The 12 Most Nostalgic, Weird, and Disgusting New Weed Strains for 2024

The golden age of weed has a problem, Leafly Nation: seemingly every strain contains gelato. Or Z

Now don’t get us wrong – we love this stuff. But almost everyone I speak to laments the state of cannabis genetics shortages. About ten flavors dominate the 50 best-selling varieties in the United States.

So instead of complaining, let's all do something about it. Let's make the first annual edition of “New Year, New Terps: 12 Nostalgic, Weird or Disgusting Weed Strains for 2024.”

Step aside, Gelatos, GSCs, Wedding Cakes, Zs and Blue Dreams. It's time to celebrate the deviant things that are outside the center of the bell curve. It's time for new year, new Terps!

Nostalgic varieties

Chewing gum markers

Chewing gum markers.  (Courtesy of Seed Junky Genetics)Chewing gum markers. Indica hybrid. 30+% THC. (Courtesy of Seed Junky Genetics)

We begin our adventure at a nostalgic starting point. This year top breeder Seed Junky Genetics is excited to release a Bubblegum Marker. Founder J Beezy tells Leafly that the Leafly Strain of the Year 2023 Permanent Marker Chassis gives off that old-fashioned Indiana pink bubblegum flavor. He managed with a bubblegum-dominated sherbet and relied on permanent marker, resulting in huge-yielding plants that smell like pink bubblegum. It's a modern candy but also nostalgic.

“Smokers want old school meets new school,” JBeezy said.


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Authentic train wreck

Train wreck.  Sativa.  15%+ THC.  (leaf sheet) Train wreck. Sativa. 15%+ THC. (leaf sheet)

Leading seed producer Humboldt Seed Co. operator Nat Pennington would be happy to see a classic that has fallen out of fashion resurface: Trainwreck. This strain is high in the terpene terpinolene, which smells best in a Jack Herer. It's not fashionable, but Jack Herer was the #1 best seller in 2023 at the world's best outdoor weed dispensary, Solful San Francisco. Terpinolene strains like Jack and Durban also regularly appear in the top 20 bestsellers nationwide.

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“This tends to be a more uplifting type of cannabis. More 'doing shit' than the lazy stoner stereotype,” Nat said.


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legal action

Tangie marijuana strainTangie. Sativa hybrid. 20% THC. (leaf sheet)

Tangie dominated the cannabis scene in California during the medical era, before OG Kush and cookies curbed its spread. As a new generation of legal smokers turn 21, Crockett the Younger Brian of Crockett Family Farms predicts a new wave of fruits and sours.

“Big wave, bro,” he told me in December at the Ego Clash competition in Mendocino County. “The new generation is not familiar with old varieties.”

Go Mimosa, Superboof, Trop Cherry and Trop Cookies with the versatile daytime citrus variety that started it all. You can buy authentic Tangie seeds from DNA Genetics and see for yourself.


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Crazy contemporary flavors

Cinnamon milk

{ Cinnamon milk 🥛 }! Stop by the opening of Cookies Melrose. Muesli à la mode X Sherb z #1

— Berner (@berner415) January 17, 2024

Coming soon from Cookies and Powerzzzup, Cinnamon Milk builds on the Cereal Milk wave with a cross between Cereal A La Mode and Sherb Z #1. This is a Cereal Milk effort from the Y line that gave us the all-star variety Gary Payton. The Sherb Z #1 offers the potential for maximum flavor, while the Cereal A La Mode yielded a strange new, unique creamy cinnamon terp that's ready for prime time. See also: Mexican flan, horchata.


The leading indoor breeder for one of California's largest cloners – Ian Strouss of Phinest – has a small, strange clone brand called Dubplatez. Taking a cue from the music world, Dubplatez offers fresh beats for the world's best weed DJs to remix.

“We’re slowly getting people off their old, shitty path,” he said.

The newest strain is Singapore Sling, a sativa hybrid cross between Tiki Cookies and Creamsicle that produces notes of zesty lime, sweet grape, classic cookie funk, sweet cream, citrus and berries.

“I like the unusual gym socks.”

Ian Strouss, Uncle Dad Vibes genetics

After you take the Dubplatez exit off the Gelato Highway, Strouss has an even stranger personal project called Uncle Dad Vibes. Uncle Dad Vibes genetics focus on strains that growers love but are too risky to mass produce because they don't have 30% THC or look like eye candy.

“I have super crazy stuff. Black, purple, crazy sativa things,” he said. “I like the unusual gym socks.”

Since the masses want candy and his wife is Latina, Strouss is on the hunt for Mexican candies like tamarind this year. He has a lemon gouli that smells like steak. And on March 30th, Uncle Dad Vibes is hosting a spring seed germination carnival in Northern California called FREAKS!

Green chilli

Let's go beyond the strains that the majority of people would like and highlight really weird, niche stuff. I'm talking about chili verde. The strange hybrid of lavender has an authentic, spicy, green chile flavor that is as attractive as it is repulsive.

“Shut the fuck up, no, this is crazy,” weed expert Amanda Breeze said on The Smoking Spot podcast.

We saw a cross of this called Blanka at The Ego Clash. But what we really want to see is a Chili Verde crossed with a Cheese to isolate the first nachos-flavored variety. Nachos – who is with me?

“Yeah. More weed terps. Give me these profiles I like: cumin, burritos and Korean stir-fries. Let's go savory this year,” Ryan Herron said on The Smoking Spot podcast.

Holy moly

Holy Moly from Fig Farms has an authentic Mexican molé wharf with the earthy, chocolaty note. It's insanely strong and a favorite of California budtenders bored with another LCG. Fig Farms crossed their award-winning banana fig with Seed Junky's Animal Mints 198 #1.

Hawthorn rose

This award-winning California hawthorn rose rarity smells like rose water and your grandmother's handbag. Released by Huckleberry Hill Farms, it is a cross between Paradise Punch and Lemon OG. Paradise Punch is Blackberry Kush x Lavender Berry; Lemon OG is a cross between OG #18 x Las Vegas Lemon Skunk. The rosin is incredibly bright and highly sought after. The full-sun outdoor glasses of the 2023 season have arrived on the shelves. And look out for the first sighting of a hawthorn rose hybrid in our seed guide next week. See also: Pink Boost Goddess.

“Grandma’s purse, let’s bring it back,” Herron said.

Crushed ice

While many breeders follow their noses for new flavors, Mark Lewis of Napro Genetics also uses science to survey the terpene landscape in search of missing profiles. Lewis is super proud of Crushed Ice and Hawaiian Ice, two extremely rare new flavors that contain predominantly pinene. Grown by Farmer and the Felon, Crushed Ice won the award for Most Terpenes in an Outdoor Flower at the California State Fair. Napro crossed Piney the Elder, a four-generation inbred pine line, with Jade (In the Pines x Old Amsterdam) to obtain a delicious and smooth flower dominated by pinene and caryophyllene. It contains more than 4% total terpenoids and often 30% THC or more.

“If someone comes into a dispensary and asks for the flower with the highest THC content, you can now ask: What terpene profile do you want with that 30%?,” Lewis said.

Citizen of Stankonia

Old dirty bastard

There are a few old ODB strains honoring the famous Wu-Tang Clan rapper. But here's the early Cookie family cross OGKB x Sour Diesel Bx3 (from Top Dog Genetics of New York) from southern Oregon breeder Kush Kirk making great strides. Kush Kirk brings a sophisticated acidity to a smelly, leathery Kush breath. Guaranteed to make your THC-tolerant butt cheer and repel those with a sensitive nose.

“It has this mouthfeel that is very bold. It touches every point of the taste buds from front to back and side to side.”

Kush Kirk, on ODB

“Old Dirty Bastard” is a nighttime remedy for insomnia, Kirk said, or as an emergency medicine for daytime stress. “Think of it like a big red 'Stop' button. “If you want to say ‘fuck it’ to everything, take a dab of it and it will all relax and go away,” he said.

ODB is called that because neither OGKB nor Sour Diesel had fathers, so to speak. (They initially circulated as female clones without parents.)


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Ogre breath

As one of the few Michigan hash makers invited to The Ego Clash, The Baked Tater walked in with an Ogre Breath (GMO x Meat Breath) that smelled absolutely classy and fabulous, and we wished we had more money to buy a glass Buy rosin.

For lovers of stinky cheese, onions, or savory burgers, Ogre Breath shows how strange Michigan is getting with OGKB's Breath family.

“This one plant smelled like something from a group meeting of bad breath sufferers.”

Redditor, on Ogre Breath

“Michigan grass is really on fire. “Second to Oregon, I was impressed with the selection they grow,” Breeze said.

A Reddit poster said, “This one plant smelled right like a group meeting of bad breath sufferers.” Love it.


Kacklesnatch is (Chimera x Grape Jubilee, with a very strong, er, body funk. (Courtesy of Exotic Genetix)Kacklesnatch is (Chimera x Grape Jubilee, with a very strong, er, body funk. (Courtesy of Exotic Genetix)

Washington breeder Exotic Genetix Mike has just dropped Kacklesnatch, this hybrid Indica cross of the Leafly Hot Strains to Watch 2024, Chimera x Grape Jubilee.

“This frozen monster will give you armfuls of ice-cold nuggets everywhere, coupled with the most disgusting smell of foul, slippery stench!” said Mike.

Mike isn't entirely sure where the grape flavor came from the parent, but, “I think it's great!” he said. “This is not for those who may have weak intestines. Although it sounds strange, these nuggets smell like hot fumes from your butt—yet they're delicious. I promise!”

But that quickly escalated.

Okay, we have to stop. Of course there are more: Pistachio, Red Pop, Rootbeer, Michelada (see also Bloody Mary). We just smelled the Bath House scent from Umami Seeds and it smells like Ovaltine.

Let's strive to be more adventurous and less predictable in the new year. Let’s go out there and keep cannabis weird, Leafly Nation.

Do you have a nostalgic strain that you'd like to see come back or a new flavor that no one has heard of? Let us know – comment below.

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