What Are The Strongest Weed Strains?

For all you hard hitters, buck savers, and flower experimenters, this one’s for you. We get asked all the time what the strongest weed strains are and the fact is, it's constantly changing. What used to be categorized as “strong” has since been shown up by newer strains due to innovations in growing cannabis. 

But what makes a strain of weed “strong” and why should you care? Let’s dive into the science, the benefits, and our strongest weed favorites.

The History of The Strongest Weed Strains

In the beginning, cannabis used to be a lot less potent, meaning users had to smoke a lot more weed to feel the same effects that they would with maybe half the amount of today’s weed. This in part has a lot to do with the science behind growing a cannabis plant and years of genetic plant testing and crossbreeding. 

THC is the compound found in cannabis that gives you the highness feelings and is the main driver behind a cannabis strain’s potency. Before the 2000s, the THC content in weed usually averaged between 4% and 12%. But as cannabis started to become more mainstream, including the legalization of it in many larger states, more technology and innovations began happening in the space. This included learning that the percentage of THC in a weed strain is largely affected by the amount of light it’s exposed to during the growing process. Bud growers can now optimize their operations to have more control over the potency of the strains their growing. There’s also been a lot of experimentation between crossbreeding potent strains to increase the THC content as well. The highest THC strains now average about 35% and are growing even still. 

What Are The Benefits of Strong Weed Strains?

Some of you may be wondering why potent weed strains really matter. For both recreational and medicinal users alike, the strongest strain of weed can increase your overall experience.

  • A little goes a long way. Premium, potent cannabis strains give recreational users the best of the best when it comes to the effects and kind of high you’re looking for without using it all up in one go. A little bud goes a long way when it’s a potent strain, saving you time and money.
  • The highest THC strains can provide better and longer-lasting relief. For those who use cannabis for medicinal purposes, stronger weed strains can often provide longer and better relief from things like chronic pain or other longer-term health issues.

Our Favorite Top 5 Hard-Hitting Strains

If you’re looking to try some of the strongest weed strains, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our current top five favorite hard-hitting cannabis strains:

1. Caliva’s Medellin

This indoor-grown premium flower is one of the highest THC strains we produce with an average of 35% THC. Medellin is a potent and flavorful Indica-leaning hybrid crossbred from Wedding Cake and Chemdog. It’s known for its hazy yet functional relaxation effects created from its gassy funk and a touch of lemon spice to round out a sweetness reminiscent of a vanilla milkshake.

Average THC Content: 35%

Terpenes: 2.6% b-Caryophyllene + Limonene  

Strain Type: Indica-Leaning Hybrid

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2. Saucey’s Triple F’n OG

This extremely potent Indica-dominant hybrid from Saucey averages 33% THC content. It has a sweet-yet-pungent aroma with hints of berries and lemons with an earthy undertone, light pine notes, and the slight diesel scent associated with the typical OG strains. The taste is smooth and the Indica high will give you a strong cerebral rush followed by a deep body-wide relaxation without clouding your mind. Triple F'n OG is a great strain for stress, pain, and depression relief, and it works well with a vaporizer.

Average THC Content: 33%

Terpenes: Caryophyllene

Strain Type: Indica-Dominant Hybrid

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3. Seven Leaves’ Grease Monkey

Carefully grown in ideal conditions, Seven Leaves’ Grease Monkey flower boasts a 30% average THC content. These Hybrid buds provide remarkable euphoria with every puff and leave users with a massive cerebral rush and relaxed body. Grease Monkey is the result of two powerful parent strains, Gorilla Glue #4 and Cookies & Cream, producing flowers with high-flying euphoria and mental energy. Commonly used as a sleep aid or buffer against chronic pain and health issues.

Average THC Content: 30%

Terpenes: Caryophyllene

Strain Type: Hybrid

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4. Deli by Caliva’s Strawberry Banana

This delicious Indica-leaning, high potency hybrid serves bold effects with 28% average THC content without breaking the bank. Savor this banana forward flavor and distinct fruity exhale for a relaxing effect for both recreational and medicinal users.

Average THC Content: 28%

Terpenes: Caryophyllene

Strain Type: Indica-Leaning Hybrid

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5. Marley Natural’s White Tahoe Cookies 

White Tahoe Cookies is a hybrid strain made by crossing The White, Tahoe OG, and an unknown Girl Scout Cookies cut. Known for its balance of the cerebral effects of a Sativa with the physical relaxation of an Indica. Averaging 26% THC, its effects compile with each hit, putting you in the driver seat of your high while alleviating pain, anxiety, depression, and more. The name does it justice as it produces a sweet, hashy scent with distant OG notes.

Average THC Content: 26%

Terpenes: Caryophyllene

Strain Type: Hybrid

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Looking for more of the strongest weed strains? Check out our cannabis flower sorted by potency and get your favorites delivered right to your door.

Want to speak with an expert? At Caliva, we have experienced and friendly budtenders available at our convenient California weed dispensaries to help you decide which strongest weed strains you should choose.

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