Illustration by James the Stanton

Illustration by James the Stanton

The Strains of Spring

These eight cannabis varieties will compliment your seasonal vibes.

As the weather begins to warm up, Seattleites’ minds tend to drift to a few choice activities which embody the season: communing with new friends, frolicking in nature, and getting sexy. Here are a collection of tasty strains that complement the spirit of spring, nearly all of which are available in several locations across the region in flower, concentrate, and edible form. Happy spring!

For some, many cannabis strains can ramp up social anxiety. This is a problem with the uptick in neighborly stranger interaction at the courtyard parties, cookouts on the stoop (or in the alley), or hangs at the corner park that all become bigger parts of our routines as the weather gets nicer. If you’re like me, you’ll probably be high but still wanting to maintain around members of your community whom you might see only in passing while rushing for the bus.

A strain with low THC like the indica Aliens on Moonshine gives a CBD-rich experience that’s relatively mellow—an uplifting and clear-headed high with herbal notes and citrus flavors. If you’re cool with a stronger buzz, check out the aptly named hybrid Orange Blossom. With deep, sweet orange notes, this strain provides a relaxed, chatty high perfect for hanging out and getting to know new acquaintances.

For others, it’s all about getting out of the city as soon as possible to hike, camp, and savor nature. One trendy option for communing with the elements is the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” It’s part of a larger global movement of eco-therapy, wherein practitioners hang out in natural settings and get health benefits. It’s actually been proven scientifically that breathing the phytoncides given off by trees has health benefits. (Of course, witches, medicine people, and shamans have been telling you this forever.) I guess our parents were on to something when we were glued to our various screens and they frustratedly said, “Go outside.”

If you are heading to the woods, the ocean, or some other natural setting, take along strains like Zen, Dream Queen, or Jesus OG. Their calming and pain-reducing effects support long, meditative excursions through Washington’s verdant backcountry—say, Mount Rainier, Ocean Shores, or Discovery Park. And with earthy, woody flavor palettes, all three strains complement the terpenes you’ll be breathing in from all that nature.

Of course, when the glittering sun comes out and the air fills with sweet-scented flower jizz (editor’s note: ewwwww), many people discover they are feeling a little randy, a little frisky, a little playful. After all, Seattle is one of the top 20 most sexually active cities in the country.

However you choose to engage with this energy—alone for a sensual spa night, with a special someone (or group of someones) on a midnight romp in the park, or breakin’ hearts at the club in your hottest look—strains like the indica Gooberry, the hybrid Pink Cookies, or the sativa Dutch Haze can emphasize whatever sexy vibes you might be experiencing. All three are sweet with a fruity, berry flavor, which provides a nice taste for kissing lips. All three provide a clear aphrodisiac effect, a tingling sensation throughout your body, a sense of euphoria, and a boost in stamina.

Go get some, Seattle.

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