Wondering which cannabis strains are the best? Check out SunMed’s list of the 12 best cannabis strains of 2024!

12 Best Cannabis Strains of 2024

Well all love lists at the end of the year. Whether it’s a critic’s top 10 movies or your Spotify Wrapped, we all like looking back on our favorites of the last 12 months – and looking forward to what we’re excited about in the year ahead.

That’s why, as 2023 comes to a close, we here at SunMed are unveiling our picks for the 12 best cannabis strains poised to make their mark in 2024. From stimulating Sativas to elevating Indicas, each strain is a bud we’re excited to smoke in the new year.

Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a curious newcomer, these strains are sure to captivate your senses and redefine what it means to savor the essence of sun-grown cannabis.

1. Snoop Dogg OG

Lemon OG x Sour Diesel


Snoop Dogg OG, a living tribute to ol’ Calvin Broadus himself, boasts a pungent aroma and a potent high that mirrors the Doggfather's laid-back vibe. Winner of The Baltimore Sun’s Best Strain for 2023, this potent cross between popular Lemon OG and Sour Diesel strains is an Indica-dominant hybrid with high levels of THC and an iconic diesel aroma. General users report uplifting and euphoric effects, while medical users often say that it helps their chronic pain, anxiety, and muscle spasms. 

Whether you're a fan of Snoop Dogg or simply in search of a top-tier Indica, this strain promises an experience that transcends the ordinary. Embrace the D-O-double-G’s laid-back spirit as you savor the unique flavor profile and deeply relaxing effects of this exceptional strain.

Snoop Dogg OG Best Cannabis Strain of 2024 from SunMed Growers

2. Watermelon Gelato

Watermelon Zkittlez x Gelato


Watermelon Gelato is a strain that tantalizes the taste buds and delivers a euphoric experience. Watermelon Gelato's balanced effects make it a versatile choice for both recreational and medicinal users. The uplifting cerebral high is complemented by a soothing body buzz, offering relaxation without sedation. 

The visually stunning buds, adorned with orange hairs and a generous coating of trichomes, showcase the strain's aesthetic appeal. Join us in savoring the symphony of flavors and effects that make Watermelon Gelato a standout choice in the cannabis landscape of 2024.

3. Ice Cream Cake

Wedding Cake x Gelato #33


Indulge your senses in the decadence of Ice Cream Cake, a delectable Indica-dominant hybrid that captivates with its sweet vanilla aroma and a flavor profile reminiscent of the cool, creamy, dessert whose name it bears.

Ice Cream Cake's potency is matched only by its relaxing effects, making it a go-to choice for those seeking tranquility and stress relief. The dense, trichome-coated buds are a feast for the eyes as well. Whether you're unwinding after a long day or sharing a moment with friends, Ice Cream Cake offers a jubilant journey to rapturous realms of flavor and relaxation.

 Ice cream cake cannabis strain from SunMed Growers

4. Cherry Pie OG

Granddaddy Purple x F1 Durb


Cherry Pie OG is a hybrid that entices connoisseurs with its sweet and fruity aroma, reminiscent of the sweet-but-tart scent of a freshly baked cherry pie. It offers a well-balanced experience, delivering euphoria and relaxation in equal measure. The vibrant green buds, accented by purple hues and orange hairs, are a visual delight all on their own, before you even spark it up.

Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or an excited newcomer, the inviting flavors and calming effects of Cherry Pie OG make it a must-try strain in the ever-expanding world of cannabis in 2024.

 Cherry Pie OG strain from SunMed Growers

5. Apples and Bananas

[(Platinum Cookies x Granddaddy Purple) x Blue Power] x Gelatti


They say you can’t compare apples and oranges. But we are comparing Apples and Bananas, proud owner of the #5 spot on our list for 2024. This strain boasts a delightful combination of sweet and tropical flavors, making every inhale a refreshing experience.

Apples and Bananas users often report euphoric effects from this strain, including a sense of happiness. We have also heard that it’s perfect for daytime adventures. The bright green buds, adorned with orange pistils, make for a potent visual appeal. With its invigorating effects and mouthwatering taste, this strain is a testament to the innovation and craftsmanship defining the cannabis landscape of 2024. Embrace this fusion of flavors and experience the energizing embrace of Apples and Bananas!

 Apples and Bananas Strain from SunMed Growers

6. East Coast Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel


Sour Diesel is a famous strain in the cannabis industry, and East Coast Sour Diesel lives up to its lineage. Heavy on the citrus flavor profile, it’s a Sativa-dominant strain renowned for its invigorating and uplifting effects. 

East Coast Sour Diesel's uplifting high makes it a favorite for those seeking daytime inspiration. Its buds are a vibrant green color, sporting a glistening trichome layer, and its aroma is even more piney and citrus-forward than its forebearer.

 East Coast Sour Diesel cannabis strain from SunMed Growers

7. Now N' Laterz

Zkittlez x Abula


Unleash a burst of joy with Now N' Laterz, a hybrid that captivates the senses with its sweet and fruity aroma, reminiscent of the popular candy. Like the candy it's named after, Now N' Laterz has a distinctly sweet profile. It also carries hints of spice. 

Adorned with a rainbow of colors and a generous coat of trichomes, the buds are a delight to examine – it’s almost a shame to smoke them! (Almost.) As a creeper strain, this one tends to have a slow onset that’s well worth the wait. Users also report that it’s helpful for alleviating both pain and fatigue.

8. Northern Lights

Afghani x Thai


Embark on a celestial journey with Northern Lights, a classic pure Indica strain with origins tracing back to Afghanistan known for its resinous buds, soothing effects, and famously sweet and spicy aroma. 

Users say that Northern Lights can induce deep relaxation, making it an ideal choice for unwinding in the evening. Many also describe it as particularly helpful with muscle relaxation and pain relief. 

9. Apple Fritter

Sour Apple x Animal Cookies


Sweet strains loom large on this list, and Apple Fritter is no exception! A hybrid born from the crossbreeding of Sour Apple and Animal Cookies, this strain delights the senses with a tasty blend of sweet and fruity flavors. It’s also a robust hybrid strain that is known for its relaxing high. It’s also well known for giving some users a serious case of the giggles. 

Apple Fritters's effects strike a harmonious balance between euphoria and relaxation. The visually appealing buds are adorned with a tapestry of colors and a dense coat of trichomes. Trust us, you won’t be frittering the time away when you try this exceptional smoking experience. (See what we did there?)

 Apple Fritter strain from SunMed Growers

10. Wedding Cheesecake

Cheese x Girl Scout Cookies x Cherry Pie


Experience the epitome of refinement with Wedding Cheesecake, a hybrid blending the Wedding Cake and Cheese strains. This cultivar entices with a rich, sweet aroma and a flavor profile that marries the best of both parents. 

Wedding Cheesecake offers a balanced high, merging euphoric effects with a soothing body buzz. 

11. Crunch Berries

Blueberry x Triple OG


From dessert to breakfast, the next installment in our lineup for 2024 is Crunch Berries, a hybrid crafted from the union of Blueberry and OG Kush. This strain entices smokers with a rich blend of sweet berries and earthy undertones, delivering a smooth, relaxing high that’s perfect for feeling rejuvenated after a long day. Users also say that Crunch Berries is great for long walks in nature. 

Uplifting but not overwhelming, the high you get from this strain is a perfect Indica introduction for new users. 

 Crunch Berries Strain from SunMed Growers

12. Golden Pineapple

Cinderella 99 x White Widow


Pineapple on pizza may be controversial, but Golden Pineapple with pizza is likely to be a crowd pleaser. This tasty strain produces a bright, sweet aroma, reminiscent of fresh pineapples. 

Golden Pineapple offers a euphoric and energizing high, making it an ideal choice for daytime activities like a brisk hike or a stroll through your local farmer’s market. True to their name, the buds have a golden-orange hue that’s a pleasure to look at. Whether you're a fan of tropical flavors or simply seeking a revitalizing cannabis experience, Golden Pineapple promises a taste of paradise in the diverse landscape of strains for 2024.

Try SunMed’s Best Cannabis Strains 

Ready to explore SunMed's best buds for the new year? Discover the perfect strain for your preferences by visiting a local SunMed dispensary. Whether you're seeking relaxation, creativity, or a burst of euphoria, our state-of-the art Dutch greenhouse in Maryland produces top-notch cannabis in an array of strains that’ll suit every enthusiast. Elevate your cannabis journey today!

Cannabis Strains FAQs

What are top shelf cannabis strains?

Weed, like wine, is a natural product, developed through the complicated interplay of genetics and careful human cultivation. Top shelf cannabis strains, like fine wines, provide premium, high-quality sensory experiences marked by their exceptional potency, flavor, and effects. These elite strains often showcase meticulous cultivation and genetic excellence, providing enthusiasts with a subtle yet powerful cannabis experience. Seek out top shelf selections from quality growers like SunMed, for a truly refined and memorable journey.

How do I choose the best cannabis strain for me?

To find the best cannabis strain, consider your desired effects. Indicas are relaxing, Sativas are energizing, and hybrids offer a mix. Factor in THC and CBD levels, terpene profiles, and personal preferences to create a bespoke cannabis experience. And remember that experimentation is key to discovering your perfect match.

What cannabis strains are the most popular?

Popular strains vary by region and preference, but some consistently stand out. Classics like Northern Lights, OG Kush, Girl Scout Cookies, and Blue Dream remain beloved. Newcomers like Wedding Cake and Gelato are also gaining popularity for their unique profiles. Keep an eye on evolving trends to discover the latest favorites in the dynamic world of cannabis.