In 2018, Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. The Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative is a 2022 bill that aims to legalize the home growth, cultivation, sale, possession, and use of marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older. We’ll talk you through the best strains to grow in Ohio.

strains to grow in ohio

Ohio’s climate varies depending on your location within the state. In the state’s majority, Ohio has a humid continental climate. In the state’s south, it has a humid subtropical climate. This is because Canada provides cold, dry fronts and the Gulf of Mexico provides warm, moist fronts.

Ohio has an annual average rainfall of 40 inches and an average snowfall of 28 inches. Weather hazards include:

  • Rain
  • Flooding
  • Snowstorms
  • Tornadoes
  • Cyclones
  • Earthquakes

There is a significant risk of flooding in areas with above-average rainfall, which causes the ground to become wet and saturated. The summer is hot and humid, with an average temperature in the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The winter is cold and dry, with an average temperature in the mid-30s Fahrenheit.  

Overall this mix of weather and climate can make it difficult to grow cannabis because not all strains can handle this variety. That being said, we’ve been running some tests and we’ve found the best strains to grow in Ohio!

5  Best Strains To Grow Outdoors In Ohio – Quick Look

Ohio has a unique climate and experiences every weather hazard possible. Knowing which strains will survive when grown outside is essential. Here is a list of the best strains to grow in Ohio:

Ohio Cannabis Strains

Here’s a look at the best Ohio Cannabis Strains.

Strain 1: OG Kush

OG Kush is a 75% Indica and 25% Sativa blend that provides physical and mental highs incredible for those looking to calm their overactive bodies and minds.

It has a delightfully earthy citrus smell and taste. OG Kush has a high THC level, so be careful when consuming if new to the strain.

OG Kush is the smallest plant on this list ranging from 19 to 37 inches. You will want to use a protector when grown outside, as OG Kush is susceptible to disease, mildew, and pests. 

The great thing with OG Kush is that it has one of the shortest flowering periods lasting about 8 to 9 weeks. The harvest period is typically in early October, with about 16 to 17 ounces per plant when grown outside in a 3-foot by 3-foot area.

Strain 2: Purple Haze

Purple Haze is a 30% Indica and 70% Sativa blend from Haze and Purple Thai strains. The strain provides a happy and relaxing high with a very sweet scent and berry flavors. Purple Haze has THC levels close to 20%, so be careful how much you consume during short periods.

Purple Haze grows best in sunny and warmer climates. We recommend you grow this strain in a greenhouse if you’re in a part of Ohio that is colder and cloudier than average or if you’re growing during the winter. 

In the right conditions, you can expect Purple Haze to flower in 9 to 10 weeks. It yields 11 to 19 ounces per plant when grown outside in a 3-foot by 3-foot area.

Strain 3: Girl Scout Cookies Extreme

Girl Scout Cookies Extreme is an 80% Indica and 20% Sativa blend coming from OG Kush and Durban Poison. The scent is very earthy and spicy, while the taste is minty with a hint of nutmeg.

This strain smells and tastes like you’re eating Girl Scout Cookies. We recommend this strain for medicinal purposes as it benefits those going through treatments that cause depression and a loss of appetite.

Girl Scout Cookies Extreme does great outside because of its natural resistance to infestations, pests, and mold. This strain is also straightforward to grow, as it requires minimal maintenance compared to other strains. 

Girl Scout Cookies Extreme does best in warmer temperatures but can still survive in cooler climates. The growing period is typically 70 days, with about 21 ounces per plant when grown outside in a 3-foot by 3-foot area.

Strain 4: White Widow

White Widow is a 60% Indica and 40% Sativa blend, coming from the South Indian Indica and South American Sativa strains. 

The strain provides its users with increased creativity. It has an earthy scent with a delightful taste. We do not recommend this strain for beginner or light smokers because of potential side effects with the high, which include:

  • Headaches
  • Paranoia
  • Nervousness.

White Widow is one of the most straightforward strains to grow outdoors and provides high levels of THC. We consider it an early finishing strain, which will flower quicker than most other strains. 

It loves lots of sunlight and can withstand temperature drops. White Widow is also highly resistant to disease, making it safe to plant outside. The harvest period is typically in early October, with about 18 ounces per plant when grown outdoors in a 3-foot by 3-foot area.

Strain 5: Zkittlez

Zkittlez is a 70% Indica and 30% Sativa blend from Grape Ape and Grapefruit. The strain provides a very relaxed and euphoric high. 

The scent and taste are very fruity, like Skittle candy, where it gets its name. We recommend this strain for beginners and occasional users because its high is mellow and minimal crashing.

Zkittlez is a hybrid of the Sativa and Indica strains. The Sativa portion of the strain does better in hot, humid climates, while the Indica portion of the strain does better in cooler climates. 

We recommend that the plant only gets exposed to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and above overnight temperatures. Zkittlez is mildly mold and mildew resistant. The harvest period is typically in early October, with about 17 ounces per plant when grown outside in a 3-foot by 3-foot area.

Final Thoughts On Cannabis Strains For Ohio’s Climate

We recommend these as the 5 best strains to grow in Ohio because of their unique properties. 

These strains will flower quicker than average and have a natural resistance to disease, infestation, pests, and mold. These resistances will protect your plants during the growing and flowering periods outside when exposed to Ohio’s two different climate types and above-average rainfall. 

You’ll run into minimal growing issues, and your strains will provide you with excellent harvesting yields.

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