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2023 has already been an incredible year for cannabis. Barely past the chill of winter and the cannabis industry is going strong in every legal state (and quite a few medical-only states). The strain engineering and seed trade have made it possible for certain cannabis strains to rule the day, gaining the recognition they richly deserve for bringing joy to millions of individual participants in the great cannabis dream.

This year, we are celebrating some of the most amazing strains that the cannabis market has to offer, strains that have taken the industry by storm making their way into our joints and our hearts. Let’s take a look at 2023’s best cannabis strains that you can find right here at Planet 13 in Las Vegas.

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Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake takes the actual cake as one of the most popular strains of 2023 with its strong Indica body high and a sweet, pungent terp blend that will leave your brain ringing like a bell. Wedding cake smells of vanilla, menthol, and pine, providing an enduring body high and a joyfully uplifting effect. You’ll find yourself transported to a fantasy sedding on the velvet cushions of Wedding Cake’s legendary parents Triangle Kush and Animal Mints.

But if you ask a Canadian, the name is Pink Cookies, and they’re just as crazy about this sparkling strain as we are.

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Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel once again takes a leading role in the cannabis hall of fame as one of the most enjoyable sativa-dominants on the market. Sour Diesel is the proud cross between Chemdawg and Super Skunk, offering an incredibly energetic high that hits the brain like the sour on a sour patch kid.

Sour Diesel has electric green buds and beautiful terps with a pleasing blend of Limonene, Myrcene, Pinene, and Camphene. It has been described as tasting of citrus and smelling of diesel, which is where it got its name.

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Blue Dream

Ready to drift into a creative high? Blue dream is a Sativa named for its dreamy yet energetic effects and, of course, its signature blue-tinted buds. This California strain is the child of Blueberry Indica and Super Silver Haze. And if it comes from Super Silver Haze, you can’t go wrong.  This is one of the best-tasting buds you can find, with an undeniably fruity flavor and a full-body buzz.

It has been described as well-balanced, uplifting, and something like a pleasant daydream to experience all day long. Prepare for relaxation without getting sleepy with this fruity terp blend of myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.

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Gelato has become an iconic strain immortalized in the Ava Max/Tiesto hit: The Motto. It has a creamy vanilla-tinted flavor and beautiful royal purple buds. One of the now-legendary Indicas of the East Coast, Gelato has become the go-to strain for anyone looking to cut loose, relax, or drift away into the night. Gelato has an amazingly tasty, funky blend of sugar and diesel that is hard to forget once you’ve tried it.

Gelato’s esteemed parents are Sunset Sherbert and an all-time favorite Thin Mint GSC (Girl Scout Cookies for those new to the game).  You will love the blend of Limonene, Myrcene, Caryophyllene, and Linalool terps that create a cerebral and potent high.

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Pineapple Express

A beautifully glowing golden strain, Pineapple Express will carry you into a tropical dream. Pineapple Express has a beautifully fruity taste compared to a pineapple smoothie, which should be unsurprising given its parentage of Big Bud or Trainwreck and Hawaiian. This top-shelf bud provides a great cerebral high with a floating head experience that will have you singing an island song in no time.

Pineapple Express buds are triangular with an impressive presentation of purple with bright golden and orange hairs. It achieves a relaxing yet energetic terpene blend of Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Ocimene which may contribute to its uniquely euphoric effects.

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Durban Poison

Durban Poison is a pure Sativa landrace that is as inspiring as it is potent. This is one of the foundation strains that has never gone out of fashion. Traveling all the way from the city of Durban in South Africa. Durban Poison has been a favorite year after year with its clear, unrelenting energy and positive attitude. You will find yourself uplifted with your troubles quickly fleeing behind you on a cloud of DP.

The sweet smell and uplifting effects come from Durban Poison’s strong terpene blend of Linalool, Caryophyllene, and Humulene. It does not have legendary parents because it is, itself, a progenitor of cannabis strains.

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Original Glue

You’ve likely heard of Gorilla Glue and other Glue strains, but Original Glue (GG4 in many circles) takes the cup this year as one of the top sellers from the West Coast and onward. Original Glue has an earthy aroma of the deep forest, pine, and just a hint of onion.  Its parents are Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel in the way that only a plant can have three genetic parents.

You will love its uplifting yet relaxing effects described as a heavy-hitting euphoric and perfect for catching a night movie at home with your best people (or pets). Bundle up for an evening in because Original Glue is about to take you on a couch ride of your life.

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Ice Cream Cake

From the already honorably mentioned parents Wedding Cake and Gelato #33, we bring you Ice Cream Cake. This sugary, delicious bud sparkles with trichomes and gives off a sweet scent that you simply cannot resist.

This legendarily Indica-dominant hybrid provides a gentle uplifting effect that is at once both euphoric and carefree. As you settle into an amazing high, you will find your body settling into a floating experience with an incredible terpene entourage effect. Seriously, the terps include Limonene, Myrcene, Valencene, Caryophyllene, Geraniol, Camphene, Carene, and Phellandrene. And if that it’s a mouthful, then your ice cream cake smoke, vape, or edibles certainly will be.

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Purple Punch

Last but never least is Purple Punch, a powerful Indica-dominant strain that will help you feel relaxed without the risk of couch lock. Unsurprisingly, these buds have a cool purple hue below dense green and yellow hairs with a grapey Kool-Aid flavor that is hard to forget. Purple Punch’s grandparents are Grandaddy Purple and Larry OG, giving you a giggly, fun-loving high.

The terpene blend includes D-limonene, Myrcene, and Caryophyllene, for that signature indica feeling combined with an energetic energy for a fun night with your friends.

Discover the Best Cannabis Strains of 2023 at Planet 13 Las Vegas

Planet 13 on the Las Vegas Strip is a dispensary of legend. So it’s no surprise that you can find many of these legendary leading cannabis strains right here in Sin City. Explore our incredible space, speak with our awesome budtenders, and take home buds so great that you can hardly wait to get started with your first legendary high.