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Good morning, growers, breeders, shop buyers, and aficionados. This week, we’re back in San Francisco, planning a trip to Seattle, and smoking on some Esensia Garden’s daytime sativa, Maracuya (Lavender x Afgoo), from America’s best outdoor cannabis shop, Solful.

The best breeders have some fire new releases to scoop up. And the California State Fair Cannabis Awards entry window is open. We’re picking out what seeds to grow in our garden this year. And we get our Emerald Cup judges’ kits this week—looking forward to seeing what strains make California’s best solvent hash.

Here’s what’s fresh in cannabis genetics—the white-hot magma core of the US’ $60 billion cannabis industry. (Too heady? Start with Leafly Learn and Leafly Glossary.)

Sweet Cheesus; Orange Bang; and GelatoQuin.

14 fresh seed & clone drops

(Courtesy Tiki Madman)
(Courtesy Tiki Madman)

Abominable Runtz (YLife x White Runtz) by Tiki Madman.

Lemosa by Symbiotic Genetics is Str8 Lemonade x Mimosa v6.

GMO x Sherb Crasher by Seed Junky Genetics.

Flavor Burst by Exotic Genetix and Solfire Gardens is Baker’s Dozen x Gas Nana.

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Big Hunk is Fatso x Papaya by Cannarado. “Funk and fruit!”

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SolFire Gardens makes music with their Mixtape Vol. 2 of Hood Candyz crosses.

TriDog by Crockett Family Farm is Triangle Kush x Sour Chem.

The El Krem Collection by Purple City Genetics all wash >5%.

Chem 4 clone drop from Chemdog’s label Smash Hits (Massachusetts).

Lemon Cherry Pop by Cookies serves up Gastro Pop 5 x Double Lemon Cherry.

Banana God V2 by Masonic Seeds refines Banana OG x Wilson.

Louisiana Pine by Lovin in Her Eyes mixes (Triangle Kush x Fruity Pebbles OG) x Cajun Moon.

Year of the Chem(dog) 4/20 Box Set from Mass Medical Seeds.

Galaxy Glaze by Raw Genetics offers Bacio Mints x Georgia Pie.

Top strain and grow news

That live pay-per-view ‘King of Z Hill’ cannabis competition at San Francisco’s Hippie Hill on April 20 announced hash, rosin, and flower categories; all categories come with $40,000 purses.

Compound Genetics founder and ex-employee, Chris Lynch, sued his ex-colleagues last week, alleging violations of employment law. Here’s the complaint.

Oregon Cup-winner Cannassentials alleges that Oregon’s new aspergillus testing rules are unscientific and penalize living soil farmers.

After the 13th atmospheric river, farmers cheer the drought’s end in the California Bay Area. Yessir!

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East Coast flower brand Nature’s Heritage hired Boston-based animator and artist Duncan Hatch to illustrate two new strain drops, Mimosa and Lamb’s Bread.

This Bay Area startup is preserving the world’s best pot strains on SFGate.

Sponsored Content: ILGM’s Robert Bergman profiled.

Pick a winner: Upcoming genetics releases and contests

Seattle’s Dockside Cup goes to a final four this week.

Gelonade x Kombucha by Symbiotic Genetics is “dropping soon.”

Pre-orders have begun for Bodhi Seeds’ new ‘88G13 Hash Plant crosses from Speakeasy Seedbank.

Seattle’s Dockside Cup voting ends on April 5.

California State Faire Cannabis Awardssubmission window is now open. It closes on April 30.

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The Grow-Off Hemp Cup sign-ups have begun; clones out on May 1.

The High Times Hemp Cup plans it awards show for April 13.

“A night in Hollyweed” by Chronic Culture and Visit Hollyweed with Doja Pak goes down on April 13 in downtown LA.

Zalympix Michigan has its awards ceremony on April 14.

Free Seed Day is shaping up at Masonic on Fairfax, Los Angeles, on April 15th.

High Times Cannabis Cup People’s Choice Michigan judge’s kits are available on April 15.

Zalympix New York holds its awards ceremony on April 19.

High Times Cannabis Cup People’s Choice SoCal says product submissions are due by May 8.

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The Emerald Cup says its awards ceremony will rage on May 13 in Richmond, CA.

High Times Cannabis Cup People’s Choice New Mexico product submissions are due June 5.

The Zalympix California awards ceremony is planned for June.

And Massachusetts Grow-Off clones are out June 23.

May the best flavors and effects win!

Artistic inspiration

“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952-2023)

Video of the week

Humboldt Seed Co’s recap of Spannabis in Barcelona showcased the reach of the new sativa Hella Jelly.

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Leafly Strain News Weekly is the reporter’s notebook of Leafly News Senior Editor David Downs, focused on the core of cannabis culture—the genetics. It’s like Politico Pro, but a lot cooler. Send strain news to david.downs@leafly.com.

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America’s best weed strains of 420 ’24

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You can’t spell “2024” without “420,” Leafly Nation. 

The international stoner holiday of April 20 (aka 4/20) stems from the daily toke time of 4:20 p.m. started in California in the ‘70s. Today, we have 25 legalization states and more than 40 medical ones. Re-scheduling percolates in Washington D.C. The Mayor of San Francisco has even blessed “SF Weed Week”—stating: “Don’t give me no bammer weed. We don’t smoke that sh*t in the SFC.” 

We, too, subscribe to the No Bammer movement, so we tasked our experts with rounding up the hottest flowers for 4/20 across the land. Featuring dozens of picks from a dozen states, this list should help you elevate your weed game this week and into summer.

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Black Patronus

No Till Kings

Black Patronus will make you fall in love with purple weed all over again. This batch was grown in a vibrant living soil bed on its 20th lifecycle at No Till Kings, a stunning 5,000-square-foot grow based in Long Beach, CA. Bred by Exotic Genetix, Black Patronus has a genetic lineage of RS-11 x Falcon-9 (bred via reverse pollination). 

Black Patronus nugs contain such a deep, vivid purple, that they almost appear black. This is where the cultivar gets its namesake. These magical and highly flavorful buds contain 1.71% total terpenes. As an additional educational tool for consumers, which I adore, No Till Kings kindly lists the dominant terpenes in a graph on the side of the package: Limonene, a-Pinene, B-Pinene, Trans-Caryophyllene, Linalool, and more. The brand’s founders Jake Taylor and Marco S. are brilliant on their educational YouTube channel, enlightening growers on living soil methods. Judging by this flower, the team is doing something right. 

The skunky, ooey-gooey buds break down into a pillowy cloud of dark purple wrapped in a glossy layer of white trichomes. The dry hit is dreamy and consists of chocolate, savory garlic, with subtle hints of citrus. The smoke is equally robust. It’s an enchanting, heavy, sultry smoke worthy of its witchy name. The experience is euphoric and its Indica-dominant traits make it wholly relaxing. Black Patronus is a sedative worthy of the premium shelf. No joke, this high is going to last you all day. —Lindsey Bartlett

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GMOasis. (Lindsay MaHarry for Leafly)
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Governmint Oasis

by Humboldt Sunrise

Grown regeneratively on a woman-owned farm deep in the hills of SoHum, Governmint Oasis by Humboldt Sunrise (available through Redwood Roots) is a perfectly executed, highly potent flower that leaves you feeling happy and relaxed. 

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This cross between GMO and Gush Mints has all the hallmarks of a classic stoner high. The nose is gassy, herbal, and creamy. The flavor has a kick of eucalyptol minty fresh at the end. This strain is as heavy on the body, as it is on mental relaxation, leaving you with a lush, melty feeling that is perfect for after stressful or strenuous activities. 

Given the government-induced horrors we’re currently existing through, this flower could not have come at a better time. Smoke a giant joint of this on 420 with your friends and dissolve into a sea of bliss. —Lindsay Maharry

4D has four types of cannabinoids for a functional effect. (Lindsay Maharry)
4D has four types of cannabinoids for a functional effect. (Lindsay Maharry)

Four Directions

Emerald Spirit Botanicals

No 420 is not complete without Four Directions by Emerald Spirit Botanicals. One of my favorite flowers of the season, this cultivar is so unique there’s never been anything like it before. 

Emerald Spirit Botanicals is a family-run farm in Mendocino that specializes in creating flower with high levels of minor cannabinoids and rare cannabinoid ratios by communicating with plant spirits. 

While this might sound a little out there to some, the results don’t lie. Emerald Spirit is one of the most respected brands in the industry, winning the Emerald Cup almost every year along with many other competitions, as well as pushing scientific research forward with their unusual approach to growing. 

Four Directions has high levels of four cannabinoids: THC, CBD, THCV and CBDV–which is unheard of—as well as a high terpene percentage (3.67%) featuring myrcene, ocimene and terpinolene. 

The result is a perfectly balanced flower that leaves you a million times more capable than before you consumed it. This is a unique high that is less about getting fucked up and more about vibrating at a higher frequency. 

It’s perfect for doing things you don’t want to do, social situations, and really anything, for that matter! This flower enhances you instead of obliterates you, so enjoy it to the fullest. Great for long days out with the squad, like 420! —Lindsay Maharry

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Styrofoam Cup

Team Elite Genetics

A legendary strain from Team Elite Genetics, Styrofoam Cup is an absolute stunner. The LA-based grow is serving up some of the best weed in California right now (in my humble opinion). This award-winning cultivar is deserving of its accolades. It’s another living soil prodigy from Steve Castillo, founder and geneticist behind Team Elite Genetics. The powerhouse grower has fought hard for his coveted place among the top connoisseur brands in California beginning in his hometown of Huntington Beach in Orange County. Today, the grow is based out of Downtown LA offering up heat to the marketplace in a league of its own. The strain won second place at the coveted 2022 High Times Cannabis Cup.

Styrofoam Cup gifts notes of cookies and mulled wine mixed with sweet and skunky gasoline. Crystal white trichomes and red hairs entangle forest green and light purple buds. Bred by Cannarado Genetics, its lineage is Sunset Sherbet x GMO AKA MSG. This Indica will knock you on your ass in the best way possible. The high orbits a couch-lock, but it’s nuanced: I felt comfy yet still alert and cerebral. Team Elite Genetics excels in its consistency. No matter what, if you can find Styrofoam Cup from Team Elite Genetics, the jar holds some of the most beautiful buds on earth. Team Elite Genetics’ unique flavors could be attributed to the grow’s proprietary, microbial-rich teas, hand-watered by the cultivators daily. They create a robust and multi-faceted living soil environment for the plants to thrive. These packs do not miss. —Lindsey Bartlett

Backpack Boyz x WAV

Backpack Boyz is the brand that needs no introduction. Their upcoming collab with WAV, a new indoor brand launching this April from some of the best cultivators in the biz, brings the fire with four strains grown with living soil. Together, Backpackboyz x WAV set the new industry standard for the best cannabis in California. To learn more follow @we.are.wav on Instagram. Launching on 4/20 at the OG Cannabis Cafe in LA and Perfect Union locations throughout CA. 

Toad Venom

Ronin Seeds & WCC

Even though Toad Venom is part of the latest hype train for cannabis, it was actually created back in 2019. Animal Face x Sin Mints, it has a doughy, minty smell that breaks open into a candy peach ring aroma. Jake, one of the creators, said the feedback they hear most is that this strain is one of the more powerful highs people have come across lately. Toad Venom will put you in a stupor that Jake describes as “positively ribbiting.” —Matt Jackson

Grumpy Tiger

Snowtill & Woodwide Highcraft

Grumpy Tiger is a complicated mix of True OG with Platinum x Kush Mints x Animal Cookies Bx2. Even when the plant is happy, it looks a little angry, hence the name from Mendo Mikey Lion from Woodwide High Craft. These latest batches to hit the scene come from the no-till, living soil beds of Snowtill Organics. Gassy, piney, and spicey, it’s a testament to the power of green weed.—Matt Jackson 

See also: Neon Panther from Moon Valley Cannabis—even more top-shelf, award-winning living soil for the Bay Area.

New York flavors

Berner Hanna Butter

Electrical Leaf NYC

Berner Hanna Butter by Electrical Leaf is a must for your summer line up. This strain is so spectacular and magnificent in every way. When I opened the package, a marvelous, herbal butter cream vanilla flavor takes over the air with its aroma. We saw beautiful crystallization all over the flowers, with its neon green buds so beautiful to look at. The high is strong! The head high is level, leaving you feeling very focused. The body high offers a strong, full-body, soothing relaxation. This is so far my favorite strain for the year! If you are in New York, you need to get this from the Culture House Cookies NYC. This is so fire, it’s arson! —LordFigo

MELO

Electric Leaf NYC

Melo is mellow! As soon as I opened the bag a beautiful, floral, sweet lemon scent filled the air. The buds are very crystally, and beautiful with wonderful, exotic green and purple color buds. Its orange hairs add to the beauty. My first toke yielded a zesty, skunky flavor, with a very tiny hint of lavender, some spiciness and an overpowering skunkiness. The high has a nice focus feel to it, with a clear, open-minded euphoria. This strain Melo by Electrical Leaf should be good for people who want to have a good buzz but don’t want to be too stones or couch locked, so they can get through daily activities. —LordFigo

New Jersey bud

Blue Razz. (Lord Figo for Leafly)
Blue Razz. (Lord Figo for Leafly)

Blu Razz

Cookies

Cookies in Harrison, NJ is pushing out that heat with this Blu Razz, OMG! This is a weed-lovers dream—a stoner’s excuse to say, ‘I forgot!’ This Blu Razz is strong but seriously beautiful! When I opened the merchandise, a pungent, robust, floral aroma with a very clean, refreshing berry scent arrived in the room. After rolling up the Blu Razz, my first hit was a strong, spicy, woody, blueberry flavor that hit me like a Ryu combo, with hints of tarty berry flavors. This high is strong, with a lot of pressure and weight on the eyes and a clear mind feel. The body high is strong with full-body relaxation that’s very soothing on the diaphragm. This is some beautiful weed. Blu Razz should be in your summer line up. —LordFigo

Maryland bangers

Banana Zoap. (Michael Blickstein for Leafly)
Banana Zoap. (Michael Blickstein for Leafly)

Banana Zoap

Fade Co., MD

Maryland enthusiasts started noticing Fade Co. on their shelves about six months ago, and they seem to be bringing elite California genetics across the country for the everyman to enjoy. Banana Zoap is Fade Co’s house expression of Deep East’s Zoap (RS16 x Pink Guava OZK) popularized by Doja, likely named for its top note of underripe bananas. Like many of the great previous versions of Zoap, this nug expresses a neon green hue on a dense stout nug. It reeks like the inside of a Jamba Juice, and the flavor is more of the same. Even though the flower is delivered in bags rather than jars like presented on the website, the batch was only about a month old and fresh to the touch and on the inhale.

Fade in Maryland is produced by Seven Points Agro, housed in the large Abell multi-brand facility. While the facility is equipped for fully indoor grows, it’s unclear whether this sample is light assist or fully indoor. The 36.74% THCa and 3.05% terpenes translate to a potent experience regardless. The effect errs more on the slumpy couch-lock vibe, and hits more in the eyes and face, which is standard for Cali breeds. For enthusiasts, this is a taste of the hype that the West Coast has been pushing the last couple of years and may be worth the premium, for especially curious consumers. —Max Blickstein

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Afternoon Delight #4. (Max Blickstein for Leafly)

Afternoon Delight #4

Rythm GTI, MD

Rythm delivers yet again for enthusiasts looking for a functional midday boost with Afternoon Delight #4. A hybrid of GMO x Trophy Wife (Wedding Cake F2), originally bred as Redneck Wedding by Surfr Seeds, the appearance presents as the bright green spear-shaped buds with golden pistils; a mighty stature caked in resin. For the top shelf of the market, Rythm delivers as expected with a hefty jar for freshness and a flashy label boasting 37.62% THCa and 3.78% terpenes.

As stinky as this sample is upon cracking the jar, the flavor also stains the mouth with chemical funk and herbal Bubba fuel. The potency is noticeable, and the refined relaxing and buzzy effect onsets rapidly and primarily stimulates the head, face and chest. In a vape, the inhale is smooth and suitable for big rips. In the joint, the smoothness lacks behind a bit and the flavor has a bit of background noise. The region is a big fan of soothing “sativa-dominant hybrids” and this sample is fresh and fits the bill perfectly. —Max Blickstein

Zealousy. (Michael Blickstein for Leafly)
Zealousy. (Michael Blickstein for Leafly)

Zealousy

Strane (National Holistic), MD

If you like big nugs and you can’t lie, Zealousy might be your guy. Strane has been a mainstay for years bringing solid genetics to top shelves all around Maryland, and this is a prime example of why. Zealousy is reported to be from Nasha Genetics, blending Jealousy x Zoap, which very much rides the shoulders of giants, this time in the form of Seed Junky Genetics and Deep East. This hybrid is no joke—providing an immediate onset of “sit-your-butt-down” at eye-watering levels of potency, which tracks for the 30.41% THCa boasted on the label.

Another staggering label rating is the 4.14% terpenes—primarily Limonene, α and β – Pinene, and Linalool—which results in a fairly standard “candy” flavor which is most comparable to allspice. This type of flavor and effect profile is more common from cheaper, imported weed, but Strane provides a clean and accessible experience with Zealousy that hits that particular nail on the head. Strane is sure to impress enthusiasts looking for a punchy, sweet flavor and this particular example shines as soon as the seal is broken. —Max Blickstein

Maine winners

Blue Lobster. (Courtesy of Maine Trees)
Blue Lobster. (Courtesy of Maine Trees)

Blue Lobster

Maine Trees, ME; Umma Sonoma, CA

This selection keeps flying further into the stratosphere ibn 2024, giving Blue Lobster all the signs of the Next Big Thing™. Formerly known as Facade, Blue Lobster emerged as a “one-in-two million” cut. In the time since the original discovery, Lobster has become one of the beacons of flame on the east coast. The selection has among the most complex flavors for a hybrid most would write off as candy, with the (Apples & Bananas x Gelatti/Wedding Cake) hybrid expressing distinctly fruit vitamins, cherry candy gas, and bakery confection layered perfectly atop each other. The aromas also pair perfectly with euphoric, giggly potency that hits like an avalanche.

Blue Lobster has been the winningest strain on the East Coast, taking awards from Ego Clash ‘23 and Zalympix East Coast, and it only boils down to a couple of factors as to why. Blue Lobster can be found from Maine Trees at retailers throughout Maine as flower, vape carts, pre-rolls and the occasional hash collaboration with other Maine mainstays Helios Collective and Third Shift Resin. In California, Blue Lobster gets periodic harvests by Umma Sonoma released at Greenwolf retail locations, with a new release that should hit right before 420. Strain designer Chris Lynch of Cipher Genetics has announced aline of hybrids coming from Maine Trees’ Blue Lobster for later this year. —Max Blickstein

Candy Fumez crosses got us dizzy. Bloom Seeds Co Candy Payton. (Courtesy Bloom Seed Co.)
Candy Fumez crosses got us dizzy. Bloom Seeds Co Candy Payton. (Courtesy Bloom Seed Co.)

Candy Fumez

Firefly Organics, ME

Vacationland has been the secret garden for many East Coast cannabis enthusiasts since 1999, and few operators have taken advantage of the environment quite like Firefly Organics, who now produces for both the medical and adult-use markets in Maine. The newest genetic in their library is Bloom Seed Co’s Candy Fumez (Zkittlez x Sherbanger 22), which has been popular coast to coast without missing any flyover markets. Candy Fumez has achieved such a reputation through its intense gassy lime flavor that pushes the Z traits to their limit while also producing acceptable yields of pungent, greasy hash when washed. Since Candy Fumez was originally released as seeds before Bloom Seed Co officially released their own cuts, the four Candy Fumez samples I’ve tried, each from different brands, have expressed differently.

The sample of Candy Fumez from Firefly is the #16 cut, which they acquired from Helios Collective. The aroma and the flavor sit on the candy lime end. Keep it in a good jar, or it will reek up the whole room. The effect from this version is relaxing and functional, and overall it will set you in the right direction for a good time. You can’t spell “Firefly” without “fire” and luckily these guys are showing us a thing or two about it with their organic soil garden run under HPS lights. Every batch from Firefly always presents with glistening resin, which makes for some of the most flavorful smoke around. Many hardcore cannabis enthusiasts contend that the best flower is the one grown with organic amendments in soil, and after smoking flower like this it’s hard to argue with the claim. The effects are always pleasant, the flavors always lip-smaking and the scent so incensing that it’s difficult to close the jar. —Max Blickstein

Florida tastes

A photo of Connected Gelonade — Lemon Tree and Gelato. (David Downs/Leafly)
Gelonade. (David Downs/Leafly)

Gelonade

Trulieve/Connected Cannabis, FL

Truelieve’s partnership with California-based Connected Cannabis continues to pay dividends for Florida patients by bringing California’s most sought-after genetics to the burgeoning Florida market. Gelonade, a gorgeous Sativa leaning hybrid of Lemon Trees and Gelato #41, was the overall winner of the 2021 Emerald Cup, and continues to impress! The taste is truly distinctive, with an intriguing blend of lemon-lime citrus and minty, vanilla, gassy, sweet cookie. This batch, sampled on March 21st from Trulieve Jacksonville, came in at 28% THC, and its terpene profile, dominated by caryophyllene and limonene, was also relatively high in Borneol, lending a distinct camphor and eucalyptus note. The effects are both uplifting and relaxing, great for anxiety relief and good conversation. Definitely recommended. —Matt Witemyre

British Columbia flowers

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Mendoz Stomper (Grace Broadhead for Leafly)

Mendoz Stomper

Sweetgrass Cannabis, BC

Derived from Mendo Breath x Oz Kush x Mac Stomper lineage, this hybrid bred by Sunken Treasure Seeds thrives under Sweetgrass’ living soil, organic growing methods in Kootenay BC.

Mendoz Stomper delivers a complex, botanical aroma with hints of sour citrus berry, and a potent high that leans hard into its Mendo Breath roots. Imagine a heady, euphoric wave that melts down the spine into every limb, letting your brain still work its magic around the conversation circle, or deep in the paint of a creative project.

Rainbow Driver

Woody Nelson, BC

Available in limited 25-30kg batches every three months across BC, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, it’s a gem for enthusiasts willing to hunt for quality.

Bred by Archive Seed Bank and cultivated in the Kootenays, this Sundae Driver x Zkittlez hybrid is a powerhouse. Woody Nelson’s 3-weeks of curing and hand trimming results in generous nugs and a true-to-nose flavor, reminiscent of a pack of Citrus Delights cracked open in a gas station. 

It maintains an impressive, feathery consistency when ground, with smooth rolling and combustion. The high begins with a potent, cerebral hit before melting into relaxation, without full-on couchlock.

This strain is in high-demand, so gear up for the next 100 kilo batch to hit BC, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nunavut dispensaries around April 20th. —Grace Broadhead

See also

Michigan flower picks for 4/20

Magic Marker bySeed Junky

Watermelon Z by Dr. Greenthumb

Purple Churro by EastCann

Jealousy by BLK MKT

Illinois flower picks for 4/20

Yuzu Sorbet by Aeriz

Zeclair by Fig Farms

Kush Mints by FloraCal

Hamburger by Belushi’s Farm

Colorado flower picks for 4/20

Black Maple by Green Dot Labs

Diagonal by 14er

Shock Tart by Veritas Farm

Tropicana Banana by L’Eagle

Oregon flower picks for 4/20

Lemon Lime Punch #7 from PDX Organics

Franco’s Lemon Cheese by Cosmic Treehouse

Horchatti by High Noon Cultivation

Double Stack by LOWD

Washington flower picks for 4/20

Permanent Marker by Torus

RS-11 by Torus

Super Boof by Plaid Jacket

Pave by Cookies


And that’s it for America’s best weed strains of 420 ’24. Never miss the latest heat—download the Leafly App (Android, iOS) and turn on notifications to scoop those flavors first. 





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California cannabis highlights: Quick picks for 2024

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California’s cannabis market is renowned for its quality and innovation, especially in the realm of premium brands that cater to both connoisseurs and casual consumers alike. As we navigate through 2024, Leafly’s experts have meticulously reviewed and tested various products to bring you the top selections that stand out for their excellence in the Golden State. Here are four exceptional cannabis products you should not miss this year.


1. 710 Labs: Randy Watson #13 Flower (3.5g Jar)

710 Labs presents Randy Watson #13, a unique blend that marries the sweet, tart fruitiness of Runtz with the sweet and earthy undertones of Wedding Crashers. This strain offers a potent and stoney high that is both memorable and lasting. Cultivated in living soil enriched with natural nutrients and biologically active worm castings, 710 Labs ensures a pure, vibrant cultivation environment free from synthetic chemicals. The result is a premium flower that reflects the brand’s commitment to sustainability and top-tier quality.


2. Alien Labs: Zkittlez Live Resin Cartridge (1g)

Alien Labs specializes in crafting phenomenal cannabis concentrates, and their Zkittlez Live Resin Cartridge is no exception. Extracted to preserve the rich terpene profile and potent cannabinoids of the original strain, this cartridge delivers an explosion of fruity flavor that’s true to the Zkittlez name. Perfect for vapers seeking a high-intensity flavor with a robust high, Alien Labs’ live resin is a testament to their extraction prowess and dedication to quality.


3. Coastal Sun Farm: GMO Garlic Cookies Flower (3.5g)

Coastal Sun Farm’s GMO Garlic Cookies is a standout strain known for its intense aroma and powerful effects. This indica-dominant hybrid combines the pungency of garlic with the sweet and earthy notes typically found in cookies strains. Grown under the Californian sun with sustainable practices, Coastal Sun Farm ensures that each bud is a true reflection of their commitment to natural farming methods and high-quality cannabis.


4. Kiva: Milk Chocolate Bar (100mg)

Kiva’s Milk Chocolate Bar offers a perfect blend of rich, velvety chocolate and cannabis. Crafted with Ghirardelli chocolate and infused with handmade, cold water hash, this bar sets itself apart with its refined taste and impeccable quality. Each serving delivers a consistent dose of 5mg THC, making it ideal for both new and experienced users looking for a controlled and delicious experience. Kiva’s commitment to excellence is evident in every bite, making their chocolate bars a must-try for edible enthusiasts.


Exploring California’s Cannabis Excellence

These products represent just a glimpse of what California’s top cannabis brands have to offer. Each brand has been selected for its innovative approaches and commitment to quality that continue to push the boundaries of what cannabis products can be. As the market evolves, these brands are leading the way, ensuring that consumers have access to the finest cannabis experiences available.

California is a state known for setting trends in the cannabis industry, and by choosing any of these products, you are guaranteed a premium experience that is both enjoyable and memorable. Whether you prefer smoking flower, enjoying edibles, or vaping concentrates, these selections are sure to elevate your cannabis journey in 2024.



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America’s top THC carts and pods of 420 ’24

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Having trouble onboarding to cannabis? It doesn’t get any easier this 4/20 than with a smooth, tasty, hard-hitting vape cartridge, pod, or all-in-one.

Don’t get confused by the jargon. Just place the device to your lips, inhale for 5 seconds, remove the vape from your lips, and keep inhaling for 5 seconds more. Hold the vapor in for a few seconds, and exhale. That’s it. Just keep the Doordash app open—because you are almost certainly gonna get lifted.

The year 2024 sees vapes become purer, more authentic, more widely available, and better than ever. Our golden age of vapor is innovating around “live rosin pens” that emit the essence of the plant while avoiding volatile solvents like butane. “Live resin” drenches the land as “fresh frozen” harvests take over from traditional dried and cured weed. And of course, classic distillate pens find new price points and looks. The average legal vape runs just $18 per gram, Leaflink reports, down 11.8% from 2023; making a mockery of inflation.

Below, we walk you through the coolest vapes for 2024, starting with the lineup of sweet all-in-ones in California, then expert picks for several legalization states.

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Disposable vaporizers make concentrates accessible for everyone, but can still be quite elite. Below, we celebrate the companies making the best oils and rosins possible for cutting-edge devices. The most fundamental element of why these products shine in a flooded marketplace is their source material. It’s “fire in, fire out,” and the folks on this list have had that figured out for a long time. A lot of these vape makers rule the flower market as well—allowing you to get at the best terps and experiences on offer. —Jimi Devine

Zeuz Pod

As the Z strain dominance continues into another decade when it comes to some of the best-tasting hash ever, The Original Z team continues to crush on the vape scene. The Original Z pod continues to reign as one of the elite offerings available on the recreational market. Every pull has a bit of that Mendocino magic that has helped the Z transcend everything that has come since on the hash scene as it continues to win contest after contest when the material is in the hands of the right people. —J.D.

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(Courtesy Alien Labs)
(Courtesy Alien Labs)

The pride of Sacramento has provided California with some of its favorite flavors over the years, most recently we saw Dark Web come onto the scene. It’s no shocker that the quality control they have put into every aspect of the brand is seen in their vaporizer offerings. The new full-gram disposables launched at the beginning of the year are now at full steam. The live resin inside is loaded with terps and heated by a mesh coil mechanism meant to preserve the experience through the life of the vape. —J.D.

Paper Planes

(Courtesy Paper Planes)
(Courtesy Paper Planes)

The team at Paper Planes has been producing top-shelf concentrates for years. We remember the badders they were bringing up to Sonoma for the OG High Times Cups back in the day, absolutely hitters. They were one of those companies that lost a little shine during the rosin revolution, despite the quality of the product never dipping at all. That quality led to them being one of only two 510-threaded cartridges mentioned on this list. It’s also not just the terps, but the delivery method. The Palm Pilot battery system they recently put out is top-notch. Beyond the stealth aspect of it looking like many of the popular nicotine vaporizers of the moment, the opaque shell also provides a lot more protection from light and heat degrading your oils than those types of carts would typically see. —J.D.

Dee Thai

(Courtesy Dee Thai)
(Courtesy Dee Thai)

When you’re a company that’s built its name on exotic flavors, you can’t play around when it finally comes to dropping some disposable rosin pens. Dee Thai made sure to check the boxes. Separately it makes a lot of sense since they’ve been one of the companies helping lead the way on solventless gummies made with rosin instead of other infusions. While the flavors won’t be quite as exotic as their Jackfruit or Tamarind gummies (yes they are a thing) they’ll certainly be up to snuff for anyone looking for a solid rosin pen. The company has been backboned by good rosins the whole time. —J.D.

Kalya

(Courtesy Kalya)
(Courtesy Kalya)

There is a solid argument to be made that Kalya’s disposables represent the most award-winning rosin available in that format. Kalya’s is a team that has spent years burying the hatchet with some of the best producers in Northern California in addition to the flower they are growing themselves in search of pristine resin heads to do their magic on. During their recent Piattella drop, Uncle’s Farm from Barcelona said that Kalya’s Z full melt was the cleanest hash he had ever seen in his life. We’re not surprised. The Kalya team has been crushing it across a spread of different flavors for years to take home plenty of trophies. They also put a lot of time into making sure the Kalya experience would not be degraded in a disposable format, you can certainly taste the results of those efforts until the last pull on the cartridge. —J.D.

Fidels

(Courtesy Fidels)
(Courtesy Fidels)

When it comes to hype levels driven by heat, few names surpass Fidel’s, post-pandemic. I’m a little biased from The Transbay Challenge win last year for his fantastic KMZ, an excellent pairing of Kush Mints and Z that is deserving of every accolade it’s received. But even if you cancel out the Jimi compliments, Fidel’s is one of the most popping brands in the galaxy. From Barcelona to Los Angeles, fans line up to get their hands on anything they can get, be it hashholes, seeds, or fashion collabs. While the vapes haven’t driven the masses as hype-thirsty as some of Fidel’s other products, the quality is the same level. So on a positive note, if you love disposable vapes, Fidel’s might be a pinch easier to get your hands on than some of his other offerings but even then, good luck. —J.D.

Jungle Boys

As far as storied Los Angeles cultivators that have rolled with the punches, it’s hard to put a name higher on the list than The Jungle Boys in the rec market. Even before getting their hands on their famed TLC headquarters back in the day, they were constantly filling the community with free game and tech via the forums where Ivan was an early king when it came to industrial-scale cultivation. Alongside their growth, they have always had their extraction efforts running on parallel tracks to their continued expansion across Southern California. With the amount of flowers they produce, it’s no surprise they have found a lot of great hash flavors over the years. It’s also important to note The Jungle Boys seem to have one of the most original flavor lineups across the board, you don’t see a lot of Z and Papayas like you do with other companies. The vapes are available at all their locations in Southern California. —J.D.

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Ridgeline Farms

Many people believe the best sungrown terps in the world are produced in Southern Humboldt County when the season hits just right. I count myself among those people. Many people believe that Ridgeline Farms is the best of what SoHum has to offer, I’m also one of them. Now things are taking a wild turn as Ridgeline’s multiple-time world champion terps have found their way into a disposable format from the multi-award-winning Arcata Fire. These will likely be the most difficult ones to get your hands on, given how coveted they are going to be, but you should start looking now. And don’t be surprised when you see this season’s work from Ridgeline Farms on the podium in the months to come. —J.D.

Flavorade

(Courtesy Flavorade)
(Courtesy Flavorade)

The newest face on this lineup of absolute hitters, but deserving—Flavorade is the personal start-up of one of the best extractors in the state, Nick Coburn. Given Coburn’s award-winning pedigree, these 510-threaded carts are flying. There is currently a few-month waiting list in California for new shops to get in the mix. But once you taste the results, it’s quickly apparent why everyone had such high expectations for the latest company to see Coburn take the lead on making elite extracts. —J.D.

Community Cannabis

(Courtesy Community)
(Courtesy Community)

It’s easy to put Community right near the top of the list as one of the top hash producers that identifies as veteran-owned. Their rosins and the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance Sour Diesel melt are the two things that stick out the most with that description. Community is a sister company to Kalya, so they have a lot of that great tech that’s supported Kalya’s trophy shelf in play, too. But the flavors are what really matter, and those are always more than exceptional. While the brand still feels rosin-heavy, the disposables are starting to pick up for sure. If you see them on shelves you’ll have the chance to smoke some heat from some folks that served their country. —J.D.

See also from California

See also: Muha Meds disposables; PAX Era live rosin pods

The Cannabist + Edie Parker Petal Puffer

(Courtesy The Cannabist + Edie Parker)
(Courtesy The Cannabist + Edie Parker)

Launching in six states, The Cannabist teams up with fashion brand Edie Parker on the stylish and conversation-sparking ‘Petal Puffer’ all-in-one vape. Available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida and Virginia. Carried by Curio.

Live rosin pods in Arizona

(Courtesy Aeriz)
(Courtesy Aeriz)

Aeriz, a nationally recognized Aeroponic cannabis cultivator known for its sustainable aeroponic grow process, keeps taking home trophies for including 14 wins at the Arizona Spring 2024 Errl Cup and six additional awards at the Arizona Growers Cup. Aries has vapes three ways: full-spectrum, live resin, and live rosin.

Fresh Illinois vape flavors

Revolution in Illinois has all your 4/20 vaping needs including live resin and terp tanks in strings like Cookie Dos, Mac and Cheese, Grandi Guava, and Crockett’s Dawg.

Even more:

93 Boys Gelonade cart

Cresco TK91 cart

Interstate 420 The Glove cart

Rhythm Jet Fuel OG cart

FloraCal Air Gelato #23 cart

Michigan vape deals and elite picks

Michigan has emerged as the second biggest legal weed state in the nation after California. Producers are battling it out to deliver the best vapes at the lower margins—a boon for consumers. For example Gage Green is running a 5 for $55 vape deal. That’s $11 per tested, taxed, potent and pure vape. What a time to be alive.

More picks from Michigan:

710 Labs Persy Pod Bad Apple #7, or Queens Zugar Cookie #9

Pressure Pack Super Pure Runtz hash rosin disposable, or Rainbow Z

East Side Alchemy Live Hash Rosin Cake Pop all-in-one

Bloom Blueberry Gushers live vape

Eureka Apples and Bananas live resin disposable

Washington’s coolest vapes

The Washington vape scene improves in 2024 with Kung Fu vapes’ hardware and High Tide’s extract. Look at the Yellow Mermaid #13 rosin pod, for example—the best rosin pod in the state at this year’s Leaf Bowl.

(Courtesy Freddy's Fuego)
(Courtesy Freddy’s Fuego)

Freddy’s Fuego—One of Washington’s top indoor growers moved into the vape space this year with disposables and carts. They got Terp Sauce carts of Big Baby with a high terpene extract for mucho flavor. And Freddy’s has some new MicroBars live diamonds HTE.

Maryland live resin pods

Moroccan Peaches by Beezle Vapes (Maryland)

Airo KMAC live resin pod

Organic Remedies Face Fat live resin cart

Strane Jokerz Candy live terp cart

Colorado live resin, live rosin, and disposables

The Clear Lemon Haze Disposable.

Green Dot Labs Creme Brulee live resin

710Labs Persy Pod Black Mamba

Lazercat Live Rosin Disposable Blu Mon Group

Airo Purple Plumeria Live Rosin pod

Oregon rosin and live resin pods

Happy Cabbage Fruity Hut Jr. rosin pod

Sauce live resin Z pod

Happy Cabbage Trop Boof cart

Happy Cabbage Banana Brulee rosin pod

Missouri sauce carts, live resin and disposables

Proper Cannabis GMO Rootbeer sauce cart, or Rainbow Belts 2.0

Mirth Provisions Lemoncello disposable

The Clear Lime Sorbet cart

Cookies Cake Mix cart

Illicit Animal Star Cookies live resin cart, or Dog Lemons, or Sherb Cake


And that’s more than 2,000 words of what’s cool in carts, pods, and disposables from more than 10 legalization states. Shout out more of your faves in the comments below.





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