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Leafly Ratings 2023: 45 top-shelf and value buy flowers rated from 8 US states



America’s weed smokers need more direction than ever. Gone are the days of one or two strains from your guy. A single store may carry 200 strains, and each of the 24 adult-use states has its own siloed system.

To help you shop smarter, Leafly deployed experts in more than a half-dozen cities this year to sniff out top-shelf flower and value buys, and rate them on a 100-point scale. We rated a record 46 flowers and edibles—a stunning snapshot of some heat in the streets. Let your fingers do the shopping with this collection of all Leafly Ratings from 2023.

Leafly Ratings from California 2023

In California in 2023, Leafly’s experts got up close with the hype Pink Zushi, the award-winning French Laundry, and the delicious Orange Bellini. We also covered the most popular edibles from Wyld and Camino.


Sniff away, America—Permanent Marker wins Leafly Strain of the Year 2023

Leafly Ratings from New York 2023

After a lackluster two and half year-long rollout, New York’s adult-use cannabis market is ready to lift off. Here’s what we’ve liked so far.


American budtenders’ best strains of 2023

Leafly Ratings from New Jersey 2023

New Jersey smokers stayed lifted on fresh Cali weed from the Cookies brand, and beyond.


How to order weed delivery online with Leafly

Leafly Ratings from Oregon 2023

Oregon’s advanced recreational cannabis economy offers eighth-ounces for as little as $5. For our Leafly Ratings, we focused on some high-CBD cultivars as a counterpoint to all the THC.


The best-rated weed dispensaries in Oregon for 2022

Leafly Ratings from Maryland 2023

Maryland launch its adult-use cannabis program in 2023 and kind of nailed the rollout.


Fear not—Maryland still has plenty of weed to go around

Leafly Ratings from Nevada 2023

Sin City kept it lively in 2023 with its new sphere and consumption lounges coming online. Here’s what caught our eye.


The best-rated weed dispensaries in Las Vegas for 2023

Leafly Ratings from national CBD brands 2023

You can order branded CBD flowers from anywhere in the US. We liked these ones the best.

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Peppa Haze—Mata, NY, winter 2024




82 points out of 100

Price: $52/eighth

Last year, we got our hands on some Piff Haze grown in collaboration with Ithaca Organics—but now I’ve had it straight from the source.

Mata’s Peppa Haze is a haze from the strain’s 20-year steward, Ivan Ferreira, now sold at Manhattan’s CONBUD. Straight from the jar, this Haze lets you know what’s up—even my flu-season sinuses picked up the strong black pepper notes, touches of ammonia, and something umami. We can’t expect this to look like Cali weed since NY cultivators can’t grow fully indoors yet, but my jar was packed with those long stringy buds with a light trim and trichome gleam. I was a little disappointed by the THC numbers (~15%), but I found it actually lowered my guard for what became a potent sesh—a little Peppa goes a long way. This is euphoric, titillating, and tasty; in a word, joyful.

black jar labeled 'Mata'
(Amelia Williams for Leafly)


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Leafly Ratings’ 100-Point Scale

  • 95-100 Perfect: exemplary cannabis
  • 90-94 Outstanding: a cannabis product of superior character and style
  • 85-89 Very good: a weed with special qualities
  • 80-84 Good: a solid, well-made weed
  • 75-79 Mediocre: a smokeable weed that may have minor flaws
  • 50-74 Not recommended

How we rate

Dried, cured, packaged, and sold buds, reviewed from bag in tastings, are given a single score. We focus on aroma, taste, effect, look, pedigree, cultivation method, and more.
Special Designations
Our editors focus on excellent, widely available ganja at a reasonable price. Special qualities include:

Top-shelf: It ain’t cheap, or necessarily plentiful, but it’s really good. Welcome to the top shelf.
Smart Buys: Fine, affordable, broadly available pot.

Leafly News cannabis ratings and ethics

Leafly News aims to retain and expand its expertise, authority, and trust.

Expertise is built through years of reviews, interviews with growers, visits to weed regions, and accumulated knowledge about cannabis horticulture, flavors, history, and culture. Leafly News’ editors and freelancers have a combined 50 years of experience with cannabis.
We aim to be accurate and independent, with policies including:

  1. Actual tastings—If we didn’t smoke it, we’re not reviewing it. At Leafly Ratings, all ratings come from multiple tastings.
  2. Independence—Leafly expert reviewers are paid by Leafly and are independent. We accept review samples with no promise of coverage. Leafly rating staff cannot accept bribes. We generally pay our own expenses and report on what the readers want to see.

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