Varieties just like the Leafly 2020 number of the yr


Runtz was awarded the Grand Prize of the Variety of the Year at Leafly in 2020. Now is the time to shed some light on weed varieties that are similar to Runtz and inspire your inner tribe hunter.

The Entourage Effect: When the mixture of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds in a weed strain work together to produce specific effects.

To compile this list, we pulled data from Leafly’s laboratory partners testing weed strains in legal markets across the country. Each of the five we selected has a similar chemical composition to Runtz, but offers special surprises and subtleties thanks to the entourage effect.

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The Leafly Strain of 2020 is – Runtz!

Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush marijuana strainBubba Kush. (Leafly)

Chemically, Bubba Kush is very similar to Runtz. Both have the same dominant terpenes – caryophyllene and limonene – and similar levels of THC.

But one puff of Bubba Kush and you’ll taste the OG Kush genetics: sweet hash flavors and a classic indica relaxation that will make you sink onto the couch and probably take a nap. This is in stark contrast to Runtz, who is known for its sweet flavors and uplifting, chatty effects.

The main difference could be in the subtle amounts of myrcene in Bubba, a terpene known for its relaxing effects and which is common to most Kushes.


gsc marijuana varietyGSC. (Leafly)

If you’ve looked at second place on Strain of the Year, you know that smokers loved the sweet GSC (cookies) in 2020.

Cookies are part of the Gelato line, one of Runtz’s parents. Hence, it makes sense that it should have a similar chemical profile. Without a doubt, some of Runtz’s sweet, smooth, and creamy flavors can be traced back to cookies. Especially since both are known for their easy-going, uplifting effects.

Like Runtz, cookies dominate in terpenes like caryophyllene and limonene, but differ in the amount of humulene. GSC also contains part of the cannabinoid CBG, which may give its effects a unique twist.


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Original glue

Original glue marijuana varietyOriginal glue. (Leafly)

Original Glue or GG4 is a bit of a twist on this list. It has a similar terpene and cannabinoid profile to Runtz, but any smoker will tell you that GG4 doesn’t taste like Runtz. The sweet, fruity Runtz, known for its sharp diesel taste with a hint of chocolate, doesn’t even come close to a taste glue.

How are they so similar? The taste may vary, but there is something to be said about effects. Both are known for being relaxed, happy, and uplifting. Even if they don’t taste the same, the compounds in the two may make smokers feel similar.


Gelato marijuana varietyIce cream. (Leafly)

Gelato, one of Runtz’s parents – and 2018’s Strain of the Year – crosses Sunset Sherbert and Thin Mint GSC. Passing on the line of cookies, Runtz is sure to get its sweet, creamy smoke from this type of dessert.

Gelato contains a bit of terpene humulene and may not be as fruity as Runtz, but with strong happy and uplifting effects. If you love Runtz, you are sure to love Gelato.

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express marijuana varietyPineapple Express. (Leafly)

Pineapple Express is another specialty that our research discovered. The lineage of this strain comes from Trainwreck and Hawaiian and doesn’t come close to Runtz. Both have caryophyllene and limonene as the dominant terpenes with similar levels of THC, but Pineapple Express just has a little myrcene and a little cannabinoid CBG to mix things up.

Both varieties have a fruity taste, but Pineapple Express is more tropical while Runtz has more grapes and candy.

In terms of effects, Pineapple Express is known for its high energy, productivity, and creativity. If Runtz is a little too soft for you, you might want to try Pineapple Express.

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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