Don’t give us no bammer weed - 2013 was a banner year for bomb ganja, cannabis law reform and weed culture as a whole.
The multi-billion dollar, globalized industry became even more legit with outright legalization in two U.S. states and one country (Uruguay). International breeders from the Netherlands to New Zealand continued a historic age of innovation into different types of pot called “strains”, which are like “brands” in soda pop. The average weekend toker might not be able to tell the difference between an OG Kush and Blue Dream, but bud shape, density, color, smell, and structure are all dead giveaways to its parentage and effect. The differences can be vast. Below we pick the top ten cannabis strains of 2013 — a collection of Cannabis Cup winners, and dispensary menus hits. Please enjoy responsibly.
Thus concludes the Year of the Cookies. The San Francisco-native, indica-dominant strain took four Cannabis Cups in less than a year, and dominated dispensary shelves. A mix of Durban, Florida Kush, and a secret strain dubbed “F1” - GSC has people tasting the skunk of OG, the dark berry of GDP, and the mint of Durban. Scrumptious.
2) Sunset Sherbet
Girl Scout Cookies developer Jigga and company have moved from GSC into new offshoots like this hit Sunset Sherbet found around the Bay. Deeply stony, Sunset Sherbet takes the complex baked good smell of Cookies and makes it sweeter and creamier. Not for daytime use.
3) Larry OG
OG Kush’s reign at the top of the list makes room for offshoots like Larry OG - a more tart, and indica version of classic OG Kush.
Cannasseurs rediscovered their love of South African Sativa Durban - an elemental part of Cookies and an energetic, appetite-suppressing strain in its own right.
Fans of Blue Dream branched out into this cross with Space Queen - Dream Queen. The tropical fruit blast and middle of the road effects made it great for day or nighttime use.
Another classic strain Jack Herer continued to evolve and this year met trendy African import Black Congolese to form Black Jack. Crazy huge size. Surprisingly energetic and focused effects.
There’s never a bad year for purples. Grand Daddy Purple held onto a spot in the top echelon with pain-busting analgesic effects, insomnia-bashing couch-lock, and that grape drank flava heads cannot get enough of. Everything purple!
DNA Genetics added another feather in their cap when their old school saliva Lemon Skunk took first place in the Emerald Cup outdoor contest this December. The Lemon mother is over 20 years old and lives in Las Vegas. The father is Dutch.
Tangerine and orange-smelling weed took off in 2013, including Sour Tangie which took a Cup in Amsterdam in November. Tangie is Tangerine Dream from 1995 crossed with Cali-O and Skunk to create its incredible citrus notes. Like drinking three glasses of wine.
An Afghani Granddaddy places in San Francisco’s Patient’s Choice over Thanksgiving Break, proving than ancient relief from the Himalaya never goes out of style. Afghani Granddaddy hales from the graveyard of empire Afghanistan where growers have perfected the dark, resinous, super-potent indica. Afghani traveled the hippie highway to Northern California where backwoods botanists combined the hashy strain with the more grapey, and tasty GDP.