8 rare cannabis strains worth searching high (and low) for
I n our modern digitally connected world, pretty much everything rare and prized is also paradoxically readily available—at least if you have the means.
Want to chow down on the world’s rarest caviar , then wash it down with a glass of the world’s rarest fine wine ? Well, it’ll cost you a pretty penny (perhaps you can pay in 1944 Steel Wheat Pennies, worth over $110,000 a pop), but thanks to the internet, you’ll have no problem actually locating those items on the open market.
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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.
Which raises two very significant questions worth addressing before you set off on your rare cannabis quest: Which hard to find strains are worth the effort? And how will you know it’s really the “real deal” once you find it?
What’s to stop someone from claiming to be in possession of a rare cutting of Pre-98 Bubba Kush when all they’ve really got is a run-of-the-mill OG? Nothing really, except honor, decency, and a desire not to be labeled a human paraquat and banished from the scene.
But anyway, putting all that unpleasantness aside, I recently indulged in a pleasant little thought experiment by asking some of the world’s leading cannabis connoisseurs two questions:
- What’s the rarest strain you’ve ever had the pleasure of smoking?
- What’s the one rare strain you’ve never tried but would really love to track down?
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
The history of the Chemdog line of cannabis strains is long, convoluted, and fascinating , with an origin story that dates back to bag seed salvaged from an ounce of primo bud sold on a Grateful Dead tour back in 1991. Perhaps most famous for its incredibly potent progeny—including Sour Diesel , OG Kush , and their many variants and offspring—the original Chemdog varietal (now known as Chemdog 91) remains among the most potent, flavorful, and sought after cannabis cuts of all time. Known for its earthy, skunky, diesel aroma and euphoric high, it’s often imitated, but rarely located these days.
Check to see if someone’s got Chemdog 91 near you.
Direct from the Emerald Triangle—Northern California’s famed cannabis growing region—comes Mendo Purps, one of the classic purple strains with a flavor profile redolent of caramel coffee and woodsy pine. A harbinger of the “Purps” craze that drove the underground weed market in the mid-2000s, the purple pride of Mendocino County started life as a clone-only cutting and remains in sadly short supply.
These dispensaries say they got the Mendo Purps.
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.
We heard you can find Bubba OG at these shops.
Named for its four parents—three distinct landrace strains hailing from Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan, plus the legendary Skunk #1 —Four Way is one of the most pungent strains of all time, while also delivering a potent cannabinoid profile with up to 20% THC and 2% CBD. Predominantly indica with creeping sedative effects, this beloved but elusive strain retains the spicy, hashy taste and aroma of its exotic parentage, plus notes of pure stinky skunk.
These shops allegedly carry Four Way.
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.
We’ve heard tales of Sweet Tooth’s availability at these shops.
Winner of five Cannabis Cup trophies back in the early 2000s, NYC Diesel was bred by Soma Sacred Seeds and is a slightly sativa-dominant cross of Mexican and Afghani landraces that retains highly cerebral effects and deep body sedation. Distinguished by its powerful lime and grapefruit aroma, it’s an uplifting, creative, buzzy varietal that doesn’t spark anxiety, making it ideal for social situations.
Find out if NYC Diesel made its way to a dispensary nearby.
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.
Or was was the strain named after the coffeeshop?
Explore dispensaries stocked with this coffeeshop classic.
The Original Haze strain dates all the way back to the earliest cannabis breeding efforts of the late 1960s, and remains the standard bearer for all sativa strains to this day. Hawaiian Snow combines the genetics of three of the best Hazes of all time— Neville’s Haze , Pure Haze, and Hawaiian Haze —into one incredible varietal with the smell of spicy-incense accented by hints of citrus and eucalyptus. It also delivers a soaring cerebral high with THC levels that can reach 23% when properly cultivated and harvested a peak potency.If you’re a cannabis connoisseur, you might want to learn more about these rare cannabis strains that are worth tracking down, if you can find them.
The Rarest Weed Strains on Earth Now 2017
Weed Strains: Where has all the good weed gone? This is a question often asked by frequent users who have built up a resistance to the more readily available strains.
The highs aren’t quite the same, and even a weed tolerance break isn’t doing the trick. Something else is needed, with more potency or longer highs. But how do you come across the most sacred and scarce weed strains in the world?
Luck. That’s what it takes. Some things, no matter how far and wide you search, you may never come across. Often the only way you stumble upon them is by luck.
For those who have been in the business a long time, you are probably aware that some weed strains are so rare they have fallen into the category of myth and folklore. While some are believed to have been smoked out of existence, others are available, but you have to know people that know people.
If you do find those people, this is what you should ask them for:
- Lamb’s Breath
For our first Rockstar, we must travel to the home of all things weed: Jamaica! Don’t let the name fool you, Lamb’s Breath is said to have been the weed of choice of legendary artist Bob Marley and for a good reason.
Close up shot of the highly red haired Lamb’s Breath
As you would expect, all the attention nearly got it obliterated. This Jamaican classic with its citrus-like aroma, produces an impressive amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), with some coming in at 22%. But before you get on a flight to Jamaica, check out the competition.
- Hindu Kush
It is said, that the Hindu Kush is the preferred cannabis of choice for the world’s leading monks. It is believed to deliver genuine outer-body experiences.
Old wives’ tales aside, this 100% Indica may not pack the punch of modern hybrid’s, but it sure can send you off to dreamland in a jiff.
- Malawi Gold
Wakey wakey! You’re in Africa now after your long nap, and you’re in for a treat. This pure Sativa is in high demand because of its large, dense buds, but peak and you’ll miss it.
It only grows in one place on earth, so when you get a bagful of this, be sure to maximize your weed tolerance break, so you never get too used to this.
- Roadkill Skunk
For a full-body high, try this bad boy. You don’t want to mess with this until after your day job. This medical favorite has been known to help patients with multiple sclerosis and PTSD.
Roadkill Skunk is an indica dominant hybrid (80% indica/20% sativa)
The flowers are brightly colored, and the buds have a strong earthy aroma, with a little spice.
- Molokai Frost
This here, is another strong Sativa, with a THC count of between 20%-22%. Don’t waste your weed tolerance break on this one, because the high is so quick and strong; it would be hard to build resistance any time soon.
Molokai Frost, photo credit: CannaZom
Dubbed a one hit wonder, it is perfect for sharing. Just one puff and you’ll be as a kite.
- Idukki Gold
This type of rare weed strains that is aggressively being wiped off the face of the earth, so if you find it, don’t let go! Farmed in Kerala, the government has been cracking down on illegal growers. But this is a strain that really likes its native habitat.
A portion of the Idukki Gold found in India
Perfect for hash, this 80% landrace should be prized and kept safely, before it gets turned into another hybrid.
- Puna Budder
Somebody had the crazy idea of blending two distinct groups to make one killer-bud. Probably displeased that the weed tolerance breaks were of no effect, they went to work on this beautiful wonder.
Puna Budder, one of the weed strains that was very popular in the 70s
The offspring of the Afghani and Hawaiian strains gets you a strong high that lasts for its money’s worth. It has a sweet taste, with brown sugar and nut thrown in there. With THC’s of 20%, no wonder it was a hit.
Unfortunately, no one seems to know where it disappeared to. Rumors spread of it lurking around California, but that may be a dead end.
Get Ready to Scour the Earth
From government crackdowns to overcrowding and excessive patronage, many beloved strains have virtually disappeared. These are only a few of the rarest strains on earth, with a potential dozen or so others.
We have done our part; now it’s your turn. Do let us know if you find any of these rare weed strains, and leave a comment if you know of any rare strains we’ve missed and you can find.If you've been around enough, you are probably aware that some weed strains are so rare they have fallen into the category of myth and folklore. ]]>