Weed strains that smell and taste like mint
What gives some cannabis strains that unmistakably fresh, minty flavor? The key is aromatic compounds known as terpenes. Strains rich with certain terpenes comprise a vast array of mint-flavored cannabis options available on shelves today. From the dominant success of Kush Mints to the recent rise of Pink Certz, Leafly’s metrics make it clear that our users are eager to identify and enjoy the best of what mint and cannabis has to offer.
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Leafly’s ultimate list of the best mint-flavored cannabis strains comes from looking at sales and store availability and user ratings. Here are five strains offering the best of what minty cannabis has to offer.
- Kush Mints
Potent, uplifting, and packed with minty freshness, Seed Junky Genetics Kush Mints created the modern mints wave by crossing Animal Mints x Bubba Kush. Popular for its unique minty flavor profile, Kush Mints (also known as “Kush Mintz”) is a veritable one-two punch, striking first with a rich flavor combining mint and cookies and then again with effects that Leafly users credit as “my go-to late night smoke” and “pure euphoria.”
- Animal Mints
Calming and sneakily strong, Animal Mints is Seed Junky Genetics’ parent to Kush Mints. Made by crossing Animal Cookies x Sin City Genetics’ SinMint Cookies, this strain currently claiming its spot in the weed zeitgeist. Leafly users can’t get enough of Animal Mints either. “When you take a puff,” reads one recent review of the strain, “it's like you are eating fresh mint.”
- Thin Mint /Cookies
This hybrid off-shoot of mother strain GSC is reputed for its full-body effects, unique psychoactive properties, and, naturally, its superb minty taste. Visually, this strain is a stunner too, coated in crystals that reveal but a hint of the brilliant dark green and royal purple hues beneath. Fresh Thin Mint crosses arrive soon—Phinest Cannabis sold out of Thin Mint cuttings at the 2022 Emerald Cup in California.
- Pink Certz
Compound Genetics hit green gold with Pink Certz, made by crossing The Menthol and Grape Gasoline. Pink Certz won the 2022 Transbay Challenge contest in San Francisco with minty grapes and fuel. Naturally, it looks amazing too. Noted one Leafly review: “So many trichomes, purple looks like it’s been snowed on!”
- Hindu Kush
Rounding out Leafly’s best mint-flavored weed strains is a pure indica with a legendary reputation. Pink Certz">Hindu Kush packs a wide variety of sweet, spicy, and earthy notes that can equal a minty taste. B-Real brand’s Insane has a Hindu Phunk that really shows how minty weed came from Hindu Kush.
Humans have long turned to mint and menthol to soothe us. From spearmint gum to elaborate aromatherapy regimes, mint’s properties have been associated with several positive medical benefits, including relief for chronic pain, stress, and fatigue. Expressed in terpenes like eucalyptol (known best for its robust presence in Eucalyptus trees) and menthol (aka peppermint camphor), the practical applications of mint as a therapeutic agent include everything from cough drops to Pink Certz">research suggesting it may help to alleviate symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In cannabis, we can enjoy these benefits as well by seeking strains rich with mint-related terpenes in various combinations.
Modern “strong” cannabis strains test at around 25% THC or higher. That’s historically super-strong to buckle up. Here are five of the strongest mint-flavored cannabis strains to search out and sink into.
- Kush Mints (28%THC)
Tipping the scales at 28% THC, Kush Mints takes the crown on this list too! It makes sense, given its lineage includes potent pals Animal Mints and Bubba Kush. Impressively, despite the heavy THC quotient, Kush Mints is beloved for its uplifting and ebullient effects — in addition to its value as a stimulator of fickle appetites.
- Triangle Mints (27%THC)
Seed Junky Genetics knew they had a winner when they crossed Triangle Kush with Animal Mints to give us Triangle Mints. Testing just an iota below Kush Mints in terms of potency, Triangle Mints is no slouch with 27% THC. Be sure you have a designated driver for the return voyage and take a ride with this sativa-dominant hybrid boasting delectable notes of spice and diesel.
- Gush Mints (26%THC)
This Kush Mints offshoot is as flavorful as its name suggests. Gush Mints, bred by the Bay Area crew Purple City Genetics, is the type of heavy, indica-dominant cross to set your mind at ease in a hurry. Testing at 26% THC, Gush Mints is strong, satisfying, and beloved for its flavorful profile, which includes hints of pine, sweetness, and all the good stuff we’ve come to expect from the Cookies family lineage. As a cross that also features F1 Durb and Gushers, this is a strain that pairs perfectly with an empty calendar.
- Garlic Mints (24%THC)
Animal Mints crossed with GMO equals the uniquely delightful indica known as Garlic Mints. As the strain’s name might suggest, consumers can expect a minty taste with notes of garlic, coffee, and fuel when enjoying Garlic Mints. Testing at 24% THC, Garlic Mints was originally bred by Cabin Fever Brothers and is recognized today as a caryophyllene-rich strain that hits hard and tastes great. “Felt the mint on the exhale,” noted a recent Leafly reviewer. “Totally has that OG weed high with crazy potency.”
- London Mints (24%THC)
Kush Mints strikes yet again! What do you get when you cross London Pound Cake with Kush Mints? The answer is London Mints from House Exotics. This excellent hybrid features 24% THC while also conjuring a mouthful of awesome in every puff thanks to the prominence of the terpene caryophyllene and its soothing menthol properties. Consumers are raving about London Mints too. In a recent review, one Leafly user called it “by far one of my favorite strains I have ever come across.”