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“It’s hard to argue Runtz isn’t the strain of 2020,” said Santa Barbara grower Graham Farrar, president of Glass House Group.

Each year, Leafly talks to farmers about what’s ripening in the estimated $52 billion total US market, and where flavor trends are going, so you can shop the outdoor harvest like a pro.

Papaya Punch

“I tend to care more about where I go than how quick the trip is,” he said.

Vigorous and pretty, Vanilla Frosting blew the roof off of a 20-foot-tall greenhouse in Humboldt, said Humboldt Seed Company CEO Nathaniel Pennington. The farmer had to remove the ceiling to let the plants finish.

“It’s so fun to smoke stuff that’s so bright, and light, and flavorful with such a nice mouth and nose,” said Jodrey, who ran Cookies genetics this summer.

“The papaya is smoking hot,” said Jodrey, “Both the original papaya and the punch crosses are scorching hot in the illicit clone scene.”

This is an indica-dominant strain (roughly 70%) and is one of the most aesthetically-pleasing marijuana strains around. Archive Seed Bank is the distributor of White Tahoe Cookies. It is certainly worth trying if only so you can enjoy the sweet, flavorful notes with obvious OG undertones.

Realistically speaking, the following strains are not necessarily “new” strains for 2021. Rather, several of them are OG classics that have simply “evolved” with the times to contain more and more THC over the decades.

Chemdawg previously held the record for highest THC content when it won the coveted Cannabis Cup title with a THC level of 32.13%. Cultivated by Next Harvest in Denver CO, it is one of the most mysterious marijuana strains. People know little about its genetics or history. However, rumor has it that Chemdawg is a cross of a Thai and Nepalese sativa.

4 – White Tahoe Cookies (This Marijuana Strain is the New Kid on the Block)

This is yet another case of “selectively breeding” to yield an exceptionally powerful marijuana strain. Mighty Irish Seeds developed Irish Cream. It is an indica and a crossbreed of Real McCoy and Cookies and Cream. The result is a strain that the company claims clocks in with an average THC content over 27%.

Moreover, we are uncovering stronger combinations on an almost daily basis. Back in the halcyon days of the 1960s and 1970s, finding weed with a THC content of over 10% was a rarity. Today, a significant number of strains have well over 20% THC.

If you smoke this strain with the belief that it will taste like Bailey’s, though, you’re in for a disappointment as it offers classic, dank weed flavors instead. You will find that this bud offers the taste of fresh herbs and pine, and while it doesn’t taste quite like the Sweet Cream strain, it is nonetheless a pleasant experience.

Naturally, you can expect this list to change regularly year-by-year. Growers find new and improved ways to boost marijuana potency frequently. Realistically, how long will it be before a strain appears that produces buds with 40% THC? Will 2021 be the year? We can’t wait to find out!

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every part of the global economy, including the cannabis industry. In many U.S. states, cannabis dispensaries were designated as essential businesses. Cannabis sales boomed in some states during the first few months of the coronavirus outbreak, driven in part by more time spent at home and increased anxiety. Marijuana growers and retailers benefited, as did ancillary providers selling gardening supplies and other products to these companies.

Healthcare is a growing industry, and cannabis investors may benefit from getting acquainted with it.

However, not all cannabis companies have fared well in the pandemic. Recreational cannabis retailers in tourist destinations such as Las Vegas saw their customer traffic dwindle, causing some of these dispensaries to start focusing on home delivery. In the medical segment, people delayed doctor visits, causing new patient starts to drop. Biotech companies experienced logistical challenges that affected sales and research progress.

A brief overview of the marijuana industry

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted IIP’s business somewhat, with three tenants receiving temporary rent deferrals. The ancillary company has still grown phenomenally during the pandemic and is highly profitable. Because the company is organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT), IIP returns at least 90% of its taxable income to shareholders.

U.S. cannabis companies can’t easily secure capital from banks or financial institutions since marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE:IIPR) helps to solve that cash shortage for growing marijuana companies by buying properties owned by U.S. medical cannabis operators and leasing those same properties back to them. The property sale to IIP provides the cannabis operator with much-needed cash, and the lease agreements create a steady revenue stream for IIP.

Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG) is another company benefiting from the same trends that have boosted GrowGeneration’s sales. The company’s Hawthorne Gardening subsidiary ranks as a leading supplier of hydroponic gardening products to the cannabis industry.

With the legal recreational marijuana market in Illinois opening for business at the beginning of 2020, this company is benefiting from tremendous growth in its home state. Along with the opportunity to expand into additional states such as New York and New Jersey, the company has significant growth potential.