5 Trending Strains for 2022

Liz Filmer
31 Jan 2022

Cannabis info site Leafly has just released its "trending strains for 2022", which may give us an insight into what we should expect to see everyone talking about. Leafly looked at U.S. search and menu data to compile the list. They attended The Emerald Cup, interviewed growers, studied lists of cup winners seed bank newsletters, and personally sampled hundreds of strains. Here are 5 of the big hitters you should look out for, or try out yourself, this year

Rainbow Belts
2022 will bring a wave of new Z crosses (formerly known as Zkittlez). At the front will be Archive Seeds' cross of Z x Dosidos, which is not for those with a low tolerance. This tropical hybrid will deliver an uplifting high.

Rainbow Belts looks and smells fantastic. Archive Seeds describes the odour  as "a wonderful Zkittlez-dominant potpourri purple Zkittlez candied lime sugar-coated OG Kush skunk funk." I bet your mouth is watering already.

Hella Jelly
Humboldt Seed Co's Hella Jelly is a sweet treat rush of blue cotton candy, grapes and strawberries. The gifted Sativa offspring of Very Cherry and Notorious THC has all the looks, smells and feels of a sativa, but with the fast flowering of an Indica.  

Hella Jelly made the list thanks to its top pedigree, early finish, and terps so strong that it's like you are standing in the candy shop. Already a Leafly "Harvest Strain of 2021", it was later revealed as the coveted strain for the California "Grow-Off" contest. Hella Jelly also makes for great extract, ticking all the boxes.

Capulator's Miracle Alien Cookies has become a modern-day classic thanks to its epic delivery of maximum THC hybrid indica feels. MAC is just as good aesthetically big and chunky, white with trichomes, a dense, dark and complex mix of sweet, hashy and herbal. And V2 is just more of the same devastatingly good attributes.

For MAC V2, Capulator has crossed Alien Cookies x Miracle 15 genetics. This one will smash it in '22 with legions of MAC fans clamouring to get hold of it. MAC V2 was sold at The Emerald Cup via the high-end indoor flower brand 'L.A. Made.' With his selections, you can see how 'Cap' is driving at this particular weed aesthetic and effect: impossibly big, chunky, iced-out indoor alien weed; devastating in delivery, even to the experienced connoisseur.

Like its cookie counterpart, Oreoz is a manifestation of creamy sweetness layered upon some chocolate dankness from Michigan-based 3rd Coast Genetics.

A hybrid featuring Cookies n Cream and Secret Weapon, it doesn't disappoint and breathes new life into the classic GSC line. Living up to its name, it sports an almost-black leaf that highlights the white THC frosting.

With a slew of impressive reviews lauding its teeth clenching high THC levels, this one is worth trying if you are a fan of the dessert strain trend. The name may pose an issue, and so it may be known as "Secret Cookies" in some areas.

Garlic Breath
Hava Gardens Garlic Breath couldn't get further away from the sweet and fruity strain, but its strength means it is proving just as popular. 

As you would expect, Garlic Breath offers a savoury, intense experience with high THC. Garlic Breath was born from an encounter between GMO x Mendo Breath. As the name would suggest, this stuff stinks. One reviewer said that five people recognised the strain by the smell alone whilst he was smoking it as it was that strong! Garlic Breath is brought to you by "Thug Pug", the influential Michigan breeder of Peanut Butter Breath.

Liz Filmer