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Every human should have access to feelings of elation and euphoria to help ease the stress of this world. Whatever euphoria means to you, whether it’s like Dr. Strange in an immersive meditation or the joker hanging out of a stolen cop car, here’s a list of some of the absolute best strains to reach that euphoric state we all love.
It gives you the increased dopamine levels that you seek and result in a state of absolute elation.
Introducing feelings of euphoria to someone experiencing intense anxiety or depression can be an incredibly illuminating experience that completely changes their state of mind and outlook on life.
You might not think of indicas in your search for euphoria, but you’d be mistaken. Although sativas specialize in the heady high that energizes and lift you up, indicas and hybrids also produce a feeling of intense elation.
Bubba Kush is a sedating indica that offers a type of euphoria that, while it won’t have you jumping off the walls, will induce a lulling, dreamy state of bliss.
This citrusy sativa is pleasant to multiple senses, giving off a strong tangerine aroma and a sweet, tropical taste. The dominant terpene in Tangie is myrcene, known to produce a calming effect. Myrcene is also found in mango, lemongrass, and thyme.
You’ll want to make your do-to list before smoking this strain, as you are in for a boost of focus and joy. You can also count on increased creativity to pair along with your euphoria, making Tangie an essential strain for those who enjoy the psychoactive benefits of our favorite plant.
Sour Diesel is properly named, considering it is gassing you up for a wild ride. One of my favorite sativa-dominant strains, Sour D is great for lifting that mood and easing your anxiety and/or depression.
If you tend to be an overthinker, this strain will ease your mind without making you tired or sluggish. Perfect for a day out on the town or spent inside cleaning the house, this strain will get you going with a quickness.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of partaking in a session featuring the amazing Blue Dream, then you need to stop at your local dispensary immediately. A dream indeed, this strain brings a cerebral effect that will keep you coming back for more.
While it is sativa dominant, this hybrid also alleviates certain bodily issues like nausea, loss of appetite, and chronic pain. This is due to the small amount of CBD and CBN present in the bud. The creative, yet relaxing Blue Dream offers a great balance for those seeking strong euphoria without the paranoia.
With a high CBD percentage (usually above 15%), this sweet, fruity hybrid gives you the best of both worlds, or universes, for that matter. A truly cosmic effect is delivered by this sour, mind-bending strain that shoots you up out of the atmosphere before easing your physical discomforts and leaves you with a tingly buzz.
This CBD-dominant strain is equipped with terpenes like myrcene, caryophyllene, and humulene, that bestow a plethora of positive effects like calmness, relaxed muscles, reduced inflammation, and mood regulation.
Mimicking a sugar rush without the sugar, Candyland gets your blood flowing better than any pack of skittles ever could. The crossover between Granddaddy Purple and Platinum Cookies, this sweet and social strain is perfect for a social gathering or for overcoming a case of the blues. Artists of any kind will want to keep a few nugs near, just in case the need for a creative boost presents itself.
The prominent terpene present in Candyland is caryophyllene, which is the only terpene known to act as a Cannabinoid. That means that on top of its psychoactive effects, the strain also supplies a variety of medical advantages.
Finally, a form of pineapple we can all agree on pairs well with pizza! If you’re interested in a stroll around dreamland, this is the strain for you. Transporting you to a parallel dimension, this tropical sativa-dominant hybrid is great for soothing nerves, fatigue, and stress.
The euphoric state brought upon by Pineapple Haze is just the intellectual inebriation you’ll need to get some new perspectives on whatever’s on your mind.
This strain will make you feel like you’re on your honeymoon. You’ll be relaxed enough to chill at the beach, yet energized and focused enough to go the distance with your new life partner. With continued use, the strain will exhibit its indica-dominant features by easing your aches and pains, aiding insomnia, and promoting a healthy appetite. Strictly looking and admiring this flower is a common activity for its users.
Beautiful frosty nugs with pink and purple tones and a sparkling resin coat surrounding the flower, this is truly one of the most visually pleasing strains out there.
Rumored to be a cross between Strawberry Fields and Haze, this overly sativa breed of bud will no doubt give you a case of giggles while stimulating your mind. The fruity smell is intoxicating and uplifting, just like the strain itself.
Strawberry Cough certainly lives up to its name by making lots of users cough and experience dry mouth, but the sweet-tasting herb delivers a potent high that invigorates and bolsters your mood.
Kid Cudi tried to tell you, but in case you weren’t listening, I’ll reiterate the effective and empowering properties of this strain that will get you nice and ready for the luau. A favorite sativa of mine, this island-inspired strain will have you feeling like you’re on a beach somewhere without a care in the world.
This list has had some absolute gems so far, and Maui Wowie is definitely on the Mount Rushmore of euphoria-inducing strains. The perfect solution to a lack of inspiration, make sure you try this tropical delight!
Legendary, also known as Legend OG, delivers a sudden soothing of the body while balancing with a nice cerebral effect. This strain would be the ideal choice for those hoping to have a taste of euphoria that is elevated by a considerable calming of the body.
If you’re looking to unwind after a rough day at the office or intense workout, take a few puffs of this sticky and fragrant gift to mankind.
The last time I smoked Jack Herer was when I was showing my friend around San Francisco, and I can offer proof that this shit is no joke! We ventured all around that city, crossing landmarks off the list like we were getting paid to do so.
From Fisherman’s Wharf to Lombard Street, Alcatraz to Golden Gate Park, our friend Jack delivered an intense, creative, and lucid high that got us through the day with smiles on our faces and a pep in our step.
So you’re not gonna want to smoke this outside of a dangerous drug dealer’s house that you’re about to serve a lawsuit to, as I’m sure you wouldn’t do such a thing. Fortunately, your favorite dispensary should have Pineapple Express so you can save yourself from a night of running from a said drug dealer and his cronies.
A fantastic sativa-dominant hybrid that inspired the blockbuster movie, this strain will have you singing ‘electric avenue’ at the top of your lungs while living your best life!
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Possibly the Gandalf of the pot, this classic and celebrated hybrid delivers a potent high that gives a good balance of cerebral and relaxed. This strain has been partnered to produce so many hybrids (basically any strain with ‘OG’ in the name) that have blessed our dispensaries, including Skywalker OG, Headband, and GSC.
Initially delivering a heady, uplifting spark to the brain, OG Kush also provides relief for body aches and migraines.
Speaking of OG Kush, how about its offspring Girl Scout Cookies (GSC). If you’re like me, you feel a sense of euphoria during that first bite of caramel delights (Samoas) each girl scout cookie season, but the namesake strain delivers a similarly blissful state of mind.
Although a hybrid, GSC does lean more towards an indica, providing full-body relaxation after a buzz of euphoria. How could you go wrong with Snoop Dogg’s favorite strain?
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