Arguably the most popular cannabis strain in America, Blue Dream has become a favorite among marijuana consumers looking for a balanced spectrum of sativa and indica effects.
Often considered a great strain for beginners but equally enjoyed by the experienced cannabis user as well, the Blue Dream cannabis strain 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 the most popular marijuana strains available in dispensaries today. It is common to find this ubiquitous strain as a dry flower, an extract, or a vape cartridge, meaning you can enjoy Blue Dream no matter how you use your cannabis.
Developed as a balanced indica/sativa hybrid, the Blue Dream strain draws from all the best qualities of its indica and sativa genetics, making it a popular choice among the widest variety of consumers. But why is Blue Dream so popular?
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 hybrid strain come from, and why is Blue Dream so beloved by marijuana consumers?
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 Blue Dream 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 the Blue Dream strain such a draw? One 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 when growing Blue Dream compared to other strains. This ease of cultivation and high return on investment has led many growers to come to prefer Blue Dream in their cannabis gardens over other strains, making it a common strain to find in shops.
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 genetics are considered more ‘open sourced’ and cuttings are easy to find.” Since no one single breeder or group controlling the genetics, the Blue Dream strain is incredibly accessible to growers.
Blue Dream THC levels typically range in the high teens to low 20’s, so it is a reliably potent strain. Blue Dream is strong without being overpowering like more potent strains, making it a favorite among average consumers looking for a strain that won’t keep them from going about their day.
What is Blue Dream?
So the strain is popular, but is Blue Dream indica or sativa? 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.
The Blue Dream bud can have a recognizably pale, almost pastel green coloration and dark, forest green leaves that make it easy to visually recognize the Blue Dream strain. The flavor profile is full of dark berry and purple grape, offset by some musk and incense and floral suggestions like lavender. Some popular Blue Dream phenotypes smell and taste like a warm blueberry pastry.
However, it is the balanced Blue Dream effects that make it nearly universally popular among cannabis consumers. Blue Dream is energetic with a soaring cerebral rush. The strain’s 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 when consumed in large amounts.
While sativa leaning phenotypes are the most common (Blue Dream is typically listed as sativa), some Blue Dream phenotypes have stronger indica properties instead, providing more physically sedating effects and more drowsiness.
How to Find Blue Dream
You can find Blue Dream in most dispensaries because of its incredible popularity. The Blue Dream strain is most popular as dry flower where consumers can enjoy its beautiful buds and natural flavors. It is also possible to buy Blue Dream extract for dabbing and vaping and Blue Dream pre-filled vape cartridges. A Blue Dream cartridge can attach to your favorite 510 threaded vape pen that makes it easy to take this beloved hybrid strain wherever you go. Some edibles companies even use strain specific cannabis oil to make their edibles. That means you might even find Blue Dream edibles the next time you visit your dispensary.
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.