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2021 was another huge year for the cannabis industry, as the wonderful plant saw a massive growth in sales throughout the entire year. In fact, some experts believe that cannabis is one of the few industries that not only survived the pandemic, but came out stronger than ever before. According to CNN, many predict the cannabis industry will continue its significant growth through 2025 and beyond. 

A gain in popularity is excellent for the cannabis industry, as it creates a demand for newer and better strains and products. Learn more about the most loved stains of 2021, cannabis delivery methods, and the best cannabis strains to try in 2022 below! 


Recap: Most Popular Cannabis Strains of 2021

According to Leafly, some of the most popular cannabis strains in 2021 include GMO Cookies, Cereal Milk, Apple Fritter, and Peanut Butter Breath. All of these were made by crossbreeding other strains together to create a new strain with different properties. Cereal Milk, for example, is a hybrid strain that was created by crossing Y Life and Snowman. 

If you haven’t yet tried the most popular strains of 2021, they’re definitely worth experiencing at least once. You never know when a new strain will become your new favorite that gives you the exact benefits you are looking for. 


Different Cannabis Ingestion Methods

One of the best parts of diving into the world of cannabis is trying different strains with different ingestion methods, too. Dispensaries typically sell edibles, vapes, pre-rolls, flower, and concentrates, though some dispensaries also sell topicals like salves or creams. Each ingestion method has its own benefits. Vaping cannabis allows a faster delivery into the bloodstream, but the buzz also disappears more quickly than edibles. Edibles take one to two hours to kick in, but their effects can last for several hours. 

Smoking flower continues to be a popular ingestion method for cannabis enthusiasts, as it also offers a quick delivery system in addition to the potent flavors and terpenes only flower can deliver. You can also smoke flower in pipes, which are often more convenient and portable than rolling joints on-the-go. Bongs are larger and more elaborate, and they incorporate water, which cools the smoke and produces a smoother flavor. 

If you’re interested in trying a new ingestion method in 2022, along with new strains, speak with your local budtenders about recommendations and gear. You can choose from a wide variety of vaporizers, bongs, bowls, pipes, and more at Thrive Nevada. It’s fun and rewarding to try the same strains with different ingestion methods, and vice versa. Each combination can offer unique feelings and experiences, and you just might find a new go-to combo. 

Now that you know more about gear and ingestion methods, let’s take a look at some of the best cannabis strains to try in 2022. 


New Year, New Great Cannabis Strains to Try!


Animal Mints

A cross between Animal Cookies and Sin Mint Cookies, Animal Mints provides pleasant minty and earthy flavors and a strong body high. Most users report feeling extra relaxed, and plenty experience feeling hungry after using it. This makes it a great choice for medical patients that struggle with their appetite, and it’s also helpful for those experiencing stress and anxiety. This strain boasts a high THC level, making it ideal for recreational customers seeking to kick back after a long day with some music or video games. Animal Mints is available as flower, pre-rolls, and concentrate.

Blue Alien

Blue Alien is one of the most popular indica strains and is a cross between Blueberry and Alien Kush. This strain is highly relaxing and calming, and most users report feeling sleepy and happy. Its flavor profile contains notes of blueberry, and many report it provides a sweet aftertaste. Its relaxing effects make it a great choice for night bakes and to assist with falling or staying asleep, but it can also work if a user simply wants to feel its powerful full-body calming effects during the day. You can try Blue Alien as flower, pre-rolls, and vapes.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream has been a staple strain for a long time, and for good reason. This hybrid strain was created by crossing Blueberry with Haze, and it gives users a surprisingly balanced high. Its THC content sits around 18%, but its low CBD concentration makes the high more potent. Both cannabis beginners and veterans enjoy the berry flavor and relaxing effects of Blue Dream. Those with a medical marijuana card often reach for Blue Dream for help with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and nausea, thanks to its long-lasting effects and widespread accessibility. Blue Dream is available in both flower and vape


Looking for something energizing? Clementine may be just the strain you need. This citrussy, sativa-dominant strain gives off a sweet, tangy flavor and is a refreshing choice for morning bakes or afternoon vapes. Many users report feeling uplifted, creative, and energetic, and have reported that this strain helps to ease stress and depression symptoms. Others describe an increased ability to focus on tasks at hand. Try Clementine as an extract or vape

Cookies and Cream

Cookies and Cream, also listed as Cookies N Cream or Cookies & Cream, is a wonderful hybrid strain that has a sweet flavor and aroma, just like its name alludes to. Some report they can taste hints of vanilla, while others describe a more earthy flavor. It also produces a slightly calming, though more euphoric effect. Those visiting a medical marijuana dispensary use it for its long-lasting pain relief properties during the day, and others reach for it at night to induce sleep. Customers love Cookies and Cream vapes

Garlic Breath

Although real life garlic breath is typically considered unpleasant, the Garlic Breath strain is anything but. This lovely strain has notes of citrus, though many users also report hints of pepper or other more spicy flavors. Its high Limonene content makes it refreshing to inhale, and it provides users with a potent physical relaxation that is excellent for the end of the night. Medical patients also use it for depression, anxiety, and insomnia, and its high THC content is sure to give you a unique experience. Try Garlic Breath vapes

Ghost OG

Ghost OG is a popular hybrid strain that is often described as balanced with an earthy, citrus, and pine aroma. This strain is known for its potency without being overwhelming, and it produces incredible feelings of relaxation and calmness. It’s excellent for medical patients that want help with pain and insomnia, and for recreational customers that simply want a moderate-THC strain with highly calming effects. Get Ghost OG flower


Created by combining the desirable properties of Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies to produce an excellent and evenly balanced hybrid strain. Its equal parts calming and energizing, and its moderate THC content provides a mild and sustained buzz, though it can be a bit too strong for inexperienced cannabis users. Its flavor is often described as sweet or earthy, but some people also report earthy tones. Medical patients praise Gelato for its pain relief properties, as well as its ability to help induce sleepiness. You can try Gelato STIIIZY vapes or flower

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake is a delightful sativa strain that tastes and smells lemony and citruy, and oddly enough… cheesey! This strain leaves users feeling highly energized, uplifted, and euphoric, and it’s often used to help with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and appetite issues. Like other sativa strains, Lemon Cake is best used in mornings or afternoons, but it can also be used at nighttime to help you stay awake to work on creative projects. Lemon Cake is available as a vape

Purple Punch

Purple Punch is a relatively new strain that was created by breeding Granddaddy Purple and Larry OG, giving users an 80/20 indica-dominant strain to use at the end of the day. Purple Punch is said to have hints of grape soda and blueberry baked goods, and it’s known to increase a person’s appetite. It also provides feelings of relaxation and euphoria, and it’s great to use just before bed to make falling asleep easier. Purple Punch is often purchased as flower.

Strawberry Cough

Another excellent choice for those wanting an energetic high is Strawberry Cough. Its slightly skunky flavor and aroma also offers a hint of strawberry, and it gives users an uplift with feelings of pure euphoria. People generally enjoy using Strawberry Cough early in the morning or afternoon, and it’s especially great in times of high stress or anxiety. It also may have some pain relieving properties, making it a compelling choice for medical patients. Strawberry Cough vapes are now available. 

Sour Tangie

Sour Tangie is a popular sativa-dominant strain that was created by crossing East Coast Sour Diesel and Tangie. It gives off a delightful citrus flavor with notes of orange, though some people report stronger diesel flavors. This strain is known for giving users an uplifting buzz, enhanced creativity, and better focus, and it’s a great strain to reach for in the morning or early afternoon. Many customers enjoy Sour Tangie most as a vape

Super Silver Haze

Although this strain has been around for decades, many people have not yet experienced this strain’s euphoric effects that make it so unique. Originally bred by crossing Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze, Super Silver Haze produces highly energizing effects that come with a pleasant citrus flavor. Many describe its uplifting effects as a brightening body high, and it’s especially popular for depression symptoms. It’s also well known for inducing an appetite and easing nausea, making it a great choice for anyone struggling to eat enough due to medical complications. Try a Super Silver Haze vape now! 


How to Choose Cannabis Products

If the above list of strains has left you feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry! Our expert budtenders here to help you choose the best product for your wants and needs. You can also narrow down which products to try by making a list of what you want out of your next cannabis experience. For example, do you want to feel relaxed and ready to watch a movie (indica), or do you want to feel energized and ready to get creative (sativa)? Or, perhaps you want an experience somewhere in the middle (hybrid). 

From there, think about which ingestion method you prefer if you are experienced, or which ingestion method seems the least intimidating if you aren’t. Edibles tend to be a great option for beginners, though it’s important to start slow and wait a couple of hours after taking one before ingesting more. According to Lifehacker, many budtenders recommend that first-time edible experimenters begin with a 5mg dose. It can be overwhelming for new users to begin with a 10mg edible, though that may be the next step if a 5mg edible doesn’t work. 

Disposable vape cartridges are also excellent for those who want to try vaping, but aren’t ready to invest in the gear. No matter which method and strain you decide to pick for your next cannabis adventure, be sure to start low and slow and work your way up to the optimal experience. 


Want the Best Selection of Cannabis Products in Nevada? Visit Thrive Today! 

Thrive_Cannabis_Strains_to_Try_in_2022 Choosing the right cannabis products can be a daunting process, and many prospective cannabis users feel too intimidated to actually give it a go. The good news is that Thrive offers a wide range of cannabis products to suit everyone’s needs, and our experienced and knowledgeable budtenders can help you find exactly what you’re looking for in a friendly, relaxed, and welcoming environment. 

At Thrive, we pride ourselves on curating only the highest quality products, and we strive to bring in new strains and products frequently to give our customers access to the latest and greatest in the world of cannabis. If you’re ready to give cannabis a try for the first time, or you’re just looking for a convenient and affordable place to buy cannabis, stop by one of our six locations for in-store shopping or pickup, or visit our online store to get your cannabis order delivered.