Not all marijuana is the same. As any connoisseur of cannabis will tell you, there are dozens of different types of weed, and each of them has unique effects on your mind, mood, body, and overall experience.
In this article, we’ll take a look at 25 of the most common different types of weed or marijuana strains. That way, you know exactly what to look for when you’re shopping for your own perfect high.
What is a marijuana strain?
The best way to understand what we mean by a strain, or different types of weed, is that it is a type of marijuana. Just as there are many breeds–or types–of dogs, there are many types of marijuana strains.
In general, different types of weed are separated into three major categories: Indica, Sativa, and hybrids of both Indica and Sativa.
Types of marijuana strains
Generally speaking, strains of Indica marijuana tend to be more relaxing, producing a mellow high. It is often used as an appetite stimulator, a sleep aid, or for pain relief. It affects your head more so than your body. Let’s look at the types of marijuana strains that are Indica.
1. Granddaddy Purple
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This Indica strain is known for being particularly relaxing. It’s great for stress relief and sleep, as well. It can also help boost your appetite. It’s particularly useful for people experiencing heightened anxiety, which can also be accompanied by insomnia and lack of appetite.
2. Bubba Kush
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In terms of types of marijuana strains, Bubba Kush is one of the different types of weed that is also known for being very relaxing. It is very good as a sleep aid, in fact, and that is its most common use. Of all of the strains of Indica, it is one of the best for sleep.
3. Afghan Kush
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Afghan Kush got its name from its place of origin in the Hindu Kush mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Like most strains of Indica, it is very good for sleep, but can also increase your appetite, fight stress, and provide some pain relief.
4. Northern Lights
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Northern Lights is a strain of weed that is Indica marijuana. Like several other types of marijuana strains that are Indica, it also helps with sleep problems, can increase your appetite, and reduce both pain and stress. However, it is also known for boosting your mood. This–coupled with the relaxing and appetite-boosting effects–makes it perfect for quiet nights hanging out with friends.
5. Purple Kush
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The Purple Kush strain is most known for its euphoric, relaxing high experienced by users. It is also commonly used to treat muscle spasms as well as pain management. This makes it rather popular among medicinal marijuana users.
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This strain really does smell like blueberries, and even tastes a little bit like them, too! It is very relaxing and is great for fighting sleep issues as well. It is an old, pure, simple strain that contains 23.2% THC.
7. Bubble G
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Bubble G is an Indica strain that has been grown since the 1970s, which gets it pretty close to the era of the Hippies. It has a floral and fruity aroma and flavor and induces a sleepy, happy (almost euphoric) high. It is a surprisingly strong strain as well.
8. 9 Pound Hammer
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The 9 Pound Hammer strain contains about 18% THC, depending on the batch. It is an Indica strain that was developed by crossing Gooberry, Hells OG, and Jack the Ripper. Its effects are rather long-lasting, which makes it ideal for stress or pain relief.
In contrast to Indica, Sativa affects the head of the user rather than their body. It is much more energizing than it is relaxing. It is great for a boost of energy and creativity, and is known for its euphoric, happy effects. Let’s look at some of the Sativa types of marijuana strains.
1. Acapulco Gold
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Acapulco Gold is one variety of the different types of weed from Acapulco, Mexico. It makes users very happy and provides a boost of energy as well. It can help with pain and nausea, which makes it great for getting through a long day.
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Amnesia contains 17% THC (approximately) and is a cross between Cinderella 99 and Jack Herer, other types of cannabis strains. Its effects are very uplifting and euphoric. It has worked wonderfully for some people with certain mood disorders.
3. Sour Diesel
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Sour Diesel delivers a sustained, energetic high. It is also a mood booster, which also makes it great for people who work in creative fields. It’s also perhaps the best type of marijuana strain for reducing stress and pain out of the many different types of weed.
4. Maui Wowie
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Maui Wowie is a very interesting strain of marijuana because it is relaxing and energizing at the same time. It gives you a shot of creativity and productivity, while relaxing you and getting rid of tiredness.
5. Super Silver Haze
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Super Silver Haze is a very enjoyable strain. The high it provides is euphoric and energizing. It is also wonderful for reducing pain, stress, and nausea, making it one of the popular marijuana types.
6. Green Crack
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Green Crack is also called Green Quack, a name that is becoming more and more popular to separate the weed from the more serious and habit-forming drug crack cocaine. It is one of a few different types of weed to change its name. Regardless of the name, though, this strain has a bright aroma and flavor. It is one of the most popular strains (partially because it is inexpensive).
7. Bruce Banner
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Like its namesake, Bruce Banner is a very strong marijuana variety that delivers a heavy high. It tastes earthy and sweet, making its flavor just as enjoyable as the high itself. The high is mood-enhancing without being too energizing.
Hybrids are all crosses between other strains of Sativa and Indica, so their particular effects can vary rather widely. Let’s look at some of the hybrid types of marijuana strains.
1. Blue Dream
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Blue Dream has a lot of the wonderful effects of Indica but is still a strain with Sativa as well. It relieves pain and inflammation (including cramps) and relaxes you, but at the same time, it has some of the best benefits of Sativa strains: a euphoric, energizing high that won’t knock you out.
2. Golden Goat
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While it is a hybrid, Golden Goat marijuana strain has many effects that are similar to Sativas out of the many different types of weed. It is not sleep-inducing and is energizing, and it gives users a boost of creativity. It delivers a happy, even euphoric high. At the same time, though, it is great for stress relief, which is where the Indica shines in this hybrid strain.
3. White Widow
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The effects of White Widow can vary depending on your own brain chemistry makeup, but it has frequently been found to help with depression. It boosts your mood and delivers energy, but can also relax you and relieve stress, as well as reduce pain.
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Named after the high-powered automatic rifle, the AK-47 strain of marijuana is very powerful. It is also rather affordable, one of the reasons why it is so popular. It delivers an uplifting and mood-boosting high, but at the same time, relaxes users. It also gives a steady and long-lasting high.
5. Pineapple Express
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Pineapple Express is one of the most well-known strains of marijuana, as there is a full-length feature film named after it out of all the different types of weed. This hybrid strain of marijuana is energizing and relaxing at the same time. It is also a great mood-booster and has a subtle pineapple flavor.
6. Fruity Pebbles
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Fruity Pebbles is also called Fruity Pebbles OG or FPOG. It gives users a relaxing high that is also euphoric. Many users report coming down with a case of the giggles, and it also increases your appetite. It’s a particularly social and enjoyable strain.
7. Skunk #1
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The high that Skunk #1 gives users something more similar to that of a Sativa strain: happy and mood-boosting, even euphoric. It is energizing, but at the same time, it is great for pain relief, particularly headaches. Its flavor is earthy and even somewhat lemony.
8. Strawberry Guava
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This marijuana strain gets its name from its fruity, strawberry flavor, one of the things that makes it a popular hybrid. Its high hits both users’ bodies and heads, giving effects of both Sativa and Indica among the different types of weed. It is both euphoric and relaxing, and great for anxiety relief.
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Last but not least is Sunset Sherbert, another hybrid marijuana strain. It is sweet and delicious, which is where it gets its name. It has some of the best effects of Indica (relaxing and pain relief) but also of Sativa, as it delivers a euphoric and long-lasting high.
As you can see, there are many different types–or strains–of marijuana. Each of the different types of weed has unique and very specific effects. Use this guide to find the best one for your needs and interests.