California Cannabis Scene: Top Strains and Rising Favorites of 2024

California, a pioneer in cannabis culture and legalization, continues to lead the way with a diverse selection of cannabis strains to suit every taste. From perennial favorite Blue Dream to rising star Leafly's Strain of the Year 2023 Permanent Marker, the Golden State's cannabis enthusiasts have weighed in on their search volumes. It's important to note that while Blue Dream tops the charts, this list is driven by overall search volume on Leafly and reflects the collective curiosity and preference of Californians, rather than an editorial ranking of the best strains.

The 5 Most Wanted Strains in California

1. Blue dream: A harmonious high

Blue Dream remains the undisputed leader of the California cannabis scene, reigning supreme with its balanced high and sweet berry aroma. Its popularity underscores its role as a versatile staple in the cannabis community.

Blue Dream marijuana strain

Blue dream


  • Creative • Sublime •Energetic
  • THC ~18%

Blue dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid marijuana strain created by crossing Blueberry with Haze. This strain produces a balanced high, along with effects such as brain stimulation and full-body relaxation. Blue Dream has a THC level of 18% but is low in CBD, making this potent strain a fan favorite of both new and experienced cannabis users. In terms of taste, Blue Dream should smell and taste like sweet berries. Medical marijuana patients often use Blue Dream to treat symptoms of depression, chronic pain, and nausea. Originally from California, Blue Dream has since achieved legendary status among West Coast strains, quickly becoming one of the most searched strains in the Leafly database.

2. Lemon Cherry Gelato: The sweet sensation

In second place is Lemon Cherry Gelato, which delights with its vibrant flavor profile and euphoric effects and embodies the innovative spirit of California cannabis culture.

Is it Runtz?  Just gelato?  Lemon cherry gelato grown by fig farms.  (David Downs)

Lemon cherry gelato


  • Tingling • Giggling •Relaxed
  • Dizzy •Dry mouth
  • THC 22% •CBD 0%

Lemon cherry gelato is a hybrid weed strain created from a genetic cross between Sunset Sherbet and Girl Scout Cookies. Lemon Cherry Gelato contains 20% THC, making this strain an ideal choice for experienced cannabis users. Leafly customers report the effects of Lemon Cherry Gelato to be intoxicating, relaxing and euphoric. Medical marijuana patients often choose Lemon Cherry Gelato when struggling with symptoms related to anxiety, pain, and stress. Bred by Backpackboyz, Lemon Cherry Gelato has an aroma of lime, berries and citrus with flavors of lemon and sweet fruits. The dominant terpene of this strain is caryophyllene.

3.GG4: The potent staple Leafly

GG4, also known as Gorilla Glue #4, climbs to the top spot with its powerful impact and sticky resin, proving its enduring appeal among those seeking a powerful experience.

Original glue marijuana strain



  • Relaxed • Sleepy •Hungry
  • THC ~20%

Gorilla Glue is a hybrid weed strain created from a genetic cross between Chem's Sister, Sour Dubb and Chocolate Diesel. This strain is 37% sativa and 63% indica. “Gorilla Glue”, also known as “Original Glue” or “GG4“is a potent strain that induces intense euphoria and relaxation, leaving you glued to the couch.” Her chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with sharp earthy and sour aromas inherited from her parent strains. Gorilla Glue contains 20% THC, making this strain an ideal choice for experienced cannabis users. Leafly customers tell us that Gorilla Glue causes relaxation, sleepiness, and hunger, among other things.

4. Wedding cake: The relaxing treat

Kush Mints has jumped from ninth to fourth place and is growing in popularity due to its refreshing mint flavor and balanced high. This increase underscores the growing interest in strains that offer both invigorating flavor profiles and comprehensive effects.

Wedding Cake Marijuana Strain

wedding cake


  • Relaxed •Excited •Hungry
  • THC ~24%

wedding cake, also known as “Triangle Mints #23,” is a potent type of indica hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing Triangle Kush with Animal Mints. Interesting fact: In Canada, this variety is known as Pink Cookies. Wedding Cake strain provides a relaxing and euphoric effect that calms the body and mind. This strain delivers a rich and spicy flavor profile with undertones of earthy pepper. Medical marijuana patients choose Wedding Cake to relieve symptoms associated with pain, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Consumers with a low THC tolerance should approach this strain with particular caution due to its high THC content.

5. Permanent markers: Leaf variety of the year 2023

With an impressive jump from 30th to fifth place, The Soap impresses with its unique, pure scent and invigorating effect. Its rapid rise is a clear sign of Arizona's adventurous palate and openness to new cannabis experiences.

(David Downs/Leafly)

Permanent marker


  • Tingling • Talkative •Excited
  • THC ~18%

Permanent marker is a modern cannabis strain and the leaf strain of 2023! Los Angeles indie brand Doja Exclusive launched Permanent Marker weed strain on both coasts in 2022. Bred by JBeezy of Seed Junky Genetics and selected by Doja Pak, the strain brings together several established strains: (Biscotti x Sherb Bx) x Jealousy. Floral, soapy, candy and gassy funk smells are completely transferred to the taste. It has a lingering, sharp soapy taste with hints of candy and floral gas tones. The potent strain stimulates creativity for daytime relaxation, followed by cravings and the urge to reel in more of them.

Notable climbers and surprises

OG Kush: Made an impressive jump from 14th to 9th, signaling renewed interest in this classic strain known for its stress-relieving and euphoric effects.

Gary Payton: This strain has seen a significant drop, from 10th to 16th place, indicating a shift in user preferences away from her characteristic strong and euphoric effects.

Jack Herer: This sativa-dominant strain climbs from 18th to 11th and continues to gain traction due to her clear and creative high, reflecting a growing appreciation for energizing strains.

Sherbert: With its sweet and fruity flavors, Sherbert's rise from 19th to 12th place underscores its popularity among those seeking a stress-relieving and enjoyable experience.

Jealousy: Making significant progress from 19th to 13th, Jealousy is attracting attention with its unique flavor profile and strong, relaxing effects, demonstrating the market's appetite for new experiences.

Arizona's cannabis scene in 2024 is characterized by a mix of unwavering loyalty to classic strains and a willingness to explore new flavors and experiences.

From the enduring appeal of Blue Dream to the meteoric rise of unexpected newcomers like Egg Roll and Lilac Diesel, the state's cannabis culture is as diverse and vibrant as its landscape.

As we move forward, the changing preferences of Arizona's cannabis community will undoubtedly continue to reflect the dynamic spirit of the state. Keep an eye on these trends and you're sure to discover some exciting new favorites.

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