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10 Strains That Produce Great Kief

October 17, 2014

If there’s one attribute that distinguishes cannabis from its plant-family counterparts, it’s trichomes, the tiny, sticky, white glandular hairs that cover the marijuana flower, giving it a “frosty” appearance. Though many plants and algae have developed trichomes of one type or another to trap insects or protect themselves against herbivores, when it comes to cannabis, trichomes have become one of the most coveted and used parts of the plant.

What are trichomes and why do they exist on cannabis?

Why, you might ask? Trichomes are the primary source of terpenes and medicinal cannabinoids in the marijuana plant. Once buds are harvested and dried, these terpenes flake off into a light colored, sand-like substance known as kief.

Since the highest concentration of vital cannabinoids like THC are found inside trichomes, it’s no wonder that growers continuously seek new strains and cultivation techniques that maximize the amount of trichomes on each bud. While grow environment drastically affects the amount of trichomes produced by any cannabis plant, some strains certainly produce more trichomes than others.

What is kief and how can you use it?

To help you find some strains that deliver the best kief, we’ve created this handy little list of 10 trichome-heavy strains.

Leafly Hash Plant indica cannabis strain  Hash Plant

Characteristics of Hash Plant:

  • 90% indica
  • Breeder: Sensi Seeds
  • Short flowering time of 6-8 weeks

Leafly G13 indica cannabis strain  G13

Characteristics of G13:

  • Indica
  • Indoor flowering time of 8-10 weeks

Leafly White Widow hybrid cannabis strain  White Widow

Characteristics of White Widow:

  • 50/50 hybrid
  • Breeder: Green House Seeds
  • Indoor flowering time of 8-10 weeks

Leafly Chemdawg hybrid cannabis strain  Chemdawg

Characteristics of Chemdawg:

  • Hybrid with both sativa and indica phenotypes
  • Indoor flowering time of around 8 weeks

Leafly OG Kush hybrid cannabis strain  OG Kush

Characteristics of OG Kush:

  • Hybrid
  • Indoor flowering time of 8-9 weeks

Leafly White Dawg hybrid cannabis strain  White Dawg

Characteristics of White Dawg:

  • Indica hybrid
  • Indoor flowering time of 8-10 weeks

Leafly Chernobyl hybrid cannabis strain  Chernobyl

Characteristics of Chernobyl:

  • Sativa-dominant hybrid
  • Breeder: TGA Seeds
  • Flowering time between 8-9 weeks

Leafly Sour Diesel sativa cannabis strain  Sour Diesel

Characteristics of Sour Diesel:

  • Sativa
  • Flowering time of 10-11 weeks

Leafly Hashberry indica cannabis strain  Hashberry

Characteristics of Hashberry:

  • Indica-dominant hybrid
  • Breeder: Mandala Seeds
  • Flowering time of 7-9 weeks

Leafly Sharksbreath hybrid cannabis strain  Sharksbreath

Characteristics of Sharksbreath:

  • Indica-dominant hybrid
  • Breeder: DNA Genetics
  • Flowering time of around 9 weeks

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Anna is a graduate from the University of Puget Sound, where she studied International Political Economy and English Literature.

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