New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than with some of the hottest new strains of the year. Unfortunately, some of 2016’s best creations may not make themselves known until 2017, as they are submitted to competitions and Cannabis Cups. However, these top 10 ten new strains will take your holiday to the max.
1. Golden Lemons
Featuring over 23% THC, Golden Lemons is a strong, citrus-scented strain. Bred by DNA Genetics, Golden Lemons is a cross between Kosher Kush and Lemon Skunk. This strain is coated with a dense layer of gold-tinted trichomes and features a stimulating lemon aroma.
Thanks to its high THC content and pleasant scent, Golden Lemons is a perfect strain for nice, kief-coated bowls.
2. Strawberry Banana
Strawberry Banana is officially one of the strongest strains in the world. Yet, it hasn’t been around for very long. In 2014 it took a prize at the Los Angeles High Times Cannabis Cup. In the time since, Strawberry Banana has only become more popular.
This indica-dominant hybrid was bred in a collaborative project between and DNA Genetics and Serious Seeds. The result is a well-balanced and slightly sedative flower packs a serious punch. Fruit flavored and delicious, it’s not surprising that Strawberry Banana is one of the hot strains of 2016.
3. Blue Magoo
Blue Magoo is a pleasant indica-dominant hybrid popular in the Pacific Northwest. However, this easygoing strain for many medical and recreational patients alike. Blue Magoo is a great strain for all-day stress and moderate pain management.
Those hoping for a fun, small holiday gathering will enjoy the sociable and upbeat vibe this strain provides. A cross between DJ Short’s Blueberry and William’s Wonder F2, this laidback gal has inherited a delicious berry scent. The THC is fairly moderate (16%), making it perfect for novice and intermediate consumers.
4. Mendo Breath
Mendo Breath was first released by Gage Green Genetics a couple of years ago, and it looks like this strain is one that will stick around. Mendo Breath is an indica-dominant hybrid that grew increasingly more popular in 2016. This is a strain that consumers will certainly see more of in the upcoming year.
Potent and delicious, Mendo Breath provides a smooth and easy relaxation that stops stress in its tracks. Having trouble falling asleep after midnight? Why not drift off with the help of one of the year’s rising star strains?
5. Gorilla Glue #4
Gorilla Glue #4 is one of the most popular strains of 2016. Home growers, commercial operations, dispensaries, and consumers alike all seemed to want to get their hands on this bud. It was released a couple of years ago, but still consistently makes headlines as one of the strongest strains in the world.
The news has certainly gotten around, as this heavy-hitting hybrid was everywhere this year. Recommending for experienced consumers, Gorilla Glue #4 has tested up to 30% THC in the highest cases. Those hoping to leave 2016 behind with a bang will certainly get that from Gorilla Glue #4.
Coming home after a wild night? A quality indica might be in order. Burkle won Best Indica at the 2016 High Times Cannabis Cup in Colorado. A cross between Pre-98 Bubba Kush and Granddaddy Purple, this strain is a heavy-hitting indica with plenty of THC.
On average, Burkle features about 19% of the psychoactive. Don’t expect to get much done after a few puffs of this strain. Burkle is perfect for anyone staying at home and watching the ball drop.
7. Red Dragon
2016 was a great year for indicas. However, Red Dragon is an impressive sativa-dominant hybrid that produces happy and upbeat effects. For the most part, this Barney’s Farm strain is all smiles. Giggly and sociable, Red Dragon is a strain meant for sharing.
The most interesting thing about this strain is its taste and aroma. Red Dragon has a sweet, musky fruit flavor that smells strikingly similar to guava. Those looking for a strain that can please a crowd will love this jolly and scrumptious herb.
8. Galactic Jack
Sometimes, you just need something that will keep you awake. Galactic Jack is a strain that will fight fatigue morning through night. Those who plan to stay out well past midnight will appreciate the energetic pick-me-up this happy sativa provides.
This strain is also decently potent, featuring a THC content of 18%. Sociable and uplifting, Galactic Jack is a good companion for a night out on the town.
Candyland is more popular than ever. As the name suggests, this strain is sweet just like candy. Featuring a fruity and floral aroma, Candyland is an upbeat flower with an award-winning taste. Classified as a sativa, Candyland produces a very energetic and upbeat high.
This is a great strain for sharing with experienced cannabis consumers. The THC levels in this strain are astronomical, often reaching 24%.
10. Sour Kush
Sour Kush is another DNA Genetics creation, and this one is just as potent as the rest. In some tests, Sour Kush has expressed up to 30% THC. Experience with cannabis is recommended before trying this strain.
Sour Kush is energizing and alert enough to be used during the day. However, as a true hybrid, this strain also promotes a sensation of relaxation and physical ease.