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7 Most Popular Medical Marijuana Strains in California


Medical marijuana in California became legal in 1996, with the state being the first to legalize marijuana for medical use. More than a decade later, in 2016, California legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

California residents have their pick from a wide range of Indica and Sativa strains. Some more popular than others, thanks to their medicinal and recreational benefits.

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Here is an in-depth look at 7 of these marijuana strains that are popular across California, covering some of the commonly asked questions, such as the origin and chemical composition of the strains, what they taste like, and the effects they have on the body, including the diseases for which you can use a particular strain

Granddaddy Purple

Popularly known as granddaddy purps, or GDP is an Indica-dominant strain (80% Indica, 20% Sativa) created as a cross between the Big Bud and Purple Urkle. GDP gives the best of what its parent strains have to offer.

This California staple strain features an average of 21% THC level and 1% CBD level. Its buds are purple in color, like the Purple Urkle, and quite dense, like the Big Bud. 

The Taste of Granddaddy Purple

Granddaddy Purple is quite a treat for the senses. The taste of this strain is a combination of candy, strawberries, and grapes, with peppery, pine, and herbal accents.

Growing Granddaddy Purple

Flowering time for GDP is 7-9 weeks, producing a decent yield per plant. This strain is quite resistant to mold and mildew, pests, and disease, making it relatively low-maintenance, making it easy even for beginners. What’s important is to keep the humidity levels at no less than 50%.


Granddaddy Purple Strain

Typical Effects of Granddaddy Purple


Effects and Medicinal Uses

Granddaddy purple impacts both mind and body and this impact will set it quite fast. You will experience an incredible full-body relaxation, which can make you feel tired and sleepy, which should serve as a natural sedative. 

It is, for this reason, that night time is the best time to consume GDP. The cerebral euphoria and bliss are just as powerful.

GDP is all-around medicinal, and the effects of this strain make it an excellent choice for those in need of medical marijuana in California. It is recommended for a wide range of physical and mental conditions

It is among the top recommendations for patients suffering from chronic pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, and stress. Thanks to its sedative properties, GDF is a good choice for insomnia patients. GDP also stimulates hunger, and therefore a great recommendation for patients suffering from the loss of appetite.

Some water and eye drops will come in handy should you experience dry mouth and dry eyes after consuming granddaddy purple. Inappropriate dosages can lead to the sudden onset of THC-induced paranoia. Save for these few potential downsides, you can look forward to enjoying the benefits of consuming GDP.

Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) 

This super-potent Indica-dominant strain (60% Indica, 40% Sativa) has a 16-21% THC level and less than 1% CBD level. OG Kush and Durban Poison are believed to be the parent strains of GSC, and like GDF, this strain traces its roots to California.

GSC Taste

So rightly named, Girl Scout Cookies tastes and smells like cookies. The strain does have several tones or accents such as peppery, herb, earthy, and citrus.

Growing GSC

It takes this strain 8-9 weeks to flower, with mid-October being the favored harvest time for the outdoor plants.

There are several phenotypes of this strain, including Platinum GSC, and Thin Mint. These phenotypes feature variations of the effects and appearance of the original GSC.

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Effects and Medicinal Uses

Consuming GSC will send you into a wave of blissful euphoria and deep full-body relaxation. Your high will last for hours and will leave you feeling particularly creative as it sends you into and out of introspection. In these uplifting moments, you will feel your problems melt away one by one.

You are also likely to experience surges of energy throughout your high. However, the full-body relaxation effects triumph, which is why GSC is recommended for use at night.

Girl scout cookies, as an option for medical marijuana in California, is prescribed for chronic pain, stress, depression, loss of appetite, nausea, and migraines. A low to moderate dosage is enough for alleviating the symptoms of stress, depression, nausea, and migraines. On the other hand, a higher dosage of GSC will be prescribed for dealing with chronic pain.

Bubba Kush

 Also known as just Bubba, Bubba Kush is an Indica-dominant strain (70% Indica, 30% Sativa) with quite an interesting origin story. It is said that the origin of this strain was by chance when an OG Kush pollinated an unknown strain from Northern Lights. In truth, other stories abound, which is why it is safe to assume that the true story of this strain’s genetic origins is unknown.

Bubba Kush comprises 14-19% THC, earning its place among the potent strains with above-average THC content. Its CBD concentration is less than 1%.

Taste of Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush has a sweet and grounding aroma, accented like sweet chocolate and coffee. It has sweet hashish and earthy flavor, with delightful peppery and citrus notes. 

Growing Bubba Kush

This strain is considered among the easiest to cultivate, and you can try it out as a beginner grower. The flowering period for Bubba Kush is about 8-9 weeks. The best time for harvesting is in early October. The bush doesn’t grow very tall, making this strain suited to the under-a-light cultivating style.


Bubba Kush Strain

Bubba Kush Common Usage


Effects and Medicinal Uses

Bubba Kush continues to be an unrelenting feature in the list of strains for medical marijuana in California. This strain leaves you with a full-body relaxation that makes it feel like your body is melting away while keeping your mind calm and collected.

Thanks to the blissful body-melting effects, this strain is prescribed for patients who have insomnia. While Bubba Kush is not a thought-provoking strain, and won’t make you more creative, it will keep your mind clear, and you don’t have to worry about not being able to focus. 

What it will do is hit both body and emotions hard, giving you a positive and happy diversion from intense thoughts and emotions. 

Consume some Bubba Kush, and it will take so much not to think of how hungry you are. This strain is therefore recommended for patients in need of medical marijuana in California for dealing with the loss of appetite.

It is effective in alleviating pain and stress. Its body-relaxation properties also make it a good recommendation for patients who have insomnia.

Bubba Kush has also been shown to be effective for providing relief for Parkinson’s disease symptoms. It activates the same pathways that the disease affects, resolving tremors and gait anomalies. 

It also alleviates depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other psychological symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. This strain has also shown positive on tremors and muscle spasms unrelated to Parkinson’s disease

Green Crack 

 The original name for this strain, as named by the original breeder, was Cush. It would then be renamed Green Crack, by proud Cannabis activist, Snoop Dogg. Snoop found the name more befitting after sampling the intense Sativa-effects of the strain.

This is a Sativa-dominant strain (90% Sativa. and 10% Indica.) Its makeup consists of 20-26 THC levels and its concentration of CBD and various terpenes adds up to about 1% level. While this strain’s true genetic origins are not very clear, it can be traced to Skunk # 1 and an isolated cut of Afghani roots as its parent strains. 

Taste of Green Crack

Green Crack has citrus and peppery tones. Its tangy, fruity flavor and its skunk, mango, and pineapple aroma make it quite a delight to the senses.

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Growing Green Crack

Green crack adapts quite well to nearly all climates, making it relatively easy to grow even for beginners. It flowers quite fast, and is ready for harvest after 7-8 weeks, in October. It grows quite short and does well both indoors and outdoors.

Effects and Medicinal Use

Consuming Green Crack will leave in a wave of energetic, happy, and uplifting emotions. It is, therefore, no wonder that this strain is highly recommended for patients who need medical marijuana in California for depression. This uplifting high has also been known to be creativity-provoking and provides mental stimulation and boosts focus. 

This Sativa-dominant strain will also give your body a boost of energy. It’s perfect for patients suffering from chronic fatigue so you can go about everyday activities.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain (60% Sativa and 40% Indica) that traces its roots to California. It is a cross or hybrid of Blueberry Indica and Haze Sativa. Its makeup is 15-21 % THC level and less than 1% CBD concentration.

Taste of Blue Dream

Blue Dream has a sweet aroma and tastes redolent of its Blueberry parent strain. It also has fruity flavors, with herbal, pine, and peppery accents.

Growing Blue Dream

Blue Dream is best grown indoors and takes about 8-9 weeks to flower. It’s relatively easy to grow. Late October through to early November marks the harvesting time for this hybrid strain.


Blue Dream Strain

Blue Dream Typical Effects


Effects and Medicinal Uses

Blue Dream is a staple strain for patients with a range of physical and emotional conditions that require medical marijuana in California. 

This strain gives a mellow high, which leaves a positive impact on mood, making it a highly recommended strain for patients suffering from anxiety and depression. It also helps to boost social interaction.

Blue Dream has been proven to play such a critical role in preventing the retrieval of underlying trauma. This prevents traumatic memories and nightmares. It’s therefore commonly prescribed for medical marijuana in California patients dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Blue Dream helps to promote the emotional wellbeing of these patients, enabling them to enjoy life and not have to relive their past traumas.

Jack Herer

Named after legendary and proud Cannabis activist Jack Herer, this strain is a Sativa-dominant hybrid. It comprises of a 17-20 % THC concentration and a CBD concentration of less than 1%. Its composition also includes several terpenes, which lend the strain a unique strain.

The parent strains of the Jack Herer strain are a Haze hybrid and a Shiva Skunk and Northern Lights # 5 cross. It was created in the mid-1990s in the Netherlands.

Taste of Jack Herer

This hybrid strain has a unique taste that is a combination of nutty flavors, with a rich, creamy texture leaving skunk and haze after tones. It’s taste, which is much like Crème Brule, is one of the reasons for which Jack Herer is quite popular for use among patients needing medical marijuana in California.

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Growing Jack Herer

Cultivating Jack Herer is relatively easy. The average time it takes this strain to flower is about 8-9 weeks. It is harvested upon maturity in October.

Effects and Medicinal Uses

Jack Herer is well known for the extreme cerebral bliss and elevation that it brings to its users. If you need something to get you talking, Jack Herer is the strain for you as it is known to drive users into fun and hysterical banter, as well as deep and meaningful conversations.  

This strain will keep your mind alert and focused, so you don’t have to worry about losing awareness. The wave of euphoria that consuming Jack Herer brings is often accompanied by a rapid flow and jots of creative and artistic energy.

Jack Herer helps to manage stress by allowing you to focus and stay aware of the present. Jack Herer Edibles and concentrates are commonly prescribed for patients who use medical marijuana in California and patients who battle with chronic pain and stress. 

It also helps with numbing underlying stress and pain, as in patients with PTSD and other trauma-related psychological disorders. 

Jack Herer is also known for calming the stomach, which helps to boost appetite. 

You will need to keep a bottle of water with you as you consume this strain as it is also known to lead to dry mouth. Dry eyes are also another side effect that you may experience.

Sour Diesel

 Sour Diesel is yet another commonly consumed Sativa-dominant strain. The name was coined from the strain’s characteristic diesel-like smell. This strain is a cross between the “Super Skunk” and “Chemdawg 91” strains. Its composition is 16-22 % THC concentration and nearly 0% CBD concentrate.

Taste of Sour Diesel

No, Sour Diesel doesn’t taste like Diesel, only its pungent aroma is like that of Diesel. This strain has a combination of peppery, citrus, and herbal flavors. 

Growing Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel flowers in about 9-10 weeks, with a harvest time in late October. Both the height and lateral branching of this strain are medium, making it easier to manage and a good pick for indoor cultivation.


Sour Diesel Strain

Sour Diesel Common Usage


Effects and Medicinal Uses

Sour Diesel produces an incredibly mind-blowing high that does little to nothing to affect the body. This is one of the reasons why it is a staple among patients that use medical marijuana in California.

This strain stimulates the mind, energizes and uplifts, proving to be an excellent choice for patients suffering from depression and other mood disorders. 

Sour Diesel possesses the ability to energize and uplift, which makes it a unique choice for patients suffering from depression or other mood disorders.

This strain is quite versatile and effective in providing relief for a wide range of physical conditions. It helps to ease muscle spasms and stiffness, common among patients who have Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

This strain has also been shown to be effective in combating insomnia among MS patients. Sour Diesel causes a neuroprotective effect by halting the neuroinflammatory effect that is characteristic of MS.

Sour Diesel is also associated with an immunosuppressive mechanism that represses nerve damage and decreases spasticity. Its antispastic effects make it highly recommended for medical marijuana in California patients suffering from different severities of spasticity.

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Have Your Pick

The list above is an outline of some of the most popular strains among consumers of medical marijuana in California. It is, of course, not an exhaustive list, as there are other strains from which you can choose. 

Each strain, as highlighted, has its benefits in alleviating both the physical and psychological symptoms of various conditions. They are true, worth the try.

Ever tried any of these strains? How was it? Do you feel adventurous and would like to give any of them a try? With the myriad of benefits outlined, you have every reason to go for it.

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