California marijuana plants are the beneficiaries of a geography that favors outdoor grows and the Golden State has championed some of the world’s finest cannabis strain genetics. OG Kush crosses flourish throughout the state, and today you’d be hard-pressed to find a strain that hasn’t been crossed with this illustrious hybrid.

California has always been a center for counterculture, and the California cannabis movement is no exception. This heritage lives on to this day, in the amazingly diverse selection of high quality California herbal remedies and weed strains. When it comes to California and weed, it’s well known that California bud is some of the best legal weed in the world. Long Live California ganja!

Blue Dream – Hybrid

  • The Blue Dream weed strain has a sweet berry smell and is a favorite for patients with pain, nauseousness and depression. This particular strain is a combination of indica (Blueberry) and sativa (Haze). Users can expect cerebral stimulation and thought-provoking conversations, but Blue Dream provides physical relaxation too. Consumers often say that Blue Dream gives them relief without drowsy side effects. The mild, reliable effects give gentle physical relief and mental stimulation.

Girl Scout – Hybrid

  • This California native has sprinted its way to fame in recent years, gobbling up awards left and right for its potency. Itself a descendent of OG Kush, GSC (a.ka. Girl Scout Cookies)is given an extra sativa lift from a Durban Poison parent. In masterful balance of soaring euphoria and deeply relaxing physical effects, it’s no wonder that GSC ranks #2 in the California market.

Sour Diesel – Sativa

  • Sour Diesel, also sometimes known as “Sour D,” is a sativa dominant California marijuana strains blended with about 10% of indica. This strain is about 26% THC –– a relatively high concentration –– so it is an ideal strain for experienced cannabis users. Because of its heavy sativa consistency, the Sour Diesel cannabis strain is all about mental stimulation. Many users report using this particular strain to handle depression, anxiety, and to counteract exhaustion. Sour Diesel is a great California marijuana strain for boosting energy. For that reason, many choose to smoke this California cannabis strain before a period of intense activity. In terms of flavor and aroma, sour diesel is a weed strain that is definitely unique. Many consumers report a smooth smoking experience, with a slight citrusy taste, like a lemon or lime. This is where the “sour” term in the name originates from. As for diesel, that’s all about the smell. This strain has a powerful smell, so it might not be the best for discrete usage.

OG Kush – Hybrid

  • OG Kush, the flagship strain of California genetics, ranks #4 among its top strains. Reviewing this list, however, you’ll notice many of the forerunners are bred using OG Kush genetics. Countless other hybrids not mentioned here also contain OG genetics, so much so that you can attach “OG” to the end of almost any strain name and assume that some California breeder has already made it. OG Kush phenotypes are also marketed under a variety of monikers, many of which play off celebrity names and pop culture references.

Green Crack – Sativa

  • People in California love this stimulating sativa for its ability to relieve stress and fatigue while helping one focus, particularly during the day. Green Crack comes from Skunk #1 and an Afghani strain, and the flowers smell and taste like sweet, tangy fruit.

Jack Herer – Sativa

  • Jack Herer is the tried-and-true sativa you’d expect to find on any market’s top 13 list. Beautifully crafted genetics from Sensi Seeds give way to a balanced effect profile that promotes happiness, creativity, and an uplifting sense of energy. The name of the game with this California marijuana strain is balance. If you like being lucid with a mellow high, then Jack Herer might be the perfect California marijuana strain for you. While the origins of this strain are not entirely clear, many find this type of California weed strain excellent for depression.

Skywalker OG – Hybrid

  • Skywalker OG is a potent, pungent blend of OG Kush and Skywalker, and it has a famously earthy, sweet citrus flavor that’s helped make it one of the most popular marijuana strains in California. This hybrid has a strong aroma of spicy herbs and diesel fuel and is known for providing pain relief.

Bubba Kush – Indica

  • An indica-dominant cross of (supposedly) Northern Lights and either an Afghani or OG Kush hybrid, Bubba Kush produces bulky flower buds that have a pungent aroma. It has a sweet, earthy taste and offers powerfully calming effects over body and mind alike. Bubba Kush has roots in California, so it’s not hard to imagine how this powerhouse indica carved a name for itself since its inception in the 90s. Earthy sweet aromas introduce tranquilizing mind and body effects, making this strain a perfect companion for lazy day relaxation or for a smooth transition into a restful night’s sleep.

Fire OG – Hybrid

  • The predominant OG family has another prestigious strain in California, and its name is Fire OG. A cross of different OG Kush phenotypes, Fire OG takes on a fiery appearance with vibrant orange hair stretching out from a bed of crystal resin.

San Fernando Valley OG – Hybrid

  • This California creation is one of the most popular strains of cannabis in the state, and its crystal-covered flowers are coveted for their ability to relieve pain without intense sedative effects. SFV (for San Fernando Valley) OG is a potent, sativa-dominant phenotype of the legendary OG Kush, and it offers earthy flavors of wood, lemons, and pine.

Granddaddy Purple – Indica

  • A product of cannabis classics Big Bud and Purple Urkle, Granddaddy Purple is one of the most popular marijuana strains in California. It’s a potent indica that induces a relaxing body buzz and has the sweet flavor of mixed berries and grapes.

Gelato – Hybrid

  • One of the most popular marijuana strains in California is Gelato (AKA “Larry Bird”) which is a powerful blend of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. Gelato is known for its fruity aroma and a sweet taste of berries, as well as its ability to relax the body while stimulating one’s mind.

Jet Fuel – Hybrid

  • Jet Fuel is a sativa-dominant hybrid. It’s an excellent strain for blasting off with some incredibly creative thoughts, especially for experienced smokers. It’s a great strain to use right when you wake up in the morning to get ready for the day. Jet Fuel is also great for late nights. It’s heavy odor and piney flavor make it more skunky than the average weed strain on this list. Keep that in mind if you’re trying to be discreet. Many users report feeling relief from chronic pain and depression while using Jet Fuel.

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