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These are the 9 most popular weed strains in Colorado

Recreational marijuana has been on the Colorado market for over two years now, and we’re starting to get some interesting data about the preferences of its consumers.

Tradiv, an online cannabis-distribution platform, and BDS Analytics, a cannabis-focused analytics company, teamed up to release a report outlining the most popular marijuana strains in the legal Colorado market.

Marijuana comes in two distinct species, sativa and indica, and they’re thought to have different effects on your mind and body.

Many of those effects, however, are user-reported, and the science isn’t totally clear on how the particular compounds in the marijuana actually interact with your brain, as Business Insider’s Melia Robinson reported.

Generally speaking, sativa strains are considered to be energizing “head” highs, while indica strains are more subdued “body” highs, helpful for putting you to sleep.

Blue Dream, the top-selling strain, is a “pretty potent sativa,” John Manlove, the director of sales at Tradiv told Business Insider over the phone.

Consumers like it because it gives them an “energetic” high, Manlove said. But it’s not only popular because of consumers — it’s also easy to grow and cultivate.

“It’s not a fickle strain,” Manlove said. “It’s not very susceptible to mold and pests, and the common stresses on a plant.”

More importantly, it’s a high-yielding strain, so for cultivators, the economics of growing Blue Dream make sense.

The report itself is based off of point-of-sale data from a sample of Colorado cannabis retailers that represent 15% to 20% of the market. The sample was then fed through a proprietary algorithm to represent the whole market, Liz Stahura, the vice president of BDS Analytics, told Business Insider in an email.

See the 9 top-selling strains in Colorado below

Editor’s note: While the science remains murky and various strains affect different people in different ways, we pulled product descriptions from Leafly, a popular strain-reviewing website.

9. Hell’s Angel OG

Hell’s Angel OG is an indica-dominant hybrid strain, which produces large, heavy buds, and its effects hit you “quickly and heavily.”

8. Green Crack

Green Crack is a sativa strain that will give smokers a strong burst of energy. It’ll help you increase your focus during the day.

7. Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a pure indica strain. It’s known for its relaxing effects, which cause a “dreamy euphoria” that “settles in the body.” It’s good for relieving stress and helping you sleep after a long day.

6. Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies is a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison, and it’s bred for maximum potency. This strain is known for its high THC content — marijuana’s active ingredient.

5. Blueberry Diesel

Blueberry diesel is a cross between two strains, blueberry and sour diesel. The strain gets its name from the buds, which give off a pungent, blueberry-like odor

4. Sour Diesel

Sour diesel is another sativa strain, and it’s a popular strain for medical patients dealing with anything from stress to depression and chronic pain.

3. Bruce Banner #3

Bruce Banner #3 is one the three main varieties of the Bruce Banner strain. It’s a potent hybrid strain (meaning it was originally bred from both sativa and indica plants), and it’ll give you a “euphoric” buzz.

2. Durban Poison

Durban Poison is a sativa popular for its “uplifting and energetic” effects. It’s a good strain to consume during the day to maintain productivity and boost creativity.

1. Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant strain that blends ” full-body relaxation” with ” gentle cerebral invigoration.”

SEE ALSO: The price of pot is tumbling in Colorado

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It's all about Blue Dream if you're a Colorado weed-smoker.

What Are The Best Cannabis Strains For Treating Pain?

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One of the most common applications for medical marijuana is pain, whether it’s inflammation,headaches, neuropathic pain, muscle soreness, spinal injury, fibromyalgia, or cramps. Patients have seen varying degrees of success with cannabis in treating various pain-related ailments, depending on the type of pain, the intensity, and the individual’s own physiology.

This guide is informed both by user-submitted strain reviews and chemical profile data, as certain cannabinoids and terpenes are known to have areas of specialization such as pain. Because every person’s experience is so nuanced, we recommend sampling several of these suggestions and maybe even experiment with them in different forms, like topicals, oils, or even transdermal patches. Smoking and vaporizing are great ways to get marijuana’s painkilling properties quickly, but read up on non-smoking consumption methods and cannabis concentrate alternatives to get an idea of the full spectrum of options available to you.

And remember — there are many adept pain slayers out there in the cannabis world. Use ourExplorer’s symptom and condition filters to find out what else has worked for other patients, and check the “Availability” tab on their strain pages to see if they’re available at a shop near you!

1. Cannabis Strains That Help Treat Generalized Pain

All hail ACDC, one of the most effective painkilling strains out there due to its one-two punch of cannabinoids CBD and THC. As a general rule, cannabis strains with high amounts of both THC and CBD tend to make the best pain medicines, and there are plenty of high-CBD strainsout there offering similar chemical profiles as ACDC.

Unfortunately, high-CBD strains are relatively new to the game and not all patients have access to them, especially those living in states without medical marijuana laws. Luckily, high-THC strains also offer pain relieving benefits, and many people find that heavy indicas such asBlackberry Kush are particularly skilled in the art of killing pain.

Browse more strains suitable for general pain.

2. Cannabis Strains That Help Treat Inflammation and Arthritis

Cerebrally-focused sativa strains aren’t typically a first choice for patients treating pain andinflammation, but Harlequin’s high-CBD content makes it an exception. Its uplifting and clear-headed effects set it apart from heavier, more intoxicating options and make it a perfect choice for daytime medicating.

Also known as Blue Venom, Berry White, and White Berry, Blue Widow is a prolific hybrid cross between parent strains Blueberry and White Widow. Leafly user reviews praise Blue Widow for its anti-inflammatory qualities, and perhaps the reason for this is Blue Widow’s rich terpeneprofile that typically boasts high levels of caryophyllene, or it could be its heavy resin production which gives way to massive amounts of THC and other beneficial compounds.

Browse more strains suitable for inflammation and arthritis.

3. Cannabis Strains That Help Treat Headaches and Migraines

Purple Arrow hits the target somewhere between heavy pain relief and uplifting euphoria, making it a great choice for headache sufferers needing swift relief without the couchlock effects typical of indica varieties.

Headband hybrids are commonly described as “cerebral” with effects that go straight to the crown of your head. Blueberry Headband lives up to its name, delivering focused headache relief and a sweet berry flavor.

Browse more strains suitable for headaches and migraines.

4. Cannabis Strains That Help Treat Cramps

With effects that relax tension in both mind and body, Redwood Kush is known to deliver awoody forest aroma alongside hefty amounts of THC to help ease muscle cramping.

Dynamite is another high-THC indica strain that blows pain and cramping out of the water, but be wary: Dynamite is also known to incite the power of the Munchie Beast.

Browse more strains suitable for cramps.

5. Spinal Injury

Cataract Kush is a heavy-hitting hybrid cross between powerhouse classics LA Confidential andOG Kush. This strain’s potency may not be for the novice consumer, but it’s perfect for patients needing a strain that can expertly annihilate pain associated with spinal injury.

Descending from some of the earliest indicas of Afghanistan, Mazar I Sharif is a relentless painkiller with a potency you can see on her heavy blanket of crystal trichomes. Afghani indicas have a reputation for their high cannabinoid contents, so it isn’t hard to imagine that so many patients have found relief from stubborn pain in Mazar.

Browse more strains suitable for spinal injury.

One of the most common applications for medical marijuana is pain, whether it’s inflammation,headaches, neuropathic pain, muscle soreness, spinal injury…