When we talk about strawberry strains — and there are many — there are two distinct genetic rabbit holes to tumble down. One winds through strawberry fields of upstate NY, and the other originates in the Netherlands.
And frankly, if you’re a sucker for strawberry strains, they’re both worth the nose dive.
Why do some strains smell like strawberries?
Strawberry hybrids typically share genetics with one of two foundational cultivars: Strawberry Fields or Strawberry. Though developed half a world away from each other, these two popular parents share a distinct terpene profile notable for more than just a fragrant stank. Strawberry strains synthesize myrcene’s earthiness, pinene’s freshness, and terpinolene’s funky fruit essences to create a distinctly bright, marshmallow-sweet aroma commonly associated with strawberry strains.
If you’re aching for strawberry season, but it’s too far gone, try one of these eight strains to occupy your taste buds until the real deal ripens up again.
Cultivated under a Dutch veil of secrecy, Strawberry’s genetic origins are unknown, and its effects are reportedly diametrically opposed to the similarly popular Strawberry Fields. Rather than its cousin’s relaxation, Strawberry’s effects are electric, uplifting, and energetic.
Reported by recreational consumers as having dynamic daytime effects, therapeutic consumers include that it delivers relief from chronic fatigue, eye pressure, and chronic pain. It’s understandable how Strawberry became both an attractive parent strain and a popular cultivar on her own.
Expect a spicy strawberry aroma and a chemical, berry-sweet exhale.
Strawberry Fields has admittedly always been a popular handle among growers and cultivators. However, a singular strain cultivated in the upper reaches of the Adirondacks rises to the top as a genetic cornerstone for many of the strawberry phenotypes lining shelves today.
The lore surrounding this phenotype is that it was grown in the shade of neighboring strawberry fields, which masked the skunky odor of the cultivar and co-mingled fertilization between the two crops. The result is what is now the big daddy of most strawberry phenotypes, delivering heavy, relaxing effects well-suited and reported by patients for chronic pain and insomnia.
Expect a brisk strawberry funk perfume and a grassy, tart exhale.
Bred from Strawberry Fields and classic Haze, this perky cultivar is reportedly a stellar go-to for active daytime consumers who prefer an untempered blast of electric motivation.
Fans report chatty, clear-headed highs that can propel them through otherwise draining activities like chores or errands. Some also describe effects that come on after prolific coughing sessions, so if you’re smoking or vaping, expect a hearty dose of bronchodilation to precede an otherwise swooning onset.
Expect to cough up several strawberry-scented clouds.
Sometimes referred to as “Arjan’s Strawberry Haze” for its original creator, Arjan Roskam, Strawberry Haze is an unexpected cross of Northern Lights, Swiss Sativa, and an unknown Haze phenotype. While not necessarily existing in the same genetic web as cultivars bred from Strawberry Fields or Strawberry, Strawberry Haze shares many of the same characteristics, namely a sweet, berry perfume provided by the familiar terpenes myrcene and pinene.
Consumers report balanced effects that deliver both soothing relaxation and increased sociability.
Expect a rich perfume and a sweet, grassy exhale.
Strawberry Glue is a semi-rare cross of Strawberry Diesel and GG4 that marries the most attractive effects of both parents.
Recreational consumers report deeply anchored body highs and cognitive effects that propel them into euphoric oblivion. Therapeutic consumers describe relief from chronic pain and spasms.
Average THC percentages regularly top 25%, so novice smokers proceed with caution. Expect a spicy strawberry-gasoline aroma and a funky exhale with lingering berry notes.
Strawberry Diesel reportedly expresses the most charming genetics of her parent strains without veering too far into either territory. Bred from Strawberry Cough and NYC Diesel, this genetically balanced hybrid delivers a calming, head-clearing high and a bouncy, mild energy.
Novice consumers note: this cultivar can spin newbies into a dry-mouthed paranoia. Toke with caution. Therapeutic consumers report relief from appetite loss, chronic pain, and anxiety.
Expect a sweet, gassy funk and commensurate exhale.
Depending on who you ask, Strawberry Bliss is either a cross of Strawberry and Bubble Gum or another phenotype spun by Strawberry and Strawberry Fields, then mixed with Dutch Cheeseberry.
Regardless of origin, consumers report mental euphoria and uplifting body highs. Bonus: A lower THC percentage keeps this cultivar uniquely accessible while still delivering jubilant effects. You can usually find it at under 20% THC.
Expect a funky cheese perfume and a cheesy, berry-sweet exhale.
A balanced cultivar for Strawberry fans, Strawberry Nightmare, despite a polarizing name, reportedly delivers a blissfully social, energetic high. Bred from Strawberry Cough and White Nightmare, Strawberry Nightmare is described by many as rapturously euphoric, a definite highlight for established high-tolerance smokers. Therapeutic consumers report relief from chronic pain and depression.
Expect a pungent, earthy aroma and a strawberry-sweet exhale.