California Croptober: A Guide to the Annual Cannabis Harvest Season

By Harry B. Nuggs

California Croptober: A Guide to the Annual Cannabis Harvest Season 

It's that time of year again, California. The fall colors are starting to show, the days are getting shorter, and your social media feeds are filling up with photos of those sticky icky buds. Croptober is upon us. For those not in the know, Croptober refers to the annual fall harvest of cannabis crops in California. Whether you're a seasoned consumer or just cannabis-curious, Croptober is a great time to stock up on fresh harvest goodies. So roll up those sleeves, grab your trimming shears, and let's dive into the dank and delicious world of Croptober. The harvest awaits!

What Is Croptober? A Guide to California's Annual Cannabis Harvest

During harvest season, cultivators are busy pruning, trimming, drying and curing the cannabis they've been nurturing all year. Once the crop is trimmed and cured to perfection, dispensaries are stocked with the year's freshest harvest. For cannabis connoisseurs, this means a variety of new strains and flavors to sample. Consider these tips below:

  • Check dispensary menus frequently for the latest crop. New harvests mean new strains, flavors and effects to experience.

  • Try pre-rolls, joints or blunts to sample different strains without committing to an entire eighth or more.

  • Ask budtenders for recommendations on the freshest or most unique harvest strains. They'll know what's trending and newly in stock.

  • Look for outdoor grown flower for the most authentic expression of the plant. Indoor can't replicate the full spectrum of the sun.

Enjoy your harvest haul! Croptober only comes around once a year, so savor all the flavors, scents and experiences the new crop has to offer. 

Top Strains from Smokeland to Look Out For During Croptober

Blue Dream

This sativa-dominant hybrid is a classic. Blue Dream produces colorful buds that smell like blueberries, with sweet berry and citrus flavors. The uplifting high is perfect for creativity and daytime use. Blue Dream is a staple in dispensaries during harvest season.


Gelato, with its dessert-like aroma of cookies and cream, is an indica-dominant hybrid that provides a pleasant euphoric high. Its colorful buds are covered in orange hairs and produce a smooth, creamy smoke. The Gelato family of strains, like Bacio and Mochi, are also popular Croptober crops.

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake is an indica-dominant hybrid with colorful buds that smell like vanilla cake. It produces a relaxing full-body high that melts away stress and pain. Wedding Cake and its flavorful relative Birthday Cake are two of the tastiest treats during Croptober.


Zkittlez, named for its candy-like aroma and flavor, is an indica-dominant hybrid that provides a euphoric high and full- body relaxation. Its colorful buds produce a smooth, fruity smoke that tastes like a mix of citrus and berries. Zkittlez and crosses like Moonbow are some of the fruitiest harvest finds.

With so many flavorful, top-shelf strains ripening during California's Croptober season, it's a perfect time to stock up on buds. Keep an eye out for these tasty, colorful crops and all the cannabis confections the Emerald Triangle has to offer. The harvest is here!


The annual fall harvest of cannabis in California is an exciting time, especially now that recreational use is legal. As the days get shorter and cooler, the summer crop is ready to be reaped and enjoyed. If you get the chance to take a trip up North and experience Croptober in person, do it. The cultural events, beautiful outdoor farms, and abundance of high- quality products will give you an appreciation for how far the cannabis industry has come. Support the small craft growers who have been at this for decades. Try new strains you've never experienced before. Stock up on your favorites to enjoy for months to come. Croptober only comes around once a year, so make the most of it. Before you know it, another cycle will begin as the days start getting longer again. The harvest is a reminder of the simple pleasures in life and of nature's perfect cycles.