If you’ve stepped foot in nearly any dispensary in the last few years, you’ve likely seen a lot of Runtz weed strains on the shelves. From Runtz OG to Vanilla Runtz, it’s become a modern classic.

This epic cross between the perennially popular Gelato and Zkittlez strains was named Leafly’s Strain of the Year in 2020. It was an instant hit with consumers across the board thanks to its giggly effects and sweet, creamy aroma.

Runtz’s candy-rich flavor and sugar-rush buzz are reminiscent of everyone’s favorite childhood treat, bringing them back to the good old days when anything seemed possible. 

In this strain report, we examine Vanilla Runtz. This saccharine cross takes the original Runtz to the next level by adding a layer of frosting sure to give you a metaphorical toothache.  

But don’t be alarmed—there’s no pain in this strain. Just creative and energetic effects and an irresistible aroma that’ll transport you to a different time. 

A small nug of cannabis flower from the Vanilla Runtz weed strain sits in front of a black background.

Vanilla Runtz genetics

Vanilla Runtz is typically made by crossing Runtz with Vanilla Frosting. The family trees are similar, with just a few differentiators.

As we mentioned above, Runtz’s parents are the creamy Gelato from Sherbinski and the citrus-candy forward Zkittlez from TerpHogz. 

Gelato’s ancestors include Durban Poison, Burmese Kush, and Hindu Kush, while Zkittlez is a descendent of Jack Herer, Afghani, and Skunk among others.

The Vanilla Frosting strain’s history is a bit hazier (no pun intended). Here’s what we do know: the strain was developed by Humboldt Seed Company, who crossed their Humboldt Frost OG and Humboldt Gelato Bx3 in a quest to find a perfect Gelato phenotype. 

The result is a literal Dairy Queen Blizzard of a strain, with a creamy, dreamy base drowning in decadent candy toppings. 

There is many lineages of the "runtz" and why not check them out?

One-half live resin weed vape pods derived from the Vanilla Runtz weed strain are inside and outside of their black box.

How the Vanilla Runtz strain makes you feel 

Vanilla Runtz is an upbeat hybrid that leaves users feeling artistic, engaged, and cheerful. It’s great for musicians, writers, and other creatives looking for inspiration. 

Many Leafly reviewers report that Vanilla Runtz helps relieve anxiety and depression, offering a joyful experience without paranoia or couchlock. 

Smoking Vanilla Runtz is reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons where you enjoyed your favorite sugary cereal by the boxful.

Averaging at least 22% THC in its buds, Vanilla Runtz also contains up to 1% of CBG. This minor cannabinoid is often used for its wellness benefits, such as its perceived ability to help people relax. The presence of CBG in Vanilla Runtz is likely why the cannabis strain is so mellow. 

One-gram live resin weed vape pods derived from the Vanilla Runtz weed strain are inside and outside of their white box.

Vanilla Runtz flower vs extract

Despite being a relatively new weed strain, Vanilla Runtz is already experiencing a cult-like following. People love consuming it in a variety of ways, each offering its own unique benefits. 

Smoking a bowl, joint, or blunt of Vanilla Runtz is an excellent choice. The smoke is thick and rich with notes of sugar, fruit, and earth. One hit goes right to the head.

Dabbing Vanilla Runtz oil or hitting a weed vape pod of live resin extract is another fan favorite. The robust terpene profile, including myrcene, terpinolene, and caryophyllene makes it an extra flavorful dab best enjoyed at low temps. 

Bring Vanilla Runtz along to your next jam sesh or movie night as it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser. You and your friends will be laughing and chatting all night long as if you were at a slumber party (minus the pillow fights).

And just like back then, you’ll want to pack plenty of munchies. Vanilla Runtz may be candy sweet, but the temptation of a real treat will certainly come through quickly. 


Curious about more weed strains? Learn about the Rainbow Kush and Gelato strains.

The content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your healthcare provider and local laws before purchasing or consuming cannabis.