It turns out that Germans have very good taste in cannabis. The country certainly loves the herb, but which strains have seen the most use within the nation? According to our statistics, we have received over 7 million page views from Germany within the last 2 years alone. The 10 strains below have been the most viewed, indicating some of the most popular strains within the country.
Gorilla Glue is an award-winning hybrid that, by this point, is pretty much a household name at the home of any cannabis lover. Renowned for its potency, aroma, and tremendous resin production, it’s no wonder Gorilla Glue is a favourite strain across Germany.
Gorilla Glue (also known as GG4, Original Glue, and Gorilla Glue #4) was first bred on the West Coast of the USA and, at least according to cannabis folklore, is supposedly the result of a breeding experiment gone wrong.
Joesy Whales, now renowned as co-creator of GG4 together with Lone Watty, discarded a bunch of seeds he’d been working on throughout the 2000s after running into issues with hermaphroditism. Luckily, Whales’ friend and fellow breeder Marrdog preserved a few of the seeds, among which was a special phenotype (phenotype #4) which we now know as Gorilla Glue.
While many seedbanks offer their variety of Gorilla Glue, the original was believed to be a cross between Chem’s Sister, Chocolate Diesel, and Sour Dubb. It boasts up to 24% of THC and offers a complex aroma combining notes of sweet fruit, pine, citrus, and fuel.
Amnesia Haze is to Amsterdam what Gorilla Glue is to the US. This potent sativa-dominant, known for its powerful, almost psychedelic high, first hit the streets of Amsterdam in the 1990s and has since become a classic strain famous all over the world. In Germany, it is still one of the most sought-after varieties.
It's always difficult to properly retrace the specific lineage of many cannabis classics, and the same goes for Amnesia Haze. Some sources state that Amnesia Haze is the result of a breeding project between the famous Neville’s Haze with a unique cross of landraces from Afghanistan, Laos, Jamaica, and Hawaii.
Regardless of how it was created, Amnesia Haze is a much-loved classic all over the globe and remains one of the best-selling strains in Dutch coffeeshops. And for good reason! Its uplifting, euphoric, and psychedelic effects can’t be compared to any other strain.
The term Haze is synonymous with high-quality, high-potency, uplifting marijuana seeds. And while you’ll now find countless varieties of Haze on coffeeshop menus, in seed catalogues, and on dispensary shelves, few share the legacy and history of Lemon Haze.
Alongside Super Silver and Amnesia, many consider Lemon Haze to be one of the main pillars of the Haze genetic lineage. Again, it’s almost impossible to validate the exact origins of this cultivar, but anecdotal accounts from breeders suggest Lemon Haze is a cross between Amnesia Haze and Lemon Skunk. Other sources, however, claim it was a cross of Amnesia Haze and a Lemonman’s cut (a cross between Jack Herer and Lemon Skunk).
Today, Lemon Haze is widely enjoyed for its notorious citrussy aromas and flavours. Equally iconic are the energizing, euphoric, and creative cerebral effects. Originally bred by Franco Loja at Greenhouse Seeds, Lemon Haze has now been used in the breeding of countless new hybrids, including Lemon Cookies, Lemon Blue Cheese, Lemon Gelato, and more.
If Haze is synonymous with a quality sativa, Northern Lights is synonymous with a great indica. Known for its dense, trichome-laden buds, pungent pine aroma, and relaxed, social stone, Northern Lights is another classic strain still treasured across Germany.
Rumour has it that Northern Lights was bred on an island near Seattle, Washington, where an unknown (or unnamed) breeder was working meticulously with 11 Afghani landrace indica strains. Of those 11, #5 came out on top and went on to become one of the first strains offered through Neville Schoenmaker’s The Seed Bank (the first-ever public company dedicated to distributing cannabis seeds).
Fast forward to today, and Northern Lights is not only still a clear favourite among many cannabis smokers (particularly, as this article found, the Germans), but also laid the basis for countless new hybrids. Shiva Skunk, Silver Haze, Superglue, and Hash Plant all share genetics from Northern Lights which, thanks to its tight, dense bud structure, potency, and aroma, is still being used as a go-to strain by breeders all over the globe.
Despite its intimidating name, AK-47 tends to win over the hearts of anyone lucky enough to try it. Slightly sativa-dominant, AK-47 is a pleasure to grow and produces exceptional buds, which have won it numerous awards all over the world, including High Times, Highlife, international, and national competitions.
Out of all the strains on this list, AK-47 might be the one with the most verifiable information. First bred in 1992 by Simon, the breeder behind the famous Dutch seed bank Serious Seeds, AK-47 is roughly 65% sativa-dominant and ties together genetics from Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani landrace strains.
Its sativa parent strains are believed to be what give AK-47 the high THC levels (upwards of 20%) and uplifting, mood-boosting, and creative effects. Meanwhile, the indica genetics it inherited from its Afghani predecessors give the strain a more manageable morphology, tighter bud structure, and excellent resin production.
The final result of this unique cross is a balanced strain that, over 30 years after hitting the streets in the early 1990s, still gets a mention on lists like these!
White Widow is another classic strain that, despite being bred between the ’80s and ’90s (depending on what you read), continues to be mentioned as one of the best cannabis strains in the world. And it seems to have a particularly strong following in Germany.
White Widow first started to appear on coffeeshop menus around the Netherlands in 1994. This slightly indica-dominant hybrid got the attention of cannabis enthusiasts for several reasons. It smelt of sweet fruit, pine, and spices and, with a THC of 20% and a complex terpene profile, White Widow produced a strong, uplifting high that left users feeling energetic, talkative, and creative.
By the time it hit the streets of Amsterdam in 1994, the strain was already being offered by Greenhouse Seeds which, to this day, are considered the breeders of White Widow. However, cannabis folklore suggests that Franco and Arjan acquired the strain from Ingemar, another legendary Dutch breeder.
Regardless of the intricacies of its creation, just 1 year after it began making waves in Dutch coffeeshops, White Widow went on to win first prize in the 1995 High Times Cannabis Cup, and this is the first of countless awards the strain has won over its history.
Surprise, surprise, Germany loves Haze! G13 Haze, or simply G13, is another classic Haze strain that is pretty famous around the world. Boasting a strong, euphoric, and energizing high, up to 21% THC, and very unique genetics, Germany is far from the only country that treasures G13.
Made popular by Barney’s Farm and Mr. Nice, G13 Haze combines genetics from G13 (an indica-dominant strain supposedly used by the US government for research purposes) and Hawaiian Haze (a cross of, you guessed it, a Hawaiian landrace and Haze genetics). The resulting G13 Haze is a powerful, 80% sativa-dominant powerhouse with plenty of THC, a sweet citrus-piney aroma, and long-lasting effects.
As you’d expect from a high-quality Haze, G13 Haze produces an almost immediate surge of energy, followed by an improved mood, and clear-headed, creative spark. It’s a great strain for a session of wake-and-bake, for a mid-day/late-afternoon pick me up, or to enjoy with friends at parties.
It seems German’s love classics. Based on our page visits, Orange Bud (a powerhouse Skunk variety dating back to the 1980s) is another favourite cannabis strain in Germany, with users treasuring its uplifting, mood-boosting effects and its hardiness.
Orange Bud is the handiwork of the veteran breeders at Dutch Passion. Most sources of cannabis history agree that the seedbank created the strain in the 1980s from a mix of Columbian Gold, Acapulco Gold, and Afghani genetics. This interesting mix of American sativas with the Afghani indica makes for an exceptional cultivar that grows extremely well in a variety of situations (even in climates that aren’t ideal for growing cannabis) and boasts great terpene and cannabinoid content.
If you’re toking on a batch of Orange Bud, you can expect an instant onset of a cerebral stimulus. Within minutes, you may notice changes to your mood as well as an increase in creative or social energy. Many users love Orange Bud for its ability to cause giggles and an overall “happy” high which can be enjoyed at any time of the day. With about 16% THC, Orange Bud is a great strain when you want to enjoy a high that still leaves you functional.
While it only landed on the scene a few years ago, Girl Scout Cookies needs little introduction. Thanks to its incredible flavour and aroma, high potency, and balanced effects, GSC has become a favourite cannabis strain all over the world, including Germany.
Girl Scout Cookies was born on the west coast of the USA by a group of expert breeders now known as The Cookies Fam. The genetics at the origin of this strain lies in a cross of Durban Poison and an in-house F1 strain. The resulting strain was then crossed with OG Kush, another Californian classic, and eventually stabilized to create the GSC so many know and love today.
Arguably one of the biggest aspects of Girl Scout Cookies that sets it apart from other strains is the aroma. Its underlying notes combine sweet fruit and mint with subtle tones of spice to create a truly mouthwatering bouquet reminiscent of freshly baked cookies. Besides its truly unique aroma, GSC also offers THC levels of up to 28% and effects that perfectly balance uplifting cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation.
Last but not least on this list of the most popular cannabis seeds in Germany is OG Kush, a powerhouse hybrid that forever changed the world of weed by laying down the genetic foundations for countless new cannabis cultivars.
Few cannabis strains have such widely debated origin stories as OG Kush. While one of the most popular origin stories for this strain claims that it was bred from a special cut of Northern Lights by Matt “Bubba” Berger in Florida, the truth of how OG Kush came to be is still a mystery. Historical accounts on forums and weed publications even debate what OG stands for; some argue that it’s short for “Original Gangster,” while others claim it means “Ocean Grown.”
Regardless of how it came to be, OG Kush is arguably one of the biggest names in cannabis today. And for very good reasons; few strains deliver a body-buzz that’s as relaxing and long-lasting as that produced by this specific plant. For most indica lovers, OG Kush is an undeniable favourite strain.
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