Whether you are finding it hard to choose from the bewildering array of cannabis seeds available, or you just want a change from what you normally grow, here are 3 cannabis strains everyone should grow, at least once.
We chose these strains on account of their legendary genetic heritage, awesome effects, ease of growth, generous harvests and abundance of trichomes! These are the ones you won’t know you missed until you’ve grown them, and which might change your preferences for good!
Blue Dream (Fem)
Blue Dream is a consistent favourite year in, year out on account of its mouth-watering aroma and taste, long-lasting euphoric high, and the ease with which it grows in a variety of environments. You can’t have the discussion of cannabis strains everyone should grow with a mention of The Dream!
As the offspring of Blueberry Ice crossed with a special U.S. Haze cut, this is a 70% sativa strain that requires no fuss or frills, making it suitable for beginners and professionals alike. With the usual care given to your other plants, Blue Dream will reliably produce an abundance of trichome-heavy buds that, when dried, cured, and smoked, produce a sweet berry taste with citrus and haze notes.
THC content is high, accompanied by low CBD levels, which results in an uplifting, mentally energising high, making it good for the daytime and socialising. This is balanced with full-body relaxation, which helps to relieve pain, stress and anxiety, and other therapeutic benefits, making it popular with medical users.
Grow-wise, Blue Dream produces medium size plants indoors and does amazingly well outdoors, reaching heights of 3.5 metres when cultivated in a warm, dry, and mild Mediterranean climate. Flowering time is 9-10 weeks, and you can expect a good harvest of dense buds that are easy to trim.
Peyote Gorilla (Fem)
Peyote Gorilla is the queen of trichome production, producing buds glistening with crystals. This makes it a winner for those of you wanting to make extracts and concentrates.
THC levels are between 22 – 26%, with just 1% of CBD, making it a very potent strain. The effects are immediately strong and uplifting, followed by a gradual full-body relaxation. Whilst excellent for relieving anxiety or stress, Peyote Gorilla may not be such a good one for partying because you may want to take a nap after smoking it unless you have a very high tolerance!
Peyote Gorilla’s genetics come from Gorilla Glue #4 and Peyote Purple parents. These combine the powerful and medicinal effects of the Gorilla with the stimulating and uplifting high of the Peyote Purple.
When growing Peyote Gorilla, expect a flowering time of around 70 days. It can be grown by beginners, but to get the most from this strain, advice from an experienced grower could come in handy. Mandy Gosselin, grower and Seedsman reviewer, recommends flipping these plants earlier rather than later because they can get very tall with the stretch during flowering.
She also suggests topping it a few times during early veg to increase the number of colas, removing the lower fluffy and immature flowers to keep the energy for the big flowers, and giving a final de-leafing around the 3 to 4 week (and not removing too much before this time). It’s also worth considering a SCROG to help the stems support the heavy buds.
Northern Lights Auto
Sometimes you want a quick and easy turnaround with your cannabis grow. This is when autoflowers are the go-to choice. Northern Lights Auto is one of Seedsman’s most popular – the result of crossing the legendary Northern Lights with a ruderalis strain to acquire the auto-properties and added resilience whilst still retaining the potency of its parent. Northern Lights tops most lists of cannabis strains everyone should grow.
It grows well in most environments and is resistant to mould, pests and plant diseases, making it a great beginner strain and a good choice for outdoor or greenhouse growing. It is important to use moderate amounts of a slow-release fertiliser, and do watch out for the range of colours the plant can exhibit – green, blue and purple shades, which are sure to both surprise and please you.
With a potency of up to 23% THC and minimal CBD (0.5%), this auto packs a powerful punch, providing a strong indica-typical mental relaxation with a full body effect. The taste is earthy, sweet and spicy, with a hint of citrus.
If you are looking for strength and ease of growing in your seed choice, this is the one for you. With a short flowering cycle of 7-8 weeks, you can get a couple of harvests in during the season in all but the highest latitudes, and in Mediterranean warmer climates, you might even get three! Added to this, you get the taste and effect of one of the most popular strains of all time.