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22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022

Check out our list of the best weed strains 2022 and chances are you’ll find your new favorite among them.
15 November 2022
15 min read
22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022

  • 1. A word of caution about cannabis strength
  • 2. Bubblegum
  • 3. Tie dye medusa
  • 4. Mr.bog
  • 5. Lilac diesel
  • 6. Biscotti
  • 7. Grease monkey
  • 8. Og kush
  • 9. Sunkissed
  • 10. Granddaddy purple
  • 11. Pacman og
  • 12. Clementine
  • 13. Jack herer
  • 14. Cookies and cream
  • 15. Garlic breath
  • 16. Ghost og
  • 17. Gelato
  • 18. Girl scout cookies
  • 19. Lemon cake
  • 20. Purple punch
  • 21. Animal mints
  • 22. Blue alien
  • 23. Blue dream
  • 24. The definition of ‘best’ is different for everybody
  • 25. Faq
  • 25. a. What is the strongest strain of weed?
  • 25. b. What determines the thc content of cannabis?
  • 25. c. What is the most popular cannabis strain in 2022?
  • 25. d. What strain of cannabis yields the most?
  • 25. e. What is the easiest strain to grow outdoors?

The choice of cannabis strains on the market today can be as bewildering as it is exciting. If you come to a dispensary unprepared, you’re likely to pick something totally random or, at best, rely on a budtender’s advice. But what if you want to try some of the top cannabis strains 2022? Better skim through our list of the best weed strains 2022 and THEN go see what your nearest dispensary has to offer.

Our top 22 list contains only those marijuana strains that offer you a truly luxurious smoking experience that includes a powerful high, an outstanding terpene profile, and every other specific characteristic you expect from an all-round winner. Whatever type of weed you favor, read on and you’re sure to find something for your taste.

A Word of Caution About Cannabis Strength

The top lists of the best weed strains and the most potent strains largely overlap because many users have come to associate quality with potency. And the potency is measured in THC content. However, don’t confuse the two because THC is not the only cannabinoid in marijuana, nor the only psychoactive one, nor, in fact, the strongest.

For this reason, the strains with the most powerful effect may show rather moderate THC percentages in the lab. The strength and quality of the high they produce come from minor cannabinoids or their overall action called the entourage effect. And once we mentioned the entourage effect, we should add that even terpenes and flavonoids (organic compounds responsible for aroma and taste) also influence the high.

1. Bubblegum

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Bubblegum

Bubblegum, one of the tastiest classics.

Strain Type:
Indica-dominant hybrid

THC: 17-19%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $10 per gram

Among the best strains of weed on our list, there are a couple of timeless classics, and Bubblegum is prominent among them. This marijuana’s rise to fame was mainly thanks to the recognizable smell and taste of classic pink chewing gum. It’s hard to say what makes this particular flavor so attractive that growers keep buying these seeds and trying different cultivation methods in hopes of finding the coveted pheno with the exactly right aroma. It’s not the kind of quest that guarantees success, but in any case, this dominant Indica is sweet and strong and provides a body-numbing stone with happy cerebral stimulation.

2. Tie Dye Medusa

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Tie Dye Medusa

Tie Dye Medusa, boutique-quality bud.

Strain Type:

THC: 25.96%

CBD: Unknown

Retail Price: $55-60 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

Tie Dye Medusa is a custom strain recently released by GRIZ and so far available only in the DJ’s home state – Michigan. GRIZ describes Astro Hippie collection of which Medusa is a part as an antidote to a faceless corporate culture that threatens to engulf the cannabis industry. His boutique-quality buds are anything but bland and promise the user a rainbow-colored experience.

Tie Dye Medusa starts with making you ridiculously high when you can’t fight helpless giggles – perfect for small parties with friends but too much for more formal social gatherings. After the initial rush, the high settles into something you have more control over so that you can do anything at all and enjoy every minute of it.

3. Mr.BOG

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Mr. Bog

Mr Bog, outlandish fun.

Strain Type:

THC: 26.03%

CBD: 0.08%

Retail Price: $55 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

Another THC champion from the new Astro Hippie collection by GRIZ (see the entry above), Mr. BOG takes you through another door to the same destination – the outer regions of your consciousness. With 25.5-28% THC in different samples, this OG cross will immediately shut you off from the mundane reality and let you roam the world of delightfully fresh and bright high-deas. But don’t hope to remember them the next day – they’ll be too outlandish to articulate when you sober up. So just relax, roll another one, and go with the flow.

You’ll have to travel to Michigan to buy yourself these diesel-smelling buds with a hard-candy aftertaste on your palate, but the experience will be worth it. Or have the patience to wait because chances are the Astro Hippie product line will cross the borders of other cannabis-friendly states eventually.

4. Lilac Diesel

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Lilac Diesel

Lilac Diesel, you haven't tasted anything like it yet.

Strain Type:

THC: 21%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $32.95 for 1/8 oz (3.5g) or $10 per gram

Lilac Diesel is an innovative hybrid that only an expert breeder would have dared to create. It was bred by Ethos Genetics and combines at least four very special cultivars from their collection – Silver Lemon Haze, Forbidden Fruit, NYC Cherry Pie, and Citral Glue. The resulting aroma is extremely complex and loud, but the taste is surprisingly smooth and subdued. This Sativa-leaning hybrid creates enough energy for you to run any errands and do any chores but its main effect is to fill you to the brim with profound joy.

Understandably, Lilac Diesel will become your favorite treatment for depression, anxiety, and stress, but it can also take care of mild pain by masking it with a pleasant body buzz or by simply distracting your attention with an all-pervading euphoria.

5. Biscotti

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Biscotti

Biscotti, an Indica that caresses your mind rather than your body.

Strain Type:

THC: 22-25%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $55 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

There should be a law that every first-time smoker should try Biscotti and no other strain because it produces an effect that won’t put off anyone. It’s surprisingly cerebral for an 80% Indica as it soothes your mind and fills you with happiness and this is the reason Biscotti is such a sought-after treat for patients with depression, anxiety, and stress. The mellow relaxation in the body adds to the pleasure. Be careful not to overdo this 22% THC powerhouse as she’s a creeper that lures you in with her dessert-like sweetness and then hits you right between the eyes with astounding potency.

6. Grease Monkey

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Grease Monkey

Grease Monkey, as resinous as her parent and even tastier.

Strain Type:

THC: 30%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $10-$15 per gram

Grease Monkey is a direct descendant of Gorilla Glue (which also ranks among the best cannabis strains due to her record-breaking resin production). Expect the same powerful lazy effect with the most pleasurable full-body tingle and only a slight cerebral stimulation. And while GG is valued for its complex and pleasant terpene profile, Grease Monkey is even better thanks to the heritage of her other parent – Cookies & Cream. However, it’s not the sweet and skunky flavor that users cherish the most but the incredible amount of THC which reaches 30% in the best samples.

7. OG Kush

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: OG Kush

OG Kush, an undying classic.

Strain Type:

THC: 18-26%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $16 per gram

OG Kush is the backbone of a whole line of modern genetics, including Girl Scout Cookies and Headband to say nothing of all those countless strains that have ‘OG’ or ‘Kush’ in their names. And it’s no accident as this is an exceptional cannabis plant both in terms of her cultivation and the quality of her smoke. The real-deal OG (which is often interpreted as ‘Original Gangster’) should have the smell of lemon, fuel, and pine and produce a blissfully relaxing effect that gives your mind and body a rest after a busy day. The other reason for the strain’s immense popularity was its acceptance by medical patients who rely on it for a wide spectrum of conditions.

8. Sunkissed

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Sunkissed

Sunkissed, an anxiety-free Sativa.

Strain Type:

THC: 21%

CBD: Unknown

Retail Price: No current listing

Sunkissed offers the kind of high that you wish could be your normal condition at all waking hours. It’s energizing and upbeat yet relaxed and anxiety-free. It’s also so clear-headed that you can just enjoy life and all its vivid colors and not feel like you’re missing out on anything or can’t tackle anything. Of course, if you prefer the ‘dazed and confused’ kind of stone, you can get it too – by rolling a bigger joint and smoking it until you’re pumped with heavy-handed euphoria. Medicinally, Sunkissed can be used for any mood disorder.

9. Granddaddy Purple

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Grandaddy Purple

Grandaddy Purple, the most delicious nighttime medicine.

Strain Type:

THC: 17-23%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $60 for 1/4 oz (7g)

Grand Daddy Purple is a famous Indica that’s been around for almost two decades but still is the staple of American dispensaries. Medical patients value this weed for its balanced effect that combines a relaxing body high with a soaring euphoria and cures anything medical marijuana is believed to cure. Recreational smokers can’t get enough of GDP’s flavor profile which is unique by any standards – it’s like tasting grapes and berries – and congenial to the buds’ striking looks of silvery frosting against a dark purple background. It’s a very popular strain among growers too as the plants produce scale-busting yields after a relatively short flowering time of 60 days.

10. Pacman OG

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Pacman OG

Pacman OG, a novel take on your favorite genetics.

Strain Type:

THC: 25%

CBD: 4%

Retail Price: $140 for 1/2 oz (14g)

Pacman OG, or simply Pacman, is a new marijuana fruit on an old family tree as it gives you a fresh perspective on your all-time favorite – OG Kush. While the original is exemplary anxiety-free, this new version takes this quality up a notch thanks to 4% CBD. It doesn’t sound like much by today’s standards, but hardly any other CBD-rich marijuana strain can also boast the jaw-dropping 25% THC! Together, these two substances create such complacent euphoria that you’ll probably want to spend the rest of your days high on this weed. Hence the addiction potential, so you’ve been warned.

11. Clementine

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Clementine

Clementine, as energetic as it is delicious.

Strain Type:

THC: 18-28%

CBD: 0-1.5%

Retail Price: $35 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

If you want to turn your weekend into a bright kaleidoscopic blur, you can start the morning with Clementine and keep smoking this Sativa-dominant strain till dusk. You’ll be filled with sparkling, bubbling energy that won’t allow you to sit still or shut your mouth for even one second. As with most Sativas, you can turn it into a valuable work tool thanks to the laser-sharp focus it provides if smoked in moderation. These crystal-covered buds also offer stimulation for your sense of smell thanks to the heritage of Tangie and Lemon Skunk that is present in every toke you take, and the taste of the smoke is a juicy citrus extravaganza.

12. Jack Herer

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Jack Herer

Jack Herer, your all-time favorite oldie.

Strain Type:

THC: 18-24%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $267 for oz (28g)

No list of top weed strains would be complete without the one that bears the name of Jack Herer, the famous cannabis advocate and author. Jack Herer the strain was developed in the 1990s as a euphoric and creative Sativa smoke that was a bestseller both in Amsterdam coffeeshops and Dutch pharmacies. It was also awarded many cannabis cups for its potency and pleasing herbal and piney flavors. This Sativa-dominant strain has aged quite well and is still popular today, after almost 30 years, because people love a high that is both soaring and firmly anchored.

13. Cookies and Cream

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Cookies and Cream

Cookies N Cream, as delicious as it sounds.

Strain Type:

THC: 20-25%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $32.95 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

Cookies N Cream is a dessert-quality hybrid strain whose lineage includes an undisclosed (but obviously exceptional) GSC phenotype crossed with a Starfighter. The Indica-dominant quality of both parents shines through in their mouth-watering offspring that smells like a sweet cake with paradoxical notes of lavender and fresh linen. The main effect of Cookies & Cream is a cheerful mood which can be accompanied by mental arousal or deep body relaxation – depending on how much you smoke. This makes this award winner a perfect strain for beginners as there’s nothing heavy or threatening about its high.

14. Garlic Breath

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Garlic Breath

Garlic Breath, it's time to meet your inner gourmet.

Strain Type:

THC: 25%

CBD: Unknown

Retail Price: $35-40 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

If you see Garlic Breath buds in a rec shop, grab some because they get swept off the shelves very quickly, earning this strain a reputation of something very elusive if not downright mythical. Aroma-wise, this is not your regular weed as you will definitely get the smell of garlic and some more complex herbal and spicy notes of Mediterranean cuisine. The taste is the same but much more low-key – ideal for those weed gourmets who like to focus on the subtleties of their smoke. With a name like this, you know instantly that this is not a social strain (and not because of bad breath). The THC percentage in Garlic Breath hovers around mid-twenties, making it a very potent relaxing nighttime smoke.

15. Ghost OG

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Ghost OG

Ghost OG, a balanced, non-threatening power.

Strain Type:

THC: 19-24%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $27.23 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

This hybrid strain is one of the most treasured ‘special cuts’ of OG Kush which is itself an all-round winner and a part of our list of the best weed strains (see above). Ghost OG offers the kind of non-intrusive potency that is felt strongly but stays in the background as you go about your day. It’s a godsend for those heavy smokers who can’t imagine not being high all the time but need to get it together and switch to a more functional lifestyle. The same quality makes Ghost OG Kush a hit among medical patients who find relief for the body and mind in its balanced warm-blanket-type of effect.

16. Gelato

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Gelato

Gelato, dispensaries' new darling.

Strain Type:

THC: 16-25%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $80 for 1/2 oz (14g)

Gelato stands out among the best strains of weed thanks to its smooth fruity and creamy flavor. It’s so enjoyable for your tastebuds that you may forget the reason you’re smoking in the first place, but the high will soon remind you why. It’s so balanced that you’ll be confused about which part of you feels the pleasure – your body or your mind. It makes you feel good about yourself and enjoy the world around you while every muscle gets filled with a glowing peaceful body buzz. There are many phenotypes of Gelato going around, and we suggest you should try all of them until you find the most euphoric one.

17. Girl Scout Cookies

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies, recognizable and memorable, simply the best.

Strain Type:

THC: 19-28%

CBD: 1%

Retail Price: $13-17.50 for 1g

Once Google’s most searched-for strain, Girl Scout Cookies is still popular today as there are many smokers who haven’t yet tried her buds with their bold flavor of cherries and lemons and notes of mint. Moreover, the best-grown samples have that signature smell of sweet cookies that gave this weed its name. The effect of GSC is as recognizable and memorable as her flavors. First, you get a burst of euphoria, and then comes an even more blissful full-body relaxation. Thanks to its strong effects on both the mind and body, GSC is one of the best medical strains.

18. Lemon Cake

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake, get some tasty calories for a busy day.

Strain Type:

THC: 17-25%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $36 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

Your quest for top weed strains wouldn’t be complete if you ignore the Skunk family, and Lemon Cake is one of its best representatives. It’s a cross of Lemon Skunk and Cheese, the latter being a choice phenotype of Skunk #1. Look forward to a piercing smell of zesty lemons with an extra stench of mature cheese while the effect is potent but not too potent to scare off newbies. This Sativa-dominant weed will deliver an energy kick to run errands, jog, swim, or cycle but only if you know when to stop. Keep smoking and you’ll feel its strong psychedelic side which will space you out for hours.

19. Purple Punch

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Purple Punch

Purple Punch, a mind- and body-numbing treat.

Strain Type:

THC: 18-20%

CBD: 1%

Retail Price: $35-50 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

Purple Punch is one of the best cannabis strains for Indica lovers as it is a cross of two classics – Larry OG and Granddaddy Purple – that retains the best relaxing and calming qualities of both. The buds look stunning – they are often dark-colored and always concealed by layers upon layers of trichomes that sparkle in the light and pack an insane amount of terpenes. The aroma and taste are what they call purple: grapes, Kool-Aid, and blueberry muffins. Smoke Purple Punch when you want your body to go numb and your mind to assume that serene positive outlook that the best Indicas are famous for.

20. Animal Mints

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Animal Mints

Animal Mints, one word – potent.

Strain Type:

THC: 27-32%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $22.95 for 1/8 oz (3.5g)

Animal Mints is a kind of smoke that is very consistent – from the frosty appearance of buds to the fresh minty breath on the exhale to the effect that seems to numb your muscles and freeze your body. And even if you’re not crazy about weed that tastes like toothpaste, you’ll hardly pass on something so potent. These vibrant multi-colored buds pack upwards of 27% THC and use this astounding firepower on both your mind and body. It’s definitely an end-of-the-day strain but not incompatible with socializing as you’ll get into a happy, chatty mood and have many bright ideas that you’ll need to share with someone.

21. Blue Alien

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Blue Alien

Blue Alien, so mellow, it's like it's from another world.

Strain Type:

THC: 20-21%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $220 for 1 oz (28g)

Blue Alien is a must for Indica lovers because when you need deep body relaxation without any jitters, spacing out, and other distractions, there’s nothing like Blueberry. Or OG for that matter. But how about them both at once? And packaged into something so beautiful it’s clearly out of this world? Blue Alien is one such hybrid, and it’s mellowness itself – the perfect late-night medicine to help you sleep or forget the stresses of the day and spend its few remaining hours in a trance-like bliss.

22. Blue Dream

22 Best Weed Strains to Try in 2022: Blue Dream

Blue Dream, the perfect balance of beloved genetics.

Strain Type:

THC: 18%

CBD: Very low

Retail Price: $265 for 1 oz (28g)

When talking about the best weed strains of 2022, let’s not forget one American bestseller that has dominated such top lists (and the top shelves of dispensaries) for years. Blue Dream has become a staple for thousands of medical users because this Sativa-dominant hybrid gives you so much cerebral energy and a good mood that you can forget about depression while full-body relaxation is enough to combat nausea and chronic pain. And all this therapeutic power comes at no cost to your motivation and productivity. Ideal to be medicated throughout the day, isn’t it?

The Definition of ‘Best’ is Different for Everybody

Good weed shouldn’t be necessarily overhyped or overpriced. You’re as likely to find a strain that ‘completes’ you on the shelves of your local dispensary as by driving four hours to another county for buds that everyone’s been recently raving about. Let’s have a look, for example, at the following list of ‘top cannabis strains 2022’ we recently saw online:

  • Green Rush Crush
  • Zen-95
  • Hobbee Lobbee
  • Nom Bomb
  • Madame Ovary
  • Rainbow Buffer
  • Lab Goggles

Don’t get pumped up about trying them a.s.a.p. because it’s a made-up list from a satirical post that makes fun of the fact that whatever problem you may have, there's always a cannabis strain that helps with just that. Be realistic, guys – there are no magic-bullet buds that work for everybody exactly as advertised. You better brace yourself for a long search if you want to find your ultimate favorite. Happy hunting!


What is the strongest strain of weed?

Being the strongest strain of weed is a very prestigious title, and many varieties are competing for it. Among the contenders, the aptly named Future #1 stands out as the one that consistently tests at over 30% THC depending on the growing conditions. The record-breaking result was 37.28%. Imagine that! More than a third of what you’re holding in your hand is pure THC!

What determines the THC content of cannabis?

The THC content in cannabis buds actually is the sum of two figures – the THC percentage per se and the percentage of THCA which is the acidic and non-psychoactive form of the substance. When exposed to heat, for example during smoking, THCA instantly converts to THC – in a process called decarboxylation – so both chemicals should be counted when talking about the potency of the buds.

What is the most popular cannabis strain in 2022?

The most trending marijuana strains in 2022 are those whose names are hinting at fruity, candy-like, and pastry flavors, such as Runtz Muffin, Mimosa, and Watermelon among others. Another group of the most-searched-for varieties is the Gorilla Glue family, including the modern classic – Gorilla Glue #4.

What strain of cannabis yields the most?

For outdoor cultivation, the most productive strains are those bred and perfected in Northern California, for example by Humboldt Seeds. They sometimes grow into trees as tall as 10-15 feet high and yield several pounds of bud in a warm and sunny climate. Indoors, the biggest yielders are skunks and their descendants from the Critical family (all of them are also fast) and some Hazes which take several weeks longer but use this extra time to increase production. White Widow also often figures as one of the highest-yielding strains.

What is the easiest strain to grow outdoors?

If your climate is warm and sunny, with long summers, and relatively dry autumn, a highly stabilized strain like Northern Lights can be your best bet. Another great outdoor strain is Blueberry. These are both Indicas. For Sativa lovers, we recommend the South African landrace Durban Poison which also suits cooler climates. For higher latitudes, choose strains with shorter flowering times – they usually have the words ‘fast’, ‘early’, and ‘express’ in their names. And, of course, the hardiest (although not the biggest) outdoor plants are grown from autoflowering seeds.


15 November 2022