The 7 Rarest Cannabis Strains You’ve Never Heard of
Cannabis is the most popular drug in the US, with more than 12 million Americans using it yearly. What’s more, there are over 779 marijuana strains that have been recognized and named.
Most people know about strains like Northern Lights, White Widow, or Purple Haze (thanks, Jimi Hendrix), but there are some rare weed strains that even hardcore marijuana lovers may have never tried or even heard of.
Buckle up then, dear adventurer, and let’s go on a quest to find out whether the legends are true. Here are seven cannabis strains you’ve probably never heard of.
1. Greek Kalamata
You probably recognize Kalamata from its exceptional and tasteful olives. But did you know that olives are not the only thing that the Kalamatians have been growing in their backyards? Greek Kalamata is an example of a remarkable sativa and evidence that Greeks have the talent to grow plants. Kalamata is high in THC and produces intense, head-focused effects.
Unfortunately, because of the Greek law introduced in the 80s, growing Kalamata became illegal, and therefore it’s tough to find. Nevertheless, if you somehow manage to get your hands on it, you won’t be disappointed. What a pity about Greece’s approach to cannabis – it offers the most beautiful views to enjoy a nice high.
2. Black African Magic
Black African Magic strain is so rare that some experts doubt if it really exists. No, it’s not an attempt of a lame joke, it’s true. Still, if you remember the 70s, you might’ve come across this particular strain.
In the world of cannabis, Black African Magic is mostly known, for a few who know about it, for its black coloring. It’s also a strain that is high in THC (22%). That’s why if you, by any magical chance, come across it, be careful. Even experienced users remember it as one of the most potent weeds they’ve ever tried.
3. Roadkill Skunk
Have you got any friends who claim that cannabis stinks like a skunk? Well, they’re lucky that Roadkill Skunk is not with us anymore. As the name suggests, this marijuana strain had a very intense smell, in addition to its fabulous taste and effect.
If you’d like to learn more about Roadkill Skunk, you should ask your parents or grandparents as they may remember it from their youth. And while there are some rumors about it making a comeback, old-school smokers claim that it’s not the same as the good old Roadkill Skunk. Nevertheless, it’s worth checking out, especially if you like to irritate your smell-sensitive friends. Aside from its effects and taste, of course. If you would like to read some reviews of skunky strains, check out the ones from the Super Skunk 2 from the Grasshopper, Skunk of Queen from Abraxas Coffeeshop, or Super Skunk.
4. Amnesia Haze
Although its name suggests it, Amnesia Haze won’t make you forget. On the contrary, you’re going to remember it for a long time. This sativa-dominant hybrid is one of the most popular strains in the Netherlands, but it still lacks recognition in the US. Amnesia Haze is famous for its citrus taste and intense uplifting effects. Also, because it’s a hybrid, the strain bonds both qualities of sativa and indica.
Keep in mind that it’s high in THC (20-25%) and can cause heavy psychoactive effects. That makes it an ideal strain for more experienced marijuana users who are looking for a new experience. Check out some of our reviews of Amnesia Haze purchased in Amsterdam from Hunter’s Coffeeshop and Soma Sacred Seeds.
5. Colombian Red Haze
You may have heard of Colombian Gold Haze, as it’s made a reappearance in recent years. But there’s a high chance that you don’t know about its brother, Colombian Red Haze. Back in the 70s, it was one of the best sativa weeds you could find. Unfortunately, it disappeared and still awaits a proper resurrection. Some companies try to bring this legendary weed back to live, but it still remains unknown to the majority of marijuana users.
6. Lambs Breath
Now it’s time for a true classic. Lambs Breath, also known as Lambs Bread, is one of the world’s most unique strains. Some experts say that it’s currently in the top 100 rarest known strains of cannabis.
But it hasn’t always been like that. In the 80s, Lambs Breath was extremely popular, especially in Jamaica. It’s one of the strongest and delicious weed strains there is. According to various sources, it was one of the most favorite strains of Bob Marley himself. Is there any better recommendation to try it? Oh, and when it comes to its name, don’t worry. It doesn’t smell like lamb’s breath. Strain names including an animal’s breath are not uncommon. Check out our Bushdoc review of Shark’s Breath from DNA Genetics, a cross of Jamaican Lambsbread x with Great White Shark, purchased at Grey Area Coffeeshop in Amsterdam.
7. Magic Jordan
No, no basketball player had any involvement in creating Magic Jordan strain, although the name may suggest it. What’s so unique about Magic Jordan, is that in addition to THC and CBD, it contains CBG.
What’s more, this strain comes with many health benefits, as it’s known for helping people with chronic pains. Magic Jordan is an indica that has some serious relaxing effects on your mind and body, making it a perfect strain for summer nights. Unfortunately, it’s tough to purchase online, and not many dispensaries have it on their menu.
With more than 700 types of cannabis strains, it’s impossible to know every one. Some of them have been lost in history, and some are yet to be discovered. With the ongoing legalization of marijuana and its growing popularity, we can be sure that our adventure with cannabis is still just at the beginning.
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The Rare Cut: 8 of the Rarest Cannabis Strains
Takeaway: Exclusivity and rare treasures make people feel special. Limited-edition merchandise often has a higher price tag because people are willing to pay more. To some extent, this also applies to cannabis strains. Connoisseurs and serious smokers have a dream: to be able to smoke legendary and hard-to-find strains.
Rare strains are often considered the premium stuff, a cut above the rest. We’ve rounded up 8 of the rarest cannabis strains that are hard to forget. Some of our selection sparks major throwback vibes while others you’ll want to grow before they become limited!
Flaunted as the rarest of the rare for cannabis strains in the world, Malawi Gold is one of the strongest sativas ever produced in Africa. Most modern-day cannabis strains with high THC levels deliver a strong energetic and stimulating high. Malawi Gold’s effects are stronger, even more exceptional and rumoured only to be grown in Malawi. Sweet and spicy flavor, pretty golden strands, and pure sativa effects make the 4-month cultivating timeline worth the while.
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Lamb’s Breath’s popularity soared so high that it almost got smoked off the face of the planet. This Jamaican sativa legend is the most popular strain in Rastafarianism. It is purported to be the favorite of both Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Classic reggae songs even mention this strain, which is also called Lamb’s Bread. It gives an introspective and cerebral buzz that is perfect for creative pursuits and social interactions. Growing the auto-flower version of this sought-after, hard-to-find strain only takes 7-9 weeks.
Known to bring a serious case of the giggles, Panama Red was regarded as the laughing gas of the ’60s and ’70s. Back in the day, it was included in the roster of highest THC strains. This superb sativa is easily recognized for its bright red accents. Due to the increasing demand for hybrids, pure strains such as Panama Red are becoming harder and harder to find. A long flowering time and moderate yield also contributes to the strain’s near annihilation.
This strain’s name is the total opposite of its effects. Amnesia Haze is intoxicating and highly psychedelic but it will not make you forget. Rather, it sparks creativity, gives bursts of energy, and puts you in a good mood. It’s a fixture of the Amsterdam cannabis scene but is rarely found in dispensaries outside of Europe. As with other Haze strains, Amnesia Haze has a long flowering time. Growing it also requires more care and attention as it can be sensitive to pests. Good thing an easy-to-grow version is available.
East Coast strains tend to be underrated. NYC Diesel is a multi-award winning cannabis strain that hails from the Big Apple and has an aroma and taste that is evocative of red grapefruit and diesel. NYC Diesel is ideal for social occasions providing a cerebral high with strong energy and waves of optimism. Despite these wonderful traits, many growers are put off by NYC Diesel’s difficult reputation for growing. It is one of the 21 st century favorites that seed companies turned it into an auto-flower.
Sweet Tooth smells like flowers and berries while tasting like candy. This yummy indica improves your mood and provides intense relaxation. Sweet Tooth disarms you but in the most pleasant of ways. Growing it is rated easy as the strong plant is resistant to pests, insects, mold, mildew, and temperature variations. Finding it in your local dispensary is very unlikely. Still, connoisseurs continue to find this elusive strain.
Reputedly among the world’s best, Hindu Kush is a 100% indica that brings a high that can last up to eight hours. Killing pain and delivering a deep state of tranquility makes Hindu Kush a top choice strain to grow. Its sharp pine and earthy aroma is reminiscent of the mountain range where it originates, growing and flourishing like a true weed. It is a parent of many Kush varieties; this legendary strain is on the verge of being hybridized out of existence.
This THC superhero packs a tremendous punch of THC. Expect a soaring creative and euphoric high before your body slowly melts into full-on relaxation. Users describe the Bruce Banner experience as “nicely stoned.” Its potency and relaxing properties make it a favorite medicinal strain. It will ‘Hulk smash’ your stress away with its enormous yield. When it does become available at a dispensary, act fast because this powerful sativa sells out quickly. In the meantime, you can order it online!
These strains are worth searching high and low for. Be sure to order your seeds from a reputable company, some even offer a germination guarantee and help-line for troubleshooting issues. Consider yourself lucky if you have smoked or grown even half of the strains on this list.
Connoisseurs and serious smokers have a dream: to be able to smoke legendary and hard-to-find cannabis strains. Here are 8 of the rarest.