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Whether you call it cuddle season, hibernation mode, or the countdown to Christmas, October and November are the time of the year when curling up with a cup of weed tea and a good book feels right. As the days get shorter, these strains will help boot the anxiety that comes with having less light and boost the desire to spend the long nights learning something new or escaping the wet weather through the pages of a book.
Like almost any professional writer out there, here at Herb we evidently have a deeply felt love for two things; weed and books.
The thing here is that choosing the right flower for a swift reading session can be challenging. If you go with low THC content you might not even see the point of consuming weed when you read. If you go overboard with THC, then you might not understand the point of the book at all.
So here’s an idea. Start with something you’re sure you’ll be able to handle. A cannabinoid that won’t get you buzzed but will still provide that chill focused attention that reading a good piece of literature requires.
Sour G CBG is a Sativa strain that does exactly that. Without any psychoactive effects what so ever, this artist’s source of envy is an extremely rare and extremely pleasant smoking herb. Keep your wits but feel openminded enough to understand ideas in an unorthodox way. Expect that and delicious citrus peppery smells that make this flower incredibly enjoyable.
The smell on this flower is fruit-based, with gas and diesel notes thanks to its parents Sour Tsunami and Early Resin Berry. Dense buds are multicolored, showing purple, orange, and green hues. This high CBD hybrid features an ample terpene profile, which makes it one of the best strains for chilling out. Sour Space Candy produces a calming and relaxing mood perfect for a moment of tranquil reading and enjoyment.
Recommended read: One Hundred Years of Solitude
This novel is one of the most important and significant books of the 20th century. It is the masterpiece of Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The book tells the story of the magical town of Macondo and the Buendía family, in Colombia. It is a book that talks about life, death, love, war, and is in turn a reflection of the history of Latin America, written with the exquisite and unique style of one of the best writers in history. Definitely a must-read for any literature enthusiast.
This potent indica is recognized for its sticky, dense buds filled with astringent berry smells and pink stigmas. The subtle berry sweetness lends way to an earthy undertone that persists through the smoke, leaving you calm and relaxed. We recommend you use this strain at night, cozied up somewhere comfortable, and paired with your favorite beverage. The calming effects of this indica will let you dive headfirst into your book and then get you ready for a night of restful sleep.
Recommended read: The Stranger
Written by the writer, philosopher, and Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus, this novel tells the story of Meursault, an Algerian Frenchman who finds reality to be absurd and unapproachable. Camus’s work warns about the man who is being created. It is a complaint against a society that forgets the individual. It was premonitory regarding the western citizen that society will find itself after World War II. Camus wrote a provocative work against the background of the torn face of a Europe wounded and violated by two world wars.
This strain has all the stress-relieving medicinal qualities of cannabis, such as relief from stress and anxiety, with very little risk of paranoia. Most often, this strain has THC levels of no more than 6 percent, while CBD hovers between 6 and 16 percent. After a little Harlequin, you’ll feel pleasantly relaxed with ample amounts of mental clarity, which is the perfect combination for delving into a good book.
Recommended read: The Birth House
At 17 Dora, who was born with a caul over her head, which in folklore, is a sign of a child born with magical abilities, is chosen to be an apprentice and successor to the local midwife, Miss Babineau, an old Acadian woman widely viewed as a witch. The Birth House travels through history, covering war, influenza, the Halifax Explosion, and the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.
Green Crack is healing and uplifting, and can often feel like wandering down a path of self-discovery and self-awareness. This strain relaxes the muscles and lifts the mood with a balanced head and body buzz.
Recommended read: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
This book challenges the conventions of self-help by inviting the reader to become comfortable with being different and caring about something more important than the status quo. It’s hilariously written and will have you laughing out loud, and possibly changing your life.
Save this strain for a night where couch-lock is the goal. The high from this herb is extremely physical. Drowsy and heavy-lidded, this strain offers a strong body high can last up to a couple of hours. With a THC content of up to 22 percent, this herb has powerful sedative effects that will make the right kind of book all the dreamier.
Recommended read: The Alchemist
The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, he asks a Romani fortune-teller in a nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. Life lessons ensue.
For individuals diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, this marijuana strain is almost always the go-to choice for dealing with the inability to maintain mental clarity or productivity. This strain is ideal if the book has you locked in and you’re in the mood to stay up past your typical bedtime. It’s also perfect for students needing to cram textbooks into their brains, as this charming flower has a way of inspiring a pleasant mood and making just about any activity a little more enjoyable.
Recommended read: A Short History of Nearly Everything
In a way that’s both humorous and approachable, this book explains everything we’ve learned about our world and the universe so far, including how they formed, how we learned to make sense of time, space, and gravity, why it’s such a miracle that we’re alive and how much of our planet is still a complete mystery to us.
An upbeat and friendly strain all around, this beautiful hybrid with its dense purple buds and plenty of glistening trichomes, is one to break out when you’re hanging with friends (the perfect book club strain?) or in need of a serious de-stress session.
Recommended read: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Earthling Arthur Dent facing the bulldozing of his house. This is due to occur in order to create room for a motorway bypass. Arthur’s friend Ford Prefect comes along and tells Arthur three important things: 1) He, Ford, is an alien from Beetlegeuse; 2) He, Ford, is a writer for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and 3) The Earth is about to be destroyed. Ford helps Arthur to escape with him on a Vogon ship.
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