SACRAMENTO—This time of yr, main hashish cultivator Ted Lidie, founder and CEO of Alien Labs, lies awake at midnight, obsessing.
Almost three acres of unique hashish—pungent and inexperienced Melonade contrasting with purple rows of Sherbacio and Space #41—sit ripening in 100-gallon pots in Yolo County, CA. As a farmer, Lidie’s livelihood is topic to the whims of destiny.
By daybreak, Lidie is up, considered one of hundreds of licensed California operators bringing in tens of millions of kilos of full-season, outside hashish from the fields.
California is the world’s largest authorized hashish market, and the US’ greatest supply of illicit herb. Licensed farmers report a bountiful, stunning 2019 harvest, with off-the-charts flavors and highly effective results. Legalization is permitting compliant manufacturers to supply at massive scale.
Listed here are Leafly’s Harvest Strains of 2019: combining subject reporting with gross sales and search knowledge, with a concentrate on industrial cultivars present in licensed shops in California and different legalization states.
Let’s crack this jar and peak inside.
MAC stands for Miracle Alien Cookies, and 2019 is formally The 12 months of the MAC.
“I stated it final yr: ‘It’s the yr of the MAC,’” laughs Humboldt County, CA, grower Dan “Mr. D” Eagan, a part of the Humboldt Solar Growers Guild. He’s standing on the gross sales ground of the world’s largest wholesale occasion, Corridor of Flowers, on Sept. 17, in Santa Rosa, CA. “However now it’s formally the yr of the MAC.”
Shoppers have a bottomless need for high-THC, sedative Cookies strains. So farms throughout California are harvesting thick, dense, pungent, frosty colas of the MAC cultivar this yr.
MAC searches are surging on Leafly as the primary cuts of the 2019 harvest are available in, and we anticipate MAC to raise seshes into the brand new yr. Accessible in California from Lit Home, Saucey, and plenty of others.
See additionally: 1Lyfe’s Grape Pie Cookies; Elyon’s Trifi Cookies
It must be most destined cross of 2019: OG Kush, the business standard-bearer and top-seller for 20 years, plus Zkittlez, an award-winning upstart, with results and terps that judges and connoisseurs go nuts for.
Put ‘em collectively and also you get OZK, additionally seen as OZ Kush. Sound the airhorn. Zkittlez lacks nice bag attraction and the very best THC scores, and it’s laborious to develop, however cross it with OG Kush and it’s a unique story.
Even the individuals who began OG Kush—like grower Josh Del Rosso at Josh D Farms—are a fan of OZK. “God, it’s so loud,” Del Rosso stated. “There’s nothing unhealthy about it. It’s all actually enticing aromas and flavors that get you excessive.”
Look out for this lengthy overdue Zkittlez cross and plenty of others in licensed markets.
See additionally: Josh D Farms’ ZTK; Linked’s Melonade; Paradiso’s Midnight, and Blue Vuitton
Take two nice cultivars ruling the day—Sundown Sherbert and Gelato #41—combine them collectively, choose one of the best, and BOOM: Sherbacio. Fields of it are coming from Alien Labs and others. Search for it in 180-plus shops and statewide by means of Puffy Supply.
“It’s what now we have essentially the most of on the market,” stated Lidie. “We love that plant as a result of it’s so darkish and fucking outside appears to be like so a lot better when it’s purple.”
Rising below the solar is much cheaper than below lamps, so even one of the best outside can run half-off of regular costs—$25 an eighth. Every bag is full of waves of dank, delicious, creamy berry that’s loopy excessive in THC. It’s a boon to terp lovers.
“We don’t see a center,” stated Lidie from Alien Labs. “We’ve got tremendous high quality [indoor at $80 per eighth], and now we have the outside [where] the method is cheaper. We attempt to let that be the discount.”
See additionally: Monterey Kush Co’s The Fruit Stripe; Wonderbrett’s Orange Sundown
Whereas indoor vegetation are prized for flowering quick, outside vegetation take their time. Consequently, long-flowering sativas can shine within the fall harvest.
Among the many sativas, look out for early cuts of the basic, fast-finishing landrace sativa Durban Poison.
Durban supplied the unique sativa genetics in Cookies. It may be excessive in THC-V, which might suppress urge for food.
Durban is good and spicy like ginger, excessive in THC and low in CBD, with energetic results.
Aster Farms and Fog Metropolis Farms, each in California, exhibited a Durban at Corridor of Flowers, and whereas indicas edge out sativa gross sales nationwide, “Sativas appear to be they’re actually scorching proper now,” a Fog Metropolis rep stated.
Durban might be present in just about each authorized hashish market within the US.
What an ideal matchup.
Purple Punch appears to be like attractive and has a pleasant, candy, tender, and velvety grape aroma. But it surely doesn’t get you tremendous baked.
Against this, the closely hybridized OG cross Do-Si-Dos is so gassy and peppery it might make you sneeze, and so sturdy it may give you a case of The Worry.
Each have heated up the gross sales charts over the past yr, and now come collectively on this duet, Dosi Punch. Bred by Symbiotic Genetics, seeds of Dosi Punch have unfold throughout California, so look out for brand spanking new cuts of it from the likes of Dawn Mountain Farms, in addition to indoor growers Ember Valley. And look out for different nice Do-Si-Dos and Purple Punch crosses this harvest.
See additionally: Paradiso’s Lemon Dosi Cherry; Alien Labs’ Moonbow
Lovers of lemon, gas, and excessive quantities of THC hold OG Kush and Bitter Diesel on the prime of the charts. However each season, variations stand out.
This yr, we’re seeing actually glorious outside and light-dep cuts of Banana OG from California growers Move Kana, in addition to Loudpack, simply two manufacturers of many bringing the nice hybrid to outside cabinets this fall.
Banana OG softens the astringent gas chunk of OG Kush with tender, tropical, candy banana notes. The trick for growers is capturing these delicate banana-smelling terpenes. Hasty drying or prolonged storage depletes them and turns Banana OG to meh-nana OG.
With so many cuts of it round, store round and don’t accept lower than the total ‘nana this harvest.
See additionally: Maui OG, 3C Farms’ Banana OG
Shout out to the citrus lovers who want daytime vitality! Banjo is a trending mixture of Increase and Tangelo that’s good for individuals with extra of a average THC tolerance.
Strains like Tangie, and citrus strains generally, by no means actually took off with the high-THC toker who can’t get as massive of results off Tangies than OGs.
However with legalization bringing in a brand new vary of extra informal shoppers, Banjo stands able to play their tune. A bowl of outside Banjo is reasonably priced, terpene-rich, and decrease in THC than different main harvest strains.
Noticed on the market from Move Kana, 1Lyfe, Pacific Stone, Goodflower, and Coastal Solar.
This yr is a banner yr for homegrowers, who take pleasure in extra freedom now than virtually any time in latest historical past. In California, Oregon, and plenty of different states, homegrowing is allowed by legislation, and the 2019 champion of the homegrow simply could be Blueberry Muffin.
During the last two years, main California breeder Humboldt Seed Co. partnered with cloning manufacturing facility Darkish Coronary heart Nursery to promote hundreds of Blueberry Muffin clones into industrial and residential gardens alike. With vegetation ending off this week, one of the best of the rugged Humboldt County hills is on the market to many homegrowers.
Humboldt Seed Co. chosen Blueberry Muffin from a prolonged, multi-generation seed hunt by means of the strains Blueberry, Razzle Berry, and Purple Panty Dropper. The industrial reduce is a purple hashish lover’s dream—dense, darkish, candy, fruity, bready, and very excessive in THC.
See additionally: Vanilla Frosting
For the ultimate entry, let’s get tropical with our dessert and exalt the Mango Brulee from licensed California model Lolo.
Lolo’s bud is a mild dep: Out of doors herb that finishes early, because of mild deprivation strategies that power an early flowering. Mild dep permits for early harvests and the consequence might be as fairly as indoor, whereas staying virtually as low-cost as outside. It’s the way forward for hashish—even when most shoppers don’t discover.
However they do care that Lolo’s Mango Brulee is comparatively low-cost, ridiculously terpy, and loud, with intense tropical fruit notes wedded to a burnt sugar end. Grinding it, rolling it, and smoking solely confirms the feeling.
Don’t cease there. Examine all of the tropical dessert mild deps you’ll find from Loudpack and Lowell.
See additionally: Speaking Timber’ Pineapple Upside Down Cake; Lolo Lava Cake