What Are the Most Popular Cannabis Strains?

Stephen Andrews
10 May 2023

The cannabis strains that you must try in 2023 if you haven't tried them yet. I bet you already well know some of these weeds. In the list below, you'll find a mix of some relatively novel strains quickly becoming popular among stoners as well as some all-time classics you can always rely on for a good high.

Red Hot Cookies

Red Hot Cookies is a Sativa-dominant hybrid, entirely US genetics, bred by Sweet Seeds. A rising star strain, it's a sweet match between Tropicanna Cookies (Girl Scout Cookies x Tangie) and Tangie (California Orange x Skunk hybrid). The result is a luscious, flavorful profile that reminds of mango, mandarine and berries. It's as powerful as it's delicious, thanks to the 25% THC content this strain carries. After the puffs there's an immediate euphoric lift, followed by a full-body relaxing effect later. 

Cherry Pie 

The Cherry Pie strain is a cross between two classics, GrandDaddy Purple and Durban Poison. Cherry Pie was originally bred by the Bay Area's Pieguy and cultivated by Jigga, head of genetics for Cookie Family. The strain is noted for its big purple flowers and sweet and sour flavors. Smoking Cherry Pie gives a giggly, happy, euphoric feeling that sets in after a few minutes and lasts for the next few hours. No wonder why it has remained a popular strain among so many users. You can find several varieties of Cherry Pie around, with varying THC amounts between 16 and 21%.

Dark Devil 

Dark Devil or Dark Devil Auto is a powerful Indica cross between Big Devil XL and Hindu Kush. A lot of users like it for its great aroma (a mix of tropical, lime hints and a diesel-like smell) and the range of effects it gives (creative, calm, giggly, uplifting, relaxing). Dark Devil's THC contents can range between 14% and 20%, and it also has around 1% of CBD, which is great for medicinal use as well. It's also a popular strain among growers, mostly because of the generous yields and the impressive colors of the flowers. 

Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake was the best-selling strain last year, according to Leafly. This is an Indica-dominant match between Wedding Cake and Gelato 33 with sweet undertones of vanilla and a gassy kick. Bred by Seed Junkie Genetics, Ice Cream Cake became widely accepted among users who medicate poor sleep, anxiety and chronic pains. It has won the Emerald Cup twice, most recently in 2021. 

Pineapple Express

All thanks to Seth RogenPineapple Express has a secured place in cannabis history. You all remember the legendary 2008 movie, do ya? However, it's the uber-energetic effect of this sativa-dominant hybrid with a tropical genetic lineage that captures the hearts and minds of so many stoners. With around 18% THC, Pineapple Express will excite your brains quickly. As one of the great daytime smokes, it stimulates creativity and alertness, while its mix of tropical juicy flavors is simply delectable. 

Gorilla Sherbet

For anyone who has enjoyed smoking Gorilla Glue or Sunset Sherbet, two of the best-selling American strains over the last couple of years, another popular choice is Gorilla Sherbet. Gorilla Sherbet is an upgrade from Sunset Sherbet (Girl Scout Cookies x Pink Panties). It's an Indica-dominant hybrid that gives a stimulating, relaxing, happy effect, and tastes like a mix of citrus and hummus. Effective at alleviating stress and anxiety, it's equally loved among both recreational and medicinal users. 

Sour Diesel

Sour Deez phenotypes have circulated the market for several decades now. A classic Sativa, it's well noted for its intense gasoline and lemony skunk odor. The strong fragrance can be too much for some people, but the refreshing, uplifting head buzz that follows the smoke beats it all. It leaves you feeling happy and delighted. The many medicinal uses of this strain, most notably pain relief, have certainly contributed to Sour D popularity among medicinal users. The most potent plants produce buds with up to 25% THC, so there's no discussion about why this strain never runs out of style.

Purple Punch

Who can say no to Purple Punch weed? An absolute classic that has maintained its place high on the ranks over the years. This mesmerizing trichome-laden strain takes its genetic makeup from Larry OG and Granddaddy Purple. It smells like grapes, berries and candy all at once. It's another Indica-dominant hybrid, and cultivars usually contain around 19% THC. People love it for the strong cerebral and body buzz, a perfect "punch" at the end of the day. 

Cream Caramel

This ultra-delicious strain carries the genetics of three legendary indicas: Blue Black, Maple Leaf Indica and White Rhino. Cream Caramel is a powerful strain with satisfying amounts of THC (between 15% and 20%) and trace amounts of CBD too. Recreational users love it for the strong high it gives, followed by a deep, long-lasting relaxing effect felt in the entire body. Originally from Spain, Cream Caramel has won several European cannabis cups and is one of the best recommended strains to smoke if you travel to Europe this summer. 

Blue Dream

Time to finish this list with one of the most famous Sativa-dominant hybrids ever. Blue Dream is a luscious cross between Blueberry and Haze. Although its original breeder is unknown (but is associated with Santa Cruz Haze and DJ shorts Blueberry), it's one of the all-time most popular strains originating in California. Blue Dream is much loved among all users. Its THC contents range between 17% and 25%. It's a good daytime smoke, and you can purchase it in almost any dispensary around the country. 

Stephen Andrews