Welcome to Leafly’s Strain of the day! In celebration of 420, we’ll be highlighting a new strain every weekday in April until the 20th.
Justin Sund, Producer, Leafly
If sculptor Gutzon Borglum was tasked with carving a Mount Rushmore of cannabis, the first chisel would be struck on the face of Blue Dream. You can’t deny it. Look me straight into my dry, bloodshot eyes and tell me that wouldn’t be true.
Here at Leafly nobody wanted to touch this article. Nobody here wants to write a strain review about our friend Blue Dream and here’s why: It’s not cool to like Blue Dream. We’ve all moved on from that old chestnut, right? We’re more boujee than that now.
But, I think Blue Dream is secretly in most folks’ cannabis pantheon. Ultimately, I think we’re all too chickenshit to admit that Blue Dream could possibly be the most perfect strain of the modern marijuana movement. Certainly one of the most important.
So why are we afraid to admit it’s awesome? I believe it’s because Blue Dream is intrinsically tied to our coming-of-age story with cannabis. It reminds me of the first craft beer I ever drank: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
As I took my first few sips, the floral bubbles tickled my taste buds and my brain foamed with delight. This isn’t Bud Light or Olympia or Grain Belt, this is something completely different. And in that moment my eyes were opened so wide that I couldn’t help but look around and notice, “Hey, there’s MORE to this goddamn world!”
I think many of us had a similar moment with Blue Dream—that sesh when you realized there was more out there than dirt weed. Blue Dream, for many, was an important stepping stone on our cannabis journey. Blue Dream was our Sierra Nevada moment, but we just don’t want to look back. To look back at it is to acknowledge a time when we were less informed. Less savvy. Less boujee. As human beings we want to move forward. But a strain like Blue Dream is worth turning back for.
Blue Dream is that beer you hate to love. It’s that fast food joint you sneak to without your partner. It always feels good and always tastes great. Blue Dream is the weediest of weed and consistently consistent. Somebody seriously struck gold when they crossed Blueberry with Haze—it’s a near-perfect mélange of all things cannabis should be.
Adam Pallay, Former Education Editor, Leafly
You would think a strain with such a reputation would have a history that dates back further than 2003, but that just speaks to the cultural impact Granddaddy Purple has.
A cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud, this beautiful purple flower gives me a stony head high and intense body relaxation. This is definitely not a strain you want to smoke when you have important things to get done, but if you are looking forward to a quiet evening on the couch and a good night sleep, it’s perfect!
What I also love about this iconic strain is that you can easily identify it by smell. Heavy in myrcene and caryophyllene, GDP sits at the bottom of your nose, smelling of sweet berries, herbaceous pines, and wet earth. For many, we know it when we smell it.
With so many strains from which to choose and new strains coming out all the time, when I see a strain like Granddaddy Purple that comes with over a decade of history, I pay attention. It has something special to offer. It’s a strain that’s so good, it has left a lasting impression on the cannabis community as a whole—we want to return to it again and again.
Even if you can’t find Granddaddy Purple at your local pot shop, there’s a good chance it’s somewhere in the genetics of something else on the shelf: Grandpa’s Breath and Brandywine are two of my favorite strains with GDP in their genetics. Both offer similar effects for me and are just as delicious. Enjoy!