High Styles of 2020: Second of Number of the 12 months


Now that the cat is out of the bag and the Leafly Strain of 2020 is out, let’s talk about some of the weed strains that didn’t make the cut but were shortlisted.

These five strains of weeds, plus three honorable mentions, have been trending year-round, and their taste and chemical profiles tell something about how weed smokers will taste in 2020.

As with the Variety of the Year selection, Leafly used a combination of data and editorial expertise to narrow down the finalists. We looked at what’s popular in stores and in different regions of the country and how the loads have developed over the past year. Our independent review precluded any input or interference from third parties or the Leafly sales team.

If our strain of the year wasn’t your first choice – or even if it was – check out these trending strains to see what else smokers have lit in 2020.


The Leafly Strain of 2020 is – Runtz!

GMO cookies

GMO cookies weed varietyGMO cookies. (Cream of the Harvest Gardens)

Don’t let the acronym for “garlic, mushrooms and onions” or the nickname “garlic biscuits” deter you. GMO Cookies is certainly a unique variety. When you think of this strain, you often think of a “piquant smoke”. Think sweet cookies soaked in gas – a result of parents GSC and Chemdog.

This potent strain has a classic indica feel that won’t get you moving anytime soon. So don’t rely on it. Sweets and gas lovers usually love GMO cookies, and with two popular parents, it’s no wonder it keeps stinking on the charts in 2020.

Ice cream cake

Ice cream cake marijuana varietyIce cream cake. (Aeriz)

Ice Cream Cake proves that smokers still love sweet flavors. Crossing Wedding Cake (last year’s variety of the year) with Gelato # 33 (a phenotype of the 2018 variety), cookies are in its line, and dessert varieties are still in.

Ice Cream Cake has been hugely popular since its release and has been lurking on our list of top strains ever since, with an eye for the Strain of the Year trophy. But really, what is there not to love?

It’s sweet and light, with a creamy taste and a hint of vanilla. Plus, it has a classic terpene profile full of limonene and caryophyllene.


foreign marijuana slurricaneSlurricane. (Meraki Gardens)

This relative newcomer to the charts has taken the stretching atmosphere by storm. Slurricane crosses Do-Si-Dos and Purple Punch, so it got, you guessed it … more GSC in its roots. But deep down in that purple punch there is a Granddaddy Purple that shines through with a subtle grape and berry flavor.

Additional sweetness comes from its Do-Si-Dos parent, and despite its name, Slurricane has a gentle relaxation that is slowly setting in – probably something to do with the OG and Granddaddy Purp deep in its family tree.

This smiley indica will relax you after a long day and won’t make you want to get up – not like you have a giant rock on your lap, but more like a purring cat that doesn’t want to disturb you.

Original glue

Original glue marijuana varietyOriginal glue. (Leafly)

Good old Original Glue, also known as Gorilla Glue or GG4, lives and lives in the world of strains. Original Glue co-creator Joesy Wales passed away in 2020, but his legacy lives on and thrives.

Named for its trichome density and stickiness – according to tradition, it stuck a phone to Joe’s hand after the stuff was cut, hence “glue”.

Original Glue is a workhorse, and breeders have crossed it with anything and everything including: Super Glue, New Glue, Sister Glue, Purple Glue, Cookie Glue … the list goes on.

Original Glue has become a new standard with its pungent, distinctive diesel taste with a hint of chocolate infiltrating all flavors on the spectrum. It’s unique and continues to stay at the top of the charts.

MAC (Miracle Alien Cookies)

MAC strain of marijuanaMAC, also known as Miracle Alien Cookies. (Aeriz)

GSC’s sweetness is omnipresent and explains why MAC has been climbing the charts steadily for some time.

Miracle Alien Cookies has an impressive lineage with GSC, Chemdawg, Starfighter, and Alien Technology and is known for sending smokers into space. This powerful strain is a solid daily high, ideal for feeling euphoric and relaxed, but also productive.

Known for dense, frosty nugs, high amounts of the terpene-lime MAC give a citrus, orange-colored taste that mixes with a gaseous musk.


These strains didn’t make the top set but weren’t too far behind. We also wanted to show them a little love. Expect more of this in 2021.

Mendo breath marijuana strainMendo breath. (Matrix NV)

Sundae driver marijuana varietySundae driver. (Aeriz)

Mimosa marijuana varietyMimosa. (Maven Genetics)

Mendo breath

The breathing effort was hot in 2020 and Mendo Breath led the pack. Descended from OG Kush Breath, leave this one for the end of the night.

Sundae driver

Granddaddy Purp reappears in Sundae Driver’s FPOG genetics. This relaxing strain is great for relaxing on a Sunday afternoon without doing much.


Mimosa is another Purple Punch cross and has been a solid competitor for a year or two. Mimosa stands out because it is high in the Terpen Myrene. Give this one a taste for some sweet citrus and fruit punch flavors.

Pat Goggins

Pat Goggins is Leafly’s editor specializing in growing cannabis after two years working for a commercial grower in Oregon. If you don’t fix typos, you will likely find it on a boat or in the mountains.

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