10 Most Popular Indica Strains in the USA

10 Most Popular Indica Strains in the USA

10 Insanely Popular Indicas That Will Leave You “In-Da-Couch” 

Within a few decades, cannabis has moved from secretive circles to mainstream medicine. Although marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, many US states have enacted medicinal and recreational cannabis laws. With so much momentum behind ganja, it’s understandable more people are interested in the many complexities of the cannabis plant.

As you might already know, there are two famous “families” in the cannabis genus: sativa and indica. In general, sativa-heavy strains give users a sense of euphoria and are perfect for use early in the day. Indicas, however, have been said to help people chill, relax, and, in some cases, fall asleep.

In this post, we’re going to introduce you to ten of the most popular indica strains American potheads can’t get enough of. Whether you’re new to cannabis smoking, have never been to our dispensaries or an experienced ganja grower, we bet you’ll learn a thing or two from this indica weed strains list.

Ten Hot Marijuana Strains in The USA

Hindu Kush

When you start researching different cannabis families, you’ll soon discover a ton of strains with the name “Kush” attached to them. This word refers to a specific class of marijuana strains that originated in the mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan. One of Kush strains’ defining features is that they tend to be indica-dominant; hence, all of the remaining strains on this list are in the Kush family.

We’ll start with the original Kush strain: Hindu Kush. This pure indica is the oldest Kush strain known to man and is often used as a parent strain in hybrids. Since Hindu Kush does not influence sativa strains, you should prepare for intense sedative properties. After a few puffs of this woodsy strain, you may be in couch lock mode for the rest of the night.

Hindu Kush Fast Facts

Genotype: 100 percent indica
THC Content: 15 – 20 percent
CBD Content: < 1 percent CBD
Flavor Profile: Earthy, pine, herby, musky.
Flowering Time: 7 – 9 weeks.

Granddaddy Purple

Although Granddaddy Purple has only been around since the early 2000’s, it has earned an undeniable place in the “purple pantheon.” First created on the West Coast, GDP is a cross between the fruity Purple Urkle and the high-yielding Big Bud. Both of these parent strains give Granddaddy Purple a high THC content usually in the mid-20 percent range. Users always rave about this strain’s sweet smell, strong full-body stone, and, of course, its gorgeous purple hues. Medical marijuana patients often report Granddaddy Purple helps “punch” their chronic pain or PTSD symptoms.

Granddaddy Purple Fast Facts

Genotype: Purple Urkle x Big Bud
THC Content: 18 – 25 percent
CBD Content: 1 percent
Flavor Profile: Sweet, grape, berry, earthy.
Flowering Time: 8 – 11 weeks

Northern Lights

No list of indica strains is complete without mentioning the legendary Northern Lights. Not only is Northern Lights one of the most beloved indicas, it has become a staple strain in the global cannabis community. Believed to be the result of cross-breeding Afghani landraces, Northern Lights is most revered for its strong sedative properties. Patients with conditions like insomnia and stress often favor using this earthy strain. With its high yields and its resistance to mold, Northern Lights is also a beloved strain with home growers.

Northern Lights Fast Facts

Genotype: Afghani landraces
THC Content: 15 – 20 percent
CBD Content: < 1 percent
Flavor Profile: Earthy, pine, woodsy, spicy.
Flowering Time: 8 – 9 weeks

Bubba Kush

Sometimes referred to as “Bubble Kush, Bubba Kush is a well-known indica-dominant hybrid with an unknown genetic origin. Although most cultivators believe Bubba Kush owes some allegiance to Afghani landraces, nobody’s sure what other strains ended up in this indica-heavy hybrid. Whatever the case may be, Bubba Kush delights users with its sticky trichome layer brimming with sweet fruity terpenes. THC levels on this strain are usually under 20 percent, which makes this strain better suited for beginners interested in a relaxing strain without intense couch lock.

Bubba Kush Fast Facts

Genotype: Afghani landraces
THC Content: 14 – 19 percent
CBD Content: < 1 percent CBD
Flavor Profile: Candy, fruity, lemony, pine.
Flowering Time: 9 – 10 weeks.

Blue Cheese

Continuing with the “blue” theme, Blue Cheese is another indica-dominant hybrid that owes its existence to the strains Blueberry and UK Cheese. Since UK Cheese is descended from the legendary Skunk #1, it’s unsurprising Blue Cheese has extremely pungent aromatics. Although this hybrid’s “aged cheese notes” are most pronounced, you’ll also enjoy hints of sweet fruit from Blueberry. In terms of effects, Blue Cheese offers a mix of deep relaxation and euphoria. Anyone who likes strains on the “skunky” side will most enjoy this nighttime strain.

Blue Cheese Fast Facts

Genotype: Blueberry x UK Cheese
THC Content: 20 percent
CBD Content: < 1 percent CBD
Flavor Profile: Cheese, skunk, sweet, peppery.
Flowering Time: 8 – 9 weeks

Grape Ape

Grape Ape is a 90/10 indica-to-sativa hybrid made with three legendary strains: Mendocino Purps, Afghani, and Skunk #1. Like Granddaddy Purple, Grape Ape is well known for its beautiful violet buds and its fruity aromatics. Users often describe Grape Ape’s effects as slightly euphoric with a pronounced sense of calm. Although Grape Ape could has been said to induce sleepiness, some users might enjoy enhanced focus with small doses of this strain. Grape Ape is a fantastic choice for people who want an easy way to unwind after a stressful day.

Grape Ape Fast Facts

Genotype: Mendocino Purps x Afghani x Skunk #1
THC Content: 14 – 20 percent
CBD Content: < 1 percent CBD
Typical Effects: Euphoric, focused, relaxed.
Flavor Profile: Fruity, sweet, grape, earthy, skunk.
Flowering Time: 7 – 8 weeks

Critical Kush

If you’re a fan of OG Kush’s flavors, then you’ll probably fall for the hybrid Critical Kush. First created in Amsterdam with a blend of Critical Mass and OG Kush, Critical Kush offers many of the same sensations of OG Kush but on a more subdued level. THC percentages in Critical Kush are usually lower than straight OG Kush, and the effects tend to be more relaxing than euphoric. In terms of taste, Critical Kush is reputed for its fresh earthy notes along with hints of tart lemon and spice. Anyone looking for serious relaxation at the end of the day will enjoy what Critical Kush has to offer.

Critical Kush Fast Facts

Genotype: Critical Mass x OG Kush
THC Content: 15 – 20 percent
CBD Content: < 1 percent CBD
Flavor Profile: Lemon, earthy, spicy, woodsy.
Flowering Time: 7 – 8 weeks

Purple Kush

We’ll end our list with yet another potent purple strain: Purple Kush. Made with a blend of Purple Afghani and Hindu Kush, Purple Kush is considered a pure indica strain and usually has THC content in the mid 20 percent range. If you’re looking for a powerful natural sedative, you can’t do better than a few hits of this fruity and earthy strain. Some users describe Purple Kush as providing tingling sensations, which is perfect for people interested in pain relief. Given its strong THC profile, Purple Kush is not ideal for beginner smokers.

Purple Kush Fast Facts

Genotype: Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani
THC Content: 20 – 24 percent
CBD Content: < 1 percent CBD
Flavor Profile: Fruity, berry, grape, earthy, pine.
Flowering Time: 8 – 9 weeks.

OG Kush

First bred in SoCal, OG Kush is arguably one of America’s most iconic Kush hybrids. Although nobody knows what’s in OG Kush, most believe this strain is a blend of Hindu Kush and Chemdawg. This pairing would explain OG Kush’s off-the-charts THC percentages and its complex mix of diesel, citrus, and earthy aromatics. Usually, OG Kush has a 75/25 indica-to-sativa ratio, which translates to an initial euphoric high that slowly transitions to couch lock sedation. Just be forewarned: this strain has been known to have a sneaky side, so inexperienced users should proceed with caution.

OG Kush Fast Facts

Genotype: Chemdawg x Hindu Kush
THC Content: 19 – 28 percent
CBD Content: < 1 percent CBD
Flavor Profile: Evergreen, herby, citrusy, spicy.
Flowering Time: 8 – 9 weeks


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