12 best marijuana strains for the 2021 holidays
Green Wednesday is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when everyone realizes, ‘Oh man, I have to hang out with my family tomorrow. I better buy some weed.’ So it’s a good time to run down to the store and load up.
During Year Two of the pandemic, we’ve all earned some Me time. Schedule the staycation, because Leafly Buzz #11: Holiday Edition is here.
Independently reported without fear or favor, your weed sommelier highlights the top of the crops west of the Rockies.
Order up. Load a bowl. Set your phone to airplane mode, and inhale. You’re welcome.
Data Grinder: Strain trends
Weed strains go up and down in popularity like rappers. Every month is different. Data Grinder breaks it down.
● Gelato 41 ⬆️ +18%
● Strawberry Cough ⬆️ +6.6%
● Wedding Cake +/- 0.0%
● Runtz ⬇️ -8%
Win Thanksgiving with this all-American dessert strain, up 18% month over month in search interest, thanks to its creamy, fruity, sweet dank mix of Sunset Sherbert x Thin Mint Cookies. Gelato #41 comes from breeder Jigga and the Cookies fam. Pair with some philosophical cartoons like The Midnight Gospel.
An oldie but a goldie finds new friends this month; up 6.6%. Strawberries and hazy grass terps go great with a beach clean-up and your buddies, giggling the whole time. Strawberry Cough is Strawberry Fields x Haze, from an unknown East Coast grower, popularized by celeb grower Kyle Kushman.
Consummate the evening with a phat slice of America’s number one Cake. 2019’s Leafly Strain of the Year was also #1 in 2021, budding not an inch month over month. The people have spoken and they want sweet, earthy, vanilla cookie terps, plus chest-biting THC. Wedding Cake can be either Animal Mints x Triangle Kush, or GSC x Cherry Pie—it depends.
The hype on this Leafly Strain of the Year 2020 cools a bit, but Runtz remains a superb way to get zooted during some well-earned downtime. Zkittlez x Gelato yields syrupy, sweet tropical fruit over thick, dank, creamy cookie—so yeah, it’s good. Especially the award-winning Ridgeline cut.
New in the strain database, and on shelves
Every month, Leafly adds dozens of the most-searched and most-stocked new cultivars to its strain database. Here are four new heaters.
There’s no shame in hogging these top-shelf Zkittlez terps. Tony Mendo and The Original Z team conjure up the olfactory sensation of the original, iconic, frozen treat. The Original Z team tells Leafly that Zlushi is a cross of Z3 x Mimosa. This super tropical hybrid goes great with days or nights.
Here’s how to disappear completely. Expect deep, dank cookie funk, finishing with grape drank from this new strain. Phinest in California is growing Colorado breeder Cannarado’s clone-only Biscotti x Cookies & Cream x Grape Pie. Carbon Fiber offers new technology to win the space race behind your face.
A Hall of Flowers’ 2021 best in show Tony Mendo and The Original Z team took their Hindu-tinged Zkittlez cross ‘Z3’ to the savory strain of the moment—GMO Cookies. The resulting ZMO keeps things pungent and biting, with that chem stank. The nighttime is the right time for this racy, heavy indica-hybrid splurge.
Soak up some precious rays on a lazy Sunday under a layer of PDX Organics’ velvety Violet Fog. Fuel, mint, and grape spirit you away, thanks to breeder Compound Genetics’ work with Cannarado.
Compound swirled Khalifa Mints into Cannarado’s Grape Gasoline. Now you know who really controls the weather.
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New on dispensary shelves—Forbidden Runtz by Freddy’s Fuego, WA
Get cozy, warm, and then a bit naughty with a bite from this complex fruit. Forbidden Runtz from Freddy’s Fuego offers even more fruitier Z terps with a dash of gas and cookies. Bred by Tiki Madman from Forbidden Zkittlez x Runtz. Share a late-night date night joint for the win.
Rocketing up the charts—Beam Me Up Scotti by Insane, CA
Twist up some doinks with your tightest crew members. B-Real from Cypress Hill’s got his own legit Biscotti for your body. That Cookies with a dash of OG depth, courtesy of breeder Jigga and the Cookie fam.
Ballin’ out—Caps Frozen Lemons by Billo, CO
Lemony fire for deep yoga poses and scary tarot readings. This awardwinning splurge from Billo in Colorado is breeder Capulator’s cross of Freezer Burn x Lemon Fire. Caps Frozen Lemons Tastes of Lemonheads, lemon cleaner, lemon slushie, and haze.
Ballin’ on a budget—Light dep everything by various brands, USA
Grab your jars—the US is awash in affordable light-dep pot. Farmers report wholesale prices are down 60% year over year. The least you can do is stock up and help smoke through the oversupply.
Pre-game Thanksgiving the OG way with bargain cuts of Hell’s OG from Rickrock Farms in Calaveras County, CA. It’s OG Kush x Blackberry for appetite and inner peace.
We always like to end on a high note. Something from the frontier of THC maximalism.
Fidel’s Hash Hole, various strains, CA
Show up and show out at the holiday function with this beast of an infused pre-roll. Fidel’s Hash Holes in California run average $100 per joint—why? There’s 1 gram of hash rosin running down the center hole of this joint.
And the flowers always feature some primo collaboration, like Golden State Banan Animal Mints x Dolce & Banana and Garlic Cookies x Garlic Truffles. That’s how you end the party on a super high note.
How do I get mentioned in the Buzz?
Just be undeniable. If you’ve got the terps, we’ll find you. Mentions cannot be bought. Each month, Buzz sources include:
- Trying samples
- Dispensary shopping
- Leafly.com traffic data
- Grower interviews
- Leafly staff and reader tips
Buzz back issues
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