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When it comes to getting high, how do you explain the experience to someone who’s never tried weed? Ask a seasoned stoner how many different ways cannabis can make you feel and they’ll tell you effects fall under a few umbrellas: energizing, uplifting, euphoric, relaxing, or sleepy.

OG Kush is the hybrid of all hybrids that swept California by storm in the 1990s and set the bar for many of the high-potency strains we smoke today. It has a flavor of earthy, sour, gassy, and skunky terpenes that we’ve come to identify as “kush,” which give way to an intense cerebral experience.

Energized: Green Crack

And with that, here are five of the best strains to set your dials to feeling energized, uplifted, euphoric, relaxed, or sleepy.

OG Kush’s terpene profile is dominant in myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene.

Green Crack is a prime example of a cannabis strain that usually adjusts a person’s knobs to an energizing experience. Bred way back in the 1970s, it’s a legendary sativa that tastes like earthy citrus terpenes and is great for daytime consumption. Its three most common terpenes are myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.

Calling 2020 a challenging year would be an understatement. After weathering the storm, cannabis growers all over the world are welcoming spring 2021 with open arms. It’s time to embrace a new year, new opportunities, and another successful growing season. If you’re after enormous levels of THC and heavy yields, consider sowing our 2021 genetics.

Photoperiod-sensitive cannabis strains require a 12/12 light/dark cycle to transition from vegetative growth to flowering. Our phenomenally potent feminized varieties all punch through the 20% THC threshold for high-grade cannabis. The following are the nobility of RQS feminized seeds.

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You want the chronic? Well, whether you can handle it or not, you got it. This is no run-of-the-mill best-in-class cannabis roundup. These are the 10 most potent strains by category in the RQS collection. Nothing but royal dankness. Recreational growers will relish our super high-THC feminized and autoflowering strains. And for the CBD grower, we’ve included our finest CBD-rich strains that also offer impressive THC levels to boot.

The ever-popular Girl Scout Cookies teamed up with the newly minted cannabis celebrity Gelato. Joining dank forces in superhero fashion, the outcome of this pairing was made manifest in Cookies Gelato. Packing a punch with up to 28% THC, she’s pretty much as potent as you can get, delivering an immediate high that hits from the top down. Although not a smoke for novices, seasoned smokers love the cerebral, almost psychedelic buzz that comes with a nice relaxing touch. Sugary sweetness, a hallmark flavour of Cookies strains, makes it difficult to put the strain down, but then her massive potency helps keep you in line.

Next up we have the breezy, tropical strain behind the recent surge in flower with an orange, citrusy nose. A cross between California Orange and a Skunk hybrid, Tangie has been a hugely popular strain in the past few years for its euphoric, uplifting high and tangerine dream profile.

When asked about the best strains, Farrar replied, “Super Silver Haze is the first strain that really comes to my mind. I’ve literally been growing it for 25 years. We just had a batch of Super Silver Haze that came out at 31% THC, which is pretty fucking radical for a sativa like that.”

Genetics get watered down over time and cross-bred into oblivion. As with NY Sour Diesel, which revolutionized the cannabis market in NYC in the late ’90s and early 2000s, great strains are ephemeral. While still popular, the Sour Diesel you’re picking up at your local dispensary doesn’t hold a candle to the original cut Manhattanites were paying $100 a gram for in 2007. However, not all legendary strains have faded over time. Many of those that made this list are alive and well and readily available.

Tangie

She continued, “Once we’re done growing a new strain, I like to roll it into a joint and do a dry hit — that to me is the most fun part. It’s important in this dry hit that you’re tasting what you’re smelling. If the flavor carries through when you smoke it, that’s indicative that you have something really good.”

While there are numerous factors that contribute to a strain’s greatness, the defining characteristic of a great strain is the smell.

In addition to a stellar terpene profile that carries into the smoking experience, a balanced cannabinoid profile is key as well. For Julia Jacobson, CEO of the Mendocino-based, environmentally-conscious brand Aster Farms, potency comes second to a great cannabinoid profile. “For me, it’s really not just about potency,” she said, “it’s about the actual balanced effect that I’m getting. And it’s about having a really deep high, as opposed to that kind of superficial thing that you get when something’s been juiced for potency. For us, it’s looking at the strains that are not only high in THC, but also have a really positive, kind of radiating effect, with terpenes that offer a more complex high.”

To determine the best strains of all time as well as what makes a strain “great,” we spoke to some of the most knowledgeable experts in the weed industry and the growers behind the strains themselves.