Top 10 Strains in the USA
In order to put together a top 10 strains in the USA, criteria has to be established. The key criteria to get on our top 10 strain list are long-term popularity and sales in both the illicit and legal marketplace. These metrics alone negate many legendary and epic strains from the list, because they don’t generate significant sales in the modern cannabis marketplace.
Some strains which made the list have active breeders behind them, while some of the breeders are unknown, and some strains remain “in the public domain.” For example, MrSoul, aka Rick Campanella, of Brothers Grimm Seeds, is the creator of Cinderella 99 and he actively produces and sells Cinderella 99 cannabis seeds and clones. MrSoul is a charismatic cannabis breeder and artist with a nuclear engineering background.
Another well-known breeder on the list is Capulator, aka, CAP, who is famous for his MAC1 clone-only strain. He is also known for his entertaining Instagram presence. Capulator is also known for his anonymity.
The following list of top 10 strains has varieties that have been popular for a long time. Cannabis farmers actively grow them, sellers regularly sell them, and consumers love and demand them. While you may see brand new hype strains every time you shop for cannabis, you should be able to find some of these top 10 strains in the USA in your area. Dispensary buyers and commercial cannabis flower producers who use this list to inform their strain selections will not be disappointed. Farmers and dispensaries who fall for the new-new hype are better off producing and selling stable products from this list made possible by the smokers in the so called illicit market.
Top 10 Strains in the USA
10. MAC1 (Breeder, Capulator)
9. Wedding Cake
8. White Runtz
7. Kush Mints
6. White Widow (Breeder, Shantibaba)
5. GG4 (Breeder, Josey Whales, RIP)
4. Sour Diesel (Original Breeder Unknown, Possibly “AJ” aka, “A-hole Joe”)
3. OG Kush (Breeder, Matt “Bubba” Berger)
2. Cinderella 99 (Breeder, MrSoul of Brothers Grimm Seeds)
1. Blue Dream (Original Breeder Unknown)
MAC1 is now understood to be a triploid variety of cannabis. According to cannabis scientist Matthew Gates, “Triploid means they have three copies of their chromosomes. If they cross with a typical diploid (with only two copies), they’re rarely viable, and thus make the triploids effectively sterile.”
What is missing from the top 10 strain list? While you may think of other amazing, top strains in the USA, remember that these strains perform well practically everywhere. So, if you’re looking to determine the top 10 strains based on actual sales, market demand, and popularity over many years, then bookmark this list.
We may see a widening gap between home growers grow and what commercial growers offer in the days ahead. Who will have the better quality product? Time will tell.