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The Strongest Weed Strains on Earth

At the start of 2016, we examined the six HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cups from the previous year and the thousands of entries they tallied. The goal? To ascertain exactly which of the entries deserve to be called the strongest strains on planet Earth. There are many types of weed strains with varying levels of THC. Our goal was to determine the strongest weed strain.

In years past, we’ve built our “Strongest Strains on Earth” list simply in order of potency. We’ve reorganized the article to categorize these potent strains by their place of birth. (Readers enjoyed this format last year, so we’ll use it again.) These rankings represent only one data point: THC potency, as determined by lab testing. They do not include the judges’ scores or notations, or any other cannabinoids or terpenes (the latter can be read about in our new annual feature, “The Best-Tasting Buds on Earth”). However, this year we’ve included a short list of the strongest CBD strains from 2015 to complement our THC charts.

So if you’re looking for a strain with a knockout punch, one that will get you high when you’re feeling low—you’re in the right place!

Region: Southern California

1. Emperor Cookie Dough

Competitor: Greenwolf LA

2015 Cannabis Cup: Denver Cup

Category: Hybrid Flowers (US)

% THC: 31.1

2. Karmasutra

Competitor: Cali Kush Farms with Karma Squad and Reeferman Genetics

2015 Cannabis Cup: World Cannabis Cup

Category: Medical Hybrid

% THC: 29.72

3. Strawberry Banana

Competitor: Green Country Rebellion with Cali Natural

2015 Cannabis Cup: LA Cup

Category: Medical Hybrid

% THC: 28.4

4. Veganic Strawberry Cough

Competitor: Private Stock for Buds & Roses of LA

2015 Cannabis Cup: Denver Cup

Category: Sativa (US)

% THC: 28.31

5. Life Is Good OG (bx OG F6)

Competitor: Life Is Good

2015 Cannabis Cup: World Cannabis Cup

Category: Medical Indica

% THC: 27.2

The Emperor Cookie Dough, a cross between Emperor OG and Girl Scout Cookies, was entered into the Denver US Cannabis Cup by the Greenwolf LA crew and is one of only two strains ever to cross the 30% threshold for THC. The other strain to do so? Keep on reading….

Karmasutra , a collaboration project, is a hybrid of the Karma OG crossed with Rockstar . Rockstar has two known versions: The Canadian version is a Bubba Kush x Lemon OG , while the European version is Rockbud x Sensi Star.

Veganic Strawberry Cough has been included in our “Strongest Strains on Earth” compilation (hereafter, The List) for three out of the five years that HIGH TIMES has been running it. In 2012, the VSC maxed out at just over 20% THC. Meanwhile, veganically grown strains (using Kyle Kushman’s Vegamatrix line) have made The List seven times over the course of those five years.


1. Chem Dog

Competitor: Next Harvest

2015 Cannabis Cup: Denver Cup

Category: Indica

% THC: 32.13

2. The Brotherhood

Competitor: Animas Herbal Wellness Center

2015 Cannabis Cup: Denver Cup

Category: Indica

% THC: 27.65

3. Sour Kush 60/40

Competitor: Black Dog LED

2015 Cannabis Cup: Denver Cup

Category: Hybrid (US)

% THC: 26.6

4. Lemon OG Haze

Competitor: Ethos Seed Company

2015 Cannabis Cup: Denver Cup

Category: Sativa (US)

% THC: 26.14

5. Ghost Train Haze

Competitor: Greenman Cannabis

2015 Cannabis Cup: Denver Cup

Category: Sativa

% THC: 25.74

It’s no surprise that this year’s strongest strain—and the new record holder for the highest potency ever recorded at a High Times Cannabis Cup event—is none other than Chem Dog. Reaching 32.13% THC, the Chem has achieved what most of us thought was impossible and leaves us asking one basic question: Just how high can a flower go in terms of potency?

The Brotherhood was another organically grown entry that hit nearly 28% THC. Propagated from seed, her lineage stacks up like this: (Willie’s Wonder x Grape Krush ) x (Bubba ’91 x The White).

The Sour Kush was grown under a purple LED light, and she still went over 26% THC. Does this mean that limited-spectrum LED lamps are healthy for plants—or that the plant was stressed, producing more resin to attract pollen in order to ensure its survival? And if the latter, do you care? The debate continues ….

The Ghost Train Haze appeared in our very first “Strongest Strains on Earth” feature, taking the prize for the most potent strain of 2011 at 25.49% THC. In 2014, she was our THC champion again at nearly 27.46%. Entered last year by the fine grow team at Greenman Cannabis in Denver, the Rare Dankness–bred strain dipped slightly, but we suspect she’ll be back again next year looking for the top slot.

Northern California

1. Chiquita Banana

Competitor: Utopia Farms

2015 Cannabis Cup: World Cannabis Cup

Category: Medical Hybrid

% THC: 27.16

2. Strawberry Banana

Competitor: Crockett Family Farms

2015 Cannabis Cup: Michigan Cup

Category: Medical Hybrid

% THC: 26.0

3. Gorilla Glue #4

Competitor: Green Acres

2015 Cannabis Cup: SF Cup

Category: Medical Hybrid

% THC: 25.8

4. Kosher Kush

Competitor: Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance

2015 Cannabis Cup: SF Cup

Category: Medical Indica

% THC: 25.6

5. Tahoe Chem

Competitor: C.R.A.F.T.

2015 Cannabis Cup: SF Cup

Category: Medical Hybrid

% THC: 25.5

Chiquita Banana, a relatively new name in the fruity strains, is likely a backcross of the Banana Kush (or Banana OG ) out of NorCal , with her potency derived from one of her parents, the epic Ghost OG cut.

Appearing twice on The List for 2015, the Strawberry Banana also was named one of “The Strongest Strains on Earth” in 2014, coming in at 22.51% THC. Additionally, she recently showed up in our “Best-Tasting Buds” feature (March ’16) boasting a very prolific terpene profile. A cross between Bubblegum and Banana Kush ( OG ), the SB goes nine weeks in flower.

Gorilla Glue #4 has been steadily gaining in popularity over the past few years, combining a unique flavor with a very potent high. A super-cross of Sour Dubb x ( Chem’s Sister x Chocolate Diesel), she’s a sativa-dominant hybrid that’s been making her way across the country, and has reportedly even been seen on a menu or two in Dutch coffeeshops .


1. Platinum OG

Competitor: Herbal Solutions—Ypsilanti

2015 Cannabis Cup: Michigan Cup

Category: Medical Indica

% THC: 27.1

2. Sunny Days

Competitor: Jackson County Compassion Club

2015 Cannabis Cup: Michigan Cup

Category: Medical Sativa

% THC: 26.7

3. Death Star

Competitor: IDK Farms & Great Lakes Water Only with Detroit Nutrient Co.

2015 Cannabis Cup: Michigan Cup

Category: Medical Hybrid

% THC: 26.1

4. Sunshine #4 by Bhodi Seeds

Competitor: The Green Room Detroit

2015 Cannabis Cup: Michigan Cup

Category: Medical Hybrid

% THC: 25.95

5. Purple OG

Competitor: Herbal Solutions

2015 Cannabis Cup: Michigan Cup

Category: Medical Indica

% THC: 25.9

The Sunny Days doubtless gets her potency from her father, the Ghost Train Haze #1. This particular sativa-dominant hybrid is a GTH backcross whose lineage is represented as (Grape Stomper x GTH #1) bx GTH #1. This entry, hitting nearly 27% THC, was organically grown.

Death Star has been around for a while, but the Sour Diesel x Sensi Star cross has never quite lived up to initial expectations. This pheno , however, achieved new heights when grown in all-natural soil and organic nutrients from the Detroit Nutrient Company. See a trend?

Sunshine #4, an OG x Cherry Pie x Pink Panties cross, first made headlines in our “Best-Tasting Buds” feature this past March, boasting 2.2% total terps , with myrcene heading the roster. Combine that with nearly 26% THC, and you get a potent flower that took home first place in the Best Hybrid category.


1. Kevie Skunk

Competitor: St. Bess Ganja Growers—Kevin Samuels

2015 Cannabis Cup: Jamaica Cup

Category: Indica Flowers (Outdoor)

% THC: 17.8

2. True OG

Competitor: Kingston Skinny

2015 Cannabis Cup: Jamaica Cup

Category: Mixed Indoor Flowers

% THC: 17.4

3. Power Nap

Competitor: Sunspice/ Igadl Global Ja/ Louis Chase/ Maurice Ellis

2015 Cannabis Cup: Jamaica Cup

Category: Mixed Indoor Flowers

% THC: 16.8

4. Gummy Berry 2

Competitor: Bongo Mannie

2015 Cannabis Cup: Jamaica Cup

Category: Indica Flowers (Outdoor)

% THC: 16.6

5. Orange Hill Ebola

Competitor: Juna Johnson

2015 Cannabis Cup: Jamaica Cup

Category: Indica Flowers (Outdoor)

% THC: 15.8

6. M.G. Express—G.O.E. Original

Competitor: St. Bess Ganja Growers—Glendon Elcis

2015 Cannabis Cup: Jamaica Cup

Category: Sativa Flowers (Outdoor)

% THC: 15.4

The Jamaican Cannabis Cup featured entries grown only in Jamaica, with the categories divided into Indoor, Outdoor Sativa and Outdoor Indica for flowers. The average indoor flower potency was 15.5% THC. Out of 53 total flower entries, the average outdoor potency was 10.1% THC for indicas and 10.4% THC for sativas . These averages represent the values for activated ( decarboxylated ) THC.

Each province or parish of Jamaica is represented by a primary ganja growers’ association, and many of the entries were supplied via these organizations. Rastafarians comprise a majority of these growers and have been cultivating some of these strains for many decades. They were central in organizing this Cup competition.

St. Bess Ganja Growers, which provided two of the most potent entries in the Jamaica Cup, as well as the St. Ann’s Botanical & Agro Processing Cooperative and the Orange Hill growers (of Westmoreland), were among the top associations of island cultivators.

The True OG was grown from seeds purchased from Elemental Seeds.

Eight of the 26 entries in the Best Indica category, or 31%, tested for high CBD levels (over 3%). The highest was 9.2% CBD , in a strain called Black Willy from the Accompong Maroons, Jamaica’s oldest indigenous people.

Strongest CBD Strains

As THC potency rises, so too come increasing CBD levels. We never thought we’d see the day when CBD actually catches up to THC, but that sentiment is now being challenged as we witness CBD strains crossing the 20th percentile for the first time ever.

In comparison with the results in the THC category, the CBD strains were tested by three different labs across four separate competitions, with values coming back between 15% and 21%. The top CBD strain, a Cannatonic phenotype that’s been circulating in the northern US for the past several years, also hit 19% CBD at the Michigan Cup in 2011.

CBD: The Highest Levels

1. Cannatonic

Competitor: IDK Farms & Great Lakes Water Only with Detroit Nutrient Co.

2015 Cannabis Cup: Michigan Cup

Category: CBD Flowers

% CBD: 20.8

% THC: 0.8


Competitor: C.R.A.F.T.

2015 Cannabis Cup: World Cannabis Cup

Category: CBD Flowers

% CBD: 19.5

% THC: 9.01

3. Perkins Cut Cannatonic

Competitor: Mota Rebel Genetics

2015 Cannabis Cup: Michigan Cup

Category: CBD Flowers

% CBD: 18.8

% THC: 0.7

4. CBDee’s #1B

Competitor: Pure West Compassion Club with Light Sky Farms

2015 Cannabis Cup: Michigan Cup

Category: CBD Flowers

% CBD: 18.6

% THC: 0.7

5. The Wife

Competitor: Green Grass Central City

2015 Cannabis Cup: Denver Cup

Category: CBD Flowers

% CBD: 16.57

% THC: 0.67

6. AC/DC

Competitor: Emerald Triangle Genetics

2015 Cannabis Cup: LA Cup

Category: CBD Flowers

% CBD: 15.4

% THC: 0.8

Mile High Has Record High

This feature has been running annually in our hallowed pages for five years now. The previous high mark for potency was 28.35% THC for the Bruce Banner #3, set in 2013 at the Denver Cannabis Cup. Since that time, we’ve discussed at length just how high a cannabis flower could go, physiologically speaking, in terms of THC. We’ve also discussed the various lab-testing methodologies used by labs in different states. We asked the experts if we would see an end to these skyrocketing values, or would cannabis simply continue to progress until we had buds testing at over 50% THC? The truth is, there has to be a ceiling at some point: After all, a flower can’t be 100% percent THC.

In 2015, we reached a new milestone in the Mile High City, crossing the 30% threshold for the first time ever at a High Times Cannabis Cup competition. Sure, we’ve heard rumors about strains climbing as high as 35%—we’ve even examined reports submitted by growers and prepared by no-name labs. But these reports won’t be considered valid until we can certify the lab and its testing protocols, as we do for each Cup competition we hold.

In Denver, we had not one but two flower entries break the barrier and cross into a new realm of cannabis potency. And while both were entered in the same Cup, they were grown in different states, by different growers, using different genetics and techniques. Still, it’s important to remember that while we validated the testing methods used, we had only one lab running samples at this Cup, as opposed to our normal protocol of two separate labs running the samples independently.

Greenwolf , a celebrated LA dispensary, brought to the Denver Cup their Emperor Cookie Dough, which tipped the scales at 31.1% THC—an impressive number, to say the least. And then we have our good friends at Next Harvest, a perennial contender from Denver, whose Chem Dog cut surpassed the 32% mark and set the bar with a new all-time high of 32.13% THC.

This comes as no surprise to anyone who’s ever smoked a pure Chem Dog, which just happened to originate from seeds found in a pound of cannabis grown in Denver in the 1990s (and known simply as “the Dog” back then). Today, we no longer question the results, but instead celebrate the unknown. And one day, sooner or later, our questions will finally be answered as to just how high this precious plant can take us.

We’d like to pause here and thank our partner labs for providing such excellent and thorough lab results for our Cannabis Cup competitions in 2015:

LA Cannabis Cup: Lab-testing results by CSA Labs, Los Angeles, using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

Denver Cannabis Cup: Lab-testing results by Charas Scientific, Denver, using high-pressure liquid chromatography ( HPLC ).

San Francisco Cannabis Cup: Lab-testing results by Steep Hill Labs, Berkeley, using HPLC.

Michigan Cannabis Cup: Lab-testing results by Iron Labs, Walled Lake, using GC-MS, and by PSI Labs, Ann Arbor, using HPLC.

The World Cannabis Cup: Lab-testing results by CSA Labs, Los Angeles, using HPLC.

Jamaica Cannabis Cup: Lab-testing results by Steep Hill Labs, Berkeley, using a QuantaCann-2 (IR-referenced technology), and in conjunction with the University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica.

New genetic strains for 2021

Every new year brings new opportunities, new life chances, new resolutions, new plans and goals and, most importantly, new strains of cannabis! When it comes to aromas, indica strains tend to give off musty, earthy, and skunky smells, while sativas have a sweet smell, fruity or spicy. Here are 5 ideal strains for 2021.

Fortunately, events like the Emerald Cup are the perfect opportunity for industry professionals to experience the best of the best for each new year. Keep an eye out for these strains throughout 2021: soon your local dispensaries will be filling their shelves with some of these magnificent genetic masterpieces.

Wedding Crasher (Hybrid) – The strain that tastes like wedding cake

A new cultivar from one of our favorites, Symbiotic Genetics, the same breeders who produced one of last year’s top candidates, Mimosa, Wedding Crasher, is the main cannabis strain that SG has released and released. sale to the public, but there is a good reason for this. No, unfortunately those “buds” won’t give you the courage to hop into a few strangers’ wedding reception and eat all their free food and drink all their open bar booze, but this strain is capable of doing things. much more valuable in our opinion.

The Weedding Crasher calms the mind. Its High is very heady giving its happy user a peaceful, tranquil but clear state, its effects last quite a long time. The Wedding Crasher ‘high’ is known to be quite exciting and chatty, so maybe these characteristics mimic what might happen at a wedding, but beyond that, it’s also a type of marijuana. very medicinal. Besides, Wedding Crasher can make you tingle and feel uplifted, along with an increased desire to be creative. From a medical point of view, this strain is known to relieve cramps, muscle spasms, inflammation, and fatigue, as well as to resolve any mood, feeling or feeling that is depressing.

Finally, the icing on the cake is the flavor of Wedding Crasher, which resembles that of a vanilla wedding cake, mixed with hints of grape, making it a smooth, sweet and even sometimes. herbaceous, with a pleasant berry finish. Wedding Crasher is a genetic masterpiece produced by the crossing of Wedding Cake and Purple Punch.

Sour Berry Blue (Sativa) – The floating tropical strain

One of the most recent releases from Colorado-based The Farm Genetics, Sour Berry Blue is a sativa-dominant strain, bred from High Times Cannabis Cup winner Alpha Blue and Sour Strawberry. Known to be one of the most potent Sour Strawberry crosses, Sour Berry Blue is really no joke, with its flavor and aroma profile eerily reminiscent of a floating tropical paradise. With a taste of tropical fruit cocktail, with hints of sugar and berry, this strain is essentially a delicious sweet berry delight, with an equally delectable scent.

Unlike many sativas, Sour Berry Blue’s high is not so energizing, but leaves the user feeling euphoric and extremely uplifting. You will undoubtedly feel like you can kick back and relax with this sativa. The THC level of sour berry blue ranges between 20-26,5% on average. Prepare to let your body and mind soar into the depths of the sea, ending up on a tropical island paradise.

Tropicana Cookies (Sativa) – The strain that mixes breakfast and dessert

Developed by Washington-based seed developer Phat Panda, Tropicana Cookies is an interesting mix between Tangie, an ultra-lemony Dutch sativa, and Forum GSC. This sativa-dominant strain, which many say smells strongly of orange juice, carries many strong notes of tangerine and other citrus fruits, which are then balanced by its dessert notes, which are those of fresh baked cookies. baked, leading to a smooth overall creation that is essentially breakfast and dessert combined into one smokable, strong personality.

Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? Tropicana is known to create a state of excitement and focus, accompanied by a lot of happiness, laughter and excitement. Medically speaking, this strain is the best for dealing with depression when it comes to mind. On a physical level, it can help manage stress, eye pressure, cramps, and nausea. The buds of Tropicana Cookies are beautiful, a distinct dark purple and dark green, accented by bright orange hairs; a real pleasure to grow yourself. Unfortunately, the Tropicana Cookies strain isn’t the easiest to find. It is sold by some partner companies, but dispensaries are only just beginning to know of its existence.

That’s why it’s best to call your dispensary ahead of time and ask if they sell this fruity treat. If you live in the Washington area, chances are you can get your hands on this Tangie x GSC crossover.

Palm Tree CBD (Indica) – The low THC strain of your dreams

Well-Balanced THC: The strain of CBD produced by Snoop Dogg’s own cannabis company, Leafs by Snoop, Palm Tree CBD has been making waves lately, and we’re pretty sure why. With a THC content of 4-13% and a CBD content of 6-12%, this delicious ganja is known for its calming and medicinal effects.

If you are generally a fan of low THC marijuana strains, you will definitely fall in love with palm CBD as it helps treat a wide range of medical conditions, including eye pressure, fatigue, stress, severe headache and inflammation. This strain has a strong citrus flavor, with elements of lemon, orange and other citrus fruits. Known for her distinct-looking, lime-green and particularly dense ‘buds’ with hints of purple and fluorescent orange hairs, as soon as this strain is around you, you’ll know it. Its aroma is strong.

The effects of Palm Tree CBD are not only calming, but also relaxing, drowsy, and euphoric, just like many of your other traditional cues. Additionally, Palm Tree CBD can have a potent high effect, which will not only leave you feeling happy and satisfied, but will also give you a tingling all over you.

Mint Chocolate Chip (hybrid) – The refreshing and rejuvenating strain

One of the most recent releases of ExoticGenetix, the industry has been going wild over this entire seed line lately, with many delicious choices, all ultimately coming from the stable genetics of Mint Chocolate Chips. This strain is the genetic cross between SinMint Cookies strain and Green Ribbon BX, Mint Chocolate Chip is actually the odd pairing of two opposing genetic lines, resulting in a pretty intriguing end product.

The initial flavor of this strain is earthy and diesel-like, followed by a minty and creamy finish, which is honestly quite refreshing and rejuvenating. The buds of this strain are known to be filled with a dense resin, which gives them their shiny and sparkling appearance. Consumed in small doses, the effects of Mint Chocolate Chip remain euphoric and relaxing, inducing happiness and creating mental energy, but when consumed in higher doses, this type of cannabis is known to make its user less functional. .

If you don’t mind lounging on the couch all day and watching a bit of Netflix, then higher doses are perfectly fine, but if you’re planning on doing something, lower your doses. From a medical standpoint, this type of herb is the best for dealing with depression, stress, headaches, inflammation, and pain. If you are a grower, you are in luck.

The easiest way to get this bud is to buy the seeds directly from ExoticGenetix, and grow your own mint and chocolate plants. It can still be a bit tricky to buy this marijuana at a dispensary, so growing will always be the easiest option if you feel qualified to do it, or if you’re up for a little challenge.

Final thoughts on new strains and strains of cannabis for 2021

If you are a seasoned user and have entered the year not knowing where to start, we hope that this article will give you all the necessary information so that you can discover them first and especially not to miss it.

If you are new to the cannabis world, there are without a doubt 5 beautiful strains that are well worth every penny you spend on them, and you can tell all your stoner friends that you got to try out some of the hottest new strains. exclusive to the market before they even know it.

We hope you found this article not only entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of marijuana is the sole responsibility of the user and that good judgment should always be used.