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The world’s best cannabis seeds and clones to grow in ‘22

Good news, America: The nation’s army of weed growers in 2022 is going to fire up hundreds of metric tons of the most explosively tasty, time-stoppingly beautiful bud ever conceived on planet Earth.

Pot law liberalization has triggered a Golden Age of cannabis genetics—putting the loudest, most diverse ganja aromas and effects at the fingertips of gardeners big and small.

Major nurseries like Dark Heart Nursery in Oakland, CA, hold strain openings like fashion shows for the $18.3 billion legal industry. Los Angeles’ Seed Junky Genetics sold $1,000 clones of Super Runtz at The Emerald Cup on Dec. 11—200 of them. Champion breeders like Exotic Genetix have released $900 seed packs with NFT art direct to a rabid fanbase. It all sells out—powering more than 2,278 metric tons of legal US pot production annually.

Leafly’s annual “Best cannabis seeds to grow” synthesizes the quantitative with the qualitative: We pair strain search and menu trend data with breeder interviews, and event and store reporting; plus, we smoke hundreds of flavors, and grow a few pounds.

Go ahead and bury us. We’re seeds. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)

Leafly News’ product picks are independent, and cannot be influenced by advertising. We’d love to fill our garden with these cultivars—the newest of the new and those re-mixed from the best of the present and past.

Get ready for all the Cakes, Mints, Cookies, Zkittlez, GMOs, and sativas you could spend a lifetime trimming. Whatever you smoke, now is the time to score some awesome seeds so you can pop them by spring, and have a pound laying around by Thanksgiving. This is Leafly’s Best cannabis seeds and clones to grow in ‘22.

Cake and Mints varietals for ‘22

Poddy Mouth

Best-selling Wedding Cake and Kush Mints cannabis families combine in Humboldt Seed Company’s filthy new Poddy Mouth, which is Humboldt Pound Cake x Mtn Top Mint.

Emerald Cup-winning Ridgeline Farms named and endorsed this outdoor-optimized exotic. It can test beyond 30% THC while looking bonkers and smelling like soft, sweet, minty fuel. Sheesh!

For ’22, Humboldt Seed Co. has 85 regular, feminized, autoflower, or combo seed products, from 45 strains, in six states. They’re emblematic of how West Coast breeders own the strain game, thanks to decades of experience, plus baseball field-sized farms to test out thousands of new varieties at once.

There are so many tasty mint and cake strains out there this year.

See also: Mint a pound with Tiki Madman’s mints crosses like Apple Fritter Bx or Gelatti Mints, available online; in California, get clones of Purple City Genetics’ Gush Mints crosses, or Hendrx Nursery’s Candy Chrome No. 5 (Runtz x The Menthol).

Contemporary GSC and Gelato strains

Cherry Cosmo

Strawberry, fuel, and cookies terpenes with a new level of exotic bling make Cherry Cosmo an early star of 2022. Highly regarded breeder Exotic Genetix has folded Cookies upon Cookies in his Baker’s Dozen strain (Milk & Cookies x Rainbow Chip). His Jan. 25 release of Baker’s Dozen crosses includes Cherry Cosmo (Red Pop x Baker’s Dozen), which promises an explosive, cosmic, indica-hybrid space trip.

Exotic Genetix’s breeder Mike (aka “Mr. Stimmy”) has a massive series of indoor grow rooms to experiment—constantly ratcheting up the definition of “Zaza.”

  • Stank House
  • Gas Basket
  • Purple Pineapple

“He throws away plants that other breeders would kill to have in their garden,” said seed seller Luscious Genetics, in a Leafly interview. “That level of discernment is superhuman. He just knows his shit.”

There’s so many phenomenal GSC genetics out there.

See also: Compound Genetics Exotic² (Red Pop x Apples & Bananas); Ethos Genetics’ End Game R2; Seed Junky Genetics’ Jealousy crosses, like Zealousy; or Cookies+Compound Genetics Lemonchello 28 x Jet Fuel Gelato seeds; Wyeast Farms’ line of creamy, sweet, spicy, cinnamon-tinged Horchata crosses; Capulator’s Booty Clapper; and Lovin In Her Eyes’ Spanish Moon S1.

Cookies+Compound Genetics serves piping hot seed packs in ’22. (Courtesy Cookies)

Zkittlez’s hottest progeny

Rainbow Belts 3.0

Grab some Cup-winning, hyper-giddy, candy-aisle terpenes for ‘22. Breeder Archive Seedbank has mastered the genetics of Rainbow Belts and Moonbow, and thus the future of Zkittlez flavors.

The smell? “Zkittlez plus limey, candied, petroleum-fumed dank,” Archive Seedbank stated in an email announcement.

The effect? Bright, neon flavor meets intense, face-melting, OG power.

“I’m always looking for that sweetness in the strains that I love to smoke,” said Ellen Holland, author of 2021 book “WEED: A Connoisseur’s Guide to Cannabis.” “I really like the zkittlez and that uplifting, bright, bergamot, fruity flavor that it brings to the crosses of zkittlez.”

Archive Seeds breeder Fletch knows the hash heads need resin, too. Rainbow Belts 3.0 seed packs contain “Dry, sandy resin phenotypes that are packed with Gobstopper, Blue Sour Patch, tropical Zkittlez overtones.”

Get your debit card ready. Rainbow Belts 3.0 (Rainbow Belts #20 x Moonbow 112 F2 #60) 12-packs of regular seeds go on sale Feb. 1 at Archive Seedbank and select sellers.


Tropical candy terps get even louder with Terphogz Geneticz cross of Z3 and Papaya—Zazaya. Lip-smacking, Hi-Chew flavor meets high-key glee in this next-level flower designed for hashmakers. Keep a close eye on these influential hash strain designers, as the broader market coasts on their wake, said Luscious Genetics co-owner David.

“Growers are looking at a plant and taking into consideration trichome head size and gland size because extraction is such a large portion of revenue,” he said. “The bigger the trichome, the thicker the stalks—they know it’s going to yield more extract.”

I mean, you stick with the Terphogz when you can. I do, anyways.

Ellen Holland, author, ‘WEED: A Connoisseur’s Guide’

“It’s going to be super-tasty—the smells going to be really intense on those ones—because they have so much more resin,” said Holland. “I mean, you stick with the Terphogz when you can. I do, anyways.”

The Terphogz team backcrossed the original Zkittlez with Hindu Kush to start their Z3 line—which includes Cakez (Z3 x Ice Cream Cake) and Grapefruit Zruntz (Zruntz x Grapefruitz). We’re hearing about feminized Terp Hogz seeds for spring ‘22.

See also: Masonic Seed Company’s Wilmint; Bloom Seeds’ Rainbow Guava; Clearwater Genetics + Tiki Madman project’s Devil Driver; and Swamp Boys Seeds’ Guava Now N Later (Now N Later x White91 x Guava Jelly).

Savory terps of today

Meat Breath crosses

Savory terps have gotten more acrid, funky, weird, and potent in 2022 to counterbalance all the sweet dessert strains. We’re here for it.

The modern savory terp movement has built a home base around GMO Cookies, OGKB, Mendo Breath, and their offspring.

“Anything GMO is going to get gigantic,” said Luscious Genetics.

Thug Pug Genetics breeder “Gromer” comes out of early retirement this winter with Meat Breath crosses, another successor to Peanut Butter Breath. Divisive and unforgettable, this is the modern analog to old-school Cheese or Cat Piss.

“There’s something intriguing about pungent odor, especially if it’s related to an existing bodily musk. We’re drawn to that,” said Luscious Genetics.

Humboldt Seed Co.’s Nat Pennington has come around to pungent garlic terps, he said. “It’s funny because I was resistant at first. Of course, you try GMO and you understand.”

“If you’re in that savory category, that’s gonna be probably stronger and more fuel forward and gassy,” said Holland.

Need more stank? See also: Humboldt Seed Company’s Garlic Budder (GMO x Fortune Cookies); Swamp Boy Seeds’ Maconga (White Uchem x GMO/TK Skunk); Archive Seedbank’s Show Time (NorCal Cat Piss x Dosidos); Rebel Grown’s Double OG Chem S1.

Super stellar sativas

Super Lemon Pupil

Enough with the dense, dark, sedative Cookies strains. Give us longer, lighter, brighter sativas, too, in ‘22.

Got a foggy garden? Sativas can be more mold-resistant and far more unique than the next version of Gelato, Holland said. “They don’t have as gigantic of buds and don’t get problems like mold on the inside you can’t even see, or a caterpillar crawling halfway through it.”

“If you’re going to grow it yourself it might be easier to start with something that has a more sativa-leaning profile,” Holland.

Mass Medical Strains is a proud, old-school sativa lover, and has proclaimed 2022 the #yearofthehaze. First in their string of releases: Super Lemon Pupil—a Franco Loja-selected cut of Super Lemon Haze crossed to Mass Medical’s Star Pupil.

Super Lemon Pupil buds get big but stay mold-resistant. (Courtesy Mass Medical Strains)

Lemon, lacquer, European haze, and citrus will perfume your grow room. It’s super zippy—with a very sharp and uplifting profile.

“The power of the Haze mixed with the vibe of the Pupil is simply perfection,” Mass Medical Strains wrote to Leafly. “Effects can border on psychedelic, inspiring new ways of thinking and enhanced perception and awareness.”

Ready for a spirit journey? Mass Medical also touts Thug Pug collaboration Anaphylaxis (PB Breath x Deadly Sativa). “If you are struggling with anxiety or depression this one might be best avoided, it could be tough to handle unless you feel ready for the intensity.”

Mass Medical Strains award-winning, powerful Anaphylaxis (PB Breath x Deadly Sativa) (Courtesy Mass Medical)

There’s way more landrace, or legacy, strain work out there. See also: Aww yeah, Hendrx Nursery’s Santa Cruz Blue Dream x Old Dave Skunk; Archive Seedbank’s Island Girl, combining Dosidos to a mix of Malawi, 95’ NL5, Haze F2, Sensi Star, and Molokai Frost; and Masonic Seeds’ Wilson the World landrace uses the hash-dumper strain Wilson to bulk up to Kishkak, Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, or Saipan.

Raspberry Parfait

Here’s a high-yield, farming-friendly, modern sativa for the hash heads. Raspberry Parfait is raspberry and vanilla yogurt-flavored yoga fuel. Humboldt Seed Co.’s unique sativa-dominant cross of Truffula Tree x Shiska Berry bursts with long sesquiterpenes, giving it extra-robust shelf life, and making for phenomenal extracts.

Humboldt Seed Co. did a Raspberry Parfait extract collaboration that they hope will take home an Emerald Cup in 2022. You can take home Raspberry Partfait seeds from California stores.

Starberry Cough

Our ‘22 motto is: “Smoke the weed you want to see in the world,” and man, we’ve missed Strawberry Cough.

Major clone seller Dark Heart Nursery agrees. This year they’re bringing out Starberry Cough—a Kyle Kushman-selected cross of the fruity euphoria of Strawberry Cough with the energizing rush of Stardawg.

The cross gives old school Cough some modern bling, terps, and yield, marrying the sweetness of strawberries with the gasoline of Chemdog. Dark Heart Nursery clones are available at licensed California retail stores.

OK—we’re leaving out some legendary breeders and essential new crosses, but we don’t want to overwhelm anyone. Look out for more 2022 Leafly seed guides focused on autoflowers and high-CBD strains, and heck, maybe even pure throwback nostalgia strains. (Anyone got some solid Blue Dream or Urkle cuts? Asking for a friend.)

The best new cannabis strains to grow in 2020

Legalization’s onward march into the mainstream means that more gardeners than ever can grow some cannabis. Michigan and Illinois added medical marijuana cultivation rights this year. Oklahoma is in the midst of a legal medical genetics boom. The list goes on and on. Adult-use cannabis is legal in 11 states and more than 30 states have medical marijuana laws. Check your state’s cultivation rules here.

‘The more people working with this plant, the more we are going to be able to do with it.’

Jason Matthys, founder, Equilibrium Genetics

As winter’s end nears and spring approaches, it’s time to get cracking on seed and clone plans for 2020. You can walk into a licensed store in California, Oregon, and several other adult-use state, show a valid ID, and pay about $50-100 per pack of ten seeds, or about $30 for a small starter plant called a clone. Online, seed sales are less regulated—for full details, read how to buy seeds legally.

Here are the best new cultivars and clones to grow in 2020—selected based on interviews with the world’s most influential breeders, what’s available legally in stores and online, and data trends in popular strains. Let’s grow a pound!

Update your OG

Take a modern mainstay—OG Kush—and give it a twist or refine it in your garden this year. Lots of breeders in many states offer OG Kush genetics of some form or another.

Watermelon OG

One classy, easy win is Watermelon OG, from Mendocino County’s Dying Breed Seeds. Undisputed champs of The Emerald Cup, Dying Breed Seeds’ founder Brandon Parker said to look for Watermelon OG seeds in the licensed California store Compassionate Heart, Ukiah. Online, Neptune Seedbank sells authentic Watermelon OG seeds.

Further refine your OG library with Dying Breed’s Sour Eddy Bx1 ($500 a pack of 10 unsexed seeds). Why priced so high? These seeds tap into a genetic pipeline that has been pumping out gas terpenes nationwide since the ‘90s. Dying Breed’s “Very Special” line is an OG Eddy #21 (Sour Pheno) crossed to OG Eddy.

For more OGs, see also: Compound Genetics’ Supreme Diesel (Jet Fuel Gelato X Diesel); Humboldt Seed Co.’s Collie Man Kush; Chem Fuego from Lucky Dog Seed Co.; GaitorBait from CSI Humboldt; Rebel Grown’s Triangle Double OG Sour or Double OG Sour; Bodhi Seeds’ Black Triangle; Massive Seeds’ Playboi OG; Seed Cannabis Co.’s Humboldt OG in Oklahoma.

Simplify with autoflowers

Over in Washington, DC, cannabis activist Adam Eidinger recommends any autoflowers to medical growers—as well as adult-use growers living under decriminalization. Autoflowers are user-friendly; fast-finishing seeds and clones for in or outdoor growing.

Autoflower Magic Melon

Found on the West Coast as well as in Oklahoma, Oregon, and Maine, Humboldt Seed Co.’s Autoflower Magic Melon is a no-brainer. Funky fuel and raspberry reek from ripe Magic Melon buds. The cultivar came from a selection of 10,000-plus plants over multiple generations by elite growers.

This autoflower version puts some of Humboldt’s finest cannabis genes into the hands of novices to play around with and get stoked. “It’s a lot of work so it’s great to see it out there,” said Nat Pennington, co-founder of Humboldt Seed Co.

Level-up your hash stash

Cannabis culture has broadened past the crude, dried, cured buds. We appreciate rosin, dry ice hash, and flan. But to get to that next level, you got to grow something frosty.

For 2020, our money is on Dying Breed Seeds’ 2020 GAK crosses. Dying Breed keeps winning hash awards at the Emerald Cup, and their secret is great source material.

Award-winning hash comes from terpy, icy-looking buds; the more unique-smelling, the better. That’s what you’re dialing up when you run GAK. Its lineage is not public, but there’s GAK Nana (GAK x Banana Pudding), GAK Smooovie (G.A.K. x 4 Locoz), and GAK Gas (GAK X OG Eddy), for when you’re ready to get out of the Prius and into a Maserati.

Dying Breed’s Parker said GAK grows well indoors, outdoors, and in a greenhouse. “She’s a very large-producing, fast-finishing hash plant. The flowers look like a glistening disco ball of resin and its main flavors are pineapple, watermelon, and strawberry puree. We’re calling it #thenewfruit. We have a jar right here in the car, so I can open it up and smell those terpenes and put them in the air. It smells that good, and it’s what I pride myself on.”

See also: Rose Gold from Archive Seed Bank and Hermetic Genetics’ Oregon Hash Plant.

CBD it up

Not everyone is a cannabis macro-doser. Go super-light and approachable in your garden with some of 2020’s CBD strains to max out your CBD supplies for the year. CBD seeds can vary from equal parts THC to CBD, to near-zero THC varieties.

It’s a golden era for terpy, CBD-rich strains in 2020. Scoop up Dying Breed’s CBD seeds line; Talking Trees Seeds’ Pineapple Tsunami CBD; Dutch Passion’s CBD Auto White Widow, CBD Auto Charlotte’s Angel, or CBD Kush; and Delicious Seeds’ Blue Ace CBD Auto.

Stay trendy with a Gelato, Runtz, or Cookies cultivar

Always a crowd-pleaser, Cookies descendant Gelato—and its offshoot Runtz—is number one because it delivers. It’s darkly colorful, dense, icy-looking, and loud.

The Bling

The number of new Gelato crosses is overwhelming, but our money is on a clone of The Bling, from Dark Heart Nursery in California, available statewide.

Go to a store that sells clones, plop down $30, take that cutting home, put it in some rich soil, add bright light and pure water, and Boom! Now you’re growing Gelato crossed to OG Kush and Humboldt Frost, selected from 3,000 plants via Humboldt Seed Co. and Happy Dreams Genetics’ Mr. D.

The Bling gives off 12 abundant terpenes, including gobs of myrcene, pinene, and limonene, and rarities like nerolidol and camphene.

See also: Cannarado’s Biscotti Dough, Crockett’s Lemon Banana Sherbert, Purple City Genetics’ Gelato #33 x Melonade, and Elev8 Seeds’ Runtz.

Get terp-tastic with Squirt

Since weed is legal, breeders can be more open about the work that goes into a new strain. Thanks to nationally available legal brand Humboldt Seed Co.’s 10,000-plant “pheno hunt,” anyone can stand on the shoulders of cannabis genius and grow something legendary.

New strain Squirt is intriguing because it comes from Blueberry Muffin—a blockbuster mega-pheno-hunt strain. Specifically, it’s Blueberry Muffin backcrossed three times with Tangie #118.

“It’s probably one of the most strong terpene strains we’ve ever had,” said Humboldt’s Pennington.

Squirt pairs gobs of sophisticated terps with an average of 20% THC, which makes it mild enough for even novices to enjoy. Humboldt Seed Co. also sells feminized Squirt seeds so you never have to worry about male pollen ruining all the fun.

Humboldt’s Finest Cannabis

Just off a rocky coastline, in the shadow of the tallest trees on earth, marijuana farmers combine age-old techniques with sustainable practices to produce some of the most potent and pristine pot on the planet.

The Triangle Offense

“Craft cannabis” is a popular term these days, but what does it truly mean? What special skills does it take to produce premium-quality pot? What can marijuana connoisseurs, patients and producers do to ensure that the buds and hash they create or consume are clean, safe and potent, with minimal if any impact on the environment? I traveled to the best place in the world to find the answers to these questions: Northern California’s Emerald Triangle, three counties—Trinity, Mendocino and Humboldt—where the closely guarded secrets of proper marijuana horticulture reside quietly among the giant redwoods.

Cannabis has been an integral part of the culture here for many decades. Growing pot for a living is a local tradition that has been practiced and handed down from generation to generation—and always with an eye to reducing the environmental impacts. Contrary to misleading news reports, the pot farmers I met here seek to protect their culture over the long term, and that means using sustainable practices and improving the soil year after year. This is a healthy environment that they wish to maintain and treat with the proper respect.

The climate also plays an important role in the area’s justly renowned reputation for weed. Hot days and cool nights throughout the summer months result in huge, healthy pot plants. The clean, moist air and fertile soil produce a regional terroir—the term used by vintners to refer to the unique qualities that a particular location can impart to its bounty. As with wine or cheese, the final product reflects its environment, and the growers of Humboldt cherish and nurture these traditions.

Humboldt’s Finest Cannabis Farms

I had the pleasure to speak with Joseph Shepp, the CEO of Humboldt’s Finest, who has accumulated decades of wisdom on strains, locations and techniques. Shepp explained to me the driving philosophy of his business: “We seek to meet the demand for high-quality, sun-grown cannabis using sustainable practices and without chemical fertilizers or toxic pesticides.”

With all this in mind, Shepp formed Humboldt’s Finest in 1996 as an alliance of local pot farmers dedicated to creating a great artisanal product while also meeting high standards for workers’ rights, safety and health. Thus far, three farms have signed on: Humboldt Hills Natural Farms, Mattole River Farms and Humboldt Green Farms, each with its own microclimate well suited for marijuana growing. Their considerable efforts to naturally nurture their crops are helping to restore the ecosystems and salmon populations in the Eel and Mattole rivers.

Shepp was born and raised in Humboldt, left to earn his MBA, and then returned with a plan to gather together the best local growers in order to protect the culture, history and wilderness of the area while also sharing it with the world. He believes that scrupulous cannabis consumers will demand a product with purity and be willing to pay a little extra to ensure that they’re consuming something that can be verified as authentic to the region and true to its history of quality in cultivation.

“One of our ultimate goals,” Shepp says, “is to achieve an official appellation—such as Champagne, for instance—that will identify our products’ geographical origin and protect our rights to our historical legacy.” With so many large corporations getting into the cultivation business these days, it sounds like a good idea to differentiate locally grown goods from mass-produced product. But what exactly is the difference?

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

One of the more advanced and under-appreciated sustainable-farming practices is the collection of rainwater in order to reduce dependency on rivers and streams during drier times. Humboldt’s Finest growers capture the rainwater during the wet winter season and store it in specially built ponds and giant tanks for use during the summer, which can get quite dry. The recent drought in California highlighted the need to ease the pressure on local aquifers caused by farming.

Aerating water adds oxygen and increases microbial activity. (Justin Cannabis/High Times)

Instead of stressing rivers and pulling water from the ecosystem when it’s needed most, these forward-thinking cultivators collect the water when it’s most plentiful and save that bounty for future use. This protects the region’s salmon, which can be greatly impacted by the diversion of water when rivers are already low. Removing groundwater from watersheds during hot summers creates serious challenges, and the growers at Humboldt’s Finest seek ways to improve conditions for already struggling fish populations.

Let the Sun Shine

All of Humboldt’s Finest cannabis is sun-grown, meaning that it’s cultivated outdoors or in greenhouses instead of in growrooms that require strong lights and powerful air-conditioning systems. Not only is it far more sustainable and cheaper to grow under the sun, but farmers here have found that patients actually prefer the result.

Over the years, outdoor pot has earned a mixed reputation as leafy, loose and weak—mostly because it had to be hidden and grown near trees in shade. When it’s grown under the full sun, however, the full spectrum of light it receives results in a more complete bouquet of active compounds, including terpenes, flavonoids, and the all-important cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Humboldt’s Finest plants are pampered as though they’re in a spa, with the greenhouses opened during the day and closed up when wind or rain is a factor.

Growing marijuana plants indoors uses an enormous amount of energy, and some grow sites also create a ton of toxic runoff from the synthetic nutrients, pesticides or fungicides that they use. But the carbon footprint of Humboldt’s Finest is potentially negative: Their outdoor plants actually take in carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into oxygen, thereby reducing the impact of greenhouse gases.

Greenhouse material protects plants from wind and rain. (Justin Cannabis/High Times)

Large plants grown outdoors or in greenhouses require large containers filled with a loose and airy soilless mix. The farmers here employ light-deprivation techniques to shorten or extend the seasons and manage to grow two full harvests per year.

Digging in the Dirt

Another hugely important aspect of ecological pot production is building better soil. The multi-generational botanists at Humboldt’s Finest dedicate themselves to improving the quality of their growing medium in several ways. Composting, cover crops, companion planting, and crop rotation are just a few of the techniques these farmers use to create and sustain a living ecosystem that enhances itself year after year.

Cover crops in the winter include clover and legumes as nitrogen fixers and to reduce the leaching of nutrients during the wet season. The addition in the spring of beneficial bacteria and fungi helps create a vibrant life in the soil. The worms thrive and end up doing much of the work, aerating the soil and leaving behind rich castings. This type of microbial activity in the medium encourages the mycorrhizal strands to help break down organic nutrients for easier uptake by roots. This symbiotic relationship nurtures the plants in ways that chemical nutrient applications simply can’t rival.

But why is this important for the consumer? Less nutrients being used results in a cleaner-burning product with better aroma and flavor. Overfeeding runs rampant in the cannabis-cultivation arena, and most of the pot available on the market today has way too many residual salts and minerals to be considered aficionado-quality. Humboldt’s Finest growers use natural pest-management techniques, including predator insects such as ladybugs, to control aphids and other intrusive bugs.

Medical patients should also be concerned about the level of metals and other additives that may be present within the cells of their nugs. Plants grown in a healthy living soil need less flushing as they near harvest because they’ve remained properly fed throughout their life cycle. Joints and bowls will stay lit and burn to a clean, white ash. The flavor of buds and concentrates will stay true to the essence of the flower, unadulterated by any contaminants.

Humboldt’s Finest Cannabis: The Final Product

The strains grown by Humboldt’s Finest include Girl Scout Cookies, Scout Master, Sunset Sherbet, XJ-13 and OG Kush. These are all stalwarts of the West Coast cannabis scene, and the versions that Humboldt’s Finest farmers grow are choice specimens. All have been bred to withstand the moist late-season conditions and handle the rigors of outdoor life. The plants grow big and branchy, requiring several levels of trellising in order to hold up their heavy, bud-laden boughs as they swell.

Each strain grown by Humboldt’s Finest boasts several unique properties, and all have stood the test of time. The OG Kush is a California classic, with the earthy scent and indica-fueled body buzz known far and wide. Their Girl Scout Cookies and Scout Master provide the electric, energetic vibes great for treating stress, migraines and pain. The hybrid Sunset Sherbet offers the best of both worlds, with complex effects for body and mind. XJ-13 is the sativa-dominant Jack Herer/G-13 cross perfect for creativity and friendly gatherings, and reportedly very effective for those coping with anxiety and depression.

Everything that Humboldt’s Finest grows is lab-tested for fungus, pests and other microbials as well as to determine the cannabinoid levels and terpene profile. At the moment, the cannabis collective produces flower in eighths as well as in pre-rolled joints. All of the packaging is childproof and environmentally sustainable as well, consisting of handmade compostable boxes instead of non-biodegradable plastic. The products receive Patient Focused Certification from Americans for Safe Access in adherence with ASA’s strict quality standards for medical cannabis products and businesses.

Overall, the famers united under the Humboldt’s Finest umbrella seek to preserve the legacy of Humboldt County’s heritage family farms. Their intention is to honor the region’s past contributions to cannabis cultivation and culture while ensuring that their way of life and earth-healthy practices continue for many years. They’re also creating a “Grown in Humboldt” seal that will list the strain, grower, lab results and origin of every product that reaches the shelves to alert the consumer to its legitimacy. Future plans include taking over an old abandoned logging mill and turning it into a cannabis-production facility, bringing the region’s reconciliation with its history and environment full circle.