Over time, different strains of marijuana have evolved based on specific types of cultivating and selecting desirable plants within each strain. A strain can be considered like a varietal of grape used in the production of specific types of wines. Each strain has unique properties, effects, and flavors.
Before considering the best weed strains for those new to the use of cannabis, it is important first to take a closer look at the original strains and how they formed the basis for all current strains.
The History of Today’s Strains
Most experts believe that the originating plant of all current strains grew in Central Asia about 15,000 years ago. As traders expanded their movements around the world, seeds from this annual plant traveled with them and grew wild in different areas. These strains, in scientific terms, became landrace plants. In other words, the original strain adapted to different climates. Next, as humans harvested and grew the crop, they further selected specific qualities that were unique to that geographic area.
In North America, lower altitude areas, and generally warmer climates, these landrace strains were Sativa in pure form. In cooler and higher altitude areas, including Afghanistan, the landrace strains were indica. Cannabis growers in the USA, during the late part of the 1960s through the 1970s, crossed the few varieties of the two pure strains, giving birth to hybrids.
Best Beginning Weed Strains
Generally, those new to the use of weed should consider starting with the early hybrid strains. Great examples of these are Skunk, Acapulco Gold, Northern Lights, Columbian Gold, Headband, and Sour Diesel.
As an easy rule, consider any location name in the name of the strain to indicate a strain close to or from landrace varietals.