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10 Strains You Might Not Know Are Siblings

Published on April 10, 2017 · Last updated July 28, 2020
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In honor of National Siblings Day, we decided to take a look at some of the most popular strains in cannabis and their offspring. There are quite a few strains that share genetics, but it just might surprise you to find out which strains are siblings.

Leafly Granddaddy Purple indica cannabis strain
Granddaddy Purple

GDP is one of the oldest and most well-known strains. Let’s check out the kiddos!


This sativa-dominant hybrid is an award-winning strain from GDP and Bay Platinum Cookies. Its sativa side stems from the Platinum Cookies parent, which was created from OG Kush, Durban Poison, and a third unknown strain. Candyland is a rare sativa known for its relaxing relief from muscle aches with the added benefit of uplifting and stimulating effects.

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie is renowned for its strong effects and high potency. The offspring of two cannabis heavyweights–GDP and Durban Poison–Cherry Pie has a fruity flavor and a high that can last several hours. Although there are claims that this strain tastes like real cherry pie, others compare the flavor to berries, much like the flavor of GDP. This sweet strain will melt away your stress and bring on a strong craving for your favorite munchies!

Leafly Blueberry indica cannabis strain

Blueberry’s fruity genetics provide the backdrop for some of the most common and delicious strains available.

Blue Dream

The “Blue” in this sativa-dominant celebrity strain comes from the Blue in Blueberry, while the “Dream” comes from another champion strain, Haze, a dreamy and euphoric sativa. Blue Dream is easily the most popular strain on Leafly, and its mild, uplifting effects make it the perfect strain for novice smokers.

Berry White

Berry White may be the offspring of two legendary strains, but this relaxing indica is famous in its own right for its balanced effects and a euphoric escape from stress and anxiety. With parentage from Blueberry and the epic hybrid White Widow, Berry White tends to taste like overripe sour blueberries and offers such mind-bending effects that you may forget you have arms.

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Leafly Trainwreck hybrid cannabis strain

A freight train of a hybrid strain, Trainwreck is sure to knock your socks off. What about its offspring?

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Casey Jones

A little history lesson for you: Casey Jones is the name of a famous train engineer who was killed in a train wreck in 1900. However, for those of you who were raised on Saturday morning 90s cartoons, the name may sound more familiar as the hockey-masked vigilante from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Either way, this earthy sativa combines Oriental Express (an offshoot of Trainwreck and Thai) with East Coast Sour Diesel to create a power-packed punch that’s great for inspiring creativity.

Pineapple Express

Ah yes, everyone’s favorite movie-turned-famous-strain is known for its fruity sweet undertones. But did you know that it has roots in the speedy hybrid, Trainwreck? Pineapple Express is more than just a famous name, it combines Trainwreck and Hawaiian for a long-lasting energetic buzz and a sweet mango and pineapple citrus flavor that makes for one golden afternoon.

Leafly GSC (f.k.a Girl Scout Cookies) hybrid cannabis strain
GSC (f.k.a Girl Scout Cookies)

GSC (f.k.a Girl Scout Cookies) is the Genghis Khan of genetic stomp-arounds–these days, it seems like there are Cookies genetics in every new strain.

Sunset Sherbet

Sunset Sherbet is the heir apparent to the GSC throne. It’s known to have the heady, cerebral effects of GSC with an intoxicating boost from a heavy indica known as Pink Panties. Sunset Sherbet is so nicknamed due to its sweet, sherbet-like flavor, and tends to lean more heavily towards its indica roots than the standard GSC, so be prepared for a calm, relaxing high.

Moon Cookies

This intergalactic herb crosses GSC (f.k.a Girl Scout Cookies) with another phenotype of itself to create a complex woody, earthy scent with some strong, heavy indica-leaning relaxation. These buds are hard, dense, resinous rocks that taste like cookie dough and will send you soaring up to the stars. But don’t consume too much Moon Cookies or you just might get lost in space.

Leafly Jack Herer sativa cannabis strain
Jack Herer

One of the most notorious cannabis activists spawned this world-renowned sativa, and Jack Herer‘s litany of offspring continues to expand with no end in sight.


What sounds like a top-secret government experiment is actually one of the most delightfully uplifting hybrids you can find. XJ-13 combines Jack Herer’s warm, fuzzy sativa genetics with the dreamy high of G13 Haze to create a stimulating and euphoric experience. It’s not heavy enough to make you feel asleep, but not stimulating enough to cause paranoia, giving consumers a perfectly balanced buzz that is high, happy, and carefree.

Dragon’s Breath

This sativa-dominant hybrid was born of two heavyweight strains, Jack Herer and Northern Lights. The name Dragon’s Breath is a reference to the spicy flavor and aroma accompanied by this hazy strain, but it won’t burn you out. Instead, you can expect a clear-headed, energetic, productive high. But be forewarned–too much of the Dragon may leave you feeling a bit paranoid.

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Lisa Rough
Lisa Rough
Lisa is a former associate editor at Leafly, where she specialized in legislative cannabis policy and industry topics.
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