Popular Strains This Time Last Year

Last year was quite a tumultuous year. Despite this, the cannabis industry continued making headlines with each new quarter. Here are some of the strains that got us through 2020.


This strain was voted ‘Strain of the Year’ by cannabis experts at Leafly amidst one of the craziest years in history. Runtz recaptured its crown as the most popular strain at the end of 2020. Runtz is a fusion between Gelato and Zkittles. The result is a hybrid strain of cannabis clocking in around 18.5% THC. Runtz is a fruity and delicate strain bred by the popular company Cookies. When toking Runtz, this strain of cannabis is reminiscent of sweet island fruits. Consumers praise Runtz for its resin-laden buds that produce a smooth smoke. Expect Runtz to continue to be a cornerstone of the advancement of the cannabis industry.

Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla Frosting is a strain that gained a grand amount of traction amidst COVID-19. This hybrid cannabis strain has gained an abundance of traction throughout the last few months. Vanilla Frosting is the product of Humboldt OG and Humboldt Frost. Vanilla Frosting gets its name from its overly abundant trichomes, giving it a sugary and frosted appearance. When tasting this strain, Vanilla Frosting presents notes of herbs and pine. There are also mild peppery undertones. Vanilla Frosting has an intensely high amount of THC. Cannabis cultivators have also identified this strain of hosting high amounts of cannabinoids other than THC and CBD.

Garlic Cookies

The next strain that was on everyone’s mind last year was GMO Cookies. Sometimes called ‘Garlic Cookies,’ this strain crosses the legendary strains Chemdog and Girl Scout Cookies. On average, a bud of this strain can contain anywhere from 19% to a hefty 23% of THC. As the name hints, the scent associated with GMO Cookies can be intense. Consumers often identify hints of herbs and peppers with a brief appearance of citrus. Similar to Watermelon Zkittlez, GMO cookies’ potency and distinct aroma can keep it relevant in the new decade.

Miracle Alien Cookes (M.A.C.)

Miracle Alien Cookies is another strain that consumers gravitated towards last year. Also known as MAC, this strain is a hybrid produced after combing Columbian and Starfighter. This strain, on average, contains approximately 20% THC. Under the light, Miracle Alien Cookies is often dark green and fortified with resin. Upon inhalation, Miracle Alien Cookies give off an aroma similar to that of citrus accompanied by pine and peppers. If 2021 is anything like last year, MAC is sure to remain as popular as ever.

OG Kush

Nostalgia is potent. This is why OG Kush is one of the popular strains of last year. Originating from the Sunshine State, OG Kush was cultivated in the mid-1990s. This strain was first bred when a local Sativa strain fused with a dutch weed plant. When smoking, the scent of OG Kush can be quite complicated but very unique. Notes of pine and the spice of diesel are evident in OG Kush. Also, OG Kush has assisted in breeding cannabis strains like Tahoe OG, SFV OG, Girl Scout Cookies, and ultimately any strain of ‘OG’ cannabis.

Granddaddy Purple

Similar to OG Kush, Granddaddy Purple is another strain that has been popular forever. This strain of cannabis is an Indica, containing pure Cannabis Indica genetics, is a product of the strains Purple Urkle and Big Bud. As the title suggests, Granddaddy Purple (GDP) buds can be a deep viridian with intense violet overtones. Grandaddy Purple also is great on the tongue; the sweet taste is emphasized by smooth berry and grape tones. Cannabis Indica-dominant strains such as Granddaddy Purple host a vast amount of myrcene.

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