Classic Cannabis Strains You Should Try In Your Lifetime

There are 779 existing strains of cannabis worldwide, and at the top of the ever-evolving list are the classics and the supreme. Beloved by many cannabis consumers, these classic cannabis strains are made of high quality and just execute exceptionally.

These celebrated strains started small and unknown once upon a time but eventually shocked the globe with their phenomenal yet refreshing flavors and unmatched potencies.

Classic Cannabis Strains

Here are the all-star classic cannabis strains from one to 10.

Jack Herer

  • Hybrid: 55 – 100% Sativa, 0 – 45% Indica
  • THC: 15 – 24%
  • CBD: –
  • Typical Effects: Cottonmouth, Creativity, and Focus

This astounding number one is the child of Haze (Sativa) and Northern Lights – Skunk cross (Indica).

Jack Herer strain was named after the cannabis activist Jack Herer, who wrote and published the non-fiction book entitled The Emperor Wears No Clothes in 1985.

Across Sativa and Indica strains loyalists, Jack Herer’s charms are known not to disappoint. The consumer’s experience after taking Jack Herer strains is that they became blissful and improved their creativity while maintaining clear-headedness. It also brings lingering sweet, spicy, and earthy tastes and odors to the table.

This classic embodies a well-rounded high that it is a no-brainer for the Jack Herer to bag recognition and awards, such as in the High Times.


  • Hybrid: 65% Sativa, 35% Indica
  • THC: 14 – 18%
  • CBD: < 1 – 1.5%
  • Typical Effects: cotton mouth, dry eyes, and relaxation

This number two is a mixture of the Afghan, Colombia, Mexican, and Thai varieties, offering a friendly yet complex fusion to the user. However, originally, AK-47 may have begun in 1991, but it needed an upgrade in 1999 to produce stable seeds.

AK-47 leaves its users with uplifted and euphoric cerebral effects yet still being relaxed and mellow. Due to its diverse ancestry, the AK-45 became a classic strain worldwide with its peppery, citrusy, and pine flavor tones.

Growing this kind of smelly AK-47 yields multiple medium to large harvests with a short flowering interval.

With all these amazing characteristics, AK-47 is a strain that every cannabis consumer should try once.

Sour Diesel

  • Hybrid: 70% Sativa, 30% Indica
  • THC: 16 – 26%
  • CBD: less than 1%
  • Typical Effects: cotton mouth, creativity, and focus

Blending the genetics of Diesel, Hawaiian, Northern Lights, and Shiva, this number three classic was born in California, also known as the Sour D.

Sour Diesel is named after its famous pungent and petrol-like scent. Just how refreshing its smell is, this strain delivers the consumer with energy, creativity, and satisfying Sativa highs along with its herbal and citrusy taste.

Growers know that this West Coast classic cannabis strain places them in front of challenging times for more than a couple, but as the saying goes, there is no pain or gain.

Northern Lights

  • Hybrid: 90 – 100% Indica, 0 – 10 % Sativa
  • THC: 14 – 18%
  • CBD: less than 1%
  • Typical Effects: cotton mouth, relaxed, and drowsiness

On the fourth spot, Northern Lights stands mighty with its Afghan heredities. This strain made its way to emerge in 1985 in becoming one of the classic strains of the old millennium and into the new, for it is one of the genetic backbones of many strains of the present times.

Northern Lights’ robust sweet and spicy aroma with earthy-pine hints adds to its personality as a classic that offers free euphoria while being soothed to relaxation when consumed.

Another great thing about this strain is that Northern Lights can grow in any space, and when mature, it yields a bountiful harvest that does not disappoint growers.

Nowadays, Northern Lights are also widely used by medical patients to help them cope in the broad spectrum of conditions.

Amnesia Haze

  • Hybrid: 70% Sativa, 30% Indica
  • THC: 16 – 25%
  • CBD: less than 1%
  • Typical Effects: Creativity, Focus, and Paranoia

Amnesia Haze comes in this list as the number five classic strain with its strong Afghan, Hawaiian, Jamaican, and Laotian roots.

With combined spiciness, sweetness, and the earthy flavors of citrus, Amnesia Haze is a potent strain that jolts the consumer’s creativity and focuses. Also, just like its name, “amnesia” suggests, it can temporarily strike the consumer’s short-term memory.

Amnesia Haze can turn users out of the ordinary day to day life into an energetic buzz.


  • Hybrid: 80% Indica, 20% Sativa
  • THC: 14 – 20%
  • CBD: less than 1%
  • Typical Effects: cotton mouth, dry eyes, and relaxed

Coming at the number 6 classic is Cheese, representing the United Kingdom and its Skunk 1 heritage. This strain first appeared between 1988 and 1989 and has a significant contribution to the United Kingdom’s early underground rave scenes. Nowadays, Cheese still wins the hearts of its users.

The cheese got its name from its pungent and harshly sour aroma, making this strain and its family stand out alone. Deviating from usual sweet flavors, this strain offers an intense cheesy experience.

Users of Cheese report that the high brings increased happiness, alleviates the stress, and is followed by an intense high.

The cheese will help users to chill out hard and fast.

White Widow

  • Hybrid: 40 – 60% Indica, 40 – 60% Sativa
  • THC: 20 – 22%
  • CBD: less than 1%
  • Typical Effects: cotton mouth, creativity, and relaxing

Origins of White Widow are unclear, but it has been suspected that the Green House Seeds first produced it in the Netherlands by crossing Brazilian Indica and South Indian Sativa in the 1990s.

White Widow is famous for its appearance for being a dependable strain yielding dense and pale green buds and its ever remarkable white-coated trichomes. The white-coated trichomes inspired the “White Widow” name and always has been its trademark.

This seventh classic strain combines sweet, spicy, fruity, and earthly pine flavors and aroma in one strong high bundle. Usable during the day or night, the White Widow can energize and improve conversation, creativity, perseverance, and positivity of the user.

Skunk # 1

  • Hybrid: 65% Indica, 35% Sativa
  • THC: 15 – 17%
  • CBD: –
  • Typical Effects: cotton mouth, dry eyes, and relaxation

At number 8, the classic strain is Skunk # 1. It is a product of crossbreeding the genes of Afghan, Columbian Gold, and Mexican Acapulco Gold since 1978. Skunk # 1 has played a significant role in modernizing how cannabis is produced in the present.

Skunk # 1 modernizing the production now is evidence of how tough and dependable this strain is. Its flavor and high effects do not come second, for it is still up to a high par.

Not only giving birth to more strains, but Skunk # 1 also gave birth to the word “skunk” in the cannabis community, which is used as a noun and a verb. The term “skunk” is used to define a pungent cannabis strain.

Alongside its skunky odor, Skunk # 1 provides a complex fusion of sweet, citrusy, and earthy tones to its cannabis user. Filling your experience elevated energy and inspiration amidst a relaxed and comforting state.

OG Kush

  • Hybrid: 90 – 100% Indica, 0 – 10% Sativa
  • THC: 15 – 20%
  • CBD: less than 1%
  • Typical Effects: dry eyes, cotton mouth, and relaxation

Rising to the number nine classic, OG Kush does not need an introduction, known far and wide. This strain was first cultivated in the early 90s in Florida by crossbreeding the Chemdawg and Hindu Kush strain. OG Kush arrived on the West Coast in 1996, where breeders have refined its genetic backbone and are now used to yield various cannabis strains, which is why the OG Kush is known worldwide.

OG Kush has a package of earthy, lemon, and citrus tones for smell and flavor and serves a great India – Sativa punch of a high. This strain leaves users to enjoy an introductory headrush, improved focus, uplifting mood, and high THC content, and it can give a couch-locking high.

This stain’s impressiveness is off the charts that it is the champion of the 2017’s Highlight Cup.

G - 13

  • Hybrid: 70% Indica, 30% Sativa
  • THC: 17 – 24%
  • CBD: less than 1%
  • Typical Effects: cotton mouth, relaxing, and paranoia

One of the best but not the least, number 10 classic is the G – 13 or the Government Indica Strain 13. G- 13 has Afghan parents and is believed to have been born in the 70s or 80s, making this strain one of the pioneering strains in history.

G – 13’s Indica – Sativa combined with a high THC level hit provides uplifting the user’s mood along with calming and drowsy effects. For users looking to love sweetness, this strain will be a satisfying experience because it comes with an earthy, fruity, and citrus tone for the taste buds.

G – 13 may grow longer as compared to other cannabis strains but is not problematic to nurture. As an all-star classic, mature buds of the G – 13 is worth the effort in growing.

Beyond These Classic Cannabis Strains

High-grade quality strengthened by history and lineage; strains listed above are the undoubtedly 10 all-star classics out of the 779 cannabis strains worldwide.