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Is Blue Dream the Perfect Marijuana Strain?

Arguably the most popular cannabis strain in America, Blue Dream has become a favorite among marijuana consumers looking for a balanced spectrum of sativa and indica effects.

Often considered a great strain for beginners but equally enjoyed by the experienced cannabis user as well, the Blue Dream cannabis strain boasts an appealing taste and a well-rounded profile of effects that heightens senses of euphoria and feelings of mellow relaxation.

Available seemingly everywhere, Blue Dream made our list of the most popular marijuana strains available in dispensaries today. It is common to find this ubiquitous strain as a dry flower, an extract, or a vape cartridge, meaning you can enjoy Blue Dream no matter how you use your cannabis.

Developed as a balanced indica/sativa hybrid, the Blue Dream strain draws from all the best qualities of its indica and sativa genetics, making it a popular choice among the widest variety of consumers. But why is Blue Dream so popular?

Why is Blue Dream So Popular?

Blue Dream has the notable achievement of being the best selling strain in several major legal marijuana markets in the U.S., making it possibly the most popular strain in America. But where did this iconic hybrid strain come from, and why is Blue Dream so beloved by marijuana consumers?

The accepted story is that Blue Dream found its start in the Northern California beach town of Santa Cruz as a medical marijuana strain. From there, Blue Dream quickly gained cult status in its native California as it spread to cities across the state. Now, it is rare to walk into a dispensary in California and not find Blue Dream on the shelves.

After enjoying a loyal following in California for years, Blue Dream became a preeminent top seller in Colorado and Washington , topping sales charts in both states. What makes the Blue Dream strain such a draw? One reason is likely linked to the behaviors of cannabis growers.

Blue Dream is typically considered to be an easy strain to grow. Even beginner growers can easily produce a higher than average yield when growing Blue Dream compared to other strains. This ease of cultivation and high return on investment has led many growers to come to prefer Blue Dream in their cannabis gardens over other strains, making it a common strain to find in shops.

Blue Dream is also easy to find as a clone. High Times cultivation expert Danny Danko noted, “she’s a clone-only strain that isn’t hoarded or claimed by one particular group. Blue Dream genetics are considered more ‘open sourced’ and cuttings are easy to find.” Since no one single breeder or group controlling the genetics, the Blue Dream strain is incredibly accessible to growers.

Blue Dream THC levels typically range in the high teens to low 20’s, so it is a reliably potent strain. Blue Dream is strong without being overpowering like more potent strains , making it a favorite among average consumers looking for a strain that won’t keep them from going about their day.

What is Blue Dream?

So the strain is popular, but is Blue Dream indica or sativa? A cross between the indica Blueberry and sativa Haze, Blue Dream is a nearly balanced blend of indica and sativa characteristics, perfect for making the most of all the effects that marijuana has to offer.

The Blue Dream bud can have a recognizably pale, almost pastel green coloration and dark, forest green leaves that make it easy to visually recognize the Blue Dream strain. The flavor profile is full of dark berry and purple grape, offset by some musk and incense and floral suggestions like lavender. Some popular Blue Dream phenotypes smell and taste like a warm blueberry pastry.

However, it is the balanced Blue Dream effects that make it nearly universally popular among cannabis consumers. Blue Dream is energetic with a soaring cerebral rush. The strain’s mellow effects cut through tension and make experiences more enjoyable and less stressful.

Blue Dream is a very happy strain, putting users in a fantastically easygoing mood. Many users turn to Blue Dream during the day, but it can also double as an evening strain as you wind down before bed, especially when consumed in large amounts.

While sativa leaning phenotypes are the most common (Blue Dream is typically listed as sativa), some Blue Dream phenotypes have stronger indica properties instead, providing more physically sedating effects and more drowsiness.

How to Find Blue Dream

You can find Blue Dream in most dispensaries because of its incredible popularity. The Blue Dream strain is most popular as dry flower where consumers can enjoy its beautiful buds and natural flavors. It is also possible to buy Blue Dream extract for dabbing and vaping and Blue Dream pre-filled vape cartridges. A Blue Dream cartridge can attach to your favorite 510 threaded vape pen that makes it easy to take this beloved hybrid strain wherever you go. Some edibles companies even use strain specific cannabis oil to make their edibles. That means you might even find Blue Dream edibles the next time you visit your dispensary.

Cannabis 101

The combination of soft, comforting effects, an enjoyable flavor palate, and overall wide availability has made Blue Dream one of the most common strains in the U.S., outselling other popular strains like Girl Scout Cookies , OG Kush, and Durban Poison.

There is always more to learn on our Cannabis 101 page, including the differences between indica, sativa, and hybrid strains , typical prices for cannabis , and how to find the best dispensary near you.

The most popular cannabis strain in America, Blue Dream has become a favorite among marijuana consumers because of its mix of indica – sativa effects.

The Best Cannabis Strains for Edibles

by Jenn Keeler – March 5, 2018

Making your own edibles isn’t always an easy task: you can’t simply add flowers to your flour and call it a day. Often, it takes patience and know-how (but, hey, that’s why Al Gore invented the internet in the first place). Still, whether you’re interested in making brownies or biscuits or a zesty Italian cream sauce with a little more zing, you need your main ingredient: so, which strains do you use? Some may be better than others.

Sativa Strains versus Indica Strains

Anyone who’s compared and contrasted ingesting an edible versus smoking a bowl knows that the high is very different: nine out of ten stoners agree that oral ingestion is a more powerful experience. It lasts longer too and is often described as fuller-bodied. This may or may not be super awesome, depending on whether you’re preparing a formal dinner for your in-laws later that evening. It might also not be accurate: just like some people find that tequila makes their clothes fall off, pot affects everyone differently.

Even though ingestion is a bit of a gamble in terms of potency (whether you choose sativa or indica), there are a few things that help determine how the high hits: your tolerance, your metabolism, your weight, and whether your most recent meal was a T-bone steak or a Tic-Tac. Your choice in strain also results in different types of highs.

The proverbial joint task force on marijuana consumerism reveals that most users find sativa strains uplifting and creative while indicas are relaxing and sedating.

Some people don’t agree with these conclusions, particularly when it comes to ingesting over inhaling. This makes sativa dominant strains versus indica dominant strains a bit of a crapshoot: you may definitely prefer one over the other or you might not be able to tell much of a difference at all.

The Homogeneous Factor of Homemade Edibles

One discrepancy worth noting is that homemade edibles aren’t typically uniform in their potency: one piece of banana bread may be strong while another, from the same loaf, may get you about as high as a baby aspirin. There are ways to help make your bake with a bit more homogeneity, but using strains with lower THC, at least when you’re a novice, is a smart idea.

Try strains with THC levels around 10% (or lower) and stay away from the ones approaching 20%.

You may also have some things on hand to bring you down in case you get a little too high: a jar of pine nuts, a few balls of black pepper, and the movie Beaches might help.

Strains Worth Trying in Your Edibles

Soliciting advice from the budtender at your local pot shop is always a good idea before getting out the mixing bowl and measuring cup. Tell them the specifics you’re seeking. Stains that allow you to mellow out on your couch and veg for 1 to 8 hours or strains that’ll help get you through your term paper on the Industrial Revolution are very different. Any worker worth their salt, and their shake, should be able to help direct you towards the right flowers.

Choosing the right strain is also important it could change the flavor and aroma of your finished product. Some strains have a citrus aroma, while others, like Gorilla Glue #4, are known for coffee and chocolate aromas.

There are so many strains, it can be overwhelming to choose the one that’s right for you.

We offer a few strains worthy of inviting into your kitchen:

Skywalker Dominated by indica, this strain is very relaxing and, often, sleep inducing: it’s probably not something you want to use if you’re headed out for a night on the town. But, if you have a date with your futon, it’s a wonderful third wheel. It does contain some sativa, so you won’t be too hazed and confused.

Trainwreck A very popular strain for recreational users, this train ride is very high in sativa. It elicits euphoria and satisfaction. It’s also a potent painkiller for things like arthritis. The high hits hard, leaving happiness and laughter in its tracks.

Blue Dream Yep, sativa dominant once more, this strain originated in the 90210 (actually, it just originated in California but 90210 is funnier). It’s very popular on the West Coast and offers a full-body relaxation. The euphoria it elicits is subtle: you’ll be happy and you’ll know it but your face might not surely show it.

Purple Power Sativa, sativa, all around: this strain offers a high that comes on strong and fast. Some people trip on visual effects (and then, possibly, on the real-life tennis shoes they left in the middle of the living room). It’s also deeply relaxing, but, like Orange Crush, something you might not want to try until you’ve got a little experience under your belt.

Super Lemon Haze Zesty and citrusy, this strain is conducive to energy and vivacity. It’s a good strain for anyone truly looking to kick back and have fun. If you’re in the mood for a quiet night in, it might offer a little too much get-up-and-go. But, if you’re ready to rock and roll, try some Super Lemon Haze in your lemon meringue.

White Widow It’s hard to talk about popular strains without a shout out to the White Widow: What’s up, WW? Uh, sorry about your husband?? A favorite among marijuana users, it’s been around for a while (since the olden days of the 1990s). It’s quite potent, with euphoric and peppy properties, and an apt choice to try before engaging in anything creative or conversational in nature.

Orange Crush Another sativa dominant strain, it gets its name from its sweet flavor (and, also, it’s a Denver Bronco fan). The effect is very cerebral and certain flowers are quite high in THC. If you’re new to edibles, beware of this and maybe put it on your wish list, rather than in your cake dish.

The above is a good place to start if you’re baking and cooking edibles for the first time. If you’re new to edibles (or pot) entirely, the lower the THC, the better. A bad experience might deter you from future use, which isn’t something you want. If you know what you’re doing, marijuana is a wonderful dinner guest.

Making your own edibles isn’t always an easy task: you can’t simply add flowers to your flour and call it a day, it takes patience and knowhow.