Top Strains for 2021
Marijuana has been legalized in 11 states so far, and 33 states currently permit the medical use of the plant. In 2021, this trend is most likely to increase since more and more research provides evidence towards the benefits of weed.
Cultivators have been focusing extensively on improving classic strains, developing new ones, leading to all-time favorite strains and some that have seen popularity only in more recent years. This fall, buds such as Pumpkin Kush, AK-47, and Godfather are likely to retain their supremacy as they combine classic euphoric effects with pain relief and a burst of creativity.
However, the evolution does not stop here. Trends suggest that the top strains of next year are a flavorful and potent combination of classic buds with newly developed, interesting Sativas, Indicas, and hybrids. Here are the top cannabis strains that will become the new stars in 2021!
OG Kush is one of the most loved marijuana varieties all around the globe. It is fresh, tastes amazing, and the high is very intense and euphoria-inducing. Although it is difficult to rank some OG Kush strains higher than others, Critical Kush is always an Indica winner that provides deep relaxation, euphoria, and unlimited calmness. It is one of the strongest buzzes with a spicy, citrusy, and earthy flavor.
Dream Walker is 10% Indica, 90% Sativa Blue Dream x Skywalker OG. This Sativa has double the blueberry genetics making it sweet with hints of citrus. Uplifting, creative and energetic, one of our favorite sativas!
Gorilla Glue #4
Gorilla Glue is a heavy hitter that puts you in a relaxing and calm couchlock. It is a multiple award winner with a THC content averaging in the low 20s. The delicious aroma combines coffee, chocolate, and some hints of diesel, thanks to its parents. It is often used for its strong mood boost. Also, this bud is a dream come true for growers as it is undemanding, ideal for novices.
Strawberry Banana, sometimes known as Strawnana for short, is an indica marijuana strain developed by DNA Genetics in collaboration with Serious Seeds. A genetic cross of Crockett’s Banana Kush and the “Strawberry” phenotype of Bubble Gum, Strawberry Banana inherited a sweet, fruity flavor, hence the name. Known for its heavy resin production and high-THC content, Strawberry Banana produces happy, peaceful effects that sharpen creativity and sensory awareness.
Girl Scout Cookies
Another classic is GSC which combines a strong high with delicious aromas. All of its children are not to be ignored, either, such as Martian Muffins and Plum Dawg Millionaire. Despite its relatively innocent name, Girl Scout Cookies is a potent strain with a high level of THC, ranging between 18% and 28%. The high starts slowly and embraces the entire body, leaving the consumer relaxed and euphoric. It is consumed for its ability to relieve anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic stress, among others.
The best dessert ever, this strain is a descendant of GSC. As a powerful hybrid, Gelato leaves its consumers in a deeply relaxed state. It washes away all the stress and has mood-enhancing properties. The aroma is pungent, sweet and fruity, standing behind its inspired name. It hits quickly, altering perception through a strong head rush and body buzz that leaves the smoker relaxed, without being couchlocked. Sound sensitivity, a floaty feeling, and time dilation are its main numbing effects.
Believed to be one of Bob Marley’s favorite buds, Lamb’s Bread comes from Jamaica. It is a Sativa strain loved for its positive introspection and massive amounts of energy that will get you going in no time. Stress is washed away instantly, easing anxiety and depression. It relaxes both mind and body, starting with euphoria, a clear focus and mental balance. It can be used at any time of the day, ideal for both recreational and medical purposes.
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Watermelon Gelato is a fantastic cross of Watermelon Zkittlez x Gelato 45, bred by Lit Farms and grown by us. Flavors of fruit and earth with a bit of fuel to finish. The structure is indica style, tight and dense with hues of dark purple to lime green and covered in beautiful trichomes. This is an instant hit!
Zweet Tartz is a Hybrid cross of ZOZ5 x Sweet Cherry Pie, bred by In House Genetics and grown by us. Flavors/aromas of sweet & sour candy with lemon and cherry notes that exhibit a touch of classic kush flavor. Dense tight bud structure, hues of purple with candy striped calyxes that are drenched in trichomes. High THC makes this strain extremely couch locky and sedative.
Who doesn’t love Skittles? This strain is an Indica cross between Grapefruit, Grape Ape, and another unknown bud, producing a candy-flavored experience. It is an award-winner in San Francisco and Michigan. Zkittlez consumption makes the smoker alert, happy, and very focused, while the body high is deeply relaxing and has an amazing, delicious taste.
Mandarin Glue – Space Grenetix NYC Diesel(mandarin cut) x Original Glue – Bright orange flavors with a diesel finish. Uplifting and creative sativa with dense structure and lime green color. Great day-time strain!
This new bud was bred by Massive Creations combining Lemon Versace with the exotic Adonai. Its Indica-based effects are combined with an unexpected mix of gassy flavors, lemons and flowers. Marijuana growers love its high yield and it typically flowers within 8-9 weeks.
An ultra-strong strain, Mamacita’s Cookies is a delicious blend between Girl Scout Cookies and Nicole. The two popular American strains resulted in a new, complex aroma with a sweet hit, followed by discreet notes of sandalwood and fruits. It boosts creativity and has a strong high, surely becoming a new favorite next year among both recreational and medical consumers.
Tropicanna Banana was developed by Barney’s Farm Seeds and is a potent Sativa-dominant hybrid. Its genetics include the all-time popular Banana Kush and some Tropicanna buds, providing strong, uplifting effects. Fortunately, it can be easily grown since it is highly resistant to pests and diseases.
Purple Lemonade is a winner among consumers with a sweet tooth and was developed by Fast Buds. It has a complex high, combining Sativa energy with Indica deep relaxation. The flavors are sugary with a zesty kick. The high starts with a giggle fit, followed by body’s relaxation that will not leave its consumers in a couchlock. With a THC content in the low 20s, this bud can be consumed at any time of the day.
The trending classics are unlikely to decrease in popularity. For instance, 9 Pound Hammer has been around for a long time and is a potent Indica-dominant bud with heavy, long-lasting effects. It is perfect for deep relaxation.
Another great strain is Acapulco Gold, a Sativa with Mexican parentage which has been compared to fine dining in a five-star restaurant. It has an aroma that resembles burnt toffee and has a lingering, stimulating buzz.
Other strains that will most likely retain their popularity in the next years include Afgoo, Banana OG with its delicious smell and laugh-inducing properties, Blue Dream, the Cookie strains, Bubba Kush, Jack Herer, and surely the OG Kush. These are all-time favorites that cannot be missed, and they are ideal for consumers and growers alike!
written by Tia M., Editor and Contributor at AskGrowers