Just like that, temperatures are rising, and the pool is beckoning — spring is over, and summer has arrived. Whether you were eagerly awaiting the return of the hot season, or you are utterly unprepared for the next few months before fall, you should do your best to make this summer stress-free and fun.
One of the best ways to improve your mood is with weed, which relieves pain, inspires euphoria and has other useful effects that suit summertime. To get the most out of your high, you might as well try the following strains that smell and feel like the embodiment of summer:
Lemon OG Haze
The combination of Lemon OG and Haze strains — as the name suggests — Lemon OG Haze is a sativa-dominant hybrid with an intense citrus-pineapple flavor that provides a perfectly smooth hit. The strain is known for providing fast-acting euphoria coupled with motivation and focus, which makes Lemon OG Haze a great wake-and-bake strain for a fun summer day. The body high remains mild but settles in later, giving you plenty of time to find a lounge chair by the pool or set up your beach umbrella and towels.
An excellent summertime treat to make with Lemon OG Haze is cannabis-infused lemonade. You can infuse white sugar with cannabis tincture to mix into freshly squeezed lemon juice for a refreshing afternoon drink that has this strain’s delectable terpene profile.
Durban Kush is the descendent of three remarkably legendary cannabis strains, OG Kush, Durban Poison and Chem Dawg. A classic sativa, the strain is uplifting and energizing, but it won’t cloud the mind or senses the way other sativas can. Instead, Durban Kush gently relaxes the body, letting stress melt away like ice in a water glass on a warm summer’s day. This strain has a complex terpene profile, which means you might pull out flavors and aromas that other users wouldn’t. It also means that different growers might have slightly unique variations, so you should ask the budtender at your Maryland dispensary about their specific Durban Kush offerings.
A cross between Skunkberry and Mandarin Sunset, Member Berry is the first indica-dominant hybrid on this list. The strain is most well-known for its tart, fruity flavor, but its long-lasting, balanced effects are also worth celebrating. Member Berry’s effects begin and remain mellow, enhancing a positive mood with some giddiness that makes every activity a bit more fun.
You are most likely to enjoy this strain during the dog days of summer, when you don’t have much to do but lounge, soak up sun and spend time with friends and family. You might take sips from your Member Berry stash in between sips of a citrus-berry cocktail like this Blackberry Lemon Smash.
Confusingly, Trill OG can go by different names, and it can also boast vastly different genetics. Ideally, you should find the Trill OG that crosses Lemon G and Sour Strawberry. The result of this pairing is a near-perfectly balanced hybrid boasting an intense lemon aroma tempered by some earthy, kushy flavors. Unlike other summer strains, which tend to gently lull you into relaxation and euphoria, Trill OG hits hard with a mind-and-body high that doesn’t dissipate quickly. You might reach for this strain before a summer evening kickback, when you want to feel comfortable and confident while relaxing late into the night.
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Sometimes abbreviated as WiFi, White Fire is technically a hybrid strain, but it behaves much more like a true indica. With genetics from Fire OG and The White, this strain doesn’t have any of the light, bright citrus or fruit terpenes found in other summertime strains; instead, WiFi tends to be earthy and sour, which can be an ideal counterbalance to the sticky-sweet treats you often indulge in during hot summer days.
White Fire tends to be quite potent, not for the cannabis beginner. Experienced tokers will appreciate the strain’s boost to sociability and creativity but utter lack of sedation, making it a fantastic option for sharing at summer parties, especially as the sun sets over the water and the bonfires get lit.
With summer almost upon us, it is high time you track down the strains that will keep you sated throughout the hot weather months. If you can’t find any of the above strains in your local dispensaries, you can always ask a budtender for recommendations to suit your precise needs and wants.