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Infographic: The Fastest-Trending Cannabis Strain in Every State (and DC) in 2016

Published on April 19, 2016 · Last updated July 28, 2020

What cannabis strains are being searched most often by your customers, friends and neighbors in the lead-up to 4/20/2016? Wonder no more: the infographic below shows the fastest-trending strain in every state in the nation (and Washington, D.C.). Having just legalized medical marijuana, Pennsylvania wants to know more about Blue Dream. As its residents hang onto hope for recreational legalization, Vermont is curious about Zombie OG. And while many may wonder about the most popular strain in Colorado (spoiler alert: it’s Blue Dream), it’s just as interesting to see that Chemdawg is rapidly gaining market share.

To determine the fastest-trending strain in every U.S. state, we omitted low-traffic outliers from our data, then looked at which strains had enjoyed the largest surge in popularity in each individual market since the beginning of the year. A few data-driven notes about the evolving cannabis market are listed below.

Click to enlarge. (Elysse Feigenblatt/Leafly)

Key Takeaways

What cannabis strains are trending fastest on the West Coast? From Canada to Mexico, the West Coast loves hybrid strains – as do many more of the northern and western states. Blue Dream, Pineapple Express, and GG4 fascinate Washington, Oregon, and California respectively, and only two continental states bordering Canada – Idaho and Vermont – are most curious about something other than a hybrid.

What cannabis strains are becoming most popular in the Eastern United States? The Eastern half of the country is crazy about sativas. While these strains are trending fastest in only four states west of the Mississippi, that number is ten for states east of the Mississippi. Sativa searches are especially concentrated in the South.

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Are indicas becoming as popular as sativas? From the looks of it, no. Only four states are most interested in indicas – South Dakota, New Mexico, Connecticut and Vermont. No indica strain is trending fastest across the board, either; CBD Shark, Tangerine Kush, Zombie OG and Granddaddy Purple are all represented in one state apiece.

Is Blue Dream the most popular cannabis strain? Blue Dream is trending fastest in nine states – more than any other strain – but you might be surprised that the number isn’t higher. If we pulled a list of the current most popular strains in every state, Blue Dream would dominate much of the map. Yet while Blue Dream continues to trend, two more hybrid strains look to be gaining market share: GSC (f.k.a Girl Scout Cookies) is trending fastest in six states, with GG4 on its heels with five states. As far as sativas go, Sour Diesel and Green Crack capture the most interest, in four states each.

What cannabis strains should dispensaries have in stock for 4/20? Take a look at the map above, and be sure to stock up on the most popular strain in your state for 4/20 and beyond!

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Brett Konen
Brett Konen
Brett is a former editor at Leafly who loves travel, craft cocktails, and shining a spotlight on unique lifestyle trends.
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