Every year, there are a handful of marijuana strains vying to be the best of the best. These are the strains that everyone is trying to get their hands on in dispensaries or to germinate seeds in their garden.
To find out the best strains, we gathered data from the industry, observed asked growers, and used google trends.
There are a few strains new to the scene, but some of the most popular strains this year are bonafide classics. Continue reading below to find out what the top 10 strains of 2021 are.
10. White Fire
White Fire is a classic strain that's remained a staple in dispensaries for a handful of years. That doesn't seem likely to end anytime soon, thanks to its incredible lineage of Fire OG and The White.
The result is an incredibly potent strain that's covered in trichomes made up mainly of THC and, interestingly, CBG. The unique cannabinoid profile gives White Fire its uplifting and heady effects that are great for socializing and creativity.
Hot off the presses from DNA Genetics is a strain that's already making waves. Ztrawberriez is a cross between the classic Gelato and Strawberry Banana.
The result is an incredibly terpy strain that smells like strawberries and has a candy flavor profile. On top of that, Ztrawberriez is a real heavy-hitter, with a THC content of 25% or higher.
One hit of Ztrawberriez will send your body through the couch and your mind into the sky.
No top 10 cannabis strain list is complete without Gelato, no matter what year it is. Gelato is the base of so many upcoming strains that, even by proximity, it deserves a spot on this list.
Gelato is a strain that was created from Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, resulting in the revolutionary bud that we know and love today.
Fruity and creamy flavors and aromas will give way to relaxing properties and aid in pain relief after a few tokes. Take it from us--Gelato is a strain that you'll need to try at least once if you haven't already.
Having a candied terpene profile is what sets Zkittlez apart from the rest. Although Zkittlez was making the rounds four or five years back, its legacy has remained strong in the hearts and minds of the cannabis industry.
It's endured so long because of its incredible genetics, which is made of a cross between Grape Ape and Grapefruit. The marriage of these strains produced Zkittlez, which is packed full of terpenes and CBG.
Aromas of tropical, sweet, and fruit flavors all waft from the multi-colored colas that this strain is known for. One delicious hit will leave you focused, uplifted, and relaxed all at the same time.
6. Purple Punch
Like other strains on this list, Purple Punch is a bit older but has had a resurgence in popularity lately. Purple Punch first hit the scene in 2013 as a cross between Larry OG and Granddaddy Purple (GDP).
It was only a few years ago that the cannabis industry caught on to this sleeping giant, and this year it's more popular than ever. Purple Punch is an indica heavyweight that is known for leaving its users in complete relaxation.
After a few hits, it's a one-two knockout to the mind and the body. From there, you'll drift into a peaceful evening without worry or into a long slumber.
5. Apple Fritter
Although relatively unknown, Apple Fritter is making a name for itself this year. Shrouded in mystery, Apple Fritter is believed to be a cross between Sour Apple and Animal Cookies.
Unlike most of the other strains on this list, Apple Fritter is known for its incredible potency. It might be one of the most potent strains out there, leaving its users totally couch-locked.
4. Kush Mints
Another mints strain, known as Kush Mints, is starting to come out on top. Kush Mints is the result of a cross between Animal Mints and Bubba Kush.
The hallmark of this incredible new strain is the unique minty flavor that it possesses. The unique terpene profile makes it taste like minty cookies.
On top of that, Kush Mints is incredibly strong, breaking through 27% THC content on the regular. If you're looking for a relaxing, uplifting, and euphoric strain, then Kush Mints might be the one you're looking for.
3. Wedding Cake
Wedding Cake is a strain that may never lose its spot from the top three, at least for the foreseeable future. That's because Wedding Cake is a true connoisseur strain that combines fantastic effects, flavor, and potency.
For that reason, Wedding Cake has racked up rewards in 2018 and 2019, including The Cannabis Cup. That should come as no surprise, thanks to its incredible effects, which can aid pain relief and create a feeling of pure relaxation.
That's not to mention Wedding Cake's flavor, which has earthy notes underlying its prominent sweet and creamy taste.
2. Ice Cream Cake
Ice Cream Cake is the marriage of two of the most well-known connoisseur strains—Wedding Cake and Gelato #33. This strain is chock-full of cannabinoids and delicious terpenes.
Its THC content sits around 21%, which isn't a mind-blowing amount. However, the real reason this strain exists is for its incredible flavor, aroma, and effects.
Its unique flavor profile has hints of sweet vanilla, cream, and fresh dough. This treat is especially suited for people who want to use it at night time.
That's because Ice Cream Cake has soothing properties that help bring down anxieties and pain—leaving you with a restful afternoon and a good night's sleep.
If there's one strain that's blowing the competition away this year, it's Runtz. Runtz was created by the masterminds at Cookies by crossing two classics, both already on this list—Zkittlez and Gelato.
Once again, Runtz was created years ago but has steadily risen before becoming a viral hit. This incredible strain is absolutely doused in trichomes top to bottom, giving it pure power and a fruity flavor profile.
The best part about Runtz is that it's a strain that will get you on your feet. One smooth and creamy hit of Runtz will help you feel uplifted, euphoric, and ready to take on the day.
Which Strains Will You Try?
At the moment, many of the new strains on this list are only available at renowned dispensaries in legal cannabis states. The reality for many Americans in states without legal cannabis is that it may not be possible to try these strains.
Luckily, there is an amazing alternative—CBD hemp flower strains. At Simply Crafted, we have a dispensaries worth of hemp flower strains that will provide you with the same aroma, flavors, and relief as the THC-rich strains found here.
All you need to do is visit Simply Crafted and start browsing our refined selection of CBD and CBG flowers, which are all tested and grown to the highest standards. Don't wait--try some of the top strains in the cannabis industry today with CBD flowers.