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Maryland and Virginia have seen an increase in the legalization of cannabis for recreational adult use. Although cannabis remains illegal in both states, the legalization of the substance has been progressing piece by piece in recent years.

Both states have a long way to go before legalizing marijuana for non-medical purposes. However, legislation from both Maryland and Maryland (HB 32 and SB 708 in Maryland) was introduced and passed in 2021 to start the legalization process.

Residents of Maryland and Virginia may now be able to enjoy recreational cannabis without waiting too long. It can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the new recreational form of cannabis. It can be useful to learn what is most popular among those who are more familiar with the scene, much like someone trying out rock and roll or playing video games for the very first time.

Washington DC is the DMV’s frontier for recreational cannabis use. Thus, this article explores the most popular marijuana strains in the Washington DC area, what experiences they offer, as well as their history and background.

Before trying any of these strains, first-time users and those who use cannabis for medical reasons should speak with experienced users.



The AK-47 strain is considered a classic. It was developed in 1992. Its origins and ancestry can be traced back to strains from South America, Thailand, Mexico, Afghanistan, and Mexico. The AK-47 won numerous awards and is still widely used almost 30 years after its introduction.

This strain boasts incredible potency but is well-known for its relaxing and mellow effects. Users have also reported a calming effect and an energy boost, making AK-47 a great choice for those who want to be social or do creative things. It has been shown to help with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other conditions.

Users noted that AK-47 has a woody scent similar to pine or sandalwood, with strong undertones and an earthy aroma that brings to mind gunpowder (possibly a clue as to the origin of its name).


Sounding both outlandish and charming at the same time, Platinum Girl Scout Cookies has traveled all the way across America from the West Coast to enjoy popularity on the East Coast. The platinum combines the two strains used to make the GSC original-hybrids OG Kush & Durban Poison- and adds a third unknown element to make something new.

PGSC is highly regarded by users for its relaxing and sedative properties, but also for its powerful euphoric effects. It has many medical uses. People have used PGSC for the relief of pain from arthritis and migraines. It has been used to treat fibromyalgia symptoms, including anxiety, depression, headaches, and body pain. People with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can also use PGSC to manage their symptoms.

Platinum Girl Scout Cookies is a sweet, berry-like scent with a hint of spice.


Like Platinum Girl Scout Cookies and Khalifa Kush, Khalifa Khush is also West Coast-based. It then found popularity on the East Coast. According to Wiz Khalifa’s personal brand, the strain was tested by him. Rumors persist that a more potent strain may remain secret for Wiz Khalifa’s personal use.

Because of its energizing properties, Khalifa Kushi is commonly used in the morning and at midday. Users can enjoy both euphoria as well as relaxation without feeling heavily sedated. It is important to note that Khalifa Kush should only be used by experienced users. The herb is popular for its recreational benefits, but it has also been used to treat mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, and other conditions.

Although Khalifa Kush has a similar smell and flavor to its forebear OG Kush in taste and aroma, the rapper created a strain that tastes like lemon with hints of pine.


Before it was made famous by the film sharing its name, which stars both Seth Rogen and James Franco, Pineapple Express was already popular in the Netherlands at least five years before the movie’s release. Pineapple Express is a combination of Trainwreck, Hawaiian and other strains. The herb’s tropical undertones are so strong that some buds have been reported to taste like fresh pineapple slices.

Pineapple Express is well-known for its long-lasting, relaxing high. It also stimulates the brain and relaxes the body. This celebrity strain makes a great companion for creative endeavors or just when you need to be productive. Pineapple Express has a variety of medical uses, including for chronic stress, depression, and generalized restlessness. These are in addition to the relaxing properties of Pineapple Express for mild pain, migraines, and tight muscles.

Pineapple Express smells like fruits with pine and cedar, which is evidence of its tropical roots.


This Indica hybrid is a popular one that was originally bred in Los Angeles. Wikileaf says it has a lot of mystery around its origins. Bubba Kush is similar to Khalifa Kush. Half of its genetics is OG Kush. This explains the ‘Kush’. However, the Bubba Kush’s origins can be attributed to a mysterious Northern Lights strain that the original breeder acquired at Mardi Gras. Unfortunately, this mystery has been lost.

Bubba Kush is the perfect high for anyone looking for a relaxing and sedate high. Bubba Kush does not cause any distractions to conversations but it is known for creating a melting sensation throughout the body. It also induces relaxation through slow breathing and a tangible feeling of comfort. Bubba Kush’s tranquilizing properties make it ideal for people suffering from deep mental and physical pain. As an insomnia treatment, large doses of Bubba Kush have been successfully used.

The herb has a spicy aroma when it is burned. It also has a strong hashish smell. Users have noted that Bubba Kush has a sweet taste and a peppery kick.


According to, Grandaddy Purple has a relaxing and blissful experience that leaves users feeling relaxed and full of energy.

It is a popular strain on the West Coast, so it is not surprising that it is also very popular on the other coast. Ken Estes, a San Francisco resident, created the most well-known ‘purple strain’ of cannabis in America in 2003. He merged Purple Urkle with Big Bud to create the highly photogenic Grandaddy Purple. Due to its many similarities, there is some controversy over whether this strain is identical to Grape Ape. Some argue that the two strains are so similar that dispensers mistakenly confuse one with the other.

Grandaddy Purple has a noticeable effect on the mind and body. This is especially evident at the beginning before the body settles into a smooth full-body buzz. Some users reported feeling a floating sensation in their minds, while their bodies preferred to remain still during the high. GDP can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety, muscle spasms, and stress.

Granddaddy Purple’s aroma is a fitting match for its appearance. It contains hints both of grapes and berries.


One of the most popular strains in the DC area, Obama Kush was created by Superior Genetics combining an Indica Afghani with an OG Kush that was itself a Sativa dominant hybrid. This strain is modern and accessible to all levels of experience.

This strain is not known for its relaxing effects and the euphoria, but it does not leave users feeling tired. Obama Kush can be used for recreational purposes, as well as helping to combat severe pain due to spinal cord injuries. There are also medical uses for migraine relief, anxiety management, and dealing with anxiety due to ADHD, ADD, or PTSD.

Civilized. Life says Obama Kush smoke has a sweet and earthy aroma.


Sour Diesel, also known as Sour D is a favorite among cannabis users. It is unknown where or how this Sativa cannabis strain originated. There are at least three theories as to the origins of this Sativa strain’s genetic heritage.

Sour Diesel can be uplifting and stimulating for the mood. Its stimulative effects make users more socially aware, chattier with others, and more reflective if they are alone. According to Wikileaf the euphoria that Sour D can give may help with mild anxiety, depression, and mild stress.

Sour Diesel, as its name suggests, is a strong smoke that can make anyone cough and their sinuses ache. The skunky smell of Sour Diesel is evident for some time before it dissipates.

Although recreational marijuana use is not yet legal in Maryland or Virginia, there are steps being taken to achieve that goal. You will hopefully know what to expect when that day arrives.

This post was written by Flo Sugyatno, operations manager of LOCAL’d and cannabis expert. LOCAL’d is a helping hand to the companies that strengthen your community in the Washington, DC area. Helping them to grow through financial and promotional support, LOCAL’d is one of the best services for weed delivery in DC!

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