Runtz by the little $togie farmer

Runtz: the myths, the hype, the word, the buzz & facts.

Runtz is a rare hybrid marijuana strain by Cookies. It is made by crossing Zkittlez with Gelato and is loved for its incredibly fruity flavour profile that smells just like a bag of the sugary candy we all know and love. Because of the rising popularity of this strain, it is no surprise Runtz was named Leafly Strain of the Year in 2020. Growers say this strain has resin-drenched buds that range in colour from rich purple to lime green. Runtz is celebrated for its creamy smoke that is smooth and welcoming. This strain produces euphoric and uplifting effects that are known to be long-lasting.

Let us face it: Fruity-smelling bud is what put terpenes on the map. And the super hype strain Runtz is all about the sweet, sweet terps.

There is weed out in California that smells and looks so good you could eat it right off the stem. But you should probably save it for smoking.

Runtz, a cannabis strain bred, born, and likely blooming only in Los Angeles, can be difficult to find outside of Tinseltown’s city limits. Reportedly a cross of Zkittlez and Gelato #33, that would make Runtz yet another acclaimed strain that draws its vibrant genetics from Berner and the legendary Cookies brand.

In fact, Runtz’s visual and aromatic appeals can be traced directly back to its two parent strains. Runtz buds can display an array of colours — from deep purples to verdant emeralds to lime greens — that are common on cannabis, but unusual when appearing side-by-side on the same flower. Both Gelato and Zkittlez produce the violet end of Runtz’s cooler hues, which results from the anthocyanin terpene content found in Runtz’s parents.

But we are guessing that Runtz only partially gets its name from its colours. Apparently, weed breeders love munching out on sweets as much as the average toker does, too.

This strain has a distinctly tropical, sugary scent that makes it smell more like candy than weed. Those smells that resemble a freshly chopped fruit salad come from the buds’ terpenes, the compounds that also contribute to the strain’s flavour and — potentially — its seriously heavy heady effect.

Unlike most popular weed strains, Leafly does not have lab data for Runtz, so we can only assume it contains ample amounts of terpenes like limonene, caryophyllene, linalool, and possibly some pinene. Yes, Runtz is that rare — or at least new to the flower scene. However, self-reports from reviewers online all agree on one thing: This weed will get even the most seasoned weed veteran lit AF on moderate amounts.

That this herb is incredibly potent and smells unrealistically amazing suggests that it probably does not produce ungodly amounts of THC and makes up for the lack of cannabinoid psychoactivity with terpenes instead. But that is also a big “maybe,” since scientists still do not exactly understand how cannabis gets smokers lifted.

If you find some Runtz, just be sure you have got the “good pipe” or some special papers on hand. You do not want to let this justifiably-hype strain go to waste.

Runtz is a rare sativa strain to find, so not much is known to-date about its THC and CBD averages. However, reviewers enjoy its sweet, fruity, candy-like scent and taste as well as its spectrum of colour. Runtz derives its name from the candy as it has a colourful appearance as well as a flavour profile that is sugary-sweet.

While Runtz’s terpene profile gives it a scent that has been described as sweet as the candy, it also bears hints of tropical citrus and wood. The flavour profile of Runtz does not stray far from its name or scent as it is also quite sweet and leaves a tropical yet earthen aftertaste. When you lay your eyes on a well-cultivated batch of Runtz buds, you’ll be able to pick out colours beyond green such as various hues of purples and blues, along with orange pistils and shades of greens in between.

Reviewers have reported Runtz’s ability to create a high that’s both euphoric and relaxing, so effects are often felt in both the head and body. Anxiety may recede along with stress, and bodily ailments such as mild aches and pains may find relief with this strain.

Runtz comes from crossing Zkittlez and Gelato. There are a few phenotypes of Runtz out there, so it is possible to find either a sativa-dominant or indica-dominant hybrid strain of Runtz.

What is Runtz?

Runtz is a rare sativa strain to find, so not much is known to-date about its THC and CBD averages. However, reviewers enjoy its sweet, fruity, candy-like scent and taste as well as its spectrum of colour.

What does Runtz mean?

Runtz derives its name from the candy as it has a colourful appearance as well as a flavour profile that is sugary-sweet.

What does Runtz smell like?

While Runtz’s terpene profile gives it a scent that has been described as sweet as the candy, it also bears hints of tropical citrus and wood.

What does Runtz taste like?

The flavour profile of Runtz does not stray far from its name or scent as it is also quite sweet and leaves a tropical yet earthen aftertaste.

What does Runtz look like?

When you lay your eyes on a well-cultivated batch of Runtz buds, you’ll be able to pick out colours beyond green such as various hues of purples and blues, along with orange pistils and shades of greens in between.

What does Runtz feel like?

Reviewers have reported Runtz’s ability to create a high that’s both euphoric and relaxing, so effects are often felt in both the head and body. Anxiety may recede along with stress, and bodily ailments such as mild aches and pains may find relief with this strain.

Where does Runtz come from?

Runtz comes from crossing Zkittlez and Gelato. There are a few phenotypes of Runtz out there, so it is possible to find either a sativa-dominant or indica-dominant hybrid strain of Runtz.

Runtz is a strain of cannabis fresh out of LA, with a terpene profile most would describe as candy. However, Runtz as a strain has an incredibly diverse number of phenotypes, which can drastically affect its data. As such, it is almost impossible to say whether Runtz is a Sativa or Indica leaning hybrid, as different phenotypes end up leaning different ways. This also stands true for the THC and CBD levels, which are tested on a per-grow basis, and not available on the internet now.

Runtz is a popular strain amongst cannabis smokers big into the culture and the advertising behind the packaging of cannabis products. You might have put it together already, but the growers named the strain Runtz based on its sugary-sweet aromatic and flavour profile, in addition to the way the bud looks. If dried and cured correctly, users will be able to spot colours beyond green in the bud. A vibrant array of colours from blues and purples to dark greens and bright oranges are often found in the tight, dense buds of Runtz. It is an incredibly hard strain to find, almost exclusively sold out of Los Angeles. Little to no information is available on Runtz on the internet.

Most of the reviews that are available on Runtz describe the high as both euphoric and relaxing, which is typical of most hybrids, no matter if they are Indica or Sativa dominant. Many note that this strain is good for relieving stress, anxiety, and chronic pain. Upon sparking up and taking that first hit, expect your worries and woes to melt away under the overwhelming blanket of positivity that is Runtz. Not only will you be feeling great, but you will also have the sweet aftertaste of candy in your mouth from the smoke. You will likely feel euphoric and happy, but not enough to leave the house. After a sesh of Runtz, you are going to want to find a sofa or bed to stretch out and relax on, as your physical pains melt away and your mind expands. For some this means focusing on the television and watching a movie, for others this means blasting Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and getting introspective.

It is no secret that candy dominates the edibles market. Chocolates, gummies, lollipops, mints — they are always near the top of the counter. Some of that sugary fun has crossed over into the strain world, too, with varieties like Zkittlez, Kush Mints and Candyland all seeing various levels of success over the past couple of years. But none of them have grabbed potheads by the tongue like Runtz.

Runtz, which originated in Los Angeles, is beloved for its fruity flavour profile, potent-yet-balanced high and wide array of colours. (Coming from the Cookies family and being pushed with colourful marketing did not hurt, either.) Originally a child of a Gelato #33 phenotype and Zkittlez, Runtz had a huge 2020 and has since sprouted a family of phenotypes, with White Runtz and Pink Runtz becoming popular strains on their own.

Although Colorado got in on the Runtz game later than California did, the movement is up and running now as some of the state's most popular dispensaries and cultivators jump on the bandwagon.

The strain's visual appeal is hard to deny, and Runtz's name and (if sold by Cookies) vibrant packaging are an instant draw at the store — but the flavour profile and high are not anything new. Sugar-laden buds and flavour with a strong, even-keeled high could describe half the flower in Denver right now.

Runtz has been easy to find in Denver for over a year now, with wholesale and dispensary growers both taking on the strain. We've recently seen it at 1136 Yuma, Alternative Medicine on Cap Hill, Berkeley Dispensary, The Centre, Cure Colorado, Doc's Apothecary, Ganja Gourmet, Golden Meds, Green Dragon, Igadi, Karing Kind, LaConte's, L'Eagle, Life Flower, Lightshade, Lit, Local Product of Colorado, Medicine Man, Mighty Tree, Roll Up, Timberline Herbal Clinic and Twin Peaks Dispensary, but there are no doubt many more stores carrying it. Most of the flower you will find is grown by popular wholesale cultivators like Bloom County, Clearwater Genetics, Cookies, Millennia Genetics and Snaxland.

Clearwater and Snaxland both do the strain justice — and stunk up my car for a couple of days — but Cookies' cut is probably the closest to the original. All of them are going to cost around $60 an eighth, however. L'Eagle's $35 version, although drier than I would like, was the best value I have come across in Denver, sporting royal purple spots that give Grape Ape a run for its money.

Looks: Sure, all phenotypes and growing environments can produce something different, but if you are not getting deep-purple spots in between electric-lime buds, you are justified in being disappointed. Runtz is generally lighter and wispier than most Cookies cuts, with gangly calyxes covered in sharp, distinct trichomes that look like a tentacle.

Smell: Runtz's aroma jumps out of the bottle and sticks to your clothes, which is rare for a fruitier strain, but speaks to its power. Although a candy-like scent with a little rubber and Durban Poison at the end is what I usually pick up, Runtz is popular enough nowadays to deviate.

Flavour: It is hard to maintain that candy-shop appeal from smell to smoke, but Runtz does a good enough job of it if grown correctly. Sugary hints with notes of berries, like Alien Rock Candy, are cut out by subtle hints of wet soil and pine, giving the flavour a little earthy balance to all that sweetness.

Effects: Considered a 50/50 high, Runtz's effects generally start in my head and eyes, sparking an instant cerebral high that kills my peripheral vision and stress. Despite the tunnel vision, concentration and energy are not hard to come by for the first hour or two, and that plays nicely with the lack of stress. Physical relaxation and munchies are inevitable, though, so be prepared to crash.

Coming out of LA, this strain's candy-like smelling sweetness and colourful nugs lead to its naming. A mix of Zkittlez and Gelato #33, this strain has a smooth flavour that mostly matches the smell, with additional tropical and earthy hints.

With a few different phenotypes, this hybrid strain can lead to either more dominant sativa or indica. These nugs produce thick resin layers which make it extremely potent in any form. Perhaps that is why this strain is so elusive. Make sure to get your hands on this if you can; it will have you feeling like a kid in a candy store.

This strain is adaptable to both indoor and outdoor growing conditions. While outdoor cultivation provides a slightly better yield, greater than 600 grams per plant, this strain will still do well indoors. With an indoor flowering time of 63 days, this strain from Apothecary Genetics produces dense nugs that can yield up to 450 grams per square meter.

Runtz delivers an electrifying and motivating high augmented by delicious sugary tastes. Breeders designed this powerhouse strain to produce massive amounts of THC, a tasty terpene profile, and a rewarding yield.

To achieve these desirable traits, they crossed two legendary and notoriously powerful varieties: Gelato and Zkittlez. They introduced Gelato into the mix to harness tastes of candy, citrus, and hops. Not to mention, the Cali cultivar provides a clean and creative high.

Likewise, they were inclined to add Zkittlez for her equally scrumptious flavours, high THC levels, and warm body high. This award-winning indica casts a gentle stillness over the mind and sends a warm wave over the body.

After crossing both parents and achieving a stable phenotype, Runtz emerged as a perfectly balanced strain with 50% sativa genetics and 50% indica. She offers the best of both worlds—a great choice when you are struggling to choose between relaxation or stimulation.

Her visually pleasing buds feature a dark green core flanked by purple-pink sugar leaves. These colourful flowers look pretty, but do not underestimate them. The resin they produce packs a THC content of 27%.

A few tokes later, and her indica effects will make your body feel loose but heavy. Simultaneously, an energising head high will trigger increased alertness, creativity, and euphoria. This is a fabulous strain to pair with casual outdoor activities, or with games and conversation indoors.

Tastes of candy, fruits, and citrus infuse every lungful of smoke or vapour. High levels of caryophyllene, humulene, and linalool dominate her terpene profile.

Runtz produces rewarding yields both indoors and outdoors. Indoor plants grow to a maximum height of 130cm and produce a respectable 450–500g/m². Plants cultivated in the elements peak at a taller height of 180cm and provide up to 450g/plant. Expect to harvest Runtz after a relatively brief flowering time of 8–9 weeks.