The most common misconception about marijuana is that not all strains are the same. Whilst some strains are sturdier and can withstand periods of drought, others can be more delicate and prone to diseases, mold, and pests. As a novice grower, it’s important to choose cannabis strains that are easy to grow, and require fewer skills and effort. Look for strains that are fuss-free and do not require high-level maintenance nor specially tailored environments (such as heating or specialized lighting) to suit their needs.
Before picking a strain, take note that certain strains may have adapted to a specific climate –– so growing a warm-weather strain in a cold environment may not be ideal, for example. Furthermore, you might want to consider your main focus for growing cannabis. Is it for smoking, edibles, or cordials?
With over 1,000 cannabis strains in the market, which one should you pick? We’re here with the top five beginner-friendly cannabis strains –– these are sturdy, provide a high yield, able to flourish in different climates, and are popular with consumers.
Blue Dream: Sativa Cannabis Strain
Without a doubt, Blue Dream is every consumer’s go-to product. Otherwise known as Azure Haze, this Sativa-dominant strain is a potent mixture between the classic strains Blueberry and Haze. True to its name, Blue Dream produces a euphoric yet balanced high, along with long-lasting cerebral stimulation and full-body relaxation. This strain is reminiscent of sweet summertime berries, which lingers in the air and on your tongue long after the smoke is gone.
This strain contains a relatively high concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that ranges from 17% to 24%, making it the perfect remedy for a myriad of ailments. Most medical marijuana patients use it to treat symptoms of chronic pain, depression, and nausea. Blue Dream is sturdy to grow, which gives novice growers space to experiment and make mistakes when growing. Plus, it’s able to grow well in different climates –– both indoors and outdoors, whether it’s on cold and hot nights.
Wedding Cake, otherwise known as Pink Cookies or Birthday Cake, is a unique strain derived from popular strains Triangle Kush and Animal Mints. Although the taste varies with each phenotype, this strain has a general sour, tangy, yet subtle creamy flavor profile –– reminiscent of a wedding cake, duh!
Wedding Cake is easily recognizable by its short and dense stature that’s dotted with large, colorful flowers. Its high levels of trichomes give rise to Wedding Cake’s concentrated THC levels, which creates its signature sticky and frosty-looking foliage texture. However, be sure to take extra care in curing the foliage frequently, as infrequent pruning may lead to mold and the development of other funky smells.
Super Lemon Haze
Winner of 2008 and 2009’s High Times Cannabis Cup, Super Lemon Haze is quickly gaining popularity with regular consumers. Taste-wise, this strain marries sweetness with a tart, lemony taste to create an addictive, mellow high that you can’t get enough of. Because the THC count for Super Lemon Haze can reach as high as 25%, this hybrid is a great daytime remedy for eliminating fatigue, anxiety, and stress. It also contains mood-elevating properties, which can regulate depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic systems disorder (PTSD). Furthermore, it has been said that long-term usage may help release minor aches and uncomfortableness, improve migraines, and even overcome slight ADD/ADHD behavior.
Super Lemon Haze is a sturdy, strong plant that only requires attention during flowering, which can last between 56 to 65 days. Similar to its parent Lemon Skunk, Super Lemon requires plenty of space to stretch out and grow tall. Inside growers can obtain as much as 600 grams per square meter for each harvest, whilst outside growers can reap up to 800 grams per plant. Plus, Super Lemon Haze is resistant to the notorious grey mold, Botrytis.
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A three-way hybrid comprised of BadAzz, OG Kush, and Cookies Kush, this strain can be grown either indoors or out. Just make sure that there isn’t a high level of humidity and it can grow up to 300cm.
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GMO Cookies, or otherwise controversially known as Garlic Cookies, are a potent Indica-obsessed strain that packs a concentrated sedative punch and a heavy scent. Bred by Spanish-located breeder Mamiko Seeds, GMO Cookies holds a unique combination of flavors and sensations –– it has an overwhelming garlicky flavor that lingers around your palette, and contains undertones of herbs and spicy coffee.
However, what awaits you beyond the smell is a high you’ve never experienced before. GMO Cookies hold an average of 22% THC levels, which makes them ideal for those suffering from chronic pain, inflammation, insomnia, and high levels of fatigue. On the contrary, if you’ve simply grown tired of the conventional remedies, you may also want to try what the GMO Cookies strain has in store for you! This sturdy strain can adapt well to many indoor and outdoor climates but has a longer flowering period of nine to ten weeks.
Also known as 818 Headband, Sour OG is a mix between two legendary strains –– Sour Diesel and OG Kush. A 50/50 hybrid strain that offers a balance between Indica and Sativa sensations, Sour OG boasts of earthy pine, lemon, and gasoline flavor, with fruity and sweet undertones running through it. It contains a THG level of around 20%, which makes it compatible with people who struggle with anxiety, pain, depression, and stress. Sour OG places you in an intense high that involves feelings of peace and pleasure, which helps to alleviate pain and worry.
Sour OG grows well in both outdoor and indoor climates and has a shorter flowering time of about eight weeks. The plant has sturdy colas and can provide a decent medium-sized yield. The seeds are available to be feminized and cloned, if necessary. If you’re looking for something more unique yet potent, this one’s for you.
Making Cannabis-Infused Butter
Now that we’ve introduced you to the different strains, let’s move on to creating canna-butter –– the main ingredient for developing delicious edibles, and the most versatile carrier of THC and other cannabinoids. All you need is a cup of butter and about a cup (70 to 80 grams) of decarboxylated cannabis.
First Step: Decarboxylating Cannabis
The first and most important step to take is ensuring that your cannabis flower is properly “decarbed”, to prevent your product from being weak or inactive. This is because cannabis buds produce an acidic, non-intoxicating cannabinoid called THCA. Under the heat, this chemical is then converted to THC, which is the substance responsible for evoking euphoric feelings.
For this reason, we recommend properly decarbing your flowers in hot butter or an oven before preparation, as the greater the bud exposure, the higher the amount of THC absorption. Preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit and place your buds on a non-stick, oven-safe tray. Bake it for around 30-40 minutes, and remember to shake the tray every 10 minutes to allow for even bud exposure.
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Second Step: Grinding and Melting
Next, grind the decarbed cannabis coarsely. Prepare your butter mixture by adding one cup of water and one cup of butter, and leaving it to simmer. Water is important as you don’t want your butter to end up scorched. Once the butter has completely melted, add the ground cannabis product to the butter mixture and let it simmer at low heat for two to three hours. Do take note to stir occasionally so that the mixture doesn’t burn!
Third Step: Straining
Line a funnel with a cheesecloth and set it on top of a jar. Once the butter is cooled, pour it over the funnel and let it strain naturally. The excessive squeezing of the cheesecloth may cause bad-tasting plant material to push through!
Fourth Step: Refrigerate It
Once you’ve done straining, leave your butter in the fridge until it solidifies. Should excess water collate at the bottom of the jar, ensure that your butter has been rested for at least an hour before attempting to remove the water. This is to prevent it from melting quickly.
The potency of your cannabutter depends on a multitude of factors –– from how long and hot it was cooked at, the type of strain you used (Indica vs Sativa), and even the potency of the natural materials it starts with. To accurately gauge the potency of your butter, we recommend trying your concoction with a snack and tweak it based on the level of intensity you want your effect to give.
Though marijuana is gaining popularity as a recreational and medicinal drug, it’s important to not overdo it and listen to your body. Whilst it is rare to find marijuana directly implicated in people’s death, it still poses risks to those prone to sudden heart arrhythmias, paranoia, seizures, and cardiac arrests. Be aware, be vigilant, and stay safe!
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