Marijuana

Ten Strains for Staying Active or Cooling Down During Summer

Smoking weed during the summer isn't always about relaxation.
Smoking weed during the summer isn't always about relaxation. Herbert Fuego
Summer's ups and downs are extreme in Colorado, where you're baked by the sun or pelted with rain, hail and even snow. Our actions run the gamut, too: conquering mountainsides, hiking trails or riding rapids on one end; crushing beers, tacos and a ten-part murder documentary on the other. Yet for many of us, there's one constant that's part of our outdoor activity as well as our indoor relaxation: cannabis.

Picking the right strains for going hard or taking it easy can make all the difference. You don't want to be yawning thirty minutes into a daylong hike or become wide awake just as you lay down for an afternoon power nap. To keep this weird summer on a safe, even keel, here are ten seasonal strains for both ends of an extreme Colorado season.

Outdoors

click to enlarge MAC (Miracle Alien Cookies) - HERBERT FUEGO
MAC (Miracle Alien Cookies)
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MAC
MAC’s euphoric, uplifting effects help relax the mind while empowering and energizing it, creating a great high for weekend mornings and after-work activities. The strain’s high THC content can make the effects debilitating for low tolerances, however, so start very slowly with this one. Medical patients have used MAC for chronic pain, fatigue, stress, headaches and eye pain, with high-tolerance users able to enjoy the strain without an extreme increase in appetite.

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Chocolate Rain
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Chocolate Rain
Classify Chocolate Rain as a smooth operator, granting me focus, curiosity and just enough ice in my veins to turn me into the cool, stupid cucumber I like to be when June weather hits. That tranquil mindset obviously turns me down a few notches, but far from being glued to the couch, I instead focus on handy chores and yard work.

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Citral Flo
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Citral Flo
Citral Flo is usually labeled somewhere near a 50/50 hybrid, but it’s much more of a daytime strain for me. Dry mouth? Check. Quick shot of energy? Check. Hard to focus? Check. With such uplifting qualities for this strain, it’s important to not dive in head-first with Citral Flo, or it might give you more energy and enthusiasm than you know what to do with. However, sessions of the strain before a bike ride or during mountain visits give me a warming energy without the side effect of overthinking, making it great for quick decision-making during outdoor activity.


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Mango Kush
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Mango Kush
A stupid, happy bliss is almost immediate, with an accompanying energy that can be difficult to contain without tasks or activities in front of you. But Mango Kush's high brings almost immediate laughter or curiosity. Even with the cloudy effects and a shot of energy, Mango Kush is still relaxing on the body, and it's a great post-workout strain. Some cuts even carry small but noticeable amounts of CBD.

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Papaya
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Papaya
Known for a calming tropical flavor reminiscent of papaya, mango, guava and other sweet and savory fruit, Papaya was originally bred by Nirvana Seeds. The strain grows and looks like an indica, with short, bushy plants that produce round, resin-glazed buds, and its calming effects line up with that designation. The relaxation is more mental for the majority of the high, however, while many users report a jolt of focused energy that helps with work and creative production. Need a tropical hit to keep you cool in the heat without losing your limbs? Scoop out a bowl of papaya.

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