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Guides | 11.27.2023

What Is Exotic Weed? 18 Exotic Strains To Try In 2023

These are the most exotic strains we've heard of.

For a cannabis beginner, it can be hard to know where to start.

The best strains for you are different from the best strains for someone else. Your strain of choice depends on the experience and effect you’re looking for and which cannabis products you prefer to use.

But maybe the most exotic weed strains aren’t the best choice for beginners. Most of the strains below are incredibly potent and could cause a little THC-induced paranoia for beginners.

Whether you’re a newbie looking to take a leap of faith or a seasoned user who wants to broaden their cannabis horizons, here are some refreshing, exotic weed strains to consider.

At Herb, we only strive to present you with the best options. The 18 strains below are the leading exotic weed strains of 2022 that are sure to bring you a mini vacation.

What Makes Weed Exotic?

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It may be confusing to understand what makes weed exotic. If we remove cannabis from the equation, what does the word exotic really mean?

An exotic animal like a bird from Costa Rica might be exotic to North Americans, but it’s not to South Americans. Thus, exotic weed means strains and genetics that were bred elsewhere from where you reside. But that’s not all.

Any beginner to cannabis might look at any strain as exotic, considering that it’s completely out of their territory. But, seasoned users who know their weed might want an exotic strain that presents;

  • Bolder colors
  • Higher terpene contents
  • Higher cannabinoid contents
  • Powerful effects

While some of the strains below have genetics that hail from different countries like Afghanistan, Australia, Jamaica, and Colombia, most are only labeled as exotic for their cannabis properties noted in the list above.

How To Grow An Exotic Weed Plant

The best answer would be to go to an exotic region and grow your own plant. But if a residential move doesn’t sound like your thing, here’s how you can grow an exotic weed plant at home.

Whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors is completely up to you; just remember that strains often grown in hot climates may need a little more heat and sunshine than those grown in cooler climates.

We suggest looking into the best exotic seeds on the market. But how can you do that? Check out our list below of the best exotic weed strains of 2022, then head over to a seed bank and check if they’re in stock.

Here’s a guide on where to buy the best marijuana seeds. After you’ve selected your seeds, growing regular weed vs. exotic weed is essentially the same. If you’re new to growing cannabis, visit our guide on how to grow cannabis outdoors.

The core differences are the aromas, colors, and trichomes formed on exotic weed during the flowering stage; they tend to appear much faster and more vibrantly. It brings a little more excitement than growing a strain that’s often grown in your region.

Now that you’re on the hunt for the best exotic weed seeds, let’s start with the strains. Here are the 18 most exotic weed strains of 2022.

PAX Plus

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Some people switch between vaping dry herbs and concentrates to get the most psychoactive potential of their flower. The PAX Plus is different from most dual-use vaporizers that lose vapor quality when switching to concentrates or flowers.

The devices that provide consistency are too big to carry and use on the go, but PAX created PAX Plus to give you the advantage of getting the best from dry herbs and concentrates in the palm of your hand. Take this vaporizer everywhere with you, in your pocket, and take it out when you wish to brighten your day.

A crucial note to get the most potent effects from your super intoxicating flower is to keep your vaporizer clean. Thankfully, the PAX Plus has a 3D oven screen, which is easy to remove and clean. Plus, you get a brush alongside the vaporizer for quick and effective cleaning.

18 Most Exotic Weed Strains Of 2023

HHC Flower By Bloomz

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HHC is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that might be considered “exotic” to users who haven’t tried it before. Although the HHC Flower from Bloomz is grown in the United States, it contains 99% HHC distillate for a refreshing cannabis experience you’ve never felt before. 

HHC is said to produce similar effects as Delta 9 THC and stronger effects than Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC. It’s worth noting that beginner cannabis users should consume it in small amounts at first, then gradually increase the dose based on their tolerance and presented effects. 

The HHC Flower from Bloomz is coated in premium HHC oil, helping your flower burn slower for more enjoyable sessions. It comes in 3.5g and 7g options and is available in the following strains:

  • Indica – Grape Zkittles, Monster Cookies
  • Hybrid – Apple Fritter
  • Sativa – Green Goblin

A Tropical Exotic: Strawberry Banana Kush

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Botany Farms is the industry-leading producer of premium cannabis flower. I have the privilege of introducing you to one of their newest strains and crown jewels, Strawberry Banana Kush. As the name suggests, this strain boasts a unique and delicious flavor profile akin to a tropical paradise.

Upon opening the jar, the aroma of ripe bananas and fresh strawberries immediately fills the room. Strawberry Banana Kush’s colors are vibrant green, with hues of purple and orange sprinkled throughout. The trichomes are thick and frosty, giving the buds a glistening appearance. The appearance of the buds alone is enough to make your mouth water.

But the real magic of Strawberry Banana Kush lies in its effects.

This strain provides a powerful and uplifting Sativa experience, perfect for a daytime pick-me-up. The terpene profile of the strain is also key to note. It contains high levels of myrcene, known for its soothing effects, and limonene, known for its mood-boosting properties.

Cookies & Creme (35%) Premium THCA Hemp Flower

You’ve never smoked a strain like this before. Courtesy of Consider It Flowers, this Cookies & Creme Premium THCA Hemp Flower is an excellent choice for connoisseurs looking for maximum potency and flavor.

For one thing, it’s from the famed Cookies lineage. Secondly, its flavors and aromas are unmatched, thanks to its sweet and vanilla exhale. Upon opening, the aromas smack your nose with pungent floral potpourri and creamy vanilla, making it a great choice for self-proclaimed canna critics.

Not only is this strain mouthwatering, but seriously strong. It features a whopping 33.41% THCA, giving the buds a total cannabinoid content of 34.54%. This relaxing hybrid strain is an excellent option for any time of day, whether you’re in need of physical rest, mental bliss, or a simple pick-me-up.

It’s an exotic strain that’s waiting for a spark. Get yours now and experience this supreme THCA flower in all its glory.

THCA Flower Exotic Tier - Melonade From Puro

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If you’re looking for an exotic strain, Puro has you covered. With their Exotic Tier THCA Flowers line, you can be sure you won’t find anything like this anywhere else.

The Exotic Tier THCA Flower’s Melonade flavor combines the delights of an exotic strain with flavors that will captivate your senses with its intriguing and delicious nuances.

From the first touch, you’ll be welcomed by the intoxicating aroma of Melonade—a sweet and juicy melon aroma with subtle floral nuances that arouse your curiosity.

Each puff is a journey of flavors. The fruity sweetness merges with the freshness and slightly tangy touch of Melonade. It’s as if every puff takes you to a tropical flavor paradise.

But that’s not where the magic ends. This Exotic THCA Flower strain not only delights your taste buds it also awakens your mood. You’ll feel more cheerful, creative, and revitalized. It’s perfect for daytime use, energizing you while providing gentle body relaxation.

Each packet contains one-eighth of THCA Flower, with a net weight of 3.5 grams. The potency is impressive, with THCA content ranging from 25% to 32.5%, and best of all, it is regulatory compliant, containing less than 0.3% Δ9-THC.

Hemp Flower From Timbr Organics

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When you open the jar of Lifter Hemp Flower, you’ll be welcomed with a sweet, earthy aroma that is sure to relax your senses. The buds are dense and covered in trichomes that sparkle in the light.

Smoke or vape a few puffs of Lifter Flower, and you’ll feel a calming effect that will take away all the stress and worries of the day. You’ll find yourself in a state of blissful relaxation, ready to enjoy whatever life brings you next.

Not only is Lifter Hemp Flower a great way to relax, but it’s also an excellent source of CBD. A non-psychoactive cannabinoid linked to many health benefits, including reducing anxiety, pain relief, and more.

THC-A Flower From Bay Smokes

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Bay Smokes Garlic Truffles THCa Flower. This remarkable strain sets itself apart in the ever-diverse cannabis milieu, presenting a sensory adventure that is as intriguing as it is gratifying.

Garlic Truffles THCa Flower showcases the imaginative prowess of Bay Smokes. The strain is the progeny of Garlic Cookies and Truffle Butter, both recognized for their profound effects and notable flavor profiles. The offspring of this unique combination is a strain that is as taste-laden as it is potent, boasting a high THCa content that delivers a powerful, uplifting high.

Upon encountering Garlic Truffles, its unique scent will be the first to greet you. True to its name, this strain presents a robust, savory aroma marrying the earthy scent of truffles with a dash of garlic. It’s an unconventional blend that is guaranteed to tickle the curiosity of the most discerning cannabis aficionados.

Aussie Blue

This heavy-hitting strain is a unique cross between Blue Haze and Duck (Boise).

It hails from the land down under, and considering it’s of Australian lineage, a country that doesn’t normally roll out its own marijuana strains, it’s become highly sought-after.

The THC content sits at a high and mighty 20% and is a Sativa-dominant hybrid that offers flavors like lemon, pine, spice, and Earth. The overall energetic and lively experience Aussie Blue offers also makes this strain rather distinct.

Black Indica

This strain was initially grown by Vancouver-based BC Bud Depot in the 1980s. It’s a soothing cross between Afghan and Kush, with a mellow and relaxing THC content of only 13%.

There’s also 3% CBD, meaning a state of balance and relaxation is a given when puffing on this Indica-dominant hybrid. This unique strain carries a distinct black hue with dark green leaves and dark purple shades.

Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush relaxes the mind and body with its heavy doses of THC. This strain relaxes the user and leaves them with a sense of euphoria. It’s one of the most popular Indica strains that’s seen as exotic for its high THC content and strong effects.

Perfect to kick back and enjoy the day, this thick bud boasts a sweet scent with chocolate undertones. Once it kicks in, any stress or pain will melt away.

Try this Bubba Kush flower from Botany Farms. With a 26% cannabinoid content that includes Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC, CBD, CBG & more, you’ll truly experience the entourage effect with this powerful indica.

Malawi Gold

Malawi Gold is a Sativa strain with an awe-inspiring THC level of 16%. This strain is often consumed due to its impressive mental and physical effects. Malawi Gold grows into lovely, gold-colored buds, making it one of the most exotic strains on the market today.

Malawi Gold is a potent strain; it nails your head and body in just a few hits, making you feel very relaxed. It comes with mild cerebral effects that allow your mind to soar and get creative. A dynamic Sativa, Malawi Gold has quite a long flowering time because it has adapted to sunlight!

Sour Brûlée from JAXON

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Embark on an unparalleled sensory journey with Sour Brûlée, an exceptional creation from JAXON that stands at the pinnacle of exotic strains in 2023. 

This well-balanced hybrid is a testament to meticulous cultivation and artisanal expertise, offering an experience that tantalizes the senses and uplifts the mind. 

With a remarkable CBD content of 17.08%, Sour Brûlée takes you on a journey of tranquility and pleasure. Its well-balanced hybrid nature perfectly blends the best of both worlds, offering a harmonious balance between relaxation and invigoration.

The allure of Sour Brûlée goes beyond its aroma, extending to an exquisite flavor profile that is a delight to the palate. Upon tasting, a creamy explosion of vanilla intertwined with earthy nuances awaits, culminating in a bold and satisfying piney finish. Each puff becomes a culinary journey that invites you to savor every moment.

Sour Brûlée is not just about indulging; it’s about reaping the benefits it brings. This captivating strain has been associated with potential pain and stress relief, making it a sanctuary for those seeking solace. But that’s not all: it’s also known to stimulate creativity and enhance mental clarity, inviting you to explore the depths of your imagination.

In the world of Sour Brûlée, you won’t experience the traditional “high”. Instead, prepare for a state of relaxation, increased energy, and an overall sense of well-being. 


Snowcap is one of the most pungent strains in our range. Snowcap is a 50/50 hybrid strain, with up to 22% THC and 0.4% CBD. Not for the faint-hearted. Among the weed industry, the Snowcap strain is relatively new.

Its citrusy, lemon scent makes it a highly refreshing marijuana variety, while its relaxing yet uplifting high will undoubtedly impress even the fussiest of marijuana smokers.

Frisian Dew

Frisian Dew combines its own Indica and Sativa genes, producing an even hybrid of 50% Indica and 50% Sativa.

A unique plant, it has been selectively bred to have deformed leaves and a low THC concentration, so it doesn’t resemble most marijuana plants, making it pretty exotic.

If you like a little spice in your life, Frisian Dew is the perfect strain for you. It has a peppery taste and will help calm down those aches and pains so you can power through your day feeling fresh and energized!

Pinkman Goo

Pinkman Goo is regarded as one of the exotic strains you can find.

Pinkman Goo’s smell reminds me of sweet pea pods, while its taste has hints of a succulent lemon. Pinkman Goo is the perfect starter plant for an enthusiastic grower.

This Purple Kush and Ghost Train Haze hybrid are unique in every aspect, including its lineage, aroma, hardiness, and taste. The final product is a sweet and beautiful strain that will brighten up even the dreariest of days.

The resin is a thick and sticky one, but don’t let that fool you. This is not a low-grade marijuana strain.

Granddaddy Purple

Granddaddy Purple is a strain that is one of a kind.

Its parents are Big Bud and Purple Urkle, and the strain was a cross between an Afghani Indica and a Thai Sativa. Its unique lineage is what makes it exotic, not to mention its strong grape-like aroma.

A delight to smoke, Granddaddy Purple provides a grape taste from its Purple Urkle parent. Smokers will love the strong high and exotic taste of this variety. With a sweet scent, even non-smokers will find it hard to resist the aroma.

Platinum OG

This strain is named for its high content of platinum, the most precious metal on Earth.

Because it’s one of the strongest strains out there, it’s incredibly exotic, especially to beginner users looking to up their game.

Delivering euphoric and relaxing effects in equal measure, Platinum OG has been instrumental in relieving conditions such as chronic pain and nausea.

Hammer of God Vape Pod From 3CHI

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For those exploring the most exotic strains in the cannabis world, the Hammer of God True Strains 2ml Vape Pod from 3CHI offers a powerful, euphoric experience that stands out. This Hybrid is designed for advanced users, promising an intensity not commonly found in every day strains. It’s part of the True Strains line, known for consistent, complex blends offering various effects.

Key features include:

  • Potent Hybrid Strain: Specifically created for experienced cannabis users seeking an extraordinary experience
  • High Cannabinoid Content: About 95% cannabinoids, including a diverse range like ∆9o, THC-C8, THCP, HHC, ∆8 THC, and more
  • Quality Assurance: Each pod undergoes rigorous internal testing and additional verification by an ISO 17025-accredited lab for safety and contents

Master Kush

Master Kush, a perfect example of the success of decades of careful breeding.

This strain was bred from two classic landrace strains from India and Pakistan, making it pretty exotic. It has a very potent hash-like flavor and an intense high.

This plant has a unique subtle earthy and citrus smell and delivers a vintage flavor with hints of incense known as a hard-rubbed chakras flavor.

This strain provides full-body relaxation without adverse effects. Instead, it sharpens our sensory awareness, which makes us feel sharpened to analyze every activity better.


The staggering potency of Trainwreck will leave you feeling down for the count.

Delivering THC levels over 25%, this strain is not for the mild-mannered consumer. Get ready for an adventure with this exotic and fiery trainwreck.

Trainwreck is a name you’ll hear a lot in medical marijuana circles. It’s been around for decades, but its popularity has increased as people learn more about its effectiveness.

Banana Kush

This West Coast creation’s exotic marijuana buds have a characteristically light green color and attractive shape and texture.

This strain smells just like a warm, ripe banana peel grown in the tropics and tastes just as wonderful as a smoothie. Banana Kush is a mellow and delicious hybrid with an earthy aroma with hints of spice.

It makes an excellent option for those dealing with stress or depression, as this strain brings on tranquility and a faint sensation of euphoria.


Diablo gets its best genetics from the Grapefruit and Blueberry strains, making it a fruity and exotic plant to smoke.

If you’ve been searching for a strain that has robust THC levels without sacrificing flavor, you’ll love Diablo! With beautiful purple buds, Diablo is a great strain to show off in your garden.

Strawberry Cough

Strawberry Cough is a potent Sativa and is famous for making people cough when it is smoked.

The taste and smell of strawberries are almost strange as if burning plant material could smell and taste so much like my favorite berry.

It’s been a mystery to many cannabis users as to where this strain comes from, but its high THC content, noticeable effects, and sweet aroma make it very exotic.

There are many exotic cannabis strains out there. However, not all are created equally. We’ve done extensive research to bring you the best of the bunch and help narrow your options based on your particular needs!

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