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Top 10 Craziest Cannabis Mutations

Diseases, pest infestations, poor environment and deficiencies can all make cannabis plants look a bit weird. But this article is all about DNA mutations, which can give rise to even stranger looking plants!

All the genetic information needed to make a plant is found in its DNA. DNA is a helical molecule, composed of two spiral strands that are connected by ‘rungs’ called base pairs. A single DNA molecule, or chromosome, contains hundreds of individual genes, each of which is made up of thousands of base pairs. Mutations arise when a plant’s DNA is altered.

There are two types of DNA mutations, gene mutations and chromosome mutations. In a gene mutation, the order of bases on a strand of DNA is changed. A chromosome mutation may take several forms: the order of the genes on the chromosome can change; genes can be duplicated or deleted; and genes can even break off of one chromosome and join onto another. The number of chromosomes can also increase in a mutation known as polyploidity (discussed in more detail below).

Gene and chromosome mutations occur naturally, generally at a low frequency. Higher rates of mutation occur when the DNA is damaged by a mutagenic agent such as a chemical, like colchicine, caffeine or mustard gas, or by UV, X-ray or gamma ray radiation.

Often these DNA alterations are detrimental to the plant and are not passed on to subsequent generations. But desirable or neutral traits sometimes arise through random mutations. Such traits can often be stabilised through selective breeding or natural selection. Exceptional strains can result from random, beneficial mutations.

This article covers both one-off mutations of the type that might pop up occasionally in a single plant, and mutations that have been stabilised through natural selection or selective breeding.

1) Whorled phyllotaxy

Phyllotaxy is the botanical term for the arrangement of leaves on a plant stem. The basic leaf arrangements are opposite and alternate (also known as spiral). In the case of opposite phyllotaxy, two leaves originate from the same position on the stem, while in alternate phyllotaxy each leaf originates from a unique point on the stem. Whorled phyllotaxy is an interesting variant where several leaves arise from the same point on the stem.

Young cannabis plants display opposite phyllotaxy, with alternate phyllotaxy becoming evident as the plant nears sexual maturity. Whorled phyllotaxy is a relatively common cannabis mutation, and causes three or more leaves to grow from each node rather than the usual two. Along with the extra leaf or leaves, an extra branch is also generated at each node, meaning that plants with whorled phyllotaxy often grow extra bushy!

Whorled phyllotaxy is pretty and may lead to somewhat greater yields, but is generally considered relatively useless to breeders as the trait usually disappears with any efforts to develop true-breeding strains.

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2) Webbed Leaves

The ‘Ducksfoot’ is a variety of cannabis that has extremely wide, webbed leaves reminiscent of the webs between the toes of a duck’s foot, hence its delightfully descriptive name! During the vegetative period, Ducksfoot (as well as the many crosses it has spawned) looks practically nothing like a cannabis plant, and even in full flower, its appearance and smell are highly deceptive.

Leaf-webbing is considered a useful mutation, as it can successfully be developed into true-breeding strains that are advantageous to growers that wish to disguise their crop, without sacrificing potency.

3) Creeper

The creeper phenotype is a strange mutation that is generally found in tropical strains, which often grow extremely large, in very humid conditions. Rather than focussing their energy on producing a large central cola, some of these tropical strains grow such large and heavy lower branches that they can bow down to touch the ground. At that point, the branches continue to grow along the ground. In common with many other plants, it may even form new root sites where the underside of the stem touches the ground!

The creeper phenotype has the potential to be useful, as it somewhat disguises the plant, and may also confer some extra vigour via extra rooting sites. However, this phenotype appears to be rare, and has not been developed into any known strains.

4) Australian Bastard Cannabis (ABC)

This rare and unusual mutation was, according to internet-forum wisdom, first found in the countryside near Sydney, Australia in the 1970s or ‘80s, where it was known as cannabis australis (not a proper botanical name) or Bindi Buds. About as unlike a regular cannabis plant as a mutant can ever be, this strange anomaly grows more like a shrub than a classic Christmas tree shape, and its leaves are non-serrated, smooth and shiny like those of a succulent, with each leaflet reaching no more than 5cm in length.

The unusual leaf shape is associated with improved hardiness and cold tolerance, making it well adapted to its territorial range in southern New South Wales and Victoria, both of which are among the cooler parts of Australia.

When the plant was introduced to the rest of the world in the 1990s it was dubbed Australian Bastard Cannabis, or ABC for short.

The original ABC was low in cannabinoids, but some underground breeders who experimented with the strain managed to produce plants that looked like the ABC but had significantly greater THC levels.

The ABC made ripples in growing circles when it first appeared around a decade ago, but despite initial promise with breeding programs, it appears that no strains have been made commercially available. The challenge for breeders is that the characteristic leaf shape was found to be highly recessive, and therefore hard to pass on to its progeny. The hardiness and cold tolerance of the ABC was, however, evident in the crosses.

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5) Vine-like cannabis

This is where things start to get a little murky. Several of the underground breeders who experimented with the ABC genetic reported producing crosses that actually had vine-like characteristics, including the ability to form stems that wrap in a spiral pattern around each other.

Cannabis Mutations – Vine-like cannabis

This mutation appears to be extremely rare, and does not seem to have been noted beyond these few anomalous experiments. Beyond its rarity and extremely unusual appearance, the vine characteristic does not appear to be highly advantageous, and no commercial strains have ever been developed.

6) Leaf buds

Typically, flower sites on cannabis plants occur at the nodes, at the same point that the petioles (stalks of leaves) originate from. However, a relatively common mutation can cause buds to form at the other end of the petiole, at the base of the leaves themselves. This is sometimes called a piggyback mutation.

This mutation is unusual and interesting in appearance, and is often thought to be advantageous due to the extra bud sites. However, in reality it is probably better to remove these leaves as soon as they are observed, as buds yielded from these sites are usually tiny, and take up nutrients that could be put towards developing your main flower sites.

7) Polyploidism

Polyploids are individual organisms that possess a greater number of of chromosomes than is normal for the species they belong to. Polyploidism underlies the phenomenon of hybrid vigour, where crosses of two closely related species display higher yields and improved resistance to drought or disease. For example, durum wheat (used to make pasta) is a polyploid form of wheat created via an inter-species cross of two grasses with the typical chromosome count.

Cannabis is a diploid plant, with two sets of chromosomes. Rare instances of spontaneous polyploidism can occur if the normal process of cell division malfunctions during development, and it can be also be induced in plants that would otherwise develop normally by treatment with a powerful mutagenic chemical called colchicine. Colchicone is highly toxic and should only be handled by those who understand the risks and know how to mitigate them!

Polyploidism has been widely exploited in fruit and vegetable growing, and two potential applications of polyploidism in cannabis have been investigated: tetraploids for increased yield and potency and triploids for seedless buds.

Tetraploid plants (with four sets of chromosomes) have the potential to increase yield and potency. This has been investigated by Buddha Seeds and reported in the International Cannagraphic Magazine forums. Disappointingly, no compelling advantages of the tetraploid plants over the diploid versions were observed. This is not the only study to question the received wisdom that tetraploid plants are more potent than duploids: a study of polyploidism in hemp found that tetraploids had more protein, starch and flavonoids than diploids, but less THC.

If a tetraploid plant is crossed with a diploid plant, the offspring are triploid (3 sets), and should be infertile and seedless, opening up the exciting possibility of producing sensimillia in mixed fields of males and females. In the case of cannabis, triploids did exhibit reduced amounts of seeds compared to diploids, but fell far short of the absolute seedlessness required for sensimilla production.

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8) Stringy” Cannabis

In stringy cannabis the calyxes grow all along branch rather than in clusters. Such plants yield less and can be a pain to harvest, but they can be very potent. Dr Grinspoon, the heirloom sativa strain named after Lester Grinspoon, author of the ground-breaking 1970s book ‘Marihuana Reconsidered’, is an example of a strain that exhibits stringy buds as its usual growth pattern.

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The “stringy” tendency appears to be present mainly in intensively-bred sativa lines of Southeast Asian or South American background. Stringy strains take a long time to flower, exhibit a high degree of hermaphroditism, and yield very little – but their unique appearance, aroma and effects have won them many fans nonetheless.

9) Twin seedlings

Another common mutation found in cannabis is polyembryonic seeds. Polyembryonic seeds contain more one seedling, and when germinated, will surprise their owners by putting out two taproots instead of one.

If carefully handled, it should be possible to remove the seed casing after a day or two and gently separate the two seedlings. Once separated, the two seedlings should happily grow into two healthy plants—and interestingly, while one of the two plants will be the normal offspring of its mother and father, the other will be a clone of its mother.

Although two seedlings are more common, some three-seedling polyembryonic seeds have also been observed. However, while this is an interesting mutation, it does not confer much advantage to the breeder, and apparently no effort has been made to develop a true-breeding polyembryonic strain.

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10) Albinism & variegation

Arguably one of the most beautiful spontaneous mutations to occur in any plant, variegation occurs when some of the genes that control production of chlorophyll and other pigments do not express correctly, causing distinctive patterns of pigmented and non-pigmented sections on leaves and buds.

Cannabis Mutations – Variegation

In some extreme cases, the genes that control production of chlorophyll may all be switched-off, and the plant will be entirely albino. However, plants that require photosynthesis to live cannot survive and reach full maturity if they are albino, as chlorophyll is required for the photosynthesis reaction.

Variegation is pretty, but is generally considered useless or even detrimental, as it reduces the plant’s capacity to photosynthesize and thus comprises its ability to achieve maximum health and yield.

However, there is some indication that the white flower tips commonly expressed during high-intensity LED cultivation may arise due to genetic mechanisms. Testing on these white tips has reportedly demonstrated above-average cannabinoid and terpene levels compared to normal parts of the same plant – so white flower tissue may not be so detrimental after all! Of course, we need to conduct more studies and tests to ascertain the exact nature of the relationship between high light levels, genetics and variegation.

We hope you have enjoyed this selection of unusual cannabis mutations—and if you encounter your own examples of these or other mutations, please let us know all about it in the comments section below!

This article was updated with the contributions of independent scientist Dr Gavin Macfie, to ensure accuracy and academic rigour.

Laws and regulations regarding cannabis cultivation differ from country to country. Sensi Seeds therefore strongly advises you to check your local laws and regulations. Do not act in conflict with the law.

Comments

119 thoughts on “Top 10 Craziest Cannabis Mutations”

Hey I am looking for info on a plant I have. I am new to growing but have been around a few in my daze. The leaves look like feathers is my best explanation. One you have to see. I don’t know the strain I was in my seed bank un named, it could even be Mexican brick from back in the day. Hard sayin not knowin! Anyone I can send a pic to?

Good afternoon Corey,

Thanks for your question,
Are you thinking of Freakshow or Dr. Grinspoon?
These are the top two strains I could think of in terms of leaves that could resemble feathers.

Looking forward to your response

Has anyone had a touch sensitive plant? When I would rub the finger of a fan leaf it would close together like mimosa pudica (shame plant). Every leaf on the plant reacted to touch.

Good afternoon Cody,

I hope you’re having a great day,
Oh wow, I haven’t had a plant like that. It sounds very unique, what strain where you growing?
Have any other of our readers experienced anything like this?
You might also be interested in our article on Understanding, Identifying and Using Cannabis Leaves

I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.

Thanks for giving your information it was helpful.

Thank you for your comment!
I’m glad you found the article informative
To learn a little more about medicinal cannabis, here are some links that you might find of interest.
How to maximise the yield of a cannabis plant and Top 10 tips to maximize your cannabis grow space.

Thanks again, and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.
With best wishes,

Great article, I like many appreciate variety of cannabis, most mutations you mentioned are interesting but not commercially very important. I’m also interested in the mutations that develop the traits like color and terpienes and odors, as well as different medical traits like cbd, cbdv, thcv, cbg, etc.
I would like to see a group or club that trade’s unique genetics to those who wish to explore their varieties and enhance the traits.

Got 2 purple fingers on gsc is it good or bad

Good afternoon Jonathan,

Thanks for your comment,

Unfortunately, legal restrictions mean we can’t answer grow-related questions or give grow advice on this blog.

Purple cannabis gets its colour from anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid that is found in all parts of the plant: leaves, flowers, fruits, stems, and even roots.

However, Anthocyanins are not produced throughout the lifetime of the plant, and it is only during the last few weeks of flowering that they begin to alter its appearance. The absence of chlorophyll in the final stages allows the pigments to show through even more distinctly and the plant can often express vivid purple, blue and red hues. They may also express in cold conditions.

Thanks again, and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.

With best wishes,

I’ve been growing since the early 60’s, as you might imagine I’ve encountered numerous examples of the aforementioned deviations: including a trifoliate that grew intense three sided branching without any pruning, a half golden and dark green leaved plant perfectly split 50/50 through the plant from base to top cola, several creeper pheno’s that would “lean into the sunlight lowering its branches into the soil and growing into “frods” that produced copious lbs. of buds, One of the oddest features I discovered over time is what I call “celery” stalk. The plant is an indica/sat hybrid that grows into a nice thick bushy round main stem from the growing center that starts to flatten and intensifies its core like a celery stalk. Quite striking including a ribbed appearance which grows vertically with the elongating stem…Multi clone like leaflets emanate from this protrusion.

Good afternoon Mauser,

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, and giving so much detail.

The celery stalk phenotype sounds very interesting!

Thanks again, and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.

With best wishes,

Fantastic Blog: I would like to post a picture of my celery pheno, if that’s possible let me know the procedure Mark.

Good afternoon Mauser,

Thanks for the comment!

Your celery phenotype sounds very interesting, I would love to see it!
Please send an E-mail to: [email protected]

Thanks again for your comment, and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog!

Looking forward to seeing your mutation!

I to have been growing of a long time now , since the mid 1980’s .. I have seen a few of the mutations mentioned in this article..true twin plants from one seed , the creeper phono type a couple times over the year’s , and a tri-nobe male that was picture perfect three branches per nobe site from bottom to top of the plant.. I thought I found another example of this mutation again… It turns out to my surprise that it didn’t grow as the first tri-nobe male I happened to mention previously.. started out the first couple nobe sites were as expected.. how ever the plant started to grow strange traits – two fully formed leaflets from one leaf stem and other traits I’ve never witness before and I started researching cannabis mutations and trying to figure out what I had going on here with this strange plant I had in my garden.. and till now I thought I found my answer , I believe it to be a polypodism mutation take I was witnessing.. but since I’ve read your discription of your discovery I’m certain I’ve found another example of the celery mutation like you’ve found and discribed in your plants strange growth pattern.. with the flattening of the stem as the plant reached sexual maturity and the stem resembles a celery stock , ever the clone like leaflets coming from the inside curve of the stem..I’m certain that’s what I’ve found in my plants mutation..I have tried to breed my plant with the only male pollen source I had this summer and since I’ve only found one seed since I’ve started harvesting this plant and see no more seeds visible to tell if it was a good breeding yet that will have produced anymore seed then just the one I’ve found so far , and or if that seed is even viable and will grow or is this seed infertile…? I’ve stopped harvesting the plant to take pictures and video of the plant to document it and I will continue to research this mutation and respond further with what I’ve learned about this mutation as to the potency and the flavor I can’t comment yet for the plant hasn’t been completely harvested yet and what has isn’t dry enough to sample yet…as for the smell it’s very faint and kinda piney yet bland… I tried to take clones and couldn’t get them to take root.. for the growth from seedling to mature female plant.she was very vigorous and didn’t lose color or leaflets though out her growth cycle.. note the color was slightly lighter green than my other plants growing this year… I will report further on what I’ve discovered about this strange cannabis mutation I’ve been lucky to witness and grow this year, outside and if the seed I’ve found or any others I might find after the drying and curling of this plant and what the effects of the plants potency , smell and flavor profile she expresses when she’s dry… Thank you for your time and for the information you’re added to this article.. sincerely your’s Terry Hartleb from Illinois U.S.A. , 10-30-2021.

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Good afternoon Terry,

Thank you so much for contacting us here at Sensi Seeds and sharing your experiences with cannabis mutations.
Please keep us posted on any developments, and I’m very excited to read more about this celery mutation.
If you have some photos, please send them to: [email protected]

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The best new cannabis strains to grow in 2021

Americans smoke about 30 million pounds of cannabis each year, analysts estimate. All that dank ain’t gonna grow itself.

North America’s weed gardeners, big and small, have begun their annual run on marijuana seed stores. From California to Maine, ganja growers are racing to stock up for the spring thaw and planting season.

“We’re getting slammed,” said Nathaniel Pennington, founder of seed leader Humboldt Seed Company in California. They offer 57 strains in their 2021 catalog, available in California, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Maine. “We’ve never had this level of demand.”

California breeder and Equilibrium Genetics founder Jason Matthys works seven days a week right now. He drops seed packs at dispensaries from mountainous McKinleyville, CA, to postcard-perfect Pacific Beach, San Diego. “It’s really starting to pick up,” he said.

“Seeds are selling really well,” said Brian Smith, inventory manager at Satori Wellness, Humboldt County, CA’s leading genetics retailer. “It’s the peak of the [seed] season pretty much from January 1 through April. Come on down, because, yes, they are moving.”

“‘Corona year two’ is a superb year to grow,” said Matthys. “More people are checking out their backyard space, or setting up a little tent in their room to try something. They’re working from home, and remotely. It’s easy to check in on your tent when you don’t have to sit in traffic.”

Below, Leafly assembles its definitive, annual guide to the hottest pot popping off in America’s gardens. We mention 60+ strains, organized into six broad collections below.

Time to get growing, America.

Easy-peasy autos and fems

Growing can sound intimidating. So-called “autos” and “fem” seeds take the stress out of the learning curve. These two seed types are on track to upend regular seeds’ primacy.

Autoflowering seeds

Autoflowering seeds make your cannabis plant work like a clock. Put an auto in a 3-gallon pot, add water and sun, and in two and half months you’ll have finished bud, no matter the time of year.

Humboldt Seed Company’s boss says go for their Sour Apple auto this year.

“The Sour Apple is, I would say, our most beautiful autoflower that will really do well in any circumstance,” said Pennington.

Sour Apple in the fields. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)

Exotic Oakland, CA. clone and seedmaker Purple City Genetics touts its Saltwater OG Auto, which hits 26% THC.

“That’s extraordinarily high for an auto,” said Eric Rosen, Purple City Genetics sales director.

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Ethos Genetics’ Lilac AutoDiesel runs auto-magically. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

Fems in season

“Fems” are short for “feminized seeds.”

If you’re growing weed to smoke, it’s a females-only party, and dudes ruin it. Only females produce buds. Statistically, five males will lurk in your standard 10-pack of regular seeds. That gives new growers anxiety, said Matthys.

“It’s a lot of newer growers that are afraid of males and they want to get something that won’t have male seeds,” he said. “People don’t like the experience of having to throw away plants that they don’t want.”

For 2021 fems, try to beat Humboldt Seed Company’s Jelly Rancher. This cross of Very Cherry to Notorious THC and Jelly Rancher Bx3 sparkles with resin and smells like blue cotton candy, strawberries, and grapes. Jelly Rancher grows to a medium size and ripens quickly.

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Make ’em jelly: Jelly Rancher fem seeds are sweet, berry, grape hybrid-sativa fun for ’21. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)

They’re going to do great any place in California this year, said Pennington.

Exotic breeders Compound Genetics offer feminized seeds as well. Snap up Gummiez, Blueberry Octane, and Pink Certz fems from Compound at stores like Buds and Roses in the San Fernando Valley.

Friendly Tangie strains

If Autos and Fems are easy to grow, Tangie family strains are easy for beginners to smoke. They have bubbly, friendly effects that can go all day.

Found in fine Oregon dispensaries, Massive Seeds sells Yuzu Tangie, which is Tangie crossed to Lemon Pineapple, mixed to Orangeade. Breeders list lineage like a math equation: ((Tangie x Lemon Pineapple) x Orangeade).

Humboldt Seed Company enters year two of selling Squirt, which crosses an elite Blueberry Muffin to a superior Tangie.

“If you want to have a good time, smoke Blueberry Muffin, and smoke Squirt.”

Nat Pennington, Humboldt Seed Company founder

“If you want to have a good time, smoke Blueberry Muffin, and smoke Squirt,” said Pennington. “I pretty much only smoke Blueberry Muffin and Squirt when I’m going to be working with a group of people. It makes it fun.”

A pure Tangie resurgence continues as well, said original breeder Crockett, founder of Crockett Family Farms. The California team sells through DNA Genetics and beyond. Plant a field of Crockett’s new:

  • Strawberry Fields (Strawberry Banana X Tangie)
  • Sour Juice (Juice X Sour Chem),
  • Tangieland (Candyland X Tangie)
  • or BT7 (Banana Tangie #7 X OG#18)

Cookies and Cakes, MAC and nuts

It’s a Cookies and Cakes world. You just live in it.

That means scooping up leading California nursery Dark Heart’s fast-selling clones of Gelato (Ice Cream) Cake, Sweeties, or White Runtz.

“The Cookies and Cakes are very much in demand this year, for good reason,” said Dark Heart Nursery CEO Dan Grace.

Denver-based Ethos Genetics also gorges on cookie crosses with its End Game line, now in three varieties.

Thanos is a daddy: Ethos punches up Cookies with their “End Game” crosses. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

Also, try to get in on Purple City Genetics’ new, clone-only Gush Mints.

Gush Mints electrifies and colorizes the minty strain craze. It takes Kush Mints and crosses it with the fabled F1 Durban and Gushers. The result is, “creamy gas and kushy candy terps,” said Rosen.

Six types of Gush Mints crosses are coming in seed form in ‘21.

“Purple City Genetics is the very front tip of the spear. That’s us,” Rosen said.

Also in the exotic Cookies world, don’t miss Archive Seeds of Portland’s:

  • Animal Biscuits (Animal Cookies x Dosidos)
  • Cake Face (Animal Face x Faceoff OG)
  • Doughlato (Dolato #41 x Moonbow #75)
  • and Melon Fizz (Melonade x Moonbow #75)

And in the world of MAC crosses, breeder Capulator should have seeds for adult-use stores this year. Until then, Ethos touts their new MAC and Jack.

“It’s a very complimentary cross that checks all the boxes for almost every grower!” said Ethos.

Ethos Genetics’ MAC and Jack amps up the sweet sativa jack terps. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

Going a bit nuts

Quick note: a bona fide nutty strain craze is a-brewin’ in cannabis.

Demand for Peanut Butter Breath has gone crazy, according to major clone and seed provider Wave Rider Nursery in Salinas, CA.

Over at Humboldt Seed Company, their new Pistachio (Fortune Cookies x PistachioBx2 x P-61) “Smells just like burnt nuts to us; a roasted cracked-open pistachio,” said Pennington. “People will agree that it has a nutty flavor no matter what.”

Pistachio comes from intense hybridization, and luck. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)

OGs for the OGs

The biting OG Kush strain family lives in the shadow of Cookies, but it’ll never fade.

Keep your gas station topped up this year by growing some Knight’s Templar OG from Dark Heart Nursery. Dark Heart calls their newest OG their heaviest yet.

“People love the gas profile and the supreme relaxation that OGs bring,” said Grace.

Mission accomplished: Knight’s Templar OG from Dark Heart Nursery. (Courtesy Dark Heart Nursery)

OG Kush cousin Triangle Kush never goes out of style. Just look at Wave Rider Nursery’s Black Triangle (Triangle Kush x 88G13) via Bodhi Seeds.

Or even better—mix nuts and gas with PB Triangles from Equilibrium Genetics. That’s PB Breath to Triangle Kush.

Need more new OGs? Go with legit, original gangsta’ Bodhi Seeds’ Ancient OG:

“A heavy duty, true OG-dominant hybrid that takes things to the next level,” stated Bodhi. “Deep, earthy, forest OG aromas, with creamy, citrus kush undertones, like Goji OG without the berry and added lemon pledge.”

—Bodhi Seeds

Hashmakers will want Dying Breed Seeds, who crosses everything to their OG Eddy Lep, including:

  • Lemon Zest (Lemonade x OG Eddy);
  • Ice Cream Bean (Blue Sherbert x OG Eddy).

Purples, Zkittlez, and Runtz

Certain heavily stoned folks only smoke purple weed: GDPs, Purple Punch crosses, Zkittlez, and Runtz. This section’s for them.

Dark Heart Nursery claims to bring back the legendary Ken’s Granddaddy Purple from 2003 for sale this year.

“Anyone who remembers the old school, deep, and musky taste of purples should try this strain,” said Grace.

Dark Heart Nursery offers a 2003 Ken’s Granddaddy Purple this year. (Courtesy Dar Heart Nursery)

We’re huge fans of Do-Si-Dos to Purple Punch, called Slurricane—so we’re growing In-House Genetics’ Slurricane ix (Slurricane #44 x Slurricane #7) in our garden.

Wanna get crunk? Seek out Purple City Genetics’ clone-only Slurty3 ((Slurricane Cowboys cut) x Gelato 33). Crosses of it go into seed production later in the year.

Slurty3 smells like “grape, gas, and cream terps that have ‘new-new’ written all over it,” said Eric Rosen.

Caution, though. “This is heavy, dude. Not for the unsuspecting smoker,” he said.

Zkittlez and Runtz run amok

New Zkittlez crosses rain down upon us mortals. We’ve settled on growing Exotic Genetix’s Cookies cross Gazzungas (Zkittlez x Rainbow Chip). Up in Portland, OR, Archive Seeds hits gold with Rainbow Beltz 2.0 (Zkittlez x Moonbow).

Similarly, Runtz crosses are everywhere, but only Equilibrium Genetics crossed Runtz to their mold and mildew-resistant African Orange to create Orange Runtz. Great idea.

Another blingy Compound flavor: Rose Gold Runtz, a cross of Apples and Bananas to White Runtz.

Compound Genetics’ ultra-potent, tasty Apples and Bananas in your own backyard. (David Downs/Leafly)

“These guys who made this particular strain should be the gods of weed.”

—Leafly reviewer ‘a……..r”

One Leafly reviewer of Apples and Bananas said: “These guys who made this particular strain should be the gods of weed.”

Lastly, Compound Genetics recommends its latest collaboration with Colorado seed gods Cannarado. Look for Gastro Pop—that’s Apples and Bananas to Grape Gasoline.

See also: Savage Genetics’ Cheetoz (Cheetah Piss x Runtz); I Love Growing Marijuana’s Purple mixpack; Wave Rider’s cross of Wedding Cake Zkittlez x Modified Grapes.

Landraces, sativas, and throwbacks

The critics always tell me, ‘Play those old school jams, David. Where’s my landraces at? Those sativas? Where are my throwbacks?’

Equilibrium Genetics cannot be denied in the throwback, landrace, and sativa game. Look at their nearly sold-out Maui Pineapple, as well as their new Saturn Citrus and Pineapple Sonja.

Old-school Maui has billions of dollars of goodwill baked into the brand name, said Matthys.

“It’s crazy. Everyone wants that one. It’s such a wonderful strain to grow—very sativa with a sweet bit of cherry musk and funk, like a gassy funk,” he said.

Pineapple Sonja will reset the bar for thick pineapple flavor in California. It’s Pineapple Thai to another pineapple-smelling sativa from Maine, called Red Sonja.

Then strap in for a psychedelic rocket launch—Saturn Citrus is Super Lemon Haze crossed to Equilibrium’s African Orange.

Need more altitude? Wave Rider Nursery offers a unique Swazi Red Burmese that’ll get the heart racing.

And for a spotless mind, this year Bodhi Seeds has:

  • Soar (Columbian Red x OMG)
  • and Eternal Sunshine (Hawaiian Sativa x OMG)

Old school indica fans, we got you. Hash Plant lovers want to be sedated with Bodhi Seeds’:

Grandmas Hashplant (Irene x 88G13/HP)

  • and Lemon Hashplant (Lemon G x 88G13/HP)

Romulan landing

And speaking of sedation: set your phasers on stun—old school Romulan has landed.

“Our Romulan seeds are selling very, very well,” said Megan L., Romulan Genetics sales manager. “Nostalgia has been a pop-culture phenomenon lately, so anything that brings people back to their youth or high school years is a big hit with the Baby Boomer generation.”

This classic, high-THC indica can manage anxiety and PTSD, patients report.

“[The strain] leaves you feeling completely saturated but somehow still in control of your thoughts and actions,” said Megan.

Grow a bowl of Romulan this season. (Courtesy Romulan Genetics)

And that, folks, represents a fat slice of what’s going on out there in the cannabis seed world in 2021. It’s truly mind-boggling.

“There are so many amazing new strains coming out all the time it’s exhausting to keep up with,” said Conner Pollock, Wave Rider Nursery sales manager.

This epochal explosion in cannabis diversity only promises to accelerate, said Rosen. “It’s the most exciting time to be in cannabis. Even more so a day from now, and a week from now—it just gets more and more exciting,” he said.