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New Strains Alert: Ecto Cooler, Tillamook Strawberry, Lee Roy, and More

This week’s New Strains Alert brings together a heavyweight from Mr. Mack’s Snacks, a crown jewel suitable for a princess, two user submitted strains from a Facebook comment (believe me, we hear you and we are listening), and many more sticky flowers stemming from legal cannabis lands. For fruit fanatics, snap off a piece of Tillamook Strawberry for berries dipped in diesel. Or, if tropical fruit and pepper suit your palate better, grind up Dutch Haze by Dutch Passion for a nearly pure Haze experience. However you enjoy your cannabis over this weekend, take time to celebrate the plant and the people who continue to cultivate an industry that is driving the economy, creating jobs, and making people happy.

Ecto Cooler by Seeds of Compassion is both a rising star in the cannabis ranks, but also a spooky, citrus-infused throwback to The Ghostbusters (particularly Ghostbusters II). Named for a Hi-C beverage of the same name whose release coincided with the release of The Real Ghostbuster cartoon in 1986, Ghostbuster II in 1989, and the Ghostbuster reboot in 2016. The strain is a sativa-dominant cross between California Orange and Gorilla Biscuit. This combination creates healthy yields that smell like a skunk dipped in orange juice, gasoline, and Pinesol. Its flavor, however, is more citrusy and fuel-like. Enjoy Ecto Cooler’s bright terpene profile throughout the day to uplift the mind and turn on the happiness like a Saturday morning cartoon.

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Tillamook Strawberry is a mash-up between Alphakronik Genes and Dark Horse Genetics for AKG’s Collaboration Series. Described by the breeder as the “diesel lover’s dream,” Tillamook Strawberry smells like a gas station in a strawberry field. The strain’s foliage is deep green with tight buds and the effects are bright yet soothing, promoting focus and relaxation. Utilize Tillamook Strawberry to improve your mood and counter depression and anxiety.

Princess’s Tiara, bred by Branden Waite, is the heady cross of parent strains Cinderella’s Dream and Headband. Offering a bouquet of pungent terpenes that reek of fuel, sweetness, and earth, the Princess’s Tiara smells very similar to its predecessors. The strain’s effects are uplifting and euphoric but tempered by the strong pull of the Blueberry and Sour Diesel on either side of the cross. Enjoy Princess’s Tiara throughout the day in small doses to improve mood, creativity, and focus.

Lee Roy by Rare Dankness Seeds is a connoisseur-grade sativa-dominant strain with incredible trichome production. Created by blending Triangle Kush with Rare Dankness #2, Lee Roy offers a Kush-forward aroma intermixed with lemon and lime. The plants prefer cooler temperatures and the yield is healthy if not generous. Utilize Lee Roy to contend with ADD/ADHD, depression, gastrointestinal disorders, and nausea. Rare Dankness Seeds also noted that this resinous strain is well-suited for hash production.

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Dutch Haze by Dutch Passion is a 90% sativa-dominant strain crafted for Haze lovers everywhere. “Born” in 2009, Dutch Haze is the product of hundreds of Haze plants and several years of breeding both American Haze and Dutch Haze genetics in search of the perfect phenotype. This strain has a spicy aroma with notes of citrus, earth, and tropical fruit. The stalks grow tall and abundant with an average flowering time of approximately 10 weeks. Dutch Haze offers consumers a strong cerebral energy with uplifting and creative qualities to help take the edge off of mundane tasks while improving your mood.

F’n louZER is another potent genetic cross from Mr. Mack’s Snack. Created by crossing their in-house Bloo’s Kloos with the trichome-laden beast, White Rhino, F’n louZER hits the consumer with a stampede of stoney, relaxed effects that can sap motivation. Named for its stereotypical stoner buzz, F’n louZER is designed for evening consumption. Its terpene profile is pungent, smelling of gas, pine, and a smear of fresh blueberries. Enjoy F’n louZER to unwind and plan for an early bedtime with continued consumption.

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Intergalactic is an extremely potent hybrid strain. With a terpene profile rich in pine and earth, and dense, frosted nugs that twinkle like the night sky, Intergalactic delivers a rush of euphoria and energy, making it ideal for mood elevation. But beware, this high-THC strain can give unseasoned consumers anxiety and significantly stimulate the appetite. Intergalactic is an uplifting strain that can be consumed any time of the day, but for best results, mind your dosage. This strain is a perfect companion for getting creative and active.


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New Strains Alert: Brainwreck, DJ Andy Williams, Dirty Widow, and More

This week’s New Strains Alert is a gathering of good herbs made by and for good folks. Andy Williams was a sensational DJ and snowboarder, and we’re glad to list his strain to help immortalize the good energy and good vibes he shared. Also, we have two Trainwreck crosses for fans seeking the exhilarating rush to the head native to this sativa-dominant hybrid. Dirty Widow and Mission Kush also make the list, offering stimulation for weekend warriors looking to stay up and stay active, while Hammerhead dishes up a healthy cannabinoid profile with just enough CBD to add a subtle layer of wellness to this restful indica. Check out these strains and more in Leafly’s strain Explorer.

Brainwreck is the 50/50 hybrid cross of parent strains Trainwreck, Brain Child, and Brain. Trainwreck and Brain Child (Willy’s Wonder x Jack Herer) give this strain rich, lung-expanding notes of pine that blend well with the sweet, earthy aromas of its indica parentage. Brainwreck is exhilarating and cerebral from the onset, making it a worthwhile strain for consumers seeking to overcome fatigue. Its effects will remain mentally elevated even while the physical effects mellow and level out.

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DJ Andy Williams (also known as DJ Andy) is a heartfelt dedication in the guise of a powerful sativa-dominant strain. This strain was named in memoriam of DJ Andy Williams, also known as DJ A-Dog, who passed away of leukemia at the age of 38. A cross between Blue Dream and Super Lemon Haze, DJ Andy delivers bright flavors of citrus, vanilla, and herbs. DJ Andy starts with a creative mental state and an invigorating body buzz. The physical effects persist and mellow with time while remaining uplifting, keeping the consumer off the couch. This is a solid strain to help manage stress and depression without debilitating sedation.

Dirty Widow is a sativa-dominant hybrid loaded with euphoria. This natural cross of Dirty Girl and White Widow is an uplifting combination perfect for cleaning your house or getting active. It exhibits delicious earthy terpenes and light touches of citrus and aromatic wood. Dirty Widow is also an excellent strain to share among friends, especially as the strain’s effects are known to stimulate conversation and creativity. But have a glass of water nearby; the combination of Dirty Widow and long talks is a recipe for cottonmouth.

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Mission Kush by View Askew Farms is a powerful West Coast herb grown near the banks of the Columbia River. Bred from Silver Surfer and Haze, Mission Kush holds on to the earthy and herbaceous terpenes of its predecessors. The complementary effects of this sativa-dominant strain set in quickly, imbuing the consumer with a strong, positive focus that promotes productivity, long conversations, and mood elevation. Utilize Mission Kush to curb depression and mental fatigue while enhancing mood and productivity.

Hammerhead is a pungent indica-dominant strain that develops dense, trichome-coated buds with a small boost of CBD. These physical attributes speak to the strain’s White Rhino and Medicine Man genetics, which also lend Hammerhead effects of sleep-inducing, full-body relaxation. Its buds are dense and deep green with a showing of light amber hairs. Hammerhead exhibits notes of fruit, honey, and pungent dankness, making it as appetizing as it is effective.

Orange Wreck is the original homegrown cross of Trainwreck and a special (if not mysterious) old school Allagash strain. Exhibiting notes of pungent pine, fermented oranges, and funk, Orange Wreck offers consumers a challenging palate atop stimulating effects. This strain settles behind the eyes and in the body, igniting appetite and offering moderate pain relief.

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Four Way is a sticky genetic foursome of landrace genetics and Skunk #1. Created through the union of three Middle Eastern landrace strains (Afghani, Indian, and Pakistani) plus the addition of the classic Skunk #1, you best believe Four Way produces an odor that could tip an elephant, much less fill the room it’s being consumed in. Known for an average cannabinoid profile of between 15-20% THC and 2% CBD, Four Way manages a creeping sedative bent that permeates the skin with warm, weighted sensations that guide you toward sleep. Four Way’s old world terpene profile reeks of hashy spice, earth, pepper, and skunk.


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How Does a Cannabis Strain Get Its Name?

From AK-47 to Zkittlez, cannabis strain names encapsulate the methodical, the ridiculous, and everything in between. Strain names, like our own names, have a story behind them. Some were passed from parents or grandparents or even great-great grandparents. Others hold temporal significance, like Sputnik or Pre-98 Bubba Kush, denoting and preserving a place in history. Other names, like Strawberry Cough or Sweet Dreams, help you anticipate the flavors or effects to come.

But where and why did so many names for cannabis arise? And now, in the midst of a cannabis revolution, how will an expanding market make room for such a massive amount of strain diversity?

Early Cannabis Naming

Modern cannabis names primarily began in the 1960s and ’70s when cannabis breeders began transporting feral strains from around the world – called “landrace strains” – and transplanting them locally. Acapulco Gold, Durban Poison, Panama Red, Colombian Gold, and Afghan Kush are just a few examples of landrace genetics that laid the foundation and became the essential building blocks of the genetic diversity we see today.

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These landraces – many of which inherited a name based on their geographical origin – were then bred together to develop a wider range of genetic crosses. The motivations for this interbreeding stemmed from a desire for new effects, flavors, natural disease and pest resistance, larger yields, curiosity, or simply by accident.

Today, thousands of named crossbred hybrids have been created. While many of these genetics die out over time, they’re constantly being replaced by new hybrid creations that span the spectrum between sativa and indica.

How Do Cannabis Breeders Name Their Strain?

Every cannabis breeder has a different method for naming their unique genetic creation. They often create a name by cleverly combining the parent strains’ names. For example:

Other times a strain’s name is representative of its effects, like Blue Dream, which combines Blueberry and Haze to create an uplifted, “dreamy” mental state.

A name may also speak to the other attributes of the strain. For example, White Widow, Granddaddy Purple, and Key Lime Pie all speak to physical traits like an abundance of white trichomes, colorful purple leaves, or a powerful fruity, doughy aroma.

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In other instances, a strain’s name represents a homage, like Jack Herer or Ringo’s Gift, named for a cannabis activist and a CBD-strain breeder, respectively.

We spoke to Subcool and MzJill of TGA Seeds to get a firsthand look at a breeder’s naming process, and when we asked which of their strains has the best story behind it, they mentioned their Agent Orange hybrid.

“Agent Orange was named as a tribute strain to Jill’s father who fought in Vietnam and ended up passing away from cancer due to the defoliant Agent Orange,” Subcool told Leafly. “Many distributors do not understand that this strain is a tribute, not a joke.”

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Though strains can carry powerful or sensitive messages, the nomenclature of strains can also be totally random. Squiblica, Zombie OG, and SleeStack are just a few random additions that probably held significance to the breeder, but hold little to no topical relevance to the consumer.

You may also find strains that bear the names of pop culture icons or celebrities. They may be satirical (e.g. Charlie Sheen, Bob Saget), honorary (e.g. Michael Phelps OG, Gupta Kush), or for marketability (e.g. Khalifa Kush, Margaret Cho-G).

But with so many different strains flooding the market, many are starting to wonder how the practice of naming will evolve with time.

The Future of Cannabis Strain Names

It’s not hard to believe that the number of genetic crosses will increase as more states legalize cannabis. This begs the questions of how a grower producing, let’s say, OG Kush in Washington will delineate his or her phenotype from growers producing their own variety of OG Kush in California or Massachusetts, especially if the name is all that laymen consumers have to go on.

In states with legal adult-use cannabis, we already see growers distinguishing their product not just with a strain name, but with a brand. Because two of the same strains can vary in quality by a great degree depending on grow method and expertise, more and more we’re seeing a producer’s name as an attachment to the strain’s (e.g. Artizen Blue Dream vs. Emerald Jane’s Blue Dream).

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But what about the strain names themselves? What turning point might the industry take in how we use ubiquitous names like Blue Dream, Sour Diesel, Granddaddy Purple, and the thousands of others?

“Genetic mapping could change everything,” Subcool pointed out. “Science allows us to map a strain from a seed’s genetic material, so many seed companies are about to have their work seriously scrutinized. I don’t see any huge changes happening, but so many people breed with our core genetics [that] it will be fun to see how many cultivars are just duplicates or F2’s of already proven genetics.”

In other words, if a strain is defined by its genetics, how many strains are simply given a different name for marketability? And how many are renamed copies of other breeder’s proprietary genetics? This is a problem for the industry to consider as research and technology develops.

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There are no hard and fast guidelines for naming strains. But cannabis consumers, producers, and purveyors all know that cannabis tells a story one way or another. Strain names that elucidate that story; whether it’s about the potential effects, the country of origin, the combined genetic background, or the producer’s robust sense of humor, a strain name is meaningful, even if that meaning is obscured.

Consider this the next time you pack a bowl of Pineapple Dog Shit or White Nightmare, and think to yourself, is it the name that makes the cannabis or the cannabis that makes the name? The likelihood is that both are true, but the meaning is all yours.


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7 Jamaican Cannabis Strains to Try in Honor of Bob Marley’s Birthday

Today we honor the birthday of Robert Nesta Marley. The Reggae legend, better known as Bob, would have turned 72 today. To celebrate the man who spent so much of his life singing the songs of universal peace, love and, of course, cannabis, we give you seven strains that were influenced by him and his home island of Jamaica.

Jam

The Jamaican strain refers to the indigenous varieties of cannabis (or landraces) that grow natively in this region of the world. Because of Jamaica’s latitude and climate, these varieties tend to be sativa in structure and effect.

Lb

Also called “Lamb’s Breath,” Lamb’s Bread is a bright green and sticky sativa strain. The effects have been known to give mass amounts of energy and positive introspection. Stress subsides quickly from the Lamb’s Bread buzz, which can help ease depression. The origins of this plant comes from Jamaica and it has been reported that even Bob Marley himself has encountered this wonderful slice of cannabis genealogy.

Jp

Jamaican Pearl is a sweetly potent outdoor sativa strain from Dutch breeder Sensi Seeds whose presence will bring a taste of the Caribbean to cannabis consumers. Jamaica is home to sativas of astounding quality and potency, selectively bred for countless generations. This strain, a genetic cross between Marley’s Collie and Early Pearl, provides a nice breezy cerebral sensation with tropical flavors.

Kbr

Said to be a sativa landrace from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, King’s Bread (or King’s Breath) delivers mellowing and euphoric cerebral effects. Finger-like bulbs reach out from the citrus-scented buds wrapped in crystal trichomes. Lamb’s Bread is counted among its progeny, although King’s Bread’s lineage is not well documented. Pain relief, appetite stimulation, and stress alleviation are just a few of the therapeutic benefits King’s Bread has to offer.

Kdr

Jamaican Dream is a 90% sativa bred by Eva Seeds using Jamaican genetics. A subtle and sweet flavor carries you through to an elevated mood and weightless euphoria. The effects are light enough to start your day with, making this strain ideal for early treatment of depression and fatigue. Jamaican Dream’s pointed, compact buds will finish their flowering cycle after 42 to 45 days indoors, or at the end of September in outdoor gardens.

Mlc

Marley’s Collie is an indica-dominant hybrid bred by Sensi Seeds that won the Dutch High Life Cup in 1999. These sticky, spiky buds offer a pungent sweet aroma with musky Afghani undertones, delivering effects that are strong in both physical and cerebral sensation. Indoor and outdoor grows can expect flowers between 60 and 65 days.

Jl

Jamaican Lion is a high-CBD sativa strain with mildly psychoactive effects that stimulate creativity and focus without the loss of functionality. Its rich genetic background combines Mountain Lion — a Rockbud and Lionheart cross — with a Jamaican sativa known as Yarders. Shadrock, Jamaican Lion’s creator, first brought the strain to California in 2007, where it was distributed to patients by Harborside. Ushered in by a sweet herbal aroma, Jamaican Lion induces mild psychoactivity that carries through despite its low THC content. Sensory perception sharpens as bad moods dull in clear-headed sensations that can be described as simultaneously uplifting and calming. Few strains compare to Jamaican Lion as it eases pain, anxiety, and inflammation without intoxication or mental cloudiness. Its CBD content is highest around week 9 of flowering, but if you’re looking for more of a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC, Shadrock recommends harvesting at week 8 instead.

Have you tried any of these Jamaican strains? If so, leave your review on the strain’s detail page. If these don’t sound like your kind of cannabis, use the Leafly Explorer to find the strain with the flavors and effects you are looking. Happy Birthday Bob! Stir it up!

Bob Marley smoking cannabis


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New Strains Alert: Wonder Kid, Mud Bite, Tranquil Elephantizer, and More

With Punxsutawney Phil declaring six more weeks of winter, there is no better time to hunker down indoors with a relaxing indica-dominant strain. As luck would have it, this week’s New Strains Alert is packed to the brim with indica dominance: Mud Bite, from our pals to the North, is an Alaskan bred strain steeped in local legend and mysterious (possibly Afghani) genetics. Bell Ringer goes deep on the pungent terpenes with a double dose of Chemdawg 91 and dash of Hindu Skunk and Stardawg. These strains and more make up our heavy and hungry horticultural harem of heady herbs. Snaps of nug and puff, puff pass the goodness to the left.

Wonder Kid by Khush Kush is another deep cross of varied indica-dominant genetics. Derived by breeding ((The White x Chemdawg 91) x (Pre 98 Bubba Kush x Chemdawh 91)) x Buffalo Bill, Wonder Kid expresses a varied terpene profile of hash, fuel, and coffee beans. The effects are predominantly sedative, but due to the strain’s generous trichome production (and subsequent THC content), Wonder Kid delivers a potent rush that melts off into the limbs, leaving the consumer hungry and relaxed. Utilize this strain to ignite appetite and mute minor aches and pains.

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Blush by Gastown is a balanced hybrid strain with uplifting cerebral effects and relaxing physical attributes. This strain tends to symptoms of depression by elevating the consumer’s mood with an intense, smile-inducing euphoria. This smiley head-high slowly dissolves into the body, saddling the limbs with a calming weight that allows the consumer to relax and relinquish stressful thoughts. Enjoy Blush near the end of the day to maximize its stress relieving qualities.

There is a very little known about Mud Bite. This strain supposedly originated in Ketchikan, Alaska among an enclave of float houses. When the tide receded and the float houses sank, they came to rest on the cold, muddy seafloor, which was referred to as the Mud Bight. This 75% indica-dominant strain is possibility a long lost descendant of Afghani genetics transplanted in Alaska sometime in the early to mid 70’s.

Green Cheese is the hybrid cross of a Cheesephenotype and the ever-stimulating Green Crack. This strain has earthy cheese and herbaceous smells intermixed with Green Crack’s sweet and citrus notes. It is mentally and physically invigorating, offering an immediate mental punch that is driven by creative thoughts and a springy physical energy. Green Cheese helps elevate mood, but don’t plan on accomplishing much as this strain is a one-way ticket to the whimsical shores of La La Land.

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Bell Ringer by Khush Kush is a heavyweight indica with a complex terpene profile. Khush Kush’s renowned one-two punch Bell Ringer is a combination of Hindu Skunk and Stardawg mixed with the original heavyweight, Pre-98 Bubba Kush. In true indica fashion, Bell Ringer will stimulate your appetite and knock you out. The effects are weighted and euphoric, relieving physical pain while saddling the consumer with the aforementioned “muchy mania.” Enjoy Bell Ringer and its acrid, astringent, petrol aroma later in the day to maximize the strain’s sedative qualities.

Vietnamese Bubba by Khush Kush is another Pre-98 Bubba Kush cross, but this time with a pleasant sativa-hybrid bent. By adding Vietnamese Black Haze to the famous and stable Bubba Kush, Khush Kush achieves a unique take on a classic. This strain offers talkative, happy effects while still mellowing physical discomfort and alleviating stress. The aroma and flavor are herbaceous and rich with notes of lemongrass, chocolate, wildflowers, and spice. This strain also exhibits beautiful purple foliage that speaks to its deep indica roots.

Tranquil Elephantizer: Remix by Bodhi Seeds is heavy, sensual indica strain built to please the body. Created by combining Ndnguy’s 1988 G13/Hash Plant (also known as Deadly G) and the rare Snow Lotus, Tranquil Elephantizer offers a pleasurable sensory experience combined with pleasant indica-dominant sedation. This strain has a pungent and herbaceous odor with just a hint of sweetness and spice. Its flavors are earthy and herbal, leaving notes of pepper and pine on the palate. Enjoy Tranquil Elephantizer to excite the body while mellowing the mood.


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What is “Kush” Cannabis?

Cannabis can be classified in many different ways. Typically, this resinous flower is categorized as sativa, hybrid, or indica, based on anticipated effects and/or the morphology of the plant. But cannabis can be further categorized through a vernacular defined by the popular culture, such as Kush, Haze, and Purple. These terms refer to types of cannabis characterized by distinct smells, flavors, effects, and/or geographic regions.

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What Characterizes “Kush” Cannabis?

Kush cannabis

Kush is a particular variety of cannabis that descends from the Hindu Kush mountains. This mountain range spans the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and is one of the few geographic regions where the cannabis plant grows natively.

Having strong Kush genetics usually means a strain will have a few of the following attributes:

  • Appearance: Your strain may exhibit deep green colas and leaves with hints of purple. Pistils (hairs) can look orange, bronze, or rust colored.  Buds are dense, chunky, and knotted, coming from squat, thick plants.
  • Smell: Aroma can vary between earthy, floral, pungent, pine, incense, sweet fruit, hash spice, pepper, citrus, gas, and herbs.
  • Flavor: Smoke or vapor should be smooth and herbaceous, tasting of flowers, grape, diesel, citrus, and earth.
  • Effects: Kush usually vacillates between hybrid and indica dominance. The effects are typically heavy and sedative. OG Kush crosses are usually coupled with a bright euphoria that puts a smile on the couch-locked consumer. Introspection or internal reflection is a common effect of Kush as well. These cerebral effects make a strong case for Kush as a meditative variety of cannabis.

Keep in mind that these attributes can vary from Kush strain to Kush strain. How a strain is grown and its unique genetic expression (referred to as a “phenotype”) naturally affect a strain’s attributes, giving some Kush strains a more sativa-like aroma, flavor, or effect.

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Among strain breeders, Kush varieties are popular candidates for backcrossing and in turn, stabilizing hybrid genetics. As with many landrace strains, Kush genetics present natural resistance to certain elements native to their land of origin. This includes hardy stocks and vegetation that can survive colder, harsher climates and moderate water consumption, allowing the plant to endure somewhat parched terrain. In addition to their natural resilience, many growers choose to grow Kush strains for their heavy yields and manageable height.

What are the Most Popular Kush Cannabis Strains?

A simple search of “Kush” will yield hundreds of strains with an Afghani ancestor, but let’s start with the five most popular:

1. OG Kush

Leafly OG Kush hybrid cannabis strain tile and effects

The most famous of all Kush varieties, OG Kush hits the sweet spot on the indica-dominant hybrid scale. This strain’s comfortable yet potent sedation coupled with an uplifting euphoria make it the perfect strain to just feel good with.

2. Bubba Kush

Leafly Bubba Kush indica cannabis strain tile and effects

Bubba Kush is what usually comes to mind when people think of indica-dominant effects. This strain is stoney and sedative, weighing the consumer to couch as though they were wearing cement boots with a matching cement tracksuit and stately cement trench coat. Bubba Kush may also ignite your appetite; just try not to fall asleep in front of the fridge while spooning a box of Eggo waffles.

3. Purple Kush

Leafly Purple Kush indica cannabis strain tile and effects

Purple Kush is an excellent example of indica-dominant attributes. This strain has purple foliage and will generally have an earthy, grapey flavor, as well as sleepy effects.

4. Skywalker OG

Leafly Skywalker OG hybrid cannabis strain tile and effects

Skywalker OG takes the classic hybrid effects of OG Kush and deepens its sedating effects with the addition of Skywalker. This Kush develops a fruit-rich, diesel-driven flavor and aroma while mimicking the happy, uplifted mental characteristics of its paternal genetics. The creeping, sedative effects melt over the body, taking the consumer from the light side of day into the dark side of night (and sleep.)

5. Master Kush

Leafly Master Kush indica cannabis strain tile and effects

Master Kush is another Kush classic that inherits attributes directly from Hindu Kush. With a mixture of sleepy, happy, and relaxing effects, Master Kush earns its title. This strain is an excellent alternative to Bubba Kush.

Which Kush varieties are your favorite? Share them in the comments section below!


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New Strain Alert: Peyote Cookies, Chocolate Drop, Pineapple Cookies, and More

This week we have two special cookies cuts from Calyx Gardens and Barney’s Farm, a tropical variety of cotton candy in cannabis form, an Afghan Kush cross with sedation to spare, a Muhammad Ali homage that’s punchy with CBD-rich cannabinoids, and a dank dog out of the San Fernando Valley.

If you’ve had the pleasure of trying any of these fine new strains, share a review and let the community know what’s hot and what’s not. And if you haven’t, this is a chance to discover new and classic genetics imbued with a modern twist.

Pineapple Cookies by Calyx Gardens is an introspective Platinum Girl Scout Cookies cross with flavor to spare. It was created by breeding the Calyx Garden Pineapple OG Kush father (Poison OG x Purple Pineapple) with the long-lasting body-melter Platinum GSC. Relaxation and happiness creep across the body, gradually dissolving stress and depression as the consumer’s mood elevates. This strain’s aroma is bright and buttery, exhibiting sweet notes from both its parents.

Black Afghan is a complex indica-dominant strain with euphoric and relaxing effects. The flowers develop as jade, pine tree-shaped colas with dark green, nearly black sugar leaves. Black Afghan’s terpene profile is an aromatic mixture of pepper, earth, and sage smothered in dark berries, alluding to the strain’s cerebral and physical effects. This strain’s heady, uplifted buzz and relaxing, munchie-inducing body effects make it perfect for a lazy afternoon.

SFV Dog by Royal Choice Farms is a savory SFV OG x Chemdawg 4 cross exhibiting a pungent and unique terpene profile. Described by the grower as a “meaty, classic OG with a punch,” SFV Dog combines strong hybrid genetics known for their high THC% and potent effects. This strain’s fast onset and heavy body buzz make it ideal for enjoying into the evening. SFV Dog’s skunky, fueled meaty aroma will expand the consumer’s palate while preparing them for rest and relaxation.

Pink Hawaiian (also known as Hawaiian Pink) is the supposed cross of Hawaiian and Cotton Candy Kush. This sweet strain infuses the consumer with an invigorating euphoria perfect for outdoor activities and social gatherings. The terpene profile is decadent and kind to new consumers, making it a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Enjoy Pink Hawaiian throughout the day to uplift mood and encourage physical activity.

Chocolate Drop is the supposed cross of Chocolate Kush and Lowryder. This indica-dominant hybrid produces squat plants with tree-shaped buds that reek of incense, cocoa, pungent earth, and citrus. The effects are relaxing but not overly sedative and offer a kind, uplifting euphoria. Enjoy Chocolate Drop throughout the day to help relieve stress, improve mood, and manage anxiety.

Peyote Cookies by Barney’s Farm was created by crossing Peyote Purple and Barney’s famous Cookies Kush. It was developed through a detailed selection and back-crossing process that helped isolate the very best qualities of both parent strains, resulting in a vigorous hybrid flower that is easy to grow and pleasurable to consume. The flowering plant displays a dazzling ruby red and purple complexion coupled with delicious flavors of guava, vanilla, coffee, and earth. This strain is also mold and mildew-resistant and grows superbly indoors or outdoors.

Boombaye by Mr. Mack’s Snack is a CBD-rich strain that incorporates heavy Kush genetics and a pungent terpene profile. This strain was created by combining the sweet and earthy styling of Gelato Cookies with Mr. Mack’s own Mickey Kush. The sedative weight of this strain is tempered with time, leaving the consumer functionally relaxed. Boombaye pays homage to the late Muhammad Ali and his iconic fight, The Rumble in The Jungle, where the crowd chanted “Ali, boma ye,” which is Lingala for “Ali, kill him.” Mind the one-two punch behind this strain, as it might get you knocked out.


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New Strains Alert: Suicide Girl, Citrus Sunshine Haze, Peyton Manning, and More

Today is a historic day. Today is a day that will reverberate throughout the world and in the hearts of cannabis consumers and opponents alike. Today is Friday, and you know what that means, New Strains Alert, baby!

This week we are shining a spotlight on our friends at Dinafem Seeds. Critical Plus 2.0 doubles down of their famous, award-winning Critical Plus genetics; Santa Sativa elevates the consumer’s palate with challenging terpenes and an especially heady buzz; Dinachem preserves the legendary Chemdawg line while embellishing the flavor through the addition of Guava Chem; and Big Kush offers new growers a healthy yield with all the potency and renown of its more famous parent, OG Kush.

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Suicide Girl by Calyx Gardens is the cleverly named cross of Poison OG and Platinum Girl Scout Cookies. This beautiful and potent cannabis strain delivers hearty mid-level sedation in the body and a sizzling mental buzz that carries the consumer forward. The flavor and aroma are rich with fuel, fruit, and spices like star anise and pepper. Utilize Suicide Girl to combat anxiety, depression, and minor pain.

Critical Plus 2.0 is the double-deep cross of the award-winning Dinafem Seeds original, Critical Plus. Known for its speedy flowering time and zesty lemon aroma, Critical Plus 2.0 is a great option for first-time gardeners looking for a deeply relaxing buzz and a healthy yield. It exhibits exceptionally pungent notes of lemon, incense, and exotic wood. Dinafem recommends using a strong carbon filter during flowering as the aroma of the maturing buds is robust. Critical Plus 2.0 lends itself to deep relaxation and stress relief.

Big Kush by Dinafem Seeds is a love letter to growers and Kush connoisseurs alike. By combining the generous genetics of Big Skunk with the ever-popular OG Kush, Dinafem has fashioned a strain that exhibits the balanced and flavorful attributes of OG Kush with the fuel-tinged lemon aroma and yield of their Big Bud/Skunk cross. This autoflowering strain finishes in 8 weeks and requires little manicuring due to the conservative number of fan leaves.

Citrus Sunshine Haze by Cereal Killer Genetics is, as they describe it, “sunshine in a bag.” It was created by crossing Super Lemon Haze and Kosher Tangie #2. This genetic combination yields three distinct phenotypes ranging from 75/25 sativa-dominant to an even 50/50 split. All phenotypes share a magnificent citrus aroma that runs the gamut from lemon and lime candy, orange, and tangerine with a hint of herbaceous spice. With an average THC content of 28%, Citrus Sunshine Haze is not for the unseasoned consumer. This strain is a quality option when looking to combat depression, laziness, and mild pain while remaining upbeat.

Santa Sativa by Dinafem Seeds is 70/30 sativa-dominant strain with a complex aroma. Reeking of lemons, cedar, pine, and incense, Santa Sativa delivers an elevated terpene profile consumers will fawn over. These unique terpenes are created from the combination of Haze #1 and a Skunk/Northern Lights cross, blending an uplifting buzz with mellow euphoria that lingers between the ears. Santa Sativa grows long, dense jade green buds that finish flowering in about 10 weeks.

Dinachem by Dinafem Seeds is an especially potent cross of Guava Chem and the Original Chemdawg 91 from Chemdog’s own genetics. This strain enhances and preserves the potency and quality of Chemdog’s original strain while infusing fruit and floral nuances into the oily, woody aroma inherent to the strain. With natural pest and moisture resistance, Dinachem offers novice growers a hearty piece of cannabis history with a large yield and an average THC content of 18-23%. Dinachem won 1st prize for “Best Indica” at Cannazores Cup in 2016 and 2nd prize for “Best Indica” at IC420 Growers Cup in 2015.

Peyton Manning is a horticultural homage to Denver’s former quarterback of the same name. The strain Peyton Manning, a powerful blend of SFV OG and Chemdawg 91, was released in September 2013 before the beginning of the new football season. Known for its high THC content and long-lasting effects, Peyton Manning is not for the novice cannabis consumer. Anticipate a heady rush brought on by this THC-rich flower that melds into the body as the headiness fades. The buzz is giggly and euphoric with a calming warmth on the limbs, but consume too much and the potential for paranoia increases. Enjoy Peyton Manning to boost creativity, nullify stress, and elevate the mood.


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The Top Trending Cannabis Strains of 2016

Every year we like to look back and recognize the rising stars of the cannabis world. Last year, Gorilla Glue #4, Critical Kush, Candyland, and ACDC were among the fastest trending strains according to Leafly user strain reviews, but which strains stood out from the crowd this year?

To eliminate outliers that might skew the results, we restricted our search to the top 200 ranking strains of 2016. These strains tend to be more available nationwide, and we hope you’re able to find them in your area!

Budtenders and inventory managers – are these trending strains on your menu? If not, consider keeping an eye out for them. Because in 2016, they were flying off the shelves fast.

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Leafly Blue Cookies hybrid cannabis strain tile and effects

We all know that customers swarm around anything containing the word “Cookies,” thanks to the Girl Scout Cookie hype. But what makes Blue Cookies stand out from the many, many other Cookie crosses? The addition of Blueberry indica genetics, of course.

Leafly Birthday Cake Kush hybrid cannabis strain tile and effects

Another decadent Girl Scout Cookies cross, Birthday Cake Kush also pulls in genetics from Cherry Pie to achieve a dessert-like taste that’s not altogether unlike cake itself. It may not be your birthday, but the luxurious and relaxing qualities of this potent hybrid are certainly something to celebrate.

Leafly Sour Tangie sativa cannabis strain tile and effects

The citrus-loaded sativa strain Tangie can’t possibly be improved. Or can it? DNA Genetics has done it again, spinning their Tangie masterpiece with the help of East Coast Sour Diesel genetics. Sour Tangie improves the fuel-like taste of Sour Diesel without compromising Sour D’s high-flying creative effects, making this sativa a must-have for flavor enthusiasts and artists alike.

Leafly Purple Candy indica cannabis strain tile and effects

Purple Candy blossomed in British Columbia, Canada. Believed to be a cross between BC Sweet Tooth and Mendocino Purps, it’s as sticky and sweet as grape hard candy. But you won’t feel a sugar rush with this indica; instead, expect the heavy-hitter to prime you for bedtime or a solid nap.

Leafly Quantum Kush sativa cannabis strain tile and effects

A good sativa can lend a positive spark to an otherwise dreary day of chores, so it’s no wonder that Quantum Kush tipped the charts in 2016 as one of the most fastest trending sativa strains. While some sativas bring on the buzz with a bit too much gusto, resulting in anxiety and paranoia, Quantum Kush manages to deliver creative, talkative, giggly qualities without what we like to call “The Fear.”

Leafly God's Green Crack hybrid cannabis strain tile and effects

Who knew the not-so holy union of God Bud and Green Crack would result in something so heavenly? God Bud is known for producing mammoth yields of gargantuan buds, but the effects are a little heavy-handed for some. That’s why Jordan of the Islands crossbred God Bud with Green Crack, the high-flying sativa strain that focuses all of its effort on elevating the mind to a place where laughing fits are inevitable.

Leafly Gelato hybrid cannabis strain tile and effects

A new generation of Girl Scout Cookies has arrived, and its name is Gelato. From the same breeders that delivered fan favorites Sunset Sherbet and Girl Scout Cookies, Cookie Fam Genetics from Bay Area, California isn’t finished with their royal line quite yet. Gelato, a descendent of Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, blooms in bright colors that are almost as inviting as its tantalizing dessert-like aroma.

Leafly Grape Stomper cannabis strain tile and effects

Grape Stomper isn’t a new strain, but a jump in Leafly reviews will show that not all good things are sparkly and new. Strong genetics inherited from Purple Elephant and Chemdawg Sour Diesel equip this strain with the full package: flavor, potency, and consistency. Relaxing without encumbering social skills, the balanced Grape Stomper is an excellent choice for so many different activities. No wonder its popularity isn’t waning.

Leafly Nuken indica cannabis strain tile and effects

Nuken is also an older strain making a comeback. Originally found in Canada, it’s since proliferated throughout the Pacific Northwest to states like Washington and Oregon. Herbal and sweet in flavor, Nuken cradles you in a blanket of dreamy euphoria where your thoughts can float upward to bliss.

Leafly Superglue hybrid cannabis strain tile and effects

Last year, the top trending strain was Gorilla Glue #4. This year it’s Superglue, which surprisingly bears no family ties to last year’s champ. A cross between Northern Lights and Afghani, Superglue develops a thick coat of sticky resin that will quite literally glue your fingers together. Though its parentage may lead you to believe Superglue will be a knockout, this strain is bred to deliver more light-footed effects. In fact, Leafly users have described this strain as focusing and creative while simultaneously relaxing the body.

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9 Things Popcorn Kush May Make You Do, According to Leafly Reviewers

January 19th is National Popcorn Day, a time to celebrate our favorite snack that gets magically transformed from tooth-cracking kernels to light, fluffy pillows of yum. Whether you enjoy it drenched in fake movie theater butter, in Cracker Jack form, or adorned with bold flavors like Sriracha, the versatility of popcorn guarantees it to be a top treat for many snackers.

Our favorite iteration of popcorn, of course, is Popcorn Kush, an indica-dominant hybrid that actually smells and tastes like popcorn. Don’t believe me? Check out some review highlights that not only attest to its aroma and flavor, but allege that Popcorn Kush is great for a variety of things.

Popcorn Kush Makes You…

Leafly Popcorn Kush indica cannabis strain and effects
Want to Enjoy It at Movie Theaters

“They should sell this at movies in giant buckets! A little hash butter and you have a master piece!” – DroScope360

Stick to Your Seat

“Buttered popcorn is all that comes to mind. almost 100% indica too, so prepare for the couchlock! will pick this strain up again!” – redye_jedi

Sleepy and Hungry

“all this strain did was make me sleep and get the munchies, which I love..but way too strong for me!” – Anonymous

Fall in Love

“Just had a nice dance with this here lass. We went all over the place quenching our curiosities. I wrote her a two page rambling research love letter in what felt like minutes. I think I love her.” – durpe

Get Married, Apparently

“this strain help me sleep and eat but it also help get married” – jeffthekiller

Experience All the Flavors of the Popcorn Rainbow

“First puff tastes like fresh popcorn, second puff tastes like butter, last puff tastes like burnt popcorn.” – Anonymous

Better Manage PTSD

“It has helped with my PTSD and the subsequent underlying conditions. It is one of the more subtle indicas that I’ve smoked, as I still had energy to go out and accomplish tasks.” – cckrantz

Feel Focused and Inspired

“Made me feel pretty damn focused. I wrote some tunes for an album I’m working on with this here strain. Also I love that it almost a looks like popcorn.” – tedness

Feel in Touch with Psychology

“This strain was a very good high. It activated all of senses highly, I was very creative, and I was extremely relaxed. However, I was unable to drive anywhere, and I had the munchies. I experienced the WORST paranoia ever from this strain. All and all, a pretty good strain. It lets you get in touch with psychology.” – incenseandbamboo

Have you tried Popcorn Kush? If so, leave a review of the strain and tell us what you think!


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