Cannabis Strain Guide

There are hundreds of strains on the market, so how do you know which one is for you? To help you navigate through this sea of options, we’ve created the ultimate guide to cannabis strains.

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The Cannabis Plant

Cannabis is a flowering plant, all parts of which provide a variety of uses, some medical and some utilitarian.

The seeds of the cannabis plant can be used as a food source. The stalks can be processed for use in creating paper, rope, and clothing. The medicinal properties of the plant are yielded through the use of the cannabis leaves, roots, and especially: flowers.

Zen Leaf Cannabis Strain Guide

There are over 700 different types of Cannabis strains, though some estimate well into the thousands, each with varying levels of THC content and other unique characteristics. At Zen Leaf, we carry a wide range of various strains, cultivated by our expert grow team. Each strain has been carefully nurtured, harvested, and tested along each step of the growth process. Our team is busy cultivating to new highs through months of dedicated care from seed to sale.

Use this handy guide below to search for and discover some of the top strains carried at Zen Leaf Dispensaries across the US. Be sure to check your local dispensary menu for current availability.

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Amnesia Haze

Type Sativa Dominant Hybrid
Lineage Haze x Thai x Hawaiian x Afghani
Terpenes Terpinolene, Myrcene, Limonene
Effects Happy, Uplifted, Energized
Flavor Herbal, Peppery, Citrus, Spice
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Candy Store

Type  Hybrid
Lineage Lemon Berry Candy OG x Ethos Cookies #16
Terpenes Limonene, Myrcene, and Pinene
Effects Relaxed, Hungry, Happy
Flavor  Sweet Berry, Floral, Sandalwood
Cherry Gorilla

Essence

Cherry Gorilla

Type Hybrid
Lineage Gorilla Glue #4 x Black Cherry Pie
Terpenes Limonene, Myrcene, Pinene
Effects Relaxed, Uplifted
Flavor Spicy, Sweet, Earth

 
 

Clementine

Reserve

Clementine

Type Sativa
Lineage Tangie x Lemon Skunk
Terpenes B-Myrcene, Limonene, A-Pinene
Effects Happy, Uplifting, Energizing
Flavor Citrus, Earth, Spice
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Crescendo

Type Sativa Dominant Hybrid
Lineage Chem Dawg x I-95 x Mandarin Cookies
Terpenes Limonene, Myrcene, Caryophyllene
Effects Relaxed, Uplifted
Flavor Diesel, Earth, Citrus
G Nana

G-Line

G Nana

Type Sativa-Dom, Hybrid
Lineage G6 x Strawberry Banana
Terpenes Caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene
Effects Euphoria, Relaxation, Uplifting
Flavor Strawberry, Banana, Cream
G Purps

G-Line

G Purps

Type Hybrid
Lineage G6 x Purple Punch
Terpenes Limonene, B-Caryophyllene, Linalool
Effects Euphoria, Calming
Flavor Citrus, Cinnamon, Pine
Gelato

Essence

Gelato

Type Hybrid
Lineage Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint GSC
Terpenes B-Caryophyllene, Cis-Nerolidol, Limonene
Effects Euphoria, Relaxation
Flavor Citrus, Hops, Earthy
Gelato Cakes

Reserve

Gelato Cakes

Type Hybrid
Lineage Wedding Cake x Gelato
Terpenes Caryophyllene, Limonene, Linalool
Effects Soothing, Sedating
Flavor Earth, sweet vanilla
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Grape Diamond

Type Hybrid
Lineage Pink Grapefruit x Memberberry
Terpenes Caryophyllene, Humulene, Limonene
Effects Happy, Relaxed, Euphoric
Flavor Grape, Skunk
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Green Crack

Type Sativa
Lineage Descendant of Skunk #1
Terpenes Pinene, Myrcene, Caryophyllene
Effects Happy, Energetic, Focused, Uplifted
Flavor Earthy, Tangy, Fruity
Guru 0

Reserve

Guru #0

Type Indica
Lineage Forbidden Fruit x Petrol OG
Terpenes Pinene, Caryophyllene, Myrcene
Effects Soothing, Euphoric
Flavor Grapefruit, Gas
Guru 10

Reserve

Guru #10

Type  Indica
Lineage Forbidden Fruit x Petrol OG
Terpenes Pinene, Caryophyllene, Myrcene
Effects Calming, Soothing
Flavor Grapefruit, Gas
Jet Lag

G-Line

Jet Lag

Type Hybrid
Lineage G6 x Mag Landrace
Terpenes B-Caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene
Effects Creativity, Energizing, Increased Focus
Flavor Sweet, Diesel
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Lemon Sickle

Type Indica Dominant Hybrid
Lineage Lemon Lime Punch x Goliath
Terpenes Limonene, Myrcene, Caryophyllene
Effects Relaxed, Uplifted
Flavor Sweet Cake, Tropical Fruit
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Lost Coast OG

Type Indica Dominant Hybrid
Lineage Chemdog 4 x Pakistani Kush x Lemon Thai
Terpenes Limonene, Ocimene, Caryophyllene
Effects Cerebral, Creative, Uplifting, Focus
Flavor  Lemon, Earth, Pine
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Reserve

Mac Daddy

Type  Indica Dominant Hybrid
Lineage  Unknown Genetic Lineage
Terpenes  Limonene, Ocimene, Caryophyllene
Effects  Energetic, Focused, Motivated
Flavor  Spice, Skunk
Mag Landrace

Essence

Mag Landrace

Type Indica
Lineage Iranian Landrace
Terpenes B-Caryophyllene, Limonene, A-Humulene
Effects  Sleepy, Relaxation, Tingly
Flavor Sweet, Earthy, Diesel
Mimosa

Reserve

Mimosa

Type Hybrid
Lineage Clementine x Purple Punch
Terpenes Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Limonene
Effects Happy, Giggly, Increased Focus
Flavor Citrus, Hops, Earthy
Modified Grapes

Essence

Modified Grapes

Type Hybrid
Lineage GMO x Purple Punch
Terpenes Limonene, Myrcene, Caryophyllene
Effects  Relaxation, Comfort, Pain Relief
Flavor Diesel, Grape, Sweet
MotorBreath

Essence

Motorbreath

Type Hybrid
Lineage Chemdog x SFV OG Kush
Terpenes Limonene, B-Caryophyllene, B-Myrcene
Effects Euphoria, Relaxation, Uplifting
Flavor Citrus, Cinnamon, Hops
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Skywalker OG

Type Indica Dominant Hybrid
Lineage Skywalker x OG Kush
Terpenes Limonene, Ocimene, Caryophyllene
Effects Sedated, Relaxed, Euphoric
Flavor Spicy, Herbal, Diesel
Slurricane

Reserve

Slurricane

Type  Hybrid, Indica-Dom
Lineage Do-Si-Dos x Purple Punch
Terpenes Limonene, Myrcene, Pinene, Caryophyllene, Linalool
Effects Calming, Relaxation, Pain Relief, Sleepy
Flavor Fruit, Spice, Pine
Sunshine OG

Essence

Sunshine OG

Type Hybrid
Lineage Sunshine x Unknown OG
Terpenes Limonene, B-Caryophyllene, B-Myrcene
Effects Euphoria
Flavor Citrus, Cinnamon, Hops
Thai G

G-Line

Thai-G

Type Hybrid, Sativa-Dom
Lineage Thai Lights x G6
Terpenes Terpinolene, Caryophyllene, Humulene
Effects Energizing, Giggly, Uplifting
Flavor  Sweet, Earthy
Wedding Cake

Essence

Wedding Cake

Type Hybrid
Lineage Cherry Pie x Girl Scout Cookies
Terpenes Limonene, B-Caryophyllene, B-Myrcene
Effects Calming
Flavor Citrus, Cinnamon, Hops
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Wifi OG

Type Indica Dominant Hybrid
Lineage Fire OG x The White
Terpenes Limonene, Myrcene, Ocimene
Effects Focused, Energetic
Flavor Lemon, Pepper, Oak
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Common Strain Classifications

A common misconception is that there are three strain types: indica, sativa and hybrids. Whereas, those names actually refer to the species of the Cannabis plant, not the strain. However, strains are often grouped by these classifications, so it’s an easy mistake to make.

Photo of indica cannabis flower on a stem

Indica

Indica came from the Indian Hindi Kush mountains and is generally believed to have a relaxing effect.

Indicas will leave you in a calmer, more comfortable space. The stronger characteristics of indica can alleviate body pains, relieve stress and induce sleep.

Indica strains can be very helpful to people with anxiety and arthritis, as well as those suffering the symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sativa

Sativa originated in Central and South America and has been generally thought to be energizing.

Sativas are known to encourage creativity and stimulate cerebral engagement, often associated with an uplifting euphoria. These sativa-specific qualities have fostered a large daytime-use community amongst patients and adult-use consumers.

Sativa strains also offer relief from fatigue, headaches, and nausea, as well as benefit people diagnosed with depression.

Photo of sativa cannabis flower
Photo of a fresh cannabis flower

Hybrid

A hybrid is any combination of a sativa and indica cannabis strain. Most strains today contain a mix of the two, even if they are labeled more sativa or indica facing.

Expert breeders select the top sativa and indica strains and combine them to form super strains that retain the most desirable aspects from both parents. Hybrids can be sativa- or indica-dominant and have the effects to match.

They address a broad range of ailments ranging from physical pain to mood disorders.

Cannabis Plant Parts

The amazing, intricate parts of the cannabis plant include:

Cannabis Flower
Flower

The flowers of the cannabis plant, often referred to as “bud,” are carriers of both THC and CBD, as well as other cannabinoids and a host of terpenes. Flowers can only grow on female cannabis plants, and if the flowers are to be used correctly, they must be carefully dried and cured first.

Cannabis Calyx
Calyx

The calyx contains the female reproductive parts of the plant and holds more cannabinoids than any other part of the cannabis plant. This is because it is covered in resinous glands, or trichomes.

Cannabis Sugar Leaves
Sugar Leaves

Sugar leaves are the small leaves where you can see the cannabis plant’s buds begin to form. Like the buds themselves, the sugar leaves also contain resin and are often saved when harvesting as they can be added to “trim.”

Cannabis Node
Node

Nodes are where additional growth can branch off the main stem of the plant. Sometimes nodes can be trimmed, and a new plant can be propagated. It’s important to be careful when trimming, though, because not every node contains buds.

Cannabis Stem
Stem

The stem is the most basic part of the cannabis plant. It provides a sturdy structure and helps bring in nutrients to the different parts of the plant.

Cannabis Cola
Cola

The cola of the cannabis plant is where the flower originates. It’s often called the “bud site,” and is a location where there are clusters of buds growing near one other. A cannabis plant usually has a main cola that is found near the top, and is also known as the apical bud.

Trichomes

Trichomes are small, resinous glands that formed naturally to protect plants against predators. In the cannabis plant, the trichomes produce a great deal of terpenes that help give cannabis its different effects, tastes, and scents. You’ll also find the bulk of the plant’s cannabinoids, including THC, in the trichomes.

Cannabis Fan Leaves
Fan Leaves

Fan leaves are the most well-known part of the cannabis plant besides the bud itself. Fan leaves have the iconic five-leaf shape that you often see displayed on clothing and other cannabis memorabilia. Their main purpose is to help capture light for the plant to photosynthesize.

Cannabis Pistils
Pistils

The pistils of the cannabis plant hold the reproductive parts. They’re often seen with small hairs protruding off of them, which are referred to as stigmas. The pistils collect pollen from male plants to bud and reproduce.

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Understanding Cannabis Terpenes

Terpenes play a much larger role in the cannabis plant than many realize.

They are small aromatic compounds within a plant that give greenery and flora  their well-known smells. Every strain of cannabis has its own unique assortment of terpenes at varying strengths that help to give it a specific flavor, odor, and array of effects. Terpenes interact with cannabinoids, flavonoids, and other compounds to create what is known as “the entourage effect.” The combination of these different compounds creates a synergy, allowing each to become more effective due to the inclusion of the other, to interact with the endocannabinoid system in the human body to help mitigate and create the most potent effects.

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Cannabis Compounds

Cannabis is a complex plant with over 400 chemical entities of which more than 60 of them are cannabinoid compounds. THC and CBD are two of the most commonly known nd studied phytocannabinoids.

Both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are compounds found in plants that are part of the Cannabis genus. These two compounds have similar molecular structure but have different effects on the body. CBD is mainly distributed as gummies, oils, gels, and extracts. Meanwhile, THC is known for its psychoactive property that gives the high feeling. Variations in the amount of these compounds present in a particular strain result in differing effects, including the degree of highness a person experiences. As such, in medical marijuana, these compounds are also associated with helping manage their own list of conditions.

CBD helps with seizures, inflammation, pain, mental disorders, migraines, and depression. THC is commonly used for pain, insomnia, and low appetite. As for side effects, CBD typically has none. Even in large doses, the body usually tolerates CBD well. The only side effects that may present from CBD use is likely the result of the compound interacting with other medication. On the contrary, THC has temporary side effects like increased heart rate, dry mouth, red eyes, coordination problems, slower reaction times, and memory loss. It is important to note that neither of the two compounds can be lethal. When choosing the right strain, with the right amount of CBD or THC for your medical condition, it is important that you consult with your doctor and the marijuana professional at your local dispensary.

Beyond THC and CBD, there are some other major Cannabis Compounds to look out for, such as Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA), Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA), Cannabinol (CBN), and Cannabigerol (CBG).