Exotic weed is a slang term used to describe a certain type of high-potency cannabis. The term first originated in hip-hop culture, along with its nickname “zaza.” Consumers and professionals have also adapted it, along with many brands that use the word as part of their marketing.

What is Exotic Weed?

Not all high-potency weed is exotic, but all exotic weed is highly potent.

The term exotic weed has a blurry meaning, but it generally refers to a high-potency strain that has some sort of hype around it, is grown by a top-shelf breeder, and is not your typical classic strain. Meaning, strains like OG Kush, Blue Dream, and Jack Herer are not exotic, even if they fit the other criteria.

While strains that are considered exotic typically have intriguing names that reflect that title, such as Malawi Gold, Biscotti, Kush Mints, Zkittlez, White Runtz, Jealousy, and Apples and Bananas.

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Sunset Runtz by Exotic Genetix

The breeder and quality of the strain are just as important as its name and are a true reflection of whether or not the weed is exotic. The visual appearance can also confirm if it deserves the “exotic” badge. Exotic weed has a shinier look because of the high content of quality trichomes and the level of care put into the cultivation process. Conversely, non-exotic weed may look duller.

Exotic cannabis can be thought of as the designer of weed. Popular exotic breeders like Exotic Genetix, Cookies, Seed Junky, and Jungle Boys are viewed in a similar light as brands like Louis Vuitton and Supreme are in the fashion world.

Further, the type of weed that is considered exotic can vary depending on where you live. If you’re in an illegal state on the East Coast, chances are any weed from California would be considered exotic. Whereas, if you’re in California, exotic strains would be considered ones that may be harder to find or are hyped up. Again, this term has a blurry meaning and is used more loosely nowadays.

Where to Find Exotic Weed

Exotic weed can be found all over the world. However, if it’s black market weed there’s no way to confirm if it’s actually exotic. But if you’re at a legal dispensary, chances are they carry exotic flower. It may be harder to find in medical-only states, but recreational states typically carry multiple types of exotic weed.

Ask your budtender for suggestions or look for strains that fit the criteria mentioned earlier.

Exotic Weed in Everett

There are many breeders in Washington State that produce exotic weed, such as Lifted and Connected Cannabis. If you’re specifically looking in the Everett area, our local dispensary carries many exotic strains from a range of breeders. Head to our online menu to view our full selection or come straight to our Everett dispensary to get recommendations from our knowledgeable budtenders.

These are five exotic strains that customers keep coming back for at Kushmart South:

Boysenberry Crème Brûlée by Lifted Cannabis

Boysenberry Crème Brûlée offers an experience as exotic and flavorful as its name. The evenly balanced hybrid is a cross between two delicious strains, Guava Dawg and Wedding Cake. Just like its name suggests, Boysenberry Crème Brûlée is packed with flavor, with hints of berry, cotton candy, and fresh flowers.

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Collins Ave by Cookies

The Collins Ave strain is a product of a Cookies and Seed Junky Genetics collaboration, two brands that consistently produce exotic weed. The hybrid strain is a cross between Kush Mints 11 and GTI, lending it spicy citrus flavors. It’s known to pack a punch and may leave you feeling happy with full-body relaxation.

Dirty Donut by SKöRD

Anything that comes from SKöRD is a gift, and the Dirty Donut strain is no exception. The vibrant, trichome-covered nugs hold a pastel rainbow of purple, green, and orange shades, proving its exotic badge. The strain is a cross between Apple Fritter, Sour Tangie, and the award-winning Do-Si-Do.

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While Runtz is more widely available nowadays, the beloved strain and its many offspring are still considered exotic. At Kushmart South, we carry many Runtz strains and products, such as Pink Runtz, White Runtz, Azul Runtz, Banana Runtz, and Designer Runtz. The original Runtz is a cross between Gelato and Zkittlez, two flavor-packed strains.

The Soap by Minntz

Another strain by Cookies and Seed Junky, The Soap is a cross between Animal Mints and Kush Mints. This sativa-dominant strain is a product of Cookies’ Minntz banner and is one of the most popular exotic strains on the West Coast.

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