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What are Three of the Most Pungent Cannabis Strains to Celebrate 420?

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Cannabis strains are as varied and unique as the individuals who consume them. While some users prefer a mild or fruity cannabis strain, there are plenty of people who enjoy a smoke that is pungent and skunky. In the last several years, researchers have discovered that terpenes are responsible for the smell and taste of cannabis (and other plants). Scientists also believe terpenes may work with each strain’s cannabinoid profile to produce specific effects. Thus far, researchers have uncovered over 200 terpenes, and each strain has its own unique blend of terpenes that are responsible for the taste and flavor of the strain. In honor of 420, here are three of the more skunky and pungent strains. 

Cheese Quake

Cheese Quake is an indica-dominant hybrid strain from Subcool’s The Dank Seeds. It was created by crossing Cheese and Querkle. Cheese Quake is a versatile strain that both cannabis newbies and experienced users can enjoy. The THC content is typically between 13-22% with CBD levels under 1%. The flavor and aroma of Cheese Quake are sour and cheesy with just a slight hint of berry or grape. Since it is such a strong and pungent strain, Cheese Quake is not for users who like to enjoy their smoke sessions discreetly. Users report feeling the effects of this strain quickly, often feeling a little tingly and euphoric with an uplifted burst of energy. 

Kali Dog

Kali Dog, sometimes called “Cali Dog” or “Cali Dawg”, is an aromatic sativa-dominant hybrid. It was created by Royal Queen Seeds through a cross between Sour Diesel and OG Kush. THC levels in Kali Dog range from 17-26%. The dominant terpenes are limonene and caryophyllene. These terpenes contribute to the interesting fragrance and flavor profile. The smell is often described as pungent with a strong, acrid diesel aroma. There are also undertones of lemon and an overall skunky aroma to Kali Dog. The flavor of the diesel comes through in the smoke. Users report feeling a balance of relaxation and euphoria when consuming Kali Dog, making it another great choice for celebrating 420. 


Trainwreck is an intense sativa-dominant hybrid strain. It was reportedly created by two California brothers in the 1970s by crossing Afghani indicas with Thai and Mexican sativas. The THC level of Trainwreck is around 17%. Users describe the taste and smell as spicy and citrusy. Some consumers also report tasting a bit of pine or menthol in the smoke. The effects of Trainwreck are a balance of body relaxation with cerebral stimulation. The sativa comes out in the form of an uplifting and euphoric feeling with a spark of creativity.