The Best New Cannabis Strains to Grow in 2019

Tons of Punches

Marijuana gardening tips - best new strains of 2019 Banana Punch
Symbiotic Genetics’ Banana Punch, grown by NUG, Oakland. (Photo by David Downs for Leafly)

Sweet and pretty, with a mild, stony lift, Purple Punch took over so many commercial gardens in 2018, selling it became a race to the bottom. We bought a $6 eighth-ounce of Purple Punch in Portland this spring. This summer, Punch progeny will populate hobby gardens nationwide.

“It is a super-hearty,” said Jason Mathys, founder of Equilibrium Genetics, which sells seeds though 80 licensed shops in California. “It’s not the craziest tasting plant, but it’s just healthy and happy.”

Purple Punch 3.0

We’re growing Symbiotic Genetics’ Mimosa (Purple Punch 2.0 x Clementine) this year and the plant is explosive and aromatic. Similarly, look for other fruity punch crosses in gardens from Symbiotic like Banana Punch and Cherry Punch. On the dessert side, plant Wedding Crasher, which is Purple Punch with Wedding Cake.

Tasty CBD Strains

Marijuana gardening tips - best new strains of 2019 CBD glue tide
Skip the Chinese CBD isolate for the full-spectrum healing of CBD Glue Tide. (Courtesy of Equilibrium Genetics)

About six years ago, the first strains that produced the highly therapeutic molecule, cannabidiol (CBD), tasted like hay. Not anymore. This year, CBD-lovers get all the exotic terpene profiles of THC-lovers.

“That’s the new name of the game,” said Mathys, “the CBD plant that tastes and smells in every way like a high-THC plant, but just lacks that cannabinoid, for the most part.”

CBD Glue Tide

Equilibrium is selling out of CBD Glue Tide—a high-CBD and low-THC cultivar with a 24:1 ratio. It’s a cross of CBD classics Sour Tsunami, Cannatonic, and AC/DC, plus

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