We all deserve moments of euphoria to ease the stress of the modern world. Maybe an escape from reality without actually going MIA.
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.
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.
You might not think of Indicas in your search for euphoria, but you’d be mistaken.
Although Sativas specializes in the heady high that energizes and lifts 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 won’t have you jumping off the walls but 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 because you’re in for a boost of focus and joy. This way, those mundane daily tasks have a little pizzazz.
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 Diesel, is great for lifting the mood and easing 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 in a jiffy.
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 effects of Blue Dream offer an excellent balance for those seeking intense euphoria without 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.
This sour, mind-bending strain delivers a truly cosmic effect that shoots you out of the atmosphere before easing physical discomforts and leaving 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.
A crossover between Granddaddy Purple and Platinum Cookies, this sweet and talkative strain is perfect for a social gathering or 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, 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 stimulation you’ll need to gain some new perspectives about 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 effects by easing your aches and pains, aiding insomnia, and promoting a healthy appetite. Gazing and admiring this flower is a common activity for its users.
Coating the flower are beautiful frosty nugs with sparkling pink and purple tones, making for 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 users cough and experience dry mouth, but the sweet-tasting herb delivers a potent high that invigorates and lifts 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’ll get you 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 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, this tropical delight is a must-try.
Legendary, also known as Legend OG, quickly soothes the body while balancing the effects with a pleasant cerebral high.
This Indica strain is an ideal option for those who wish for a taste of euphoria that’s accompanied by a blissful and calming body high.
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 showed my friend around San Francisco, and I’m living 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.
It’s a legendary Sativa strain that packs all the energy and euphoria you could dream of.
If we’ve learned anything, you definitely shouldn’t smoke this strain outside of a dangerous drug dealer’s house that you’re about to serve a lawsuit to.
At least that’s what Seth Rogen’s character learned in the 2008 film Pineapple Express.
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.
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) every girl scout cookie season, and the namesake strain delivers a similarly blissful state of mind.
Although a hybrid, GSC does lean more towards Indica, providing full-body relaxation after a buzz of euphoria. How could you go wrong with Snoop Dogg’s favorite strain?