The vast majority of marijuana strains are hybrid these days. Hybrids allow the user to enjoy the effects of both sativa and indica strains, with the final effect depending on the ratios between the two, as well as their cannabinoid and terpene profiles.
With so many cannabis varieties available on the market these days, making up your mind and choosing, say, your three favorite buds is one mother of a challenge. To make that choice easier for you, we’ve selected the 10 best marijuana hybrid strains on the market according to our customers at MyGreenSolution.ca.
This way, you can narrow down your choices to a few top-notch flowers and get a decent starting point for your future sampling.
1. Bubba Kush
Bubba Kush is a widely popular heavy indica hybrid that originated in Los Angeles as the child of an OG Kush plant and an unnamed Northern Lights phenotype brought from New Orleans.
Bubba Kush grows small-to-medium dense buds that are typical to most indica varieties. The leaves are dark green and threaded through with shades of purple here and there. This strain shows insane resin production, which can be noticed by a generous layer of crystal-white trichomes covering the surface of the buds.
At first waft, Bubba Kush releases vague fragrances of coffee and cocoa, with some fruitiness at its back. When smoked, it smells more hashy and spicy, something very characteristic of the Kush family. The smoke is fairly harsh and cough-inducing, but it leaves a delicious grape aftertaste with a peppery kick on the exhale. Bubba Kush is also a particularly pungent flower — users concerned about staying low-profile should rather vape it instead of smoking.
2. Granddaddy Purple
The second-best marijuana hybrid strain on our list, Granddaddy Purple is also one of the most popular Indica strains on the west coast and probably the most esteemed “purple” cannabis strain in North America. This strain was first bred in San Francisco back in 2003 by Ken Estes by crossing two fantastic genetics — Big Bud and Purple Urkle. Granddaddy Purple’s THC content sits at around 23% on average, with less than 0.1% CBD in dry mass.
Granddaddy Purple grows dark purple buds that blend well with the bright orange pistils and frosty trichomes that evenly cover the nuggets, making the GDP strain extremely photogenic.
Overall, the aroma of Granddaddy Purple is marked by sweet and citrusy notes, with shades of earth slightly accentuated by grapes and other juicy fruits. The flavor carries over from the strain’s fragrances, being extremely delicious and making your taste buds immediately spot the notes of grapes and berries.
Perfect for evening use, GDP entangles both the body and mind, and contrary to most indica strains, this one’s not a creeper. The cerebral high quickly fades into a gentle body buzz like most indica-dominant flowers do. On the medical note, Granddaddy Purple is ideal for pain management, as well as for treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Novice consumers should be careful when consuming this strain, as it can pack a powerful punch. Plus, there’s very little CBD to counter the psychoactive effects of THC, so we’d recommend starting with a puff or two and waiting a few minutes to assess the effects before inhaling further.
3. OG Kush
OG Kush is not only one of the best marijuana hybrid strains on the market, but it’s also a legendary variety even outside the cannabis world. However, the exact origins of OG Kush remain mysterious despite its fame. Some claim that this bud is a result of crossing a hardy Hindu Kush landrace with Chemdawg. One thing that’s not for debate, though, is OG Kush’s potency — with up to 27% of THC, this strain is reserved for seasoned consumers or those who are at least familiar with microdosing.
OG Kush grows quite large buds that have a clustered structure. The leaves are mostly green with some shades of yellow and purple going through them. Vibrant orange hairs stand out against these colorful flowers and make a perfect visual composition with snow-white trichomes on their surface.
A properly cured batch of OG Kush releases fragrances redolent of earth and musk that are accented by some citrusy freshness, something one would compare to a hoppy craft beer. When burned or vaporized, the buds offer more of a pine-like scent. The smoke is usually cough-inducing, stinging the sinuses and causing the eyes of inexperienced users to water. As for its flavor, the smoke is all about hashy and spicy notes like most classic indica varieties.
Surprisingly, the high from OG Kush is more cerebral than physical. It starts with an unexpected headrush that may make users to be more aware of their surroundings. This alteration transforms into a general uplift followed towards euphoria and increased focus. The mix of invigorating qualities and mood improvement makes OG Kush a uniquely social strain, good for events and inspiring conversations.
For medical users, OG Kush offers relief from pain, stress, anxiety, headaches and migraines, and attention deficit disorders.
4. Alien OG
If you’re looking for one of the best marijuana hybrids on the market to kick you out of your shoes, then Alien OG will be your best bet. A cross between Tahoe OG Kush and Alien Kush, this strain offers a remarkably psychedelic high with balanced ratios of physical relaxation and mental stimulation. Alien OG’s THC content can hit as much as 28%.
The buds of Alien OG come packed in small nugget-like clusters. They also have a dense, compact bud structure, with some phenotypes leaning more towards sativa with looser and fluffier leaves. The flowers are green and offset by amber to vibrant red hairs. As you may expect from such a potent strain, Alien OG is literally frosted with trichomes that create a beautiful layer of resin.
Alien OG has a surprisingly sweet smell dominated by citrus fruits, with distinct notes lemon wafting up from the prepared buds. The aroma carries over to the strain’s flavor, leaving subtle notes of earth, fresh pine, and hash on the exhale.
The high from Alien OG comes quickly and starts with a slight pressure behind the eyes. The cerebral rush is followed by a sudden change in cognition, a race of creative thoughts and a boost of happiness. The intensity of these effects depends on the user’s tolerance to THC. During the later stages, the effects become more physical, resulting in utter relaxation in all your limbs.
Medical users appreciate Alien OG for its ability to relieve stress, anxiety, PTSD, heavy pain, nausea, and insomnia.
5. Lemon Skunk
Lemon Skunk is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a sativa/indica ratio of 60:40%. Its genetic heritage is driven by two distinct skunk phenotypes that were widely cherished for its tangy lemon fragrance. With THC levels ranging between 15% and 22%, this strain is a perfect choice for all-day use as long as you consume it in moderation.
Lemon Skunk is marked by its abundance of light green flowers coated in orange hairs and a sticky layer of resin. Upon the first waft, you should notice an intense citrus fragrance redolent of lime and lemon zest. These notes are spiced up by the strain’s unique pungency. When smoked, Lemon Skunk feels like a citrus concentrate, with a refreshing sensation on the exhale.
The high from Lemon Skunk is all about cerebral effects, with a boost of energy, motivation, and creativity that can make virtually any task enjoyable. The peppy head-focused buzz makes it ideal for daytime usage, although if you smoke a little bit of it in the evening, you probably won’t end up overstimulated. In fact, we’ve found it effective for sleep at low doses, consumed an hour or two before going to bed.
6. Pineapple Express
Although Pineapple Express has been around for a while, it owes its popularity to James Franco and Seth Rogen in a movie with the same name. However, Pineapple Express has been considered one of the best marijuana hybrid strains in the Netherlands long before the movie’s release. It’s no wonder this strain receives so much hype around the world. Its uplifting and invigorating effects, combined with 27% of THC, makes it an exotic powerhouse not to be dabbled with by beginners.
This award-winning flower grows olive colored, rock-shaped buds that show decent resin production indicative of its high potency. When you smell the flowers, you’ll be delighted with overtones of fresh cut pineapple and mango, accentuated with undertones of pine and green apple. With the same flavors both on the inhale and exhale, you couldn’t wish for a more tropical strain.
The effects of Pineapple Express combine mild body numb with a cerebral happy mood. While not as potent as some other high-THC varieties out there, the buzz is powerful on its own right and will leave you feeling light as a feather in no time. As your body starts to melt, the mind will begin to focus, stirring up creativity, productivity, and a positive energy to get you through your daily chores.
Coming straight from our Canadian friends, Nuken is a cross between God Bud and Shishkaberry. This indica-dominant hybrid has 25% of THC on average, so new consumers should approach it with caution.
The strain grows very large nugs that have a dense structure and are covered with furry pistils. However, the true beauty of Nuken lies in its sticky trichome coverage. Both its aromas and flavors are pretty unusual for most smokers — something between eating baked marshmallows twisted with a strong punch of skunk.
Nuken is an easy smoke that offers relaxing and uplifting effects that don’t make users overly sedated. Instead, it combines a nice cerebral high with mellow body relaxation that may leave you a bit spaced out when consumed at high doses. Nevertheless, whether you want to go out with friends for some comfort food or put on your favorite Netflix series, you’re in for a treat with this flower.
8. BC Mango
BC Mango is one of the most popular OG marijuana hybrids and a winner of numerous cannabis awards. Bringing a lot of THC to the table — around 20% — it’s a good choice for both novice and experienced consumers alike.
BC Mango grows huge buds with various shades of green, purple, and yellow throughout. It offers nice and sweet aromas of tropical fruits dominated by notes of mango and accented by a blend of earthy and herbal fragrances. When it comes to taste, it couldn’t be more incredible. BC Mango tastes like heaven, with lemon cream, sour mango, and earth blending into one delicious flavor.
The strain is a creeper, with a gentle high that makes you calm and happy. As the effects continue to take hold, you’ll feel lots of energy and creativity that works well in social settings and artistic works. As for its medical benefits, BC Mango is widely appreciated for its ability to soothe pain, improve sleep, and ease anxiety.
Huckleberry is a well-balanced strain with a mysterious lineage, with suggested Blueberry genetics. Regardless of its origins, Huckleberry offers a varying THC content between 8% and a whopping 26% on top of crowd-pleasing aroma.
The buds of Huckleberry are small and shaped in popcorn-like nuggets. The flowers have a nice dense structure and are very sticky to the touch thanks to its decent resin production. Some phenotypes of Huckleberry can display patches of purple on their leaves. The aromas of this hybrid are sweet and tart, reminiscent mostly of fresh berries.
Huckleberry is a fast-hitter, smacking users with cerebral stimulation followed by a rush of creativity and stream of thoughts. This makes it a perfect choice for daytime users who need to get their work done and stay productive throughout the day. At a later stage, the high transforms into a euphoric body buzz, showing its indica nature.
10. Green God Hulk
Closing our list of the best marijuana hybrid strains on the market, God Green Hulk is a rare indica-dominant hybrid created by crossing two legendary strains — God’s Gift and Green Crack.
Green God Hulk grows medium-sized forest green nugs with shades of purple and bright orange hairs all over the flowers. The crystal layer of trichomes indicates high potency; the strain scores up to 25% THC in some phenotypes. GGH offers strong earthy aromas most smokers consider pleasing, although its pungency is better suited for indoor consumption.
Upon the first few hits, Green God Hulk offers a light cerebral buzz that further spreads down throughout the entire body, providing remarkable relaxation and relief from stress. Medical users often pick this strain for dealing with ADD, nausea, depression, migraines, and chronic pain.
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