Although illegal in the country, UK growers have established some of the most famous cannabis strains on Earth. Find out which varieties the country loves to blaze the most below.
Restrictive laws in the UK have forced the cannabis community underground for decades. Far from eliminating the herb’s use, this gave rise to a strong community, grassroots activism, and some world-famous cultivars developed by the nation’s best breeders. Although smokers in the country have a varied taste, we’ve gotten to know what the Brits love best after distributing seeds to the country for years now. Check out the five most popular cultivars in the UK below.
1. Gelato 47
Cannabis lovers from the UK have a soft spot for sky-high THC levels and sweet terpenes. Gelato 47 ticks both of those boxes, and then some. She stems from a pairing of legendary fruity genetics: Grape Ape and Grapefruit. These world-renowned varieties passed down an indica-heavy genetic profile and a phytochemical blend that stones the body into the couch. Her large and colourful colas produce a THC content of 22%—enough to keep the body wrapped in a mellow haze for several hours at a time. This soothing sensation comes hand in hand with sweet tastes of fruit and candy.
Gelato 47 pumps out these powerful buds in great numbers. Indoor plants provide a satisfying yield of 550–600g/m² after a brief flowering time of 7–9 weeks. Outdoor plants put out 500–550g/plant in late September.
2. OG kush
OG kush maintains the very British theme of stoning effects and mouth-watering flavours. Our breeders crafted this vastly indica-dominant cultivar by crossing two high-performing Forum Cookies S1 specimens. The result: buds that plunge the body into a state of bliss. The high amplifies the effects of gravity, softens and reddens the eyes, and adds a touch of humour to just about everything. Enjoy how the earthy and sweet terpenes tickle the taste buds as the stoning high cascades across the body.
Ideal for growers with limited space, OG kush can be trained to maintain a height of 80cm indoors. She’ll put out 450–525g/m² across a flowering period of 8–9 weeks. Outdoor plants reach a taller height of 140–180cm and produce 450–500g/plant. Prepare to harvest during mid-October.
Platinum Girl Scout Cookies
Platinum Girl Scout Cookies brings some much-needed sativa attributes to this assortment of British favourites. This variety offers a finely tuned balance between a stoning body high and a cerebral head high, making Critical a superb strain for daytime use to maintain a chill yet productive state of mind. These positive traits were established over time by teasing out a high-performing pheno from a combination of Afghani and Skunk. The progeny also inherited her parents’ earthy, pungent, and sweet aromas.
Platinum Girl Scout Cookies display a Sativa-leaning morphology and grows to a relatively tall height both indoors and outdoors. However, growers can use low-stress training and main-lining to maintain some discretion. Plants cultivated under grow lights will produce 550–600g/m² after a flowering time of 7–9 weeks. Those grown outdoors produce a return of 600–650g/plant at the end of September.
Bubblegum stems from two legendary strains bred largely for flavour: Bubblegum and Gelato. Our breeders underwent the ambitious project of fusing the two terpene profiles, and it paid off big time. Bubblegum emerged as an outrageously aromatic strain that emanates powerful scents of citrus, herbs, and sweetness. Caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene dominate the terpene mix. Aside from her incredible taste, Bubblegum blooms gorgeous deep purple flowers and generates a body-slamming high fuelled by a THC level of 25%.
Her aesthetic buds arrive in large numbers. Indoor specimens treat growers to 450–500g/m² after a swift flowering time of 8–9 weeks. Plants grown under the sun churn out 350–400g/plant of these powerful colas, ready in October.
5. Blue dream
This cultivar stems from the Cheese lineage, a strain that put UK breeders on the map and earned them a reputation in the international cannabis community. Blue dream features 60% indica genetics and 40% sativa, making her a well-rounded variety. She’s well-suited to blazing first thing in the morning for a motivating start to the day, or last thing at night to kick back and relax. Her moderate THC level of 19% and medium CBD content allow users to enjoy the high without becoming too overwhelmed. The presence of Oregon Blueberry Blend genetics adds a fruity and moreish taste to every hit.
Blue dream provides a big-enough harvest to keep your stash jars full for a month or two. Indoor plants produce a yield of 500–550g/m² after 7–8 weeks of flowering. Plants grown outdoors offer a weighty return of 500–550g/plant, ready in late September.