The Next Best Weed Strains: 12 Alternatives

Alternatives for our 12 essential cannabis strains

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ALTERNATIVE STRAINS:

NOT SECOND BEST WEED STRAINS, JUST A SECOND CHOICE

ACDC – Sour Tsunami

Blackberry Kush – Granddaddy Purple

Bubble Gum – Rainbow Kush

Cinex – Hawaiian Haze

Durban Poison – Jack the Ripper

GSC – Gelato

Harlequin – Cannatonic

Headband – Sundae Driver

OG Kush – Fire OG

Sour Diesel – Sour Patch Kids (SPK)

Strawberry Cough – Green Crack

XJ-13 – Jack Herer

How do I find the best weed strains for me?

Finding the best weed strains requires practice & patience. Think of sampling cannabis like buying the lipstick versus the dress. Try a gram at a time and keep a strain journal to determine the cannabinoids and terpenes best to treat your specific condition.

How is weed measured?

Weed quantities are measured & sold in grams, fractions of an ounce.

AN EIGHTH
1/8 OF AN OUNCE (OZ) = 3.5 GRAMS

A QUARTER
1/4 OZ = 7 GRAMS

HALF O1/2 OZ = 14 GRAMS

AN OUNCE
1 OZ = 28 GRAMS

ACDC Alt:

SOUR TSUNAMI

What does it help with? STRESS, PAIN, INFLAMMATION, Seasonal Affective Disorder

How high will I get? Sour Tsunami is the first cannabis strain specifically bred for high CBD. With a negligible amount of THC, this strain is non-intoxicating.

How will it make me feel? Your head will be clear and mind calm. You can expect an overall sense of well-being.

Why do women love it? Sweet daydreams with no scary endings are made of Sour Tsunami. Also an excellent way to combat mental stress associated w/ hangovers.

What will it inspire? This strain offers a productive high tame enough for daytime. With a clear head and calm mind, no task is too big to tackle like a – Sour – Tsunami.

Blackberry Kush Alt:

Granddaddy Purple

What does it help with? REDUCE STRESS, ANXIETY

How high will I get? Less is more of this heavy-hitting strain.

How will it make me feel? Relaxed body meets dreamy mind.

Why do women love it? If strains were defined, Granddaddy Purple (“purp,” “purps”) loosely translates to “couch lock, mind free.” If you expect long talks with painfully distant relatives, invite a purple-hazed daydream to muffle the narrative you’ve heard your whole life and know all too well.

What will it inspire? We recommend nighttime use when you can settle into a sofa, a movie, or to daydream in the dark.



BEST WEED STRAINS SIMILAR TO GRANDADDY PURP

Grape Ape, Blackberry Kush, Purple Urkle, Blueberry



Cinex Alt:

HAWAIIAN HAZE

What does it help with? STRESS, ANXIETY, ACUTE DEPRESSION

How high will I get?  Hawaiian Haze provides a strong high – a high that is more stronger euphoric than Cinex.

How will it make me feel? An energetic, cerebral hard-hitting high with, ultimately, stoney effects. Why ultimately? Because Hawaiian Haze is a creeper, but still may be one of the best weed strains for you. What’s a creeper? A high that sneaks up on you. If you’re trying to get stuff done, smoke half your normal hit – and wait a while. In higher doses, this strain may invoke paranoia and anxiety.

Why do women love it? For those whom “I’m so ADD” is neither a punchline nor funny, this strain’s “pure Sativa” effects may diminish the distractability consistent with ADHD/Inattentive. 

What will it inspire? Choose this strain if you’re ready to socialize with ease and talk as you please.

 

Durban Poison Alt:

JACK THE RIPPER

What does it help with? STRESS, PAIN, MIGRAINES, NAUSEA

How high will I get?  Jack the Ripper creates a strong, very intense high. Those with a low tolerance should take care.

How will it make me feel? Here’s the part of the pharmaceutical commercial read very quickly and seemingly with no end: Consumers can expect a rush of head-focused euphoria. Some may experience dry mouth, red eyes, and paranoia at higher doses. For this last possible side effect it should be noted that – like Durban Poison – you’ll find JTR in small or moderate doses relieves anxiety.

Why do women love it? Women who like to be really high, really like this strain. 

What will it inspire? The fast-acting effects are why consumers choose JTR to dive into abstract, creative thinking and love the strain to “wake-and-bake.”

 

GSC Alt:

GELATO

What does it help with? STRESS, ANXIETY, ACUTE DEPRESSION

How high will I get? Novice consumers may want to approach this THC powerhouse with caution, but those armed with a high tolerance will delight in Gelato’s heavy-handed euphoria. 

How will it make me feel? Relaxed, happy, and euphoric describe the effects Gelato brings on. Your body relaxes but not your mind, which stays alert and ready to tackle creative projects. 

Why do women love it? Gelato helps women improve their self-talk and self-image, which may explain… 

What will it inspire? Lots of sex. Seriously, this is a legendary strain for its effects – in bed. 

 

Harlequin Alt:

CANNATONIC

What does it help with? GENERAL ACUTE PAIN, STRESS, PERIOD PAIN

How high will I get? With an almost 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, Cannatonic produces a high that is mild enough to consume regularly to prevent & reduce inflammation.

How will it make me feel? Feel like yourself with a little extra lift thanks to this happy and uplifting strain that also induces warming effects to relax the body.  

Why do women love it? When in need of relief for pain of body and mind look no further than Cannatonic. This 1:1 strain is an equal opportunity healer. How? Warming the body to chill the mind, Cannatonic produces the satisfied feeling of a full stomach. Some people experience headaches, mild paranoia and anxiety.

What will it inspire? Calm your body to calm your mind, right? Need to chill enough to sit and make your weekly to-do-list, catch up on emails or write in your journal. This is your strain.




BEST WEED STRAINS SIMILAR TO HARLEQUIN

Pennywise, Critical Mass CBD



Headband Alt:

SUNDAE DRIVER

What does it help with? PAIN, STRESS, MOOD

How high will I get? Sundae Driver provides a moderate high.

How will it make me feel? Consumers consistently report feeling balanced, calm and happy.

Why do women love it? While some strains that help with pain can require more and more weed to address pain symptoms leaving consumers too stoney in the end, Sundae Driver allows for more intake of the medicinal cannabinoids etal compounds. The strain requires fewer hits to manage pain symptoms. 

What will it inspire? A long drive punctuated by an old playlist. No point and no better way to put you in the right mood. Well, actually, Sundae Driver slips you right into that place. The perfect daytime strain to get the most out of a pointless day.



OG Kush Alt:

FIRE OG

What does it help with? TO GET CHILL AF, ANXIETY, ACUTE DEPRESSION, INSOMNIA

How high will I get? Fire OG is one of the strongest OG strains making it a favorite of heavy weed smokers who have a high THC tolerance. 

How will it make me feel? You can expect euphoric effects that are potent and long-lasting. Count on dry mouth and most likely dry eyes, too. Lots of clear liquids on hand!

Why do women love it? “This is basically Viagra.” – review Leafly

What will it inspire? Based on the above review, get ready to savor 30-60 minutes of sex before the best sleep of your life.

 

Sour Diesel Alt:

SOUR PATCH KIDS

What does it help with? ACUTE DEPRESSION, STRESS, INSOMNIA

How high will I get? SPK provides a strong high. 

How will it make me feel? Push past the overwhelming relaxed sensation and fight sleep to enjoy a deeply relaxing experience for which you’re awake to enjoy.

Why do women love it? Makes all bad vibes distant memories – if only for a moment.

What will it inspire? For this rare to come by strain, choose a fast-moving, funny movie that you can finish the next day should you not be able to push through the intense relaxation.

 

Strawberry Cough Alt:

GREEN CRACK

What does it help with? REDUCE STRESS

How high will I get? This will get you real high so its not the strain for those green to green.

How will it make me feel?  This “whistle while you work” weed produces directed energy and focus while helping to combat stress and/or fatigue. 

Why do women love it? Pay no mind to this anxiety-inducing name. Crack may be whack but green is good. And this strain inspires one to see the good in everything.

What will it inspire? Take a brisk walk to clear the mind and fill your head. 



BEST WEED STRAINS SIMILAR TO STRAWBERRY COUGH

Chocolope, Sour Tangie, Blue Dream, Maui Wowie, Super Silver Haze, Jilly Bean


XJ-13 Alt:

JACK HERER

What does it help with? REDUCE STRESS, ANXIETY

How high will I get? Different cultivars of this strain present varying levels of THC so the high is moderate (17% THC) to extreme (26%+ THC).

How will it make me feel? Jack Herer is known as the “feel good” thanks to a heavy hit of euphoria – without uncomfortable spikes.

Why do women love it? If you feel anxious and overcommitted, with full-blown paralysis on the horizon – Jack Herer will deliver the gift that keeps on giving: feelings of bliss and motivation to do the things that have been on your list for months.

What will it inspire? This strain invokes motivation to tackle projects that require a clear head & creativity.




BEST WEED STRAINS SIMILAR TO JACK HERER

Chernobyl, Durban Poison, Super Lemon Haze

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