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Let’s face it, watching a presidential debate without cannabis can be insufferable. Yet, with all of the choices out there, which ones are the most applicable? To make things go a little easier, here are 11 strains for the next debate.

1. Obama Kush

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With two new candidates duking it out, why not pay respects to the man leaving the office? Hailing from Michigan, this indica crosses landrace Afghani with legendary OG Kush.

So, expect a deeply sedative experience from this strain. If you’re anxious about the debate, Obama is sure to provide a soothing and calming sensation.

If you actually manage to find this coveted bud, the THC content can range from about 14 to 21%. Newbies should check with their supplier or budtender for information on potency. After all, you wouldn’t want to fall asleep and miss the show!

2. Presidential OG

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We have Royal Queen Seeds to thank for this beauty. Presidential OG is a sweet and kushy indica cross between Bubble Gum and OG Kush. This strain has around 23% THC on average, adding a heavy euphoric effect to an otherwise physically calming experience.

Be prepared to sit for a while after a few tastes of this flower. The high THC content and the plush OG Kush heritage make Presidential OG a couch-locking strain. Get ready to camp out with some snacks and watch the debate.

3. Capitan America OG

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It’s time we elect our new leader. But who will be the next Capitan? While this strain was named for the comic, it’s an equally apt choice for the upcoming presidential debate. A 50/50

A 50/50 hybrid, this balanced bud might be especially appropriate for those with more centrist political views.

As a precaution, some Capitan America OG flowers can reach a soaring 25% THC. So, new consumers might want to sit this one out. Those with experience can expect a hard-hitting yet versatile smoke.

4. Amnesia Haze

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For some, presidential debates can be traumatic. When you’ve temporarily lost all faith in humanity, sometimes it’s just better to forget. For that, you need Amnesia Haze. This psychedelic sativa was born and bred in Europe.

The THC content regularly exceeds 22%, meaning that your mind will be taken far, far away from the show in front of you. Instead, you’ll be met with a pleasant, hazy euphoria with plenty of giggles.

5. G-13

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If you’re hoping to find strains with a government theme, add G-13 to the ticket. Rumor has it this indica is a government lab escapee. Created after multiple generations of crossing extremely potent strains, this mysterious flower was smuggled out of a federal sponsored grow operation and released to the masses for underground cultivation.

Is this story actually true? It’s difficult to say. But, be prepared for a full-on couch locked experience from this bud. The THC levels in this herb regularly test over 20%, so brace yourself for a powerful high.

6. Diablo OG

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Are you convinced (or both) of the candidates has arisen from the underground? No need to get so heated. Why not take the edge off with this mellow indica-dominant hybrid?

While Diablo OG may sound a bit threatening, this strain is fairly mild. It is a pleasant flower that produces a calm, clear-headed, and relaxed vibe. Expect to feel jolly even when a poorly answered question has you seeing red. With 17% THC, new consumers can give it a go.

7. AK-47

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One of the areas of hot debate this year is gun control. No matter where you stand on the issue, this flower is a true peace offering. There’s no room for hostility after a few puffs of this award-winning sativa hybrid.

While AK-47 is another bud with a harsh name, the plant couldn’t be more uplifting. The overall experience is focused, clear, and creative. Yet, some indica heritage in the mix adds in a nice and gentle body relaxation to the mix. The THC in this strain is about 17% on average.

8. Mr. Nice

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This strain is named after legendary Welsh drug smuggler Howard Marks, who the Feds sent U.S. prison in the 1990s. Marks experienced the failures of the War on Drugs firsthand, a war that is sure to be under-discussed in the next debate. Yet, this strain is appropriate for another reason. U.S. politics can use a little more Nice.

A drowsy indica, the effects of this strain will knock out muscle tension and pain. If you find yourself at the edge of your seat, a few puffs of Mr. Nice will help you sink back into your chair and find some inner zen. The THC content in this strain runs about 18%, making it a moderately potent flower.

9. Trainwreck

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Between personal jabs, big personalities, and avoiding the topic, it’s safe to expect every presidential debate to be a total trainwreck.

If you’re hoping to keep up with the responses and stay relaxed at the same time, you may need a little help. Trainwreck the strain is a quality sativa-dominant hybrid.

The clear-headed, euphoric, and focused sativa effects come on fast and strong. Yet, more physical effects creep in as the experience wears on. The result is an uplifting experience without raciness or agitation. These are some much-needed qualities when watching a disaster unfold in real time.

10. Sour Tsunami

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All of the strains listed so far have been high in THC. The psychoactive can be helpful if you’re hoping to create a nice cushion of separation between yourself and American politics. But, for those looking for something easy, alert, and calm, a high-CBD strain might do the trick.

Sour Tsunami produces close to a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. For the most part, this strain is nonpsychoactive. If there is a high at all, it is extremely mild. Rather, this hybrid will do little more than take the edge off of any anxiousness or excitement about the coming event.

11. Skywalker

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For many, it can be difficult to call either presidential candidate a hero. So, when you want a real champion to rescue you, it’s best to turn to Skywalker. Skywalker is an easy indica that will quite anxiety and get rid of any nervous knots in your stomach.

With 15% THC on average, this mild-mannered flower provides just enough psychoactive to elevate your mood, but not enough to put you to sleep. Rather, you’ll likely experience a calm sedation that puts you in the right headspace to tackle some controversial issues.

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Anna Wilcox

Anna Wilcox is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for cannabis and natural health. Contact her on Twitter @delilahbfield.
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