Long lines of fans eagerly waiting to post their exclusive find on their Instagram stories. In cannabis-friendly states, blowing blunts of the new LA Kush Breath is akin to unboxing the newest Jordan 1 drop. Dabbing the newest solventless extraction drop from the Jungle Boys is the stoner equivalent of stepping into the club with the newest Off White collaboration. While cannabis strains don’t bring anywhere near the ferocity of a hypebeast clothing drop, the factors that define the demand are incredibly similar. A combination of origin, quality, and exclusivity make up the exotic cannabis strain game that is taking recreational and black markets by storm.

What Isn’t Exotic?

Exotic cannabis is a fairly subjective classification, but it’s easy to eliminate which strains aren’t considered exotic. Your household names like Blue Dream, GG #4, Sour Diesel, OG Kush, Montana Silvertip, etc. While many of these strains still hold market relevance, they’re far from exotic because of how much they proliferate the market. Sticking with the sneaker comparison, Yeezy’s wouldn’t be dope if grandma could puck up a pair at a Payless Shoes bargain sale. Exotic cannabis strains represent the newest, juiciest cannabis genetics hitting the market.

Exotics Cannabis Starts With Quality Genetics

Exotic cannabis starts with genetics. Breeders and producers like Exotic Genetix, Jungle Boys, Cookies Fam, Seed Junky, DNA Genetics, and many more I don’t have room to list create a significant portion of the most popular cannabis strains proliferating the market. Producers up and down the West Coast and beyond pop seed packs from trending geneticists. The stability and quality of the strain genetics are what sets the best breeders apart from others. Farmers from all over take these genetics and replicate outstanding results in all kinds of operations. Genetics from notable breeders like these stand out through all kinds of variables like being grown outdoor, indoor, with different soils and grow mediums, and in radically different environments, showing how incredibly valuable stable genetics are.

Strain Names Are Key

Strain names don’t make cannabis strains exotic by themselves, but great selling exotic strains commonly have names associated with delicious treats. It sounds silly, but a great strain name is a factor in whether an exotic strain becomes a great seller. These strain names tend to look like a dessert menu. Cookies, ice cream, cake, tiramisu, creme brulee, shortcake, biscotti, and pie all have popular cannabis counterparts. When you’re consuming for a specific flavor like cannabis, be able to quickly associate it with something that already tastes delicious like a mimosa or a piece of ice cream cake can go along way for consumers making purchasing decisions.

Exclusivity Creates Demand

It’s not easy to find many of the most popular. exotic cannabis strains Each market develops and releases its own coveted products. California has the Cookies Fam genetics on lock and the rest of the country keeps tabs with the strains winning all of the competitions in Cali. Washington producers like Skord Marijuana and TreeHawk Farms drop small limited time batches of solventless concentrated flavors. These flavors are available at fewer retail partners and are usually more expensive than the standard menu. Whether it’s a craft cannabis flower or concentrate, exclusivity creates a demand that makes consumers pay attention. When you can only get this special flower in this state or try that flavor once in a lifetime, it lends to the credibility when labeling exotic cannabis strains.

Popular Exotic Cannabis Strains


The Gelonade strain brings an incredible combination of titillating citrus flavors and a buzzing and energizing mental high.


Bringing together Gelato and Biscotti, this designer option has beautiful balance of gas and sweet minty flavors.


Coming in the white and pink variety, Runtz strains are part of the Cookies Fam brand umbrella. This terpy strain family is a big hit with rappers for its exclusive flavor profile.

Popular Exotic Cannabis Breeders

Seed Junky Genetics

If you’ve smoked Cookies cannabis, then you’ve most likely had a Seed Junky creation grace your lungs. Seed Junky also has an exclusive line of strains through Cookies called The Minntz — this is where you’ll find rare options like The Soap strain. Skord Marijuana is a Washington producer that grows rare Seed Junky strains like Hidden Pastry. They also created the Wedding Cake strain which is one of the best selling exotic cannabis strains of all time.

Exotic Genetix

Exotic Genetix is a breeder in Washington state and his cultivars have flooded the entire market. Not only does he have his one exclusive line with Green & Gold Brands. Other top-notch producers like Bacon’s Buds and Mother Earth Farms have commonly grew strain created by Exotic Mike.

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