Dear Stoner: What Strains Will Get My Appetite Going?

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Dear Stoner: I’m having a hard time keeping food down. Do you know of any strains I can smoke that would be good for my appetite?
Dee 12

Dear Dee: Assuming you’re able to smoke flower despite your condition, there are quite a few strains out there that should help relax your stomach. If you’re a relatively light smoker and have a low tolerance, the strain probably won’t matter as much, but if you’re a veteran looking for more specific results, I recommend you stay on the sativa or hybrid side, just to be safe. That doesn’t mean that heavy indicas are incapable of inducing hunger, by any means: Grand Daddy Purp, Master Kush and many, many more can provide the appetite you desire. But my experience has shown that sativas or hybrids most consistently temper a sensitive or upset stomach. Sativa-dominant varieties such as Jack Herer and Silver Haze and hybrids like Gogi OG and Girl Scout Cookies have all been known to kick-start the munchies for patients with nausea, so let’s hope they work for you, too. Just remember: The name of a strain doesn’t mean universal effects for everyone, and a dispensary’s budtenders should be educated on the medical benefits of everything they currently carry. If your pot shop’s employees can’t tell you which strain is best for appetite, then it’s time to go elsewhere.

Dear Stoner: What’s the weirdest question someone has ever asked you about pot?

Dear Ahman: That’s a tough one, but I can tell you one thing: It definitely wasn’t asked by a reader. Most of the questions we receive are pretty thoughtful and well worded, believe it or not, but it’s the head-scratchers thrown at me in my personal life that make me wonder how far prohibition has set us back. One woman from my home town in Arizona (bless her heart) wondered if she could buy pot seeds at a regular nursery or home-goods store in Colorado and plant them in her garden next to the wildflowers. A layover in Houston put me in contact with this tool who swore that smoking pot made his muscles grow like protein does. He asked if I knew any good strains for his post-workout routine, so I tried talking to him about juicing raw cannabis and its anti-inflammatory effects, but he wasn’t interested in “anything that makes me less swoll.” I wish I were joking.

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