As a year-ending post in Ganjly, we want to share with you the popular marijuana strains, which have made in various lists in High Times, LeafScience.com, Leafly, the Cannabist and the Weed Blog.

Our newfound respect in these strains have been founded in reviews as well as taking chance on what these strains can really deliver.

Here are a few short list of what we believe as the best marijuana strains in 2016 based on the lists from authority cannabis sites and reviews.

Blue Dream

This marijuana strain has been a favorite of stoners as can be seen in reviews on Leafly and The Cannabist.

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Holding 4.4 stars in Leafly with over 7 thousand reviews, this California-derived strain has gained wide recognition in states such as Colorado and Washington.

The sativa-dominant hybrid of Blueberry indica and Haze is the best-seller in dispensaries in Colorado and Washington in 2015, based on a Civilized article, in which the data figures have been obtained from BSD Analytics.

 Strain highlights from Leafly:

Blue Dream, a sativa-dominant hybrid originating in California, has achieved legendary status among West Coast strains. Crossing a Blueberry indica with the sativa Haze, Blue Dream balances full-body relaxation with gentle cerebral invigoration. Novice and veteran consumers alike enjoy the level effects of Blue Dream, which ease you gently into a calm euphoria. Some Blue Dream phenotypes express a more indica-like look and feel, but the sativa-leaning variety remains most prevalent.

With a sweet berry aroma redolent of its Blueberry parent, Blue Dream delivers swift symptom relief without heavy sedative effects. This makes Blue Dream a popular daytime medicine for patients treating pain, depression, nausea, and other ailments requiring a high THC strain.

Blue Dream is the top marijuana strain in California and Colorado. It also holds the spots in different lists of top marijuana strains compiled by The Cannabist, LeafScience.com and Herb.co.

Despite Blue Dream’s popularity, not all find the strain as the best.

In a review from The Weed Blog, the blogger purports that the strain can have a ‘bland’ reputation among stoners, who think that the strain is not that good enough as many believe it is.

Blue Dream is a very hearty marijuana strain, and has very consistent yields compared to other strains. That makes it very popular with growers since they can fairly easily gauge how much, and what quality, of yield to expect from their harvests. So it’s not that Blue Dream is the best strain, or is the most popular with consumers necessarily, as much as there’s just so many growers that grow it, and flood every outlet where they are allowed. That then leads to a higher volume of sales, and gives the illusion that Blue Dream is the most popular marijuana strain in Washington and Colorado, and likely other states that follow in Colorado and Washington’s footsteps. Because there’s so much Blue Dream around, it’s almost always one of the cheapest ‘good strains’ at any outlet, and is often used for promotions from what I see, which convinces people to purchase it instead of more expensive, better strains.

However, the blogger commends Blue Dream as the best-selling marijuana strain in 2015.

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OG Kush

Marijuana Politics has placed OG Kush as the “first of the top 10 Marijuana Strains of 2016”.

The marijuana strain “has been a favorite for a very long time and appears on the best list almost every year.”

Originally introduced in the early 90’s, the strain contains 19% to 26% of THC. It is potent strain with woody, earthy, pine-like flavor. It can help stoners feeling relaxed, happy, and euphoric. It’s a great strain for individuals who suffer from stress, pain, insomnia, depression, and a lack of appetite.

Leafly, an authority site for marijuana strains, delivers 4.3 stars to OG Kush. One of the reviews states that OG Kush is a “must-try”.

“These nugs were dark and massive, fairly dense with a piney chocolate smell and covered in orange hairs and crystals. Overall it looked like the definition of DANK, very difficult to bust up too. But the high was something else, very uplifting and social buzz kicks in within a few minutes followed by euphoria and body buzz, powerful and very talkative high. A MUST TRY!! dont pass it up, its a beautiful strain!”

Similar with Blue Dream, OG Kush is a constant favorite in the list of top marijuana strains from various online publishers and reviews. It is also one of the best-selling strains in Washington dispensaries, according to a data in 2015.

Girl Scout Cookies

According to Herb.co:

Girl Scout Cookies is quickly becoming a favorite of medical patients everywhere. If you’re suffering from pain, migraine, or just really need the strong stuff, this strain is for you. GSC is a sativa dominant hybrid, giving it energizing and electric effects. It typically features a THC content of up to 24% and is commonly available in dispensaries and collectives.

Girl Scout Cookies is a hybrid of Durban Poision and OG Kush, in which the popularity of the parents is also being passed on this hybrid.

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It holds 4.5 stars from Leafly reviews and is among in the lists of top marijuana strains from different publishers.

Blueberry

This flavorful strain still holds the most-favorite cannabis status among stoners. The strain’s highlights on Leafly brings respect about Blueberry indica.

A true A-List cannabis strain. Blueberry’s legendary status soared to new heights after claiming the High Times’ Cannabis Cup 2000 for Best Indica. The long history of the strain is traced back to the late 1970s when American breeder DJ Short was working with a variety of exotic landrace strains. However, throughout the decades of Blueberry’s cultivation the genetics have been passed around, due in large part to DJ Short working with multiple seed banks and breeders. The sweet flavors of fresh blueberries combine with relaxing effects to produce a long-lasting sense of euphoria. Many medical patients appreciate Blueberry for its ability to suppress pain and relieve stress, while connoisseurs and growers admire the strain for its colorful hues and high THC content.

Blueberry is one of the best-selling strains in Washington. It is also one of the favorite medical strains for treating glaucoma, stress and pain.

Durban Poison

Durban, the South African city, is the origin of this pure sativa, hence the name. Durban Poison’s sweet smell and energetic, uplifting effects makes it a perfect strain  for productivity and  exploring the outdoors. If you want to lend a spark of creativity, hitting this poison delivers the desired effect.

This strain has been cultivated because of its purported value for concentration extraction.

It is one of the best-selling and best reviewed cannabis pure sativa strains in Colorado and California.

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From a review on Leafly:

Durban Poison is like the “espresso” of cannabis. The raciest sativa I know of, it’s a stimulating and clearheaded high with no trace of numbing or “stoning.” It wakes you up, cuts through the bleary fog and leaves you clearheaded and bright, gives you energy to go and seize the day. Gives tons of energy and also an intense emotional euphoria… where everything is vibrating and you can’t take the smile off your face. Can cause anxiety and paranoia if you are upset, it doesn’t make you numb. Recommended for mountain biking, jogging, driving, studying, reading, and partying / socializing with smart people. My sample had purple leaf overtones, a licorice / anise smell and taste. FIRE.

Find out in 2017 on which cannabis strains will make on the top of the lists from The Cannabist, Leafly and High Times.

Will Blue Dream still hold the top of the lists?

Or will there be another hybrid that will surpass the favorite strains this year?

Let’s find them out together in 2017.

We will also have our own review of these strains and will compile our own list based on the reviews.

Happy 2017!