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The Top 10 Most Popular Cannabis Strains in California

The Top 10 Most Popular Cannabis Strains in California

All of us longtime cannabis enthusiasts have our clear favorite strains – those cultivars that we keep coming back to, with a feeling of trust that rivals that of our old friends.  And, while trends come and go, some strains never seem to fade into the background, since they just hit the spot in so many ways, whether that be through giving us a boost of euphoric energy, or a sleepy body high that helps us relax into bed. 

So, by looking at some amazing strains that are dominating the California cannabis market, you will be able to get a better idea of the different sativa, indica, and hybrid options.  Some of which are made up of both all-time classics and new cultivar kids on the block types.

Top 10 Strains That Californians Know are Hella Good!

Let’s look at some strains that continue to perform really well in Cali, based on consumer data and what we’ve heard from people who actually live in The Golden State. 

#10: Sour Diesel

There’s nothing unfamiliar about Sour Diesel, one of the most iconic strains of all time, and a standard long before the cannabis industry became legal in the state.  Sour Diesel is a 90% sativa-dominant hybrid known for its intense THC content, and its unique flavor of sour lemons and, well, diesel.  It’s a super heady strain in its cerebral effects, which are euphoric, creativity-boosting, and downright hazy.  If you’ve never try this SoCal classic, you’re missing out.

Try: ELYXR Delta 8 Flower in Sour Diesel

#9: OG Kush

Another longtime classic is OG Kush, which is said to grow easily in the state.  OG Kush has a long history as one of the go-to strains for relaxation and is a super popular bedtime strain.  Its citrusy and spicy taste is well-known, and its potently heady effects paired with a potent body high make it a dream when you’re trying to unwind.  It’s a 55% sativa-leaning hybrid that gives off heavy indica vibes, so just keep that in mind.

Try: ELYXR Potion Blend Cartridge 1000mg in OG Kush

#8: Purple Punch

A super popular cultivar in California is Purple Punch, and it has been climbing the ranks for years.  An 80% indica-dominant hybrid, it’s positively dreamy in its ability to lull you into a state of absolute bliss, and its sedative-like nature makes it a go-to for bedtime.  Its flavor profile is also pretty remarkable, with notes of juicy, sweet grapes, warm spices, and creamy vanilla, offering up something that will get the mouth really watering.

Try: ELYXR 1 Gram Joint (75mg Delta 8 THC) in Purple Punch

#7: Pineapple Express

It’s hard to leave Pineapple Express off the list, since after all, it’s easily one of the most recognized names in the strain world.  This beloved hybrid bursts with fresh pineapple flavor, and its high is one of the most sought-after of all time.  Not only is Purple Punch a 60% sativa-leaning hybrid, but it’s also a staple of the medicinal market thanks to its positive effects on physical discomfort, mood problems, and more.  Its high is creativity-enhancing and sociable, so it’s a perfect afternoon strain when you don’t want to end up passing out in the middle of the day.

Try: ELYXR Live Resin THC-A Cartridge 1 Gram in Pineapple Express

#6: Girl Scout Cookies

One of the most in-demand strains all over the country, Girl Scout Cookies (aka Cookies or GSC) has taken the world by storm by seemingly nailing exactly what the majority of enthusiasts want.  Between its mouthwatering cookie-like taste and powerful THC level, GSC has it all, and it’s an indica-leaning hybrid that offers big waves of euphoric bliss paired with utter calm, and a body high that will almost definitely bring you into couchlock so that you can sit back and really relax for a while.

Try: ELYXR HHC Dabs in Girl Scout Cookies

#5: Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a staple of the industry because of its numerous medicinal uses along with its balanced high that people absolutely drool over.  It’s one of many strains derived from Blueberry OG, hence its fresh berry flavor.  Blue Dream is 60% sativa-leaning hybrid that’s sorta like a shapeshifter.  During the daytime, it can make you feel euphoric, focused, and creative, but if you take it at night, it can make you feel calm, collected, and ready for rest.  It’s also phenomenal for anyone dealing with tension in the body.

Try: ELYXR Delta 8 Cartridge in Blue Dream

#4: Granddaddy Purple

Not too surprising that Granddaddy Purple would be on this list – it’s a huge go-to in Cali.  Its intensely high THC level reflects demands for stronger buds, and its 70% indica-dominant profile means you’re in for something very soothing, and fully capable of sending you into a state of couchlock.  Often recommended to people with chronic stress and trouble sleeping, Granddaddy Purple’s mood-boosting yet calm properties are regarded as some of the very best in the cannabis world.

Try: ELYXR Delta 10 Flower in Granddaddy Purple

#3: Gorilla Glue

Yet another astonishingly potent option is Gorilla Glue, with its staggering 26%-28% THC level.  This 60% indica-leaning hybrid is notorious for its mind-bending high that’s hazy beyond words, leaving you utterly unable to focus or move.  If you’re looking to get stoned on a whole new level, Gorilla Glue is a clear choice, and it’s not surprising that a state with such a high tolerance would choose this one time and time again.  Its sour diesel flavor is a good indication of things to come, as it’s extremely pungent.

Try: ELYXR Delta 8 Dabs in Gorilla Glue  

#2: Zkittlez

Ready to see a ‘rainbow’?  Well, we have Zkittlez, a very popular choice for many years, and so it’s no surprise to see it at the top of this list.  Zkittlez is a 70% indica-dominant hybrid strain that lives up to its namesake to a surprising extent, and its glorious high keeps Californians coming back for more.  It’s a sleepy strain, so it’s best reserved for nighttime, and people love how much it lulls away stress and worry while delivering a sense of relief and release throughout the muscles.

Try: ELYXR Delta 8 Disposable Vape 1 Gram in Zkittlez 

#1: Gelato

Gelato is a fan favorite, and it has been that way since it first got released years ago.  It’s a 55% indica-leaning hybrid that packs a serious punch, and its flavor is that of fresh cream and sweet berries, making it worthwhile in more ways than one.  Gelato’s euphoric effects are downright legendary, and it’s known to go from uplifting and energizing to peaceful and calm over the course of a couple of hours.  It’s also fantastic for the body, having a beautifully mellow effect on tightness in the muscles and joints – to the point that it’s one of the most recommended strains for physical relief on the medicinal market.

Try: ELYXR D9o Live Resin 90% Disposable 2 Grams in Gelato

Californians Are All About These Must-Try Strains!

Take it from one of the most weed-friendly states in the country: these awesome strains really take the cake when it comes to delivering what the people want from their cannabis.  And, we have covered all bases, so that no matter what kind of ‘high’ you’re looking for, you will be able to enjoy it at ELYXR, in all kinds of exciting product forms like flower, vapes, dabs, and more.

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David Nadel is a freelance copywriter and content writer who has been doing content creation since late 2014. He originally worked at a marketing tech company in Boston doing email marketing and SEO display ad campaigns (where he helped to create the content for those emails and banner ads for clients) before going full time as a freelance writer in 2017.

It all started working with clients in the vaping industry in 2013, where David got his opportunities to do more freelance work for that industry the following year because of his success with helping those clients with emails and ads. And, which led him writing for the hemp industry too, as he had already been an avid cannabis enthusiast going all the way back to 2011.

Because of his extensive knowledge and legit passion with non-psychoactive and psychoactive cannabinoids, coupled with his better understanding of shrooms (mushrooms) since 2015, and the kratom/kava industry since 2019, it has allowed him to create some of the most remarkable, out-of-the box, and informative content in the industry.

Even today, David still keeps on top of what’s happening in the cannabis, shrooms, and kratom/kava industries, like new research and data studies, wellness trends, legality, and emerging cannabinoids and strains, in order to supply the most up-to-date, precise educational, fun, and engaging content. That way, new and experienced users alike can really understand what this amazing industry has to offer while still being fully informed.