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What happened to Obama Runtz?

Published on December 10, 2020 · Last updated August 31, 2022

Obama Runtz, what is it and where did it come from?

While Atlanta isn’t exactly known for originating exotic cannabis strains, it managed to birth one of this year’s hottest new strain names thanks to a viral video. In 2020, Obama Runtz became a national phenomenon, but finding where it all got started requires a deep dive into the world wide web.

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Obama Runtz isn’t botanically linked to the real Runtz strain (a fruity hybrid of Zkittlez and Gelato) nor is this mysterious new breed related to Obama Kush (an indica-dominant hybrid). Still, Twitter and Google searches for the term spiked in May 2020 thanks to this viral video:

The origins of Obama Runtz

The viral video stars an unknown young man in Atlanta’s Magnolia Park Apartments warning his social media followers of a local hustler. The man was repping rapper Lil Baby and pushing a brand of exotic weed the young man had never heard of.

“A n*gga walking around Magnolia talking about he got Obama Runtz,” said the young man into his selfie lense. “I ain’t never heard of no Obama Runtz a day in my life. I didn’t even know Obama condoned sh*t like that. He had on a fat-ass 4PF [Lil Baby’s brand] chain. I don’t even know if he’s Baby’s big homie or what, to be honest with you.”

Understandably, social media couldn’t get enough of the video. Whether it was a true story or just for laughs, the name instantly became a hit.

Newsweek hilariously tried to place the term into context for political followers who didn’t understand why it was trending under politics on Twitter. The only answer was that the youth took an innocent meme and ran with it.

Obama Runtz hits the streets

Later in the year, a few rappers included Obama Runtz in their songs, including Atlanta MC’s Money Man and TEC rapping about “blowin on Obama Runtz up in the conference.” Trapboy Freddysaid “I was ‘posed to have a plug on the Obama Runtz, but that n*gga was stuntin’.”And Runtz crew member Yung LB even released his own spin on the sensation with a song titled “Obomba Runtz.”

From t-shirts to smoking accessories, the legend of Obama Runtz has continued to spread like wildfire in the streets and on Youtube.

A realistic grow schedule wouldn’t allow even the fastest farmer to cultivate and distribute a strain inspired by our young friend’s May 2020 video already, but that doesn’t seem to matter.

Even with all the evidence, a few ambitious smoke shops started selling empty Obama Runtz bags, allowing marketing-savvy locals to label random products as Obama Runtz and set the price as high as they wanted.

Illicit packaging for the fictitious Obama Runtz strain.

A strain for dreamers and schemers

If you were finessed into paying $100 dollars for an eighth of the legendary Obama Runtz, you’re just gonna have to take comfort in the fact that you were a part of weed history. Save the buyer’s beware tale for your grandkids.

My own suspicions are that the strain that people call Obama Runtz is a mix of Afghani and O.G. Kush. But until Lil Baby or his big homie confirm, it’s hard to take any offers of the strain seriously.

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Looking forward, any growers that can successfully (and legally) brand and scale an Obama Runtz product with national consistency could definitely make a pretty penny. They will just need to talk to Runtz co-founder Yung LB and others to get the official stamp.

We also have to insist that they find our young friend and cut him an endorsement deal fat enough to buy his own 4PF chain.

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Calvin Stovall
Calvin Stovall
Calvin Stovall is Leafly's East Coast Editor.
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