Whether you’re a new medical patient or a long-time enthusiast, there’s never been a better time to use cannabis.
Since the spread of adult-use legalization, cannabis options have become nearly limitless. There are thousands of distinct cannabis strains worldwide, each with its own unique benefits, THC:CBD ratio, terpene profile, flavour, and aroma.
The sudden increase in cannabis variety is especially exciting if you vape. Dry herb vapes -- vaporizers meant for fresh cannabis flower -- heat cannabis gently without burning it, producing a fine vapour that preserves the flavour and terpene content of the cannabis strain.
Dry herb vaping is one of the best ways to experience the subtle differences that distinguish cannabis strains from one another. But with so many strains on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start.
If you want to try some of the best strains for vaping, look no further than this article. Here are five of the most flavourful and effective cannabis strains to use with a dry herb vape.
1. Shark Shock (high CBD)
Shark Shock is a great strain for both beginners and long-time users. It’s a pleasant mix of THC (6%) and CBD (8-10%), providing subtle relaxation without causing too much of a high.
Shark Shock’s lower THC levels make it perfect for daytime use, and its higher CBD content is ideal for medical patients. Users report that it’s especially good for relieving stress, anxiety, and pain.
Shark Shock is also famous for its flavour profile. It’s very high in limonene and pinene, giving it a particularly strong citrusy, woodsy flavour and aroma. Shark Shock is a pleasure to vape and a wonderfully gentle introduction to cannabis for first-time patients.
2. Sweet Dreams (high CBD)
Sweet Dreams is another strain with a well-balanced mix of THC (9.5%) and CBD (6%). It’s a little bit stronger than Shark Shock, but it’s still quite mellow, especially compared to most pure-THC strains.
You might expect Sweet Dreams to be good for daytime use because of its lower THC content, but this strain is especially high in several calming terpenes that make it better suited for nighttime vaping. True to its name, Sweet Dreams is great for deep relaxation, anxiety relief, and sleep.
Sweet Dreams has a high terpene profile across the board, making it one of the most aromatic and flavourful strains on the market, and an ideal candidate for vaping. It’s packed with limonene, caryophyllene, pinene, and myrcene, which gives it a complex variety of flavour notes: freshly-peeled lemons and oranges, cracked black pepper, rosemary, basil, cloves, and pine.
3. Power Plant
Power Plant is the oldest strain on this list. It was developed in the 1990s with genetics that originated in South Africa. The plant produces unusually large, dense buds, and has been popular for more than two decades because of its unusual effect and flavour profiles.
Power Plant is a balanced 14.8% THC, which is strong without being overwhelming. It gets its name from the effects it produces -- it’s strongly energizing, happy, and euphoric, and is best-suited for daytime use. Patients report that Power Plant is ideal for relieving pain, fatigue, low mood, and anxiety.
Power Plant is the first strain on this list to contain a significant amount of linalool, and is also high in pinene and limonene. It has a very citrus-forward, fruity aroma, with notes of forest herbs and fresh lavender.
4. Passion Fruit
At 16.6% THC and with negligible CBD, Passion Fruit is another step up in terms of potency. It’s an uplifting, energetic strain that helps you focus.
Patients report that Passion Fruit is an excellent choice for relieving low mood, fatigue, headaches, and pain. It’s also known for enhancing creativity, motivation, and mental focus, making it a good choice for daytime use.
Passion Fruit is known for its unique flavour profile. It’s fruity, tangy, sour, and sweet, with citrusy overtones that are reminiscent of the tropical fruit from which it gets its name. It’s high in limonene, myrcene, and caryophyllene, three terpenes that are great for increased energy and improved mood.
5. Master Kush
Master Kush is one of the most popular cannabis strains. It contains a powerful 20% THC, making it the strongest strain on this list and one of the stronger strains available on the market today.
Based on patient reports, Master Kush is excellent for sleep, pain, anxiety, and muscle spasms. It produces deep, full-body relaxation without mind-numbing effects, which makes it ideal for nighttime use.
Master Kush boasts a unique flavour profile, too. It’s reminiscent of incense and vintage books, with earthy notes and hints of black pepper. Master Kush’s deep, complex flavor profile makes it a pleasure to vape. Its main terpenes are caryophyllene and humulene.