Tangerine Dream (San Rafael ’71)
Cannasseurs rejoiced when this near-legendary plant hit shelves, and for good reason: its capacity to lift mood and relieve pain without locking consumers to their couches is no small feat. Also famed for its heavy citrus flavour and aroma, I found it to be an all-around blast that, frankly, shouldn’ be restricted to summer.
Activities that require a moderate amount of energy match well with this strain: A light, pensive walk through the nearest park or along a shoreline would only be improved by its company, as its 18 per cent THC content should allow the mind to wander while not interfering with balance or motor function if consumed judiciously.
Be mindful of where you discard any joints or hot ash, though — the ground is already hot and dry enough.
Long Weekend (Redecan)
Redecan knew what they were promising with a name like “Long Weekend,” and it doesn’t fall short. Its modest profile makes it ideal for a comfortable outdoor hangout with friends. Pick a legal spot (varied by to province), pull up a seat and let the light buzz make the conversation just that much bubblier and the laughs considerably louder.
While its spicy flavour might jolt the senses at first, an earthy undertone should make it a little more palatable to newcomers. If you’re lucky enough to have a dock to sit on and the free time to sit on it, all the better.
Don’t let the high THC percentage (18- to 28-percent) fool you. Users tell me that LBS’ terpene-rich, indica-dominant Sunset is far more befitting of a relaxing evening spent stargazing than pursuing energy-driven activities. Yes, that’s right — stargazing. If ever there was a strain to put one in a place of boundless contemplation and shameless couch-lock (grass-lock, perhaps), this would seem to be it. Lay down a blanket and ponder the infinite majesty of the cosmos after hitting this one up. If weather permits, consider doing the same during the day and unwinding with some cloud-gazing. Who knows what shapes you’ll make out as they drift by.
Sunset’s wide terpene profile delivers an intriguing mix of floral notes, spiciness à la black pepper and hoppy humulene.
Ruxton (Broken Coast)
Its gassy, diesel-heavy flavour is a tip-off that this plant puts the “sativa” in “sativa-dominant”; it’s potent to the point of near-psychedelia if consumed liberally. Save your lofty ideas of leisure for another strain and plan for something more engaging, like going to an outdoor music festival — preferably one with a visual component.
When the senses are this primed for stimulation, every passing note can become an ecstatic sonic expression, prompting you to look at both life and new-wave dreampop in an entirely new light.
Solei’s touted hybrid is one of relatively few cannabidiol-heavy strains available from the OCS, and like many LPs, its name is meant to indicate the delicate “balance” they’ve struck between the plant’s THC and CBD (eight per cent and 13 per cent, respectively).
Such an equilibrium surely calls for an equally balanced activity, so try matching it with a light wellness exercise such as yoga or meditation. In tandem with CBD’s bodily relaxation, the mental aloofness that sometimes comes with light THC consumption should make these most enlightening of activities more physically and mentally enjoyable. Participants can let go of the day’s stresses and hone the fine art of spending time with oneself without activating the rapid-fire thought patterns that can be distracting at higher THC concentrations and ratios.
Remember, CBD can sometimes mitigate the effects of too much THC.
L.A. Confidential (Aurora)
Cannasseurs describe this as a calming, but not crippling, hit of the good stuff. Giving off a distinctive and relaxing pine scent, Aurora’s take on the longstanding strain pairs well with watching a game of baseball, football or any sport where tensions are likely going to be running sky-high. Imagine melting away the anxieties of the last few minutes of game time by stepping out somewhere and re-emerging a composed and centered observer among the jeering masses. That’s cool. That’s LA Confidential.
Hints of rosemary, basil, mint and other terpene byproducts add to the appeal with a wide flavour profile.
Rio Bravo (Edison)
Another entry in the “woody/pine-smelling” bud journal, this strain’s uplifting potency makes it a promising go-to for more physically engaging activities. Consider taking it up on its bold, woody scent and head to the nearest hills for a hike. The accentuated sensory stimulation can give the mind and body the motivation to go the distance and trek that extra kilometre, resulting in a workout that’s as physically rewarding as it is visually satisfying. And by gosh, would you look at that view?
Make sure to pack lots of water and snacks, however. Dry mouth and munchies are a staple for many strains, regardless of the variety. You don’t want to be caught nursing an empty stomach and parched palate out in God’s country.
White Widow (7Acres)
The folks at 7Acres had their work cut out for them. A strain whose name is almost synonymous with the plant itself, White Widow’s glossy, trichome coat and heavy buds have served (for better or worse) as the aesthetic for “good cannabis” for what seems like eons.
Show this classic strain the respect it deserves by taking it out for a date night and enjoying it prior to an outdoor movie. Neither particularly energizing nor draining, this should be the perfect companion to a night of fine cinema. Soothing enough to let the willing consumer sink into even the most mundane of plots, while stirring enough to keep the eyes glued to the screen.
Oh, and get two bags of popcorn. You’ll thank yourself when you eat a hole through the first one.
Galiano (Broken Coast)
Broken Coast knows how to produce a sativa-leaning plant. For an optimal summer experience, it’s best not to waste the sweet and earthy Galiano on anything short of a rollercoaster.
Yes, a literal rollercoaster. A plant of this caliber pairs with high-energy activities, and friend, the energy doesn’t get much higher than when tempting or outright defying mortality via the staple of summertime fun: the amusement park.
You’ll likely have to consume before entering the park, but as long as that slight nuisance isn’t enough to dull your spirit, what follows should be nothing short of a thrill ride in the truest sense of the term.
If the adrenaline junkie inside you can bypass the nerves — and avoid eating any of those tempting funnel cakes in the process — it may just be a highlight of the summer.
Pink Kush (Canna Farms)
Frequently cited by cannasseurs as one of the sleepiest strains sold legally in Canada, Canna Farms’ Pink Kush is reputedly a soft blanket of mental security and physical relaxation that is best used to relax.
Toke up, find a hammock, reclining lawn chair or a soft patch of grass and enjoy a well-deserved nap after one of these enjoyable endeavors.
Original Article Courtesy of TheFrenchToast