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New Jersey’s cannabis landscape: 2024’s top strains and surprising climbers

Published on April 9, 2024 · Last updated April 12, 2024
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As the Garden State’s cannabis culture continues to blossom, enthusiasts from Hoboken to Atlantic City have spoken, and their preferences are as diverse as New Jersey itself. From the blissful highs of Lemon Cherry Gelato to the surprising ascent of LA Kush Cake, let’s explore the strains that are defining New Jersey’s cannabis scene in 2024.

New Jersey’s top 5 searched cannabis strains

1. Lemon Cherry Gelato: The Reigning Champion

Holding steadfast at the top, Lemon Cherry Gelato continues to enchant with its sweet, fruity notes and balanced high. It’s the quintessential strain for those seeking a flavorful and euphoric experience.

Lemon Cherry Gelato. Grown by Fig Farms, CA. Hybrid-indica. (David Downs/Leafly)

Lemon Cherry Gelato


  • Tingly • Giggly •Relaxed
  • THC ~20%

Lemon Cherry Gelato is a hybrid weed strain made from a genetic cross between Sunset Sherbet and Girl Scout Cookies. Lemon Cherry Gelato is 20% THC, making this strain an ideal choice for experienced cannabis consumers. Leafly customers tell us Lemon Cherry Gelato effects include tingly,  relaxed, and euphoric. Medical marijuana patients often choose Lemon Cherry Gelato when dealing with symptoms associated withanxiety,pain, and stress. Bred by Backpackboyz, Lemon Cherry Gelato features an aroma of lime, berries, andcitrus with flavors of lemon, andsweetfruit.

2. Blue Dream: The Dreamy Runner-Up

A close second, Blue Dream remains a favorite for its versatility, offering a soothing yet uplifting high that’s perfect for any time of day. Its widespread appeal is a testament to its balanced effects and sweet berry aroma.

blue dream marijuana strain

Blue Dream


  • Creative • Uplifted •Energetic
  • THC ~18%

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing Blueberry with Haze. Blue Dream originated in California and has since achieved legendary status among West Coast strains and has quickly become one of the most-searched-for strains in the Leafly database. 

3. Wedding Cake: The Relaxing Indulgence

Staying strong in third place, Wedding Cake treats users to a potent, relaxing high with its rich, tangy flavors. It’s the go-to strain for unwinding after a long day or celebrating life’s sweet moments.

Is it Runtz? Just Gelato? Fig Farms-grown Lemon Cherry Gelato. (David Downs)

Wedding Cake


  • Relaxed • Aroused •Hungry
  • THC ~24%

Wedding Cake, also known as “Triangle Mints #23,” is a potent type of indica-hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing Triangle Kush with Animal Mints. Fun fact: In Canada, this strain is known as Pink Cookies. The Wedding Cake strain provides relaxing and euphoric effects that calm the body and mind. This strain yields a rich and tangy flavor profile with undertones of earthy pepper. Medical marijuana patients choose Wedding Cake to help relieve symptoms associated with pain, insomnia and appetite loss. Consumers with a low THC tolerance should enjoy this strain with an extra slice of care due to its high THC content. Wedding Cake has soared in popularity over the years and was named Leafly Strain of the Year in 2019.

4. GG4: The Potent Staple Leafly

GG4, firmly in fourth, is renowned for its heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation. Its sticky resin and earthy, pungent aromas make it a powerful choice for those seeking a deep, grounding experience.

Often gassy—Original Glue up close. (David Downs / Leafly)



  • Relaxed • Sleepy •Hungry
  • THC ~20%

Gorilla Glue is a hybrid weed strain made from a genetic cross between Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. This strain is 37% sativa and 63% indica. “Gorilla Glue”, also known as “Original Glue” or “GG4”, is a potent strain that delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains. Gorilla Glue is 20% THC, making this strain an ideal choice for experienced cannabis consumers. Leafly customers tell us Gorilla Glue effects include feeling relaxedsleepy, and hungry

5. Cereal Milk: The Sweet Climber

Rising in popularity, Cereal Milk leaps from tenth to fifth place, captivating with its creamy, sweet profile and balanced high. It’s quickly becoming a sought-after strain for its unique flavor and enjoyable effects.

(David Downs/Leafly)

Cereal Milk


  • Aroused • Giggly •Relaxed
  • THC ~18%

Cereal Milk is a hybrid marijuana strain from Cookies. Cereal Milk is made by crossing Y Life (Cookies x Cherry Pie) and Snowman, a sativa-dominant Cookies pheno. Cereal Milk has a loud flavor with a sweet milk and ice cream nose that will keep you dipping back into your stash. You can expect dense, quality nugs dripping with trichomes and a potent high.

Noteworthy Movers and Shakers

LA Kush Cake: Marking the most dramatic rise, LA Kush Cake skyrockets from 152nd to 33rd place, signaling a burgeoning interest in its rich flavor and potent effects. This impressive leap highlights New Jersey’s adventurous palate and willingness to embrace new strains.

GMO Cookies: Climbing from 24th to 6th, GMO Cookies has captured the attention of New Jerseyans with its earthy and potent profile, ideal for a deeply relaxing experience.

Brownie Scout: Making a significant jump from 76th to 28th, Brownie Scout’s popularity surge suggests a growing appreciation for its strong, sedative effects and rich, chocolaty flavor.

The Original Z: Despite a slight decline from 20th to 38th, The Original Z’s initial high ranking indicates a strong initial interest in its unique terpene profile and balanced effects, reflective of the dynamic tastes within the state.

New Jersey’s cannabis scene in 2024 is as vibrant and dynamic as the state itself, with a wide array of strains capturing the hearts of consumers. From enduring favorites to exciting new discoveries, the Garden State’s enthusiasts have a rich tapestry of cannabis experiences to explore.

As we move through the summer, we’ll keep our finger on the pulse of New Jersey’s evolving cannabis trends, bringing you the latest on what’s hot, what’s new, and what surprises may be in store. Stay tuned, and happy exploring!

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