Based on exclusive data and leading grower interviews, Leafly sniffed out the best-selling, on-trend, 25-ish hit strains for your summer days and nights this year.
“A summer strain is strong in flavor, and light, like a white wine with uplifting effects,” said the Washington growers at Freddy’s Fuego, who recommend their sativa Hell Cat.
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There’s waaaaay more, but we’re out of time. Yes, 25-ish flowers mean a lot of summer smoking. But just wait until New York and the rest of the US come online next year.
Thinking of some weedy freaky-deaky?
Dial in your doja with terpinolene, marijuana’s reported energy terpene, or aroma molecule. Look for orange color-coded strains on Leafly—that’s us pointing out terpinolene.
And with that, here are five of the best strains to set your dials to feeling energized, uplifted, euphoric, relaxed, or sleepy.
Other uplifting strains include: Super Silver Haze and Tangie.
Uplifted: Sour Diesel
OG Kush is the hybrid of all hybrids that swept California by storm in the 1990s and set the bar for many of the high-potency strains we smoke today. It has a flavor of earthy, sour, gassy, and skunky terpenes that we’ve come to identify as “kush,” which give way to an intense cerebral experience.
If you want something uplifting, Sour Diesel is held in high regard by the medical cannabis community for its mood-blasting abilities. It’s a potent sativa-dominant hybrid created by crossing Chemdog and Super Skunk. Sour Diesel’s sour and gassy terpene profile features caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene.
“Subjective effects are due to THC causing different patterns of functional connectivity in the brain… a measure of how much they talk to each other,” said Nick Jikomes, Leafly’s Director of Science & Innovation, and host of the Good Chemistry podcast.
If King Louis XIII doesn’t knock you out, then you’ll be heading to the kitchen for plenty of snacks on top of a cloud of euphoria.
OG Kush is a real jack of all trades hybrid. Consumers report being able to smoke OG Kush all day since it’s perfect for both day and night.
The best part about Runtz isn’t how it looks, but how it smells. The second you open the bag, tropical candy aromas with a touch of funk will greet your nose.
Super Lemon Haze (aka SLH)
Maui Wowie is so old that the genetics have changed over time, and some testing has reported THC levels of up to 20%.
This strain is perfect for those who need pain relief and relaxation at the end of a long and tiring day.
The mastermind behind GDP was none other than Ken Estes back in 2003. Ken decided to cross Purple Urkle with Big Bud, and the result was nothing short of amazing. He was left with a plant that produced deep purple buds, heavy indica effects, and was covered entirely in frost.
Boasting a THC content of up to 23%, it’s not a lightweight strain either. Super Lemon Haze is a sativa that’s sure to pick you up and get you on your feet in no time .