The marijuana industry has indeed come a very long way in the last decade or so. One of the reasons that can be attributed to this continuing industry growth in the cannabis market is the legalization of marijuana in several American states and in the entire country of Canada. As such, you now see a lot of breeders developing different strains of marijuana to introduce in a rapidly growing industry.
In line with that, we are now seeing the rise of different types of cannabis hybrid strains that combine the genetics of indicas and sativas. While research does indeed suggest that marijuana strains are basically the same as far as their genetics are concerned, they still have different attributes and have chemical compositions that are so unique to their kind that breeders simply cannot help but combine one strain with another to get a good combination of attributes. In some cases, breeders just want to combine the different indica and sativa attributes so that they can get a strain that is pretty balanced.
That said, hybrids are now dominating the marijuana market. Nevertheless, there are still certain hybrids that tend to stand out amongst the pack as arguably the best hybrid strains to grow in today’s growing and evolving marijuana industry. So, in that regard, we have put up a list of the most fantastic hybrid strains to grow today.
1. Blue Dream
Blue Dream is and will always be on any list when it comes to the best hybrid strains you can grow. After all, this hybrid has become one of the most legendary strains of all time and is one of the more popular names in the cannabis community wherever you go. Its parents, the Blueberry and Amnesia Haze strains, are equally as popular. It only follows that their offspring is now one of the better hybrids in the world.
One of the best reasons why Blue Dream is so well-loved is that it actually smells and tastes really good. It carries a blueberry profile that is sweet and earthy like its Blueberry parent. Of course, it is also a great strain in terms of its effects. It has sativa-leaning properties that can improve your focus and motivation in a way that does not feel too heavy for your mind and body to handle. Of course, its indica side also works by putting you in a relaxed state that does not sedate or makes you feel lazy.
Growing Blue Dream will not be a difficult task. As a hybrid, it is a pretty easy plant to cultivate as it is pretty resistant to a lot of negative conditions. It is also good for both indoor and outdoor growing. As such, Blue Dream really is a dreamy strain for hybrid growers out there. Expect it to flower in about 9 to 10 weeks.
2. OG Kush
The “OG” in OG Kush might not stand for “original” but this strain is such a great hybrid that people often mistake it for the actual original Kush. OG Kush comes from the Hindu Kush landrace strain and is a close relative of the actual original Kush bud. However, it also has sativa qualities that make it a good hybrid strain. In fact, OG Kush itself is also responsible for many subsequent hybrids.
Nevertheless, OG Kush stands as a strain that is better than most other hybrids that came after it because of its many complex properties. It has a pretty unique aroma and flavor profile that resembles a kind of skunkiness that is mixed with a fuel-like odor. It might not sound very appealing but it actually smells and tastes pretty good. Moreover, this hybrid is effective at helping you feel relaxed and euphoric without all the mind-racing effects of a sativa strain or the sedating buzz that indicas tend to induce.
OG Kush is pretty closely related to the Hindu Kush landrace. That means that this strain is resistant to cold temperatures but still prefers a climate that is quite warm. This strain is a pretty short plant that will not grow taller than five feet. As such, it is great for indoor growing. OG Kush will be ready for harvest in about nine weeks.
3. Gorilla Glue
Not only is Gorilla Glue an amazing hybrid strain but it also is one of the strongest and most potent strains on the planet. It has not been in the market for a very long time but, ever since it was introduced in 2016, it took the cannabis community by storm because this 50-50 hybrid is actually pretty potent with THC levels that can reach as high as 28%. This makes it a great strain for those who want a good jolt of THC but not an ideal one for people who are not used to the effects of cannabis.
Gorilla Glue has a strong yet appealing flavor that actually has a bit of mocha and coffee in it. However, when it stays too long in your mouth, it has a pretty potent fuel-like taste that may surprise a lot of users. Of course, since it is a very potent strain, it will also hit you just as hard as its taste does. Its effects are a good mix of sativa and indica mental and physical buzzes but are intensified by how potent this strain is. As good a hybrid as Gorilla Glue is, be careful when using it.
Be sure to grow Gorilla Glue in warm outdoor environments because it does not do well in the cold. Nevertheless, it is not a difficult strain to grow because of its hybrid properties. You may need to trim it regularly though because it can get pretty tall as a plant. Nevertheless, it is a fast grower and will be ready for harvest in about 8 or 9 weeks.
4. White Widow
There are not a lot of things to say about White Widow that has not been said already. A legendary strain in its own right, this name has been around for decades already but is still making waves all over the world because of its great hybrid effects and attributes. White Widow is also a staple name all over Europe especially in the Netherlands, where it is a part of Amsterdam’s coffee shop culture already. It is always the first to fly off Dutch coffee shop shelves because of how popular it is.
A strain that came from the combination of a Brazilian indica landrace and an Indian sativa landrace, this Amsterdam-born marijuana strain carries really good genetics and effects that made it possible for it to win the Cannabis Cup back in the 90s. It also comes with the classic marijuana kind of smell and taste that is very similar to some of the most popular strains during the 80s and the 90s.
When it comes to its effects, White Widow acts more like a sativa since it has a coffee-like effect that makes you alert of your surroundings while also increasing your focus and productivity. It is an invigorating strain that also promises to give you a slight relaxation to make sure that you will be able to do things in a calm manner.
When growing White Widow, expect it to thrive well in a climate that can be quite warm. Despite that, its hybrid qualities allow it to become resistant to the cold weather. It also is good for outdoor cultivation because of how well it can handle molds. White Widow acts more like an indica as a plant during its vegetative stage. It also has a pretty quick flowering time that is only about 9 weeks.
5. Pineapple Express
Made famous by actors Seth Rogen and James Franco in a Hollywood film of the same name, Pineapple Express became a cultural icon in the west but was already a pretty popular strain in the Netherlands way before the film was even released. This strain is a fruity and tropical hybrid bud that resulted from the combination of Trainwreck and a Hawaiian landrace strain. In that regard, you would already understand why it has always been a favorite in Amsterdam way before Hollywood even conceptualized the film.
Pineapple Express has qualities that are pretty tropical in nature because of how it smells and tastes like actual pineapples. It is sweet, smooth, and pretty fruity in a citrusy kind of way. It simply is a delightful experience for your senses but is an even better experience for your mind and body. A pretty potent bud in its own right, this tropical hybrid hits you with a euphoric high that will instantly uplift you and make you creative and imaginative. It also comes with a mild body numb that will put you in a functional relaxed state.
If you are planning on growing this hybrid, you can be sure that it can be cultivated well in indoor and outdoor environments. However, make sure that you grow it in a stealthy manner as it can get pretty tall especially when cultivated outdoors. Moreover, it is a high-yielding strain that automatically flowers. That said, it will be ready for harvest in as short as seven weeks and as long as only eight weeks.
6. Skywalker OG
Skywalker OG might be 85% indica when it comes to its genetics but it does not mean that it is not a pretty good hybrid strain. Developed by combining Skywalker and OG Kush, it has pretty good genetics and actually lives up to its name and its parents because of how great it is at making you feel like you are up in the sky floating amongst the clouds. Of course, it also helps that it has THC levels that can reach 25%.
Like a lot of classic strains, Skywalker OG tends to have a pungent aroma and taste profile that is quite spicy and herbal in terms of its aftertaste. It also has hints of diesel underneath if you try to actually analyze its taste. Meanwhile, it has a very intense high that instantly hits you with a surprising buzz. This indica-dominant hybrid will leave you on your couch with a sort of happiness and relaxation that puts both your mind and body above the clouds.
Skywalker OG might be a good hybrid to grow but it might be a bit difficult to cultivate for beginners because of how temperamental it can get. What that means that it can be a bit hard to predict how it reacts to different conditions. However, if you do things right, you can expect it to reward you with a large yield in only a waiting period of 7 to 9 weeks.
Chemdawg is another hybrid strain that has reached legendary status over the years due to its amazing properties and attributes. While it is still a mystery as to where this strain came from, what is unmistakable is the fact that it is a staple in America and has a pretty good number of followers all over the country because of its taste and invigorating buzz.
When it comes to its flavor, Chemdawg has a pretty musky and diesel-like scent that tends to overpower your senses. However, once you get over that experience, you will be able to enjoy the notes of sourness that hits your tongue. Also, if you enjoy the taste of diesel, this one will hit the spot. Its effects also embody its flavors as it has hit you with an invigorating and energizing kind of high that makes you feel like a car getting pumped with fuel. It might not be a very potent strain but it is great at sharpening your senses and at making you feel more focused on the things around you.
Chemdawg is not exactly an easy plant to grow and is better left for those with a good amount of experience in cannabis cultivation because of how it is susceptible to molds and mildew when exposed to a humid outdoor environment. It is better if you grow it indoors so that you can control the conditions that can help it avoid molds and mildew. And if you take good care of it, it will give you a very generous yield in a span of about 9 to 10 weeks.
AK-47 is an all-time favorite hybrid strain that should always be on the list of the best hybrids to grow. While it might have a pretty scary name, it is nothing like the Soviet gun that is pretty popular all over the world. Instead, AK-47 has a mild kind of high that will not shoot you up like a semi-automatic gun. For the most part, it is a pretty peaceful strain that anyone can truly enjoy.
Though it is a sativa-dominant strain, AK-47 has effects that are quite balanced. It initially hits you with a euphoric high that is characteristic among sativas. However, this high simply uplifts your mood and makes you feel more mentally invigorated without giving you the racy kind of feeling that a lot of sativas tend to induce. As soon as its indica side kicks in, it puts you in a relaxed mood that is quite enjoyable because of how it does not put you in a sedated state.
AK-47 plants are your typical sativas in the sense that they grow quite tall. It prefers to be grown in a cool climate that should never be too warm or too cold. That is why people prefer cultivating it indoors, where it is easier to control the conditions needed for it to thrive well. Expect AK-47 to flower in about 8 to 9 weeks.