Top 5: Best Outdoor Cannabis Strains

By now you should know that using cannabis is much more than just a recreational activity. In fact, it’s been proven to have a myriad of health benefits including helping to fight off cancer, pain relief, and depression. But if you are even just a little bit interested in the health benefits of cannabis, then you should also know there are many different ways to use it.

Once we start talking about outdoor strains, not only do we improve people’s lives by allowing them to explore their potential even further, but we also give back to mother nature. That kind of makes us feel good (doesn’t it?) So let’s jump right in and see what kinds of weed strains work best outside!

Best Outdoor Strains by Barney’s Farm


A truly exciting Short Photoperiod Plant-dominant combination between short and long photoperiod plant of the highest quality, Glookies has to be one of the cultivars that yield some of the most generous quantities when grown outdoors in ideal growing conditions. Although it’s an Short Photoperiod Plant-dominant combination between short and long photoperiod plant, Glookies has Long Photoperiod Plant dominant traits, producing tall, strong growing plants with high calyx to leaf ratios. The genetics of this strain come from Gorilla Glue and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. The effects are mostly physical, providing a mellow but relaxing sensation throughout the body. Glookies has a unique flavor that must be tried to be believed. A complex bouquet of hints of Key Lime, Sour Diesel, and Walnuts coming together to produce one of the most distinctive terpene profiles in the cannabis world. You can look forward to phenomenal yields and extensive side branching from its massive 25% Potency-laden buds. In ideal circumstances, indoor yields of 800g per m2 are feasible, whereas outdoor weights may reach 2000-3000g per plant.

Blue Sunset Sherbert

Although a 65% Short Photoperiod Plant, this strain is actually quite a tall plant that will yield very well both indoors and outdoors. The genetics of Blue Sunset Sherbert come from the original  Sunset Sherbet mixed with Purple Punch. There are several phenotypes of this cultivar, all of which provide different experiences depending on the phenotype you choose to grow. The high from this strain is strong and complex, offering a powerful cerebral effect that can be felt throughout the body making it great for insomnia, depression, nausea, pain relief, and stress. This cultivar also has a unique terpene profile displaying a bouquet of sweet candy flavors with an underlying citrus hint. It has an indoor yield of 650-700g per m2 with outdoor growers looking to acquire up to 1kg per plant.

Acapulco Gold

Although not as heavy yielding as some of the other strains on this list, Acapulco Gold is a very popular choice for those who have the patience to nurture them through their flowering cycle. With its exquisite Central American genetics, this strain provides an easy to moderate yield, growing very tall and well with side branching. The genetics come from Mexico and Honduras. It’s not the highest Potency cultivar out there, but its 20% will provide a carefree high that is great for socializing with friends or just chilling around the house. This is due to the cerebral mental high that is somewhat hazy and slightly euphoric but with a clear-headed mental buzz. Acapulco Gold plants, like their namesake, have fat stems flecked with stunning reddish-brown calyxes each covered in sparkling Potency crystals. If you let this strain go to seed it will yield more than the average cultivar. Outdoor yields of up to 1500g per plant are achievable, though indoor cultivators can expect an average yield of 550g per m2.

Best Outdoor Strains by Green House Seed Co

Lemon Skunk

This strain is a cross between Skunk #1 and Citral and has a relatively high Potency content at 19%. The result is one of the tastiest and most potent combination between short and long photoperiod plants out there. It is 50% Long Photoperiod Plant and 50% Short Photoperiod Plant,  and it grows tall and strong. It may require some maintenance, but this strain likes to be pruned and if you live in a place where the summer is long and warm, you’ll reap the benefits without a doubt. The buds give off a spicy and lemony scent with hints of skunk. The high from Lemon Skunk is  a pleasant mix of euphoric and relaxing, just as you’d expect from a strain with such lineage. The genetics have been known to produce two distinct phenotypes, one more Long Photoperiod Plant-dominant at 75% while the other leans towards Short Photoperiod Plant traits at 25%. Either way, Lemon Skunk is a flavor packed beauty that will keep you coming back for more. Outdoors yields can reach up to 800gr per plant, though indoor cultivators are looking at an average of 650-700g per m2.

Jack Herer

An absolute classic, Jack Herer is a breed of all the goodies you could ever ask for. It’s genetics are made up of Haze and Red Skunk to make it one of the most spectacular combination between short and long photoperiod plants out there. Being 60% Short Photoperiod Plant and 40% Long Photoperiod Plant,  this strain grows fairly tall with a decent yield. The beauty of this one is the fact that it has a really uplifting and cerebral high, which makes it great for days when you need to stay active and motivated. On top of the amazing high, it also smells delicious – a spicy citrus scent with a hint of peppermint and notes of pine. Its Potency level is at 20%, and it has a high yield of 800g per m2 indoors. Its outdoor potential is quite generous and can reach 1200gr per plant. Not only that, but this strain is known for producing sticky colas the size of your forearm. The vibrant green nuggets of Jack Herer buds are enormous and pepper-shaped, with golden hues, thick orange hairs, and an amber crystal trichome covering. If you’re looking for something to really get you soaring Jack Herer will do the trick.

Which Strain Should I Choose?

In most situations, the finest cannabis strains to cultivate outdoors are those that best match your region’s climate. Each region has its own unique climate, which in turn will affect how much sunlight your cannabis grow receives each day, what temperatures are like at certain times throughout the season, and when rain storms or snowfall can be expected.

The best thing you can do before you start growing your plants outdoors is to research the strains that match your current environmental conditions. If you live in a sunny region with hot summers and mild winters, you’re going to want to look for cannabis strains that will thrive under those same conditions.

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Mo Smyth, BSN, RN Cannabis Nurse Educator