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With legal cannabis dispensaries proliferating across North America, many weed smokers have access to a dizzying array of strains. Most beginners know the difference between a sativa and an indica, but it can be difficult to know the effects of similar strains and when is the best time to smoke them.
Cannabis can be a good match for this cold winter season. Here’s our guide to some stellar strains to match with your favourite winter activities.
Games night: Red Congolese
When it’s cold and stormy outside, sometimes the best entertainment is games night inside. Gather beloved friends and family members for fun activities like charades or lively board games like Settlers of Catan.
Pair games night with a strong sativa, like Red Congolese. As the name suggests, this strain may have its roots in the African continent, but this is contested, as it can also have Mexican and Afgan genetics.
Red Congolese has a woody scent and flavour and is an uplifting high. It can make you focused on the tasks at hand while feeling happy and energetic. Perfect for keeping up with multiple conversations at once, strategizing on game moves, or being silly.
When there’s a dump of snow, too much to walk in, go snowshoeing to get exercise along with fresh winter air. When ready to warm up, pair your hot cocoa with a Chocolope joint for a sweet treat.
Chocolope is a sativa with a lovely faint taste of coffee and chocolate, perfect for a morning or afternoon buzz. Chocolope’s genetics come from Chocolate Thai and Cannolope Haze – leading to its fun name. It’s an energizing strain, that will leave you feeling motivated and uplifted, perfect for heading back out on the trails.
Apres-ski: Purple Urkle
After spending the day hitting the slopes, skiing or snowboarding, you’ll likely want a nice wind down for your day. Your muscles may be sore and your body feels a bit stiff. Snowboarders, especially inexperienced ones, likely will have a very cold butt at the end of the day.
At the end of the day, to prepare for a deep, restorative sleep reach for an indica strain, like Purple Urkle. Indicas can relieve pains while relaxing the mind and body for sleep. Strains with “purple” in their names often have a sweet, grapey taste and Purple Urkle exemplifies this.
Beginners should be cautious using this strain, as the THC levels can be quite high. While some people may feel more uplifted after smoking Purple Urkle and have some energy, others may experience couch lock.
Hot tub: Girl Scout Cookies
Hot tub hangouts can be a socializing event in cold climates while also providing much-needed heat and muscle relief. For a long soaking session, a hybrid cannabis strain can aid further with the body relaxation but also have a cerebral high.
Girl Scout Cookies is an indica-dominant hybrid that’s as popular as the real cookies. This weed has a sweet, earthy taste and produces an uplifting, talkative high, which is great for socializing. Girl Scout Cookies produces a full-body relaxation without completely knocking you out, though results may vary for beginners. It’ll have you enjoying your hot tub session without fading away too quickly. Afterwards, it can leave you hungry for a good meal or a late-night snack and a great end to the night.