Top 4 Cannabis Strains for Enhancing Your Hiking Experience
There are few experiences in the world better than sitting on top of a large hill overlooking a vast expanse of nature while blazed on your favorite bud. For many people, marijuana is an essential component of any outdoor excursion, and choosing the right strain to bring along can be vital in maximizing the enjoyment of your hike.
In general, you want to stick with strains that give you a heady buzz but don’t put you out of commission. You want energy for the hike, but you also want to stay safe and in relative control of your faculties. Sativas are ideal for outdoor adventures, and it’s advisable to stay away from potent Indica-dominant strains that can be a real buzzkill for less experienced smokers.
The 4 Best Strains for Hiking
You really can’t go wrong with Blue Dream. This sativa-dominant is known for its unique blueberry-ish flavor and smooth smoke, meaning it won’t be too harsh on your lungs when you’re already out of breath. Blue Dream is certainly potent, but not as much as some other strains, making it perfect for an active day in nature. The lightheaded, uplifting sensations you’ll feel soon after you inhale can create an atmosphere of fun and excitement that your friends will want to share, so try to bring enough for everyone if you hike with friends.
Fruit Spirit is a deeply spiritual sativa-dominant hybrid that will help you connect with the world around you. There is a sizable indica component to this strain (up to 40%), but taking a small dose won’t be enough to knock you out. We recommend you enjoy the earthy, fruity flavor of this magical little kush right before taking a prolonged period of rest, perhaps at the destination of your hike, and then heading back after you come down. Not long after smoking, you will be transported into a mindset of deep contemplation and oneness with your surroundings, and this is an ideal strain for sharing intense moments in the beauty of nature with a significant other or another intimate companion.
Hailing from South Africa, this is an ideal sativa for taking outdoors with you as it will give you just the imaginative buzz you need to light up your surroundings with excitement. Its mind-bending effects seem to seep into your head immediately, putting you in the proper headspace to connect with the world around you. Durban Poison is known to lift your mood substantially as well, but don’t smoke too much if you’re too far from home, as this bud is absolutely loaded with trichomes that lend it a potency you have to smoke to believe.
Alaskan Thunder Fuck
One of the more creatively named strains, this sativa-dominant lives up to its nomenclature, giving you a zap of energy that will have you running through nature without a care in the world. Its aroma is considered to be one of the stronger ones among sativas of this variety, and its pungent, piney scent will give you a hunger to be among the trees. Eventually, the extra energy settles into a pleasant euphoric glow that fills your entire body, leaving you time to relax at your destination in an easy haze where you can experience your surroundings in perfect harmony.
What Are the Best Cannabis Strains for Introverts?
Introverts tend to draw energy by spending time alone; they prefer focusing on internal feelings over seeking stimulation from external sources. They’re more often thinkers — rather than talkers. Predictably, many artists and writers are introverts, while politicians and entertainers — here’s looking at you, President Trump! — tend to be extroverts.
Rather than going out to a party on a Friday night, introverts are more likely to be found in the comfort of their home reading a book or binging on a Netflix series. For many introverts, cannabis can enhance new experiences or quell some of their social anxiety. They may even feel more extroverted — or break out of their shell, so to speak.
Keep in mind some strains work better than others. Introverts may find particular strains exacerbate introversion, while other strains make them more social.
What are some of the best cannabis strains for introverts? Let's dive in!
Cannabis Strains for Introverts
Cannatonic - Hybrid
Introverts who have anxiety will love this strain. Cannatonic is a high CBD hybrid that typically has a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio, meaning that it has enough CBD to counteract anxiety that THC sometimes induces. It also has high levels of the terpene myrcene which will boost feelings of relaxation.
Blue Dream - Hybrid
Among cannabis enthusiasts across North America, Blue Dream is one of the most popular strains. Whether you’re looking to boost creativity, fight anxiety, or lift your mood, this strain has it all. It produces a sedative and euphoric feeling making it a versatile strain to have at the ready.
Durban Poison - Sativa
Durban Poison, a popular landrace strain hailing from South Africa, is known for its ability to energize even the most lackadaisical of people. If you are frustrated with your introversion keeping you from getting out, or you need to get something done, give this strain a whirl. It’s the espresso of cannabis, with many users reporting Durban as uplifting, energizing, and a creativity booster. A word of caution: Durban Poison's high THC and practically non-existent CBD content can produce anxiety in some consumers.
AC/DC - Hybrid
AC/DC is a rocking strain for anyone who wishes to have minimal psychoactive effects when smoking weed but still wants some of its benefits. Though the cannabinoid profile varies, AC/DC can contain up to 20 times more CBD than THC. The high CBD content allows the user to stay focused and relaxed and avoid any “wait, what did you say?” moments.
Cabbage Patch - Hybrid
Cabbage Patch combines Cherry Pie and the previously mentioned Durban Poison making it an epic strain for socializing. This sweet-tasting strain delivers uplifting effects that spark creativity and (sometimes uncontrollable) laughter.
Pineapple Express - Hybrid
You may have heard of this strain from the eponymously named comedy film starring Seth Rogan. Pineapple Express is the perfect match for the introvert who wants to explore their creative side. It provides a long-lasting and energizing mind buzz that is likely to spur ideas you haven’t thought of in the past.
Whether introverted, extroverted or somewhere in between, cannabis has the potential to be beneficial for all different types of people in a multitude of settings. Finding the strain that works for you and the optimal dosage isn’t the same for everyone, so educate yourself, ask our budtenders, and experiment! It’s a journey that could lead to a life changing practice.