Here we are…the end of the year that felt like it was never going to end. Hopefully you’ve got health in your corner and are ready to hit the ground running in 2021. Given the political landscape, it seems like next year could shape up to be a rather historical one for cannabis. We’re pretty sure that nobody feels like recapping 2020, but there’s always room to explore the all-star strains of the year. Let’s take a look at 2020’s most popular strains.
GG4 (aka Gorilla Glue #4)
We know what you’re thinking…”but this strain is on the most popular list EVERY year!” and you’re not wrong. The thing is, this potent strain has earned its spot in most popular strains categories, year after year. If you haven’t gotten your hands on this strain yet, you’re missing out. Classified as a true hybrid strain, users report feeling relaxed, yet euphoric after consuming GG4. This strain packs a punch with a 20% THC content. The best part about Gorilla Glue #4 is its wild popularity has resulted in nearly every cannabis dispensary maintaining a steady inventory. You probably won’t finish out 2020 with a Playstation 5, but you can forget those sorrows by picking up some of this bud.
With a name like Green Crack, we will admit that even we were a little apprehensive of the effects that may arise after smoking this sativa dominant strain. Coming in at around 17% THC, Green Crack’s popularity undoubtedly comes from its energizing characteristics. Those who are fans report this strain as an excellent option when you want to get high, but still require the ability to focus. Green Crack is hands down, the most popular daytime smoke of 2020. Other consumer reports indicate that they felt it may have helped with stress and depression, both of which hit a little too close to home in 2020. If you’re a wake-and-baker, we can’t recommend Green Crack enough.
Not only a cold weather favorite of ours, Cherry Pie ended up surprising most of us (and dispensaries as well) in 2020 by garnering a bit of a cult following. With genetics from Granddaddy Purple and Durban Poison, Cherry Pie’s hybrid profile and 16% THC content is nearly a perfect example of a well-rounded strain. Given its THC content, you may not find yourself equally impressed if you’re steady hitting the dab rig, but for the average toker, Cherry Pie will leave you with a smile.
Much like Cherry Pie, the Bruce Banner strain unexpectedly emerged as a popular strain this year. It packs a 20% THC content and while it is technically considered a hybrid, many users report its energizing effects to fall closer to the sativa side. Known for its incredibly dense nugs, Bruce Banner is the lovechild of OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel. If you’re poking around local dispensaries for this strain, be sure to keep in mind that Bruce Banner carries with it, three phenotypes. Be sure to ask your budtender which you’re getting.
If we had to give an award for powerhouse strain of the year, it would undoubtedly go to White Gushers (sometimes called Gushers). This hybrid of Gelato #41 and Triangle Kush registers a whopping 23% THC content. Users report its thick, fruit-like flavor as one that will put you on your ass. This strain has become sought after by not only recreational users, but medical patients as well. User reports indicate White Gushers’ ability to help with sleep issues, nausea, and pain. Additionally, 25% of users report that it helps them with stress. Something we could all probably use a little help with this year.
A sativa dominant strain, Lemon Haze was nearly a guaranteed popular strain this year. Dispensaries around the nation have struggled to keep Lemon Haze stocked and that was happening even before the pandemic was underway! Often described as tasting like you’re straight up smoking lemon zest, Lemon Haze’s parents are Lemon Skunk and Silver Haze. LH’s genetics give it a unique yellow tint that makes it easy to identify amongst other strains. A whopping 66% of users report this strain leaving them feeling happy. The only thing to watch out with this treat is the risk of cottonmouth, which it has become notorious for. As long as you stay hydrated, you should be able to avoid any awkward, inability to speak moments with the pizza guy.
Bet you thought Blue Dream would make the cut, didn’t you? Based on our research, it would appear that the “blue” strain to come out on top this year is actually Blue Cheese! The only indica dominant strain to make our list, Blue Cheese’s 17% THC content and unique scent profile put it into the underdog category going into 2020. That said, the stoners have spoken, and they love this strain. This strain comes from a mix of Blueberry and U.K. Cheese. Not exactly enticing to think about smoking, but once you do, your mind will almost certainly be changed. This strain is another favorite choice for medical patients. User reports indicate its ability to potentially ease muscle spasms, anxiety, and pain.
Our final recipient of “most popular strains of 2020” goes to one that has become increasingly difficult to source. Motorbreath is a hybrid strain measuring in at…*drumroll*…25% THC! Its parents are Chemdog and San Fernando Valley OG. Motorbreath gets its name from the pungent fuel-esque scent. Unless you’re lucky enough to be in line when your dispensary stocks this or it’s “like that,” and you can get a budtender to hold some in the back for you, this strain sells out almost immediately. We recommend stocking up (and storing properly!) if you’re able to find Motorbreath. That said, if you are a newb or consider yourself a lightweight when it comes to THC…approach this strain with a low and slow mindset.
There you have it…
Closure of another year and eight of the most widely popular strains. While we hope that you were fortunate enough to be able to experience each of these, we hope even more so that those who still reside in cannabis prohibited areas soon have the freedom to experience them as well. 2020 will go down in history as the year with more downs than ups, but the way we see it, this year has only set us up to have the best year ever in 2021. We’re all ready to close this chapter and move to the next. Until then, we hope that you have a healthy and happy holiday season and we will catch you on the flipside.