The dawn of a new year brings with it new strains of cannabis to experience and try. 2018 was a good year for cannabis as more US States legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Hence, expect to see a flourish of new strains entering the marketplace in the coming months. This year is set to be all about higher THC potency, pungent hits and and strains with tastes that will leave stoners wanting for more.

In case you missed the recent report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the effects of weed are becoming more potent as more and more people are looking for higher potency cannabis to ensure that the effects last for hours. Currently, you can purchase a strain that has 20% THC content. If you’re in the market for a strong hit coupled with great taste and lasting effects, here are the best strains to try this year:

Godfather OG

Described as the ‘Don of all strains’, the Godfather OG truly is a must-try for those who are looking for total body euphoria and relaxation. This strain is renowned not just for its strength but also its quality. Cultivated by the California Herbal Remedies (CHR), the Godfather OG contains almost 34% THC, the compound responsible for the ‘high’ feeling. No wonder it’s a crowd favorite and best-seller.

This strain is distinguishable by its pungent scent, taste, and great bud structure. Once a bud is smoked, the strong hit immediately envelops you with the euphoric effects on both the mind and the body. If you’d just started testing the waters in 2018, it could be the right time for you to shift to a high-quality cannabis strain that’s worth your money, like Godfather OG.


This strain is named after the highest mountain in Africa and is definitely a must-try, with its mood uplifting effect. Kilimanjaro is a member of the Sativa strain family and thus can produce additional effects including, energy for the day, boosted creativity, alertness, and euphoria. First grown on the slopes of the Tanzanian mountain, Kilimanjaro lives up to its name as it contains 20% THC and is a best-seller, especially in Canada and some states in the US.

What makes the Kilimanjaro unique is its citrusy taste and pleasant aroma. However, you can still smell a hint of weed once the bud is smoked.

Three Blue Kings

Three Blue Kings is an interesting hybrid, crossing OG Kush, Headband and Sour Diesel. It produces a euphoric effect that balances out sedative and energetic head highs. The only difference is in its taste which is a mix of fruity, zesty and sweet, with a hint of fuel, lemon, and pine.

Three Blue Kings is famous in the US, particularly California. It contains 24% THC, which hits the sweet spot and provides a relaxing effect.

Pink Kush

Pink Kush is grown by Barney’s Farm Seeds. This strain has brilliant pink and purple hues and a fragrant vanilla aroma. It’s a 100% Indica strain, producing a lightheaded effect, making one feel sleepy. It is believed to be highly therapeutic and incredibly helpful for those who have insomnia.

Irish Cream

This strain is all about the pine-rich taste and the initial high which produces a very relaxing effect. The Irish Cream is a popular strain among those suffering from anxiety, depression and even chronic pain. It is regarded as the ‘carefree’ strain and stays true to this as, when smoked, you can immediately hit the sack for a deep and good night’s sleep. It 27% THC content is the reason behind its potent sedative effect.

Experience a total shift in your mood and quality of life with these five amazing strains. Take note of the THC content levels to enjoy the feeling and experience and finally, be sure to store these strains in a dry place, to ensure that it doesn’t degrade over time.