Old School Weed Strains Worth Celebrating this 420

by Jessica

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: 420 is just around the corner! And what better way is there to celebrate than by checking out some old school weed strains? 

These legendary strains have had an enormous influence on the cannabis world, often showing up in the genetics of many well-loved varieties. In fact, we’d bet that your favorite strain is the child or grandchild of at least one of the strains on this list!

Green Rush's Favorite Old School Weed Strains

Acapulco Gold


Acapulco Gold was possibly the most legendary and sought-after strain of the 1960s. Back then, hippy smokers regarded it as one of the best strains out there. Even today, its reputation precedes it. Just think of all the songs, movies and books that reference it.

A sativa strain noted for its energizing effects, Acapulco Gold derives its name from its home base — Acapulco, Mexico — and its gold-brown color, which makes it look like a gold nugget. It has a coffee-like aroma and flavor, which underscores its stimulating, invigorating buzz.

Unfortunately, true Acapulco Gold is becoming increasingly difficult to find — but its legacy lives on in multiple Skunk, Haze, and Blueberry varieties. You can still enjoy the buzz of this legendary strain in Heavy Hitter’s Acapulco Gold Vape Cartridge. 

Skunk #1

We cannot overstate the influence of Skunk #1 . From crossbreeding Skunk #1, dozens — possibly hundreds — of beloved strains have been developed across the world. It all started in the 1970s and a breeder known as Sacred Seed. This company bred Skunk #1 from a mysterious combination of Acapulco Gold, Afgani, and Colombian Gold strains.

This hybrid strain is noted for its sour, skunky, earthy fragrance. Typically quite potent, stoners praise Skunk #1 for giving them an energizing yet relaxing buzz. 

OG Kush 

Also called "Premium OG Kush," this beloved hybrid strain was first cultivated in the early 1990s. It went on to become the parent strain of many popular cannabis varieties, including Bubba Kush and Girl Scout Cookies. 

Typically high in THC, this old school weed strain gives a truly hybrid experience: Most people feel a head-and-body buzz, leaning into a state of relaxation without the couch-lock that indicas typically produce. Its unique terpene profile gives it a spicy, lemon-like fragrance with hints of fuel and skunk. 

Celebrate 420 by indulging in Stiizy’s Rainbow OG Kush Vape Pod.

White Widow

Truth be told, this classic strain has everything you want in a hybrid. After placing first at the 1995 High Times Cannabis Cup, White Widow went on to become one of the most well-known and well-loved indica-leaning strains of the 1990s. 

Initially noted for its high levels of THC, White Widow was first bred in the Netherlands by Green House Seeds. You'll find it covered in eye-catching white trichomes that give it a woody, herbal aroma. Its energetic yet relaxing effects have made it a go-to hybrid for many consumers.

Experience White Widow at its finest with Highland’s White Widow Crumble. This concentrate is perfect for dabbing to wind down after a day of 420 festivities. 

Purple Haze

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This sativa strain shares a name with Jimi Hendrix’s classic 1967 song. It’s aptly named, too. Many of us feel creative, euphoric, and invigorated after indulging in some Purple Haze, much like the mindset the song describes. 

A high-energy strain, connoisseurs believe that Purple Haze descended from crossing Purple Thai and Haze. Slightly lilac in color, this beautiful bud carries notes of lavender with a herbal, earthy undertone. Fair warning: some people say it's an aphrodisiac too.

Want to explore the heritage of Haze? Try Dime Bag’s Blue Haze for fantastically creative effects.

Super Silver Haze

Another popular sativa strain, Super Silver Haze was bred by Green House Seeds. This strain won first prize at the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1997, 1998, and 1999, making it one of the most celebrated strains of the ‘90s. 

A cross of Skunk and Northern Lights, Super Silver Haze typically energizes the user, sparking creative thinking and sharpening focus. Notes of citrus complement the uplifting effects and invigorating body high.  

Try Space Coyote’s Infused Super Silver Haze Pre Roll for a cerebral 420 celebration.

Celebrate 420 Culture: Old School Weed Strains

It's true, some of these cultivars are still easily available, while others — like Acapulco Gold — are exceedingly rare. Nevertheless, you can still celebrate these old school strains by picking up some of their offspring, each of which is a testament to their immense influence!

So, don’t forget to stock up on your favorite varieties this 420. Not in the mood to head out? We offer speedy cannabis delivery in the Bay Area!