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Leafly Buzz: 12 fire flowers that lit up April

Published on April 28, 2022 · Last updated May 10, 2022
Leafly Buzz’s premium marijuana strain roundup includes Alien Labs Gemini, Khalifa Kush Babby Powder, and Insane Hindu Phunk.
Leafly Buzz’s premium marijuana strain roundup includes Houseplant Strawberry Moon, Highsman Jesus Zkittlezworth, and RBL Posse Red Velvet.

West Coast 4/20 fans—who’s ready for a THC tolerance break?

Yeah, not us, either. Too many exquisite buds are in bloom.

Seth Rogen’s Houseplant serves up tasty Strawberry Moon. NFL baller Ricky Williams puts in Jesus Zkittlezworth. And rap outfit RBL Posse slings Red Velvet that comes with a “No Bammer” guarantee.

Fresh dessert strains lure us in with names that match flavors: White Truffle, Horchata, and Georgia Apple Pie. Mmmm. And the brand Artisan offers “Wormholes”—”worms” or rosin inside big, crazy-expensive joints.

Here’s the West’s essential monthly fire flower roundup. That’s right, it’s Leafly Buzz: the post-4/20 high-tolerance edition.

Trending strains in the West

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Horchata—up 11%

Horchata grown by SOG Santa Rosa (David Downs/Leafly)
Horchata, grown by SOG Santa Rosa. (David Downs/Leafly)

Look out for superb, cinnamony, creamy, gassy jars of Horchata, up 11% in search interest in the western US. Growers like SOG (Sea of Green) in Santa Rosa, CA have dialed in this Mochi Gelato x Jet Fuel Gelato, originally bred by Compound Genetics.

Horchata is fun, chatty, and engaging. It goes great with that long-overdue dinner night out with friends. The best jars have a legit, rare, cinnamon top note with a fuel-vanilla and nutmeg spice finish, all coming from diesel and cookies genes. Cinnamon terps’ time has come.

White Truffle—up 21%

White Truffle grown by 'Snowtill' in the Bay Area. (David Downs/Leafly)
White Truffle, grown by Snowtill in the Bay Area. Indica hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

It’s 2022 and the descendants of Sour Diesel and GSC strains rule as weed aristocracy. Just look at this fancy White Truffle, up 21% in interest month over month.

Michigan’s Fresh Coast Genetics crossed Original Glue to Peanut Butter Breath and dubbed it Gorilla Butter F2, aka White Truffle. This hybrid indica strain smells dank—earthy, piney, and sweet, with body to it. White Truffle leaves Leafly reviewers tingly, creative, and aroused. It’s definitely more of a lean-back strain for chill hobbies like gaming or movie-watching.

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Candyland—up 29.6%

Rimrock Farms Candyland via The Green Cross SF (David Downs/Leafly).
Rimrock Farms’ Candyland, via The Green Cross SF. Indica hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly).

Old school Bay Area California weed makes a comeback with Candyland—that classic cross of Granddaddy Purple and Bay Platinum Cookies. Candyland went stupid in search—up 29.6% month over month, probably because it’s such a solid producer outdoors.

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This hybrid from Grand Daddy Purp Genetics’ Ken Estes became a legend for its dank, grape, cookie smell and taste, and laid-back effects good from afternoon ’til evening.

Jack Herer—up 11%

Mattole Valley Organics Jack Herer; via Flore dispensary. Sativa fo the divas. (David Downs/Leafly)
Mattole Valley Organics’ Jack Herer, via Flore dispensary. Sativa for the divas. (David Downs/Leafly)

Sorry, sativa lovers—most of the strain release hype occurs on the hybrid and indica side of the spectrum. But if you need something for chores, spreadsheets, and spacing out, we’d go with the number one sativa in the West, Jack Herer; up 11% in recent search interest.

Newer sativas can’t beat this Sensi Seeds cross of Haze x Northern Lights #5 x Skunk #1, named for the activist. Excellent Jack smells and tastes sugar-sweet, piney, woody, and spicy. People turn to it for energetic, creative, focused, and uplifting effects, like going Marie Kondo on that messy home office.

New in the Leafly Strain Database

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Every month, Leafly experts add dozens of the highest searched and most stocked cultivars to our official strain database. Here are four extra notable additions.

Strawberry Moon

Houseplant Strawberry Moon. Indica hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)
Houseplant’s Strawberry Moon. Indica hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

Seth Rogen’s California flower brand Houseplant has a new indica hybrid that’ll make fans swoon: Strawberry Moon. Mr. Rogen isn’t personally growing the stuff, of course; Houseplant “white labels” bud from a high-end flower grower and fans pay a premium for curation.

Strawberry Moon comes labeled as Old Family Purple crossed to Merlot OG, making it pretty analogous to God’s Gift. Amen to that. It’s lemony, funky, sweet, grapey, and very high-THC—so pair it with pajamas and an HBO Now binge.


Ladybug Herbal Sanctuary OMG via Flore dispensary San Francisco. (David Downs/Leafly)
Ladybug Herbal Sanctuary-grown OMG, via Flore dispensary, San Francisco. Indica hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

Over-analyze music lyrics during couch-locking, face-melting chillaxation on this new indica hybrid, OMG.

It’s a play on GMO—one of the dominant cultivars of ‘22. Ripper Seeds crossed GMO Cookies to Kush Mints, yielding a crazy-strong combination of both.

GMO genes dominate in this cross, and we’re OK with that. It tastes astringently sweet, kushy, and minty, with powerful, heady, day-melting effects. We went “OMG” when we smelled the first savory, chemmy hit.

Georgia Apple Pie

Georgia Apple Pie grown by Sense SF (David Downs/Leafly)
Georgia Apple Pie, grown by Sense SF. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

Fresh off the racks of the hotbeds of cannabis culture: hybrid Georgia Apple Pie. Raw Genetics crossed Seed Junky’s Georgia Pie (Gelatti x Kush Mints 11) to Lumpy’s Apple Fritter, and if that all sounds like algebra to you, that’s fine.

Expect perfect-looking buds with frickin’ notes of peach and apple pie—I’m talkin’ tart, sugary, cinnamon scrumptiousness. You’re gonna get french toasted on this strain’s very high-THC hybrid effects. Pack a picnic and a blanket, and text a friend for a weekend park session.

Stay Puft

Compound Genetics Stay Puft, grown by Sense SF. (David Downs/Leafly)
Compound Genetics’ Stay Puft, grown by Sense SF. (David Downs/Leafly)

Compound Genetics’ trendsetting Marshmallow OG cross Stay Puft lives up to its name as a big, frosty, boss of a bud. The hybrid combines Marshmallow OG x Grape Gasoline (Grape Pie x Jet Fuel Gelato) for impeccable bag appeal and a sweet, biting, vanilla smell and taste.

Stay Puft hits about as hard as the Ghostbusters bad guy, with skyscraper-high-THC hybrid effects that go great with watching your favorite YouTubers, or playing some GTA Online.

Fresh in stores this month

New on shelves

Jesus Zkittlezworth from Ricky Williams’ Highsman

Ricky Williams' Highsman brand Jesus Zkittlezworth is zkittlez from Natura for a fair price. (David Downs/Leafly)
Ricky Williams’ Highsman brand Jesus Zkittlezworth is Zkittlez from Natura for a fair price. (David Downs/Leafly)

Hold the haterade—NFL player Ricky Williams’ Highsman brand, and their “Pregame” flower Jesus Zkittlezworth, has got the right stuff. Expect pretty, shapely nugs and an all-star Zkittlez fruit syrup smell that jumps out of the bag.

It leans toward Tangie, with Zkittlez tropical candy and zesty, high-THC party weed effects. Highsman curates, or “white labels,” bud from Sacramento greenhouse growers Natura this season. But guess what—Ricky can pick ‘em. The Pregame, the Halftime, and the Postgame strains (renamed Zkittlez, PB Breath, and Gelato) all can ball. They’re also priced to move.

One more thing: The bag’s called “Pregame,” but don’t expect to shave seconds off your 40-yard dash. Performance-enhance your bocce ball, croquet, or disc golf game instead.

Hot on shelves

Ruthless By Law Red Velvet

Sunset Connect + Ruthless by Law 'Red Velvet;' via Flore SF. (David Downs/Leafly)
Sunset Connect + Ruthless by Law ‘Red Velvet;’ via Flore SF. (David Downs/Leafly)

A Bay Area mantra for 30 years—”Don’t give me no bammer weed,” comes to the legal era with this flower release from RBL Posse member Black C’s Ruthless By Law Red Velvet, through equity brand Sunset Connect.

The bag carries a “No Bammer” guarantee, and Leafly can co-sign. The Baldwin Brothers of Oakland grew this high-THC hybrid of Lemon Cherry Gelato x Pina Acai indoors.

The crazy thing: Our bag had a super unique, cinnamon, red hot front note, with a mild diesel back. The smell carries through to the cinnamon spicy-sweet taste. Testing at 28% THC, we got strong, uplifting, hybrid effects. Great for the studio, the meetup, and the club.

Best-selling on shelves

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Ball out

Terdz by Cloutking, OR

Cloutking Terdz impresses Oregon stoners. (Ryan Herron for Leafly)
Cloutking Terdz impresses Oregon stoners. (Ryan Herron for Leafly)

In a world gone mad, it’s therapeutic to get lost in a giggle fit and have no clue what started it. Enter, Terdz. The second best part of a mylar bag covered in cartoon poop is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, so you don’t have to either. The first best part is the weed, no joke.

Clout King reportedly selected this cross of Jet Fuel Gelato and Runtz, and the farm His and Her Grow cultivated it to perfection in Oregon. Sharing a joint gave us a pronounced effect that encouraged conversation and seemed to slow time. With big Sherbert notes and an earthy profile, this flower does a satisfying job balancing a fruit-forward bouquet with nose-wrinkling funk.

Ballin’ on a budget

Papaya Punch from Brother David’s, CA

Papaya Punch from Brother David's via High Tides in Gualala, CA. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)
Papaya Punch from Brother David’s, via High Tides in Gualala, CA. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

Look out for bargains on Papaya Punch by the bunch across the western US. This indica hybrid cross of Papaya and Purple Punch gives functional, versatile, uplifting, munchie-inducing effects that make it great as a dinner party digestif for novices, or an appetizer for the high toleranced.

Quality Papaya Punch smells and tastes like it sounds: a fruity mix of apricot, orange, and tropical papaya. Bred by Oni Seeds, Papaya Punch—and all the Punches—have become staple, workhorse strains in the US.

Have your pick up and down the coast in stores like High Tides in Gualala, CA, where we got Brother David’s branded Papaya Punch, straight from Humboldt County’s Mattole Valley Organics, a Sun + Earth Certified farm.

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Highest-THC product of the month

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We like to end things on a super-high note. (Leafly)

Artisan Wormhole (feat. Greendawg + Hash Assassins)

Does weed not get you high anymore? Time for a tolerance break. But before you go, traverse the WormholeArtisan‘s hyper premium, infused pre-roll.

The “worm” refers to 0.4 grams of extremely terpy, high-THC rosin—specifically, Hash Assassins’ extract from the strain Gas Tanker #15. Artisan staff encases the worm in 3 grams of Dawg Breath flower from top-shelf growers Greendawg. It’s 57% THC and 100% bananas.

Artisan specializes in batch-specific thai sticks, joints, and infused joints—all hand-rolled and ferociously potent. And they’re quality, too. Lots of infused joints use a headachey mix of shake and distillate that’ll give you a short, shallow high. By contrast, Greendawg’s Dawg Breath alone has a ferocious bark—all the Chemdog and OGKB stank a connoisseur craves. But together with the Gas Tanker rosin? Nothing prepares you for your first wormhole.

And that’s a wrap. See you back here soon for the May Leafly Highlight, and a new Leafly Buzz.

About Leafly Buzz

Oft-copied, never co-opted—Leafly Buzz remains a popular, monthly editorial product of Leafly News. Independently reported without fear or favor, Leafly Buzz captures the connoisseur cannabis conversation, focusing on strain and branded flower news west of the Rockies. Reporting includes:

  • Secret shopping in stores
  • Breeder, grower, distributor, and retail interviews
  • Leafly search data
  • Staff and reader tips, and more

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Got corrections, clarifications, tips, or news? We’re here to serve at buzz@leafly.com.

Oregon freelance journalist Ryan Herron contributed to this post.

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David Downs
David Downs
Leafly Senior Editor David Downs is the former Cannabis Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He's appeared on The Today Show, and written for Scientific American, The New York Times, WIRED, Rolling Stone, The Onion A/V Club, High Times, and many more outlets. He is a 2023 judge for The Emerald Cup, and has covered weed since 2009.
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