Summer’s here, and so is all the fun that comes with the season. To kick off summer 2021, here are 7 cannabis strains that enhance our staff’s fave summer activities. The variety of cannabis strains is amazingly large, and so are the differences in their effects. Of course, that means it can be a little daunting to figure out which ones to try. So we polled our staff to share which cannabis strains we like for different kinds of fun. Whether you’re spending the day at the beach, kicking it in the city, or heading to the country, there’s a strain for that. Read on to find out how we’re consuming cannabis this summer, so you can enjoy your summer that much more, too!
Cannabis Strains for Chilling at the Beach
Are you headed to the beach and looking for cannabis to perfect your day’s vibe? There’s no better way to relax and chill out this summer than at the beach. But before you hit the sand, head to your local dispensary for some Lemon Lime flower first. Bursting with fresh citrusy flavor, this 60/40 sativa-dominant strain is bred from a cross of OG Kush and Lemon Joy and is perfect for both euphoria and relaxation. With a moderate THC level of 11.5%, this is one of those cannabis strains that’s perfect for newbies and people with a low tolerance. It’s also great for anyone who just wants to get a little buzz on. You deserve a nice day at the beach—or 5. Lemon Lime is here for you to make that happen. Roll the perfect joint with it and take a couple hits while you’re packing up your gear. By the time your toes touch the sand, you’ll be ready to kick back, relax, and have the best beach day ever—no matter what.
The Personality Puff
Mask mandates and Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted across the country. So it’s time to socialize again. But, for some people, the thought of getting social IRL is full of anxiety. Do you ever catch yourself worrying whether people will like you or not? If you suffer from that kind of fear, don’t let it hold you back. Jilly Bean flower (or concentrate) is our go-to for relieving anxiety. This high-energy hybrid has 16% THC, and myrcene is its dominant terpene. Myrcene is what brings in earthiness and sweeter undertones. It’s one of those cannabis strains that doesn’t come with any of the panic or paranoia that other sativas can cause some people. In fact, Jilly Bean is ideal for bringing out the social butterfly within quieter, more introverted people. Just take a couple puffs while you’re getting gussied up. Then, let your true personality shine through without a hint of that pesky anxiety getting in your way. Whether you’re hanging out with someone new or friends you haven’t seen in a year and a half, it’ll be good vibes all around!
Elevate Your Yogic Flexibility
Are you looking to take your yoga practice to new heights? Don’t be afraid to try indulging beforehand. Cannabis isn’t for every yoga sesh. For instance, you might not want to hit it before Bikram or a vinyasa with lots of balance poses. But that doesn’t mean it’s just for shavasana either. Holly loves it for languorous sessions alone on her mat when she’s leaning into individual asanas. If you’re game, Mango Kush is a great strain to try with yoga. This indica-dominant hybrid can be more blissful than sedative, and it can supercharge your yogic positivity. Like its name suggests, this is one of those cannabis strains that tastes like mango (with a little hint of banana). What that really means is that this strain and the fruit share a terpene called myrcene. Myrcene can act as a powerful muscle relaxant. So a little Mango Kush might help you go deeper into pigeon pose than you normally can. For us, this strain promotes mind-body relaxation in general. Just stay yogically accepting of where you are right now and don’t use it to push so far past your usual boundaries that you wake up in pain the next day. Oh, and when you end up in shavasana, you might just drift off into a delightful Mango Kush assisted recovery nap.
Cannabis Strains for Family Movie Night
Picture this—it’s family movie night and you’re watching Moana for what feels like the 1000th time with your kids. But you’re not annoyed. You’re just vibing on the couch—happy, relaxed, and a tad bit sleepy. Unlike past movie nights filled with the same old Disney movies that your kids adore, you’re prepared. Try out some Northern Lights—maybe in a homemade brownie? This is one of those cannabis strains that can save your night with its relaxing, sedative effects and fruity smell. It’s the ideal strain for movie watching, especially at night. Northern Lights has a high THC level of 33% and is an award-winning indica strain. As a mom of twin toddlers, Kristina swears by it, because it won’t completely knock you out. But it will boost your happiness levels so much that you won’t even notice the inevitable kid chaos. So get yourself some Northern Lights, sink into the couch, and let movie night commence.
One of Our Fave Cannabis Strains for Taking in an Art Exhibit
Museum trips call for a boost of creativity and some euphoria. We find that cannabis enhances, not only our creativity, but our appreciation of others’ creative endeavors, too. We especially love it for enhancing the visual arts. So we’re super down for incorporating cannabis into an afternoon of wandering the galleries at The Met or the Guggenheim. ChemDawg, a hybrid of indica and sativa, is one of our fave cannabis strains for museum visits. This strain is also great for relaxation and freeing your mind from negative or racing thoughts. That means you can really let go and immerse yourself in the visual imagery surrounding you. If you’re in NYC, here are our picks for the most cannabis-friendly shows this summer. For a lighthearted afternoon, check out Calder’s delightfully kinetic sculptures in the sculpture garden at the MoMA. Or go deeper, and melt into a contemplative mood at The Met’s exhibit of emotional portraits of New Yorkers by Alice Neel. Either way, take in the art and let your creativity roam free. We suggest either puffing a bit of flower right before you start or popping an edible about an hour in advance. Let ChemDawg take your museum experience to a whole new level of beholding.
Getting Your Nature On
Are you planning on getting your nature on this summer with a hike or two? Bump up your enjoyment with a smoke or some edibles made with White Widow. We’ve been loving this strain for outdoor adventures. White Widow is one of many cannabis strains we’ve found that’s geared towards uplifting energy. It’s another sativa/indica hybrid that’s a bit high on the THC, typically containing 17-20%. That could be why it can produce fast-acting cerebral effects that can make you more aware of your surroundings. But isn’t that exactly what we want when we’re hiking—something to tune us more deeply into the beauty of nature? However you choose to consume it, we find that White Widow gives us a relaxed, euphoric feeling of contentment. This is another strain that’s high in myrcene. So it’ll keep you calm no matter what your trail of choice brings. If you’re like us, you’ll also marvel at the blueness of the sky, the shapes of the leaves, and really enjoy any fauna sightings.
The Ideal Strain for a Rick and Morty Binge-athon
Let’s be honest, Rick and Morty is replacing baseball as our national pastime. With a new season just coming out, what’s the best way to enjoy a Rick and Morty binge-athon? A nice dose of AK-47, of course. The name of this strain might sound violent, but we promise it isn’t. That’s totally fitting for Rick and Morty’s gut-busting insanity, right? In fact, this 65/35 sativa/indica hybrid is a complex blend that comes from Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani varietals. It also has a healthy dose of the terpene, beta caryophyllene—which studies show seems to beneficially activate our cannabinoid receptors all on its own. AK-47 is one of those cannabis strains known for leaving you feeling mellow, peaceful, and euphoric. That’s exactly how we want to feel as we fall into the chaotic, but oh-so-entertaining world of Rick and Morty. No matter which way you consume this strain, you’re guaranteed to feel completely immersed in their crazy world of cosmic adventures. Summer is the time for both adventure and kicking back. That describes a buzzed Rick and Morty binge perfectly. And you don’t even have to leave your couch!