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The Top THC-Dominant Strains of Washington State in Fall 2017

November 30, 2017

This fall, Leafly set out on a quest to find the very best cannabis in Washington state, and we came back with ten standout strains from talented growers on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Using a point-based method that rates cannabis by its aroma, flavor, appearance, cure, and overall experience, each of these strains received a 1-to-100 score (which you can read more about here). In this feature, we take a look at some of the best THC-dominant strains in Washington, but stay tuned for more product ratings in Washington and beyond.

These 10 strains—and their growers—each offered something unique among the sea of cannabis available throughout the state of Washington.

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THC profiles of the top 10 THC-dominant cannabis strains in Washington State, fall 2017 harvest

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All strains evaluated in this round have a THC-dominant cannabinoid profile, meaning its THC-to-CBD ratio is at least 5:1. Presidential Kush, which weighed in at just over 17% THC, demonstrates that quality is not measured by this one chemical alone. A diverse and compelling terpene profile—which the curing process can make or break—is often the key to a consumer’s heart, as terpenes augment the overall experience.

Bios for Bailey Rahn, Jeremiah Wilhelm, and Will Hyde, Leafly's subject matter experts and strain/product reviewers

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Our tasting panel draws experience from all corners of the industry, from budtending to cultivation. Avid curiosity and deep appreciation of cannabis products forms our common foundation, from which extends our individual preferences and experiences.

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Middlefork's flavors of bright citrus, sweet dough, and subtle spice release on the exhale, retaining the impressive nuances of its aroma.

#1 | Middlefork by Royal Tree Gardens

Price: $15-17.00/gram

The unanimous favorite among our three tasters was Royal Tree’s Middlefork, a true Washington native born just outside the city of Bellingham. Perfected over years from Dutch Treat parent genetics, it’s no surprise that its aroma and flavor stole our hearts: Effervescent citrus and fresh-cut pine linger on the exhale in an impressive translation of aroma to flavor. Middlefork is ruggedly attractive, growing fuzzy buds that are absolutely packed with sticky, enticing trichomes. Meanwhile, its effects are commanding in strength, bolting all three of us to our seats in stunned satisfaction.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Very attractive scent of sweet candied citrus fizz…I am definitely stoned.” –Will

“Kind of tastes like vanilla chai mixed with orange spice creamsicle. After a few hits from the vaporizer, my eyes fell into crescents, and I was hopelessly glued to the couch in a state of bliss.” –Bailey

#2 | Sherbet by Gabriel

Characteristics of Gabriel Cannabis' Sherbet cannabis strain, the #2-rated THC-dominant strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Price: $45/eighth

Gabriel’s Sherbet weighed in as our panel’s second place flower, tying with Middlefork in its overall score but falling just inches short after calculating each panelist’s individual scoring. With Sherbet, we couldn’t help but obsess over the knotting of purple, blue, and green hues underneath the thick coat of trichomes and fiery orange hairs. Its aroma mimics that of a berry pie, from buttery crust to its fruity center, creating a unique bouquet that isn’t often captured by a single cannabis bud. Considering its price-to-quality ratio, Sherbet by Gabriel is among the best value on this list (plus, it’s pesticide-free).

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Beautiful bud with highly expressive features. Provides a heady, happy buzz with relaxing physical effects.” –Jeremiah

“Its color is variated and intricate with a dessert-like aroma of sugary dough, sweet berry, and deep grape.” –Bailey 

#3 | Presidential Kush by Fifty Fold

Characteristics of Fifty Fold's Presidential Kush cannabis strain, the #3-rated THC-dominant strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Price: $50/eighth

Presidential Kush by Fifty Fold is beauty in a bag, showing off a thick layer of frosty trichomes against its dark, cosmic purple coloration. The buds bloom with perfect conic uniformity, like a Christmas tree covered in luminescent white bulbs. Its aroma is full and nuanced, expressing sweet and sour notes of fruit and berry, but these delicate fragrances are lost with heat. Though its exceptional aroma and appearance tied its overall score up with our two frontrunners, Presidential Kush’s muted earthy flavor left some room for improvement.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Very complex and enticing smell of funky dankness and sweet sugary notes that keep me coming back to this bud. This was easily one of my favorite flowers in the whole lot.” –Will

“Beautiful frosted buds with uniform shape, but the flavor left much to be desired after its wonderful aroma.” –Jeremiah

#4 | Alien Dawg by NEBULA

Characteristics of Nebula Gardens' Alien Dawg cannabis strain, the #4-rated THC-dominant strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Price: $48/eighth

Nebula Gardens is known for its bulky, resinous buds—and Alien Dawg is no exception thanks to its enormous, bulbous buds that build up off of each other to create an otherworldly mass of trichome-covered foliage. Gassy diesel aromas evaporate off the monolithic buds, intermixing with notes of pine and tangy fruit. This aroma translates well to flavor that carries hints of sweet earth, sandalwood, and herbs. The diversity of flavors and aromas combined with its commanding cerebral high made Alien Dawg a standout strain, especially among our tasters with a penchant for funky, gassy strains. It’s also pesticide-free.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Sweet and sour aroma with overripe tree fruit and fresh soil. Its effects are cerebrally stimulating without feeling too top-heavy.” –Bailey

“It has the pungent funkiness of many other strains, but with a bright and peppery sweetness at the center.” –Jeremiah

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Lemonder's soft lime-green buds crack open easily, filling the nose with a diversity of funky, floral, and citrus aromas.

#5 | Lemonder by Seattle’s Private Reserve

Characteristics of Seattle's Private Reserve's Lemonder cannabis strain, the #5-rated THC-dominant strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Price: $45/eighth

Lemonder by Seattle’s Private Reserve leaves an immediate impression with an aroma that smells like fresh-squeezed lemons and flowering herbs. The soft lime-green buds crack open easily, filling the nose with a diversity of funky, floral, and citrus aromas inherited from its parent genetics: Lavender, OG Kush, and Super Lemon Haze. Its intricate but fragile flavor profile collapses with heat, delivering fleeting hints of candied lemon. This flavor is refreshing but subdued compared to its impeccable lemon astringent aroma. Anyone with a sweet tooth for lemon-loaded strains should not walk, but run to the nearest dispensary stocking Lemonder.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“This is the best aroma I have smelled so far. Lemon, cream, spice, and a middle savory note that mellows the lemon in a weird way.” –Jeremiah

“Very healthy-looking lime green coloration and incredible lemon astringent aroma. It’s easy to focus in the stillness of its pleasant effects.” –Bailey

#6 | GG4 by North Coast Growers

Characteristics of North Coast Grower's GG4 cannabis strain, the #6-rated THC-dominant strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Price: $50-63.00/eighth

Sticky, euphoric, and reeking of sour fuel, GG4 is easy to pick out of a crowd. This particular rendition from North Coast Growers was a polarizing force among our tasters, but the consensus brought this strain to #6 on our list. The close shave of the trim and subtlety of aroma and flavor were, for some, a miss. But others favored the trim and aroma, admiring its poignant odor of gas and pine. Hints of sweet white tea and aged sour cheese hit the palate on the exhale, a divisive but unique flavor that lacked somewhat in strength.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Its flavor is sharp pine with a hint of parmesan funk. Really deep and complex earthy notes that finish sweet with a tingle of citrus.” –Will

“This one has a deep herbal and pine aroma with a light skunky gas note. The onset of effects is jarring and intense—deeply euphoric and trippy.” –Bailey

#7 | Jet Fuel by Sweet As!

Characteristics of Sweet As! Cannabis Co.'s Jet Fuel cannabis strain, the #7-rated THC-dominant strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Price: $36/eighth

This take on Jet Fuel by Sweet As! is decidedly one of the best values when its quality-to-price ratio is considered. The strain has immediate bag appeal, showing off fuzzy, healthy green buds under a coat of gluey resin. Sweet and earthy aromas fill the nose, hinting at a spice rack of different terpenes. Jet Fuel scored well across the board, proving to be an all-around solid choice for those seeking a potent strain with a moderate offering of fragrances and flavors.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“It has a sweet, skunky zest with a funky sour aroma that opens up with bright intensity. When smoked, it tastes like turpentine.” –Bailey

“Sweet, fresh, earthy aroma with subtle hints of spice and licorice when ground up. Effects are thought-provoking with cerebral energy out the gate.” –Will

#8 | GG4 by From the Soil

Characteristics of From the Soil's GG4 cannabis strain, the #8-rated THC-dominant strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Price: $50/eighth

From the Soil’s GG4 is yet another solid take on the sticky, stinky favorite. The aroma of this strain was somewhat muted in the jar, but when ground up, the strain shares its fragrant secret in full: stinging fuel, sharp pine, and a whisper of sweet lemon. Its exhaled flavor is dampened by heat, giving rise to vague earthy flavors with a slight tinge of mint best preserved by a vaporizer. The effects rest neatly in the head, singing away stress and tension with warm euphoria.

From the Tasting Notebook:

“Buds offer little on the nose until broken up, but once cracked open, there’s a pleasant, funky aroma. Its swampy, earthy flavor sticks to the tongue but fades away pretty quickly.” –Jeremiah

“Smells earthy, woody, and muted as a nug. When cracked open, it exposes a loud fuel/gas scent reminiscent of Kush. Smells fantastic when ground up!” –Will 

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Golden Ticket offers a harmony of flavors that dance lightly across the palate, charming you with notes of tropical fruit, lemon spearmint, and fresh pine.

#9 | Golden Ticket by Khush Kush

Characteristics of Khush Kush's Golden Ticket cannabis strain, the #9-rated THC-dominant strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Price: $50-65/eighth

Golden Ticket from Khush Kush offers an alluring but subtle harmony of sweet flavors that dance lightly across the palate, charming you with notes of tropical fruit, lemon spearmint, and fresh pine. Its aroma carries similar traits, but with dialed-up citrus and orange blossom notes. The flower itself is a beautiful twisting of green, purple, and fire-orange hairs hiding under a brilliant coat of trichomes. A few minor flaws in the buds and a somewhat faint flavor profile knocked a few points off this strain’s score, but it’s definitely a catch for low-temp vaping.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Aroma is sweet, floral and sort of tropical. Ground up, it gets even sweeter, like a sour green apple or overripe pineapple. Flavor falls off a little compared to the smell, but is still sweet and tropical.” –Will

“It has a sharp lemon-lime aroma with sweet pine and herbs, and a light, summery lime flavor.” –Bailey 

#10 | MK Ultra by Virginia Co.

Characteristics of Virginia Co.'s MK Ultra cannabis strain, the #10-rated THC-dominant strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Price: $50-65/eighth

MK Ultra from Virginia Co. is a gorgeous flower that expresses itself with weaving hues of dark and light green under glittering trichomes. The aroma is complex but not super pungent. Where it catches your attention is in its unusual scent that can only be described as a compost bin full of overripe fruit and cheese rind. Its flavor releases a spicy, peppery essence with a touch of sweet flower. As for effects, the onset is immediate and intoxicating, favoring those with a stubborn tolerance to THC.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Great bud structure with resinous knots that show off the flower’s unique shape. Peppery hashy taste that’s smooth on the inhale; some slight harshness on the exhale.” –Bailey

“Aroma is pungent and smells a bit like rotten earth, skunk, and some lemon. The flavor is much more mellow than the smell: earthy, floral, and a touch of funk.” –Jeremiah

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