Weed Like to Review: Top Strains of 2020

Weed Like to Review: Top Strains of 2020

Lori Ann Reese

Posted by Lori Ann Reese on 06/17/2021 in Strains

Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Top Selling Strains Cannabis 2020 USA

Have you wondered what the top strains of 2020 were? You know your favorite strains. Most people are picky about the kind of cannabis they consume. After all, it’s all about psychoactive effects on your mood and energy level. So how does it make you feel after you smoke or eat your favorite strain? And chances are you have more than one kind of weed you love. 

When you head to the dispensary, it’s not hard to pick out some of the most popular selling strains. They would be the top-shelf containers of bud., at a premium price. They tend to be the types of weed that are high in CBD, in a medical dispensary. The anti-inflammatory properties can help a variety of wellness issues. 

The top-selling strains of cannabis are usually higher potency (but not always). And they tend to be Sativa strains. You know, the kind of weed that helps make stress fade into the background? Makes you feel happy? Or maybe it helps you get out of that low-energy funk and get moving? Some strains of Sativa are like an injection of positivity and creativity that many professionals rely on.  Whether they admit it or not. 

Of course, the most popular strains of cannabis are influenced by availability. Some types of weed are more challenging to get in certain areas of the United States. But retailers provide sales information and data that can help us understand strains that are in demand. And why people love buying them. 

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How Many Weed Strains Are There in 2021?

No one knows.  There is no centralized cannabis directory that lists every strain. There is sales data, however, from some of the online marketplaces like Weedmaps that provide valuable information. They can tell what strains are selling fast in any region. 

If cannabis is legalized federally, one thing that may happen is a centralized directory. Where each strain and information on the lineage (parents) is stored. This can help track and monitor traits that can offer medicinal benefits by documenting phenotypes. 

Some estimate there are now 780 unique strains of cannabis. If you are using medicinal cannabis, that means a lot of different types you can explore. So, if one strain you’ve tried doesn’t quite address your symptoms, you can do some research on cannabis strains that may provide better results.  

What Goes Into Making a New Hybrid Strain of Cannabis?

If you plant corn, you get corn. At least, that’s what they say. But when it comes to cannabis, it is an exacting science. While some cannabis plants are auto-flower or easy to grow, most strains require precision growing environments. This is why much of the top strains of 2020 sold in dispensaries are grown indoors.  

Cannabis needs a variety of different elements to be in perfect balance.  First, the soil has to have the right pH or acidity.  That means balancing all the nutrients that cannabis needs to create a healthy root system and grow. Cannabis plants are very particular about moisture too. Not enough water and they die.  Too much water and can develop mold. Too much light and the plants become stressed, and that will affect the harvest.

But actually developing the hybrid strains is a complex science. You will hear people talking about ‘breeding’ cannabis plants. That is because passing on favorable genetics, like medicinal and psychoactive properties, is generational. Keeping the best aspects of each generation of a specific strain. While removing the undesirable parts (such as heavily seeded buds).  

Growers will also watch for other characteristics that can make cannabis less marketable. Examples of traits that cultivators try to ‘breed’ out of each generation include:

  • Psychoactive symptom of paranoia
  • Excessive trigger for hunger (munchies)
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea 
  • Hermaphroditism 

Growers work to significantly reduce the negative attributes of each generation of female plants. At the same time, they breed to increase positive traits, like high terpene content and CBD levels, and flavonoids for scent and flavor.  

The Pandemic Created a Sales Surge in Medical and Recreational Weed

The year of the great COVID-19 pandemic, and weed sales went through the roof.  It was like a perfect storm situation. First, mass unemployment in the United States meant more people were home. And those that did manage to keep their jobs were also at home, working from their kitchen table.

Sales of medical and recreational cannabis went through the roof! Some examples of states that cashed in on the significant uptick in sales included Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Oregon, and California. 

Read: “Colorado Cannabis Sales Over $2 Billion

We reviewed a variety of online resources and sales data to determine which strains were top sellers in 2020.  And when you read about the pheno attributes of each strain, you’ll see why. 

The 10 Top Strains of 2020 

The top-selling strains data was pulled from a variety of authority retail sources, and reviews including HerbCeo, Weedmaps, Leafly, and seed distributors.  From our review, here is a list of some of the top strains of 2020. 

1. Gorilla Glue (GG4)

  • Average THC Content: Up to 30%
  • Ratio: 60% Indica 40% Sativa
  • CBD Content: 1%
  • Dominant Terpenes: Myrcene. 
  • Tastes Like: Earthy and sour.
  • Common Mood Effects: Head high. 
  • Best Used For: Relaxation, lazy and hazy. 

2. Girl Scout Cookies (GSC)

  • Average THC Content: 28%
  • Ratio: 60% Indica 40% Sativa 
  • CBD Content: 1% 
  • CBN Content: 1%
  • Dominant Terpenes: Limonene, Myrcene, and Caryophyllene.
  • Tastes Like: Cherry, lemon, mint, and sweet. 
  • Common Mood Effects: Cerebral, energy, creativity, euphoria. 
  • Best Used For: Depression, anxiety, ADHD, stress, loss of appetite, migraines, insomnia, and chronic pain. 

3. Gelato

  • Average THC Content: 20%
  • Ratio: 55% Indica 45% Sativa
  • CBD Content: n/a
  • Dominant Terpenes: Humulene, Limonene, and Myrcene.
  • Tastes Like: Berry, citrus, and lavender. 
  • Common Mood Effects: Focused, happy, creative but relaxed. 
  • Best Used For: Fatigue, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, inflammation, and muscle spasms.  

4. Runtz

  • Average THC Content: 19% to 29%
  • Ratio: 50% Sativa 50% Indica 
  • CBD Content: n/a
  • Dominant Terpenes: Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Linalool.
  • Tastes Like: Fruity, tropical pineapple, sweet and spicy. 
  • Common Mood Effects: Emotionally uplifting, hungry, sleepy, relaxing, and calm. 
  • Best Used For: Appetite loss, chronic pain, insomnia and stress. 

5. Jack Herer 

  • Average THC Content: 23%
  • Ratio: 100% Sativa 
  • CBD Content: n/a
  • CBN Content: 1%
  • Dominant Terpenes: Terpinolene, Beta-Caryophyllene and Ocimene.
  • Tastes Like: Lemon, pine and sweet. 
  • Common Mood Effects: Cerebral, creative, happy body high.
  • Best Used For: Chronic pain, Arthritis, Stress, PTSD, and Depression.

6. Do-Si-Dos 

  • Average THC Content: 28% to 30%
  • Ratio: 70% Indica 30% Sativa 
  • CBD Content: 1%
  • Dominant Terpenes: Limonene, Myrcene, and Linalool.
  • Tastes Like: Lime and nutty.
  • Common Mood Effects: Happy, euphoric, uplifting then sleepy.
  • Best Used For: Chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. 

7. Pineapple Express

  • Average THC Content: 25%
  • Ratio: 60% Sativa 40% Indica
  • CBD Content: n/a
  • CBN Content: 1%
  • Dominant Terpenes: Beta-Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Myrcene. 
  • Tastes Like: Tropical pineapple, sweet, and citrus.
  • Common Mood Effects: Energy, focus, and euphoria.
  • Best Used For: Depression, fatigue, loss of appetite, Cachexia, chronic pain, and sleep disorders. 

8. Blue Dream

  • Average THC Content: 17% to 24%
  • Ratio: 60% Sativa and 40% Indica.
  • CBD Content: 2%
  • CBN Content: 1%
  • Dominant Terpenes:Myrcene, Limonene and Pinene. 
  • Tastes Like: Sweet berries and vanilla. 
  • Common Mood Effects: High energy, creative, and happy. 
  • Best Used For: Autism, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and stress. 

9. Sour Diesel (Sour D)

  • Average THC Content: 26%
  • Ratio: 90% Sativa 10% Indica
  • CBD Content: 2%
  • CBN Content: 4%
  • Dominant Terpenes: Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Myrcene.
  • Tastes Like: Dank and diesel. 
  • Common Mood Effects: High energy, creative and uplifting. 
  • Best Used For: Loss of appetite, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and nausea.

10. Wedding Cake 

  • Average THC Content: 25%
  • Ratio: 60% Indica 40% Sativa 
  • CBD Content:n/a
  • Dominant Terpenes: Myrcene, Humulene, and Caryophyllene.
  • Tastes Like: Fruity berries and sweet. 
  • Common Mood Effects: Relaxing, creative, and happy (euphoric). 
  • Best Used For: Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, inflammation, and pain.

With so many varieties of medical marijuana to choose from, there is plenty to explore. Trying new strains of cannabis may help you get better results for pain relief and other symptoms.  Search online for dispensaries that carry these strains.  

And remember, when trying a new strain, purchase a small quantity first.  That way you can test drive some of the top strains of 2020, and see which one(s) are a good choice for you.

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