Arguably the most popular cannabis strain in America, Blue Dream has become a favorite among marijuana consumers.
Often considered a great strain for beginners but equally enjoyed by the experienced cannabis user as well, Blue Dream boasts an appealing taste and a well-rounded profile of effects that heightens senses of euphoria and feelings of mellow relaxation.
Available seemingly everywhere, Blue Dream made our list of most popular marijuana strains. Developed as a balanced indica/sativa hybrid, Blue Dream draws from all the best qualities of its indica and sativa parents, making it a popular choice among the widest variety of consumers.
Why is Blue Dream So Popular?
Blue Dream has the notable achievement of being the best selling strain in several major legal marijuana markets in the U.S., making it possibly the most popular strain in America. But where did this iconic strain come from, and why is it so beloved?
The accepted story is that Blue Dream found its start in the Northern California beach town of Santa Cruz as a medical marijuana strain. From there, Blue Dream quickly gained cult status in its native California as it spread to cities across the state. Now, it is rare to walk into a dispensary in California and not find it on the shelves.
After enjoying a loyal following in California for years, Blue Dream became a preeminent top seller in Colorado and Washington, topping sales charts in both states. What makes Blue Dream such a draw? The reason is likely linked to the behaviors of cannabis growers.
Blue Dream is typically considered to be an easy strain to grow. Even beginner growers can easily produce a higher than average yield compared to other strains. This ease of cultivation and high return on investment has led many growers to come to prefer it in their gardens over other strains.
Blue Dream is also easy to find as a clone. High Times cultivation expert Danny Danko noted, “she’s a clone-only strain that isn’t hoarded or claimed by one particular group. Blue Dream is considered more ‘open sourced’ and cuttings are easy to find.” Since no one single breeder or group controlling the genetics, Blue Dream is incredibly accessible to growers.
With THC levels that typically range in the high teens to low 20’s, Blue Dream is a reliably potent strain that is strong without being overpowering like more potent strains, making it a favorite among average consumers looking for strain that won’t keep them from functioning.
What is Blue Dream?
A cross between the indica Blueberry and sativa Haze, Blue Dream is a nearly balanced blend of indica and sativa characteristics, perfect for making the most of all the effects that marijuana has to offer.
This strain’s buds can have a recognizably pale, almost pastel green coloration and dark, forest green leaves that make it easy to recognize Blue Dream. The flavor profile is full of dark berry and purple grape, offset by some musk and incense and floral suggestions like lavender. Some popular phenotypes smell and taste like a warm blueberry pastry.
However, it is the balanced set of effects from Blue Dream that make it nearly universally popular. Blue Dream is energetic with a soaring cerebral rush. The mellow effects cut through tension and make experiences more enjoyable and less stressful.
Blue Dream is a very happy strain, putting users in a fantastically easygoing mood. Many users turn to Blue Dream during the day, but it can also double as an evening strain as you wind down before bed, especially at large doses.
While sativa leaning phenotypes are the most common (Blue Dream is typically listed as sativa), some Blue Dream cuts have stronger indica properties instead, providing more physically sedating effects.
The combination of soft, comforting effects, an enjoyable flavor palate, and overall wide availability has made Blue Dream one of the most common strains in the U.S., outselling other popular strains like Girl Scout Cookies, OG Kush, and Durban Poison.
There is always more to learn on our Cannabis 101 page, including the differences between indica, sativa, and hybrid strains, typical prices for cannabis, and how to find the best dispensary near you.