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Choosing which weed to smoke can be a little intimidating. You want to chase certain feelings and flavors, but with there being so many cannabis strains, it’s sometimes tough to know what’s right for you. But don’t trip, because we’re here to help you with seven strains for a variety of common situations.
It’s important to note that cannabis provides each person with their own experience. What may make your body sleepy could make the next smoker feel uplifted or energetic. Ultimately, it’s up to you to figure out what does and does not work with your body.
For a bright wake ‘n bake | Chocolope
Stash a bowl of Chocolope right next to your alarm clock because it’s one of the best wake ‘n bake strains out there. It takes just a few hits before this cross of Cannalope Haze and Chocolate Thai hit you with clear-headed and energizing effects that get you up and ready to tackle the day’s to-do list.
Chocolope’s hairy buds produce a coffee bean aroma with a chocolate hash flavor on the smoke. Though many consumers champion Chocolope for it’s energizing and clear-headed effects, it’s worth noting that some consider it a little racy, so be sure to mind your dosage.
For an afternoon pick-me-up | Black Cherry Soda
Throughout the day, you may find yourself craving a little afternoon boost in morale. Whether that’s because work is bogging you down, the world is in a pandemic, or simply because you’ve come down from your wake ‘n bake, there’s one strain that’s tried-and-true for the situation: Black Cherry Soda.
With its dark fruity flavor and purple-hued buds, many expect Black Cherry Soda to be a knockout, but even its most potent high tends to be even-keeled and mild. Instead of relaxed and sleepy, you’ll probably feel euphoric, centered, and carefree, so take a few hits and finish out the day strong.
Being an indica-dominant hybrid, the Black Cherry Soda strain is a great example of why indica and sativa can’t be seen as a guide for how weed will make you feel.
For post-work or post-workout | White Widow
At the end of a long day or strenuous activity, we all need to decompress. We need something to make us feel good while also relaxing our mind and body. Say hello to White Widow.
White Widow is a classic weed strain known all around the world. It was bred in Amsterdam by crossing a couple of landrace strains, and the result gave us a perfect hybrid of uplifting and relaxing effects. It’s a potent high, but it’s a euphoric high, making you feel giggly and centered. If you’re looking to kick back and smile for the next few hours, this is what you should be smoking.
For sleepytime | Purple Punch
Nate Dogg said “Heyayayay, smoke weed every day” and he was damn right. But he never told us specifically when to smoke weed every day. While some of us enjoy smoking all day long, many cannabis consumers prefer to only smoke right before bed so they can get the best sleep of their lives.
When it comes to choosing a sleepy cannabis strain to put you down for the count, you want something potent; something heavy; something that’ll hit your body with an instant feeling of sedation and couch-lock. Purple Punch is a great strain for the occasion.
Purple Punch crosses two heavy-hitters — Granddaddy Purple and Larry OG — to give us a grape and berry flavored treat that’ll have the “Are you still watching?” Netflix screen staring at you for hours. It’s that potent, with THC content usually passing 20% with ease. This flower is absolutely flushed with trichomes, which makes Purple Punch an excellent strain to dab or vape. Flavor matters.
For delicious taste | Zkittlez
Speaking of flavor, when it comes to choosing a strain for taste rather than effects, you’d be doing yourself a favor by lighting up some Zkittlez.
Though potent in some batches, this cross of Grape Ape and Grapefruit tends to be somewhat middling in effects, leaving consumers feeling relaxed but still alert and focused enough for creative activities like writing, painting, and drawing up a plan to take over the world.
While the effects are great, the flavor is the real reason to champion Zkittlez. It’s straight-up like smoking a purple popsicle. The flavors are sweet, fruity, and coat your mouth in a way that’ll feel like you just drank a berry-mixed smoothie.
For maximum potency | GMO Cookies
Sometimes you want to be absolutely floored by a cannabis strain. You don’t necessarily want to be sleepy, but you want to be so stoned that you can no longer feel toes wiggle. If you’re looking for one of those ear-popping strains that’ll leave you thinking, “Whewwww, boy; that is some GAS!” then GMO Cookies should 100% be your next smoke.
GMO Cookies — also known as Garlic Cookies — crosses Chemdog, the grandfather of diesel strains and many of your favorite strains today, with GSC, one of the new-age legends of the cannabis strain-o-sphere. It has a very pungent and unique aroma of onions, mushrooms, and skunk, while the flavor is much of the same, backed by sour undertones. If fettuccine alfredo was a cannabis strain, it would be Garlic Cookies.
Novice consumers should tread lightly when it comes to GMO because it only takes a couple of hits before your body turns into a schedule-clearing puddle of inactivity.
And like…on the lowest of keys…if you’ve been wanting to try Gary Payton from Cookies, but that $60 eighth is too rich for your blood, it has some striking similarities in appearance, flavor, and effects to GMO.
For a major mood-boost | Island Sweet Skunk
One of the biggest reasons people like to smoke weed is because it can help boost your mood. Many cannabis strains provide happy and euphoric feelings, but few do so with the power, consistency, and reputation of Island Sweet Skunk, sometimes named Sweet Island Skunk.
Island Sweet Skunk is a sativa-dominant hybrid with sticky green and orange buds that kick out sweet, tropical, and citrus flavors. The effects of this strain are the definition of being on Cloud 9. Few hits of I.S.S. and you’ll feel goofy, giggly, happy, and without a care in the entire universe.
If there’s any strain on this list that you should try, for whatever reason, at any time of day, it’s Island Sweet Skunk.
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Danté Jordan is a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture, strains, products, education, and everything else related to that lil’ green flower. Contact him at dantenetworks(at)gmail(dotcom), or dante_jordan on Instagram. His website is www.dantejordan.com.