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Check Out These Mouthwatering Dessert Strains Sweetening California Menus

September 17, 2018

“Am I at a dispensary or a bakery?” you may wonder, perusing a menu with options like Gelato, Cherry Pie, Lemon Cake, or Mango Brûlée. As if choosing cannabis without thinking about food wasn’t hard enough, new strains named after desserts appear on dispensary shelves with increasing frequency.

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It all started with the Cookie Fam back in 2010, when the legendary network of cannabis breeders created the original GSC Thin Mints—a strain that launched a thousand imitators. As Cookie Fam continued to impress connoisseurs with later creations (including Sunset Sherbet and Gelato), the convention of naming strains after desserts spread widely across the industry.

Minty, sweet, or fruity, the most commonly found dessert strains include a wide variety of cannabis types with distinctly different terpene profiles. Check out a few of our recent crave-worthy finds, available at dispensaries around the Bay Area right now.


sweet weed strain that tastes like dessert: mochi

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All of the flower I’ve experienced from Gold Seal SF has been fire, and their Mochi is no exception. Purple-hued buds coated in trichomes, this Mochi is as frosty as its namesake dessert treat. Testing at 16.9% THC, this indica-dominant cross of Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Cookies smokes smooth and creamy—great for an after-dinner indulgence.

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Blueberry Pie

sweet weed strain that tastes like dessert: blueberry pie

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Full of sweet, fruity blueberry flavor, the aroma of these flowers leap right out of the jar. Every strain from Red Beard Farms on display at Bloom Room was incredibly terpy, and it’s currently the only place to find flowers from this boutique brand. With moderate THC potency of 15%, Blueberry Pie is perfect for well-heeled connoisseurs looking for incredible flavor with a pleasant—but not overwhelming—high.

Other Blueberry crosses such as Blueberry Muffins have been popular recently, so check out these delicious varieties at locations near you.

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Orange Cookies

sweet weed strain that tastes like dessert: orange cookies

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Grown by Greendawg Collective, Orange Cookies was the best-smelling flower in stock at Barbary Coast with bright, lime green buds covered in orange hairs. With a scent similar to Tangie, these citrusy buds tested at 16.7% THC, making this a moderately potent strain appropriate for daytime use.

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Key Lime Pie

sweet weed strain that tastes like dessert: key lime pie

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A popular new phenotype of GSC, the Key Lime Pie grown by Monterey Kush Co. delivers a strong potency of 21% THC with a pleasing citrus-lime flavor and an undertone of tart green apples. With fast-acting effects that delightfully perk up the senses, this strain is meant for people with high tolerances.

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Lemon Meringue

sweet weed strain that tastes like dessert: lemon meringue

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Extremely smooth and creamy with overt lemon flavor, Lemon Meringue is a cross of Lemon Skunk and Cookies & Cream perfected by Exotic Genetix. Grown by RB26 at CannaCruz, this was the highest potency strain sampled at 26% THC—definitely for seasoned smokers who want to energize and create. With a buzzing head rush, smoke this early in the day.

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Lemon Banana Sherbet

sweet weed strain that tastes like dessert: lemon banana sherbet

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A cross of Lemon Skunk and Sour Banana Sherbet bred by Crockett Family Farms and cultivated by FloraCal, Lemon Banana Sherbet is rich in limonene, with an overpowering smell of sharp astringent lemon. When you grind up the buds, you’ll notice notes of gas and ripe banana, and the smoke is creamy and smooth: just like real sherbet! Get motivated to do some cooking after smoking these tasty nugs, and pair it with a lemony dessert.

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Elise McDonough

Elise McDonough is a cannabis edibles expert and author of the Bong Appétit cookbook and The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, and Leafly's Product Specialist for Northern California. A veteran of the cannabis industry since 2002, McDonough has sampled over 500 edibles as a judge for the Cannabis Cup.

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