Top Fruity Marijuana Strains
An introduction into what causes cannabis to taste or smell a certain way with a more in-depth look at how some cannabis strains taste and smell like fruit and a top list of 5 fruit-flavored cannabis strains.
Cannabis plants feature a wide selection of aromas and flavours, ranging in both quality and quantity. Each cannabis strain has its distinct palette of tastes and smells. Those unique and defining characteristics are accomplished through careful and knowledgeable breeding. Getting the desired aromas in such a manner is very time-consuming.
On the other hand, there are quick ways of artificially flavoring cannabis both pre- and post-harvest. The process of artificial flavoring is manageable by most growers but is unlikely to satisfy true cannabis connoisseurs and purists. Also, all the potential benefits that naturally occurring smell molecules may have, are thought not to be present in artificially flavored cannabis.
Terpenes and Terpenoids
Terpenes are found all throughout nature. These aromatic molecules are responsible for the delightful aromas of flowers, trees, and fruits. They also underpin the signature scent of weed. Every time you enter your grow room or garden, you have terpenes to thank for the mind-blowing smells.
Every cannabis strain produces its own unique terpene profile. Both genetic and environmental factors play a role in the quantity and type of terpenes that each plant churns out. Varying terpene profiles explain why some strains offer sweet and sugary tastes, while others are much more fuel-like and earthy.
Aside from supplying delicious and unique tastes, terpenes also heavily influence the cannabis high. THC underpins the main psychotropic effect of the herb, but different terpenes modulate the experience through the entourage effect  . Terpenes such as myrcene synergise with THC to create a relaxing physical effect, whereas limonene works alongside cannabinoids to create more of a stimulating outcome.
During the drying and curing process, volatile terpenes become oxidised and break down into terpenoids that impart their own unique effects. Correct preparation post-harvest will create an optimal terpenoid content with an overall improved taste and smoothness.
Fruit Scent in Cannabis
Many cannabis strains send flavours of fruit rolling across the tongue. Not surprisingly, cannabis produces several terpenes also found in popular fruits. Terpenes such as limonene and valencene are found in fruit peels, underpinning the citrusy tastes that many strains carry. Other dominant fruity terpenes include myrcene and pinene. Overall, fruity strains feature a balance of citrus, earthiness, bitterness, and sweetness.
In contrast, some cannabis strains possess an entirely sweet terpene profile, with no fruit-like bitterness or citrus undertones. Often described as sugary and candy-like, these strains feature high levels of caryophyllene, terpinolene, and myrcene (many strains are high in myrcene).
Myrcene is a terpene found in large quantities in mango, and it’s one of the most dominant terpenes in cannabis. It is thought that myrcene facilitates cannabinoid uptake in the brain, therefore strengthening and lengthening the cannabis high.
Animal studies  have shown myrcene to display muscle-relaxing and sleep-promoting properties. And, while it’s unclear if and how these findings translate to humans, cannabis strains with high doses of myrcene do tend to induce a strong physical stone. In any case, this musky, fruity terpene is able to captivate the senses on impact, adding a deep note to all manner of fruity strains.
Limonene is the terpene most associated with citrus fruit. Scents of orange and lemon permeate the air and invigorate the senses. Unsurprisingly, citrus-flavoured cannabis is considered to feature the most uplifting and happy highs, while still having considerable soothing properties. Smoking a strain high in limonene tends to result in joyful outbursts, euphoria, and a desire to be social.
These traits also make fruity strains high in limonene a good option for wake-and-baking, enjoying on the beach, or otherwise smoking during the daytime hours.
Of all the terpenes, pinene occurs the most frequently throughout nature. The aromatic compound is responsible for the gorgeous scent of pine forests and Thai lime, and also contributes a similar aroma to cannabis strains.
If you often experience moments of clarity while walking through the woods, you may have pinene to thank. Smelling this terpene has links to improved short-term memory  , and, interestingly, may help to offset some of the short-term memory impairments caused by smoking weed. That said, this has yet to be proven. But if you tend to forget where you placed your lighter after smoking, consider smoking a pinene-rich strain to jog your memory.
Other than myrcene, limonene, and pinene, a lot of other terpenes and terpenoids are found in fruit-flavoured cannabis. Some of those include undecanal, methyl-2-methylvaleratem, geraniol, valeraldehyde, terpineol-4-ol, β-Ionone and β-Ionol.
Top Fruit-Flavoured Cannabis Strains
Every cannabis smoker has their preferences when it comes to taste, and those that love fruity flavours are spoilt for choice. From tangy citrus to sweet forest fruits and berries, there is a fruity strain out there for all. Below, we’ve divided the fruitiest cannabis strains into four distinct sub-categories to help you find the flavours you most desire.
Sweet & Candy
Sweet, candy-flavoured strains offer all the sugary tastes of fruit, without any bitterness or earthiness to steal the show. Light up your sweet taste buds with these delicious cultivars.
If you’re looking for sugar, Sweet ZZ has the answer. After crossing fruity parent strains Grape Ape and Grapefruit, our breeders were shocked by just how sweet the progeny tasted. Sweet ZZ possesses an 80% indica genetic profile and packs a THC content of 22%. Every hit delivers gorgeous flavours and a body-slamming high perfect for the evenings.
A complete description of how cannabis gets its smell and taste and an in-depth look into fruit flavored cannabis strains with a top 5 list.