, heady, and smooth smoking experience.

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9. Green Crack Is The Best Strain For Energy

Green Crack Cannabis Strain

With weed stereotyped as something for lazy, good-for-nothing stoners, it’s nice to see an energizing strain hitting the top 10 list in 2018. Green Crack, very obviously, gleaned its title from the illicit stimulant. But Green Crack is far from dangerous; it’s delicious. Its energizing nature comes from its breeding, with a 65 to 35 percent sativa to indica ratio.

Named and famed by Snoop Dogg, Green Crack is now a dispensary staple. It is highly crystallized, and a beautiful bud for collecting kief is that’s your preference. The strain usually runs around 24 percent THC, with minimal levels of secondary cannabinoids.

Because of its uplifting and energizing properties, it’s a great plant medicine for various mood disorders like anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, to name a few. If you tend to find cannabis puts you to sleep, this strain may be a good one to try. It makes for a long-lasting daytime high.

Sweet, citrus flavors predominate the taste of this strain. Some also report a bit of an earthy under-layer. The most predominant terpene tested is myrcene, which may help alleviate inflammation and pain. The only downside the Green Crack is the dry mouth, have a bottle of water handy for your smoke session.

8. Trainwreck Cannabis Strain Has Powerful Medical Effects

Trainwreck Cannabis Strain

Trainwreck is a hybrid from many beautiful parents. From Indian and Thai sativas to Afghani indicas Trainwreck is the perfect combination but it does lean more towards the sativa side of the spectrum. Although the name suggests a terrible, motorized accident, the effects of Trainwreck are powerful but pleasant. Its this powerful yet pleasant experience which makes it a frequent feature on best weed top 10 lists.

The top terpenes found in this strain are myrcene and caryophyllene. The strain gives a mellow body high, great for total relaxation. But interestingly, thanks to the sativa dominance, it doesn’t also mellow the mind. Most people report euphoria, excitement, and social stimulation while also feeling relaxed.

If you are using this strain for medicinal purposes, it will help reduce issues related to stress and anxiety. These include PTSD, generalized anxiety and social anxiety disorder, as well for some folks Bipolar Disorder.

7. Pineapple Express Strain Taste Sweet.

Pineapple Express Cannabis Strain

We all know Pineapple Express, thanks to the Hollywood blockbuster and stoner cult classic of the same name. Thanks, Seth Rogan! These celebrity stoners made a movie out of this strain for a reason, because it delivers a beautiful high from start to finish.

The flavor profile of Pineapple Express will surprise no one. Its fruity, tropical, and citrusy. Dare we call it Pineapple-y. It tests high for pinene and myrcene, think pine trees and mangoes. Interestingly, Pineapple Express comes from the direct lineage of another top 10 weed strain, Trainwreck.

This sativa dominant strain comes from Trainwreck and Hawaiian. It promotes a body buzz and a sharper focus of the mind. Medical patients tend to use this strain for severe and chronic health issues, like as a co-therapy to chemotherapy, chronic pain, migraines, and other hard to treat problems. The high is not as overpowering as the film made it out to be, but the experience is nevertheless a very memorable one.

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6. The Northern lights Cannabis Strain Is A Pure Indica

Northern Lights Cannabis Strain

Northern Lights is the first pure-indica to hit the list so far, and for good reason. It’s a pure, blissful, and a very relaxing experience. Being a purebred indica, it also makes for a good alternative and a nice evening smoke. While not all indicas promote couch-lock, Northern Lights does have this tendency. It’s a super relaxing, but overall a well rounded high.

Unlike other names on this list of weed strains of 2018, it doesn’t have over the top THC levels. Generally speaking, the strain tests under 20 percent THC. For those sensitive to the psychoactive effects of the cannabinoid, it makes for a nice night time alternative to some of the heavier THC laden strains.

It is useful for the treatment stress, insomnia, and anxiety. It should also work nicely for the treatment of headaches and migraines. India’s like Northern Lights often make for the perfect, nightcap. It’s more of an after-work smoke, instead of a daytime pick me up.

We’re getting closer. Check out the top 5 on page 2!