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Ten Easiest Strains to Grow Indoors

Ten Easiest Strains to Grow Indoors

Thanks to the changing legal landscape and hi-tech innovations in indoor gardening, there’s never been a better time to grow your favorite cannabis strains at home. Sure, growing cannabis has its challenges, but it’s also (pun alert) highly rewarding. Plus, if you start with a super resilient strain, chances are high (sorry, just had to do it) you’ll enjoy a huge harvest even if you make a few newbie mistakes.

In this post, we’ll reveal ten of the highest-yielding strains perfect for novice home-growers. Before we get into specific names, however, let’s go over a few basics of the cannabis genus every cultivator needs to know.

Sativa, Indica, And Ruderalis: What’s The Difference?

Like many other plants, there’s no “standard cannabis.” Depending on its genetic lineage, each cannabis strain could be placed in the sativa, indica, or ruderalis families. While most cannabis connoisseurs know the standard physiologic effects of sativas versus indicas (i.e. energizing vs. sedating, respectively), they might not know the growing patterns of these two strains. And, unless you’re into gardening, you probably don’t know what the heck “ruderalis” refers to.

First off, new growers should know that sativa-heavy strains tend to be the most difficult to work with. Not only do sativas usually take the longest time to flower, they are often extremely tall and hard to manage indoors. Indicas, on the other hand, often grow faster and shorter, which makes them ideal for indoor growers.

Ruderalis, on the other hand, is a special strain of cannabis that evolved in harsh northern environments. Due to its unique evolutionary history, ruderalis flowers on a set cycle rather than indicas and sativas that require particular conditions to reach maturity.

In recent years, breeders have combined ruderalis genetics with many indicas and/or sativas to create what are called “autoflowering seeds.” These seeds are by far the fastest and easiest way to grow cannabis, but there’s a tradeoff. Autoflowering strains tend to produce weaker cannabinoid and terpenes counts compared with pure indicas and sativas.

Bottom line: if it’s your first time growing cannabis, it might be a good idea to give an autoflowering variety a try. After you get comfortable with your grow set-up, consider moving on to an indica or a hybrid before tackling the sativa-heavy strains.

10 Easy Cannabis Strains For Home Growers

1. Easy Bud

We’d be pretty foolish to write a review of the easiest cannabis strains without mentioning Easy Bud…because, um, just look at its name! Nobody knows the exact genetics of Easy Bud, but it’s clear the cultivators at Royal Queen Seeds used ruderalis and indica genetics to make this incredibly resilient plant ideal for beginning growers.

Users often describe Easy Bud’s taste as lemony with a hint of skunk and spice. In terms of effects, Easy Bud is best used later in the day to help wind down and relax any muscle tension. Since the effects of Easy Bud aren’t particularly potent, it’s a good way for cannabis newbies to test the drug’s effect.

Easy Bud reaches maturity within only about 8 weeks and grows to no more than 4 feet. You can expect to yield about 10 ounces/m2 once it’s time to harvest.

      Genetics: Indica-dominant autoflowering

      CBD Content: Less than 1 percent

      THC Content: 10 – 17 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Citrusy, sour, skunk, and earthy

      Terpenes: Alpha-pinene, myrcene, and limonene

2. Blue Cheese

If you love a dollop of cream cheese mixed with fresh berries, then have we got a strain for you. Blue Cheese is an indica-dominant cross between UK Cheese and Blueberry that’s best known for its flavorful mix of cheese and blueberries (duh). On top of its pleasant aromatics, Blue Cheese also has a strong THC content hovering around 20 percent.

In only about 9 weeks you should expect to harvest about 18 ounces/m2 of Blue Cheese. This short-growing strain is really easy to handle indoors, but you have to be sure to constantly snip those fan leaves. A common nuisance with Blue Cheese is that the plant’s top leaves often cover lower branches from a source of light, which could reduce your overall yield.

      Genetics: Blueberry x UK Cheese

      CBD Content: 1 – 2 percent

      THC Content: 20 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Blueberry, cheese, and skunk

      Terpenes: Myrcene, limonene, and beta-caryophyllene

3. Jack Herer

First developed in the 1980s, Jack Herer is a legendary strain named after a legendary cannabis activist. A hit on the Dutch cannabis scene, this citrusy strain has gone on to win many international awards for its well-balanced high.

Despite its sativa-dominant genetics, Jack Herer is surprisingly easy to grow at home. Although Jack Herer has some common nuisances associated with sativas (it could grow 6 feet tall), if you take proper care to top this plant you’ll be rewarded with about 18 ounces/m2 in about 10 weeks. Definitely give Jack Herer a go if you’re looking for an iconic hybrid perfect for daytime use.

      Genetics: Haze x Northern Lights #5 x Shiva Skunk

      CBD Content: Less than 1 percent

      THC Content: 15 – 23 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Floral, citrusy, and earthy

      Terpenes: Alpha-pinene, myrcene, and linalool

4. Northern Lights

Northern Lights is one of the few strains out there that’s close to 100 percent pure indica. This means Northern Lights has a profoundly sedative effect and is only recommended for use before bedtime. In addition to working as a sedative, some people have reported the earthy Northern Lights works great as a muscle relaxant and analgesic.

Thanks to its indica genetics, Northern Lights has a short stature and is easy to grow indoors. If you’re cultivating Northern Lights at home, then you could expect to harvest about 18 ounces/m2 after only 8 weeks.

      Genetics: Combination of Afghani and Thai landraces

      CBD Content: Less than 1 percent

      THC Content: 17 – 20 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Earthy, spicy, and fruity.

      Terpenes: beta-caryophyllene, humulene, and myrcene

5. LSD

No, you aren’t tripping; there’s actually a cannabis hybrid named LSD. As you’d expect from the name, the indica-dominant LSD has some pretty intense effects. Even in small doses, LSD produces extreme euphoria that could easily slip into paranoia if you have pre-existing conditions.

Home growers love this skunky-smelling strain because of its resilience, short stature, and extremely high yields. You could easily harvest upwards of 20 ounces/m2 of LSD after just 9 weeks of cultivation.

So, yeah, LSD is easy to grow, but it’s not a smooth smoke. Only experienced cannabis consumers should (carefully) give LSD a try.

      Genetics: Skunk #1 x Mazar-I-Sharif

      CBD Content: 2 percent

      THC Content: 25 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Citrusy, skunk, and earthy

      Terpenes: Limonene, myrcene, and beta-caryophyllene

6. AK-47

The sativa-dominant hybrid AK-47 may sound intense, but it actually provides a giggly high perfect for use before bedtime. Made of a complex mix of landraces, AK-47 has a rather pungent odor and faint floral notes only noticeable when exhaling.

In terms of grow difficulty, AK-47 is on the borderline between easy and moderate, which makes it a great entry point for novice growers to gain more experience. The issues surrounding AK-47 are mainly related to mold susceptibility and tall height.

With vigilant monitoring, however, you should have no problems growing AK-47 to its peak maturity. Within about 8 weeks, you could yield close to 15 ounces/m2 of this award-winning strain.

      Genetics: Mexican, Thai, Afghani, and Columbian landraces

      CBD Content: 1 percent

      THC Content: 10 – 20 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Pungent, earthy, fruity, and floral

      Terpenes: Myrcene, alpha-pinene, and beta-caryophyllene

7. Skunk #1

Originating in California in the mid-70s, Skunk #1 is one of the most frequently used strains in hybrid creation. Sure, most people grow Skunk #1 to mix with other strains, but that doesn’t mean you can enjoy Skunk #1 on its own. Indeed, many users enjoy Skunk #1’s earthy and (surprise, surprise) skunky taste as well as its headrush indica high.

Luckily, Skunk #1 is very easy to grow with an average yield of about 18 ounces/m2 after about 8 weeks. The only issue with growing Skunk #1 is that it’s slightly susceptible to mold during the flowering stage. Be sure to keep a close eye on your ventilation, temperature, and humidity levels throughout the grow cycle.

      Genetics: Columbian Gold x Acapulco Gold x Afghani landraces

      CBD Content: 1 percent

      THC Content: 15 – 18 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Pungent, citrus, pine, and skunk

      Terpenes: Myrcene, alpha-pinene, limonene, and terpinolene

8. White Widow

Created in Amsterdam, White Widow is named after its densely packed trichomes that have a distinctly earthy aroma. Ever since it appeared on the cannabis scene in the 90s, this hybrid strain has earned praise for its well-balanced high ideal for social occasions. Taste-wise, most White Widow users notice prominent woodsy notes with only hints of spice and sweetness.

A few nice features of growing White Widow are that it’s extremely adaptable and resistant to mold. It takes just about 9 weeks to grow White Widow to full maturity for a standard yield of almost 20 ounces/m2.

      Genetics: South Indian Indica x South American Sativa

      CBD Content: Less than 1 percent

      THC Content: 17 – 25 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Earthy, woodsy, spicy, and slight sweetness

      Terpenes: Alpha-pinene, myrcene, and trans-nerolidol

9. Gorilla Glue #4

The hybrid strain Gorilla Glue #4 is named in honor of its incredibly sticky buds that reek of diesel and fruit. Underneath the strong sour flavors, you might pick up a whiff of pine, spices, and even a bit of coffee in a GG4 nug.

Although GG4 officially has a ratio of 50:50 indica-to-sativa, the effects of this strain lean more on the indica side. Please be forewarned, this strain could have upwards of 30 percent THC content, so there’s a good chance you’ll be “glued” to your couch after taking a hit.

Gorilla Glue #4 only takes about 9 weeks to reach harvesting stage with a yield of close to 20 ounces/m2.

      Genetics: Chem’s Sister x Sour Dubb x Chocolate Diesel

      CBD Content: Less than 1 percent

      THC Content: 20 – 30 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Diesel, citrusy, sour, and coffee

      Terpenes: Alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, and humulene

10. Green Crack

Green Crack is the sativa-heavy hybrid for all the fatigue sufferers out there. Just one hit of this fruity and woodsy strain is sure to lift you out of your funk and get you pumped to face the day ahead.

In no more than 9 weeks, you should yield about 19 ounces/m2 of this extremely energizing strain. Just keep in mind that Green Crack has a relatively high level of mildew susceptibility, so be sure to keep your ventilation and humidity levels in check.

      Genetics: Skunk #1 inbreeding

      CBD Content: Less than 1 percent

      THC Content: 12 – 20 percent

      Aroma & Flavor: Citrusy, fruity, and woodsy

      Terpenes: Beta-caryophyllene, myrcene, and alpha-pinene