People who use cannabis with some regularity always look forward to something new. New strains hit the white and black markets every year. They multiply to create and meet market demand.
The potential for more money drives breeders to tweak existing favorites and to create new hybrids that improve or increase flavor and potency. Some are looking to build the ultimate in medical benefits. Others want to push the envelope in brain and body effects. Simultaneously, as legalized sales increase, farmers look for more durable, easier to grow, and larger yielding strains.
This drive risks all the negatives of Agra Business, such as homogenization of the product. However, legalization also created the free market so that you can look for new cannabis strains in 2021.
10 cannabis strains to look for in 2021:
Strain: Resources disagree on Sativa: Indica ratio, and while most find moderate THC, it has been tested at 29%.
Genetics: Zkittiez and Gelato #33 yielding Runtz OG, Pink Runtz, Raspberry Runtz, and White Runtz
Reputation: Huge flavor burst and high euphoric impact last two to three hours.
User reviews: Runtz delivers rich, fruity flavor and smoke with berries, pineapple, and tropical citrus. Just a few tokes charge your brain with a lofty euphoria before spreading a sedating calm throughout the body. It may help with appetite, pain, and insomnia, but users like this 2020 award winner for its total stone.
Strain: Indica-dominant Hybrid with moderate THC at 16% to 20%
Genetics: London Poundcake #75 and Lemonchello 10
Reputation: Sweet fruit delivers cerebral euphoria and body relaxation.
User reviews: Pink Rozay smells and tastes of wild strawberries. It energizes the brain, quickly lifting you to a significant bliss and moderate relaxation to beat stress, pain, and fatigue.
Strain: An evenly balanced hybrid can reach 18% THC with negligible CBD.
Genetics: Origin differs among breeders. Exotic Genetix crosses Cookies and Cream with Lemon Tree while Next Generation blends a ruderalis with Burmese, Grapefruit, and Purple Indica.
Reputation: Overwhelms body and leaves users couch-locked.
User reviews: Bonkers (and its variations) reminds you of Creamsicles. The sweet fruity start leads to a complete stone that reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.
Strain: Indica-dominant hybrid
Genetics: Landrace Hindu Kush was crossed with Rare Darkness OG #2.
Reputation: A sweet, earthy sandalwood incense leaves users calm and relaxed.
User reviews: Rare Hindu produces a serene cerebral high great for using late in the day or just before bed.
Strain: Sativa-dominant hybrid testing as high as 23% THC.
Genetics: This proprietary hybrid may descend from G13, but some attribute it to Lemon Skunk or Love Potion No. 1.
Reputation: Lemon G, not to be confused with God Lemon, is not a strain for new users because the high hits fast and hard with a euphoric brain and body buzz.
User reviews: The taste of pine and lemon can be nasty. However, it does produce a high creative energy for treating anxiety, depression, fatigue, and stress.
Strain: Evenly balanced hybrid has 19% to 20% THC
Genetics: Breeders crossed Triangle Kush X with a blend of Legend OG and Stardawg IX2.
Reputation: Potent, pungent diesel smell turns many away, but it delivers a comforting and productive high.
User reviews: The potency sneaks up with a creative motivation without sedation to treat appetite loss, chronic pain, and daily stress.
Strain: Sativa-dominant hybrid tests to 18% THC.
Genetics: Proprietary hybrid comes from White Widow with a blended landrace Thai with Haze and Skunk #1.
Reputation: Strain smells of ammonia and jet fuel but tastes like berries to deliver a creative euphoria.
User reviews: Wonder Woman delivers a powerful, lasting, and pleasant, uplifting buzz. It relaxes and relieves stress and anxiety without sedation, a full head high without pressure.
Strain: A sativa-dominant hybrid has 1% CBD and THC at 18% to 20%.
Genetics: Larry OG mixed with Grand Daddy Purps.
Reputation: Strain has an immediate heady effect for late evening and bedtime use.
User reviews: Delicious sour grape and vanilla flavors introduce a brain-blowing euphoria that melts into sedation and long sleep to fight insomnia, stress, depression, and pain. New users should watch their dosing with this Purple Punch Kool-Aid can invite paranoia.
Strain: Sativa-dominant hybrid pushes as high as 23% THC.
Genetics: Super Silver Haze meets Neville’s Haze for a super sativa breed.
Reputation: With its potent THC, Hay-Z creates an intense mental experience.
User reviews: Hay-Z is a strain for cannabis veterans. Floral and spicy, it can energize the day if dosed carefully, but you cannot discount the THC load. Newcomers should use this strain prudently.
Strain: Indica-dominant hybrid with 18% to 20% THC and >1% CBD.
Genetics: Watermelon Zkittlez mingled with Gelato 45.
Reputation: Watermelon Gelato works differently for different users with somewhat unpredictable results.
User reviews: This strain will produce an immediate rush of euphoria. Beyond that, it can be relaxing and confusing or energetic and creative. Generally, this well-balanced hybrid offers a noticeable but comfortable high for most users.
What to look out for in 2021
Some of the listed strains have been around for a few years. Some are not easily accessible everywhere. Some are good options for growing at home, and others are not.
These are cannabis strains to look out for, but you might also follow the numerous cannabis competitions held throughout the year for emerging and trending strains in every category. Those reports provide a lot of information to support your shopping and enjoy the results.