Autumn is a weird time of year. All around us, nature has gone into full evacuation mode as everyone in the Northern Hemisphere prepares for winter. The trees do their switch from green to red and the cool air becomes electrified with the haunted clarity of harvest.
Marijuana plants only take between six and 10 weeks to turn around from seed to flower—it isn't called a “weed” for nothing—so there isn't really a “harvest season” to speak of. But that doesn't mean we can't pick out some good buds to help us wind down from the summer.
Here are our favorite strains for the season:
This sweet and chocolatey hybrid is the perfect strain to brighten up those long evening hours. Its grassy, earthy scent will transport you back to warmer times and climes while the body high it provides gets to work on all your aches and pains. This strain is perfect for fighting pain and stress.
This classic strain keeps us coming back again and again. It smells fruity and sweet, and has an incredibly recognizable terpene profile (you'll know it when you taste it). This mellow variety of sativa-dominant flower will spark the imagination, improve mood and do it all while avoiding the edginess of other sativa strains. It's great for those suffering from social anxiety or depression.
A pungent and dense bud, this flower tastes woody and smells skunky. Known for its sedative properties, this indica-dominant plant will have you relaxed and sleepy in no time. As the name suggests, expect heavy, dopey sessions punctuated with naps. It's wonderful for those suffering from insomnia.
Tart and aromatic, this flower smells like a fresh tangerine and tastes sweet and tangy. This hybrid is wonderfully balanced, causing patients to experience relaxation and mood enhancement simultaneously. It will soothe the joints and muscles while uplifting the spirit—perfect for anyone struggling with pain, anxiety or depression.
One of the stranger strains on our list, this hybrid seems to have some of the extreme qualities associated with both indica and sativa varieties. The indica side of this interesting flower is heady and sleepy, but the sativa side seems to induce a giddy excitement. Not for the uninitiated, this strain induces a truly unique experience.
As its name implies, this beautiful flower will send you off to dreamland for a few heavy winks, but not before leaving you giggling and happy. It tastes like berries and smells of sweet fruit. It's a great way to end the day and will serve those suffering from insomnia and exhaustion best.
As you might have guessed, this bud is sativa-dominant and will blast your thoughts off into outer space. Sweet and tart, it's a strain that will keep you motivated and creative. But like any great sativa, it isn't for the faint of heart. Paranoia and taut nerves can also be associated with this strain, so proceed with caution.
This strain is a true hybrid, with effects from both sides of the fence that should satisfy almost everyone. It smells peppery and tastes sharp and caustic. Keep a glass of water nearby as this flower is known to cause plenty of coughing and dry mouth. But it's plenty worth it, as the relaxing and uplifting effects this strain brings are some of the best out there.
This one is probably the silliest sativa on the list. With a citrusy scent and woody flavor, this sensual flower is great for improving mood, inspiring creativity and relieving stress. This fun buzz is notable for its ability to create spontaneous giddy laughter, so it might be best to avoid public situations while using it. It's great for depression and stress relief.
The fiery fumes of this diesel-flavored flower will scorch the worst depression to a cinder. A perfect companion for those dreary autumn afternoons, this sativa-dominant strain will put some pep in your step and leave you whistling. It can cause paranoia in those who are particularly sensitive to high-octane sativa experiences, but can be the perfect bud for those suffering from anxiety and depression.