Here’s another paradox: Anyone seeking out obscure cannabis strains of the distant past—far flung exotic landraces that never made a commercial impact to begin with, or the hottest new hybrids that haven’t yet hit the commercial market—will like have better luck dusting off their old underground dealer rolodex and chasing after leads and clues like some kind of dank detective than they will driving over to their friendly local cannabis store.
As any cannabis enthusiast in California can attest, there’s no shortage of OG Kush crosses on the market, but one of the oldest and best has largely slipped off the radar. And that’s a shame, because Bubba OG—a hybrid of Pre-98 Bubba Kush and Ghost OG from Canadian breeders Dr. Greenthumb Seeds—delivers the former’s flavor and the latter’s potency, a truly winning combo. BOG (as it’s known to those who remember) can work wonders for chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea, and insomnia.
This classic indica-dominant hybrid was on top of the world after bringing home 1st place at the 2001 High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, but nowadays satisfying your Sweet Tooth will take some serious searching around. A remarkable blend of landrace strains from from Afghanistan , Hawaii , and Nepal , the buds come coated not in sugar, but in resin, and deliver a truly sweet smell of flowers and berries.
Culling through their responses—plus some “big data” supplied by Leafly’s in-house researchers—I put together this highly-subjective list of rare and highly sought after cannabis varietals. Consider this only the start, so please add your “holy grail” strains in the comments. And yeah, if you happen to know where to track down a nice nug or two of Kali Mist , I can be reached via Twitter: @pot_handbook
Winner of two Cannabis Cups for top sativa (more than a decade apart), Amnesia Haze has ironically been all but forgotten today. Still, it retains a place of high honor in the memory of anyone lucky enough to have sampled the strain’s citrus flavor and experience its uplifting, energizing, buzzy effects. A hybrid of South Asian and Jamaican landrace strains, it became a sensation in Amsterdam more than a decade ago as the featured menu item at a coffeeshop named after the strain.
Cannabis seed buyers beware. Marijuana seeds that are priced high don’t always produce the highest quality bud. The cost of cannabis seeds can run from relatively cheap to extremely expensive. And while you might think that the most expensive seeds are going to produce the highest quality harvest, this isn’t always the case.
Fruity Pebbles is a strain that’s been circulating in the world of weed for over a decade. In 2012, Alien Genetics released a variety in 2012 as a special limited edition. Seeds of this fruity strain that smells just like the sweet cereal were sold for $1000-$1500 a pack. The price of the seeds makes sense when you consider that experienced growers can harvest $1500-$3000 from one plant alone.
Why Are Some Seeds More Expensive Than Others?
Outdoors, Fruity Pebbles does best when grown in a steady climate in indirect sunlight. Indoor grows with Fruity Pebbles will require plenty of space, as these plants can grow tall like a sativa, with fat indica-like buds that will need plenty of support.
Oracle was once believed to be one of the rarest strains in the world. It was implied that THC levels of Oracle could reach up to 40%, making it one of the most potent strains known to man. If it seems too good to be true, it’s because it is.
Kosher Kush seeds won’t cost you thousands, but they are still relatively expensive. A pack of 6 seeds can run $100 or more. Good news is, Kosher Kush is easy on the beginning grower. It thrives when grown indoors and is known to produce well over a pound per plant.
The rise in cartel violence in its native growing region has made cultivation extremely risky. Because of the fear of getting killed for growing cannabis for the wrong people, the once-popular crop is quickly fading from sight.
Word has it that Angola Roja is the cannabis strain that fathered a lot of the North American strains we enjoy today. However, this strain is becoming difficult to find due to the illegalization of cannabis in Angola. Precious little herb gets out of the country, which means this is probably going to go extinct in its native form.
If you were alive in the 70s, or just know a lot of lore from that decade, you might recognize Puna Budder as one of the most popular strains from way back in the day. This Afghan-Hawaiian hybrid blend was known for a buzz that lasted and lasted thanks to its 20 percent THC rating.
Whether it's just due to the ability to brag about your drug connects or just a random part of stoner culture, a lot of people tend to claim to have smoked seriously strong, seriously rare strains of weed. Sometimes, newbies will even lie about a certain strain just to look more experienced than they really are.
The demand in Kush and hybrids has made Neville's Haze one of the rarest marijuana strains to spot in dispensaries. However, it's still pretty common in home growing collections.
Once in a blue moon, smokers will claim to have hit a strain that no one has ever heard of. Are they real, or are they just one of the rarest marijuana strains on Earth?
Hazes haven't really been popular stateside, even with pothead icons like Jimi Hendrix talking about the benefits of Purple Haze. Neville's Haze might sound like something that was Harry Potter-inspired, but the fact is that it's just a really good strain from Green House Seeds.