The Leafly Strain of the Year 2020 is Runtz!

America’s smokers have spoken: Runtz is the United States’ 2020 Leafly Strain of the Year! All across the nation, this fresh hybrid won over the masses with its gorgeous trichomes, phenomenal aroma, and potent effects.

As the lovechild of two other award-winning strains, Runtz consistently rose in popularity and acclaim since it debuted in December 2017. It claims the throne after Leafly’s independent review process that includes search trends, product availability, awards, and expert analysis.Buy Runtz weed

Let’s dig into what makes 2020 the year of Runtz!Jump to a section

The experience of Runtz

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Runtz checks each box and tears up the scorecard. (Photos by Kandid Kush for Leafly)

In order to give Runtz our 2020 title, we must start at the most important part: the experience of it.

In southern Humboldt County, CA, longtime cannabis cultivator Jason Gellman is the founder of Ridgeline Farms–which took an Emerald Cup in 2019 for Runtz. He’ll always grow a greenhouse of the cultivar, he said.

“Growing this day and age, you look for three things: You want the look, you want the smell, and you want the taste,” says Gellman.

Runtz checks each box and tears up the scorecard.

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(Kandid Kush for Leafly)

Gellman refers to the smell of Runtz as something “like no other strain I’ve ever grown,” and describes its aroma as a syrupy berry cream with plenty of gassy notes. The color? Purple and pink in the summer, with shades that go as deep as black-purple in the fall.

“It looks amazing, it smells like candy, grapes, and gas.”

Ridgeline Farms owner, grower Jason Gellman, southern Humboldt County, CA

“With Runtz, it looks amazing, it smells like candy, grapes, and gas, and you smoke it and it tastes just like it smells, which is [actually] kind of unusual,” he says.

The sedative effects of this hybrid lean more toward an indica, with a flavor similar to Gelato, according to LitHouse, a family-owned coastal cannabis operation in Mendocino County, California. It comes with a heavy body high and strong chill vibes. It doesn’t jolt you with too much THC; rather, it wraps you in a thick, relaxing aroma.

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