Now that the cat’s out of the bag and the Leafly Strain of the Year for 2020 is out on this planet, let’s discuss a few of the weed strains that didn’t make the reduce, however have been on the shortlist.

These 5 weed strains, plus three honorable mentions, have been trending all 12 months, and their taste and chemical profiles reveal one thing in regards to the tastes of weed people who smoke in 2020. 

As with selecting the Pressure of the Yr, Leafly used a mixture of knowledge and editorial experience to slim down the finalists. We checked out what’s well-liked in shops and in numerous areas of the nation, and the way strains carried out the previous 12 months. Our impartial assessment excluded any enter or affect from exterior events, in addition to the Leafly gross sales group.

If our Pressure of the Yr wasn’t your prime choose—or even when it was—take a look at these trending strains to see what else people who smoke have been lighting up in 2020. 

GMO Cookies

gmo cookies weed strain
GMO Cookies. (Cream of the Crop Gardens)

Don’t let the abbreviation for “Garlic, Mushrooms, and Onions” or its nickname, “Garlic Cookies,” deter you. GMO Cookies is a one-of-a-kind pressure, for positive. Typically described as a “savory smoke,” when you concentrate on this pressure, assume candy cookies drenched in gasoline – a results of mother and father GSC and Chemdog

This robust pressure has a traditional indica really feel that gained’t get you shifting anytime quickly, so don’t rely on it. Candy pressure and gasoline lovers alike normally love GMO Cookies, and with two well-liked mother and father, it’s no marvel it retains stinking up the charts in 2020. 

Ice Cream Cake

ice cream cake marijuana strain
Ice Cream Cake. (Aeriz)

Ice Cream Cake proves that people who smoke nonetheless love candy strains. Crossing Wedding Cake (last year’s Strain of the Year) with Gelato #33 (a phenotype of 2018’s Strain of the Year), Cookies are in its lineage and dessert strains are nonetheless in.

Ice Cream Cake has been well-liked just about because it got here out and has been lurking round our record of prime strains ever since, eyeing the Pressure of the Yr trophy. However actually, what’s to not love?

It’s candy and straightforward, with a creamy taste and hints of vanilla; plus it’s bought a traditional terpene profile filled with limonene and caryophyllene. 


slurricane marijuana strain
Slurricane. (Meraki Gardens)

This relative newcomer to the charts has taken the strainosphere by storm. Slurricane crosses Do-Si-Dos and Purple Punch, so it’s bought, you guessed it… extra GSC in its roots. However deep in that Purple Punch there’s some Granddaddy Purple that shines by with a refined grape and berry style.

Additional sweetness comes from its Do-Si-Dos mum or dad, and regardless of its title, Slurricane has a clean rest that comes on slowly – in all probability one thing to do with the OG and Granddaddy Purp deep in its household tree.

This smiley indica will get you relaxed after an extended day and make you not wish to rise up—not such as you’ve bought a large stone in your lap, however extra like a purring cat you don’t wish to trouble.  

Unique Glue

original glue marijuana strain
Unique Glue. (Leafly)

Good ol’ Original Glue, aka Gorilla Glue, or GG4, is alive and effectively within the pressure world. Unique Glue co-creator Joesy Wales passed away in 2020, however his legacy lives on and is flourishing.

Named for its trichome density and stickiness—lore has it a cellphone caught to Joesy’s hand after trimming the stuff, therefore “glue.”

Unique Glue is a workhorse, and breeders have crossed it with something and the whole lot, together with: Superglue, New Glue, Sister Glue, Purple Glue, Cookie Glue… the record goes on.

Unique Glue has grow to be a brand new customary with its sharp, distinctive diesel style with hints of chocolate seeping into strains all throughout the spectrum. One-of-a-kind, it continues to remain on the prime of the charts.

MAC (Miracle Alien Cookies)

MAC marijuana strain
MAC, aka Miracle Alien Cookies. (Aeriz)

The sweetness of GSC is in every single place, explaining why MAC has been steadily climbing the charts for a while now.

Boasting a formidable ancestry with GSC, Chemdawg, Starfighter, and Alien Technology, Miracle Alien Cookies is understood for sending people who smoke into outer house. This highly effective pressure’s a stable daytime excessive, nice for feeling euphoric and relaxed, but in addition productive.  

Recognized for dense, frosty nugs, excessive quantities of the terpene limonene give MAC a citrusy, orange style, which mixes with a gassy musk. 

Honorable mentions

These strains didn’t make the highest set however weren’t too far behind. We wished to point out them a little bit love, too. Count on to see extra of them in 2021.

mendo breath marijuana strain
Mendo Breath. (Matrix NV)
sundae driver marijuana strain
Sundae Driver. (Aeriz)
mimosa marijuana strain
Mimosa. (Maven Genetics)

Mendo Breath

Breath strains have been sizzling in 2020, and Mendo Breath led the pack. Descended from OG Kush Breath, go away this one for the top of the night time. 

Sundae Driver

Granddaddy Purp makes one other look, buried within the FPOG genetics of Sundae Driver. This enjoyable pressure is nice for chilling out on a Sunday afternoon with not a lot to do.


One other Purple Punch cross, Mimosa’s been a stable contender for a 12 months or two now. Mimosa stands out as a result of it’s excessive within the terpene myrcene. Give this one a toke for some candy citrus and fruit punch flavors.

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Pat Goggins is an editor at Leafly, specializing in hashish cultivation after working for a industrial grower in Oregon for 2 years. When not fixing typos, you’ll in all probability discover him on a ship or within the mountains.

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