At the end of the year, it’s time to celebrate many things. Some will be gathering with family and friends or planning the ultimate stay-cation, to relax and unwind. And on the list of things to get ready for the holidaze, maybe trying a new strain or two is on the list. There have been many new cannabis strains for 2021. Cultivators are working hard to create variety, and enhance the experience for cannabis users. That means breeding out negative attributes, such as paranoia and couch-lock.
You may be used to buying the same strains because they are your favorite. But exploring new strains can be fun. The holidays are great, but they can also be exhausting. Especially if you have packed your schedule with people to see, and places to go.
Do your research, and you could find something uplifting and energetic to cope with all those holiday parties! Or something chill, to relax and unwind afterward.
New Cannabis Strains for 2021 to Try
Pheno-hunting, advanced methods of cultivation, and a desire to create the perfect bud. We all need to appreciate the hard work that growers do, to continue to advance strains for both recreational and medicinal use.
Cannabis is a very adaptive plant. In fact, it can be grown everywhere and doesn’t even require soil to grow. Some producers are experimenting with aquaponics, where cannabis is grown, and used to filter nitrates from commercial fish farms. How cool is that?
Most strains require equal ratios of sunlight and darkness (twelve hours of each) to thrive. But heat is something that cannabis is sensitive too. And dryness. The bottom line is that a lot of work, development, generations of clones, and perfection go into creating new strains of cannabis.
1. Peanut Butter Breath
Sometimes called ‘Peanut Breath,” the most prominent psychoactive effect of this strain is calming. Which makes it the perfect strain for chilling out. But it is a 50/50 Sativa and Indica hybrid. The first plant was created by ThugPug Genetics, in Michigan.
Peanut Butter Breath was born from Do Si Do and Mendo Breath F2. This strain ranges from 15% to 28% THC potency. Wikileaf states that they have tested the potency of Peanut Butter Breath up to 35%. And the strain typically has 1% CBG content.
Unsurprisingly, it has a deliciously earthy and nutty flavor given the name. And Limonene is the primary terpene. Peanut Butter Breath is commonly used to address anxiety, pain, insomnia, and generalized stress relief. But you might want to have some peanut butter cups nearby because it could make you feel hungry.
2. Apple Fritter
Talking about getting hungry, who wouldn’t want to try a strain called Apple Fritter? Yum! You’ll smell the delicious apple scent thanks to one of the dominant terpenes on this train. Terpinolene is found in apples! And you know what they say about ‘an apple a day’ for health? The terpinolene can help you feel more energetic. It could be the solution to staying awake at some holiday parties.
Apple Fritter is a cross between Animal Cookies and Sour Apple. Much of the terpinolene content comes from the Animal Cookies lineage. And Sour Apple has shared genetics with Sour Diesel, which is where much of the energy boost comes from.
Giggles and happy euphoria are two common psychoactive effects of the Apple Fritter strain. On the back end, after ingesting some Apple Fritter, you may experience drowsiness on the back end. So this strain is a ‘stay put, have fun, then nap’ experience for many users. It is 50% Sativa and 50% Indica, and one of the great cannabis strains for 2021.
3. Lemon Pound Cake
Smoke it. Dab it. Or bake it into an edible, because Lemon Pound Cake is another happy and tasty strain. If you haven’t tried it yet, Lemon Pound Cake averages 18% to 25% THC. You may also see it in a dispensary labeled as Lemon Cake or Lemon Cheesecake. It was developed from the Lemon Skunk and potent Cheese strains of cannabis.
This is not a strain you want to consume in the evening unless you plan to stay high-energy and alert. Or, it could be the ultimate weed for a social gathering. Stress? What stress? Lemon Pound Cake can help wipe worries away, and let you celebrate in a lighthearted mood. But some people have commented that this strain can cause anxiety also. So, toker, beware.
Myrcene is the dominant terpene found in Lemon Pound Cake. The mood-lifting effects also come from pinene and caryophyllene terps. The result is a head and body high, with a possibility of dry eyes. So, grab your eyedrops before you sit down to enjoy.
4. Cement Shoes
Deliberately couch crashing for an afternoon? Staying home and want to think about as little as possible? Then the new Cement Shoes strain may be something you would like. You can also find it under the name Concrete Shoes and Concrete Slippers.
As the descriptive name suggests, get ready for lead feet. Seriously. Plan to do nothing once the psychoactive effects of Cement Shoes kick in. It is an Indica dominant strain with a high probability of couch-lock. However, many patients commented that Cement Shoes can provide relief of pain, stress, and muscle spasms. If insomnia from chronic pain is an issue, it may be an interesting new nighttime strain to try.
The bud looks like large clusters of popcorn, with orange pistils and plenty of trichomes. The THC content in Cement Shoes can range from 15% to 26%. Cement Shoes was cultivated from Animal Cookies 09, Wet Dream, and OG Kush Breath (OGKB) strains and has an earthy flavor. Beta-caryophyllene is the highest content terpene in Cement Shoes bud. Followed by beta myrcene and Limonene.
5. Sticky Buns
A cold night out? You can warm up by the fire with some Sticky Buns. But bring your laptop or phone because you’re going to want to chat it up with everyone. One of the common effects of Sticky Buns is talking. A lot. The Sticky Buns strain has three dominant terpenes; myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene.
But that can actually be a good thing if you are usually a little shyer and surrounded by people. You’re going to feel and act more social after smoking or dabbing some Sticky Buns. The bud has an average of 22% THC content and could make you feel creative, with a tingling body high. And you might get the munchies from this dark green bud. It has a golden hue because it is loaded with trichomes.
People who love a dessert-like flavor, rave about the taste of Sticky Buns. Expect something super sweet. Almost like melting chocolate with a strong vanilla flavor, and a touch of mint. You taste a little hint of spice on the exhale (reminding you of cinnamon flavors). Sticky Buns comes from the Kush Mints and Gelatti strains, bred by Cookies and Seed Junkie Genetics.
6. Berry Pie
Seed Junkie Genetics also developed Berry Pie, a strain that grew in popularity in 2021 in many parts of the U.S. When it comes to flavor, this cannabis strain is delicious and may remind you of blueberry muffins. But instead of sweet flavoring, it is a little tart.
Berry Pie cannabis is a cross between Girl Scout Cookies and Blueberry. The GSC provides that cookie crumbles or crust flavor many people enjoy. The average THC potency for Berry Pie is 18% to 25%, with an average of 1.2% to 1.7% CBD for this Sativa dominant strain. Berry Pie also averages about 1% CBG content, and about 0.40% CBN cannabinoids.
Happy and creative, followed by sleepy. The only downside to the Berry Pie strain is that it can cause dry eyes. But the light energy coupled with the life in mood may make Berry Pie one of the cannabis strains for 2021 for symptom relief from anxiety, depression, and lethargy.
A Little Caution When Trying a New Strain
Before you start your holidaze, try a few different strains. Don’t purchase a large quantity of a new strain before you test-drive it, to make sure you like it. And if you are purchasing an Indica dominant strain for the first time? Try it at home first, so you don’t end up couch-locked at your family gathering.