While cannabis may not be legal in India, it is one of the largest consumers of weed. In fact, Delhi and Mumbai were ranked amongst the top 10 cities in the world for cannabis consumption per. year. Whether it is the high grade ‘OG kush’ that is sold for 2000 bucks a gram or the cheap ‘maal’ that you get for 300 bucks from a shady baba, the kind of weed that is found here is certainly worth trying.
While we don't have fancy dispensaries in India identifying which strain of weed to try for every mood, most stoners have some type of idea about the 3 different types of strains of weed which are - Indica, Sativa and a Hybrid of the two. Indica is a marijuana strain that is low on THC and high on CBD. When smoked, it gives the user mental and muscle relaxation, decreased nausea and increased appetite. On the other end of the spectrum, is Sativa which is a marijuana strain that is high on THC and low on CBD. It is known to be an effective anti-anxiety, anti-depressant and helps in increasing once’s focus and creativity. Hybrid strains are also found here which are basically the best of both worlds with the best characteristics of both Indica and Sativa.
Finding the right strain of weed is crucial in getting the right kind of high. If you're looking for a boost of creativity to finish an upcoming project, smoking a wrong strain may instead leave you sitting on the couch with the munchies. This list has the best strains of weed, based on what you're in the mood for (or what you can get your hands on), that you can find in India-
1. Mysore Mango
Found in the lush hills of Karnataka, this strain of weed is famous for being unique in its fruity taste. The plant grows up to 5 feet and can be grown indoors and outdoors. It takes about 9-11 weeks to flower, yielding a high gain of about 400 grams per square meter.
It gets its name from the subtle taste of mango that one gets when smoking it and sometimes if you’re able to get your hands on a good batch, you could even taste hints of banana. This Sativa strain is high in THC (around 16%) and one the best weed you can score in India. Smokers often experience an immediate sense of euphoria accompanied by a fit of giggles. Additionally, it has healing properties and is often used to reduce chronic aches and pains, especially joint pains. Insomnia, migraines, headaches, stress, anxiety and nausea are just some of the other ailments that can be healed by smoking it.
However, side effects include blurry vision, cottonmouth, paranoia and dizziness.
2. Idukki Gold
Also known as Kerela Gold or Mahadevan, this strain of weed is generally found in the southern parts of India. The plant grows up to 50-70 cms and has a good yield of 300 grams per square metre.
Grown in the ideal setup of the Western Ghats of South India, this ‘maal’ is known to be the stuff of the legends as it is one of most potent hybrid strains found in India. In fact, it is internationally renowned to be one of the finest strains in Asia. According to Leafly, it contains hints of mint, menthol, musk, and spice and its buds bloom with lime green colours that contrast with purple stalks. This bud will give smokers a powerful high that leaves one energised for outdoor activities.
Locals refer to it as 'Neela Chadayan' or simply Chadayan, which they believe came into circulation during the 80s. While weed enthusiasts have been swearing by this strain ever since it became ‘cooler’ after it was the main focus of a 2013 Malayali film with the same name.
3. Shillong Mango
Just like it’s mango flavoured sousing from Karnataka, the Shillong mango is a cannabis strain that is green, clean and practically seedless. Stoner’s have often described it to be
as sublime, aromatic with a taste of mango and a hint of candy. Known to be one of the cleanest strains in India, it is favourite among amateur smokers and is relatively easy to roll into joints or blunts as opposed to its counterparts. Smoking this weed strain combined with the scenic beauty of Cheerapunji makes for lit smoke sessions.
4. Golden Weed
Clean, green and high in THC, this Bhutanese weed is easy to score in Assam. Although this weed is not grown in Assam, it is widely available and consumed thanks to its neighbour - Bhutan. Known to give a euphoric high, this weed can be easily scored in Assam for extremely cheap prices of about 100 bucks for a gram. The name ‘golden weed’ often is given by stoners who reportedly have seen it glow with a tinge of yellow, provided you are able to score good hash.
5. Manipuri Weed
This cannabis plant is famous for its minty flavour and high THC content. This Sativa strain is an acquired taste for many stoners but known to give amazing high’s. While other states have made it illegal for us to smoke our favourite herb, the Manipur government has plans to legalise medical marijuana and usage of the marijuana plant for industrial purposes. The illegal business of weed in Manipur is so rampant, thanks to its rich quality and cheap prices, the chief minister actually believes that this booming business could help boost the state’s revenue higher. So sit tight, maybe soon enough you will be able to score your Manipuri weed on medicinal grounds
6. Gorbhanga Weed
Although not the best, these cannabis buds are found along the Bhutan border, in the Eastern state of West Bengal. A place that is on every weed enthusiasts bucket list, Gorbhanga is home to this infamous weed strain. While it may not be high on THC, it extremely cheap as it is sold for around 300 bucks for a gram and this small village is known to export large quantities of this strain to various places outside Kolkata. The remote area, cheap weed and easy transportation are attractive for stoners who want to come for a stoned weekend getaway.
7. North Indian Indica
These strains are pure Indica strains available in the north Indian regions. They have a sweet flavour with a spicy effect which increases while smoking. It has high THC levels which makes it ideal for treating certain medical conditions like insomnia, pain and anxiety.
8. Malana Cream
Clearly saved the best for the last, the Malana cream that is grown in the Malana village of Parvati Valley needs no introduction. It is every stoner’s dream strain and is famous globally for its unparalleled high. Sometimes also called Malana Kush, it gives off the aroma of spices, mango and sweet milk. An Indica strain, it contains almost 30-40% THC when smoked, which is very unusual since India strains are not known to be high on THC. This is why it leaves the user feeling relaxed and euphoric like no other herb.
Known to become extremely coveted in the stoner, this strain has even found its way in some of the most expensive Amsterdam coffee shops. Mostly found in the form of hash, it is dark black and known to have a chewing gum consistency. Called one of the prized gifts of the Parvati valley, the hash extractions from this plan is even more potent and enticing.