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
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.
9. Green Crack Is The Best Strain For Energy
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 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.
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.
6. The Northern lights Cannabis Strain Is A Pure Indica
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.
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5. Gelato Strain is A Delicious Anytime Treat
Gelato is a relatively new player on the West Coast but has quickly gained popularity. It’s a well-balanced hybrid, leaning more towards an indica than a sativa. Usually, it contains higher levels of THC, hovering around 20 percent with some growers supposedly hitting above 27 percent. Because of the potency, new smokers need to be careful when they take a big hit of this deliciously sweet strain.
With a little sativa mixed into its indica properties, the Gelato experience is a much more mellowed experience than a Northern Lights purebred will deliver. This means, that while it is great for reducing anxiety and promoting total body relaxation, you can still hold a sensical conversation.
The strain tastes woodsy, fruity, and mildly like orange. It pulls thick and smooth, which makes it a lovely smoking experience. If you haven’t already tried this 5th most popular strain, as determined by Google, it’s worth a shot the next time you make an order.
4. Skywalker Is One for the Books
Skywalker comes in many, many varieties. From Skywalker OG to Skywalker Kush to a little-known strain called Skywalker Alien. The original strain, Skywalker, is very clearly a consumer favorite just by the number of children it has spawned. It is a 50:50 hybrid, between two other combinations: Mazar x Blueberry OG.
If you need a milder high than some of the other strains in the list, look no further than Skywalker the original. It usually measures only 13 percent THC. At this level, you’ll still reap the benefits but won’t get knocked to the floor. It also contains measurable levels of both CBD and CBN, one percent of each. The most commonly reported experience is one of anxiety relief, mood boosting, and relaxation. The taste is pungent, but still lightly sweet on the tongue.
Although Skywalker may not be the best choice for chronic pain, it is going hit all the right notes for mild daily aches and muscle soreness. Patients find it useful for the treatment of symptoms related to fibromyalgia and chemotherapy treatment.
3. Blue Dream Is An All-Time Favorite
What do you get when you combine the fan favorites a sativa Haze and a Blueberry indica? All-time stoner favorite, the Blue Dream. It keeps the delicious berry-flavors of the indica but mellows out the effects with a sativa. Its ability to swiftly target pain, inflammation and other daily health issues makes it a favorite strain for daytime use among medical marijuana patients.
The sweet, blueberry smoke of the Blue Dream flower isn’t an overpowering high. Instead expect a gentle uplift, going into euphoria. Its 17 to 24 percent THC is mellowed out by two percent CBD, and one percent CBN. The CBD helps to reduce the sometimes negative experiences people have with high levels of THC. The CBN lends desirable medicinal properties to the flower.
Some of the most common therapeutic applications include Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), mild to moderate cases of depression, and insomnia due to stress. If you smoke Blue Dream, it’s hard not to be happy which is why it continually sits high on best strain lists.
2. Girl Scout Cookies, An Award Winning Strain
If there is one strain which has maintained a constant buzz over the last couple of years, it is Girl Scout Cookies. Also affectionately referred to as GSC. It’s another strain with many famous offspring, including Platinum GSC and Thin Mint GSC. Girl Scout Cookies as a cannabis strain now figures prominently in popular culture and many hip hop verses. The original strain is a perfect blend between a Durban Poison and OG Kush.
The excellence of Girl Scout Cookies has gained recognition beyond just what the Google search results tell us. Its won many a Cannabis Cup over the last few years. The people, and the experts both agree on its happy, uplifting and euphoric effects. On average it contains around 24 percent THC, and one percent CBD. It also tests high for caryophyllene, limonene and myrcene terpenes.
Just like with the more innocent girl scout cookies, sold by young ladies across America, this adult-only version is hard to resist. It’s excellent for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and stress.
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1. Gorilla Glue Strain Is The Most Searched Weed Strain in 2018
Gorilla Glue, which sounds very strange to say (but excellent to smoke) is the most search strain according to Google. Despite the odd sounding name, it’s immensely popular and a top smoke among connoisseurs. Today, there are continual revisions and experimentations on the Gorilla Glue strain, with producers cultivating Gorilla Glue #1, #2, and all the way up to at least #12 by the last count. People love this tasty nug.
What makes this strain the top of the list in 2018? Its got super-duper levels of THC. We are talking testing with up to 28 percent THC on a routine basis. That’s a potent little bud. Its predominately an indica, but some of the deepness of the couch lock is at least initially avoided with a slight sativa twist.
The medical benefits of the strain are clear. It’s a very long lasting high, making it perfect to smoke in the afternoon, yet continue the benefits well into the night. If you experience challenging health issues on an ongoing basis, Gorilla Glue is a powerful treatment.
Bonus Cannabis Strains: Honorable Mentions for the Best Weed Strains Search on Google in 2018
Just because it didn’t hit the top 10 list of best cannabis strains, according to Google, doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve an honorable mention. Right? Here are a few candidates that came close to the total monthly searches of the strains above, but didn’t quite reach the levels required to qualify as the best of the best.
Which strains deserve an honorable mention, but didn’t make the cut? Here are a few of our favorites. Are they also on your list?
Purple Punch Strain Top Of The Line
Maybe with a little more time, this new strain will reach the same glory as Gorilla Glue. Until then, Purple Punch will have to sit with an honorable mention. It’s a relatively new strain coming into the game. A strain with intensely dark and purple nugs; a stand out beautiful bud.
The effects of this strain are strong. So strong that some experts call it a “one-two punch” into the head and down into the body. If you need some deep medication and a forceful relaxation, take a little hit of Purple Punch. Just make sure you have somewhere to lay down afterwards.
Blueberry Strain Among Best Weed Strains For Pain
The Blueberry genetics have made their way into many top 10 weed strains this year. It might be the sweet berry flavors; it may be the therapeutic properties. Whatever is the case, the original Blueberry, an indica, is worth an honorable mention. It’s not a coincidence that its children are so popular when Blueberry still is an old standby strain.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise how sweet this strain comes through when smoked. Also, tons of blueberry flavors come in to play. It’s a wonderful way to set yourself up for a nice, long, relaxing evening.
Tahoe OG Strain is the Perfect Nightcap
Tahoe OG is hard to find in some regions but well worth the search. If you’ve got insomnia, nighttime discomfort, or chronic pain, this heavy hitting indica is for you. Tahoe OG, as an indica, is definitely not something to smoke over a lunchtime break at work but works great for an after dinner toke.
It tastes like a walk in the woods; like pine trees, deep forest breeze, and peat moss. It’s a heartwarming sensation, especially as you sink deep into a state of deep relaxation. Most folks report euphoric and happy videos, even if they are falling asleep.
White Widow: Still One Of The Best Weed Strains In The World
White Widow is a longtime stoner favorite. It’s an oldy but still a goody and worthy of the final honorable mention. It’s long been a staple across the Dutch coffee shop scene and always been one of the main offerings on both the legal and black markets in North America.
White Widow is so loved because of its potency, which may not stand up to the likes of Gorilla Glue, but still is substantial in a world filled with THC. It’s a beautiful blend between the energizing Brazilian sativa and a relaxing South Indian indica. If you’ve been standing staring at the dispensary selection in indecision, you always know you can rely on the White Widow.
Did your favorite strain top this list this year? Did we miss any of your top contenders in the honorable mentions? Maybe you even think Google got it wrong. We’d love to hear what you’ve been smoking this year, and what you are looking forward to trying in 2019. The world of weed is just getting started, and the future of strain diversity is bright.