More than 25 trending marijuana seeds and clones comprise 2022’s latest, greatest takes on Wedding Cake, Kush Mints, GMO, OG Kush, and more. The Most Expensive Seeds Quality cannabis doesn’t come cheap. And just like a bottle of fine wine, some marijuana strains are more expensive than others. High-quality cannabis has humble Connoisseurs and serious smokers have a dream: to be able to smoke legendary and hard-to-find cannabis strains. Here are 8 of the rarest.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 Most Expensive Seeds
Quality cannabis doesn’t come cheap. And just like a bottle of fine wine, some marijuana strains are more expensive than others. High-quality cannabis has humble beginnings as a high-quality seed.
What Makes a Quality Seed High Quality?
Determining if a marijuana seed is of high quality is dependent upon several different factors. Seeds that produce the highest quality buds must fully mature before they’re harvested. They also must be stored in a cool, dry place so they do not acquire mold or pick up any harmful pathogens. As a rule, seeds should be used within 16 months or frozen to be used in the future.
It’s the genetics of a seed however, that truly make up a high-quality seed. The most expensive seeds are typically the ones with the best genes. When it comes to the quality of cannabis, genetics are everything. The effects, potency, taste, maturation rate, and yield are all dependent upon the genetics of that tiny little seed.
The genetic makeup of a plant is known as its genotype, which essentially serves as a blueprint for its growth. A plant’s genotype allows for a range of various physical possibilities, all of which are dependent upon the external environment. The physical appearance of a plant is known as the phenotype. A plant’s phenotype includes smell, shape, color, and production of resin, all of which are influenced by the environment.
Why Are Some Seeds More Expensive Than Others?
Cannabis seed buyers beware. Marijuana seeds that are priced high don’t always produce the highest quality bud. The cost of cannabis seeds can run from relatively cheap to extremely expensive. And while you might think that the most expensive seeds are going to produce the highest quality harvest, this isn’t always the case.
The most expensive seeds are usually the ones with the strongest genetics. However, cannabis seeds don’t have to have the best genetics in the world to become so costly. Expensive seeds usually cost so much because of their popularity. A strain that wins a Cannabis Cup or two will typically be more expensive than a strain that hasn’t received any awards.
Overall, however, more expensive seeds are known to produce better weed. The most expensive marijuana seeds are typically created with strong genetics that will influence the final product. Not all seeds with strong genetics are necessarily expensive though.
What are the Most Expensive Marijuana Seeds?
Want to grow a quality garden and harvest some of the most expensive weed currently available? For those with an expensive taste, or growers who want to harvest some of the most popular and potent pot on the planet, the following seeds are the most expensive to sow.
Oracle was once believed to be one of the rarest strains in the world. It was implied that THC levels of Oracle could reach up to 40%, making it one of the most potent strains known to man. If it seems too good to be true, it’s because it is.
California cannabis testing lab, The Werc Shop, took a deeper look at this strain whose seeds were selling for up to $200 a piece online. What analysts found was that the genetics of Oracle were identical to ACDC, a high-CBD strain that is excellent for conditions such as epilepsy.
While Oracle certainly hasn’t lived up to what it was once purported to be, seeds still don’t come cheap. One online seed shop has 10 Oracle seeds listed for over $600.
Fruity Pebbles is a strain that’s been circulating in the world of weed for over a decade. In 2012, Alien Genetics released a variety in 2012 as a special limited edition. Seeds of this fruity strain that smells just like the sweet cereal were sold for $1000-$1500 a pack. The price of the seeds makes sense when you consider that experienced growers can harvest $1500-$3000 from one plant alone.
Fruity Pebbles is a cross between Granddaddy Purple, Tahoe Alien, and Green Ribbon. It’s known to have gorgeous, rainbow-like colors of orange, purple, green, and red, making this strain as welcoming to look at as it is to smoke. It’s got a sweet, tropical scent with hints of berries and citrus.
If you’re planning to add Fruity Pebbles to your ganja garden, there are seeds available. They won’t cost you $1000, but they will run you a pretty penny. There’s also always the option of cutting a clone or two if you’re lucky enough to find them.
Outdoors, Fruity Pebbles does best when grown in a steady climate in indirect sunlight. Indoor grows with Fruity Pebbles will require plenty of space, as these plants can grow tall like a sativa, with fat indica-like buds that will need plenty of support.
Kosher Kush is a 2012 Cannabis Cup Winner. It’s the first commercial strain that has been blessed by a rabbi. The blessing is to bring the consumer enlightenment and a sense of peaceful tranquility. This California indica-dominant hybrid is great for insomnia, known to knock users out with just a few hits.
Kosher Kush seeds won’t cost you thousands, but they are still relatively expensive. A pack of 6 seeds can run $100 or more. Good news is, Kosher Kush is easy on the beginning grower. It thrives when grown indoors and is known to produce well over a pound per plant.
As a strong sativa-dominant strain, XJ-13 is a cross between the famous Jack Herer and G13 Haze. It’s known as one of the best strains to start your day, offering increased creativity, energy, and focus. Seeds, if you can find them, aren’t going to come cheap.
An ounce can cost up to $375 or more at a dispensary. Named after the XJ13 Jaguar that was never raced and only manufactured once, the car itself has been valued at over $7million. While the strain won’t cost you quite that much, if you can find the seeds you should probably have the money to spend.
The Rare Cut: 8 of the Rarest Cannabis Strains
Exclusivity and rare treasures make people feel special. Limited-edition merchandise often has a higher price tag because people are willing to pay more. To some extent, this also applies to cannabis strains. Connoisseurs and serious smokers have a dream: to be able to smoke legendary and hard-to-find strains.
Rare strains are often considered the premium stuff, a cut above the rest. We’ve rounded up 8 of the rarest cannabis strains that are hard to forget. Some of our selection sparks major throwback vibes while others you’ll want to grow before they become limited!
Flaunted as the rarest of the rare for cannabis strains in the world, Malawi Gold is one of the strongest sativas ever produced in Africa. Most modern-day cannabis strains with high THC levels deliver a strong energetic and stimulating high. Malawi Gold’s effects are stronger, even more exceptional and rumored only to be grown in Malawi. Sweet and spicy flavor, pretty golden strands, and pure sativa effects make the 4-month cultivating timeline worth the while.
Lamb’s Breath’s popularity soared so high that it almost got smoked off the face of the planet. This Jamaican sativa legend is the most popular strain in Rastafarianism. It is purported to be the favorite of both Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Classic reggae songs even mention this strain, which is also called Lamb’s Bread. It gives an introspective and cerebral buzz that is perfect for creative pursuits and social interactions. Growing the auto-flower version of this sought-after, hard-to-find strain only takes 7-9 weeks.
Known to bring a serious case of the giggles, Panama Red was regarded as the laughing gas of the ’60s and ’70s. Back in the day, it was included in the roster of highest THC strains. This superb sativa is easily recognized for its bright red accents. Due to the increasing demand for hybrids, pure strains such as Panama Red are becoming harder and harder to find. A long flowering time and moderate yield also contributes to the strain’s near annihilation.
This strain’s name is the total opposite of its effects. Amnesia Haze is intoxicating and highly psychedelic but it will not make you forget. Rather, it sparks creativity, gives bursts of energy, and puts you in a good mood. It’s a fixture of the Amsterdam cannabis scene but is rarely found in dispensaries outside of Europe. As with other Haze strains, Amnesia Haze has a long flowering time. Growing it also requires more care and attention as it can be sensitive to pests. Good thing an easy-to-grow version is available.
East Coast strains tend to be underrated. NYC Diesel is a multi-award winning cannabis strain that hails from the Big Apple and has an aroma and taste that is evocative of red grapefruit and diesel. NYC Diesel is ideal for social occasions providing a cerebral high with strong energy and waves of optimism. Despite these wonderful traits, many growers are put off by NYC Diesel’s difficult reputation for growing. It is one of the 21 st century favorites that seed companies turned it into an auto-flower.
Sweet Tooth smells like flowers and berries while tasting like candy. This yummy indica improves your mood and provides intense relaxation. Sweet Tooth disarms you but in the most pleasant of ways. Growing it is rated easy as the strong plant is resistant to pests, insects, mold, mildew, and temperature variations. Finding it in your local dispensary is very unlikely. Still, connoisseurs continue to find this elusive strain.
Reputedly among the world’s best, Hindu Kush is a 100% indica that brings a high that can last up to eight hours. Killing pain and delivering a deep state of tranquility makes Hindu Kush a top choice strain to grow. Its sharp pine and earthy aroma is reminiscent of the mountain range where it originates, growing and flourishing like a true weed. It is a parent of many Kush varieties; this legendary strain is on the verge of being hybridized out of existence.
This THC superhero packs a tremendous punch of THC. Expect a soaring creative and euphoric high before your body slowly melts into full-on relaxation. Users describe the Bruce Banner experience as “nicely stoned.” Its potency and relaxing properties make it a favorite medicinal strain. It will ‘Hulk smash’ your stress away with its enormous yield. When it does become available at a dispensary, act fast because this powerful sativa sells out quickly. In the meantime, you can order it online!
These strains are worth searching high and low for. Be sure to order your seeds from a reputable company, some even offer a germination guarantee and help-line for troubleshooting issues. Consider yourself lucky if you have smoked or grown even half of the strains on this list.