Feb 282016
 February 28, 2016

A lot of marijuana was sold in 2015 in Colorado and Washington. Unlike 2014 when Colorado started rolling out legal recreational marijuana sales prior to Washington, and both states doing so in a limited capacity, 2015 saw both states selling recreational marijuana from the start of the year through the end of the year. More and more stores opened up during 2015, so that’s worth mentioning, but 2015 is the first full year of both states doing recreational sales.

A natural question that people have asked since the end of 2015 is ‘which marijuana strain was the top seller during 2015?’ According to a company that tracks marijuana strain sales in both states, both Colorado and Washington sold more Blue Dream than any other marijuana strain. Per Civilized:

Last year’s #1-selling strain in both Colorado and Washington was Blue Dream, a sativa-dominant hybrid of Blueberry indica and Haze, according to new data released by BDS Analytics.

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(image via Civilized.Life)

The firm, founded nearly a year ago, gathers info about recreational and medical cannabis sales in both states, via participating dispensaries, and has a total of over 20 million transactions in its database. Founder and CEO Roy Bingham tells Civilized the popularity of Blue Dream can be attributed, in part, to savvy marketing.

“We have literally thousands of strains in our database, and Blue Dream is #1 in both Washington and Colorado,” he says. “There’s clearly marketing around individual strains, and budtenders point consumers in the direction of a particular product. I imagine that soon there will be less opinion, and more science, around that.”

I have talked about my ‘Blue Dream theory’ from time to time on this blog, and barring a more compelling theory, I’ll stick with it. I have smoked a lot of Blue Dream over the years, as have most marijuana veterans. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. It’s ‘generic chronic’ as my friend always says. If you hand me a bowl of it, I’ll gladly consume it. But if I get my choice, I pass it up because as one prominent marijuana activist recently said on Facebook, Blue Dream is really ‘bland.’

So if Blue Dream isn’t the best marijuana strain out there, or even close, why does it sell at such a higher volume compared to all other marijuana strains in Colorado and Washington? I don’t think it has to do with popularity. My theory is that it has much more to do with the fact that Blue Dream is EVERYWHERE. Cherry OG is common, but it’s certainly not everywhere in Washington. Also, Durban Poison is common in Colorado, but it’s not on virtually every shelf in Colorado like Blue Dream is.

Blue Dream is a very hearty marijuana strain, and has very consistent yields compared to other strains. That makes it very popular with growers since they can fairly easily gauge how much, and what quality, of yield to expect from their harvests. So it’s not that Blue Dream is the best strain, or is the most popular with consumers necessarily, as much as there’s just so many growers that grow it, and flood every outlet where they are allowed. That then leads to a higher volume of sales, and gives the illusion that Blue Dream is the most popular marijuana strain in Washington and Colorado, and likely other states that follow in Colorado and Washington’s footsteps. Because there’s so much Blue Dream around, it’s almost always one of the cheapest ‘good strains’ at any outlet, and is often used for promotions from what I see, which convinces people to purchase it instead of more expensive, better strains.

I don’t want to take away from the Blue Dream strain, because like I said, it’s good. But it’s not great. It reminds me a lot of marijuana that was prevalent in the Pacific Northwest in the 2000’s that a lot of people called ‘work’ or ‘beast.’ It was technically good marijuana in that it had good crystal coverage, little to no seeds, wasn’t compact, etc. But it still left a lot to be desired, and when you got the authentic high caliber cannabis, you instantly realized what you were missing out on. That’s how I feel about Blue Dream. I wouldn’t kick it to the curb, but when given the chance, I would choose a different strain to consume more often than not. What do readers think? Is Blue Dream all over your area? Do you think that Blue Dream is truly the most popular marijuana strain out there, or are the statistics reflecting something else?

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  • darthhillbilly

    I’ve smoked my share…I have to say that you hit it right on the head. Given the choice I would much rather have some Super Silver Haze, Fire OG, Cheese, or GSC…(that’s my personal opinion)

    • Reefer

      Fire Og! Fuck yeah!

  • Jowepo

    Or maybe, “Johnny Green”, it’s because there are at least 5 different strains from 5 different seed companies, all with different genetics, and all called Blue Dream.

    • moldy

      Yeah, they’re all over place…. sativa dom then the indica dom, then in between.
      Petty average weed imo.

      • Whyiowa4medical

        We need to have something that won’t make a newbie puke. We cannot get Americans so stoned that they curl up in bed all day afraid to leave the bedroom (which happened to my wife, that can smoke the hell out of Blue Dreams, but we got an Obama Kush edible with the extra oil in a certain three pieces she got one of). She spent the day throwing up and curled up in bed afraid to leave. This destroyed my brownie buzz and left me taking care of her for six hours. There is not one thing wrong with average weed, even if it is supply side dominated.

    • EddyMelv

      I won’t go investigate the lineage of the five seed banks that offer their version of “Blue Dream” (whatever that is), but you are correct — if any of the lineage has “deviations” (from the “original” lineage — whatever that is), then that, in many cases, could be detectable in the end product.
      Apples and apples, man, and you hit it on the proverbial head. However; I have to agree with the author. There’s so, so many hybrid strains that are better in every category than Blue Dream.
      I also take the same approach as the author —- if it’s put in front of me, I wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but I’ll never be the “owner” of any again. Pass and puff is about it…
      Peace.

      • Closet Warrior

        Pretty sure it’s Blueberry x Haze and you guys are right I’ve smoked better mids. I love Blueberry but they bred the flavor out of it but you can’t go wrong with an old school piney skunk or a true Afghan kush, Ketama Moroccan hash plant or a fruity strain like Strawberry Cough. All throwback strains that are money!!!

  • Val

    a weed buffet would be nice so we can sample.

  • saynotohypocrisy

    Reading about all these fine strains is like reading about a foreign land, or someplace over the rainbow.

    • MrPC

      We have plenty of room in Colorado

      • Paul J. Seibert

        I’ve heard that it is hard to find a house for sale around Denver.

    • Paul J. Seibert

      We must live in the same state. Mine is confused VA.

  • Whyiowa4medical

    I have had my fair share and I find that I often recommend Blue Dream and the ever close relative “Hawaiian Punch” for those who do not want to be incapacitated or paranoid. I think this is what is making it a popular strain, it’s anytime, nice on the brain, that only a rookie would get paranoid on characteristic. Neither of these strains is bad, but they will never live up to our local strains, or your local favorites. Both of these are very mild, get things done strains that a rightly distrustful woman may enjoy for the quality of control they keep on such a mellow strain. I get them once-in-awhile and I do enjoy their get work done quality, but my favorites are those of a “no name,” semi-secretive, and likely to win a cannabis cup when they legalize strains I am getting from Minnesota lately as well as Firecracker, and El Diablo Kush. I chalk the Blue Dreams and Hawaiian Punch up to a friendly and modest strain for varying degrees of the effect people want, especially newbies. If we over-stone the newbies we will certainly create a hater and we have enough of these already!!!

  • Johnny

    In my opinion i liked the Green Crack. I have smoked alot of weed in my day but that was some good smoke.