Here comes the heat, the sweat and those never-ending days. Summer in the desert is pretty psychedelic in its own right. During the very worst of it—as your brain sloshes around in your skull and your face threatens to melt off the bone—you’ll need friendly flower to cool you off and bring back your sanity. Here are some of our favorite strains that can help you survive the heat.
A sativa-dominant hybrid that smells citrusy, this variety tastes sweet and tangy, like biting into orange. A perfect strain for lifting a sunburned attitude from its funk, Clementine pleases the taste buds and smoothes out the rough spots. It’s great for relieving stress and anxiety.
Cookies and Cream
This hybrid is sweet and smooth, as its name suggests. It’s the perfect dessert after a picnic, but it may lead to an afternoon nap in the sun, so wear some sunscreen. Cookies and Cream will leave you relaxed and spacey. This strain is an excellent choice for those suffering from pain and sleeplessness.
This hybrid tastes sour and sharp. It smells like lawn clippings and brings on heavy, relaxed vibes. It causes time to slow down and muscles to go slack. Heady and sleepy, Unicorn Poop allows its consumers to become one with the couch for extended periods of time. This strain is especially useful for those suffering from insomnia and anxiety.
The mother of all citrus strains, Tangie tastes like orange soda and induces inspirational bouts of happiness. This flower is one of the best allies in battles against depression and anxiety. Puff on a bowl to give your life a citrine glow and improve your overall outlook. But be prepared to exhibit extreme goofiness with abandon.
Blueberry Gum is an indica-dominant hybrid that tastes and smells like berries (shockingly enough). The body high associated with this strain is incredibly pleasurable and can enhance feelings of well-being. Relaxation is the name of its game, and it’s a great strain for relieving pain and anxiety.
Get ready for a lip-smacking, giggly time with this tasty and stimulating strain. Candy Rain is a hybrid that can improve mood and encourage feelings of euphoria. This active flower is the perfect helper on days when you need an extra push to get out of bed and get creative. It’s perfect for alleviating symptoms associated with mood disorders.
Another citrusy strain on our list, Tangerine Kush differs from its compatriots in that it’s an indica-dominant variety. The tangy side of this hybrid improves mood while the kushy side relieves tension and enhances appetite. It’s wonderful for relieving pain and just chilling out.
A cross between Sour Diesel and Do-Si-Dos, this hybrid smells tart and pungent. Hits of this strain taste of gas station parking lots and are brutally rough, but the payoff comes with extraordinary relief of ocular pressure and onset of a side effect termed “the giggles.” This strain is a fantastic expectorant and mood enhancer.
Title holder of “Scariest Strain Name,” Night Terror will ironically rock you sweetly to sleep. This indica-dominant hybrid smells grassy and tastes sweet. It’s heavily sedating, so pick out a comfy spot before you start smoking. Those suffering from insomnia and pain will really like this one.
How could we have a summer strain list without Apple Pie? This sativa-dominant hybrid has a tasty fruity flavor and will have you whistling and skipping as you go about your business. A great daytime strain, it promotes creativity and elevates mood. It’s perfect for days when you need extra motivation.