California’s Cannabis Businesses Continue to Struggle Under Federal Limitations
by Bethan Rose
These days cannabis consumers have a lot of variety when choosing what cannabis strain they want to purchase. There are rare cannabis strains and more common cannabis strains, like with any other product. There is a plethora of Indica, Sativa, and hybrid cannabis strains available on both the recreational and medical cannabis markets. As research develops, we are beginning to understand that these classifications are of lesser importance than the terpene and cannabinoid composition of different strains or chemovars. The fact remains that the varieties to choose from are seemingly endless.
There are some standard and readily available favorites regarding cannabis strains. Girl Scout Cookies, GG4, OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Afghani, Hindu Kush, and Haze are just a few staple classics. These are strains that, when appropriately flowered, maintain impeccable quality characteristics of flavor and potency. With people having such a wide variety of cannabis to choose from, from time to time, you will run across some hard-to-find, rare cannabis strains.
When you happen to run across a cannabis strain you have never seen before or tried before, you might want to give it a try. It would suck to let the opportunity to try a rare cannabis strain pass you by.
Rare cannabis strains aren’t regularly found at your local dispensary. Rare cannabis strains are difficult to find for a reason. Usually, it has to do with issues like accessibility to authentic genetics and long grow times.
If you happen to see one of these five cannabis strains in your local dispensary, make sure you give them a try. Here are some of the rarest cannabis strains on the planet.
This landrace cannabis strain is from the Malawi region of Africa. It is considered a pure Sativa cannabis strain that produces consistent results thanks to a lack of other genetic influences from cannabis plants in the area. This rare variety of cannabis is almost mythical.
It is said to produce an average THC level of around 18%, with a dominant terpene being myrcene. Myrcene is found in cannabis and mangoes, and is believed to help increase the longevity and intensity of the effects of cannabis.
Malawi Gold produces a relaxing, energetic feeling that helps promote inspiration and creativity while assisting consumers in combating the symptoms of stress, pain, nausea, loss of appetite, migraine headaches, and more. The buds from this rare variety of cannabis are bright green to lime green in color, with an abundance of fiery orange and red hairs hiding behind a thick sticky, chunky wall of resin-filled trichomes. The flavor profile is tropical and sweet, with an earthy, pungent finish. If you can try this one, don’t let it pass you by.
With an elevation of around 5100 ft, temperatures of about 75° F, and an average of 50% humidity, the city of Oaxaca, located in Mexico, is home to a legendary landrace strain of cannabis called Oaxacan Gold. This pure Sativa variety of cannabis produces an average THC level between 12 and 20%.
The buds of this rare cannabis strain are neon green, with electrified orange hairs peeking from behind a thick wall of sticky, resinous trichomes. The flavor profile is peppery and spicy with hints of citrus and an earthy, pungent finish. Many medical cannabis patients report this strain of cannabis helping them fight the symptoms of headaches, fatigue, stress, depression and more.
This scarce and hard-to-find variety of cannabis is an Indica-dominant hybrid. It supposedly contains the lineage of Afghani.
Roadkill Skunk was extremely popular in the late 80s and early 90s. Due to its highly potent aroma, the strain became unpopular because it would quickly signal authorities if you had some of it on you. Roadkill Skunk smells exactly like its name suggests.
If you’ve ever driven past a dead skunk in the road and smelt that skunky funk, this is what a bag of Roadkill Skunk smells like. So, it’s definitely an acquired taste. THC levels average between 15 to 22%, and the buds are bright green to white with an insanely thick resinous wall of trichomes covering them, which give the buds a whitish appearance.
Roadkill Skunk is said to be an excellent strain to help control the symptoms of chronic pain, neuropathy, nausea, loss of appetite, stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Don’t be fooled by the Roadkill Skunk seeds and products you may find on today’s market, as in most cases, they are fragile versions of the original and lack that funk that you should have with a genuine Roadkill Skunk.
This rare cannabis strain is a 50/50 hybrid offering consumers a beautiful balance of Indica and Sativa. It is said to be a cross of Afghani and Hawaiian landrace strains. THC levels average somewhere between 18 to 24% or higher.
The buds are forest green, with rustic-colored hairs hiding behind an exuberantly sticky wall of trichomes that will gum up any grinder. The flavor profile is earthy and sweet, with hints of blueberry, grapes, pine, and skunk, followed by a pleasing pungent floral finish. Consumers report this strain helping them control the symptoms of fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, stress, chronic pain, depression, insomnia and more.
This particular variety of cannabis is an old-school classic that has become a rarity. With hundreds of cannabis strains available on the legal market, one that you rarely see in dispensaries is Christmas Tree Bud.
Christmas Tree Bud is named accordingly because it has an intense pine flavor. If you could put the taste of Christmas into cannabis, this is it. This Indica dominant variety of cannabis produces an average THC level of 18 to 24% or higher. The buds are bright green with exceptionally generous coverage of sticky resin-filled trichomes.
The flavor profile is earthy sweet, and pine-like with an intense, spicy finish. Many people report this variety of cannabis helping them control nausea, loss of appetite, chronic pain, arthritis, stress, depression, anxiety and more.
What cannabis strain have you fallen in love with over the years that you just can’t seem to find anymore? Let us know in the comments below!
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