5 Herbal Blends to Pair with Your Cannabis

People have been using plants and herbs casually and medicinally since the beginning of time to improve the quality of their lives. Just like cannabis, different herbs each have their own unique flavor profiles, distinct fragrances and healing properties that can boost your mood, give you some energy, help you focus, ease pain or reduce stress. Combining herbs with cannabis to create a customized herbal blend gives you an opportunity to introduce additional healing compounds into your sessions without missing out on the high.

There’s no right or wrong way to create and enjoy an herbal blend. They can be smoked in whatever way you prefer whether it’s rolled up, in a bowl, in a bong or in a vape. You can choose any herb you want and pair it with whatever strain you want, but it’s cool to try to pair strains and herbs based on terpenes, flavors or effects.

You just have to make sure that whatever herb you’re choosing is safe to be inhaled and that you make it a priority to get the highest quality (preferably organic) option that’s available. Each herb can be used in any ratio you desire (heavy on the cannabis or heavy on the herbs) but it’s best to put all of it into a grinder to evenly mix everything together before smoking for the best flavor and so that it burns well.

Try starting out with some of these herbal blends and then branch out to make your own after you get the hang of it.

Lavender & Chamomile

If you’re feeling too overwhelmed to get to sleep, both of these herbs can help soothe the nervous system and encourage your body to rest. Lavender has a terpene called linalool in it that is known for its sedative properties that can reduce stress, anxiety and feelings of depression. Try pairing this blend with an indica to compliment the flavors of the herbs and help ease you into deeper relaxation.

Peppermint & White Sage

This refreshing blend would work well with an energizing sativa to enhance the mood-boosting effects of peppermint and sage. Both herbs can help improve digestive problems like a stomach ache or gas as well as respiratory issues like congestion. Sage is also known to improve memory function, so it might be able to you keep your focus during a day.

Rose & Jasmine Blossom

Fans of strains that smell and taste floral will find these two flowers make a good match with their strain of choice. Jasmine has a light, pleasant essence that compliments the roses that have geraniol in them which is known to be a natural antioxidant that has anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Find a fruity or berry strain that will fit well with the sweet flavor profile.

Blue Lotus & Damiana

Damiana is considered a natural aphrodisiac that helps increase arousal while blue lotus is often attributed to pleasant dreaminess that makes you feel deeply relaxed. Both of these herbs are known to have calming, sedative properties that produce a very mild euphoria and would work well with a hybrid strain that offers a balanced buzz. Some people report having vivid dreams after smoking blue lotus.

Eucalyptus & Mullein

Though sometimes smoking is the last thing you feel like doing when you’re congested and not feeling well, this combo can help with breathing issues and encourage what’s referred to as “effective coughing” as an expectorant. Eucalyptus has a terpene called eucalyptol in it which has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and anti-fungal properties as well as myrcene which is antibiotic, antimutagenic and an effective muscle relaxant. Use this blend when you need a powerful lung cleanser.

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Project Playlist: How to Find the Right 420 Tunes

If you’re old enough, you may remember the terrific agony of combing through your music collection in an attempt to make the perfect mixtape. Each song had to be meticulously placed, the entire playlist had to flow seamlessly and putting an artist on there more than once was a cardinal sin. Gestures of that magnitude were typically reserved for significant others or potential significant others and were considered a big deal — especially if you included your own customized cover art.

Even if you don’t go all out, making a mix of great music to smoke to — whether it’s for yourself, someone else or to play in a social setting — is an art that requires equal parts effort and creativity. There aren’t a lot of rules when it comes to making a playlist but there are some things that make a difference and show that you spent some time coming up with just the right combination and not simply putting your playlist on auto-pilot aka shuffle.

Need some ideas on getting your 420 playlist together? Check out some of these suggestions to help you get started on the right track.

Curate your Vibe

First things first — what are you smoking and what’s the mood you’re going for? Is this background music or something you’ll be paying attention to? Are you trying to chill out with a nice hybrid without any distractions? Maybe an instrumental album or beat tape will work. Do you want something to hype you up while you puff on sativa? Peruse your workout playlist for something upbeat and exciting. Once you’ve decided how you want your playlist to make you feel, you’ll have some direction that will give you an idea of where you want to start.

Pick a Theme

Although it’s not completely necessary, it’s a nice touch to have your playlist connect in some way even if it’s just for fun. You can choose an era like ’90s hip-hop, play exclusively reggae if you want to stick to a genre, opt for a keyword to bridge your songs together (ex: every song has the word “high” or “green” in the title) or let the strain of your choice influence your flow. The more creative and out of the box, the better.

Do Some Research

Not sure where to start? Lots of streaming services suggest similar or related artists that are in the same ballpark as what you’re already listening to on a regular basis. Love Snoop Dogg but don’t want to be hella obvious about your song choice? Find someone similar. Trying to avoid ubiquitous stoner rock? Let the internet lead you to greener pastures and new sounds. It’s perfectly fine to stick to tried-and-true tunes that you know are certified jams, but stepping outside of the comfort of your downloaded tracks can not only make your playlist more exciting but can also broaden your musical horizons.

Pre-game Your Playlist

If you plan on using your playlist for a party or some other social gathering, give it a test run at home before you debut your masterpiece. As you listen, keep your audience, the environment and your desired experience in mind. If a fast song comes on right after a chill song, you might disrupt the vibe. Likewise, if a slow song follows something playful and high-spirited, it could kill the party. The key is to make sure there are smooth transitions that make sense and make you feel good.

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Tech Startup Releases Cannabis Vending Machine Powered By AI

UK tech startup Social Vend has announced that its new AI-powered cannabis vending machine, Buddy, is now available for purchase across North America. The new technology allows customers to get cannabis products conveniently dispensed and customized to their individual needs—and this cannabis vending machine might just be our new best buddy. Like a real-life dispensary […]

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The 7 best hybrid strains

In the world of weed, people usually think of sativas as the energizing head high strains,  while indicas are the potent, sedating body high strains. While these generalizations of effects may have been applicable once upon a time, the truth is that very few 100% sativa or 100% indica genetics are available to the public — or even exist at all anymore. 

Most of us are just smoking hybrids.

Hybrid cannabis strains are the result of cannabis breeders spending the past few decades crossing pure sativa genetics with pure indica genetics in the hopes of creating the “perfect” cannabis strains that every consumer could enjoy. Because of this, we now have thousands of strains that can make us feel a whole spectrum of ways. With so many hybrid options, choosing the right ones based on effects can be pretty overwhelming. 

To ease the stress of browsing dispensary menus for hours, here are seven of the best hybrid cannabis strains ever.

OG Kush

Since its birth in the 1990s, Original Kush, better known as OG Kush, has been the backbone of California cannabis culture and genetics. As a result, there isn’t a strain out there that hasn’t been crossed with it; and usually, no matter the cross, those Kush attributes tend to be pretty dominant. Despite its fame, none of us really know for a fact which exact genetics created OG Kush. All we know is how it should make us feel. 

OG Kush is known for providing potent effects suited best for those who can tolerate a high THC content. The high is generally a hard-hitting cerebral euphoria that leaves consumers feeling relaxed and goofy (i.e. stoned for hours at a time). While a heavy high, OG Kush isn’t thought to be a sleepy strain, though you can definitely smoke yourself into the couch with large doses.



Skunk #1

In the same breath as OG Kush and its influence on modern hybrids, we also have to mention Sam the Skunkman’s Skunk #1. It’s a classic cross of Afghani, Acapulco Gold, and Colombian Gold and is world-renowned for producing a pungent funk that smells like a skunk. Additionally, since the 70s, it’s been used to create many of the world’s favorite strains, UK Cheese being the most popular.

Past the skunky terpenes, the Skunk #1 high usually leaves people feeling happy, relaxed, and uplifted. If you need a daytime strain that can help push you through a typical Monday, this might be the hybrid for you.



Chemdog

Gas. When we see Chemdog, all we think is gas. 

This legendary strain, whose story began as some bagseed found at a 1970s Grateful Dead concert, is the reason why we all love cannabis flowers that produce a diesely flavor profile. Like most old school strains, no one really knows its genetic history. What we do know is that famous chemmy terpene profile and the extremely potent high that follows.

Chemdog is the definition of couch-locking cannabis. Just a couple hits may leave you too high for activities. Because of its mind-numbing effects that quickly spread throughout the body, it is often best to consume this hybrid towards the end of the day — or night, for that matter.



White Widow

White Widow is so fun to smoke. It’s truly one of my go-tos when I want a strain that’ll make me feel happy and care-free. And the flowers are beautiful with a thick, white coat of trichomes.

White Widow was bred by crossing a Brazilian landrace with a South Indian landrace. It’s the perfect hybrid in terms of a long-lasting experience with effects that won’t bog you down. Anyone looking for a relaxed yet social high can probably stop right here. 



GSC (formerly Girl Scout Cookies)

To know cannabis in 2020 is to know Cookies; it’s genetics are virtually inescapable at this point.

Formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies (but changed to GSC for legal reasons) this strain is the pride and joy of the Bay Area’s famous Cookie Fam. It’s a cross between Durban Poison and OG Kush that produces incredibly high THC percentages and long-lasting cerebral effects that apply to any time of day, much like OG Kush.



Original Glue (formerly GG#4)

Another strain, another name change due to legal reasons. 

Original Glue is the artist formerly known as Gorilla Glue #4. It’s a hybrid with a complex mix of Chem’s Sister, Chocolate Diesel, and Sour Dubb genetics. It tends to have an earthy and somewhat diesel aroma. 

If you came here looking for a hybrid that’ll lock you down for the next few hours, Original Glue was literally named for having effects so potent that consumers are left glued to the couch. 



Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake seems to be the newest people’s champ of hybrid cannabis strains. It’s a phenotype of Seed Junky’s Triangle Mints strain that was named for its supposed vanilla frosting taste. Unfortunately, many of us just think it tastes like earthy dough. 

The effects tend to follow the road paved by OG Kush and GSC, as anytime hybrids that produce a potent, long-lasting euphoria that often hits hardest in the mind. 



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8 Hybrid Strains to Smoke This Fall

Welcome to the time of the year when the high energy of summer has begun to wind down and we’re settling into the more relaxed rhythms of fall. When the sun is hot and outdoor activities are high, it’s a good time for uplifting sativa strains that match your social calendar full of events where you want to feel energized, happy and upbeat. But now that things are calming down before winter, the strains you’re choosing can start to reflect the new season.

Hybrid strains provide a nice balance between the floaty, cerebral high of sativas and the calming, body high from indica strains. They’re usually great to smoke any time of day, though some people may prefer to hold off on strains with heavier indica effects until the end of the day or another time when they can relax into the experience. If you’re looking for some new strains to try out while the leaves turn from green, take a look at the list below for some suggestions on where to start.

Gorilla Glue #5

This potent strain is good for anyone looking to experience the deeply calming effects of an indica strain along with the euphoria of a sativa at the same time. Prepare to feel relaxed and maybe a little sleepy along with a mood boost that will keep you pleasantly serene after just a few puffs.

Bruce Banner

The effects of this heavy hitter come on quick and intense with a mellow but energizing buzz that can lift even the lowest of spirits. It can help relieve stress, depression and even ease body pain and inflammation. Opt for this strain when you want a focused-but-stoney high where you’ll feel uplifted, creative and chill.

Skywalker OG

OG Kush (hybrid) and Skywalker (indica) are responsible for the strong body high and anxiety busting buzz of Skywalker OG. Though this strain is good for taking the edge off of insomnia, it won’t knock you out or keep you couch locked. By helping your body and mind slowly unwind simultaneously, you’ll feel at ease without being drained of energy when you start coming down.

LSD

Though you will benefit from the light pain relieving properties of this strain with a controversial name, it’s really known for its high THC content that will leave you feeling super buzzed and blissful. Expect a clear-headed, cerebral high that might be followed by an uptick in your appetite and your mood.

Dr. Who

For people who need deep relaxation but don’t want to feel worn out or lethargic, Dr. Who is a good choice for a buzz that won’t take you out of your comfort zone as long as you keep it moderate. It’s balanced genetics combine Timewreck (sativa) and Mad Scientist (indica) for a strong buzz that does wonders for pain, stress and nausea.

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Girl Scout Cookies

This quintessential Bay Area strain is both classic and common among smokers who can’t get enough of its rich flavor and sky high effects that come on immediately and linger for awhile. Be ready to feel pleasantly high and in good spirits. If you have a high tolerance, you may be able to still be productive, but not if your tasks require lots of concentration.

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Shangrila

Unlike some of the other strains that kick in fast and strong, this slow-building strain starts off mellow before pleasantly sweeping you away into a serene, zen-like high. Try this strain if you need some assistance melting away the stress from demanding schedule, want to decompress after a long day or need some relief from body pain.

springtime strains

Orange Velvet

Like the name suggests, this citrusy strain tastes and smells like orange sherbert and tastes almost like an orange creamsicle with a bit of skunkiness. This is a good choice for anyone who wants a sharp, concentrated high that won’t make them feel wiry or distract them during a busy day full of things to do.

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Weed Wordsearch – Strains of Bud

Today’s Weed Wordsearch is all about strains of bud! Don’t be fooled, this quest is not as easy as it seems. Fire up a doobie and get ready! To embark, search for the words listed below the puzzle.  When you find a word: Highlight the first letter by clicking on it once. Drag your cursor […]

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Trying cannabis for the first time? Read this first

Trying cannabis for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience, making it hard to know where to begin. Weed is meant to be relaxing. So, to help take the stress off, here is what you need to know before your first time. Don’t be afraid to ask questions Two pot smokers will happily share […]

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7 Cannabis Strains for Daytime Productivity During Quarantine

These quarantine days are getting hard to keep track of!  While some of us have finally got around to developing a routine that fits, others may be losing their steam. Whichever boat you’re on, check out our picks of cannabis strains for daytime productivity, that might just keep you afloat.   Durban Poison Cannabis Strain A […]

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6 Energizing Cannabis Strains for a Morning Pick-Me-Up

If you are trying to reduce the amount of coffee you’re drinking every morning, save some money by slowing down on your twice-a-day cafe run or just cut down on caffeine in general, there are energizing cannabis strains that you can still enjoy in the morning or midday that won’t leave you feeling drained, sleepy or low on energy. As a bonus, some of them can even help melt away tension in your body like a tight neck and shoulders and improve your mood all while stimulating your mind.

For people who need a little help staying focused, getting motivated or boosting their creativity, a quick sesh can make a big difference but it’s all about the strain choice. Need some help? Check out these hybrid and sativa-dominant energizing cannabis strains that are known for their uplifting effects that still allow you to focus, be productive and stay mentally clear as you blast through a day full of activities or catch your breath while you get your second wind.

(PHOTO Gracie Malley)

Super Lemon Haze

This bright, citrusy strain tastes just as good as it smells thanks to its limonene content. This potent terpene can aid in increasing energy, improving your mood and helping you feel invigorated when you need a bit of a kick and. It also has some great medical benefits from boosting your immune system to reducing inflammation which can help on days that you’re not feeling your best or a little tense from sitting at your desk all day.

Green Crack Morning Strains Sativa

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Green Crack

Although the name might sound a little daunting for the uninitiated, those who are familiar with this powerful strain will swear by its ability to beat fatigue and a bad mood without fail. It has a euphoric, long-lasting buzz that may have your head in the clouds if you overdo it, so less is definitely more if it’s your first time trying it out or if you need to remain present and focused without mentally floating away.

Golden Goat Outdoor Morning Strains  Energizing Cannabis Strains

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Golden Goat

Chill out without getting too sleepy with a balanced hybrid strain that will leave you feeling pleasantly calm and energized. This may be better suited for the tea drinker who gets their buzz from caffeinated brews and is looking for something just as smooth and subtle without a big jolt of misdirected energy. It’s also great for stress, anxiety and tension from burnout and back-to-back busy days.

Sour Diesel Strain Review by Cannabis Now Magazine Energizing Cannabis Strains

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Sour Diesel

Lovers and loyalists of Sour D will attest that there is no shortage of energy or creativity after a few hits of this uplifting, motivating sativa. You can plan to feel happy and energized with a nice cerebral buzz. It’s a good pick for people that consistently wake up on the wrong side of the bed and need some assistance improving their mood and combating stress and depression that might be associated with feeling overwhelmed about your day.

A Close-Up Image of the Strain AK-47

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AK-47

Though you can expect a mellow but invigorating high that will help you focus and maintain mental clarity as you start your day, this potent hybrid can hit really hard if you don’t take it easy. This strain might be a good choice for people who want a noticeable buzz from just a hit or two that will linger for much longer than expected. If you have the tolerance, though, you can settle in for a nice sesh and still be ready to face the day.

Candyland Strain in plastic bag sativa Energizing Cannabis Strains

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Candyland

Feeling frustrated or irritated? This fast-acting strain is good for mornings or coffee breaks where you don’t have a lot of time to medicate but need something to bust through an unpleasant attitude and keep it moving. It’s good for meetings and other activities that call for being upbeat, social and alert.

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6 Strains for a Morning Pick-Me-Up

If you are trying to reduce the amount of coffee you’re drinking every morning, save some money by slowing down on your twice-a-day cafe run or just cut down on caffeine in general, there are strains that you can still enjoy in the morning or midday that won’t leave you feeling drained, sleepy or low on energy. As a bonus, some of them can even help melt away tension in your body like a tight neck and shoulders and improve your mood all while stimulating your mind.

For people who need a little help staying focused, getting motivated or boosting their creativity, a quick sesh can make a big difference but it’s all about the strain choice. Need some help? Check out these hybrid and sativa-dominant strains that are known for their uplifting, energizing effects that still allow you to focus, be productive and stay mentally clear as you blast through a day full of activities or catch your breath while you get your second wind.

(PHOTO Gracie Malley)

Super Lemon Haze

This bright, citrusy strain tastes just as good as it smells thanks to its limonene content. This potent terpene can aid in increasing energy, improving your mood and helping you feel invigorated when you need a bit of a kick and. It also has some great medical benefits from boosting your immune system to reducing inflammation which can help on days that you’re not feeling your best or a little tense from sitting at your desk all day.

Green Crack Morning Strains Sativa

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Green Crack

Although the name might sound a little daunting for the uninitiated, those who are familiar with this powerful strain will swear by its ability to beat fatigue and a bad mood without fail. It has a euphoric, long-lasting buzz that may have your head in the clouds if you overdo it, so less is definitely more if it’s your first time trying it out or if you need to remain present and focused without mentally floating away.

Golden Goat Outdoor Morning Strains

(PHOTO SoFresh Farms)

Golden Goat

Chill out without getting too sleepy with a balanced hybrid strain that will leave you feeling pleasantly calm and energized. This may be better suited for the tea drinker who gets their buzz from caffeinated brews and is looking for something just as smooth and subtle without a big jolt of misdirected energy. It’s also great for stress, anxiety and tension from burnout and back-to-back busy days.

Sour Diesel Strain Review by Cannabis Now Magazine

 (PHOTO Julia Daigle)

Sour Diesel

Lovers and loyalists of Sour D will attest that there is no shortage of energy or creativity after a few hits of this uplifting, motivating sativa. You can plan to feel happy and energized with a nice cerebral buzz. It’s a good pick for people that consistently wake up on the wrong side of the bed and need some assistance improving their mood and combating stress and depression that might be associated with feeling overwhelmed about your day.

A Close-Up Image of the Strain AK-47

(PHOTO Serious Seeds)

AK-47

Though you can expect a mellow but invigorating high that will help you focus and maintain mental clarity as you start your day, this potent hybrid can hit really hard if you don’t take it easy. This strain might be a good choice for people who want a noticeable buzz from just a hit or two that will linger for much longer than expected. If you have the tolerance, though, you can settle in for a nice sesh and still be ready to face the day.

Candyland Strain in plastic bag sativa

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Candyland

Feeling frustrated or irritated? This fast-acting strain is good for mornings or coffee breaks where you don’t have a lot of time to medicate but need something to bust through an unpleasant attitude and keep it moving. It’s good for meetings and other activities that call for being upbeat, social and alert.

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