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With the holidays right around the corner, acting lovingly and spending time with friends & family is possibly #1 on most people’s lists. But it’s not always easy to do so. So, we’ve put together a few lists of strains with different properties that we believe fit the holiday season like a ring on a finger.
In the Herb family, we believe that every happy and ‘heartwarming’ emotion we feel throughout our lives is a direct result of the way we see life itself. The way we react, the way we interact, and the way we love.
At times, it might seem difficult to act with love. Sometimes love gets lost in the cloudiness of what life has turned out to be; what our day-to-day looks like, the fights, disagreements, and the stress. Which, unfortunately, are all a part of life.
However, there is an upside to these otherwise ill-feeling emotions; without them, we wouldn’t be able to recognize love, and perhaps it would be more difficult to recognize when we’re walking away from a path of happiness. When this happens there are many ways to correct it. Some might focus on yoga, spending more time with loved ones, or exercising. These are all valid ways to go about it, but sometimes we might need a little boost.
Slowly but surely, more and more people are hopping on the cannabis bandwagon. And just to be clear, we’re not preaching cannabis as a way to be happy, because at the end of the day whenever you become codependent on any substance to feel happy, then you’ve got a problem. Whether that substance is cannabis or coffee isn’t relevant.
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What we’re preaching here is that cannabis definitely has an array of properties that make us feel different, and in our personal experience, we feel it helps us open our minds to that ideal ‘us’.
With the holidays right around the corner, acting lovingly and spending time with friends & family is possibly #1 on most people’s lists. But as we mentioned before, it’s not always easy to do so. So, we’ve put together a few lists of strains with different properties that we believe fit the holiday season like a ring on a finger.
Social events are a significant component of the holiday season. Secret Santa parties and the number of family gatherings spikes up during November and December. One of the most common uses for cannabis among frequent consumers is using it to help cope with social anxiety.
But contrary to popular belief, the strongest strain is not always the best one for social situations. In fact, as non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBG and CBD gain popularity, more and more consumers are edging towards them when it comes to social interactions.
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Cannaflower’s Berry Cobbler is a juicy indoor strain that bursts with earthy fruit flavor and an almost decadent balance of flavors. A feature that the beginner stoner could appreciate because it hides the herbal scents and aromas of cannabis.
But what truly makes Berry Cobbler worthy of getting on this list is the fact that Cannaflower cultivates this strain from a stand-out Berry Blossom phenotype with higher levels of Myrcene, Humulene, and Bisabolol giving it an array of wonderfully relaxing properties suited to help you glide through the stresses of the holiday season.
Lifter is a go-to for seasoned CBD consumers that know what hemp is all about. A staple strain with aromatically intriguing scents that come with an onset of uplifting and euphoric effects without the fogginess caused by THC.
Lifter CBD flower is a Sativa-dominant strain that most people use as an aid to getting sh!t done. Something accomplished easily with a CBD content that may scale all the way up to 22% and sounds like exactly the sort of thing you want to be taking when entertaining a truck-load of people.
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Chocolope is an enticingly rich velvety flower bud made by crossing Cannalope Haze and Chocolate Thai strains. This cross results in a deliciously crafted bud with undertones of chocolate creaminess and coffee-like sweetness. The usual effect of Chocolope includes a euphoric aura of happiness that turns even the most introverted of persons into a happy-go-lucky cat.
I’ve had a few goes at Tangie myself when I feel a rise in anxiety that I know will affect my ability to interact as I normally would. Anxiety attacks are something you begin to identify once you’ve had one or two in a row, but there never seems to be an answer as to why they happen. At least not in my case; I live a pretty nice life and feel incredibly happy with the way it goes, but anxiety seems to find these details frivolous.
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Tangie contains around 19% – 22% THC, making it an extremely potent Sativa-dominant hybrid. In my personal experience, I’ve found Tangie to provide just enough energy to keep me going but not so much so that it becomes overwhelming and makes me look foolish. Probably one of my favorites for social situations, and this includes family gatherings.
Chilling out is what the holidays are all about, or at least that’s how it should be. The problem is having family around, whether you love and enjoy their company or not, can turn out to be a tad overwhelming. This means all those ‘chill’ vibes you were looking forward to… OUT THE WINDOW!
But it doesn’t have to be like that. Marijuana can be a powerful aid in reaching that state of mind where nothing really matters and everything feels lovely. Where your mood swings seem to be held back by the tight grip of a well-trained coachman.
If you’re effectively looking for that aid, then Indica strains might be your best bet. Although, Indica strains may also be a double-edged sword if your dosing is off and if you don’t know your tolerance. Remember, you want to chill out, you don’t want to pass out.
We’ll get into high-THC flowers in a minute, but for the time being, we’ll start with this delightful Indica-dominant hemp strain that packs an 11% CBD content. Created by crossing Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom, this carefully engineered flower bud will fill your palate with extremely tasty berry and citrus flavors.
We’ve described this bud before as a perfect mid-week evening bud that will help you engage with the remainder of the week in a light-hearted way. A feature that also fits the holidays like it was made for them. This flower bud will help melt the stress away and allow you to say ‘yes’ to the happiness that the holidays should bring.
A classic among classics. One of the Herb family’s favorite strains, bred from Afghani and Thai landrace strains and standing at the top of the list of history’s most legendary Indica strains.
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Northern Lights delivers spice-filled scents and almost earthy undertones with a relaxed feeling of controlled euphoria. We like taking Northern Lights in the evenings when we’re just trying to unwind, watch a movie, or soak in what’s happening around us. We haven’t found much success with Northern Lights as a ‘go-to-sleep’ strain, which actually makes it the perfect bud for the holidays.
Potently delicious, this strain is our go-to when it’s time to sit on the couch and not move. This might not sound like the best strain for family gatherings after that introduction, but it’s definitely one that will get you through the boring times that come with the holidays without too much hassle.
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While highly potent and mildly Indica-leaning, GSC will also help bring out that creative, uplifted, and happy-go-lucky personality trapped underneath that hard-shell, that’s assuming you have a hard shell of course. The point is, GSC is a delight, with or without company, and one of our favorites on the list.
Blueberry is another Indica legendary strain that has helped yours truly through some rough nights. One thing about the holidays is that it may get a bit hard to sleep if you’re constantly entertaining or partying. The body is all worked up and the mind is going a hundred miles per hour, so when it’s time to hop in bed the mind just keeps spinning like a fishing reel just hooked a marlin.
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We’re risking it a little bit here, I won’t lie. Green Crack is an extremely potent Skunk and Afghani cross with about 20% THC content. The sweet flavor of this strain makes it an incredibly enjoyable smoke, but do not let the exotic-like undertones fool you because Green Crack has a ton of horsepower underneath that gentle-looking hood.
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Green Crack is a hybrid with Indica-dominant leniency. This bud can either be numbing and almost sedating or it can provide a jolt of energy. We’ve heard Green Crack go either way for different people, but when your tolerance is right and you take it easy with this one, Green Crack can actually prove to be a nice chill strain.