Cookies
Forza Sans Souci, Miracle Alien Cookies, Ooh La La
Denvers Kush Club
Apple Fritter, Midnight, Muffinz, Noon, Peach Kush
Doctors Orders
Item 9, Peach Crescendo, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Snickerz, Sour Melon
Drift
Gelato 41, Infinity, White 99
Eclipse Cannabis
Ice Cream Cake, Mac
Elevated
Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Melonz, Strawberry Shortcake
EmJ's
Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool Aid, Forza Sans Souci, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sunset Drive, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
Emerald Fields
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Gary Payton, Ice Milk, Melonz, Midnight, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Noon, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Euflora
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Gg 4, Layer Cake, Peking Duck, Snickerz, Super Sour Lemon
Fountain Organics
Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
Golden Meds
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Melonz, Muffinz, Sherb Crasher, Sunset Drive, Yuk Mouth
Golden Meds
Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Dosi, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, Sueno
Green Dragon
Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo
Green Pharm 2
Banana Kush, Bubba Berry, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool Aid, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Miracle Alien Cookies, Orange Zkittlez, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Milk, Super Sour Lemon
Greenfields
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno
Herbal Healing
Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Melonz, Pineapple Blast, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
Herbs 4 You
Gas Tanker, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Sour Diesel, Super Sour Lemon, Yuk Mouth
High Octane Dispensary
Biker Oz, Gary Payton, Triangle Og
High Plains Strains
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sundae Float, Triangle Og
High Plainz Strains
Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Muffinz, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Snickerz, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, White 99, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Higher Grade
Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel
Kanopya Springs
Item 9, Sueno, Tart Pops
Karmaceuticals
Chemmy Jones, Peking Duck, Sage N Sour, White 99, White Runtz
Kind Care Of Colorado
Ice Cream Cake, Island, Lava Breath, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Slurricane
Kinfolk Farms
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills, Fubar, Gas Tanker, Larry, Layer Cake, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth
LOVA co
Apple Fritter, Durban Kush, Ice Milk, Medellin, Sage N Sour
LaConte's Denver
Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush
Lakeshore Cannabis
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cookies Cream, Galleta, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Island, Item 9, Melonz, Peking Duck, Ritas Cherry, Slurricane, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, Wookie Fruit
Lightshade
Apple Fritter, Cereal Milk, Chem 4, Cherry Diesel, Flow, Forza Sans Souci, Gelato 41, Ice Cream Cake, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Lucky Charms, Midnight, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Slap N Tickle, Sour Flower, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Living Rose Wellness
Gas Tanker, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Item 9, Layer Cake, Melons, Milky Weigh
Lova co
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cake Pop, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Lemon P, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Purple Marmalade, Sage N Sour, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon
Magnolia Rd.
Cherry Hills, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Shortcake, The Sauce
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co
Bananas, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Gas Tanker, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Sueno, Yuk Mouth
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co.
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Diesel, Grape Oz, Super Sour Lemon
Maikoh Holistics
La Kush Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Runtz, Snickerz
Mana Cannabis
Sueno, White 99, White Runtz
Mana Supply Company
Sueno, White 99
Medicine Man
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Infinity, La Kush Cake, Larry, Lava Breath, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Mile High Dispensary
Sueno
Native Roots
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Island, Item 9, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Pruno, Pudding Pop, Purple Marmalade, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pop, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Native Roots Vail
Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Gg 4, Melonz, Muffinz, Ritas Cherry, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sueno, The Sauce
Natural Alternatives for Health
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Durban Kush, Koko Puffs, Peach Kush, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Strawberry Shortcake
Nature's Herbs & Wellness
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Cake Pop, Cookies N Cream, Dosi, Forza Sans Souci, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Wedding Crasher
Natures Herbs & Wellness Center
Apple Fritter, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Sundae Float, Yuk Mouth
Natures Kiss
Muffinz, Project 4510, Snowman
Natures Medicine
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool Aid, Fubar, Garlic Cookies, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Super Sour Lemon, White 99
Oasis Cannabis Superstore
Apple Fritter, Cherry Hills, Collins Ave, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Medellin, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Purple Marmalade, Ritas Cherry, Sour Rado, Sueno, Triangle Og, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit
Peak MJ
Cake Pop, Purple Papaya Punch, Sherb Crasher, Sundae Float, Wookie Fruit
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Bubba Berry, Forza Sans Souci, Headband Kush, Island, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White 99
Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gelato 41, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Peach Kush, Raspberry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Rocky Road
Bananaghani, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Item 9, Lava Breath, Melonz, Midnight, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og
Roots RX
Blood Orange, Ice Cream Cake, Orange Zkittlez, Yuk Mouth
Roots Rx
Apple Fritter, Berries N Cream, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Island, Koko Puffs, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth
Simply Pure
Blood Orange, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Lava Breath, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Sour Melon, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Smokin Gun Apothecary
Ooh La La, Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Island, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Midnight, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz, Noon, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Pineapple Blast, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Spark
Peach Kush, Sundae Float
Star Buds
Apple Fritter, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garanimals, Gelato 41, Georgia Pie, Infinity, Layer Cake, Meow, Peking Duck, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, White 99, Yuk Mouth
Star buds
Meow, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og
Steel City Meds
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Flow, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Item 9, Papaya Cake, Peach Pie, Sage And Sour, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive, The Sauce
The 404 Dispensary
Meow, Peach Crescendo, Super Sour Lemon, White Runtz
The 64 Store
Cake Pop, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Koko Puffs, Layer Cake, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop
The Dispo
Ice Milk, Island, Peach Crescendo, Pineapple Blast, Runtz, Skywalker, Slap N Tickle
The Green Solution
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Blue Sherbert, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Durban Kush, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Grape Oz, Item 9, Lava Breath, Meow, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snozzberry, Sour Rado, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
The Happy Camper Cannabis Company
Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Gary Payton, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Island, Lucky Charms, Melonz, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White Runtz, Yuck Mouth, Zookies
The Joint Denver
Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Island, Sour Melon
The Kind Castle
Gelato 41, Peach Kush, Sueno
The Spot
Banana Kush, Cherry Hills, Granola Funk, Sueno
The Spot 420
Bananaghani
The Underground Station
Frosted Jack, Galleta, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, The Sauce
Third Day Apothecary
Cherry Diesel, Garlic Breath, Grape Oz
Tumbleweed
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cake Pop, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Georgia Pie, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Grenadine, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Infinity, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Lemon Pepper, London Pound Cake, Medellin, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Ooh La La, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Pruno, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Soda, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Item 9, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Sundae Float, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Yuk Mouth
Unity Rd
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills, Forza Sans Souci, Frosted Jack, Gary Payton, Gg 4, Melonz, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Sour Melon, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, Unicorn Poop
Verts Neighborhood Dispensary
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Sueno, Triangle Og
Zengold's
Bubba Berry
1136 Yuma
Cherry Punch, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Pie, Raspberry, Yuk Mouth
A Cut Above
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Island, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pruno, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, The Sauce
Backcountry Cannabis Co.
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Fubar, Sour Melon, Yuk Mouth
Berkeley Disensary
Granola Funk, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Peach Kush, Strawberry Milk, Tart Pops
Big Medicine Cannabissary
Garlic Breath
Boulder Wellness Center
Medellin
Breckenridge Organic Therapy
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Triangle Og
Buddy Boy
Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lucky Charms, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Colorado Cool Aid, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Infinity, Island, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Medellin, Melonz, Meow, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Raspberry, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap And Tickle, Slurricane, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pop, Tart Pops, Thai, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit, Yuck Mouth, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Cherry Peak Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Blood Orange, Cereal Milk, Chemmy Jones, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Meow, Miracle Alien Cookies, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Runtz, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Chronic Therapy
Strawberries N Cream
Colorado Harvest Company
Biker Oz, Flow, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Sour Melon, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sundae Float, Tart Pops

January 24, 2022

Leafly Buzz: 10 trending cannabis cultivars of ’22

David Downs January 19, 2022

Thug Pug's Garlic Breath brings the loud nationally in '22. (Courtesy Hava Gardens)

America’s high-THC weed-loving masses—prepare to enjoy some truly phenomenal smoke in 2022.

From Cali to Maine, countless acres of the rowdiest, mind-meltin’-est strains ever conceived are flowering; destined for the top shelf of your local store. Growers big and small are standing on the shoulders of breeding giants like Compound Genetics or Seed Junky Genetics, delivering near-perfect buds.

These breeders in select hotbeds like L.A., the Bay, Humboldt, Portland, and beyond, are rapidly evolving the exotic pot genome before our eyes. Seed and clone sellers then distribute these remixed varietals nationally and internationally. From one-light garage tent growers, all the way up to corporate mega-grows—the breathtaking buds flood our social feeds first, then store shelves.

So how did we select the 10 trendiest strains of ’22? We looked at US search and menu data, crawled The Emerald Cup Dec. 11, interviewed growers, studied Cup-winners lists, seedbank newsletters, and smoked, like, hundreds of strains.

Trendy means new, hot, and often limited in supply: like the ’22 Tesla Model S, or the PlayStation 5s of weed. Here’s the heat that’s burning up our feeds—these are Leafly’s 10 trending strains of ’22.Jump to a trending cultivar of ’22

Jokerz

Jokerz is best-in-class, fruity, spicey, gas that’ll make you grin. Its maximum-THC indica-hybrid effects deliver what connoisseurs demand. Share this elite indica hybrid with a fellow heavyweight and enjoy it along with a fine film.

California-based exotic breeder leader Compound Genetics mixed the parents White Runtz x Jet Fuel Gelato, and selected Jokerz #31 to first bring to market at The Emerald Cup. Lines ran long all day.

Jokerz is the platonic ideal of exotic cannabis in ‘22. It’s icy, dense, dark, and massive— smelling of purple candied pine trees drenched in fuel.

The people have voted with their cash and hashtags—they demand pot that pairs with getting off work, kicking back, trying to relax, eat, love, and sleep. In a world gone mad, Jokerz offers top-flight respite.

Rainbow Belts

Got S.A.D.? Add sunlight, nature, and puffs of this neon hybrid to your routine ASAP. An olfactory array of syrupy tropical fruit and uplifting hybrid effects awaits.

2022 will surely include a slew of new Z crosses (formerly called Zkittlez). Leading them—Archive Seeds’ cross of Z x Dosidos, which is not recommended for beginners.

Rainbow Belts looks so amazing and smells outrageous that it’ll make you mad at your other weed for being so basic. Archive Seeds describes the nose as “a wonderful Zkittlez-dominant potpourri purple Zkittlez candied lime sugar-coated OG Kush skunk funk.”

Exactly. Yes, please.RelatedCannabis Cup 2021 winners and where to buy them

R.B. showed off in the influential L.A. Zalympix exotic pot contest twice in ‘21. Archive Seeds pumps out seed packs of crosses, and other breeders work the Belts line heavily.

Rainbow Belts bloom all across the US: from CRU, Kingpen, and Artisan in Cali; to The Heights Co. in Oregon; as well as Seattle’s Private Reserve. The Belts are poppin’ in Michigan from Pure Options; and Sira Naturals in Mass.

Guess life just looks better behind rainbow-colored glasses.

Hella Jelly

Cap an epic surf sesh with this sweet rush of blue cotton candy, strawberries, and grapes.

Humboldt Seed Co. did the sativa world a solid when it wedded a Very Cherry to a Notorious THC. Hella Jelly looks, smells, and feels like sativa, but flowers fast—like an indica. You can grow greenhouses of it easily and flawlessly, and America has started to, thank God. We still love our classic Durban or Jack. But Hella Jelly has the potential to make classic sativa heads envious.

Hella Jelly won us over with its superb pedigree, hella early finish, and terps like standing next to the blue cotton candy machine at the fair. So, we made it a Harvest Strain of 2021, only to see it revealed as the coveted strain for The Grow-Off contest in California.

Agronomically optimized, Hella Jelly also makes fabulous extract, and Humboldt Seed Co is a major seed seller in multiple states. If you’re not hella stoked yet, you will be once you get a taste.

Apples and Bananas

A close up of a purple, orange and green nug covered in trichomes.(David Downs/Leafly)
Fruity hues show in this Cookies+Compound project. (David Downs/Leafly)

Space out to the sounds of beat-God Madlib on this powerful, creative hybrid. Its fruity, soft, dank gasoline taste and super-high THC scores will ensure you stay one of America’s most blunted on the map.

When rapper Berner debuted this collaboration with Compound Genetics at Berner’s on Haight in late 2020, heads braved a raging pandemic with no vaccines to stand on lines for two hours. German tourists tripped out: “You’re waiting in this line? For weed?”

Heads fed: The Cookies dome at The Emerald Cup 2021. (Photo by Hannah X Clover; Courtesy The Emerald Cup)
Heads fed: The Cookies dome at The Emerald Cup 2021. (Photo by Hannah X Clover; Courtesy The Emerald Cup)

Well, the lines continued again at the Cookies dome at The Emerald Cup in December 2021, where seeds of new Apples and Bananas crosses fetched hundreds of dollars per pack. Cookies and Compound Genetics mixed (Platinum Cookies x GDP x Blue Power) x Gelatti for Apples and Bananas—a perfect example of the quality buds the Bay Area exotic scene has to offer the world. As breeders work A&B crosses, seedbanks retail even more A&B, and Cookies opens stores across the country, ensuring plenty of Apples and Bananas to smoke, smoke, smoke, nationwide in 2022.

MAC V2

A macro of MAC V2 from L.A. Made just sleeted with trichomes over a greenish purple, orange-haired nug. — MAC V2 from L.A. Made (David Downs/Leafly)
All CAP when you spell the man’s name: MAC V2 from L.A. Made. (David Downs/Leafly)

Return of the MAC? Pfffth. It never left.

Capulator’s Miracle Alien Cookies (MAC) made legions of fans by delivering on the promise of a maximal-THC hybrid indica smackdown. MAC is big, white with trichomes, dense, and complex-smelling—a crushing kaleidoscope of sweet, biting, hashy, herbal mint. Prepare for take-off, because you are about to be abducted by some out-of-this-world terpenes.

Capulator crosses Alien Cookies x Miracle 15 genetics for MAC V2, which he sold in person at The Emerald Cup, via the boutique, new, high-end indoor flower brand ‘L.A. Made.’ You can see how ‘Cap’ is driving at this particular weed aesthetic and effect with his selections: impossibly big, chunky, iced-out indoor alien weed; devastating even to the connoisseur.

Cap got kicked off Instagram in 2021, but only got stronger on his grower forum The Bean Basement, adding a newsletter, and now the licensed affiliate L.A. Made. MAC V2 is for sale in seedbanks. Grow rooms have fired it up. We expect Cap, MAC, and his grower army to smash it this year.

  • See also: MAC Cap’s Cut; Dinosaur Food

Layer Cake

A Layer Cake nug shot—greenish purple and caked in white THC. (Courtesy Talking Trees) copy
Wedding Cake lovers—meet your side piece: Layer Cake. (Courtesy Talking Trees)

No strain trend list would be complete with a nod to Wedding Cake—a top-searched strain of 2021. Alas, Wedding Cake fans have started looking for a side piece.

Enter Swamp Boys Seeds’ Layer Cake—that is Seed Junky’s Wedding Cake crossed to their famous GMO x TK Skunk.

Layer Cake smells like sweet vanilla icing layered atop biting, savory skunk.

My food tasted better, and everything was funny to me. That was after one hit….no joke.

Leafly reviewer, Layer Cake

Pre-game your brain with this intense, layered trip before an adventurous return to in-person dining. After the initial rush, it’ll take the stress out of stress-eating.

“Within 10 minutes, tiny vibrational sounds were louder, colors were more vivid, and my body felt numb,” a reviewer states. “It was intense and almost scary. I’ve tried many substances in the past, and this reminded me of an MDMA buzz at first. Very cerebral. It mellowed out nicely after about 45 minutes, then I was just pleasantly buzzed. My food tasted better, and everything was funny to me. That was after one hit….no joke.”

Oreoz

A bud and branch shot of icy black and green Oreoz grown by CAM Photo by The High Red Beard (Photo Courtesy of CAM)
Oreoz is back in the rotation in ’22 at the artisanal California grower C.A.M. (Photo by The High Red Beard, Photo Courtesy of C.A.M.)

Oreoz is creamy sweetness atop chocolatey dankness that’ll get the whole squad lit. Treat the team to this dessert-encouraging hybrid from Michigan-based 3rd Coast Genetics.

3rd Coast Genetics’ ‘Max Yields’ crossed a Cookies n Cream to Secret Weapon—adding some much-needed novelty into the aging GSC line. It’s one of several cultivars with near-black leaf that sets off that white THC frosting.

With 50% hybrid effects, reviewers report stuff like: “Fire strain. Helps me see the field in Madden better.” Fair.

“Hooolyyy fuck. Jesus Christ. This shit had me in another galaxy within 15 minutes. I was literally seeing stars.”

—Leafly reviewer, on Oreoz

Others note the teeth-clenching THC levels: “Hooolyyy fuck. Jesus Christ. This shit had me in another galaxy within 15 minutes. I was literally seeing stars.” Indeed.

Oreoz is on shelves nationwide: in San Francisco from Lyfted; in Oregon from The Heights Co. at Archive; from Cloud9 at Have A Heart in Seattle, WA. It’s in Colorado and Arizona, and Lil Wayne’s GKUA brand has Oreoz in Detroit.

The popular name might pose problems, so look out for ‘Secret Cookies’ in some parts.

Garlic Breath

Garlic Breath (Courtesy Veritas Fine Cannabis)

Carbo-load your brain on this comfort food, then embrace a nap as an end in and of itself. Garlic Breath offers a savory, pungent, umami contrast to prevailing terps. It is high-THC sabor for your Cali Sober lifestyle.

Influential Michigan breeder of Peanut Butter Breath, Thug Pug, purportedly bred this GMO x Mendo Breath cross. That sounds like his M.O. because this stuff reeks.

“No less than five people asked me if I was holding it because it was that strong of a scent,” wrote one reviewer.

“I was ready for it all, just was hella stoned to the bone.”

—Leafly reviewer for Garlic Breath

Thug Pug’s not currently selling seeds of the Garlic Breath (he’s working on his Meat Breath line). But existing crops of Garlic Breath are dialed in, and stinking up the nation: from San Francisco as shatter; to Oregon, Washington, and Arizona. Even better—Garlic Breath hash by The Greenery in Colorado, or fresh flower from Veritas, or Hava Gardens.

Expect a relaxing mood lift, reviewers agreed. “I was ready for it all, just was hella stoned to the bone.”

Black Cherry Punch

Oregrown Black Cherry Punch (Courtesy Oregrown)
Oregrown Black Cherry Punch (Courtesy Oregrown)

Netflix and chill with The Witcher all winter on this heady indica hybrid. The sweet, citrus, grape-cherry dankness punches with a velvet glove, leaving you relaxed, happy, and tingly. Perfect with the spooky vibes.

Black Cherry Punch trends into 2022 because it’s awesome and widely available. Key breeder In-House Genetics mixed the modern classic Symbiotic Genetics Purple Punch, with a very hype flavor—Black Cherry Pie. It’s not exotic per se, but still irresistible to everyone from the backyard grower, to Oregon mega-grower Oregrown, to Oklahoma medical farms, to big Midwest and east coast legal grows.

As of press time, anyone could tap in with Black Cherry Punch seeds on Neptune Seedbank. It’s za-za for the people.

“You could be picking up dogshit, and on this stuff, you’d be having the time of your life,” one reviewer states. “Every inch of my body is burning relaxed and I feel like a huge Sour Patch Kid.”

Kush Mints

An icy, velvety Kush Mints nugshot. (Courtesy Cookies)
Kush Mints returns to the Leafly Buzz annual forecast. (Photo courtesy Cookies)

Kush Mints returns for the second year in Leafly Buzz’s trending annual forecast, thanks to its uniquely minty dankness and towering THC scores. Pair this queen of L.A. with blunts and bass—it’s perfect for a chill afternoon or evening.

Keep in mind, we tried to exclude it, but Kush Mints didn’t care. In 2021, it made so many more fans, took over so many more farms, and stayed so influential—we’d look silly leaving it out.

Seed Junky Genetics of Los Angeles’ cross of Bubba Kush and Animal Mints has changed the game the way Zkittlez has.

The ’22 forecast: next-level Mints crosses for the cannasseur, plus gorgeous bargain Mints for the masses.

Here comes Seed Junky Genetics’ The Menage (Zkittlez x Triangle Kush x Gelato 41 x Kush Mints 11), or Tiki Madman’s Apple Mints or Gelatti Mints.

Claybourne Co. Kush Mints (Courtesy Claybourne Co.)
Claybourne Co. Kush Mints (Courtesy Claybourne Co.)

Meanwhile, $25 bags of Kush Mints from California’s Pacific Stone are about to flood in like a king tide. The company harvests 27,000 plants per week in Carpinteria, CA.

We could go on and on—and we will all year—but this brings us to the end of Leafly Buzz’s 10 trending strains of ’22; for now.

We’d proudly pack you bowls of any of these, and stand by their quality. And we hope we can make good on that offer soon.

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