The discerning Torontonian’s pot-buying guide
Throughout this week, we’re telling you everything you need to know to navigate the semi-legal new world of weed. Here, the new horticultural landscape, which offers more options than a Booster Juice menu
Mystery weed, the stuff that could induce either surprise couch-lock, an unexpected burst of Pollock-esque creativity or a trippy fever dream, is fast becoming a relic. Today’s licensed producers rigorously test and label their strains so that users know exactly what they’re consuming. Here, some of the most popular strains from super-producer Tweed—Canada’s largest supplier of the green stuff—and what users report each does.
Most Calming: Kosher Kush
THC: 17.5 | CBD: 0
An indica-dominant strain with a herbal, rooty scent and a delicate coating of crystalline hairs called trichomes. The bud’s calming effects make it popular as a sleep aid.
Highest CBD: CBD Kush
THC: 7.06 | CBD: 11.2
With high cannabidiol, or CBD— the ingredient associated with anti-psychotic effects and healing properties—and low THC, this strain appeals to users seeking relief from pain, insomnia and anxiety without strong psychotropic effects.
The Prettiest: Strawberry Cough
THC: 13.06 | CBD: 0
This sativa-dominant strain produces giant, spiral buds and packs a walloping strawberry scent. It expands rapidly when smoked, causing even the most hard-core users to cough, and tends to induce euphoria.
Rarest Breed: TWD Lot 2
THC: 21.1 | CBD: 0
A custom creation by Tweed that mates two different Afghan strains. This dense bud with dark amber pistils induces a powerful, often snooze-inducing high. Best suited for bedtime. Not for newbies.
Most Pungent: Super Lemon Haze
THC: 13.3 | CBD: 0
With a tart nose of lemongrass and pine needles, Super Lemon Haze is sativa heavy and known to energize. Most often recommended for morning or midday use.
The Energizer: Ghost Train Haze
THC: 18.1 | CBD: 0
A sativa-dominant strain with high THC, lots of trichomes and a powerful high. Users should brace for the munchies.
The Densest: Nordle
THC: 7.18 | CBD: 8.6
Nordle’s equal proportions of THC and CBD produce a moderate high, and reported pain relief and anti-nausea properties. The short, stocky plant has deep orange pistil hairs and gives off a Juicy Fruit scent when ready for harvesting.
Toronto’s Fave: AK-47
THC: 18.05 | CBD: 0
This sativa-indica hybrid is Tweed’s bestseller in the GTA. A blend of Afghan, Thai, Mexican and Colombian strains, AK-47 is an all-purpose weed—not too stinky, powerful or harsh—and a popular choice for first-timers.
Most Potent: East Coast Sour Diesel
THC: 22.4 | CBD: 0.05
With 22.4 per cent THC, Tweed’s most psychotropic bud has a minor diesel scent, a 60-40 sativa-indica blend and a devoted fan base.