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The 15 Best Weed Strains for 2024

The California recreational cannabis market has certainly grown and evolved since cannabis became legal in 2018. And just as the marketplace has changed, so have the products and the strains changed and evolved. 

However, just as it is in life, the more things change, the more things stay the same! As you can see from our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024, many “old school” strains still hold a prominent place in today’s cannabis marketplace. 

Noteworthy among those classic strains that made it onto our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024 were:

  • Blue Dream
  • Sour Diesel
  • Durban Poison
  • OG Kush
  • Jack Herer

Some of the “newer” strains included in our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024 were several dessert- themed strains including:

  • Gelato
  • Apple Fritter
  • Wedding Cake
  • Biscotti
  • Ice Cream Cake

With so many cannabis strains to choose from these days, understanding the factors that contribute to a strain’s taste and effects are crucial. Important things to consider when choosing a cannabis strain are:

  • Terpene profiles
  • Cannabinoid content: THC, CBD and other cannabinoid percentages
  • Flavor
  • Desired effects

And as you may have gathered, choosing a cannabis strain has become complicated in recent years and that’s why Torrey Holistics offers every customer a one-on-one experience with a skilled and knowledgeable cannabis consultant.  Each cannabis consultant can help you navigate the new landscape so you can make the most informed buying decision.

What are the best cannabis strains of 2024? 

Blue Dream: A Classic Hybrid-Sativa, Perfect for any Occasion

Taking the number one spot on our list of the 15 best weed strains of 2024 is Blue Dream. Blue Dream is a hybrid, sativa leaning cannabis strain, originating from Southern California.  It is now the most popular strain throughout California. 

Blue Dream first appeared as a medical strain in the Santa Cruz area around 2003. While no one can trace the exact origins, it quickly gained popularity for its balanced effects.

And while its original cultivator is also unknown, Blue Dream was created by crossing DJ Short Blueberry and Super Silver Haze strains. The result of that cross is a strain that offers both physical relaxation and mental stimulation without overwhelming either aspect. With medium THC content of 21%-26%,  it provides just enough potency to be effective while still being approachable for novice users or those who prefer milder strains.

Furthermore, Blue Dream consumers report feeling an upward momentum of a sativa at the onset, causing them to feel happy, creative, and uplifted. Then, with more consumption, the indica side kicks in, producing a more mellow experience. Blue Dream is also known for its distinctive fragrance, which is derived from its terpene profile that includes:

  • Myrcene, 
  • Pinene 
  • Caryophyllene

Those terpenes not only give it a distinctive blueberry aroma and taste but may also provide therapeutic benefits such as stress relief, pain management and appetite enhancement. 

Gelato: A Staple of the California Cannabis Scene

Taking the number two spot on our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024 is Gelato. The marijuana strain Gelato ushered in a new era of sweet and dessert themed strains. In fact, Gelato, also known as Larry Bird and Gelato #42, has become somewhat of a new-school icon of today’s cannabis world. Bearing a sweet but complex flavor and aroma alongside relaxing yet euphoric effects, this balanced hybrid has set a new standard for modern strains. 

The California cultivator, Sherbinski is credited with creating the strain Gelato through the cross of two flavorful strains—Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies.  It draws upon the rich terpene profiles of those parent strains to offer a sweet and earthy experience. Gelato’s really delicious flavor is courtesy of a terpene profile led by:

  • Caryophyllene
  • Limonene
  • Humulene

Adding to Gelato’s exotic terpene profile is its relatively high THC content, ranging from around 25% to 32%. As such, it is particularly well-suited to experienced users looking for more intense effects, although it can also be enjoyed by novices in moderation as well.

Gelato really stands out from other strains because of its effects, which are both extremely euphoric and relaxing. Though, in higher amounts, Gelato is certainly capable of getting consumers truly stoned. However, this is not a strain that causes couch lock. In fact, the Gelato experience is what you make of it! Whether you desire chilling out or taking a leisurely stroll, this is just the right stuff.

Medical consumers tend to opt for Gelato in hopes of relieving symptoms related to mood and mental health, such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Furthermore, in larger quantities, Gelato may help to take the edge off of pain—both acute and chronic.

Pineapple Express: A Cross of Two Classic Sativas 

The number three strain on our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024 is Pineapple Express. Pineapple Express is one of the most iconic strain names in today’s cannabis market. And, although the strain has been around a long time, this infamous strain was catapulted to fame in 2008 thanks to the movie of the same name. Ever since, Pineapple Express has held a special place in many people’s hearts. 

Pineapple Express was created by crossing Trainwreck with Hawaiian Haze. It has a unique flavor and aroma with bright citrus notes infused with the tropical sweetness of pineapple and the earthiness of pine. The terpenes primarily responsible for this distinct fruity flavor are:

  • Caryophyllene
  • Limonene
  • Ocimene.

Those terpenes also give Pineapple Express its energizing properties, making it ideal for a great afternoon pick-me-up or wake-and-bake option. And adding to the effects of those terpenes is Pineapple Express’ moderately high THC content of 22% to 30%. The combination of the terpenes and the THC content has been reported to deliver an immediate, long-lasting buzz. The top reported effects were uplifted, creative, blissful, energized and focused. 

Apple Fritter: Unique Terpenes for Unforgettable Flavor and Effect 

Gaining popularity in 2023, Apple Fritter takes the number four spot on our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024. Its sweet, dessert-like aroma and pleasant effects make it an attractive option for those looking to unwind after a long day. 

Apple Fritter is a cross between two classic strains, Triangle Kush and Animal Mints. Triangle Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid from Florida, which has been around since the early 2000s, while Animal Mints is another indica-dominant hybrid bred in California. Both of those parent strains are known for their unique flavors as well as their powerful effects on both body and mind.

As its name suggests, the Apple Fritter strain has a strong apple aroma with notes of citrus fruits like lemon or lime mixed in as well. Its terpene profile includes:

  • Caryophyllene
  • Limonene,
  • Pinene
  • Linalool

All together that terpene combination creates a complex yet balanced flavor, which is pleasing to even the most discerning cannabis connoisseur. The average THC content of Apple Fritter buds ranges from 21% to 31%, making it suitable for experienced consumers who are looking for something more potent than your average flower but not too overwhelming either. 

In addition to its balanced recreational effects, this strain can also provide medical consumers with strong, balanced effects that can help alleviate physical and mental ailments. It is often used as a natural remedy for pain relief due to its powerful analgesic properties which are thought to be primarily derived from its terpene profile. It also has mood-enhancing effects that may provide relief from symptoms associated with PTSD or other mental health issues like depression or anxiety disorder.

Cereal Milk: A Sativa-Dominant Hybrid that Packs a Punch

One of the newest and yet one of the most popular strains of 2023 was Cereal Milk.  And its popularity will continue into 2024, making it the number 5 strain on our list of the 15 best weed strains of 2024.

Cereal Milk’s lineage can be traced back to two well-known strains: Snowman S1 and Y-Life. Snowman S1 is a variant of Girl Scout Cookies (GSC), known for its sweet taste with hints of minty freshness. Y-Life, on the other hand, is a cross between Cherry Pie Kush and OG Kush, bringing together sour cherry flavors with earthy undertones.

With that balanced indica-sativa profile and THC content ranging from 23%-33%, Cereal Milk offers a perfect balance of recreational and medicinal benefits. It’s effects are related to its terpenes which include:

  • Beta Caryophyllene
  • Limonene
  • Pinene

Consumers report experiencing an immediate surge of euphoria and energy, making it a popular choice for those seeking to enhance their mood or productivity. That uplifted state gradually transitions into a state of deep relaxation as the indica genetics kick in, without causing extreme drowsiness or lethargy. Cereal Milk has also been reported to offer a range of benefits such as chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, and insomnia. 

Wedding Cake: A Highly Therapeutic Cannabis Strain with A Remarkably Sweet Flavor 

The  number 6 strain on our list for the 15 best weed strains for 2024 is Wedding cake. It was created by the breeders at Seed Junky Genetics in 2018 by crossing two big flavored strains: Cherry Pie and Girl Scout Cookies. It is most known for its sweet and dessert-like flavor profile, which is accurately reflected in its name. Although its aroma is primarily composed of vanilla, it also has earthy undertones that make for a unique and complex experience..

The terpene profile of this strain is led by:

  • Humulene
  • Limonene
  • Myrcene

With an average THC content of 25%-35%, Wedding Cake has the potential to deliver substantial effects. Beginning with an uplifting euphoria, the experience eventually veers into utter relaxation, soothing the body from head to toe while keeping the mind relatively clear. Though it’s not immediately couch-locking, Wedding Cake is arguably best suited for after-work smoking. 

Wedding Cake’s therapeutic potential is multifaceted, although the strain is perhaps best suited for addressing physical discomfort, low appetite, and low mood. Given its highly relaxing effect, Wedding Cake may also be a viable option for users looking to address anxiety or stress.

GMO: Perhaps the “Dankest” Strain on our List!

The number 7 strain on our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024 is GMO. Originally bred by Mamiko Seeds, GMO aka GMO Cookies or Garlic Cookies, is an indica dominant hybrid that is a cross between Chemdawg and Girl Scout Cookies. 

GMO also  has a unique smell, which combines notes from both of its parent strains. It has a pungent and earthy aroma with hints of garlic and onion alongside a distinct sweet and spicy flavor bearing notes of coffee and diesel. It has also been said that this strain tastes like a combination of garlic, mushrooms and onions (GMO). 

GMO has a terpene profile dominated by:

  • Caryophyllene
  • Limonene
  • Myrcene

GMO also stands out because of its high potency and unique effects. With THC levels ranging from 25% to 38%, it is not recommended for novice users, but it is certainly worth trying for more experienced cannabis enthusiasts. The effects of GMO  are reported to bring on a strong euphoria coupled with deeply relaxing body effects.  Medical users also report successfully using GMO to relieve a variety of symptoms/ailments such as anxiety, pain, appetite loss and sleep.

Durban Poison: A True Sativa-Lover’s Classic Cannabis Strain

The ninth position on our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024 goes to an old school favorite Durban Poison. Durban Poison is a pure sativa, landrace strain that originated from the coastal city of Durban, South Africa. 

Durban Poison’s journey from South Africa to the rest of the world began in the 1970s. Legend has it that famous cultivator and cannabis writer Ed Rosenthal discovered the strain on a trip to South Africa to find new genetics. 

Durban Poison’s designation as a landrace strain means that its genetics have remained unchanged for centuries. This makes it a rare and unique strain that is highly valued by cannabis enthusiasts. Landrace strains are important because they represent the original genetic makeup of a particular strain.

Durban Poison has a sweet and spicy aroma with notes of fresh pine, citrus, and earthy undertones. It gets its aroma from a unique terpene profile rich in:

  • Terpinolene, 
  • Myrcene 
  • Pinene

It is considered a potent strain with a relatively high THC content of 22%-32%. Upon smoking or vaping the strain, consumers can expect to be uplifted and motivated, making Durban Poison ideal for daytime use. Consumers report feeling focused, inspired, and productive after smoking Durban Poison.

Among medical users, Durban Poison is typically invoked for its potential to boost a low mood and alleviate physical discomfort. It has also been reported to help ease nausea in some consumers.

Ice Cream Cake: A Cross of our 6th Favorite Cannabis Strain of 2024, Wedding Cake

Rounding out the top ten of our list of the top 15 best strains for 2024 is Ice Cream Cake. Ice Cream Cake is a relatively new strain—but that hasn’t stopped it from quickly becoming a favorite among 2023 cannabis consumers. Featuring 75% indica and 25% sativa genetics, its parent strains, Wedding Cake and Gelato #33, have won several awards, making Ice Cream Cake a real up and coming strain for 2024.

What makes Ice Cream Cake a real standout strain is its unique flavors and aromas, which are sweet and creamy, with hints of vanilla, sugary dough, and earthy undertones. Ice Cream Cake owes its rich aroma to its highly aromatic terpene profile which includes:

  • Limonene 
  • Caryophyllene
  • Myrcene
  • Linalool

Combined, these four terpenes not only contribute to the strain’s decadent flavor and aroma, but also its distinct effects, making Ice Cream Cake a delight for all the senses.

With THC levels ranging from 28% to 35%, Ice Cream Cake has plenty of potency to back up her euphoric effects. As such, those new to the cannabis world are advised to approach the strain with some caution in order to optimize the experience and avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Ice Cream Cake has several reported medicinal effects, including physical relaxation, appetite stimulation and overall stress reduction. 

Northern Lights: Another True Sativa for the Classic Cannabis Connoisseur 

Our number eleven strain is a certified icon of the cannabis world, Northern Lights. It is a multiple-award-winning indica that hasn’t waned in popularity since its introduction decades ago. Although Northern Lights has unclear origins, it’s generally believed to have first emerged on the Northwest coast of the US some time during the 1970s.

 It is also believed to be a cross of the strains Thai and Afghani landraces. Although there is a lot of mystery surrounding this strain, what is certain is that the strain ultimately made its way to Holland, where it was commercially developed in 1985 by the seed bank, Sensi Seeds. From there, the strain went on to win countless awards around the world, and is today considered one of the most influential cultivars to ever hit the market. 

Northern Lights has a spicy aroma with hints of pine and earth. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but with an extra bit of sweetness and woodiness alongside the spicy notes. The terpene profile of Northern Lights is complex, but is led by:

  • Myrcene
  • Caryophyllene
  • Limonene

Northern Lights effects are both uplifting and energizing in the beginning, followed by relaxing and sedative. This combination makes it a popular choice for users ultimately seeking relaxation, but not a total takedown into the couch.

Although Northern Lights is not the most potent strain on the modern market, it typically produces THC levels ranging from 21%-28%. However, with the release of many new, updated versions, some Northern Lights strains have been shown to contain as much as 35% THC.

Deemed as one of the most sought-after medical strains of all time, Northern Lights has a long history of medicinal use. Users claim to reduce the severity of chronic pain and discomfort. Moreover, its calming effect makes Northern Lights suitable for easing stress, improving a low mood, and generally taking the mind off of pain or worry.

Biscotti: A Heavy Hitting Strain for the Seasoned Weed Smoker 

The number twelve strain on our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024 may also be one of the newest strains to hit the cannabis market, Biscotti.  Originally bred by the team at Cookies Fam, Biscotti is now very widespread, being bred by many cannabis cultivators. 

As its name suggests, Biscotti exhibits a sweet and nutty taste.  However, this comes alongside notes of cinnamon, earth, and diesel that give the flavor a much-needed tang. The nuttiness of this strain, in particular, is a rare find in the cannabis world, as most modern strains exhibit predominantly fruity or earthy flavors. This unique flavor profile makes Biscotti a good candidate for creating hash, concentrates, and, of course, cannabis-infused biscotti cookies!

Biscotti’s flavor is courtesy of a terpene profile led by:

  • Caryophyllene
    • Limonene
    • Myrcene

Biscotti is a relatively potent strain, with THC levels ranging from 28% to 39%, but averaging at around 29%. It’s pretty powerful, but it won’t floor you after a single inhale. In smaller amounts, Biscotti induces upbeat effects, boosts creativity and sociability. As you consume more, however, the effect becomes more physically relaxing but still creatively stimulating. Luckily, there isn’t too much danger of becoming immediately couch-locked with this strain. 

Biscotti is a highly sought-after strain not only by recreational users, but also medical users who are seeking relief from symptoms such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, Biscotti has been reported to be an excellent strain to boost appetite. 

Sour Diesel: A Legendary Sativa To Boost your Mood

The number 13th strain on our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024 is the legendary strain, Sour Diesel. Also known as Sour D, this sativa-heavy strain is known primarily for its upbeat, energizing effects, as well as its distinct flavor profile that leans harder on the savory than the sweet. 

Sour Diesel descends from a storied lineage, and first appeared on the scene in the 1990s. It was created by breeders on the East Coast of the US by crossing the diesel-scented Chemdawg with Super Skunk. That cross gave rise to what would quickly become one of the most beloved sativas in the cannabis community.

Sour Diesel is perhaps best known for its skunky, diesel-like aroma and flavor that lingers in the nose and on the taste buds. Its sour profile is notable but not overwhelming, and is accented by welcome notes of citrus and earth.

The chief terpenes responsible for Sour Diesel’s flavor profile include:

  • Myrcene
  • Limonene
  • Caryophyllene

Powered by a THC content of at least 20%, Sour Diesel’s energizing and uplifting effects have made it a longstanding favorite among wake-and-bakers and daytime users.

Although its effects center on stimulating the mind, they tend to do so in a way that promotes creativity and the desire to socialize, as opposed to inducing anxiety. Although, in quantity, Sour Diesel does have the potential to increase anxiety and irritability.  Medicinally, Sour Diesel is reported to boost moods, reduce stress and anxiety, and to increase appetite.

OG Kush: A Staple of The Southern California Cannabis Scene

The number 14th spot on our list of the 15 best cannabis strains for 2024 is perhaps the most well known strain, OG Kush. OG Kush originated in California during the early 1990s when it was first cultivated by legendary grower Matt “Bubba” Berger. Its exact genetic lineage remains unknown, but many believe it to be a cross between Hindu Kush and Chemdawg genetics. After being introduced to other growers in Southern California, OG Kush quickly gained popularity for its distinct aroma and potent effects that were unlike anything else at the time.

OG Kush is known for its strong physical effects. It has a high THC content, ranging from 28% to 38% THC, which can lead to an intense body buzz and relaxation. Its terpene profile contains mainly linalool and myrcene, which promote relaxation and sometimes sleepiness. Because of its terpene profile it has a distinctive earthy taste. 

Recreational consumers often report feeling more relaxed yet energized after consuming OG Kush, making it ideal for those looking to boost their mood or productivity levels without feeling overwhelmed or anxious. 

OG Kush is also known for its medicinal properties, as it can help with a variety of ailments. It has been used to treat chronic pain, inflammation, nausea, and anxiety. The strain also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects that can be beneficial in treating conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. 

Jack Herer: One of the Best Strains to Smoke for Energy and Activity

The fifteenth and final spot on our list of the 15 best weed strains for 2024 is the father of all sativa strains, Jack Herer. Jack Herer, created by Sensi Seeds in the 90’s, was named for the famous author and activist, (Jack Herer), who advocated for the legalization of cannabis. 

Jack Herer was created by crossing Haze, Northern Lights #5, and Shiva Skunk. It delivers an energizing and uplifting experience. And it is known to be the perfect strain for those seeking clear-headed and focused effects, while still enjoying relaxation and stress relief. It’s no wonder why it’s a favorite among users looking for productivity or creativity boosts.

Jack Herer has a unique and enticing aroma and flavor profile. Its aroma is a complex blend of earthy, pine, and spicy notes that make it stand out among other strains. Its terpene profile plays a significant role in creating this distinctive taste and smell. The primary terpenes found in Jack Herer are:

  • Myrcene
  • Pinene
  • Humulene

In addition to these primary terpenes, Jack Herer also contains traces of other aromatic compounds such as limonene, caryophyllene oxide, and nerolidol which contribute further complexity to its scent profile. Those terpenes may also result in an entourage effect that increases the therapeutic effects of this strain.

Medicinally, Jack Herer is known for its potential to reduce stress and anxiety, providing consumers with relaxation, focus and uplifted feelings. Its mood-enhancing properties make it an excellent option for those struggling with mental health issues such as depression or PTSD.


Frequently Asked Questions: 

What are the key differences between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains?
  • Indica: 
    • Also known as “in da couch strains, indica strains tend to provide a physical effect, which can be felt throughout the body.
    • Indica strains are commonly used for reducing pain, relieving muscle tension, increasing relaxation, and helping consumers rest.
    • Indica strains are most often recommended for evening and nighttime use, because most indica strains promote deep relaxation and sleep.
  • Sativa: 
    • Sativa strains tend to produce cerebral effects, which impact mood and emotion. These strains are popular for increasing energy levels, improving focus, and combating depression. 
    • Sativa strains are often recommended for daytime use because many patients find them helpful for providing symptom relief without interfering with daily activities.
  • Hybrid:
    •  Hybrid strains are varieties that contain varying levels of indica and sativa traits.
    • Some say that hybrid strains contain the  “best of both worlds” and therefore offer a balance between the benefits of both types.
How do I choose the right strain for my needs?  

When it comes to finding the perfect cannabis strain, it can be a daunting task. With so many different varieties available, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. However, the key to finding the right strain is to do your research and find out what type of strain best suits your needs.

When selecting a strain, it is important to consider your desired effects, such as relaxation, energy, or creativity. Then, look for strains that contain the right balance of THC and CBD for your desired effects. And don’t be afraid to ask one of our consultants for more information and advice. They will be able to provide you with more information on the best strains for your needs. 

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try out different strains to find the perfect one for you. With the right research, you can find the perfect cannabis strain for your needs.

Can the THC and CBD levels in a strain determine its effects?

Whether you’re a recreational consumer looking for a specific kind of high or a medical consumer seeking symptom relief, the THC:CBD ratio will strongly affect your experience because THC and CBD are primarily responsible for the psychoactivity of the strain, which is how “high” you get. 

Specifically, the psychoactive effects of cannabis depend on THC’s ability to activate the CB1 receptor, located in the brain. The presence of CBD changes the THC’s ability to activate CB1 receptors and therefore, seems to limit the extent of how high a consumer can get. 

However, the way a strain makes you feel is also dependent on the presence of other compounds, like terpenes. And those terpenes modulate what the strain will do to your mood, energy levels and appetite. So, in truth, it is both the cannabinoid content combined with its terpene profile which determine how a strain will affect you.

Are there specific strains recommended for first-time users?

Yes, there are specific strains that we recommend for first time consumers because it’s important for beginners to start with something that won’t be too overwhelming. Strains with low levels of THC and high levels of CBD are often recommended for first-time users as they can provide a milder experience. 

Strains such as Harlequin and AC/DC are great choices for entry-level users because they contain balanced levels of THC and CBD.  However, those strains may be more difficult to find in today’s cannabis market.  So, we also recommend Blue Dream or Grandaddy Purp because of their evenly balanced effects, even though their THC content will be higher. 

How does the legal status of cannabis affect my ability to purchase these strains?

Cannabis is legal in California. You can buy cannabis if you are:

  • 18 or older with a physician’s recommendation (medicinal use)
  • 21 or older (adult use)

Cities and counties may have stricter laws about cannabis than the state. So, we suggest that you visit your city or county website to learn about rules in your area.

In California, there are different rules for medicinal users and adult users.

  •  Medicinal users
    • May possess no more than eight ounces of dried cannabis.
    • Can grow up to 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants
    • Can buy up to 8 oz  of dried cannabis per day.
  • Recreational consumers
    • May possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of dried cannabis flower;  up to eight grams of cannabis concentrate-infused products like gummies, chocolates, or beverages;  8 grams of cannabis concentrates. 
    • May grow up to 6 immature plants
    • May purchase 28 grams/ounce of dried cannabis flower per day


There is so much information on cannabis strains that it can become overwhelming and confusing to anyone entering the cannabis industry.  We, therefore,  highly recommend that you:

  • Visit our online menu to become familiar with our curated collection of cannabis. 
  • Then we encourage you to visit our dispensary to get all the answers to all the questions which you may have about cannabis.  
  • After you’ve become familiar with what strains float your boat, we challenge you to work your way through our list of the 15 best strains for 2024.