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11 Rare Weed Strains You Must Try In 2023

rare weed strains

Have you ever had the fortune of sampling rare weed strains?

It’s an experience few cannabis enthusiasts get to have and one that’s becoming even more difficult in this budding industry.

What if we told you the opportunity to raise a legend is easier than you think?

To help you expand your marijuana horizons, we’ve put together a list of the most sought-after cultivars we have for sale. 

Keep reading to find a brief description of each of these rare cannabis strains and what it takes to grow them.

Let’s get started.

What does it take to be considered a rare weed?

To most, the idea of something being rare simply means that it’s hard to find or is in very limited supply.

But these days, with the internet at your fingertips, it is easy to track down most items with scarce labels.

So, what makes rare weed strains any different?

In order to earn this prestigious title, a particular cannabis cultivar needs to be:

  • Impossible to find online
  • Created under our own roof by expert breeders
  • Severely limited in stock
rare strains of weed

Why do some strains become rare weed strains?

Rare weed strains don’t suddenly hit the marijuana market.

Some cannabis cultivars are just hard to raise, leading to many growers giving up. As time passes, fewer seeds are in circulation, making it more difficult for fans to find them.

A few success stories live on, becoming the fuel that creates a legend.

Other rare weed cultivarsnever gained any commercial interest and have all but disappeared into the forgotten mist.

Not all scarce strains are made by slipping through the cracks of history. Some earn their sought-after status as they’re created by an award-winning breeder and are only available from our store.

rare cannabis strains

Getting your hands on any marijuana seeds is a joy, but growing rare weed strains is extra special.

Here are nine of the most exclusive cultivars that our online store has the honor of selling. Some offer relaxing effects, while others provide mental stimulation, but all are equally hard to find.

Rare landrace strains

The term “landrace strain” describes rare weed strains that contain pure genetics and once grew naturally in a particular region or country. Below, we’ve listed three shining examples of sought-after cultivars that have gone on to birth hundreds of hybrids.

Hindu Kush

If you had the pleasure of walking the famous Hippie Trail in the 60s, you might have come across Hindu Kush. This rare landrace strain once grew in the hills of Pakistan and is the mother of countless cannabis hybrids.

Plants display strong indica characteristics, growing short in stature with dense foliage. These crops can resist pests, pathogens, and harsh weather, making them a fabulous outdoor option. Cultivators can expect medium to heavy yields without much of a fuss.

One of the reasons this rare weed strain receives so much attention is due to its narcotic-like effects. Its sweet, wood flavored buds carry 15–20% THC and deliver a powerful body stone that calms you down for hours.

Hindu Kush
Hindu Kush

Purple Thai

Purple Thai is a stabilized landrace cultivar with the ability to mimic the strongest cup of coffee. This rare cannabis strain originally comes from Thailand and contains genetics from an incredibly scarce parent known as Highland Oaxacan Gold.

These pure sativa crops develop into incredibly tall plants, so it’s best to raise them outdoors without vertical limitations. They have a high bud to leaf ratio, promising heavy yields without the worry of mold or mildew ruining harvests.

Consuming this rare weed sets you off on an energizing cerebral experience that leaves you feeling focused and uplifted. A little goes a long way when you enjoy these 22–24% THC buds, giving you enough time to savor the blackberry flavors.

Purple Thai
Purple Thai

Durban Poison

Not too long ago, it wasn’t very hard to find legitimate Durban Poison seeds for sale. It’s one of the most iconic rare landrace strains to have ever entered the market, producing incredible sativa hybrids.

This cannabis cultivar once grew along the coast of Southern Africa and was all the rage in the 70s. Over the years, these marijuana seeds have become harder to source, mainly due to people preferring to try out newer options.

Starting your day with this rare weed provides an energy boost that lets you take productivity to the next level. Each puff of these 13–16% THC nugs clears your mind evaporating signs of stress without ever making you sleepy.

Durban Poison
Durban Poison


Rosenthal strain is a captivating hybrid resulting from the genetic combination of South Asian and Mexican cannabis varieties. With a THC content ranging from 15% to 19% and negligible CBD levels, this strain offers a balanced and enjoyable experience.

It features a flowering time of 60 to 65 days, making it relatively quick to cultivate. The effects of Rosenthal strain are known to be relaxing, sedative, and uplifting, providing relief from pain, tension, and insomnia. Its delightful flavor and aroma profile encompass sweet, earthy, and nutty notes.

The dominant terpenes in this strain are beta-caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene, which contribute to its unique scent. When grown indoors, Rosenthal can yield between 19.5 to 21 ounces per square meter, while outdoor cultivation can produce 21 to 25 ounces per plant. Its height typically ranges from 3 to 5 feet, and it is considered to have an intermediate level of difficulty for cultivation.

Rare sativa strains

Cannabis fans on the hunt for rare sativa strains with the ability to send your mind into euphoria are in luck. We stock three of the most exclusive wake and bake cultivars, each with a story to tell. 

Alaskan Thunderfuck

Alaskan Thunderfuck is a sativa-leaning hybrid with THC levels of 16–27% and less than 2% CBD. It’s an offspring of a Russian ruderalis and Northern California blended with Afghani in the 1970s.

The plants’ euphoric and soothing effects garnered status and respect among medical and recreational users. Their buds deliver a cerebral high that might electrify your senses.

Some say the strain hits like a lightning bolt, while others report it’s unique creeping high that’s not overpowering.

Crops grown from Alaskan Thunderfuck seeds are short, making them suitable for any space, but they require regular pruning.

The plants are effortless to grow, making them a dream come true for cultivators at all levels. They thrive in moderately humid conditions and flourish indoors or outdoors.

Alaskan Thunderfuck flowers for 8–9 weeks, after which growers can expect 16 oz./m² of buds indoors and 32 oz. per plant outdoors.

Enjoy dense, trichome-covered nugs with bright orange pistils. The smoke exhumes pine, herbal, and menthol flavors. You might feel energetic, happy, and chatty after a few tokes.

Amnesia Haze

It’s strange to think that with such a prestigious history, Amnesia Haze seeds have all but been forgotten. This rare sativa strain holds multiple Cannabis Cup awards and is the product of breeders mixing a collection of landrace genetics.

In true sativa fashion, these plants stretch to the heavens and produce a heavy harvest that puts a skip in your step. Cultivators lucky enough to raise this living legend can expect short flowering times and relatively resilient crops.

Ironically, smoking this rare weed strain takes your mind on a euphoric trip that leaves you feeling refreshed and energized. These 16–20% THC buds also clear your mind of any stressful clutter, allowing you to focus on the task at hand.

amnesia haze
Amnesia Haze

NYC Diesel

In the early 2000s, the marijuana market was rife with NYC Diesel, and for a good reason. This rare sativa strain offers a full mind and body experience, so unique it landed five Cannabis Cup awards.

Like many cultivars on this list, these marijuana seeds decreased in popularity over the years, losing out to newer cultivars. Thankfully, it’s not too late to still gaze upon these magnificent crops and sniff their signature lime and kerosine fragrance.

These rare marijuana buds contain a powerful THC concoction, said to average around 17–21%. Once consumed, they unleash their psychoactive capabilities, putting you on cloud nine while easing tension in your muscles.

NYC Diesel
NYC Diesel

Kyle’s Sweet Island

Kyle’s Sweet Island is one of the rarest weed strains because it’s only available from our store. This mesmerizing sativa-heavy hybrid is a blend of Skunk #1 with a secret ingredient known only to its breeder, Kyle Kushman.

Raising these scarce marijuana seeds isn’t difficult due to their ability to resist mold and thrive in most environments. Plants respond well to training techniques, with the Screen of Green method bolstering the already generous yields.

Don’t let the innocent name of this rare sativa strain confuse you. The sweet and spicy flavored nugs contain 18–23% THC, lifting your spirits while taking you on a powerful cerebral trip.

Kyle's Sweet Island Feminized
Kyle’s Sweet Island

Rare indica strains

If you enjoy sitting back and relaxing after a long day, you’ll love these rare marijuana strains. All three cultivars are indica-dominant, but each one offers a unique glimpse at what it’s like to be cool, calm and collected.


Arich cannabis history and an iconic fuel-like flavor make Chemdawg one of the most sought-after cultivars today. This indica-dominant hybrid first appeared in the 90s and is responsible for the likes of Sour Diesel and OG Kush.

Growing this rare weed strain isn’t for the faint of heart as it requires constant care and attention. Plants are highly susceptible to mold and mildew, requiring a dry climate with loads of sun to reach their full potential.

These stress-busting buds trigger complete physical relaxation with their 17–28% THC content, making them perfect for sinking deep into the sofa. You’ll want to keep this rare marijuana for special occasions and evenings you struggle to sleep.

Chemdawg #4

Purple Helmet

Purple Helmet is a Homegrown Cannabis Co. exclusive and the child of the famous Mazar-I-Sharif cultivar. Few have had the pleasure of consuming this indica-leaning hybrid, with even less setting eyes on its dazzling crops.

This rare weed strain isn’t difficult to grow at home, even if you’ve got limited experience. Plants will thrive in most conditions and don’t need a lot of attention due to their ability to resist pests and mold.

It’s best to enjoy these sweet and spicy nugs after work, allowing you to take a deep breath and relax. This rare marijuana strain holds around 15–19% THC and has the power to sedate the most seasoned of smokers.

purple helmet
Purple Helmet

Harlequin Kush

There are two reasons why Harlequin Kush has become one of the most sought-after strains. It contains an unheard-of cannabinoid ratio of 5:2, making them perfect for the medical community. Plus, these buds are direct descendants of pre 98 Bubba Kush.

Raising these rare marijuana crops is relatively easy, producing medium to heavy harvests within a few weeks. Cultivators can also boost potential yields by growing multiple plants at a time using a Sea of Green setup.

Consuming these sweet, earthy buds triggers a gentle cerebral buzz that allows you to focus on daily tasks. Although this cultivar’s psychoactive effects are mild, it’s shown to assist medicinal purposes by offering various wellness benefits.

Harlequin Kush
Harlequin Kush

Where to find the rarest weed strains

The only place you’ll find all nine of these rare weed strains for sale is at Homegrown Cannabis Co. Our aim is to offer the best variety of marijuana seeds while helping everyone experience the joys of cultivating at home.

We offer these sought-after strains in a variety of packs to suit any budget. These sizes include 4, 8, 12, and 24 cannabis seeds. There is also the option to buy the rarest strains of weed in bulk by visiting our wholesale section for additional discounts.

The safety and security of our customers are of paramount importance, which is why we provide various encrypted payment methods. You even have the ability to pay for your order using cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.

We ensure you know where your rare weed seeds are at all times by giving you an option to track your order. Plus, to add even more value to your life, we’ll ship your package for free when you spend over $115.

For extra protection, we send our marijuana seeds wrapped in crush-proof wrapping. Once secure, we place them in discreet packaging so as not to attract the attention of any disgruntled neighbors.

Need any more assistance getting your rare weed strains? Our customer support lines are open 24/7. We also have our Homegrown Forum that anybody can join and become part of our friendly cannabis community.

Receiving your marijuana seeds is only the beginning, which is why we provide in-depth grow guides for every cultivar available. There are also various Homegrown Diaries offering cultivating tips for the rarest weed strains.

Canabis flower with purple trichomes

Final points about the rare strains of weed

While every strain is unique, growing the rarest weed seeds adds your name to a list of exclusive cultivators.

It gives you the ability to sample a living legend and experience a particular cultivar’s long-lost effects.

You’re able to tick these scarce stains off your bucket list and taste their iconic flavors first-hand.

So, which of these rare weed strains are you going to grow at home?

Order your sought-after cannabis seeds online from our store for results guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

About the Author: Kyle Kushman

Kyle Kushman is a legend in the cannabis community. He is the modern-day polymath of pot: cultivator, breeder, activist, writer, and educator. After winning no less than 13 Cannabis Cups, there’s nothing this guy doesn’t know about indoor growing – he’s been there, done it, and is still doing it to this day!

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