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5 Super-Sticky Cannabis Strains
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5 Super-Sticky Cannabis Strains

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When buds feel sticky between the fingers, it feels just right. Discover what makes cannabis sticky and which strains deserve the title for being the stickiest.

WHAT MAKES WEED STICKY?

Anyone who has trimmed those freshly harvested cannabis plants understands their adhesive power. Upon touching those heavenly buds, one can feel a powerful sticky substance cling to one's fingers. Buds are sticky because trichomes secrete terpenes and essential oils, which have a gooey texture. Trichomes are those crystals on buds that look like outlandish wizard staffs with orbs attached to them. The terpenes secreted from the buds function as a defense mechanism against pests, and help stabilise the temperature of the plants.

Terpenes such as pinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, and humulene are comprised in those sticky nugs. Terpenes are actually the chemical compounds that exude delightful scents and flavours, making weed smell like a million bucks. The stickiness of the buds develops during the late stages of flowering when flowers fill up with water and produce our beloved trichomes. Fun fact, in India, the stickiness of the buds is used to develop charas, which is hand-rubbed hashish. When the flowers are rubbed with both hands, all the trichomes and resin sticks to the skin. The coat of hash is then made into charas balls.

STICKY VS DRY WEED

STICKY VS DRY WEED

When the plants are harvested, they go through the drying and curing stage. During this process, the buds evaporate moisture and mature. Sticky buds are usually considered higher quality because they contain more trichomes, which implies more terpenes, cannabinoids, and delicious flavours. However, when the buds are not cured properly, they can be very sticky, but for the wrong reasons. Excess humidity, mould, and the like are not signs of the “good kind” of sticky weed.

Conversely, when the buds are really dry, they might've been dried for too long under arid conditions, or simply the strain itself didn’t develop enough oils. Dry weed is great for making edibles because it's easier to decarboxylate. Another benefit of dry buds is the financial aspect—a gram of dry weed delivers more product than super sticky weed.

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Why Sticky Weed Is Perfect For Making Hash

When it comes to making hash, the stickier the buds, the better. Sticky buds means lots of resin, and lots of resin means more hash is possible per gram of weed. When a bud is smothered in trichomes—those resin-bearing glands that coat cannabis flowers like a dusting of icing sugar, and which contain all the goodness like cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes—you can be sure that the strain will make copious amounts of hash. These top 5 sticky strains are each carpeted with swollen trichomes, which gives them their pungent scents, powerful effects, and top hash-making potential.

Explore Zamnesia's 5 Stickiest Strains

PURPLE PUNCH (ZAMNESIA SEEDS)

Purple Punch (Zamnesia Seeds)

Delivering knockout flavours and effects, the indica-dominant Purple Punch sure is punchy. Zamnesia Seeds created this monster by combining two heavy hitters, Granddaddy Purple and Larry OG. The result is a syrupy, sticky, resin-laden plant that is tacky to touch and sweet on your palate.

Perfect for the grow room as well as an outdoor setting, Purple Punch is a pleasure to cultivate. Regardless of the environment, she takes about 8 weeks to complete flowering, which is bound to appeal to those impatient growers who want to get their hands on the green as soon as possible. Once ready, outdoor specimens provide around 750–800g per plant and between 600–650g/m² in indoor projects.

Her gorgeous, glazed buds offer a superb, long-lasting, soothing high that's accentuated by a perfect blend of caramel flavours and aromas. This is a hard one to put down, we can assure you!

LEMON SHINING SILVER HAZE (ROYAL QUEEN SEEDS)

LEMON SHINING SILVER HAZE (ROYAL QUEEN SEEDS)

Lemon Skunk and Amnesia Haze, with their adhesive nature, joined together in an unshakable bond, producing the magnificent Lemon Shining Silver Haze. This strain is definitely that sticky dank you’ve been seeking. The lemon aromas and flavours are bountiful. If you’re making sticky lemon chicken, infusing it with Lemon Shining Silver Haze will make it extra sticky. Aside from its delicious syrupy glaze covering the buds in true perfection, this strain is quite potent, reaching up to 21% in THC content.

With its sweetness and spectacular highs, Lemon Shining Silver Haze allures cannabis connoisseurs with uplifting and energetic highs, creating experiences that stick. This sativa-dominant strain has a relatively short flowering phase of 8–9 weeks. When the buds are ready for harvest, it’s important to prepare yourself for their sheer gluey-ness; otherwise, you’ll be stuck to the plantation for a while, which actually doesn't sound so bad...

GORILLA GLUE (ZAMNESIA SEEDS)

GORILLA GLUE (ZAMNESIA SEEDS)

The legend goes, Gorilla Glue, a super sticky strain, came about after a hermaphrodite Chem Sis plant pollinated a Sour Dubb plant. Josey Wales and Lone Watie kept some of the resulting seeds, which created a gooey legacy, now cemented in the cannabis hall of fame. Since the bountiful trichome production is real, Gorilla Glue produces 25%+ THC and plenty of terpenes and oils that make this strain super adhesive.

The aromas and flavours of Gorilla Glue perfectly supplement the indica-dominant nature of the highs. Both euphoric and physical sensations arise after consuming Gorilla Glue, which can glue the consumer to the couch if consumed in large quantities. The flowering time lasts approximately 8 weeks, and the plants become super tall like King Kong. Sticky ganja explorers should definitely acquaint themselves with Gorilla Glue. If you’re into sniffing glue, replace it with Gorilla Glue; it’s better for your physical and mental well-being.

PAKISTAN CHITRAL KUSH (CANNABIOGEN)

Pakistan Chitral Kush (Cannabiogen)

As a 100% pure indica strain, Pakistan Chitral Kush has all the hallmarks of a classic in the making and her popularity shows no signs of dying down. Originally cultivated in the Iberian Peninsula, she's a sticky Kush strain that has been perfected over 5 generations. Her resinous, sticky, sweet buds are definitely worth the effort of home cultivation.

Taking just 8–9 weeks to finish flowering, she explodes into a variety of vibrant colours and rich aromas to clue you in that she's ready to yield. Reaching medium heights and growing strong branches, Pakistan Chitral Kush can provide some pretty hefty yields when grown in optimal conditions. She offers sweet, berry flavours and aromas that are hugely enjoyable for all smokers and vapers. As for her effects, she hits hard with a relaxing, soothing vibe that is perfect for any time of the day.

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AFGOOEY (GREENHOUSE SEEDS)

AFGOOEY (GREENHOUSE SEEDS)

The Maui Haze mother was so sticky, the Afghan pollen stuck to those pistils with ease. This produced Afgooey, a super gooey strain which may stick to your nostrils upon smelling those incredible citrus and tropical aromas. This 70% indica and 30% sativa strain induces super powerful cerebral and psychedelic experiences. Creative minds shall embrace the highs and stickiness of this strain, and create some sick masterpieces.

The highs are quite long-lasting— something to consider if one has daily tasks to fulfill (except getting high and embracing sticky cannabis strains). Afgooey is great for sea of green (SOG) systems, where it flourishes with mighty resin-covered buds. This plant becomes quite short and develops bountiful yields, definitely something to consider for an indoor cannabis grow if an abundance of syrupy buds is desired.

Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter
With a BSc (Hons) degree in Clinical Health Sciences and a passion for growing plants, Luke Sumpter has worked as a professional journalist and writer at the intersection of cannabis and science for the past 7 years.
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