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New Genetic Marijuana Strains for 2021

With every new year arrives new opportunities, new chances at life, new resolutions, new plans and goals, and most of all, new cannabis strains.

Luckily, events like the Emerald Cup are a perfect opportunity for industry professionals to check out the best of the best for each new year. Keep your eyes peeled for these strains throughout 2021; soon your local dispensaries are going to be lining their shelves with some of these magnificent genetic masterpieces.

1. Wedding Crasher (Hybrid) – The Strain that Tastes Like Wedding Cake

A new cultivar from one of our favorites, Symbiotic Genetics, the same breeders that produced one of last year’s top contenders, Mimosa, Wedding Crasher is the main cannabis strain that S.G. has been marketing and releasing to the public, but there is a strong reason why. No, unfortunately these buds won’t zap you with the courage to jump into the wedding reception of some strangers and eat all their free food and drink all their open-bar booze, but this strain is capable of doing things much more valuable in our opinion.

Wedding Crasher has a way of calming down the mind . Its high is very heady and all consuming, leaving its lucky consumer with a peaceful, tranquil, and clear mental state that can last throughout the entire duration of the strain’s effects. The high from Wedding Crasher is known for being rather arousing and talkative, so maybe these characteristics do mimic what could possibly happen at a wedding, but beyond that this is also a very medicinal marijuana type. Additionally, Wedding Crasher could cause you to feel tingly and uplifted, with an increased desire to be creative. Medically speaking, this strain is known to soothe cramps, muscle spasms, inflammation, and fatigue, as well as resolve any depressing moods, feelings, or sensations.

Finally, what truly is the icing on the cake, is the flavor of Wedding Crasher, which resembles that of a vanilla wedding cake, blended with hints of grape, which makes for a smooth, sweet, and even sometimes grassy strain, that has a pleasant berry finish . Wedding Crasher is a genetic masterpiece produced by crossing Wedding Cake with Purple Punch.

2. Sour Berry Blue (Sativa) – The Floaty Tropic Strain

One of the more recent releases from Colorado based The Farm Genetics, Sour Berry Blue is a sativa dominant strain that was made by crossing over the High Times Cannabis Cup winner Alpha Blue with Sour Strawberry. Known to be one of the strongest Sour Strawberry crosses, Sour Berry Blue is honestly no joke, with its flavor and aroma profile which is somehow oddly reminiscent of a floaty tropical paradise. Tasting like a tropical fruit cocktail, with hints of sugar and berry, this strain is essentially just a yummy, sugar berry delight, with a scent that is equally as delectable.

Unlike many sativas, the high from Sour Berry Blue is not so much energizing, more so it leaves its consumer with a body-numbing, euphoric sensation that is extremely uplifting and elevating. You’ll definitely feel as if you can kick back and truly relax with this one. The THC levels of Sour Berry Blue range between 20%-26.5% on average, so get ready to let your mind and body float off into the deep blue sea, only to end up on some tropical island paradise.

3. Tropicana Cookies (Sativa) – The Strain That Mixes Breakfast and Dessert Into One

Bred by Washington based seed developer Phat Panda, Tropicana Cookies is an interesting blend between Tangie, an ultra citrusy Dutch sativa, and Forum GSC. Said by many to smell strongly of orange juice, this sativa dominant strain carries many strong notes of tangerine and other citrus fruits, which is then balanced out by its dessert-like undertones, which are that of fresh baked cookies , leading to a smooth overall creation that is essentially breakfast and dessert combined into one smokeable, high-bringing entity.

Sounds pretty amazing right? Tropicana is known for creating an aroused and focused high, coupled along with plenty of happiness, giggling, and uplift. Medically speaking, this strain is best for managing depression when it comes to the mind. Physically, it can help with stress, eye pressure, cramps, and nausea. The buds of Tropicana Cookies are beautiful, carrying a distinct dark purple and dark green color, further accented by bright orange hairs; a true delight to grow yourself. Unfortunately, Tropicana Cookies might not be the easiest strain to find. It is sold by some partner companies, but dispensaries are only just beginning to know of its existence.

For this reason, it’s best to call your dispensary ahead of time and ask them if they stock this fruity delight. If you happen to reside in the Washington area, there is a more likely chance that you’ll be able to get your hands on this Tangie x GSC crossover.

4. Palm Tree CBD (Indica) – The Low-THC Strain of Your Dreams

A well-balanced THC : CBD strain produced by Snoop Dogg’s own cannabis company, Leafs by Snoop, Palm Tree CBD has been making some headwaves these days, and we are pretty certain we know why. With a 4-13% THC content and a 6-12% CBD content, this yummy ganja is known for its calming and medicinal effects.

Assisting with a wide array of medical conditions, including eye pressure, fatigue, stress, headaches, and inflammation, if you are generally a fan of low-THC marijuana strains, then you are bound to fall in love with Palm Tree CBD. This strain carries a strong citrus flavor, with elements of lemon, orange, and other citrus fruits. Known for its distinct looking buds which are lime green in color and especially dense, with hints of accentuating purple and fluorescent orange hairs, the minute this strain is in your presence, you’ll know. Its aroma is strong.

The effects of Palm Tree CBD are not only calming, but also relaxing, sleepy, and euphoric, much like many of your other traditional indicas . Furthermore, Palm Tree CBD can have a strong body high, which will leave you not only feeling happy and content, but also tingly all over.

5. Mint Chocolate Chip (Hybrid) – The Refreshing and Rejuvenating Strain

One of the most recent releases from ExoticGenetix, the industry has been freaking out over this entire seedline lately, with many delicious picks to choose from, all ultimately stemming from the stable genetics of Mint Chocolate Chip . This strain is the genetic crossing between the SinMint Cookies strain and Green Ribbon BX, Mint Chocolate Chip is actually the strange pairing of two opposing genetic lineages, which makes for quite an intriguing final product.

The initial flavor of this strain is earthy and diesel-like, which then is followed by a minty and creamy finish, which is honestly quite refreshing and rejuvenating. The buds of this strain are known for being packed with dense resin, which gives them their glossy, glittering appearance. Best consumed in smaller doses, the effects of Mint Chocolate Chip remain euphoric and relaxed, inducing happiness and creating mental energy, but when consumed in higher doses, this cannabis type has been known to make its consumer less functional.

If you don’t mind chilling on the couch all day and watching some Netflix, then higher doses are perfectly alright, but if you plan on getting something done, minimize your doses. Medically speaking, this weed type is best for managing depression, stress, headaches, inflammation, and pain. If you are a grower, you are in luck.

The easiest way to get a hold of this bud is to buy the seeds directly from ExoticGenetix, and cultivate your own Mint Chocolate Chip plants. It might still be a bit challenging to buy this marijuana in a dispensary, so cultivation will always be the easier option if you feel you are qualified to do so, or are willing to take on a bit of a challenge.

Final Thoughts on the Newest Marijuana Strains for 2021

If you’re a cannabis lover and rolling in the New Year with no idea where to start your new marijuana discoveries, we hope that this article has offered some direction and clarity on which weed types are worth taste testing before the rest.

If you’re new to the world of cannabis, these are definitely 5 beautiful strains that will be well worth every penny you spend on them, and you’ll be able to tell all your 420-friendly friends that you got to try some of the most exclusive, new strains on the market before they might even be aware of them.

We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of marijuana is the sole responsibility of the user and discretion should always be taken.

If you are ready to try a new cannabis strain in 2021, here are some of the very best! Read more to find out which you should try this year.

Leafly Buzz: 8 cannabis cultivars trending up in 2021

Hundreds of thousands of cannabis lovers and newcomers, coast to coast, have an entire year of mega-flavors and potent, euphoric effects to explore in 2021.

The pace of innovation in cannabis keeps accelerating, and mouthwatering results are just a trip to a licensed dispensary away.

Just like sneakers and watches, different weed varieties and brands trend upward and downward across America—where one in four citizens now live in a legalization state. Search and sales data also agree: Americans show consistent, specific tastes in trendy, top-grade ganja.

For example, many of the national flavors of 2021 started with the Cookies cultivar five-plus years ago on the West Coast. Every strain listed below stands on the shoulders of past greats and reaches up into the future of weed Valhalla. Here are eight of the most well-liked trees in the US forest to try in 2021.


Gushers comes from Gelato #41 crossed to Triangle Kush. In fact, four of the hottest strains going into 2021 are crossed with Gelato. Everyone loves Gelato, and you can’t blame them. Not liking it is like saying you don’t like pizza, because it’s gotten too popular. Don’t be that guy.

Gushers isn’t exactly a new strain—it took a 2018 Emerald Cup trophy—but the California staple continues to migrate across the US at a notable clip. Brand Connected Cannabis Co. in California offers a major source of Gushers, though other folks grow it as well.

Like all hot strains, Gushers packs in the THC. Its amazing smell comes from a hit trifecta of aromatic molecules called terpenes: lemon-smelling limonene, funky beta caryophyllene, and floral linalool.

Fans report getting relaxed, happy, and euphoric to manage stress and depression with Gushers, aka Fruit Gushers, and White Gushers.

And lots of seed breeders are also working the fruity Gushers line:

  • Colorado breeders Cannarado introduced crosses like Jolt (Vietnam Black x Gushers) and offspring like Frumpz (Freshwater Taffy x Grumpz).
  • In Cali, Oakland’s Purple City Genetics made Gusher Pie (Gushers x Rainbow Pie F2).


Like Gushers, Gelonade shows how strains typically debut on the West Coast and over several years become commonplace nationally in markets like Oklahoma and Florida. That’s a huge win for legal customers nationwide, as well as the influential breeders and growers still hard at work on California’s next big flavor.

Over at the highly sought after HENDRX Nursery in Humboldt County, owner Daniel Hendrix agreed Gelonade has got the goods. “It combines a new level of potency, purple, and gas with that intense fruit. It is so, so good.”

Connected Cannabis Co. of California made Gelonade from Lemon Tree crossed with Gelato #41—so it’s got gobs of sweet, thick, syrupy lemon terpenes mixed into the creamy berry and cookies flavor of Gelato.

So far that’s two strains that mention Gelato, and buckle up for more. Why did Gelato break away from the pack? Large-scale commercial cultivation, said Ted Lidie, founder of high-end cannabis brand Alien Labs.

“For strains to hit a certain level of notoriety, they have to have a certain level of supply,” Lidie said in an Instagram Live video, Dec. 29, hosted by Leafly freelancer Jimi Devine. “The reason Gelato #41 became so popular is it was the most widely grown exotic at the time.”


A veritable California relic from the Before Times of 2016, Sherblato gains more national fans in 2021 as Connected Cannabis Co. expands into other states, bringing their stable of thoroughbred pot to the masses.

Sherblato comes from crossing two classics Sherbert and Gelato. (Connected calls theirs “Sherbacio”). It’s got Pink Panties, GSC, and Sunset Sherbert in its lineage. Like its cousins, expect Sherblato to deliver a creamy, berry, fuel smell and flavor. As for the high-THC effects, Leafly readers report Sherblato makes them feeling relaxed, happy, hungry, and calm.

Apple Fritter

Let’s take a Gelato break, and celebrate the apple flavors on the rise in 2021.

Apple Fritter from Northern California’s Lumpy’s Flowers dates to pre-2018 medical marijuana era California, but it’s slowly climbing to the top of the adult-use era. It shows how hot strains don’t just fall out of the sky. They debut standing on the shoulders of past genetics, win over fans, seed the culture, then break out into mass recognition.

Speaking of ancestors, influential breeder/grower “Lumpy” bolted a killer apple smell onto a Cookies chassis—Apple Fritter combines Sour Apple (Diesel x C99) and Animal Cookies (GSC x OG).

Now that America’s Main St. customers are asking for Fritter, weed’s architects are at work on new crosses.

  • Lumpy’s released Lemon Trill (Lemonade x Reckless Rainbow) and Cherry Jane , and soon, LAX (Apple Fritter x LA Snow).
  • Lumpy’s also made Sherly Temple , which is Cherry Jane x Apple Fritter #39; plus, for the sativa heads, Lumpy made Sour Apple Haze (Super Silver Haze x Sour Apple).
  • Portland, OR’s Archive Seeds offers Fritter Licker—Apple Fritter to Face-Off.
  • California-based breeder/growers Compound Genetics sell a Grapple Pie #30 (Apple Fritter x Grape Gasoline).
  • Lastly, California’s Alien Labs grows the perfect strain— Atomic Apple (Triangle Mints x Apple Fritter); now on dispensary shelves.

How do you like them apples?

Kush Mints

2021 is all mints everything, and we’re here for it.

Dominating the strain game like Kobe did the NBA in ‘05-’06, Seed Junky Genetics of LA made Kush Mints by crossing Animal Mints with Bubba Kush. Let’s unpack all this good stuff:

Animal Mints draws on the power of GSC, OG Kush, and even some Blueberry. It’s a cross of Animal Cookies (GSC x Fire OG) and SinMint Cookies (GSC x Blue Power).

Stone-cold classic Bubba Kush comes from Northern Lights and Triangle Kush.

Kush Mints spawned its own minty lineage including LA Kush Cake (Wedding Cake x Kush Mints) and Pancakes (London Pound Cake #73 x Kush Mints #11).

And speaking of minty weed, don’t miss the sub-craze in The Menthol (Gelato x White Diesel x (High Octane x Jet Fuel), the hottest of which is Compound Genetics’ unofficial ‘Baby Yoda’ cut of Khalifa Mints (Khalifa Kush x The Menthol).

Jungle Cake

Los Angeles gets to have its Jungle Cake and smoke it, too, this year. Bred by Seed Junky Genetics, Jungle Cake crosses White Fire #43 aka Wifi43 (Fire OG x The White) and Wedding Cake (Triangle Kush x Animal Mints).

Jungle Cake looks so iced out and good, with light aromas of sugary icing and fuel. Indeed, the highest-THC consumers love Jungle Cake, because it is strong AF. The hybrid strain tests into the 30% THC range, assuring a powerful high; the antidote to life in the concrete jungle.


Colorado breeding kings Cannarado have one setting: beast mode. Their Garanimals have escaped the zoo and are running amok nationwide.

Built for Cookies fans out there, Garanimals infuses Animal Cookies with the cherry and grape flavors of strain Grape Pie (Cherry Pie x Grape Stomper). Garanimals is dark, dense, resinous, fragrant evening weed that pairs well with Netflix and your fridge.

In fact, all the most sought after strains in the US center around this relaxing, happy evening effect—as opposed to some racy, daytime, psychedelic vibe. You can’t blame people for just wanting to chill after 2020.

Ice Cream Cake

Lastly, Seed Junky Genetics strikes again with their indica cross of Wedding Cake (aka Triangle Mints #23) and Gelato #33.

Ice Cream Cake exemplifies when a virtuous cycle turns vicious: popularity leads to wider availability, inducing rampant growing, which eventually erodes quality control. Ice Cream Cake became such a sure bet, every Tom, Dick, and Heidi is having a go at it—with varying results.

At its best, this strain makes total sense, because Gelato crossed to Triangle Kush and Animal Mints makes total sense. They’re all awesome cultivars on their own. The combination is cakey, sweet and high-THC, with a fuel finish.

Still, it takes a master grower to tease out the best from Ice Cream Cake. In 2021, fields of not-so-nice cream cake are destined to become bargain B-buds, or, the horror, oil for vape pens.

As a strain, you either die a hero, or live long enough to become a villain to weed snobs.

And with that, we have arrived at the end. You’re probably feeling pretty stuffed on dessert strains, eh? We can already hear haters asking:
When, o’ Lord, when will savory flavors break the stranglehold of the sweet?!’

‘Where are my favorite sativas?’

Will the real old school classics please stand up?!

We got you, fam. Keep clicking on Leafly News, and we’ll keep pointing you to the best.

Padlock your fridge. The 8 hottest strains for the New Year include Gelonade, Gushers, Apple Fritter, and Ice Cream Cake.