Strain Spotlights

The Newest Weed Strains to Try in 2020

If 2019 taught us anything, it’s that the marijuana business is growing along with its variety of top marijuana strains.

Illinois became the eleventh state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes in January. Many other states changed laws concerning marijuana and the workplace, making developments that erred on the side of leniency and acceptance.

And a handful of others—Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and several more—are geared towards legalization in 2020.

With these developments come new varietals as technology grows and stigmas lessen. Cultivators are crossing bud types left and right, producing fantastic new strains that harness some new favorites.

So, if you happen to hit up a dispensary this year, here are a few new and classic stand-out strains to keep an eye out for!


Hybrids are arguably some of the most popular varietals out there, as they’re handcrafted by growers to produce unique flavors and effects.

This can be anything from reducing anxiety to easing adverse symptoms of chemotherapy

Hybrids are a combination of Indica and Sativa—the THC content and levels of Indica vs. Sativa vary from strain to strain. Your Thrive budtender will be happy to explain what the expected effects are.

Here are some great hybrids to look out for in 2020.

Sour Banana Sherbert

The Green & Gold Sour Banana Sherbert strain is a sweet bud that produces equal feelings of relaxation and euphoria or creativity.

This strain sits at about 27% THC, making this a heavy hitter. The hybrid strain is a cross between sour diesel and banana sherbert, which creates a unique aroma, flavor, and feeling.

Animal Cookies

This hybrid strain is a cross between GSC x Fire OG, producing a pleasant, body-melting head high that helps alleviate depression, headaches, and body pain.

This strain is about 23% THC with 0.04% CBD.

Dream Queen

Here we have a 19.8% THC level.

Dream Queen by Matrix is a combination of Blue Dream and Space Queen.

If you like a musky, fruity, and earthy bud—this strain’s for you. Feel like your flying among the stars with its euphoric and spacey cerebral effect. 


Indica strains produce those feel-good, cozy effects. This makes Indica buds intensely relaxing, helping to increase appetite while lowering pain levels or feelings of nausea. The following are some stand-out Indicas of 2020.


This beautiful purple bud is very soothing and sits at a THC level of almost 23%.

Expect your classic physical and mental relaxation with this strain. It also has the added benefit of being an excellent mood enhancer.

Banana OG

This 24% THC strain is an indicant-dominant hybrid of OG Kush x Banana.

This “creeper” (meaning, the effects set in a while after the first hit) deserves its name, as its aroma resembles yummy over-ripe bananas. Careful of overdoing it, as its effects will sneak up on you—leaving you every bit as comatose as one might expect from a potent Indica.

Try this if you are looking for pain relief, appetite stimulation, or a night of restful sleep.

Black Mamba

The strain sits at about 23.62% THC and 0.03% CBD.

Its flavor can be described as fruity, skunky, and sweet—a yummy cross of classic Indica flavors.

Try it in the nighttime, as its effects are relaxing and sleepy while offering pain relief and euphoria.


Sativas often, but not always, have higher levels of THC with lower levels of CBD.

This potent mix produces a “mind high” that’s uppity, exciting, and energizing.

A Sativa’s effect helps you feel creative and productive instead of overly relaxed. That’s why Sativas are an excellent daytime option, as they stave off lethargic feelings while promoting an upbeat high.

Here are some 2020 go-to’s.


This higher-level THC strain sits at about 23% THC with 0.04% CBD.

It’s a beautiful high, offering feelings of alertness, energy, and euphoria. This makes it a perfect daytime strain, as any great Sativa should be.

Mimosa has won many Cannabis Cups, making it a significant player into 2020 as well.

This trending Sativa is a cross of Clementine x Purple Punch—which makes its flavor an exciting mix of Hawaiian Punch with citrus. 

If you want to stay clear-headed and focused, this strain’s for you. Expect pleasant anxiety relief, too.

Snow Dawg

This strain’s THC level sits a little lower, at about 20.23%.

It’s also its own complex mix of strains. The formula comes down to (Chem Sister x Sagarmatha’s Bubbleberry) x (Mass. Super Skunk x Oregon Sno). Try and keep that straight!

However, the name Snow Dawg or G6 is good enough for your local budtenders, who will hook you up with this excellent strain from the notorious Chemdawg family. 

It’s both fruity and citrusy, and most people choose it for its relief of stress and tension. It’s also a great daytime strain, reducing social anxieties, work pressures, or life stressors.


Don’t let the name fool you—this strain is more hard-hitting than one might think!

Candyland is a Sativa with about 22% THC. Its flavors are classic Sativa—sweet and citrusy—with just the effects you might hope for: daytime alertness, feel-good happiness, and a burst of energy.

It’s a potent, California-bred strain that mixes Granddaddy Purple x Bay Area Platinum Cookies. If you love the taste of pink lemonade, you’ll love the taste of this bud. 

Try it out if you’re looking for a creative, social strain that doesn’t keep you glued to the couch.

Enjoy These Top Marijuana Strains!

This list is certainly not exhaustive—the year is young, and there’s much more cannabis greatness to come in 2020.

If you’re in the Las Vegas or Reno area and looking for some of these top marijuana strains, swing by one of our four Thrive locations.

We offer a variety of fantastic deals every single day with our Thrive Daily Deals. Come get your edibles, concentrates, flower, and pre-rolls at your one-stop cannabis dispensary.


Product Spotlight: Blue Maui Vape Cartridge

Blue Maui Vape Cartridge and other vaping products

This THC vape cartridge is engineered by Polaris to give you consistently smooth draw and flavor delivery (as well as the perfect high!) These cartridges are loaded with 500mg of 100% solvent free Blue Maui CO2 oil, and are ready to use with any 280mAH vaporizer stylus batteries.

There’s little to no odor in the exhaled vape, and the taste can be described as a sweet combination of tropical fruits and ripe blueberries with hints of pine.

Blue Maui is a well-balanced hybrid of Blueberry and Maui known for its wide-ranging effects. A cartridge will provide a productive and inspiring energy reminiscent of sativa, yet indica-like in its body buzz. Medical patients may enjoy this strain for daytime pain relief or for relief from stress and anxiety. Recreational customers love the balanced head/body stone. Reviews of this strain often cite intense, euphoric and creative brain activity accompanied by a general feeling of body relaxation.

Find Blue Maui in Las Vegas!

Extraction for this product was completed by Polaris Wellness Center, a state licensed facility known for producing high-grade medical marijuana and CO2 oil at their state-of-the-art and quality controlled facilities in Nevada. Come into our North Las Vegas or Downtown Las Vegas dispensary today to check out the Blue Maui vape cartridge for yourself! Grab one today at Thrive Nevada!



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Strain Spotlight: Banana Kush Vape Cartridge

City Trees Banana Kush Vape Pen Cartridge

These vape pen cartridges were manufactured by City Trees, located right here in Las Vegas, NV! Take the guesswork out of concentrates by simply attaching one of these to a standard e-cig battery with 510 sized screws. Grab one today from Thrive Cannabis Marketplace. Charge it up, heat it up and enjoy!

Each vape cartridge is filled with 500mg of Banana Kush CO2 oil. Banana Kush is an indica dominant hybrid of Ghost OG and Skunk Haze. As with most vapes, there is no overwhelming scent; a huge benefit to those who wish to keep their medication private. When the battery is heated and the vape is inhaled, it crosses the tongue like a bushel of fresh, sweet bananas with a slight tang of sherbet. The exhale is more muted with notes of diesel and freshly cut grass.

Banana Kush provides the body effects of an indica with a mellow sativa buzz providing a relaxed sense of well-being and an overall feeling of happiness. The relaxation starts behind the eyes and spreads throughout the body within minutes, while the mind remains focused and energized. Medically, this could be a fantastic strain for assisting with depression and social anxiety. Many have reported feeling extra talkative, creative, relaxed, carefree and social when consuming this strain recreationally in moderate doses. Simply take a few more tokes when you’re ready for bed! Contact Thrive Cannabis Marketplace and talk with a budtender in Downtown Las Vegas to learn more about the Banana Kush vape cartridge.


Cheeba Chews

Assorted Bags of Cheeba Chews Edibles

Cheeba Chews are here! These delicate, gluten free cannabis edibles were created in Colorado during the medical cannabis boom to answer the industry’s lack of consistency in edibles. Cheeba Chews were designed to be consistent, potent and discreet, and they certainly deliver in all three areas. Each 10g piece of Cheeba Chew can be divided equally into 4 pieces, for a consistent dose of 15 mg of THC in every bite.

Cheeba Chew side effects are similar to most edibles. Some may experience a body buzz, muscle relaxation, and an intense feeling of euphoria lasting 4-6 hours. Overconsumption can lead to paranoia, racing thoughts and manic behavior. Always begin with a small dose of Cheeba Chew; How much to eat will vary from person to person.


Indica Cheeba Chews usually last for 5-6 hours and produce a wonderful sensation of relaxation, anxiety relief, and euphoria. Many consumers may prefer eating these alone at night while enjoying some relaxing music or a movie.


Hybrid Cheeba Chews are a fantastic compromise for those who enjoy the sedative effects of an indica edible but also want to remain balanced and social. This chew is a perfect mix of both worlds and available at most Las Vegas dispensaries.


Sativa Cheeba Chews are the chosen edible of consumers who want daytime relief from chronic pain, nausea, tremors or the like, but also want to remain somewhat mentally sharp and functional. These chews are a great option for consumers who want to be productive and social in the daytime but still want to enjoy a euphoric buzz.


CBD Cheeba Chews are an amazing pair for those who enjoy the anxiety and pain relief of CBD, while also reaping the benefits of THC therapy. These candies are amazing at controlling seizures, dulling pain, soothing the mind and presenting an overall sense of well being, while functioning with a relatively clear head. Recreational users may enjoy the “mellow” effects of these CBD chews as it still contains THC, though enough CBD to moderate the “high” feeling.

Thrive Cannabis Marketplace proudly carries Cheeba Chews quad doses for both our medical marijuana patients and our recreational customers. Stop into one of our cannabis dispensaries in Downtown Las Vegas to experience any of our edibles for sale in Las Vegas. Have questions? We’ve got answers! Contact our stores for more information about Cheeba Chews, edibles and all things cannabis.


Pure Kush Strain Review

Jar of Pure Kush

Pure Kush is an indica-dominant strain that belongs in every MMJ patient’s medical kit. It is extremely potent, often measuring up to 22% THC content, and is considered one of the strongest strains of medical marijuana available. This strain is not to be taken lightly, as its intense sedative effects can knock out even the most experienced of smokers. But used responsibly, it’s masterful at alleviating the suffering of chronic aches and pains.


Pure Kush strain is a powerful phenotype of the famous OG Kush. Though ubiquitous, the origins of OGK are somewhat of a mystery. It’s believed that OGK is a descendant of Pakistani Chitral Kush. This strain was developed via a natural landrace in a Pakistani town known for making of the best hash in the Middle East. This strain found it’s way to Florida, where it was possibly bred with Chemdawg, and found its way to California where it exploded onto the scene in 1995.

The buds are olive green, dense, and shaped like pinecones, with bright orange pistils and lots of sticky trichomes. The aroma is extremely pungent with pine forest oak and earth tones.


Flowers burn with a harsh, thick smoke that can be overwhelming for new smokers. Novices to cannabis may prefer concentrates for this reason. The smoke tastes oaky and skunky with strong tones of spice.


The high creeps up slowly, then hits hard and fast. Most Pure Kush reviews describe these effects:

  • Warm, gentle pressure around the face
  • Sensory distortion
  • Amplification of lights and sounds
  • Time slows down
  • Couchlock
  • Wandering euphoric thoughts
  • Increased appetite
  • Extreme sedation
  • Pain relief

Those who suffer from anxiety or insomnia will enjoy the calming, sedative effects as Pure Kush isn’t known for causing racing thoughts or paranoia. Its body high is extremely effective for relieving pain, aches, cramps, muscle spasms, and headaches.

Be warned: Pure Kush is a powerful sedative and isn’t ideal for those who have work to do (unless your job is to binge-watch Netflix and giggle.)

Where to Find Pure Kush in Las Vegas

If you prefer concentrates, our North Las Vegas dispensary carries Pure Kush live sugar. With a whopping 78.6% THC concentration and a full terpene profile that highlights the strain’s flavor, our live sugar delivers a powerful body high that’s easier on the lungs. Pure Kush rosin is also available as a solvent-free extract. PAX owners will be delighted to know we carry Pure Kush oil in pods that fit your device at both our North Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Cannabis stores. Stop in 7 days a week or contact us to learn more about the Pure Kush strain as well as the many cannabis products we offer.




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OG Kush Strain Review

OG Kush Strain Thrive Cannabis

Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable high or an elixir for your medical issues, OG Kush is the answer. The basis for many other favorite strains, this western strain can offer THC levels as high as 24 percent. There are good reasons why OG Kush weed is a favorite strain in Colorado and on the West Coast.

What Does OG Kush Look Like?

The OG Kush strain is easy to spot with large-ish, indica-like buds, yellowish-green leaves, orange hairs, and a heavy coating of trichomes that looks like sprinkled sugar. It’s a pungent strain: The bud smells strongly of pine and sour lemon and, when smoked, has a strong woody taste with sour lemon undertones.

Where Did it Come From?

The origins of this OG strain are somewhat of a mystery. We know that the strain emerged in California in the early to mid-1990s, but we’re less sure of the parentage. Most likely the OG Kush strain comes from a cross between the Chemdawg and the Hindu Kush strains. OG may stand for the strain Original Gangster, denoting its fame as a building block for many other strains, or it may mean, “ocean grown”, a reference to the strain’s West Coast origins.

Because OG Kush is rather difficult to grow, less-than-ideal conditions can lead to a low yield. This makes it a risky investment for many growers and can cause this popular strain to be difficult to find.

What to Expect

Whether you are taking OG Kush for medical or recreational purposes, be prepared for a high like none other. This hybrid is known for producing a hard-hitting high that offers the best of both indica and sativa. The mental euphoria and relaxation make it ideal for treating stress, depression, and even anxiety since it lacks the “mind-race” of many other sativas. At the same time, the intense physical relaxation and “couch lock” are excellent for treating chronic pain, insomnia, and nausea.

Where to Find OG Kush in Las Vegas

If you’ve read an OG Kush strain review or two and think you might be interested in this popular type of weed, be sure to stop in at one of our dispensaries.

Not sure what strain or product is best for you? At Thrive Cannabis Marketplace, our experienced staff is always happy to discuss your needs and experience and help you make a decision. Visit us today at one of our dispensaries, located in Downtown Las Vegas and North Las Vegas.


Strain Spotlight: Sunset Sherbet

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Sweeten up your day with Sunset Sherbet, the love child of Girl Scout Cookies and Pink Panties. This strain is known by a few names depending on its location… A few examples include Strawberry Banana Sherbert/Sherbet and Sour Banana Sherbert/Sherbet. The dessert-like flavors and the quick buzz make this a perfect party weed to share with your friends. Whether you’re looking for a memorable high or a solution for pain, stress or depression, this indica-dominant hybrid is sure to put a smile on your face.

What Does Sunset Sherbet Look Like?

The Sunset Sherbet strain is a pungent indica hybrid with large-ish buds. Look for bright green leaves, orange hairs, and silvery powdered-sugar trichomes, sometimes with hints of purple in the buds. Even more noteworthy is its sweet, citrusy smell, a mix of berries, and orange with pungent, earthy undertones. When smoked, this strain remains sweet, but with a complex taste that offers delicious undertones, even during exhale. This unusually sweet smell and flavor are what gave this strain the name of Sunset Sherbet.

Where Did it Come From?

The most famous parent of Sunset Sherbet weed is Girl Scout Cookies, another strain known for its sweet smell and taste. GSC was bred to Pink Panties to get the fruitier flavors of the Sunset strain. Other big-name members of Sunset’s lineage include OG Kush and Blackberry Kush. Sunset Sherbet has also been bred back to Girl Scout Cookies to get another sweet, dessert-like strain, aptly named Gelato.

What to Expect

Its Kush heritage makes Sunset Sherbet feel as good as it tastes. Expect an immediate cerebral high that will feed your creative urges followed by a deeply relaxing experience, both physically and mentally. The perfectly balanced combination works better than you might think and is sure to leave recreational users coming back for more. This strain is a perfect party “refreshment” too! Medical marijuana users, on the other hand, will find that the uplifted cerebral high works well to help cope with everything from depression to bad moods, and the deeply relaxing effects deal well with both stress and pain.

Where to Find Sunset Sherbet in Las Vegas

Sunset Sherbet may sound like a hard-to-find boutique blend, but we have this popular strain on the menu at our North Las Vegas dispensary and Downtown Las Vegas cannabis store. Whether you want to browse our extensive menu or just take some Sunset Sherbet home with you, stop into Thrive Cannabis Marketplace today. If you’re not sure whether this strain is right for you, you can also consult with our experienced staff to find something that fits your needs and experience.


Strain Spotlight – Bubba Kush

Strain Spotlight – Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is an indica-dominant strain with a heavy, tranquilizing high that leaves users feeling relaxed but still functional.  It has a high THC content ranging from 14 percent to 22 percent. Bubba Kush’s lineage isn’t entirely known, but it’s believed to be the result of breeding OG Kush with an unknown indica plant (likely Northern Lights). When it hit the market back in 1996, nobody was concerned with its parentage, as users fell in love with Bubba Kush’s effects and pungent flavor.

The leaves are dark green and sometimes contain shades of purple. Dense trichromes cover the flowers and are even visible when the nuggets are broken open.

Aroma and Flavor

Fresh Bubba Kush weed has a mild aroma of coffee or cocoa with some slight fruitiness. When burned, the smoke can be extremely pungent with what some users who’ve written Bubba Kush strain reviews have reported to be an acrid ammonia scent. Most detect chocolate notes and a very “hashy” and spicy scent.

The flavor of Bubba Kush is unique in the cannabis world. The smoke can be very thick and harsh, and will likely induce coughing in even the most experienced smokers. The flavor has been described as dank and earthy with a sweet, peppery kick on exhaling.

No matter what notes an individual smells in Bubba Kush smoke, they all agree that the smoke is extremely thick and pungent. Those users who are concerned about discretion should plan accordingly.


Despite its harsh smoke, the effects of smoking  Bubba Kush weed are surprisingly relaxing. The onset tends to bring some slight disorientation for a few moments. Once this feeling passes, users experience a strongly sedative “body melt” that intensifies as time goes on. This muscle relaxation is usually accompanied by a dreamy euphoria, though mental acuity is still somewhat sharp. Users are functional and alert, and “couch lock” is a rarity.

Bubba Kush is a fantastic sedative for those experiencing physical cramping or pain as well as mental stresses. Anxiety tends to melt away, while leaving users alert enough to have a conversation or get work done around the house. Its narcotic effects make this a strain that’s best suited for nighttime use. Used in higher doses, Bubba Kush effects make it a perfect aid for those suffering from insomnia.

Bubba Kush may be ideal for treating:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Daily stresses

Find Out if this strain is for you

Thrive Cannabis Marketplace is proud to carry Bubba Kush in our medical cannabis inventory.  Check out our menus for our Downtown dispensary and cannabis dispensary in North Las Vegas and stop in to try Bubba Kush marijuana strain for yourself.


Strain Spotlight: Green Crack

green crack strain spotlight

Don’t let Green Crack’s name fool you – this is 100 percent pure cannabis. Originally called “Green Cush”, the strain was dubbed Green Crack by Snoop Dogg when he experienced its powerful sativa effects. The name has since stuck, but some users still prefer to refer to its original name to avoid any association to street drugs.

A sativa-dominant hybrid, this strain has become a staple in the medical marijuana community.  Green Crack strain reviews rave about its uplifting, trippy, and energetic effects as well as its unique flavor and powerful potency. Users enjoy Green Crack’s price, especially as it’s a daytime smoke and a little bit is all you need to get your day moving.

Aroma and Flavor

Our Green Crack is cultivated at its peak of potency and flavor. Most users find its tangy, fruity flavor to be smooth with notes of pine and citrus. The aroma can be best described as a balance of earth and sweetness with citrus notes and the faintest hint of mango. Flowers burn smoothly to create an all-around pleasant smoke.


As its playful name implies, Green Crack is an extremely energetic strain with one of the strongest “head highs” around. Sharp energy and focus are commonly associated with the Green Crack marijuana strain, along with confidence, overall happiness, and motivation. These attributes make it the go-to strain for medicating in the daytime or before a social event.

Many users have reported that the high manifests itself with strong creative focus and slightly psychedelic effects inspiring creativity in normally mundane projects. Beginners and more experienced cannabis users alike may find that a little Green Crack wax or concentrate can go a long way, as too much may lead to recursive cerebral thinking leading, paranoia or panic. Be sure to stay hydrated, as this strain is known for causing dry mouth and dry eyes.

Green Crack may be ideal for treating:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • PTSD
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chronic pain
  • Migraines

Find Out if This is the Strain for You

Is Green Crack the strain you’ve been looking for? Do you have questions about the different strains available to medical marijuana patients? Thrive Cannabis Marketplace is ready to help.  Stop into our dispensary in Downtown Las Vegas or our North Las Vegas location and our experienced budtenders will assist you in finding the smoke that’s ideal for you. Or simply contact us with any questions you may have about medical cannabis in Nevada.