Now, we know that the term “strains” is a bit of a misnomer in this day and age, and it would be more accurate to call strains “cultivars” or “chemovars” (or “varietals”) – basically, marijuana plants grown for a specific characteristic, in particular cannabinoids and terpenes. Regardless of the term used, we can all agree that the concept people are trying to convey is this: even though most cannabis strains are more similar than different, there are some varieties that have been curated and maintained for their unique cannabinoid, terpene and growth profiles.
Once someone has released a cannabis strain with a unique profile, someone else picks up on it, and creates new twists on yesterday’s varieties by hybridizing it. Nature also likes variety, so even though cultivars breed for specific characteristics, there will always be variations in the gene pool. When you grow cannabis plants in the hundreds, you can find unique characteristics in some of them (e.g. unique growth patterns, different terpenes), and these can be used to create new strains as well.
Here are some of this year’s best varieties that’ll likely be very popular this summer, even if they have been around for a little longer than 2021!
Ice Cream, Cakes and Cookies – Cannabis Strains Still Popular in 2021
The past few years has seen a huge glut of cannabis strains that have used Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) and/or Gelato (which has GSC in it) as a backbone for their crosses. GSC has a mint, cherry, lemon, and sweet flavor profile. This has seen a huge number of strains developed that have names associated with baked goods and confectionary, such as:
- Wedding Cake aka Triangle Mints – Triangle Kush x Animal Mints
- Gelato Cake – Gelato #33 x Wedding Cake
- Sweeties – The White x Tahoe OG x Face Off x GSC
- Runtz – Gelato x Zkittlez
- Do-Si-Dos – GSC x Face Off OG
- GMO Cookies aka Garlic Cookies – Chemdawg x GSC – Lemon Garlic OG is another interesting varietal
- WiFi Cake – Wedding Cake x White Fire OG
- Gushers – Gelato #41 x Triangle Kush
Wedding Cake and other GSC crosses are still popular well into 2021, and are often some of the fastest-selling strains in dispensaries. This doesn’t look like it will change any time soon – at least, until the next big, stabilized cannabis varietal comes along.
Pink Rozay – London Pound Cake #75 (LPC75) x Lemonchello
Pink Rozay is an indica-dominant cannabis strain that has been reported as having relaxed, sleepy effects and a flavor profile similar to the fruitiness you’d expect from a glass of rosé. Pink Rozay was developed by Cookies founder Berner and rapper Rick Ross, and has been well-received by patients throughout 2020 and 2021 thanks to its unique flavor profile and high THC content.
Apples and Bananas – Platinum Cookies x Grand Daddy Purple (GDP) x Blue Power x Gelatti
Apples and Bananas is a strain developed in a collaboration before the aforementioned Cookies and Compound Genetics. They worked on several different cannabis varietals and crossed them together to create a new strain with a complex terpene profile that actually tastes like apples and bananas! This is sure to be one of the most popular choices in any dispensary this year.
Peanut Butter Breath – Do-Si-Dos x Mendo Breath
We’ve had strains that taste like cherry pies, cakes, chocolate and coffee, but what about that other favorite, protein-packed spread, peanut butter? Well, ThugPug Genetics have provided, and this strain has been a favorite amongst patients for over a year now thanks to its peanutty flavor and relaxing, uplifting and euphoric effects.
Bonkers – Grapefruit x Burmese x Purple Indica x Ruderalis
Not all cannabis strains this year will have some variation of Girl Scout Cookies in them, and Next Generation Seed’s Bonkers is one of them. This hardy variety is great for growing either indoors or outdoors, and its quick flowering time is an added bonus for those seeking a plant that provides a powerful body stone in a relatively short amount of time.
Just to note that there is another strain called “Bonkers” by Exotic Genetix, which crosses Cookies & Cream with Lemon Tree. It is also a worthwhile strain worth trying.
Apple Fritter – Unknown Parents
There’s been a spate of apple- and dessert- tasting strains over the last few years, and Apple Fritter is another example of this trend. Cherry Pie is a popular strain, but some of us want something that tastes more like Apple Pie. Well, Apple Fritter by Lumpy Flowers is it, and has a sweet and earthy profile with a taste of pastry (and even a hint of cheese). Apple Fritter has been reported as having a balanced relaxed-uplifting effect.
Strains to Look Out for in 2021: Overall
GSC has been popular for a few years now, and it is likely that this interest will continue as people want to explore its terpene profile and ability to produce sweet, dessert-tasting strains. Ruderalis varieties are also likely to improve with regards to the varieties available, strength, quality and yield over the course of the year, as more people are looking to grow outdoors, and/or beginners look to start growing their own cannabis.