Classic Cannabis Strains

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From flavour and effects to yields and cultivation history, many attributes factor into whether a cannabis strain is considered a classic.

We have these classic cannabis strains to thank for serving as the foundation for the many thousands of cultivars we know and love today. More often than not, you can trace the genetics of newer strains to a classic parent or two. The pantheon of legends includes Skunk and Cheese, two pungent strains that arguably introduced a whole new generation to the world of cannabis.

However, it's not just old-school genetics that can be categorised as classic cannabis strains. The modern cultivar Gorilla Glue upped the ante as one of the first pioneering strains to reach the 30% THC milestone. And it's not just THC-laden strains that are of interest. As the second most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis, there are also some classic CBD strains, such as CBD Therapy, to be discovered. These are just a few examples of the classic cannabis strains you're likely to find here.

Whether you're new to cannabis or consider yourself a veteran grower, you're in for a treat when it comes to these strains. They're called “classics” for good reason.

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Coffeeshop Classics Pack - Feminized Strains

Dutch coffeeshops served as the go-to place for great weed long before the age of dispensaries and weed pharmacies. In honour of these establishments, we've created a seed pack of Coffeeshop Classics. Containing seeds from some of the most beloved coffeeshop strains, this pack will take you back to a time before Gelato and Cookies, when names like Amnesia, White Widow, and Cheese ruled the...

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Blue Dream (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Exceptionally flavorful and robust, Blue Dream from Zamnesia Seeds is a hybrid variety with a unique character and sophistication. This blend of Blueberry and Haze varieties brings out the best qualities of both. Its shortened flowering time of just 9 weeks sets it apart from other Haze varieties. 

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Amnesia Haze (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Multiple Cannabis Cup winner and all round best seller Amnesia Haze, is a strain of high prestige. This predominantly sativa super strain is blessed with exceptional effects that will captivate all of your senses (and body too). Her capacity for producing exceptionally high yields make her a prize catch for growers, regardless of her 12-13 weeks flowering period.

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Skunk 1 (Sensi Seeds) feminized

The premier example of feminized Skunk #1 is proudly offered by Sensi Seeds. This strain is a beacon of consistency and quality, showcasing an Indica-dominant profile that is sure to impress with its enticing aroma and remarkable yields. When experienced, it utilizes its hybrid genetics to provide a sensation that fans of Indica will find deeply satisfying.

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White Widow (Royal Queen Seeds) feminized

Think "classic cannabis strains", and White Widow would surely be among the first plants that come to mind. A top choice in Dutch coffeeshops and a winner of numerous awards, White Widow offers stable genetics, vigorous, low-maintenance growth, and a remarkable potency—exemplifying the ideal characteristics of its category.

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Northern Lights (Sensi Seeds) feminized

The feminized Northern Lights by Sensi Seeds has been a influence in the cultivation and enthusiast communities for over 30 years. With a short flowering period of only 45-50 days and the ability to produce abundant yields of high-quality within such a brief timeframe, the exceptional quality, aromas, and flavors of the final product have led it to win numerous awards. This strain is 90%...

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Critical (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

A distinguished provider, Critical from Zamnesia Seeds is a (mostly) indica strain that is notable for its potency and impressive yields. A meticulous combination of Afghani and Skunk, this strain is compact yet remarkably productive, thriving with minimal supervision. In just 7 weeks of flowering, it is ready to offer its abundant flowers.

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GG#4 Auto (FastBuds) feminized

GG#4 Auto by FastBuds is a standout autoflower that boasts impressive resin production, very high potency, and a delightful taste. This autoflowering version of the award-winning GG #4 is the perfect choice if you're seeking top-quality buds at harvest, with the added convenience of an autoflower! 

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OG Kush (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

A renowned variety originating from California, OG Kush is a popular strain that combines Chemdawg x Lemon Thai x Pakistani Kush, offering a rich blend of intense aromas. OG Kush by Zamnesia has a robust flowering time of only 8 weeks, producing an impressive yield.

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Bubblegum (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Bubblegum by Zamnesia Seeds is a sativa-dominant hybrid developed through the crossbreeding of Power Plant and Santa Maria. This variety is recognized for its swift flowering time, producing dense buds within 8-9 weeks. The aroma and flavor profile of Bubblegum is characterized by a sweet and earthy bouquet.

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Purple Punch (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Purple Punch by Zamnesia Seeds is a dreamy variety that shines with an exquisite taste and a soothing presence. Despite her compact stature, this variety is very easy to grow and can deliver impressive yields.

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Hindu Kush (Sensi Seeds) feminized

A part of cannabis culture for decades, Hindu Kush has achieved legendary status among both recreational and medical users. It's an easy strain for beginners to grow, while still offering rewarding challenges for expert cultivators. Hindu Kush is a distinctive strain that deserves a place in every enthusiast's collection. 

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Blueberry (Dutch Passion) feminized

A mostly Indica plant that has won several cannabis awards, producing a tasty, fruity experience. A deserved first place in the general category at the High Times Cannabis Cup speaks volumes - Dutch Passion's Blueberry is one of those strains that have made history. An absolute must-have in the serious grower's collection. 

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Bubblegum XL (Royal Queen Seeds) feminized

Bubblegum XL is known for its potent effects, delicious aroma, and taste, offering a long-lasting sensation of serenity and relaxation. Expect high yields of very dense nuggets, translating to about 15-17 ounces per square yard after only 8-9 weeks of flowering. 

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Sour Diesel (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Straight from the sunny sands of California, Sour Diesel is a robust sativa strain with a flowering time of 10 weeks. This mix of Diesel x Northern Lights is highly regarded for its quality. 

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Runtz (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Discover the excitement with our latest offering—a cultivar that's been a hit in California. This blend of two renowned varieties is known for its delightful flavor, robustness, and well-rounded characteristics. It's a high-yield, quick-flowering plant that's sure to impress. Experience the sensation yourself with these seeds!

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Acapulco Gold (Barney's Farm) feminized

Basing on the cannabis plants from both Americas and using some advanced cross-breeding techniques, the Barney's Farm breeders managed to develop a nostalgic yet modern strain with exceptionally high potency, smooth experience, and distinctive properties for relief: Acapulco Gold! 

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Super Silver Haze (Greenhouse Seeds) feminized

Super Silver Haze is a highly decorated strain and probably one of the most sought-after Sativa hybrids - this multiple award-winning variety has been created by mixing the genetics of Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze. Super Silver Haze develops long branches, performs great in a ScrOG setup, and responds very well to LST (Low Stress Training). Its potency is impressive, with a strength of...

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Durban Poison (Dutch Passion) feminized

Discover an exceptional opportunity to explore the true essence of South African seed varieties, meticulously developed by Dutch Passion through selective inbreeding of pure Durban Sativa strains. This selection offers a chance to delve into some of the world's most esteemed seed genetics, presenting an experience as close as possible to the all-natural essence one could imagine. 

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Jack Herer Automatic (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

The result of combining the iconic strain Jack Herer with a Ruderalis, Zamnesia Seeds have created an autoflowering variety. This feminized version, though compact, boasts substantial yields and is ready in just about 70 days. 

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Purple Haze Automatic (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Ever wondered what Jimi was riffing about in 1967? Discover the enchantment of Purple Haze Automatic. In just 65 days, this compact auto will reward you with top-quality sativa buds that'll inspire a long-lasting and creative experienc

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Purple Haze (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

We're proud to present our latest offering; Purple Haze is a top-tier sativa with invigorating effects and delightful aromas that will enhance your creativity and energy levels after just a few uses. Secure your seeds below and introduce a timeless variety to your indoor or outdoor cultivation space.

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Bubba Kush Automatic (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Easy to grow: This low-maintenance strain is resilient and fast to finish. Unique flavors: Experience notes of earth, fuel, and coffee. Powerful effects: Backed by plenty of potency! Strong heritage: Bubba Kush and ruderalis form the perfect genetic foundation.

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Power Plant (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Award-winning genetics: Power Plant is a celebrated cup winner from the 1990s. Creative effects: Work or play, Power Plant will elevate your experience with her cerebral buzz. Great flavor: Enjoy sharp sativa notes that are sweet, spicy, and earthy all at once. Easygoing plants: A little...

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About Classic Cannabis Strains

Classic Cannabis Strains

What are classic cannabis strains?

Classic cannabis strains are those from which the whole variety of modern strains stem. These are your landraces—pure indica and sativa varieties—and the very first Western cultivated strains, which even today are some of the most popular available.

From around the 60s onward, these strains began to be classified and bred. Today, they form the genetic bedrock of pretty much every strain available. Over time, more and more hybrids have popped up, combining the best bits of one with the best bits of another.

Even so, the old classics are still hard to beat.

Examples of cannabis classics

There are quite a few classic cannabis strains in the world today, and it’s likely that more than one will ring a bell. Here are some of the most famous:

  • OG Kush: Like most classic strains, the exact origin of OG Kush is unknown. It seems likely that it derives from a Hindu Kush landrace crossed with something else. What we do know is that OG Kush was refined on the West Coast of the US, and is classically dank and very potent.

  • Chemdawg: This strain likely originates from Thai and Nepalese sativa landraces. Highly potent, energetic, and famous for its diesel smell, many of the classic strains are thought to have a bit of Chemdawg in them.

  • Sour Diesel: Thought to be bred from Chemdawg and an unidentified sativa, Sour Diesel has around 90% sativa genetics, up to 26% THC, and up to 2% CBD. This makes for an extremely potent yet balanced high, finished off with a rich “chemical” taste.

  • White Widow: Among the most well-known of the classic cannabis strains, White Widow is still a firm favourite among smokers today. Famed for its high trichome count, it won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1995 and has never really gone out of style.

  • Acapulco Gold: A pure sativa from Mexico, this strain is famous and rare. Said to have notes of burnt coffee, its flavours and aromas are unique. Combined with an energising sativa high, this explains how it fits into the annals of cannabis history.

  • Skunk #1: As the name suggests, this was the first “commercial” Skunk strain, and it is from this that all the others come. Bred from Afghan, Acapulco Gold, and Colombian Gold, it’s an early hybrid that has had a big impact.

  • Jack Herer: Named after the famous cannabis activist, this strain was developed by Sensi Seeds in the 1980s. Known for its delicious fruity flavour and well-balanced effects, it’s one to look out for!

  • Northern Lights: Originally bred from pure indica Afghan landraces, this strain has gone on to offer its genetic code to many hybrids. Nevertheless, the original still remains a firm favourite for its powerful stone.

Why grow classic cannabis strains?

Unless you’ve tried these strains, it might be hard to understand exactly why they’ve retained so much fame. Even with new varieties constantly being released, the classics have something that is hard to match. What’s more, not only do they produce great buds and great effects, but their role in producing today’s modern cannabis strains is essential.

Classic cannabis strains: find them at Zamnesia

Here at Zamnesia, as well as delving into the exciting future of new cannabis strains, we won’t let the past go either. You’ll find a whole range of classic seeds available for you to grow at home to keep the past alive and understand how it all started.