When you’re done reading our budtender’s ranking of the best cannabis strains, you’ll know: 

    • Why do our budtenders prefer these strains over others 
    • What the reported effects of each strain are 
    • How Golden Meds serves the local community through our menu of high-quality cannabis products 

One of the best parts of cannabis culture is the process of discovery. Whether it’s a new cannabis product or a new strain, there’s always something for you to try that’s just around the corner. 

Of course, having such a diverse selection of strains out there can make it challenging to decide which one is best for you. At Golden Meds, we’re always happy to help our customers guide the waters of cannabis strains to help them find the one that works best for their needs. To make the selection process just a bit easier, though, we also wanted to highlight eight strains that serve as our budtender’s favorites. 

Cap’n Kush Berries 

LoCol Love is a preferred cannabis brand of our budtenders due to its innovation, product quality, and contribution to the local economy and culture. While they have many excellent strains worthy of mention, Cap’n Kush Berries consistently ranks among the best weed strains we sell. This hybrid strain is the child of GMO and Sunset Sherbet. The inherited characteristics mean Cap’n Kush Berries is exceptionally potent, with buds containing around 30% THC. Consumers report feelings of calmness, joy, and relaxation after vaping or smoking it. 

This strain is a joy to consume. Its aroma contains strong top notes of sweet citrus that soon melts into a light piney scent.  

Cherry Diesel 

Cherry Diesel is a 50/50 hybrid strain created from the genetics of Cherry OG and Turbo Diesel. Its name is an apt description of its aroma: an intense mix of tart berries and rich diesel. Our budtenders love this strain because of its well-balanced effects that tend not to weigh you down even as the energizing effects transform into a body high. 

People who choose Cherry Diesel often do so to help spark their creativity. Consumers and budtenders alike state they prefer this strain because it helps them deal with nausea, body discomfort, and drowsiness. Cherry Diesel can be potent, with an average THC concentration that sits in the low to mid-20s. 


DJC, known as Deadhead Jamaican Cross in some places, is an indica-dominant strain from 14er. Its genetics come from T.R.U.T.H and Deadhead OG, which make it potent, funky, and cerebral. The first thing you’ll notice from the strain is its aroma. Peppery, earthy, and spicy, with enough sour notes to add some brightness, the scent is both alluring and mouth-watering. 

This strain makes for the perfect wake-and-bake session due to its long-lasting effects that can feel like a deep brain massage. Our budtenders report feeling uplifted, joyful, and excited after consuming DJC, and these effects also make it a favorite among our customers. 

Jungle Mac 

Jungle Mac is a sativa-dominant hybrid that brings smiles to our budtender’s faces. Its aroma is largely smooth with balanced notes of orange citrus, flowers, and earthiness. Jungle Mac buds are handsome and covered with a finish of sticky trichomes that make the bud look as if it has been dipped in sugar. 

These characteristics are shared by its two parental strains: WIFI #43 and MAC. Consumers of Jungle Mac report feeling uplifted, happy, and creative. They’ve also stated this has helped them better handle their anxiety, depression, and insomnia. While it is a sativa-dominant strain, it evokes feelings of relaxation and is the perfect way to decompress after a long day at work. 

Kush Mint 

Another 50/50 hybrid mix, Kush Mint, offers an extremely minty flavor and balanced feelings that can enhance your body and mind. After inhaling the Kush Mint aroma, you’ll soon notice a rich, earthy coffee scent that pairs impossibly well with the strong overtones of mint. 

Buds regularly contain 20%-25% THC, making it potent though not overpowering. Budtenders and customers state they feel a light tingling along their back after consuming. This feeling then radiates outwards until it reaches the tips of their arms and feet. Despite it being an equal mix of sativa and indica, these feelings definitely weigh towards more of the indica end of the scale. 


A combination of Cookies N Cream and Secret Weapon, Oreoz is an indica-dominant hybrid strain known for its potent kick. Its THC concentration regularly reaches the low-30s though it can fall several percentage points below that, too. 

The taste of Oreoz perhaps best resembles Oreo pudding due to its sweet, smooth chocolate taste. You’ll feel the effects of this strain almost immediately after smoking it, with a sweeping joyfulness commonly reported by lovers of this strain. Then you’ll quickly hit the classic twins of munchies and couch-lock that melts away into a general feeling of relaxation and calmness. 

Purple Papaya Punch 

Purple Papaya Punch comes from the crossing of Papaya and Purple Punch strains. It’s a hybrid strain that falls only slightly into indica-dominance. The sativa effects tend to hit first, feeling as if you’re being lifted into a calmness that can help you feel sociable and creative. Soon after, though, you’ll feel a deep body high that softly tucks you away into sensations of general coziness. 

As indicated by its name, Purple Papaya Punch offers a sweet aroma and flavor notes that make for a smooth experience. You may notice the scent of tropical berry as you exhale, with a lingering spiciness that adds just enough kick. 


A well-balanced experience has been a continuing theme throughout this list of favorites. Runtz continues the trend and is a 50/50 hybrid that combines Zkittlez and Gelato into one delicious, perfectly potent strain. 

Fans of sweet and spicy should find a lot to like with Runtz. Its aroma contains the perfect mixture of spice and sweet pineapple. While it can take a bit for the effects to kick in, the experience tends to last a bit to make up for the delayed onset. Like many hybrids, the sensations start in your head then work their way down, sending cooling waves of calmness until you’re relaxed and couch-locked. Consumers and budtenders who struggle with insomnia have said they prefer this strain because it helps them find a comfortable, restful sleep. 

Find Your Favorite Strain at Golden Meds 

At Golden Meds, we believe that our relationship with our community defines who we are. Our goal is to build an inclusive, sustainable culture that promotes education, service, and joy. Our menu contains the best marijuana strains from high-quality growers and producers throughout the state. By keeping things local, we can play our role in promoting cannabis culture in the communities we serve. 

We have several recreational and medical dispensaries throughout the Denver area, as we all have a medical cannabis dispensary that serves Colorado Springs. We encourage you to check out our menu online to see all that we have to offer or stop by in person to help answer any questions you may have. We look forward to serving you and spreading our passion for cannabis to anyone who walks through our doors.