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Leafly Buzz: 13 top cannabis strains of August

Leafly Nation, the West Coast is baking. And not just from the heat waves. 

The best breeders and growers ever drop new seeds and flowers daily. Public cannabis battle royales spotlight mind-melting new flavors nearly every week. Fresh, exotic terps waft through packed airports, freeways, beaches, and clubs.

Blast the Spotify playlist. Break out the rolling tray. We present a baker’s dozen of fire flavors smoking up the US’ west this August. This is Leafly Buzz.

Data Grinder

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Cherry season, fam. (Sasha Beck/Leafly)

Maraschino

⬆42.8%

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Insane Maraschino. Hybrid indica. (David Downs/Leafly)

“Weed: A Connoisseur’s Guide to Cannabis” author Ellen Holland predicts a wave of cherry-flavored pot. We’re paddling deep into that wave this month. Cypress Hill rapper B-Real’s Insane brand moves Maraschino—an Apple Fritter x Sherbert Bx cross that smells like the frickin’ cherry in a Shirley Temple. It’s sour, sweet, and berry with indica hybrid effects good for beach naps, TV snuggles, or evening dessert. Maraschino bubbled up 42.8% in search interest, just in time for cherry season. 

Han Solo Burger

⬆ 2.3%

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Jungle Boys-grown Han Solo. Indica hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

Our journey through all things GMO crosses continues with Han Solo Burger, a GMO x Larry OG F8 from Skunk House Genetics. This Han shoots first with a biting smell—like a blaster bolt hitting a fuse box. The ‘Burger’ line that includes Donny Burger tastes dank, savory, and gassy, leaving you sleepy, happy, and hungry. We spotted Han Solo at the influential TLC Collective in LA, grown by Jungle Boys. GMO crosses keep gaining fans alongside the core strain; up 2.3% in search interest this month.

Daniel Larusso

⬇ 15%

Sweep The Leg: Daniel La Russo kicks above her weight. Hybrid indica. (Courtesy Ball Family Farms)
Sweep The Leg: Daniel Larusso kicks above her weight. Hybrid indica. (Courtesy Ball Family Farms)

Give your worries a flying crane kick like the Karate Kid Daniel Larusso. This marquee GMO Cookies strain from LA equity brand Ball Family Farms makes for pungent, rich, dank pre-rolls that cook you at the barbecue. The flower sports exotic, dark purple leaves with orange hairs—a really excellent GMO look. Daniel Larusso slipped 15% in search interest last month, but returns as the parent in Ball Family Farms’ new strain The Phonzie.

Blood Orange

⬇ 3.6%

Surfr Seeds’ Citrus Tsunami (Orange Zkittlez x Trop Cookies) floods Colorado this summer with the re-name ‘Blood Orange.’ The strain had a monster climb on menus, only now leveling off at a new plateau, down 3.6% in search interest. Surfr Seeds proudly explores vintage orange and tangie terps. Good on them. Hella folks love orange candy, cookies smells, and electric, orangey, full-bodied dankness on the tongue. Other strains promise to get you higher faster, but none go better with the beach.

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That new-new in ’22. (Sasha Beck/Leafly)

Doppelganger

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Doppel Gang: Emerald Cup-winning Fig Farms’ Purple Fig F2 (Tenderloin cut), reincarnated. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

Fig Farm’s new Doppelganger is like a super-fine fashion show in a sketchy city alleyway—a totally unique blend of bling and bite. To make Doppelganger, Fig Farms started with their Purple Fig, this intense cross of old-school goodies: Romulan x Snow Leopard (which is Chemdawg x Uzbekistan Hash Plant x Afgoo x Blockhead) x #11 (Green Crack x Haze). No cookies genetics, thanks. From there they made different Purple Fig F2s (crosses of female Purple Figs and pollen from males). Among the offspring—a stanky “Tenderloin cut,” which they lost. D’oh.

When Fig found a dead ringer for their misplaced Purple Fig F2 Tenderloin cut, they named it “Doppelganger.” Our nug smelled rowdy and complex—with sweet grape Goo, Romulan pine, herbaceous stale beer Haze, plus sour wine, and tobacco from Chem and Hash Plant. It’s so flavorful and fabulous—it’s offensive. “The Doppelganger is honestly one of my favorite strains right now,” said Mike Doten, Fig Farms COO. 

Gunnpowwder

Top breeder/grower Seed Junky Genetics pushes the GSC genome the furthest with this (Biscotti x Sherb bx1) x Jealousy f2 cross that’s fat, dark, icy, and dripping. Cookies’ mogul Berner helped select the Gunnpowwder variety for its funky, gassy taste that to us evokes the seductive bite of black powder. Just use caution: Seed Junky Genetics plus Cookies brand The Minntz only release the highest-caliber, one-hitter-quitter stuff on the planet. 

Pavé

For a minty San Francisco addition to that gas, check out Pavé, Compound Genetics’ cross of Paris OG and The Menthol. The award-winning breeder currently sells Pavé seeds in new crosses Candy Pavé (Eye Candy x Pavé), and the strawberry-scented Strawberry Pave (Red Pop x Pavé). Pavé with the accento refers to jewelry so iced out you can’t see the metal setting. The strain screams 2022 in exotics—a white-out trichome blizzard burying a stacked, thick bud. Pavé also dumps hash for those rosin boys. This glimmering high-THC hybrid adds some blinding, heady bling to any situation. Grab some sunglasses.

Z-Technology

Grower Hi Tech’s new, experimental Z-Technology strain has some strange teleportation properties. One day you have an eighth of the electric, shimmering white-green nugs. And then the next day they’re gone. “Did they phase back to their home dimension?” “Did we smoke it that fast?” L.A. indoor small-batch grower Hi Tech doesn’t disclose the cross, but we’re assuming it’s a potent Z hybrid like a Rainbow Belts, Moonbow, or Z41. Z-Tech put us in orbit— dizzy, sweaty, and stuck at the Lagrange point between Earth and the moon. Z-Tech is found at dozens of stores thanks to the boutique, exotic-only distributor Teds Budz. Equity-enabled, Black-owned and family-run, Teds Budz brings the heat of the street bubbling up from once-underground medical marijuana teams entering the legal spotlight.

Fresh in stores

New on shelves

Cherry Bomb

Insane, CA
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Hello world, I’m your wild girl: Ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

Insane’s new strain Cherry Bomb hits California stores this August with big Z x Cherry Pie terps, and a taste to match. This indica hybrid is not exactly a work starter, so get your stuff done before you fire it up. B-Real brand Insane cultivates under a legacy L.A. license for indoor, and sells through its own Dr. Greenthumb stores and others. Our Cherry Bomb went off with cherry pie purple hues and flecks of Z green. 

Rocketing up the charts

Trop Cherry

Tradecraft Farms, CA

Sorry, my cherry-hating brethren—just one more. We’re seeing a bumper crop of Relentless Genetics’ cross of Tropicana Cookies and Cherry Cookies f3 dubbed Tropicana Cherry, or just Trop Cherry, or Cherry Trop. Tradecraft Farms’ elite indoor grow in downtown L.A. had double-stacks of Trop Cherry popping under LED lights. Jungle Boys grows and sells its own Trop Cherry less than a mile away. A Trop Cherry just took first place in the Michigan Cannabis Cup. I’m not surprised it’s killing it. It rocks stunning hues of purple and green, in big medium-density nugs. It smells tangie, cherry, and dank, with a functional daytime high for heads, or a happy hour high for lightweights. Relentless Genetics works out of Colorado and also does Rozay, and Frozay.

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Balling out

Zlime

from Cali-X, CA
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Cali-X Zlime eighths near $100 with tax near LAX. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly) (David Downs/Leafly)

I love me some lime taffy Z terps and this Cali-X Zlime delivers by the mouthful. Cali-X has sold Zlime for a few years now, but it stays in the rotation because it’s so juicy; Zlime crosses OZK and an undisclosed lime strain. We got the best old-school Z nug we’ve ever seen. The lime candy smell hit dead-on, and carried through to the taste, with a euphoric hybrid high that’s good as a daytime brain break, or weekend marathon. It’s always Zlime time. 

Ballin on the budget

Fruit Bubble Gum

from Pacific Stone, CA
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Just off Highway 101, Pacific Stone produces 1.5 million joints per month. (David Downs/Leafly)

Sativa lovers, we got you. Carpinteria, CA greenhouse growers have more tons of the sativa Fruit Bubble Gum than maybe anyone ever. A cross of Lemoncello #10 and London Pound Cake #97—it references the old-school Juicy Fruit strain flavor, with useful daytime effects without that heavy comedown of indica strains. You can get blissfully sweaty gardening with Fruit Bubble Gum, just make sure to drink loads of water. PacStone is on track to grow 60 tons—we said tons—of flower in California. Their eighths sell for the same price as some six-packs of beer. 

High Note

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Open a portal to the astral plane. (Sasha Beck/Leafly)

L.A. Family Farms pre-rolls and hash holes

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L.A. Family Farms pre-rolls and hash holes—for the win. (David Downs/Leafly)

Equity brand LA Family Farms scored a big win Saturday with their Rainbow Belts live hash rosin. The hash bested ten peers in the Transbay Challenge IV in downtown LA. Beyond the hashish, check out LAFF’s glass-tipped, wide-bodied pre-rolls, and hash holes. That’s when they wrap up a ‘worm’ of hash rosin inside several grams of triple-A-grade flower. Southern California smokes another level than the rest of the world.


About Leafly Buzz

Oft-copied, never co-opted—Leafly Buzz is the popular, monthly strain review roundup from Leafly News. We report independently on the connoisseur cannabis conversation, focusing on strain and branded flower of the US west. Reporting includes:

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David Downs

Leafly Senior Editor David Downs received a Literary Excellence Award from Oaksterdam University in 2022. On the cannabis beat since 2009, he’s published three books, including the best-selling cannabis crop science book ‘Marijuana Harvest.’ Downs guest lectured at the Loyola Marymount University Law School’s Journalism Law School, UC Berkeley Extension, and contributed to Continuing Education of the Bar’s Marijuana Law Hub, sponsored by University of California and the State Bar of California. Downs’ work has appeared in San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Scientific American, Wired, Rolling Stone, The Onion, Columbia Journalism Review, High Times, Billboard, and many more. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara, and was a Fellow at the Medill School of Journalism’s Academy of Alternative Journalism in Chicago.

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