The Best Cannabis Strains to Look for in 2023
With the New Year upon us, let’s take a closer look at ten cannabis strains we’re excited to smoke in 2023. Written by Randy Villarba
If the past has taught us one thing, it is that cultivators are always hunting and breeding indica and sativa weed strains for that next hyped cultivar. Over the last few years we have seen cultivators return to some of the old faithful sativa strains like Blue Dream, Durban Poison, Northern Lights, Pineapple Express and Sour Diesel. Growers have also put in a lot of effort to find the right phenotype of classic hybrid and indica cultivars like OG Kush, Girl Scout Cookies, Thin Mint Cookies, Wedding Cake and White Widow.
As the new year begins, let’s take a look at ten strains to keep an eye out for in 2023. We feature new crosses of classic strains, exotic hybrids and new genetics recently released from your favorite cultivators.
Hope OG - Royal Key Organics
Hope OG is a potent cross of Obama Kush and Geist OG bred by HSO. This cut-only clone offers a classic OG Kush aroma with a bright citrus, earthy and gassy nose and sweet Afghani finish. These classic OG tones and flavors are perfect for smokers looking for a solid start to 2023. Hope OG has an earthy kushlike flavor throughout with the lung expansive citrus exhale you look for in a solid OG. Hope OG is purported to provide an initially uplifting and euphoric vibe that can transition into a calm and relaxing feeling as it flows through you. Dominant terpenes are caryophyllene, limonene and linalool.
R.E.M. - Cam
R.E.M. is a potent fusion of Jealousy and Kush Mints that was released at the end of 2022 from the cultivators at CAM Cannabis. R.E.M. offers a mouthwatering mix of citrusy and floral tones with a spicy exhale. R.E.M.’s effects are purported to offer a euphoric onset that may transition to a calming and relaxing effect on the back end. R.E.M.’s dominant terpenes are limonene, myrcene and caryophyllene.
Sticky Buns - Farmer and the Felon
Sticky Buns is a hybrid strain that crosses the cultivars Kush Mints and Gelatti. It has a beautiful vanilla aroma and sweet nutty taste. A great strain to get motivated and prepared for the new year, Sticky Buns is purported to offer a sense of calm and cerebral euphoria with a potential boost in creativity. Its dominant terpenes are Caryophyllene, Limonene and Bisbaolol.
Crushed Ice - Farmer and the Felon
Crushed Ice is the latest cultivar drop from Farmer and the Felon. This classic fusion released in 2022 has everyone hyped for the new genetics coming off the farm. This four way cross of the classics Skunk #1, Afghani, Northern Lights, and Shiva will tantalize the discerning palates of old school heads in 2023. Crushed Ice is purported to offer a creative and euphoric effect that can transition into a relaxed state. Crushed Ice offers a fruity and citrusy flavor with a spicy exhale. Dominant terpenes are caryophyllene, myrcene and pinene.
Super Dog - Connected
The latest proprietary genetic drop from the master cultivators at Connected is sure to be another staple in their 2023 repertoire of heavy hitting genetics. Super Dog is a gassy and heavy cultivar that crosses Giesel and White Dawg cultivars. The Chemdawg genetics within this cultivar are prevalent as it offers a very gassy, fruity and earthy flavor. Her effects are purported to be cerebral, uplifting and calming. Super Dog’s dominant terpenes are limonene, caryophyllene, and humulene.
Z Cap - Floracal
The cultivators at Floracal recently released their latest genetics including Z Cap. This strain takes the three famous cultivars Zkittlez, Gelato 33 and Biscotti to create a new mix of flavor and effects for 2023. Z Cap offers sweet flavors with earthy tones and a spicy exhale. Z Cap’s effects are purported to offer a calming and cerebral energy that transitions to a relaxing vibe. This strain’s dominant terpenes are limonene, caryophyllene and nerolidol.
Guava Gas - Island
Providing the fuel to carry you into the new year, Guava Gas is a cross between Stardawg with an Afghani strain. This unique flavor profile provides a mouth watering bouquet of pineapple, guava, cream, and a hint of gas. This cross may refuel you with a sense of euphoria and creative energy. Dominant terpenes in Guava Gas are pinene, limonene and caryophyllene.
Tupac Pure Kush - 710 Labs
In honor of the late, great West Coast rap icon, 710 Labs recently released their first drop of their heavily phenohunted Tupac Pure Kush at the end of this year. This cultivar crosses the two exotic cultivars Rainbow Belts with Rick Jamez #28.
Tupac Pure Kush offers a piney, skunky, and spicy smoke to start the new year. Tupac Pure Kush’s dominant terpenes are limonene, caryophyllene and pinene.
PYT Jack - Cactus Farms
The year 2023 marks the return in popularity of Jack Herer phenotypes and hybrid cultivars. PYT Jack is a cross of Jack Herer with an unknown genetic. Its flavor is quintessential Jack, with notes of citrus, pine, and earthy undertones. It is purported that PYT Jack has euphoric and uplifting effects, and is overall a great social cultivar. Its top terpenes are caryophyllene, limonene, and linalool.
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