Top 6 Fruity Cannabis Strains to Smoke
Published on 5/20/21
The world of cannabis breeding is paramount today, as consumers are constantly wanting the next best thing when lighting up. Top strains these days have risen to a certain status partially due to the signature and delicious taste or aromas that often accompany a great strain. To spice up 2021, we've assembled a list of strains to pack a fruity punch for your next marijuana session.
How are Strains Made?
When looking at the sex of cannabis plants, we only need to focus on the female plant when it comes to creating strains. This is because female plants are the only sex that produces those sticky buds we all know and love, delivering us our favorite feelings from cannabis. The males are needed here to only pollinate bud-producing females. To achieve a hybrid or a new strain, you must have the male of one strain to pollinate the other strain, which is female. To actually breed, you need to place both plants in a breeding chamber to contain pollen. One male plant can in fact pollinate up to 20 female plants.
You typically start out with Landrace strains, which are pure varieties that have been growing for centuries. These have been the basis of cannabis breeding over decades, and there is usually very little variation between landrace strains. To begin the breeding process and to introduce new genes into variety, self-pollination is often used as noted above.
Once pollination occurs, the female will express the genes of both the male and female plants. It's important to note that traits of interest in the female plant can be seen and documented. For example, the traits can be growth, flower characteristics, the potential for CBD or THC and terpenes present.
The lovely hybrid strain that is near and dear to your heart that you find at your local dispensary has gone through countless rounds or generations of breeding. As a grower, you are looking for homozygous seeds, which produce the same set of genes every single time. This ensures that the buyer is getting the same thing from their beloved strain each time.
Terpenes & Flavonoids: Why They're Important
The most popular strains today are often recognized through their aromas and flavors when smoking. This is all due to compounds found within the cannabis plant, which are terpenes and flavonoids. Terpenes are oils secreted within the sticky and shiny trichomes that give the cannabis smell and flavor. Flavonoids are also phytochemicals that are big distinguishers in weed and aid in flavor, aroma and pigmentation.
Not only are these two compounds supplying us with a delicious taste and decadent smell, but they are also working diligently in other ways, too. Terpenes are synergistically working with flavonoids within the ECS to aid in the entourage effect. More specifically, terpenes such as limonene, myrcene and terpinolene work to contribute to fruity qualities in cannabis. You can expect flavor profiles of citrus, mango and floral notes, while a class of flavonoids, called anthocyanins, give the fruitful taste as well.
Fruity Weed Strains
Blueberry is an indica strain that we associate with being very fruity, for obvious reasons. With a THC content of 17-20%, you'll find a rich terpene profile high in pinene, myrcene and caryophyllene. This award-winning, best indica according to High Times, has a very sweet aroma, with hints of earthiness as well. Expect a taste of fresh blueberries to deliver a relaxing, hazy day with a heavy hit of euphoria. This strain is great to ease pain and stress and is known to aid in depression, fatigue and migraines.
Strawberry Cough is a sativa strain boasts a THC content of 20%, all while tasting like a bowl of strawberries. While this strain does have some mysterious origins, it is high in the terpenes pinene, myrcene and caryophyllene. This sativa is great to relieve stress, as the user should expect feelings of euphoria, coupled with an uplifted mood and a nice heady buzz. Just like the name says, expect a thick smoke and a coughing fit with a bit of an earthy taste to go with it.
There are many fruit indica strains on the market, and Forbidden Fruit happens to be one of our favorites. Coming in at around 16% THC content with a terpenes profile high in myrcene, caryophyllene and limonene, this strain will deliver a relaxed body feeling all while carrying you off into a euphoric headspace. Forbidden Fruit also explodes with flavor, so expect some cherry and tropical flavors like mango and passionfruit, all with a bit of earthiness at the end. Expect deep physical relaxation, perfect for a great night's sleep.
This potent hybrid strain comes in with a THC content of 26% in most cases. Expect a very powerful, heady buzz coupled with a numbing body sensation that won't be too sedative. The experienced smoker will find a terpene profile high in limonene, pinene and myrcene with a taste of bananas and a sugary sweet exhale to bring it all together. The tropical and citrusy aroma will deliver a laughing fit and uplifted mood. This is a great strain for chronic pain and insomnia, too.
Super Lemon Haze
This 2 times Cannabis Cup winner is a classic sativa strain with a THC content of 18%. This social strain will provide the smoker with an energetic and lively afternoon to achieve whatever is on their to do list. Beware, Super Lemon Haze can cause paranoia and anxiety for novice smokers, if consuming too much. With the terpenes terpinolene and caryophyllene present, you'll find a zesty, citrusy and sweet aroma. The taste here is a bit tart and is often compared to the Lemonheads candy.
This hybrid strain that is high in terpinolene, myrcene and caryophyllene boasts a tasty, fruity flavor that takes you to the tropics. With an aroma that is said to smell like sour pineapples, this strain is great for creative endeavors and will keep the consumer uplifted, euphoric and happy all day long. This could be a great strain for productivity and will keep you engaged and active throughout. Even better, Golden Pineapple comes in at 18% THC content to keep you lifted but not too anxious.
What is your favorite fruity weed strain? Have you tried any of these listed above? Let us know below.