Welcome back readers! This is Bailey here to write about my top Hybrid strains for this month. You can check out my previous article here regarding my top indica strains, and Cory's article for his popular sativa strains. It's officially fall and there's something about this season that hybrids seem to fit right in with. Between the lively and energizing summer months and the slowed down chilled vibes of winter, a solid hybrid for these next couple months just might be what you're looking for.
Hybrids tend to be a bit of an enigma in the cannabis world. Through out the years strains have been cross-bred to produce a new strain. That strain is yet again bred with another strain to hopefully replicate desired characteristics in combination with the new strain. And this could go on and on and on, until you're down the rabbit hole trying to figure out exactly which strains your favourite cannabis was bred out of. Truthfully the only pure indica or sativa strains are going to be landraces, but maybe I'll save that topic for another day.
Onto the hybrids, again this list is not in any specified order and I've tried to include a range of cannabis to appeal to multiple enthusiasts.
1. Grapefruit GG1 by Emerald.
A lovely cross of the sativa Grapefruit and the potent hybrid Gorilla Glue #1, yes I've heard all the jokes about Gorilla Glue #1,2 ,3 and 4 but this hybrid is no joke. These chunky buds are a beautiful light green and orange with red hairs apparent through out the flowers. The aroma of this flower was sweet and sour, with a citrusy taste thanks to it's beta-carryophylene, limonene and myrcene terpene profile. Emerald prides it's self on combining the science of medicine with the natural powers of cannabis, appealing to everyday people looking to improve the qualities of their lives with this powerful plant. With such a great quality flower at around $36 for 3.5g all in, this strain definitely feels like a steal and could easily be an every day smoke. For me this strain provided a strong cerebral high that i felt behind my eyes and a body high that left me feeling relaxed and care-free yet fully functional and engaged. If you are looking for a dispensary in Toronto that offers Grapefruit GG1 by Emerald, you should visit Budders Cannabis on Dundas St W.
2. God Bud by Redecan
Once again Redecan makes it's way onto one of my lists, but with a legendary strain and an amazing price point it's hard to act like it doesn't deserve this spot. God bud is an indica-dominant flower with mid-range to high potency and flavours of fruit and earth. As mentioned, Redecan is the only producer on the legal mark creating God Bud and as usual its a pretty solid quality flower. Hitting the THC mark around 16-18% I wouldn't consider this strain to be a 'heavy' indica, though everyone is different when it comes to their experience of cannabis. No doubt this strain was very relaxing and mellow so if you're looking for a chill buzz at a good price, around $26 a half-quarter God Bud is worth a try. If you are searching for a weed dispensary near me in Toronto, please visit our cannabis store in Toronto on Dundas St W.
3.GG#4 by Robinsons
Nova Glue, Grapefruit GG1 and GG#4, I guess you could say I'm a fan of glue strains. GG#4 by Robinsons is grown in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. This brand was launched by Auxley (which also includes Foray and Kolab for those that are familiar) with Robinsons being their small-batch, craft cannabis brand. They grow their strains in soilless media, in design specific rooms with full environmental controls and hand-tend to their flowers through out the growing stages. They even hand-package their strains in reusable glass jars which is a great bonus considering how much packaging is wasted with other brands. Onto GG#4, this strain is a potent, balanced hybrid hitting the THC mark around the 20% range. The dominant terpenes are limonene, carryophylene, terpineol and a-bisablol. GG#4 is extremely smooth smoking with dense, bright green nugs and orange hairs. Balanced is the exact word I would use to describe this hybrid. It gave me a strong sense of euphoria and head buzz without weighing me down. This bud is only sold in 3.5g and at over $60 it's on the pricey side but for connoisseurs and cannabis enthusiasts GG#4 is a must try. If you are looking for the best cannabis dispensary in Toronto to purchase your GG#4 cannabis strain, visit Budders Cannabis in Toronto on Dundas Street West.
4. Royal Highness by Good Supply
This hybrid has been available since legalization and has mad a pretty big name for itself. Good Supply uses a a greenhouse to grow their plants in Leamington, Ontario and falls into Aphrias brands of cannabis growers which also include Solei and Broken Coast. They use the phrase "No bullshit, just weed." and pride themselves on growing good flower at a good price. With Royal Highness having a THC range from 18-24% at $30 a half-quarter, you can't really call bullshit on these guys. This strains terpene profile consists of myrcene, limonene and carryophylene giving these bright green buds a fruity and spicy taste. One major point of criticism would be the dryness of these buds but regardless they definitely pack a punch with it's thick, dense smoke and hard-hitting high. As for indica or sativa dominant, I've heard both sides from different smokers so you may just have to try it for yourself to find out. If you are looking for weed near me and find yourself in Toronto, visit our cannabis store located at 3466 Dundas St W in Toronto.
5. Wedding Crasher by Tenzo
Tenzo is a newer brand, launched by the Licensed Producer GTEC and just became available this September on the recreational market. They are an independently owned and operated craft cannabis grower. So you can expect all the goods that come with a smaller batch company; rich in terpenes, indoor grown, hang-dried and hand-trimmed. What sets Tenzo apart is their rare and unique cultivars which aren't being produced by any other LP's. Wedding Crasher is an indica-dominant cross of Purple Punch and Wedding Cake, high in terpenes limonene, b-pinene, a-pinene and b-carryophylene that create it's grapey and sweet aromas. The buds are dark green with purple tones and sparkle with crystals. At 18% THC this strain is a heavy-hitter and feels more potent than other higher THC strains I've smoked, really proving you can't judge a book by it's cover. Also hitting the $60 mark for 3.5g, which seems to be a steady price point for craft cannabis, Wedding Crasher is a solid choice. Finding the best cannabis dispensary in Toronto can sometimes be challenging but that's why Budders in Toronto is near you.
6. Dancehall by Spinach
Okay, so technically this strain is a sativa dominant flower but it's also a balanced strain between THC and CBD. Since I've been working on the recreational market I've seen the demand for high THC take the cake in terms of what most cannabis consumers are looking for, so I wanted to show some love to the lower THC and higher CBD strains. Dancehall is a strain by Spinach which is greenhouse grown in Stayner, Ontario. It's main terepene profile is alpha-pinene, limonene, myrcene and linalol which gives it a yummy fruity and citrusy smell. I was also pretty impressed by the buds for this flower, they dense and cone-shaped with a nice layer of trichomes. At 6% THC and 8% CBD I wasn't expecting much of a high from this strain but it actually gave me a decent buzz that was calming, energetic and functional. I believe this strain serves it's purpose around $35 a half-quarter and would recommend this to anyone looking for a functional, day-time smoke. Visit our dispensary in Toronto if you are after some Spinach Dancehall strain!
And that wraps up my top six hybrids for this month. With so much great cannabis available and more and more strains being released, these lists are not easy to choose. But if you're on the look out for a solid hybrid one of these flowers may be your next choice.
If you are looking for weed near me, please consider visiting our cannabis dispensary located in Etobicoke at Dundas & Jane - near the Junction.