SACRAMENTO—This time of year, top cannabis cultivator Ted Lidie, founder and CEO of Alien Labs, lies awake at midnight, obsessing.
Almost 3 acres of exotic cannabis—pungent and green Melonade contrasting with purple rows of Sherbacio and Region #41—sit ripening in 100-gallon pots in Yolo County, CA. As a farmer, Lidie’s livelihood is topic to the whims of fate.
By dawn, Lidie is up, one particular of thousands of licensed California operators bringing in millions of pounds of complete-season, outside cannabis from the fields.
California is the world’s biggest legal cannabis market place, and the US’ largest supply of illicit herb. Licensed farmers report a bountiful, lovely 2019 harvest, with off-the-charts flavors and potent effects. Legalization is permitting compliant brands to generate at substantial scale.
Right here are Leafly’s Harvest Strains of 2019: combining field reporting with sales and search information, with a concentrate on industrial cultivars discovered in licensed retailers in California and other legalization states.
Let’s crack this jar and peak inside.
MAC stands for Miracle Alien Cookies, and 2019 is officially The Year of the MAC.
“I mentioned it final year: ‘It’s the year of the MAC,’” laughs Humboldt County, CA, grower Dan “Mr. D” Eagan, element of the Humboldt Sun Growers Guild. He’s standing on the sales floor of the world’s biggest wholesale occasion, Hall of Flowers, on Sept. 17, in Santa Rosa, CA. “But now it is officially the year of the MAC.”
Shoppers have a bottomless wish for higher-THC, sedative Cookies strains. So farms across California are harvesting thick, dense, pungent, frosty colas of the MAC cultivar this year.
MAC’s breeder Capulator took Alien Cookies and added additional fuel and sour aromas from the strain Starfighter, and then some citrusy landrace Columbian.
MAC searches are surging on Leafly as the initial cuts of the 2019 harvest come in, and we count on MAC to elevate seshes into the new year. Readily available in California from Lit Property, Saucey, and numerous other people.
See also: 1Lyfe’s Grape Pie Cookies Elyon’s Trifi Cookies
It has to be most destined cross of 2019: OG Kush, the business common-bearer and major-seller for 20 years, plus Zkittlez, an award-winning upstart, with effects and terps that judges and connoisseurs go nuts for.
Place ‘em collectively and you get OZK, also observed as OZ Kush. Sound the airhorn. Zkittlez lacks good bag appeal and the highest THC scores, and it is really hard to develop, but cross it with OG Kush and it is a diverse story.
Even the folks who began OG Kush—like grower Josh Del Rosso at Josh D Farms—are a fan of OZK. “God, it is so loud,” Del Rosso mentioned. “There’s nothing at all undesirable about it. It is all definitely desirable aromas and flavors that get you higher.”
Appear out for this lengthy overdue Zkittlez cross and numerous other people in licensed markets.
See also: Josh D Farms’ ZTK Connected’s Melonade Paradiso’s Midnight, and Blue Vuitton
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Take two good cultivars ruling the day—Sunset Sherbert and Gelato #41—mix them collectively, choose the greatest, and BOOM: Sherbacio. Fields of it are coming from Alien Labs and other people. Appear for it in 180-plus retailers and statewide by way of Puffy Delivery.
“It’s what we have the most of out there,” mentioned Lidie. “We appreciate that plant mainly because it is so dark and fucking outside appears so substantially greater when it is purple.”
Expanding below the sun is far more affordable than below lamps, so even the greatest outside can run half-off of regular prices—$25 an eighth. Each and every bag is packed with waves of dank, scrumptious, creamy berry that is crazy higher in THC. It is a boon to terp lovers.
“We do not see a middle,” mentioned Lidie from Alien Labs. “We have super high-quality [indoor at $80 per eighth], and we have the outside [where] the approach is more affordable. We attempt and let that be the bargain.”
See also: Monterey Kush Co’s The Fruit Stripe Wonderbrett’s Orange Sunset
Although indoor plants are prized for flowering rapidly, outside plants take their time. Consequently, lengthy-flowering sativas can shine in the fall harvest.
Amongst the sativas, appear out for early cuts of the classic, rapidly-finishing landrace sativa Durban Poison.
Durban supplied the original sativa genetics in Cookies. It can be higher in THC-V, which can suppress appetite.
Durban is sweet and spicy like ginger, higher in THC and low in CBD, with energetic effects.
Aster Farms and Fog City Farms, each in California, exhibited a Durban at Hall of Flowers, and whilst indicas edge out sativa sales nationwide, “Sativas appear like they’re definitely hot proper now,” a Fog City rep mentioned.
Durban can be discovered in practically every single legal cannabis market place in the US.
See also: Green Crack, Jack Herer, AK-47, Lemon Haze
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What a good matchup.
Purple Punch appears beautiful and has a friendly, sweet, soft, and velvety grape aroma. But it does not get you super baked.
By contrast, the heavily hybridized OG cross Do-Si-Dos is so gassy and peppery it can make you sneeze, and so robust it can give you a case of The Worry.
Each have heated up the sales charts more than the final year, and now come collectively in this duet, Dosi Punch. Bred by Symbiotic Genetics, seeds of Dosi Punch have spread across California, so appear out for new cuts of it from the likes of Sunrise Mountain Farms, as properly as indoor growers Ember Valley. And appear out for other good Do-Si-Dos and Purple Punch crosses this harvest.
See also: Paradiso’s Lemon Dosi Cherry Alien Labs’ Moonbow
Lovers of lemon, fuel, and higher amounts of THC preserve OG Kush and Sour Diesel at the major of the charts. But every single season, variations stand out.
This year, we’re seeing definitely exceptional outside and light-dep cuts of Banana OG from California growers Flow Kana, as properly as Loudpack, just two brands of numerous bringing the pleasant hybrid to outside shelves this fall.
Banana OG softens the astringent fuel bite of OG Kush with soft, tropical, sweet banana notes. The trick for growers is capturing these delicate banana-smelling terpenes. Hasty drying or lengthy storage depletes them and turns Banana OG to meh-nana OG.
With so numerous cuts of it about, shop about and do not settle for much less than the complete ‘nana this harvest.
See also: Maui OG, 3C Farms’ Banana OG
Shout out to the citrus lovers who want daytime power! Banjo is a trending mix of Enhance and Tangelo that is excellent for folks with additional of a moderate THC tolerance.
Strains like Tangie, and citrus strains in common, by no means definitely took off with the higher-THC toker who can not get as huge of effects off Tangies than OGs.
But with legalization bringing in a new variety of additional casual buyers, Banjo stands prepared to play their tune. A bowl of outside Banjo is reasonably priced, terpene-wealthy, and reduce in THC than other main harvest strains.
Spotted for sale from Flow Kana, 1Lyfe, Pacific Stone, Goodflower, and Coastal Sun.
See also: Tangie, Mimosa
This year is a banner year for homegrowers, who take pleasure in additional freedom now than nearly any time in current history. In California, Oregon, and numerous other states, homegrowing is permitted by law, and the 2019 champion of the homegrow just may be Blueberry Muffin.
More than the final two years, main California breeder Humboldt Seed Co. partnered with cloning factory Dark Heart Nursery to sell thousands of Blueberry Muffin clones into industrial and property gardens alike. With plants finishing off this week, the greatest of the rugged Humboldt County hills is accessible to numerous homegrowers.
Humboldt Seed Co. chosen Blueberry Muffin from a lengthy, multi-generation seed hunt by way of the strains Blueberry, Razzle Berry, and Purple Panty Dropper. The industrial reduce is a purple cannabis lover’s dream—dense, dark, sweet, fruity, bready, and exceptionally higher in THC.
See also: Vanilla Frosting
For the final entry, let’s get tropical with our dessert and exalt the Mango Brulee from licensed California brand Lolo.
Lolo’s bud is a light dep: Outside herb that finishes early, thanks to light deprivation methods that force an early flowering. Light dep makes it possible for for early harvests and the outcome can be as fairly as indoor, whilst staying nearly as inexpensive as outside. It is the future of cannabis—even if most buyers do not notice.
But they do care that Lolo’s Mango Brulee is comparatively inexpensive, ridiculously terpy, and loud, with intense tropical fruit notes wedded to a burnt sugar finish. Grinding it, rolling it, and smoking only confirms the sensation.
Do not quit there. Investigate all the tropical dessert light deps you can obtain from Loudpack and Lowell.
See also: Speaking Trees’ Pineapple Upside Down Cake Lolo Lava Cake
What are your strains of the 2019 harvest? Let the Leafly neighborhood know in the comments under!