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7 More Popular Weed Strains in California

In the early days of marijuana in California, there were only a few strains available for smokers to enjoy. This was because most of the marijuana consumed in California was smuggled in from Latin America and Asia.

It went by names like Acapulco Gold and Thai Stick. As time went on, breeders began crossing the few strains that were available and created new hybrid strains. Today, there are hundreds if not thousands of different strains in California's now legal marijuana market. However, only some of them can claim to be Cali's most popular.

Sour Diesel

Marijuana that smells like diesel or gas is very popular in California and the rest of the states. Sour Diesel, also known as SD or Sour D, earns its name due to its gas-like aroma. This diesel smell sets it apart from the sweeter smelling strains and gives it an air of potency which is well deserved. Sour Diesel has one of the highest levels of THC out there.

It is a sativa-dominant hybrid, believed to be created from a cross between Chem Dawg 91 and Super Skunk. Because of its sativa dominance, recreational users generally report that the effects of SD make them euphoric and happy. They also report that it gives them energy. In general, sativa dominant strains tend to energize users more than indica strains, which often have a heavy effect on the body.

Medical users find relief from a variety of ails and symptoms from the consumption of SD. Patients say that this flower helps them relieve stress. They also state that it helps them relieve pain. For some, Sour Diesel even helps with depression and fatigue.

OG Kush

This may be the most popular strain in California. It is definitely one of the most recognizable by name. OG Kush appears regularly in movies and TV and can be found in many dispensaries and gardens throughout California.

Undoubtedly, its potency is definitely one of its more desired characteristics. When dispensary bud tenders are recommending strong weed, they definitely highlight OG Kush (or OG as it is called) if they have it in stock. Farmers who grow it find it very difficult to keep up with the demand for this celebrity strain.

In addition to its potency, OG Kush posses a complex and pleasant aroma profile. It is most often described as spicy with some diesel tones and sweetness. As far as its effects, relaxing, happy, and uplifting are adjectives often used to describe them by both medical and recreational users.


This popular purple and orange strain, formerly and still sometimes known as Girl Scout Cookies, is a newbie compared to the others on this list. It arrived onto the cannabis scene just after the mid-2000s with a massive impact. Consumers just couldn't get enough of it. At one point, demand was so high for this pungent smelling flower, that individual plants for cultivation were selling at up to ten times their normal rate.

The craze has died down a little, but GSC still remains one of the Golden State's most popular strains. Its parents are OG Kush (written of above) and Durban Poison, which is a pure sativa strain from South Africa. Users report GSC to be uplifting and energy providing and that it brings on moods of creativity. Medically, it does well as a relief from anxiety and some pains.

Gorilla Glue #4

This strain was born and bred in Colorado. Its high quality all but assured that it would make its way to the connoisseurs of California. The name allegedly comes from the fact that the flowers are so resinous, they cause marijuana trimming scissors to stick to them like glue.

This fairly new strain has a few different parents. Sour Diesel, Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister, and Chocolate Diesel all come together to make this cleverly named bud, bringing not only their flavor, but also their high THC levels. Gorilla Glue #4 is well known for its potency.