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For cannabis connoisseurs everywhere, It is no surprise that not all strains are created equal. Genetics and varying environmental factors have provided us with a multitude of strains to choose from. Some of the more demanding strains are legendary for their flower efficacy, while some strains barely meet quality standards but are easy to grow in poor conditions. So, what keeps a strain popular and active within the growing community? It’s’ not always as simple as supply and demand, and intriguing to note that the rarity of certain strain doesn’t always correspond with high prices. So, get out your detective kit and prepare to hunt for these rare strains you may never come across.

Jamaican Lamb’s Bread
Reported to be a favorite strain of iconic songwriter and cannabis activist Bob Marley, this pure landrace sativa, is notable as a muse in creative pursuits.  Also known as “Lamb’s Breath”, the term “lamb’s bread” is a direct reference to cannabis in the Rastafarian religion. Adopted as a slang term in Jamaica, Lambs Bread simply means ganja.

African Malawi Gold
Malawi Gold was traditionally grown by native Malawi tribes of Southeast Africa. It is a pure landrace strain, still considered one of the strongest sativas ever produced. It’s also one Africa’s largest cash crops with effects described by consumers as cerebral and euphoric.

Magic Jordan Hybrid
Medical users particularly love Magic Jordan for its high CBD levels, averaging near 6%. With a high THC and CBD combination, users can kiss their aches and pains from chronic inflammation goodbye. This mellow indica is known for its unusually sweet lemon lime taste.

Pure Indica Hindu Kush
If deep physical sedation is your top priority, then Hindu Kush offers the solution. A powerful, pure Indica, indigenous to the Hindu Kush mountain region, Hindu Kush has parented many strains. Its consumption is known to result in a deep state of tranquility, useful for both stress and pain relief.

Doug’s Varin Hybrid
Doug’s Varin has prized medical uses with high THCV levels testing in the 25%-30% range. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), a rare but popular cannabinoid known for its unique properties believed to lesson the effects of multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Black Beauty Hybrid
Named for its beautifully condensed, deep black and dark purple buds. THC values are relatively standard, but Black Beauty holds very high THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) levels at nearly 4%. Despite still being psychoactive, THCV can relieve pain and stress without inducing couchlock. A study published in the Scientific Journal of Nature, demonstrated that THCV is uniquely powerful in assisting with blood sugar control in patients with diabetes.

Lime & Pine Hybrid
For those who demand flavor, Lime & Pine delivers a burst of both mouth-watering limonene and pinene terpenes, a rare combination.  Both terpenes are known for their mind-focusing properties. Pinene has been shown to counter some of the negative effects of THC, such as short-term memory loss.

Lasqueti Haze
Lovingly referred to in the 1990’s as “Lasqueti Sweetie”, this sativa dominant strain is super rare, and possibly even extinct. Grown by an old hippie on Lasqueti Island, located off the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Lasqueti’s powerful effects aren’t for the faint of heart, with many consumers even reporting an invigorating boost of energy.

Pure Panama Red
Bright red in hue, this pure sativa flowers power really represented 1960’s counterculture.  Heady properties are often described as psychedelic in nature. Pure landrace strains like this one are going extinct due to increasing demand for hybrid strains. Now consumed mostly to evoke nostalgia, this strain’s attributes are its fiery appearance and the speed with which its mind-altering effects kicks in.

Jamaican Lion Hybrid
Bred to cope with chronic back pain in 2006, Jamaican Lion was one of the first strains to successfully showcase CBD.  With at 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, this strain upholds the perfect blend of powerful pain-relief properties and light euphoria. It came in second place in the 2011 San Francisco Cannabis Cup.  Jamaican Lion is cross between “Mountain Lion” and “Jamaican Yarder”, hence its name.

Dr. Grinspoon/Quaze Hybrid
Named in honor of cannabis researcher Harvard MD Lester Grinspoon, author of 1993’s ”Prescient Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine”.  Dr. Grinspoon is pure sativa strain and an excellent choice for any activity requiring extended concentration. Dr. Grinspoon is often referred to as just “Grinspoon”, but also called “Quaze” or “Quaze Haze” for reasons unknown.

Happy hunting my friends.  And if you are lucky enough to score some of these super rare strains, please be sure to share your resources with the local growing community.