Leafly Buzz: 8 cannabis cultivars trending up in 2021
Hundreds of thousands of cannabis lovers and newcomers, coast to coast, have an entire year of mega-flavors and potent, euphoric effects to explore in 2021.
The pace of innovation in cannabis keeps accelerating, and mouthwatering results are just a trip to a licensed dispensary away.
Just like sneakers and watches, different weed varieties and brands trend upward and downward across America—where one in four citizens now live in a legalization state. Search and sales data also agree: Americans show consistent, specific tastes in trendy, top-grade ganja.
For example, many of the national flavors of 2021 started with the Cookies cultivar five-plus years ago on the West Coast. Every strain listed below stands on the shoulders of past greats and reaches up into the future of weed Valhalla. Here are eight of the most well-liked trees in the US forest to try in 2021.
Gushers comes from Gelato #41 crossed to Triangle Kush. In fact, four of the hottest strains going into 2021 are crossed with Gelato. Everyone loves Gelato, and you can’t blame them. Not liking it is like saying you don’t like pizza, because it’s gotten too popular. Don’t be that guy.
Gushers isn’t exactly a new strain—it took a 2018 Emerald Cup trophy—but the California staple continues to migrate across the US at a notable clip. Brand Connected Cannabis Co. in California offers a major source of Gushers, though other folks grow it as well.
Like all hot strains, Gushers packs in the THC. Its amazing smell comes from a hit trifecta of aromatic molecules called terpenes: lemon-smelling limonene, funky beta caryophyllene, and floral linalool.
Fans report getting relaxed, happy, and euphoric to manage stress and depression with Gushers, aka Fruit Gushers, and White Gushers.
And lots of seed breeders are also working the fruity Gushers line:
- Colorado breeders Cannarado introduced crosses like Jolt (Vietnam Black x Gushers) and offspring like Frumpz (Freshwater Taffy x Grumpz).
- In Cali, Oakland’s Purple City Genetics made Gusher Pie (Gushers x Rainbow Pie F2).
Like Gushers, Gelonade shows how strains typically debut on the West Coast and over several years become commonplace nationally in markets like Oklahoma and Florida. That’s a huge win for legal customers nationwide, as well as the influential breeders and growers still hard at work on California’s next big flavor.
Over at the highly sought after HENDRX Nursery in Humboldt County, owner Daniel Hendrix agreed Gelonade has got the goods. “It combines a new level of potency, purple, and gas with that intense fruit. It is so, so good.”
Connected Cannabis Co. of California made Gelonade from Lemon Tree crossed with Gelato #41—so it’s got gobs of sweet, thick, syrupy lemon terpenes mixed into the creamy berry and cookies flavor of Gelato.
So far that’s two strains that mention Gelato, and buckle up for more. Why did Gelato break away from the pack? Large-scale commercial cultivation, said Ted Lidie, founder of high-end cannabis brand Alien Labs.
“For strains to hit a certain level of notoriety, they have to have a certain level of supply,” Lidie said in an Instagram Live video, Dec. 29, hosted by Leafly freelancer Jimi Devine. “The reason Gelato #41 became so popular is it was the most widely grown exotic at the time.”
A veritable California relic from the Before Times of 2016, Sherblato gains more national fans in 2021 as Connected Cannabis Co. expands into other states, bringing their stable of thoroughbred pot to the masses.
Sherblato comes from crossing two classics Sherbert and Gelato. (Connected calls theirs “Sherbacio”). It’s got Pink Panties, GSC, and Sunset Sherbert in its lineage. Like its cousins, expect Sherblato to deliver a creamy, berry, fuel smell and flavor. As for the high-THC effects, Leafly readers report Sherblato makes them feeling relaxed, happy, hungry, and calm.
Let’s take a Gelato break, and celebrate the apple flavors on the rise in 2021.
Apple Fritter from Northern California’s Lumpy’s Flowers dates to pre-2018 medical marijuana era California, but it’s slowly climbing to the top of the adult-use era. It shows how hot strains don’t just fall out of the sky. They debut standing on the shoulders of past genetics, win over fans, seed the culture, then break out into mass recognition.
Speaking of ancestors, influential breeder/grower “Lumpy” bolted a killer apple smell onto a Cookies chassis—Apple Fritter combines Sour Apple (Diesel x C99) and Animal Cookies (GSC x OG).
Now that America’s Main St. customers are asking for Fritter, weed’s architects are at work on new crosses.
- Lumpy’s released Lemon Trill (Lemonade x Reckless Rainbow) and Cherry Jane , and soon, LAX (Apple Fritter x LA Snow).
- Lumpy’s also made Sherly Temple , which is Cherry Jane x Apple Fritter #39; plus, for the sativa heads, Lumpy made Sour Apple Haze (Super Silver Haze x Sour Apple).
- Portland, OR’s Archive Seeds offers Fritter Licker—Apple Fritter to Face-Off.
- California-based breeder/growers Compound Genetics sell a Grapple Pie #30 (Apple Fritter x Grape Gasoline).
- Lastly, California’s Alien Labs grows the perfect strain— Atomic Apple (Triangle Mints x Apple Fritter); now on dispensary shelves.
How do you like them apples?
2021 is all mints everything, and we’re here for it.
Dominating the strain game like Kobe did the NBA in ‘05-’06, Seed Junky Genetics of LA made Kush Mints by crossing Animal Mints with Bubba Kush. Let’s unpack all this good stuff:
Animal Mints draws on the power of GSC, OG Kush, and even some Blueberry. It’s a cross of Animal Cookies (GSC x Fire OG) and SinMint Cookies (GSC x Blue Power).
Stone-cold classic Bubba Kush comes from Northern Lights and Triangle Kush.
Kush Mints spawned its own minty lineage including LA Kush Cake (Wedding Cake x Kush Mints) and Pancakes (London Pound Cake #73 x Kush Mints #11).
And speaking of minty weed, don’t miss the sub-craze in The Menthol (Gelato x White Diesel x (High Octane x Jet Fuel), the hottest of which is Compound Genetics’ unofficial ‘Baby Yoda’ cut of Khalifa Mints (Khalifa Kush x The Menthol).
Los Angeles gets to have its Jungle Cake and smoke it, too, this year. Bred by Seed Junky Genetics, Jungle Cake crosses White Fire #43 aka Wifi43 (Fire OG x The White) and Wedding Cake (Triangle Kush x Animal Mints).
Jungle Cake looks so iced out and good, with light aromas of sugary icing and fuel. Indeed, the highest-THC consumers love Jungle Cake, because it is strong AF. The hybrid strain tests into the 30% THC range, assuring a powerful high; the antidote to life in the concrete jungle.
Colorado breeding kings Cannarado have one setting: beast mode. Their Garanimals have escaped the zoo and are running amok nationwide.
Built for Cookies fans out there, Garanimals infuses Animal Cookies with the cherry and grape flavors of strain Grape Pie (Cherry Pie x Grape Stomper). Garanimals is dark, dense, resinous, fragrant evening weed that pairs well with Netflix and your fridge.
In fact, all the most sought after strains in the US center around this relaxing, happy evening effect—as opposed to some racy, daytime, psychedelic vibe. You can’t blame people for just wanting to chill after 2020.
Ice Cream Cake
Lastly, Seed Junky Genetics strikes again with their indica cross of Wedding Cake (aka Triangle Mints #23) and Gelato #33.
Ice Cream Cake exemplifies when a virtuous cycle turns vicious: popularity leads to wider availability, inducing rampant growing, which eventually erodes quality control. Ice Cream Cake became such a sure bet, every Tom, Dick, and Heidi is having a go at it—with varying results.
At its best, this strain makes total sense, because Gelato crossed to Triangle Kush and Animal Mints makes total sense. They’re all awesome cultivars on their own. The combination is cakey, sweet and high-THC, with a fuel finish.
Still, it takes a master grower to tease out the best from Ice Cream Cake. In 2021, fields of not-so-nice cream cake are destined to become bargain B-buds, or, the horror, oil for vape pens.
As a strain, you either die a hero, or live long enough to become a villain to weed snobs.
And with that, we have arrived at the end. You’re probably feeling pretty stuffed on dessert strains, eh? We can already hear haters asking:
‘When, o’ Lord, when will savory flavors break the stranglehold of the sweet?!’
‘Where are my favorite sativas?’
‘Will the real old school classics please stand up?!’
We got you, fam. Keep clicking on Leafly News, and we’ll keep pointing you to the best.
Padlock your fridge. The 8 hottest strains for the New Year include Gelonade, Gushers, Apple Fritter, and Ice Cream Cake.
10 Best Hybrid Strains in 2020: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide
Research into all the medical and recreational benefits of marijuana is still in its infancy, yet as more people unleash its powers, growing the best hybrid strains at home is becoming a more attractive option to many.
Not only does growing your own marijuana hybrids make it easier for you to cultivate the top hybrid strains for your needs, but it also lets you obtain that perfect hybrid weed high that is so customized to your individual personality. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about marijuana, and when you head to your local dispensary, you might feel even more confused.
There’s still a lot we have left to learn about marijuana, but if you are going to grow your own marijuana, you’ve got to consider some of these best hybrid marijuana strains of 2020.
The 10 Best Hybrid Marijuana Strains
1. Blue Dream
With THC yields up to 21%, Blue Dream is one of the most popular and purest hybrid strains of marijuana in the United States.
- Sweet scent of berries
- Helps with depression and nausea
- Can be grown indoors or outside
- Can attract parasites when grown outside
Considered one of the best hybrid weed strains, Blue Dream originated in California and is known for offering a great daytime high. One of the most requested, it’s a good blend between Super Silver Haze and Blueberry Indica. It produces taller plants that can grow up to 67 inches tall. It can be grown both indoors and outside.
2. Gorilla Glue
A 50-50 blend of indica and sativa, Gorilla Glue has high levels of THC for utmost relaxation.
- Can be grown indoors and outside
- Feminized seeds
- Up to 26% THC
If you want a relaxing hybrid strain that you can enjoy before bed, then you should consider growing Gorilla Glue. This strain contains equal parts indica and sativa and is known for its high THC content. It has a pungent earthy odor and takes about eight to nine weeks of flowering. After flowering, you can expect to yield up to 18 oz of bud per 3×3 feet area.
3. OG Kush
OG Kush contains 25% sativa and 75% indica – the perfect blend for a full-body relaxation high.
- High yielding when grown indoors
- Gives feelings of euphoric joy
- THC up to 19%
- Outdoor growth leads to bugs and powdery mildew
Although OG Kush needs a bit more warmth, making it a good candidate for indoor growing, it’s still one of the easiest hybrid strains you can grow. It produces short, compact little plants that yield decent amounts with just a short period of flowering. OG Kush has a high level of THC that makes it strong with mild side effects. It smells earthy at first whiff, then starts smelling of pine and citrus, offering a great user experience.
4. White Widow
By most people’s standards, White Window is an old hybrid – but it definitely has made its mark as one of the purest hybrid strains of 2020.
- Uplifting, relaxing, and creativity-inspiring at once
- Great social strain
- Pungent aroma with earthy hints
- Can be challenging to grow outside
If you’re looking for a mellow, reliable high, look no further than White Widow. It was one of the first imports from Europe that made its way from the Netherlands to the US. A blend of South American sativa and South Indian indica, sativa dominant hybrid contains THC amounts up to 25%.
White Widow produces a smooth high and looks as though it has been coated in sugar. It contains a large amount of trichomes and possesses a pungent aroma with earthy, spicy hints. It has a strong taste of pine and is easy to cultivate it inside. However, if you are daring, you can also grow this marijuana hybrid strain outdoors.
5. AK 47 Strain
AK-47 may have a violent name, but it’s quite the mild and amiable hybrid strain of marijuana.
- Has won more than a dozen awards
- Offers a longer than average high
- Flowers in just seven weeks indoors
- Can be sensitive to mold and fungal rot
AK-47 is a blend of South American sativa and Afghani indica. Offering a gentle buzz, it’s a great hybrid strain for people who need a casual mood boost. It contains up to 20% THC and offers clear-headed relaxation along with a solution for anxiety and stress.
Many people report that the high from AK-47 lasts longer than normal. Despite its initial tones of sourness, it has an earthy smell that makes way for a spicy overall flavor. It can be grown outside and will be ready for harvest, in the right climate, in October. You’ll get about 14 oz per plant.
6. Sour Diesel Strain
Sour Diesel Strain is a high-yielding plant that relieves stress and anxiety.
- Offers a psychedelic high
- Up to 20% THC
- Best grow indoors
- Prone to powdery mildew
Sour Diesel plants take roughly ten weeks of flowering – but after that period you can yield up to 16 oz in a 3×3 feet area. It performs well outdoors, but is best grown indoors because it is occasionally prone to powdery mildew. Offering massive yields, this hybrid strain has a smell somewhat like diesel and flavors of lemon, herbs, and earthy notes. It’s great for fighting depression and fatigue.
7. Jack Herer Strain
Named after the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes , an avid marijuana activist himself, the Jack Herer strain is considered the perfect blend with 20% indica and 80% sativa.
- Up to 20% THC
- Powerful medicinal properties
- High disease resistance
- Strong strain that produces some side effects
Jack Herer is a strong hybrid strain that delivers a great body buzz and cerebral high. You’ll feel happy and relaxed after just a few tokes. It can relieve mild cases of anxiety and is also an easy hybrid strain to grow. Ready for harvest in just eight to ten weeks, this hybrid strain yields an impressive 18 oz of cannabis per square meter.
8. Cherry Pie
Grow the Cherry Pie hybrid strain for a relaxing, happy feeling and a pleasant aroma.
- Can be grown indoors or outdoors
- Potent with 23% THC
- Smells like sour and sweet cherries
- Needs frequent and careful pruning
A blend of Grandaddy Purple and African Durban Poison, Cherry Pie contains 20% sativa and 80% indica. With high THC, this plant takes about eight weeks to flower but produces buds that smell earthy, sweet, and berry-like. You’ll get a nice cerebral high from this plant, the buds of which are potent and dense. Although it is a clone-only strain, which can make it tough to grow because it can be self-pollinating, you can easily control this by keeping a close eye on your plants.
Chemdawg is an 80-20 hybrid of indica and sativa that has a soothing effect on the mind.
- High THC levels up to 25%
- Fast flowering
- Flowers in 8 weeks
- Can be challenging to cultivate as a beginner
Chemdawg is one of those plants that offers a powerful high with THC up to 25% – yet also contains modest amounts of CBD to help your stress melt away. The origins of this hybrid strain are unknown – although some people believe it to be a cross between Nepalese and Thai sativa. This strain can be tough to grow as a beginner, but if you’re able to do it, you will get above-average yields of pungent buds.
10. LA Confidential
L.A. Confidential has high THC levels up to 25% to help heal the body and the mind.
- Can be grown in high temperatures
- Top pick among medical marijuana patients
- Pine scent
L.A. Confidential is a popular choice among people who use marijuana for medicinal purposes. It offers a feeling of euphoria along with a psychedelic high with modest amounts of CBD and plenty of THC. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, like anxiety and chronic pain. It originates from South California and is uniquely fragrant. It was developed for indoor gardens where it is best grown in high temperatures.
How to Choose the Best Hybrid Strains for Your Needs
Not sure where to start when it comes to purchasing your first marijuana hybrids? Start by reading our helpful buying guide.
What are Hybrid Weed Strains?
Hybrid cannabis is simply a plant that offers a combination of two or more types of cannabis. There are several different hybrid strains that could go into a hybrid cannabis plant, but typically, it will contain genetics from indica and sativa plants.
Each hybrid plant will be a little bit different, treating different medical conditions and offering a different type of hybrid weed high. Consider the differences between indica and sativa strains of marijuana, the two top strains, before you select the best hybrid strains for your needs.
What Are Indica and Sativa Strains of Marijuana?
When you start researching hybrid weed strains, you might find most marketed as 50/50 hybrid strains between indica and sativa plants. If you’re new to growing hybrid cannabis, you might be confused about what these terms actually mean.
Luckily, it’s quite simple. Indica and sativa simply refer to two types of good marijuana plants that are frequently grown commercially and recreationally.
Native to India, indica plants are those that grow densely but compactly. They are easy to grow indoors, with a shape similar to that of a small tree. These are accustomed to being grown in colder, higher-elevation areas.
Indica dominant hybrid strains tend to be those that are designed for people who want a heavy, relaxing kind of high. They tend to contain more CBD but less THC than sativa hybrid strains. You should select an indica dominant hybrid strain if you want a plant that is better at promoting muscle and mental relaxation, increasing dopamine production, or enhancing your appetite.
Sativa hybrid strains, on the other hand, are much larger than indicas. Best cultivated outdoors , these plants can reach heights of up to 12 feet and produce some of the heaviest buds. These plants produce leaves and buds that are spread quite far apart.
You should select a sativa dominant hybrid if you are looking for increased creativity, energy, or alertness. These plants are typically grown near the equator in South America, Thailand, and other warm areas. Sativa dominant hybrid plants are best at increasing serotonin and treating chronic pain since they have higher THC and lower CBD.
Keep in mind that sativa dominant hybrid plants will require you to invest in a grow room and LED grow lights that put out more light. They also take up quite a bit more space.
What Medical Conditions Can Be Treated with Hybrid Strains?
The best hybrid weed can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Despite all the controversy about marijuana , and despite the fact that the latest research is constantly proving the many health benefits of hybrid cannabis, some people are still resistant to giving it a try.
However, the best hybrid weed can treat a variety of medical conditions. Although the FDA has not yet legalized it, hybrid cannabis is believed to treat a variety of pain conditions. In fact, some studies have shown that the THC in cannabis can be more effective than traditional pain medication.
The strongest hybrid weed strains can be used for many other purposes, too. It can treat migraines, epilepsy, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and more.
Consider One of the Top Hybrid Strains
As you become more creative in your cannabis growing endeavors, we recommend sth you try out some of these best hybrid weeds strains. Not only will they add diversity to your growing portfolio, but it can be quite fun to experiment with the different growth patterns, aromas, and flavors. Try a few of these marijuana hybrids for best results!
This 2021 updated list of best hybrid strains in the market reviews top popular hybrid cannabis strains varied in effects, types and THC content.