WM Strains Madness 2021: A flower is crowned
We came to Weedmaps Strain Madness 2021 with 32 weed strains ready to be named Best Strain In The Game. Although we had hoped there might be deviations from last year’s competition, people spoke for the second time in a row and OG Kush was crowned champion again.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Strain Madness 2021 tournament.
There were more than 180,000 votes in all games. Thank you for the great turnout!
Before we praise the ultimate champion, let’s take a look at the overall votes for each of the top eight candidates:
- OG Kush – 18,577
- Pineapple Express – 14,586
- Gelato – 13,992
- Purple Haze – 13,527
- Sour Diesel – 12,205
- Blue Dream – 12,105
- GG4 – 9,353
- Alien Kush – 9,120
OG Kush knocked it down with a total of 18,577 votes over the course of Strain Madness – and it’s not surprising that Pineapple Express crosses right behind. Disappointed, Alien Kush has to dry his tears and hope that he’ll make a screaming gig next year.
When you’re out of weed and wondering what to buy next, celebrate OG Kush’s win this week with a pipe or vape full of the popular winner.
– Hannah Meadows
OG Kush’s path to victory
We asked contributor Dante Jordan to revisit each round to see how OG Kush became the champion of 2021.
Round 1: OG Kush against strawberry cough
From the moment OG Kush walked into the court of the figurative tribes, he knew that no one could touch His Majesty. The first match was against Strawberry Cough, in which OG Kush blew the sativa out of the water with the fruit stormers with 4,222 to 1,614 votes. OG’s performance was so dominant that in the second half the starters sat on the bench and turned water bottles like the Cavs in 2016 against the Knicks.
Round 2: OG Kush vs. Wedding Cake
After OG Kush sent Strawberry Cough to the crib, he faced his most fearsome opponent yet: Wedding Cake. We know what wedding cakes bring to the table: hype and national recognition, supported by high quality genetics, aroma, taste and experience. And given the extreme popularity of wedding cake in modern cannabis, we thought it might be a team strong enough to put OG Kush’s run in bed. CLOSE, SON.
In the end, OG Kush’s seasoned and seasoned roster proved to be an invincible force for the aspiring hybrid, with a score of 4,273 against 3,348.
Round 3: OG Kush vs Alien Kush
When a basketball team goes to war on the pitch, there are two options: completely drained and unable to move on, or even more powerful from the growth that comes with adversity. OG Kush was the latter, as evidenced by the fact that Alien Kush was treated like a high school B team. With 4,428 votes for Alien Kush’s paltry 864, OG Kush was basically saying to his opponent, “Don’t ever mention me, my team, or my coaches again.”
Round 4: OG Kush vs Gelato
The beast through the tournament led OG Kush into the Fire Four, where we got the battle for the number 1 seed the world had been waiting for: OG Kush versus Gelato.
Gelato is quite simply one of the best flavors of all time and is a big reason why many of us are so obsessed with chasing “exotic” flavors and flavors. So we expected it to get OG hooked – possibly even the original backbone of California genetics with their heads bowed home.
No OG Kush stuck to the game plan that brought him here, casting 3,061 votes to his opponent’s 1,783 votes, and in the end, Gelato was reminded that his time of highest reign might come someday, just not 2021.
Final: OG Kush vs. Purple Haze
When OG Kush reached the final after beating Strawberry Cough, Wedding Cake and Gelato, it competed against the 2021 Strain Madness Cinderella Story: Purple Haze.
To get here, Purple Kush made a completely unexpected run through Super Lemon Haze, Blue Dream, and Pineapple Express. Unfortunately for the legendary Haze strain, people’s love of purple weeds, relaxing effects, and Jimi Hendrix was nowhere near enough juice to get OG Kush out of the color. And in the end, with a total of 2,593 votes to Purple Hazes, we were able to crown 1,117 votes for Original Kush as the world’s first and only two-time Strain Madness champion.
Will OG Kush ever be defeated in Strain Madness? Only time can tell. But until that point, it will continue to be the undisputed heavyweight champion and unanimous MVP of all things weed.
* Cues the One Shining Moment (Luther Vandross Version) music *
– Dante Jordan