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Ten Strains to Help You Get Outside This Summer

Summer in Denver is lovely — not too hot and not too humid — but we can still have bad days. An extended period of high temperatures with no rain or cloud coverage might force those of us with no air conditioning out of the house; fortunately, Denver is surrounded by beautiful parks and trails.

If used moderately, cannabis can be both a motivation and a reward for hikes, bike rides, fishing, runs or even simple walks through the park. Some of us need a jolt and want a sativa to pump up before scaling a fourteener, while others already run too hot and require a hybrid or indica to cool down. Here are ten recently reviewed strains that can do a little of both.

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Alley Cat Kush
Herbert Fuego
Alley Cat Kush
Although labeled an indica, Alley Cat Kush starts off with a cerebral high and is good for combating daily stresses and pains without robbing users of focus. Once the munchies kick in, though, the high becomes much more visceral, soothing the body to the point of lethargy while increasing hunger. The strain’s relaxing high is good for combating anxiety, mental anguish, eating and sleeping disorders, chronic pain and headaches.

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Sour Tangie
Herbert Fuego
Sour Tangie
Sour Tangie isn’t quite as intense as Tangie, nor does it provide as much focus as Sour Diesel; its high is more euphoric and relaxed than either, and it becomes very predictable after the first use. Sour Tangie's effects have been known to battle anxiety, depression and stress, eating disorders, nausea and minor pain.

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Cheese Quake's aftershocks will put you to bed.
Herbert Fuego
Cheese Quake
Cheese Quake is an exceptional strain for unwinding or blowing off steam without alcohol, but its hybrid designation is misleading. Although the initial effects during the first hour or so won’t put you out, focus is gone almost immediately, along with stress, anxiety, nausea and/or an upset stomach.

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303 OG
Herbert Fuego
303 OG
Although labeled an indica and carrying Bubba Kush genetics, 303 OG is euphoric and invigorating at first, inspiring users to tackle a creative project or hands-on chore. But toker beware, because that doesn’t last very long. The time of the onset of a gradual body melt differs by user, but it’ll show up eventually. The strain’s potent and varied effects are good for mental anguish such as stress, depression and anxiety, as well as eating disorders and nausea.