Top 5 Cannabis Strains From The West Coast
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Top 5 Cannabis Strains From The West Coast

2 min

The West Coast of the USA is renowned for producing some of the most famous strains on the market today; but which are the best of the best? And where is this magical land that produces them?

There are a lot of hard-hitting and legendary strains on the international cannabis market today, and a great deal of them were conceived in the Emerald Triangle—the US mecca of cannabis growing. 

Located on the West Coast, in northern California, the Emerald Triangle refers to the largest cannabis-producing region in the United States—consisting of Humboldt County, Mendocino County, and Trinity County.

The United States has long been a hotbed for excellent cannabis strains, ten of which we’ve compiled in a separate article. But for this article, we’ll focus on strains specifically coming from the West Coast, widely considered by locals as the “best coast”. Here are our top 5 features.

1. OG Kush

OG Kush

Possibly one of the most famous strain of all time, OG Kush is the stuff of legends. It has been the go to choice for many rock stars, rapper and celebrities over the years, as well as taking the larger market by storm. This hybrid is characterised by its potent euphoric and happy high, and has a predominantly pine flavour, with earthy sweet undertones. It is a real star and a preserve of connoisseurs the world over.

2. Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush

Fans of indica-dominant classics will surely love Bubba Kush. This sweet and soothing strain is renowned for delivering a high that is equally cerebral and physical. With a THC content of around 20%, experienced users can enjoy several hits without becoming overwhelmed. However, if you go overboard, this West Coast wonder will glue you to the mattress for sure. Although, for some, that may be the desired effect! In the grow-op, Bubba Kush flowers for just 8–9 weeks, at the end of which she offers up to 600g/m² indoors and up to 1kg/plant outdoors. That’s a champion deal.

3. Train Wreck

Trainwreck (Greenhouse Seeds)

As a hybrid with a more-or-less equal split of indica and sativa genetics,  is a pleasure to grow and to smoke. A few hits from this strain has the ability to energise you during the slowest, dullest afternoons. With THC levels reaching up to 22%, many individuals also turn to this strain to release tension—both physical and mental—at the end of a long day. Earthy flavours with a hint of fruit sweeten the deal even more. As for growing Train Wreck, a reasonable flowering period of 9–10 weeks is all it takes to make it to harvest. When all is said and done, up to 700g/m² is achievable indoors, and up to 800g/plant outdoors.

4. Blue Dream

Blue Dream

If flavour and potency are high on your list of strain requirements, Blue Dream could be your new favourite. A true new-school West Coast legend, this sativa-dominant specimen boasts a medium–high THC content and fabulous fruity flavours that never go unappreciated. Within the first few hits, you’ll feel an uplifting high creep on as you enjoy notes of sweet berry on your taste buds. But taking too much will lull you to sleep in a jiff. Her name doesn’t include “dream” for nothing! As for growing Blue Dream, expect her to finish blooming in just 8 weeks. Yields are respectable both indoors and out, with plants reaching 150–200cm in height.

5. Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies

Last but not least, we have the ever-popular Girl Scout Cookies. This indica-dominant hybrid is popular in its own right, and has gone on to form the foundation of many other modern hybrids. Like many West Coast celebrity strains, GSC induces an uplifting cerebral effect along with a relaxing full-body high, which is part of the reason she is so popular across the cannabis community. That, and, of course, her sweet and earthy flavour. Girl Scout Cookies takes around 9–10 weeks to flower, using her time to develop large yields of resinous, dense buds that will keep your stash jars filled for weeks.

Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
With an AB Mass Media and Communications degree, Miguel Ordoñez is a veteran writer of 13 years and counting and has been covering cannabis-related content since 2017. Continuous, meticulous research along with personal experience has helped him build a deep well of knowledge on the subject.
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