Ever since Colorado legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana, it became a pot paradise for cannabis enthusiasts - residents and tourists alike. What used to obtainable only by backdoor dealing is now widely accessible in dispensaries. Moreover, cannasseurs can now freely grow a stash without fear of being persecuted.
Known for being one of the first U.S. states to legalize the use of recreational and medicinal marijuana, Colorado essentially became a haven for pot lovers. With dispensaries popping up in every corner of commercial streets, Coloradans can now enjoy a vast selection of strains. Additionally, it sparked the emergence of cannabis tourism in the area - thereby making it the perfect destination for a green getaway. Weed lovers from states with stricter marijuana laws can just drop by Colorado to taste the finest flowers it has in store.
It was 2012 when Colorado legalized the use, cultivation, and sale of cannabis. As expected, the industry bloomed and thrived almost instantaneously. After seven years in the market, there are now more than enough data to identify trends among the preferences of users.
Choosing from the vast selection of cannabis strains can be downright intimidating, but it should not be. When in doubt, it is an excellent idea to bank on the experience of seasoned tokers and cultivators. Simply put, opt for the most popular strains; after all, if it appeals to many, there is a good chance that it is because it has superior qualities. And, for good measure, buy seeds only from reputable sources such as Homegrown Cannabis Co. This premier seed bank offers top-of-the-line cultivars and some of the best selling strains in Colorado such as:
Durban Poison traces its roots to the 14th century in South Africa, where it thrived. Locally, it was called "dagga" and culturally accepted by indigenous groups - Khoikhoi, San, and Bantu.
In the 70s, Ed Rosenthal, a prominent breeder, collected landrace seeds and brought it back to the USA. He germinated and grew the seeds, and then divided the plants into two lines - A and B.
Of all the plants, one, in particular, coming from the B line, has an incredibly quick flowering time for a Sativa strain. It was later passed on to Sam the Skunkman in Amsterdam, who reduced it further by crossing with an unidentified Indica variety. Eventually, it would establish itself as one of the most formidable strains to grow at home.
Durban Poison has a complex aroma consisting of aniseed, licorice, lemon, cloves, and a spicy note. It has a quick onset, starting with an energizing, euphoric cerebral buzz. This stimulation not only helps enhance the mood but also to make one feel happy and revitalized. Moreover, the head-clearing high unlocks the creative side of the brain.
As for cultivating this strain, it would be difficult to find another Sativa landrace or hybrid that could match its quick flowering time that lasts only 8 to 9 weeks. For best results, grow Durban Poison feminized seeds using the Screen of Green training technique. Once ready for harvest, it provides 350 to 450 grams per square meter.
From South Africa to Europe, Durban Poison did not only make its way to the United States. It is also one of the bestselling strains in Colorado.
After sampling Green Cush, Snoop Dogg renamed this strain - Green Crack - to better represent the sharp onset of its energetic, uplifting effects. And, not only did that name stood the test of time, so did the strain itself too. In 2017, Rolling Stone named it one of that year's best strains. Even after four decades, it remains popular not only among consumers in Colorado but the rest of the United States.
It is unclear if Green Crack is a phenotype of Skunk #1, or perhaps a cross with a myrcene-rich Indica (Afghani or the Hindu Kush). At any rate, the complexities of its chemotype translate to an intense, sublime experience, contributing to its longevity.
Growing Green Crack feminized seeds obtained from Homegrown Cannabis Co. is not challenging. Although susceptible to powdery mildew, ensuring that the growing area well-ventilated practically eliminates this concern. Towards the flowering period, it starts to produce a fruity, citrusy odor. Upon breaking up the bud, it emits a more pronounced earthy, piney scents.
During the next 7 to 9 weeks, it develops dense, pale to bright green buds with purple hues, rust-colored pistils, and frosty trichomes. At the end of the journey, the reward comes in the form of massive yields - up to 650 grams per square meter.
Being mentioned in the same breath as Durban Poison and OG Kush, especially, is a privilege. In the case of Girl Scout Cookies, those two illustrious strains also served as its genetic forerunners. And, this progeny more commonly called GSC itself is also highly accomplished, having won numerous awards. Moreover, it is also one of the bestselling strains not only in Colorado but in the entire United States.
Since its inception, GSC has consistently received accolades on the strength of insane THC levels. Hence, packing up to 28%, the experience can be too intense for beginners. At any rate, a moderate dosage can ensure a pleasant, profoundly relaxing euphoric high. It can also act as a quick remedy, counteracting stress, nausea, and pain.
It takes GSC 9 to 10 weeks to complete the flowering stage when grown from feminized seeds. With the Sea of Green training technique, it is possible to coax up to 500 grams per square meter. Homegrown Cannabis Co. also provides Girl Scout Cookies auto-flowering seeds. GSC autos have a rapid growth cycle, taking only 10-11 weeks from the time of germination to being ready for harvest. It has a slightly lower THC but remains incredibly potent with up to 25% concentration.
The destiny of Banana Kush, being one of the top strains in Colorado, is pre-ordained. Its roots go back to landraces around the world, representing three distinct lineages - all having shaped the modern cannabis landscape.
Ghost OG. A phenotype of OG Kush appreciated for delivering a profound, balanced cerebral and body high.
Skunk Haze. An uplifting, relaxing strain that promotes mental clarity, focus, and creativity.
In this cross, the combination of unique odors exudes a surprisingly delightful scent, hence the choice of "banana" as its name. "Kush," on the other hand, is not only evident in its fragrance but also the effects and growth pattern.
Banana Kush, when grown and cured correctly, is incredibly potent. With THC levels breaching the mid-20s, its effects are devastatingly sublime. While the initial onset is mostly cerebral, a full-bodied buzz blends in to complement the head-clearing high. Its ability to obliterate stress is exemplary. Moreover, it can help alleviate anxiety, depression, and pain. Lastly, patients suffering from a sleep disorder can take advantage of its tranquilizing effects too.
At home, Banana Kush feminized seeds grow into a short-to-medium-sized plant. During the 7 to 9 weeks flowering period, it develops large, dense buds covered with a generous coating of resins. In a Sea of Green set up under a 600W HPS/LED lamp, each square meter yields up to 550 grams. A slightly tamer variety is also available. Auto Banana Kush can produce flowers packing up to 20% THC, and it does so in only 8 to 9 weeks from the time the seedlings emerge.
In some ways, Agent Orange is way ahead of its time. Bred back in the 90s, its then THC averaging 15% is not at all remarkable. During those days, the focus of the breeders and the public were on insanely high concentrations, well above 20%. Once consumed, though, its euphoric, uplifting effects are surprisingly devastating.
Apart from the trippy stimulation, it also smells incredibly delightful. Mainly, that is due to having a rich terpene profile. However, it would take another two decades before its significance is understood and appreciated. Today, at a time when breeders and the consumers have shifted to terpene-rich strains, Agent Orange is already well-entrenched and one of the bestselling strains in Colorado.
Starting Agent Orange from regular seeds offers some advantages. For one, it has strong resistance against pests and moisture-related diseases. Under optimal conditions, the expected harvest is up to 450 grams per square meter after flowering for 7 to 9 weeks.