Below are ten Halloween-friendly strains we've recently reviewed, all of which are routinely available in the Denver area. This ghastly mix will have you coughing at the moon in no time.
Not only does Frankenberry ramp up the ghoulish effects a notch as you puff a joint and watch Michael Myers get back up for the tenth time, but it also takes you back to mornings before school, eating a bowl of the strawberry-marshmallow cereal — and so does the strain’s cake-y, berry flavor. Frankenberry is a little harder to find than it used to be, but typically rises from the dead in Denver more than once a year.
A hybrid of Chemdawg D, Cinderella 99, OG Kush and San Fernando Valley OG, Witches Weed certainly sounds like it was brewed up in a cauldron, and its funky high is almost supernatural. Some people don't like the unpredictable high, but most tokers don't have a tolerance level high enough to notice the differences. I compare its effects to a weed salad: mixing a handful of different strains together for one sweet mindfuck. But what Witches Weed lacks in consistency, it makes up for in flavor.
Ghost OG won't rip you apart immediately, instead initially giving a body high with strong accompanying focus. Euphoric effects on the mind peak about twenty or thirty minutes later, just about the time that body high turns into an epic case of the munchies, whether you last ate five minutes or five hours ago. Medical benefits include treating anxiety, pain, inflammation, headaches, glaucoma, eating disorders and exhaustion.
Descriptions vary from lizard- to dog-like (the Southwestern version usually looks more like a dog), but Chupacabra is said to drink the blood of livestock, particularly goats, and sightings are most prevalent in Spanish-speaking countries. Although not as beloved in America as Bigfoot, Chupacabra might be right at home in the weed world, serving as the cleverly chosen name for a hybrid of Golden Goat and Gupta Kush. Golden Goat is one of the most popular daytime "sativa" strains out there, especially in Colorado, keeping tokers loyal with a Sprite-like flavor and caffeinated high. Add Gupta Kush to the mix, though, and those potent Ghost OG and Blue Moonshine genetics suck the gusto out of Golden Goat's easygoing tropical background, turning their child into a toasty hybrid that keeps your brain stimulated and limbs liquefied.
OG Lime Killer
Being surprised at a creeping high coming from a strain named OG Lime Killer is like expecting the Notorious B.I.G. to wear a medium, yet that's where I found myself on Tuesday evening. OG Lime Killer is generally labeled a daytime or "sativa" strain at dispensaries, but its potent high tends to get under my eyes, making me spacey and tired in less than an hour if I smoke more than a bowl. The effects mount for at least ten minutes after a session but can become relatively productive and easy between the ears if smoked in smaller, spaced amounts.
Ghost Train Haze
A true hometown success story, Ghost Train Haze #1 was bred by Denver-based Rare Dankness from Ghost OG and Nevil’s Wreck (another Rare Dankness strain) genetics. This locomotive delivers effects similar to those of other daytime heavyweights, bringing shots of energy and a case of the munchies, but possible paranoia, too. Creatives use it in low doses for an inspirational rush, but keep your notepad out, because you're likely to forget those costume and jack-o-lantern ideas.
My favorite strain names take me back to childhood or otherwise tap into nostalgia, like Bruce Banner, Duke Nukem and Smurfette, all of which are actual names of pot. So imagine my joy last year when I came across Ecto-Cooler, a strain named after the Ghostbusters-themed Hi-C drink in the ’90s made to turn from orange to green in honor of Slimer, the movie’s fat, lovable undead ball of ectoplasm. A prime strain for daytime use, after-work fun or entertaining the after-party, Ecto-Cooler's energetic effects can relax the body’s daily aches and pains, providing euphoria without making the mind think too much.
Although a little spacey, Tutankhamon (King Tut for short) is far from cursed. The high brings energy and gusto while still relaxing the stomach, so be prepared to burn some calories after eating your kid's Halloween candy. That energy can tail off, though, and will put you down for a mid-day nap if you’re too aggressive, either with consumption or activities.
No matter the cut, Ogre tends to be a calming strain, good for mental anguish and a sore body after a hard day’s work. Its high is forceful up front, filling the eyes and mind with a gust of creativity that can be hard to contain — but that brute inspiration only bears fruit if dosed responsibly. Smoke Ogre throughout the day, and its mean tendencies will surface. Reserve this for after-work projects and hobbies, or your concentration will be wiped.
Toxic Kool Aid
Toxic Kool Aid, a strain popping up in a handful of dispensaries around Denver, wouldn’t be my first choice for infusing a Keef Cola, but I’ll happily stuff a gutted cigarillo with it. In no way will this strain have you jumping through a living-room wall with energy, but one sniff of its fruity, sweet flavor could have you screaming “Oh, yeah!” in no time.