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5 cannabis strains to be excited about in 2020

January 8, 2020
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Each year we try to get ahead of the cannabis curve by predicting which strains are going to reach superstar status. We consider cannabis cup winners, keep tabs on famous breeder instagrams, and overall, keep a finger on the pulse of the industry.

Now that the 2020 ball has dropped, we’re looking toward the future to predict which strains may soar in popularity this year. Some you may have tried, others may be your next favorite. And with many of these strains new to the market, we’re still waiting to see how their terpene profiles shake out, which is why some are grayed out.

Without further ado, here are five strains you should look out for in 2020.


And Leafly’s 2019 strain of the year is…

Peanut Butter Breath

This variant on Mendo Breath, with roots in OGKB, continues to gain fans. Frosty, dank, and scrumptiously nutty-smelling, PB Breath is a cross of Do-Si-Dos and Mendo Breath F2, and for high-tolerance THC consumers only—this is the double black diamond of strains. Michigan breeder Thug Pug Genetics claims it, but he sells seeds so it’s loose in the wild. There’s also Cannarado’s similar PB Soufflé, which crosses Do-Si-Dos to Lava Cake. Many variants on the Breath strains will have a banner year in 2020.


If you haven’t heard of Runtz, that’ll definitely change soon. Another hyped strain from the famous Cookies Fam, Runtz crosses Zkittlez and Gelato to give us a delicious sweet and sugary treat, much like its namesake. When we first added Runtz to the site, it quickly shot up to the 14th most popular strain in less than a month. If that doesn’t scream “Hey, keep an eye on me for the 2020 strain of the year,” then I don’t know what does.

Vanilla Frosting

This red hot Humboldt Sun Growers Guild-sold strain is also getting pumped out as clones by Dark Heart Nursery in California. It is an on-trend dessert indica with a novel vanilla finish. Vanilla Frosting was bred by Happy Dreams Farm, and picked by Humboldt Seed Co. from 10,000 plants over multiple generations in what’s called a “pheno-hunt,” as in, “a search for the next legendary phenotype.” It’s also available as seeds, so anyone can be a homegrow legend this fall.



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This hyped and exotic variety from Connected Cannabis Co. can be found on top shelves across California, where it’s very popular. Gelonade is Lemon Tree crossed with Gelato #41, so it’s got gobs of sweet, thick, syrupy lemon terpenes mixed into the creamy berry and cookies of Gelato. Connected Cannabis Co. has indoor Gelonade dialed in for 2020.


Let’s throw a citrus strain on the list. We think the cross of Boost and Tangelo, called Banjo, is going to have a breakout in 2020. Birthed in 2018, Banjo gained steam in 2019 among citrus terpene lovers and the farmers who serve them. Banjo’s refreshing effects aren’t as strong as the strongest competitors out there, but Banjo is plenty strong for legalization’s new wave of low-to-medium-tolerance cannabis fans looking for a more functional mood alteration. Leafly’s Banjo lovers often report feeling creative on it.

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David Downs and Dante Jordan

David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for Leafly. Dante Jordan is an Associate Subject Matter Expert for Leafly, where he specializes in informational and lifestyle content pertaining to cannabis strains and products.

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  • Mike Allen

    I only have one problem with this. The best strains are the best strains after years of effort went into the breeding, This “hey, lets cross this with this and sell the seeds” is not proper breeding. I haven’t seen but a handful of new strains in the past 20 years that I would call legendary, like Chemdawg, and White Widow and Grand Daddy Purple, and Bruce Banner. You know, the type of stuff that people remember long after the market has depleted the origins and no one can reproduce it to be like it was when you first had it. And a lot have been so rushed that there are so many phenotypes that every time you pop a bean, you may as well have a different strain with and undertone of the description of what it is supposed to be. Love and happiness to all those out there trying to preserve genetics rather than attempting to get rich on a fancy name. Nothing against breeders, but it’s become more marketing than a passion for the product.

    • Banana-OG

      You are absolutely right! I am not an American. But I’m already fed up with biscuit and cake strains.

    • jami Smith

      Totally agree with you on this one! What about Acapulco Gold, Colombian Gold…??? Now that’s what I’m talking about. Been smoking 42 years and let me tell you, nothing can beat Acapulco Gold. 👍

    • Marianne Stanton

      So true. I’m turned off by all the flavors.
      707 headband was tweaked recently in Pennsylvania; lost it’s purpose (IMHO).

  • *!Karusai!*

    Jungle Diamonds should be on this list. This strain is contains up to 26% THC. I can’t find anything about the flower, but the seeds are readily available. Kissimmee Orange is also way under rated. Is a nice citrus flavor flower with hints of Gelato. I like to over cure this strain to reduce the Gelato flavor and bring out the citrus more. Blue Zkittles and Blueberry Head Band are also incredible underrated sweet flowers.

  • Zachary Dioubate

    Your wright!!!

  • ed horton

    try amnesia haze if you can find it. if you’ve got a knockout strain, try microdosing it. little sips and wait awhile. getting too high too fast is unpleasant for lots of people. i vape dry flower in my quant dry herb vaporizer. settings from 320F to 430F. at 320F you get little clouds and more of the terpenes flavor. other of the cannabis compounds vaporize at higher temps.

  • Michael Robinson

    Any suggestions with cartridges since that’s all I use and open to new brands. I currently like the “Select” brand. I’m in Arizona with a MMJ card if that’s an issue?

    • James Godin

      Urban Greenhouse has amazing cartridges.

  • Deryl

    Just search for the THC levels your comfortable with you don’t have to go after the strains that breeders paid extra to have lab results altered on… Check out Seed-City for a large list of strains to choose from.

  • Ropata Turner

    The next epic thing wont be a strain or hybrid, but a progression of revolutionary progress, it will inhance all strains and hybrids ,not a nutrient but a specific process,most possibly patented.Yes herb gave me the insight. Black messia´d.