The best cannabis strains of 2024 ranked by reported user effects, potency, and popularity. Read on to discover your new favorite strain.

12 Best Cannabis Strains of 2024

Well all love lists at the end of the year. Whether it’s a critic’s top 10 movies or your Spotify Wrapped, we all like looking back on our favorites of the last 12 months – and looking forward to what we’re excited about in the year ahead.

That’s why, as 2023 comes to a close, we here at SunMed are unveiling our picks for the 12 best cannabis strains poised to make their mark in 2024. From stimulating Sativas to elevating Indicas, each strain is a bud we’re excited to smoke in the new year.

Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a curious newcomer, these strains are sure to captivate your senses and redefine what it means to savor the essence of sun-grown cannabis.

Best Cannabis Strains

How We Chose the Best Cannabis Strains

1. Snoop Dogg OG

2. Watermelon Gelato

3. Ice Cream Cake

4. Cherry Pie OG

5. Apples and Bananas

6. East Coast Sour Diesel

7. Now N'Laterz

8. Northern Lights

9. Apple Fritter

10. Wedding Cheesecake

11. Crunch Berries

12. Golden Pineapple

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How We Chose the Best Cannabis Strains

To create this list, we focused on two primary factors: overall popularity and the subjective feedback on strength and potency. We identified the strains that are not only the most sought-after, but we also sought to incorporate firsthand accounts and reviews from users and connoisseurs who have experienced these strains' effects personally. This blend of quantitative popularity and qualitative potency assessments guided us in crafting a list that not only resonates with the current trends but also promises a truly impactful and satisfying experience for all kinds of indica enthusiasts.

  • Benefits: What kind of experiences have users reported with this strain? 
  • Potency: How strong is the strain?

1. Snoop Dogg OG

  • Benefits: Users report mood lifting and anxiety-reducing experiences; medical users often say that it helps their chronic pain, anxiety, and muscle spasms. 
  • Best for: Anyone looking for a very potent strain that has a reportedly strong effect on anxiety
  • Potency: Very high (over 28% THC)
  • Lineage: Lemon OG x Sour Diesel
  • Type: Indica

Snoop Dogg OG, a living tribute to ol’ Calvin Broadus himself, boasts a pungent aroma and a potent high that mirrors the Doggfather's laid-back vibe. Winner of The Baltimore Sun’s Best Strain for 2023, this potent cross between popular Lemon OG and Sour Diesel strains is an Indica-dominant hybrid with high levels of THC and an iconic diesel aroma. We chose this strain not only because it's award-winning and much loved by enthusiasts, but also because of its terpene profile, which is high in caryophellene and myrcene. Both are thought to play a key role in the anxiety alleviating properties of cannabis that may be attributed to the entourage effect

Snoop Dogg OG Best Cannabis Strain of 2024 from SunMed Growers

2. Watermelon Gelato

  • Benefits: Uplifting cerebral high complemented by a soothing body buzz, offering relaxation without sedation. 
  • Best for: Those looking for a body high without too much of a sedative effect.
  • Potency: High (over 22%)
  • Lineage: Watermelon Zkittlez x Gelato
  • Type: Indica

We chose Watermelon Gelato as number two on our list because of its reported versatility. While many users say that it provides the sedative effects more traditionally associated with indica, others report feeling energized and uplifted in the way they might with a sativa strain. What we've found is that this strain seems to give users what they most need in the moment, which is why we think it's a great overall choice, particularly for first time users who don't know exactly what they want yet. It's also potent, but not extremely so, which may mean more users can enjoy it. Plus, the visually stunning buds, adorned with orange hairs and a generous coating of trichomes, showcase the strain's aesthetic appeal.

3. Ice Cream Cake

  • Benefits: Users report powerful sedative and anxiety-relieving effects
  • Best for: Enthusiasts who want a powerful tranquilizing effect
  • Potency: High (over 22%)
  • Lineage: Wedding Cake x Gelato #33
  • Type: Indica

Ice Cream Cake takes the third spot on our list because of its sweet vanilla aroma and the powerful impact that users report it has on mood and stress relief. Ice Cream Cake users report a powerful body high as well as strong relaxation effects from using this strain. Ice Cream Cake's lineage includes the Wedding Cake strain, which is high in the terpene limonene. Limonene is thought to play a crucial role in the anxiety-reducing effects of cannabis. The dense, trichome-coated buds are a feast for the eyes as well. 

 Ice cream cake cannabis strain from SunMed Growers

4. Cherry Pie OG

  • Benefits: Happiness and uplifting euphoria; giggles
  • Best for: Users looking for euphoric and uplifting effects
  • Potency: High (over 22%) 
  • Lineage: Granddaddy Purple x F1 Durb
  • Type: Hybrid

A lot of the strains on our list up to this point have leaned toward relaxation and tranquilizing effects, but Cherry Pie OG is for cannabis enthusiasts that love an uplifting high. If you want to giggle and feel like a kid again, Cherry Pie OG is probably the hybrid for you. Many users say it provides an energizing mood boost characterized by feelings of being happy and carefree. The vibrant green buds, accented by purple hues and orange hairs, are a visual delight all on their own, before you even spark it up.

 Cherry Pie OG strain from SunMed Growers

5. Apples and Bananas

  • Benefits: Euphoric effects, notably happiness
  • Best for: People who like to adventure while high
  • Potency: Very high (over 26%)
  • Lineage: [(Platinum Cookies x Granddaddy Purple) x Blue Power] x Gelatti
  • Type: Hybrid

Apples and Bananas is another uplifting strain that deserves a top spot on our list. This strain boasts a delightful combination of sweet and tropical flavors, making every inhale a refreshing experience. But more importantly, Apples and Bananas users often report euphoric effects from this strain, including a sense of happiness. Users report that it's particularly good for for daytime adventures. The bright green buds, adorned with orange pistils, make for a potent visual appeal. 

 Apples and Bananas Strain from SunMed Growers

6. East Coast Sour Diesel

  • Benefits: Users reporting uplifting effects that provide stress relief
  • Best for: A stress relieving strain that doesn't cause sedation
  • Potency: Somewhat High (over 19%)
  • Lineage: Sour Diesel
  • Type: Sativa

Sour Diesel is a famous strain in the cannabis industry, and East Coast Sour Diesel lives up to its lineage. Heavy on the citrus flavor profile, it’s a Sativa-dominant strain renowned for its invigorating and uplifting effects. East Coast Sour Diesel's uplifting high makes it a favorite for those seeking daytime inspiration and stress relief. It's a slightly less potent strain than some others, usually staying between 15% and 25%, which may make it more appealing for new users as well. Its buds are a vibrant green color, sporting a glistening trichome layer, and its aroma is even more piney and citrus-forward than its forebearer.

 East Coast Sour Diesel cannabis strain from SunMed Growers

7. Now N' Laterz

  • Benefits: Users report a strong body high that brings stress and anxiety relief
  • Best for: People who like "creeper strains" with stress relieving effects
  • Potency: High (over 20%)
  • Lineage: Zkittlez x Abula
  • Type: Hybrid

Unleash a burst of joy with Now N' Laterz, a hybrid that captivates the senses with its sweet and fruity aroma, reminiscent of the popular candy. Like the candy it's named after, Now N' Laterz has a distinctly sweet profile. It also carries hints of spice. Adorned with a rainbow of colors and a generous coat of trichomes, the buds are a delight to examine – it’s almost a shame to smoke them! (Almost.)

As a creeper strain, this one tends to have a slow onset that’s well worth the wait. Users also report that it’s helpful for alleviating both stress and fatigue, and also that its effects can be felt strongly in the body, and some finds these effects to be slightly sedative. 

8. Northern Lights

  • Benefits: Medical users report that Northern Lights is particularly helpful for depression, pain relief, and insomnia.
  • Best for: Users looking for uplifting effects that may also help with depression and sleep. 
  • Potency: Somewhat High (over 18%)
  • Lineage: Afghani x Thai
  • Type: Indica

Northern Lights is a classic Indica strain with origins tracing back to Afghanistan known for its resinous buds, soothing effects, and famously sweet and spicy aroma. Users say that Northern Lights can induce deep relaxation, making it an ideal choice for unwinding in the evening. Many also describe it as particularly helpful with muscle relaxation and pain relief. We chose it for our top ten list because of the powerful impact that medical users report on mood, anxiety, depression, and sleep. 

9. Apple Fritter

  • Benefits: Users report feeling relaxed overall but also happy and prone to bursts of laughter
  • Best for: People who want to feel relaxed but also giggly
  • Potency: High (over 22%)
  • Lineage: Sour Apple x Animal Cookies
  • Type: Hybrid

A hybrid born from the crossbreeding of Sour Apple and Animal Cookies, Apple Fritter robust hybrid strain that is known for its relaxing high. It’s also well known for giving some users a serious case of the giggles. Apple Fritter makes it on our top 12 list because its effects strike a harmonious balance between euphoria and relaxation. The visually appealing buds are adorned with a tapestry of colors and a dense coat of trichomes. Trust us, you won’t be frittering the time away when you try this exceptional smoking experience. 

 Apple Fritter strain from SunMed Growers

10. Wedding Cheesecake

  • Benefits: Euphoric feelings and relaxation; some users report feeling giggly
  • Best for: Users seeking an uplifting high and relief from depression
  • Potency: Very high (over 24%)
  • Lineage: Cheese x Girl Scout Cookies x Cherry Pie
  • Type: Indica

Like Northern Lights, Wedding Cheesecake is another strain on our list reported to help combat depressive symptoms. This hybrid blending of Wedding Cake and Cheese strains entices with a rich, sweet aroma and a flavor profile that marries the best of both parents. Wedding Cheesecake users report feeling a balanced high, merging euphoric effects with a soothing body buzz. Users say that it provides relief from stress and sadness without delivering an overwhelming buzz. 

11. Crunch Berries

  • Benefits: People looking for an energizing boost
  • Best for: End-of-day relaxation that's uplifting rather than sedative; nature walks
  • Potency: Somewhat High (over 16%)
  • Lineage: Blueberry x Triple OG
  • Type: Indica

From dessert to breakfast, the next installment in our lineup for 2024 is Crunch Berries, a hybrid crafted from the union of Blueberry and OG Kush. This strain entices smokers with a rich blend of sweet berries and earthy undertones, delivering a smooth, relaxing high that’s perfect for feeling rejuvenated after a long day. Users also say that Crunch Berries is great for long walks in nature. Uplifting but not overwhelming, the high you get from this strain is a perfect Indica introduction for new users. 

 Crunch Berries Strain from SunMed Growers

12. Golden Pineapple

  • Benefits: Strong, energizing buzz that users reports makes them feel happier
  • Best for: Users who want to feel more energized 
  • Potency: High (over 20%)
  • Lineage: Cinderella 99 x White Widow
  • Type: Sativa

Pineapple on pizza may be controversial, but Golden Pineapple with pizza is likely to be a crowd pleaser. This tasty strain produces a bright, sweet aroma, reminiscent of fresh pineapples. Golden Pineapple offers a euphoric and energizing high, making it an ideal choice for daytime activities like a brisk hike or a stroll through your local farmer’s market. True to their name, the buds have a golden-orange hue that’s a pleasure to look at. Whether you're a fan of tropical flavors or simply seeking a revitalizing cannabis experience, Golden Pineapple promises a taste of paradise in the diverse landscape of strains for 2024.

Cannabis Strains FAQs

What are top shelf cannabis strains?

Weed, like wine, is a natural product, developed through the complicated interplay of genetics and careful human cultivation. Top shelf cannabis strains, like fine wines, provide premium, high-quality sensory experiences marked by their exceptional potency, flavor, and effects. These elite strains often showcase meticulous cultivation and genetic excellence, providing enthusiasts with a subtle yet powerful cannabis experience. Seek out top shelf selections from quality growers like SunMed, for a truly refined and memorable journey.

How do I choose the best cannabis strain for me?

To find the best cannabis strain, consider your desired effects. Indicas are relaxing, Sativas are energizing, and hybrids offer a mix. Factor in THC and CBD levels, terpene profiles, and personal preferences to create a bespoke cannabis experience. And remember that experimentation is key to discovering your perfect match.

What cannabis strains are the most popular?

Popular strains vary by region and preference, but some consistently stand out. Classics like Northern Lights, OG Kush, Girl Scout Cookies, and Blue Dream remain beloved. Newcomers like Wedding Cake and Gelato are also gaining popularity for their unique profiles. Keep an eye on evolving trends to discover the latest favorites in the dynamic world of cannabis.

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