A Definitive Ranking of The Most Potent Rapper Weed Strains
Over the course of the last decade, “rapper weed” has gone from a tier of potency to a lucrative and all too logical brand expansion for some of hip-hop’s most industrious stoners. In fact, many didn’t even wait for states to legalize recreational purchase and use to cash in on the early phases of rap’s “green rush.” Veterans like Snoop Dogg and Berner were amongst hip-hop’s first (and frankly, most predictable) founders of cannabis companies.
In 2015, Snoop launched his (now-defunct) Leafs by Snoop product line before moving on to start a weed-centeric media outlet in MERRYJANE and Casa Verde Capital , an investment fund catering to cannabis businesses. Berner, on the other hand, founded Cookies, one of the industry’s most readily-identifiable brands, flipping the notoriety he gained from popularizing a sought-after strain into a global cannabis empire. Cookies has tentacles at every level of production, from cultivation to curation to establishing brick and mortar dispensaries all over the world and even partnering with other rappers to present exclusive top-shelf strains.
Now, as the industry enters a new era driven by celebrity activations, generally destigmatized consumption, and growing demands for federal legalization, other longtime cannabis connoisseurs are entering the market and developing some of the strongest flowers ever smoked. Within the last few years alone, 2 Chainz, JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, and Curren$y have all entered the weird and wild world of rapper weed strains with their own collections of “luxury” products, offering a range of carefully-selected flower strains, pre-rolls, edibles, concentrates, and the like. The sheer breadth of wildly potent new strains from rappers and their companies makes it impossible to personally test each of these products. But thanks to a handful of crowdsourced strain indexes and review-welcoming online marketplaces — shoutout Leafly, Weedmaps, Allbud, and every dispensary with a site that isn’t awful — we finally have the (scientific and purely speculative) data to determine which rapper weed strains are truly in a league of their own.
Here’s a definitive ranking of the most potent weed strains from hip-hop legends in the cannabis industry. Smokers beware: these are mostly not for amateur lungs. Choose (and use) responsibly.
10. Pynk Mynk
Cam’ron’s debut in the cannabis market provides a strong yet functional buzz without the couch-lock. Source: GFive Cultivation
THC Content: 18.6%
Cam’ron’s debut in the cannabis market is a properly pink Sativa-leaning hybrid that provides a strong yet functional buzz without the couch-lock. According to Hytiva, smokers report experiencing a clean and energetic creative spark that could also pair well with working out. The namesake strain in the Harlem rapper’s new collaborative collection with GFive Cultivation is the first of five new flowers Cam will be unveiling over the months ahead in Nevada dispensaries. Grab a bag from Jardin, INYO, or Thrive.
9. Khalifa Kush
Khalifa Kush was amongst the cannabis industry’s first rapper weed strains. Source: The Khalifa Kush
THC Content: 20-22%
Rapper: Wiz Khalifa
A citrus-spiked and fairly even hybrid from the Taylor Gang founder, Khalifa Kush was amongst the cannabis industry’s first rapper weed strains. With a lemony taste and pine scent, the rapper’s staple strain has become widely available in dispensaries across the country, sustaining its popularity in the years since it was introduced. Check your local shops for prices.
8. Pink Rozay
Pink Rozay is a heavy night-time-is-the-right-time Indica with a slightly-earthy floral palette and a calming afterglow. Source: Cookies Enterprises
THC Content: 22%
Rapper: Rick Ross
One of three flowers developed by Berner’s cannabis giant, Cookies, in partnership with Rick Ross, Pink Rozay is a heavy night-time-is-the-right-time Indica with a slightly-earthy floral palette and a calming afterglow. Perfect for these now abundant nights in with a movie and an album in need of attention. You can find your stash at most Cookies dispensaries or other shops that carry the brand’s strains.
7. Dizzy OG
Developed as a “gift” to fans, this spicy hybrid packs a punch, but won’t weigh you down, making it a solid pick for people with active lives and high tolerances. Source: Crown Genetics
THC Content: 23-25%
Rapper: Dizzy Wright
Dizzy Wright lends his name to a well-balanced (but, again, incredibly potent) orange-haired strain from the award-winning Crown Genetics outfit. Developed as a “gift” to fans, this spicy hybrid packs a punch, but won’t weigh you down, making it a solid pick for people with active lives and high tolerances. LA locals can grab a vile via Crown directly.
6. Honey Bun
Aiding with anxiety and restlessness, Honey Bun is a hybrid that delivers powerful calm and almost instant uplift, pairing well with a leisurely evening at the house. Source: Cookies Enterprises
THC Content: 26%
As Cookies’ CEO and the reigning rapper-turned-cannabis-kingpin, Berner has been behind the proliferation of some of weed’s biggest hits. And while the Cookies banner is now a worldwide enterprise with dozens of their own strains, one of the company’s current flagships is also one of its sweetest and most therapeutic smokes. Aiding with anxiety and restlessness, Honey Bun is a hybrid that delivers powerful calm and almost instant uplift, pairing well with a leisurely evening at the house. Check your local dispensary for availability.
Crowdwalker is a knockout Indica-dominant hybrid with a peppery scent that, despite its name, will likely keep you off your feet for a while. Source: TICAL
THC Content: 27.2%
Rapper: Method Man
One of four introductory strains in Method Man‘s newly-launched (and aptly-titled,) TICAL line, Crowdwalker is a knockout Indica-dominant hybrid with a peppery scent that, despite its name, will likely keep you off your feet for a while. All four strains are bred in partnership with California-based grower, Clone Guy Industries, and sold exclusively at four Black-owned dispensaries across the Golden State. Look up a shop with TICAL products in stock near you via Weedmaps today.
Curren$y’s “New Orleans inspired” strains are wracking up praise from smokers with a nose for pungent flower. Source: Andretti Cannabis Co.
THC Content: 28.3%
Just a few months after launch, Curren$y’s “New Orleans inspired” strains under the Andretti Cannabis Co. banner are already wracking up praise from smokers with a nose for pungent flower. And while the company’s namesake Andretti OG is becoming a heavily-pursued bag in The Golden State, Andretti’s gorgeously purple Jetlag should not be overlooked. The deep green and violet tones make for swell eye candy and all, but with a THC count surpassing the 28% mark, this brain-and-body-rattling Sativa is seemingly tailor-made for the highest functioning tokers amongst us, providing more than just a jolt of productivity. Pick up a bag at a nearby Cookies dispensary.
3. Freddie Kane OG
A powerful, dense, and tranquilizing smoke, the OG kush offshoot packs a round of punches in just few pulls. Source: Chroncierge
THC Content: 29.8%
Rapper: Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs’ signature strain shares a lot of the rapper’s strengths. A powerful, dense, and tranquilizing smoke, the OG kush offshoot packs a round of punches in just few pulls. Though it isn’t his latest outing in the full-bloom cannabis market — the rapper released a slightly less potent strain with Passiflora in 2020, toasting to his Grammy-nominated collaborative album with The Alchemist — Freddie Kane is surely one of the heaviest Indica’s for your buck.
2. Saucey Cake
On top of being an intensely pleasant smoke, Saucey Cake reportedly aids with arthritis aches, as well as a range of neurological conditions. Source: Saucey Farms and Extracts
THC Content: 30.2%
Rapper: Jim Jones
Saucey Farms, a joint venture between Jim Jones and celebrity jeweler Alex Todd, specializes in full-spectrum cannabis oils and concentrates. But the company’s selection of flower is nothing short of top-shelf. The strain bearing the company’s name is a euphoric Indica-tilting hybrid that is strictly for seasoned smokers. On top of being an intensely pleasant smoke, the strain reportedly aids with arthritis aches, as well as a range of neurological conditions. You can check out the company’s full menu here.
1. Fryday Kush
Source: Caviar Gold
THC Content: 46.2%
Rapper: Ice Cube
Finally, we’ve reached the rapper weed of rapper weed (and honestly, the product that provided the inspiration for this list.) Somewhere between the most intoxicating of off-the-plant strains and Kurupt’s Moon Rocks — which is, arguably, no longer a flower, but a treated bud, soaked in oil, caked in keef, and dried until its literally a hardened ball of near-narcotic strength — there’s Ice Cube‘s infused collaboration with Caviar Gold. And it’s truly about as potent as flower can get. Stewed in a 98% THC oil, the rap legend’s debut in the weed market is a lights-out concoction that will likely demand a day or two of recovery for even the most experienced smokers.
Can You Afford the Most Expensive Weed in the World?
Some weed smokers are thankful for great deals at their local dispensaries, while others prefer more extravagant strains.
Medium quality marijuana costs about $224 per ounce.
But high-quality weed carries a hefty price tag. And just like with any other item, some types of weed are more expensive than others.
As we all know, cannabis is an agricultural product, so its price fluctuates over time. And the fact that a particular type of weed is the most expensive today does not mean it’ll hold the title tomorrow.
Before we dive into the prices, we should first explain what factors into the price of weed.
Location, location, location
Your location might be the most important factor determining the price of cannabis. It’s not so much about your coordinates, as it is about whether your state legalized it or not.
For example, since legalization, Canada has been witnessing a growing gap between legal and illegal weed prices, with legal weed now being as much as 80% higher than illegal weed.
Another thing about geography is the climate. You might ask what it has to do with you, but most weed is grown in ideal growing locations where the temperature ranges between 75° F and 86° F.
If your weed is grown outside this range, you may find your next joint under par as the THC level and strain quality may vary in less-than-ideal conditions.
Another aspect of location, is distance. If you live far away from the production areas, transportation costs will also be included in the price.
As you can see, your location is a major factor in the price you pay.
Local dispensary or local dealer
Depending on your whereabouts, there are two options: buying at a dispensary or your friendly neighborhood dealer. Registered stores may not be cheaper, but they are a much better option.
They have to follow strict guidelines, so you’ll always know what you’re getting.
If you know a guy who knows a guy who has great s***, that might not be the best option, as you can never be sure what exactly you’re buying.
On one hand, you may end up with the world’s most expensive bag of oregano, or, in the worst-case scenario, even something that is potentially deadly. Don’t buy a pig in a poke!
Local competition is also one of the key factors in the price of cannabis. If there are multiple dispensaries in your neighborhood, chances are the prices will be cheaper and they’ll offer more deals.
And if you’re less fortunate and dispensaries are scarce, sellers will probably charge more for their products.
Fees and taxes
If ganja is legal where you live, the prices will contain some sort of taxes and/or fees. Excise taxes for a gram of dried flower or cannabis oil in Canada are about $1; 75 cents for the province and 25 cents for the federal government. That adds up to roughly 10% of the total price.
(And that’s nothing compared to the 60% that cannabis users are paying in California!)
The Budget Plan released in March 2019 included a section on rules on cannabis taxation. The government plan is to determine the federal tax based on THC content in the final product. This applies to edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, and topicals.
One of the major price factors is quality. But how is it determined?
Well, it depends on several factors. The most important factor that determines the quality for consumers is potency: CBD or THC content. Users also look at the density, color, and the number of trichomes in the weed.
If you’ve noticed some fluctuations in pricing week over week, it could be due to quality.
What is a Strain?
We did some research to find the top 5 most expensive marijuana strains in the world today. But before we reveal them, we’re going to say a thing or two about “strains”.
If you’ve ever been to a dispensary, you know the word “strain” comes up a lot.
Marijuana strains can be either pure or hybrid. They include three types of cannabis: Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis.
Breeders combine different strains to enhance their specific features. These are called hybrids.
Indica strains provide a physical, relaxing effect. These strains can be used for relieving pain, muscle tension, and to increase rest.
Sativa strains have more of a cerebral effect. They impact your emotions and are believed to increase your focus and energy levels.
Ruderalis produces very small amounts of THC and is therefore not commonly grown.
Hybrid, as you’ve already guessed, combines the two most common types. If you don’t fit into Indica or Sativa group, you can find a hybrid that provides the effect you need.
Now that we covered the basics, we can move on to the most exciting part: the most expensive weed in the world.
J1 or otherwise known as Jack One is a popular top-shelf strain. This sativa-dominant hybrid is a cross between Jack Herer and Skunk #1, and has a mild citrusy and earthy tone.
This strain leaves you feeling happy and euphoric while providing energy and focus. You will be ready to take on any challenge.
THC content ranges from 18 to 23%, which makes it a perfect choice for experienced smokers.
J1’s flowers are emerald green and heavily frosted. When fully grown, it is medium to tall, with large orange pistils around flowers.
As far as the price goes, J1 is the “cheapest” of the most expensive kinds of weed available and it comes in at about $350 per ounce.
4 Isla OG Canned Cannabis
Isla OG is an indica-dominant strain with THC content ranging from 22% to 27%. It became popular after rapper 2 Chainz rolled it in 24K-gold rolling paper and smoked it during an episode of his web series, Most Expensive Shit.
It comes packed in an air-sealed aluminum can. Dominant aromas are citrus, pine and tropical.
Unfortunately, not much is known about this strain. The manufacturers claim that, as soon as it is trimmed, it goes directly to the cans to cure. And although the packaging is luxurious, cannabis should be kept in cool conditions – metal conducts heat, which makes it inadequate for this purpose.
Isla OG buds are medium-sized and have a spade-like shape.
The price you need to pay for an ounce of Isla OG Canned Cannabis goes up to $800. You’ll need to add a bit of extra cash for the gold rolling paper.
3 Loud Dream
Loud Dream is an indica-dominant strain created by backcrossing Blue Dream F1 with itself.
Although the name suggests it sends people to sleep, its effects are cerebral and users can expect a balanced high from this strain.
THC levels in Loud Dream haven’t been officially tested, but most manufacturers note that they range from 14% to 16%. Even though the THC level is above average, it doesn’t cause psychoactive effects, which makes it popular among users.
Loud Dream, which is of California origin, has thick and dense buds common to indica plants. It is a really sticky plant with a sweet aroma.
Loud Dream stands proudly in the middle of our list, coming at a cost of $800 per ounce.
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2 Fruity Pebbles
The Fruity Pebbles strain has a sweet, tropical scent and leaves a fruity aftertaste. It was named after the popular cereal.
True genetics of this particular strain are unknown, but some of the parent strains include Green Ribbon, Grand Daddy Purple, and Tahoe Alien.
The fact that this strain is not widely available raises its price. It is a highly potent strain with a reported THC percentage of 22%. Fruity Pebbles fans claim it provides relaxation throughout your body with some psychedelic effects.
Fruity Pebbles plants can grow to great heights with a heavy yield of flowers. Its distinctive colors include all shades of green, red, brown, and even purple.
If you like what you’ve read, you’ll have to pay top dollar since an ounce of this colorful pleasure ranges between $1,000 and $1,500.
1 Cannabis Caviar
Cannabis Caviar (a.k.a. Moon Rocks, Caviar Gold or Weed Caviar) is actually a concept: high-quality marijuana buds dipped in hash oil and rolled in a layer of kief. The process increases THC content to a staggering 91%.
Novice users are advised to be cautious when using these products. The more experienced smokers claim it is strong as hell.
This is possible by combining high-quality components: top-shelf weed, potent kief, and hash oil.
Some of the strains used in the process are:
- Grapefruit Weed
- Mochi Strain
- THC Diamonds
- God Bud Strain
- KGB Strain
Caviar weed is mostly sold in dispensaries in North America, but it can be found in some coffee shops as well.
Cannabis Caviar takes top spot. The price of $1,400 per ounce is exorbitant, to say the least.
As we’ve already mentioned, there are many factors that determine the final price of a cannabis strain. Sometimes it can be all about good marketing.
Certain strains have a history of endorsements, which adds to their price, while some are really hard to find and others are grown in special conditions.
Organic production is also popular among marijuana manufacturers. Strains grown under organic conditions usually cost more.
Legal weed market is constantly evolving. Once a banned substance, it has become almost a widely available product.
So, how much are you willing to spend on high-quality pot? Let us know in the comments!