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The Best Strains For Playing Video Games

There is no doubt, that gaming and weed are a match made in heaven.

Weed these days is good for just about everything, and improving the way you play video games is no exception. Gaming is all about optimization, and if you like to play stoned, choosing the right strain of weed to play with is almost as important as choosing the player.

Who doesn’t like to play high? Sometimes for increased focus, concentration, getting involved in the game, or simply optimizing your ability. Finding the best strain to play while high may require a bit of trial and error, but whatever your purpose is, we can assure you there is an ideal strain for it.

Everyone has a different reaction to terpenes and cannabinoids, but we have perceived a consistent pattern that users report when consuming certain strains.

What To Look For

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A good starting point is to consider what you want to feel. If you’re playing a game that requires a lot of concentration, look for Sativa-dominant strains. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something to help you relax, choose an indica-dominant strain, although you’ll probably end up sleeping. Hybrids are always the middle ground that can be a great option.

Strains strong in terpenes like limonene and pinene are recommended for fast-paced games that require a lot of concentration, such as Call of Duty.

Calmer games like Assassin’s Creed go well with relaxing compounds like myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, and CBD.

With that in mind, here are eight strains you should try while gaming.

Cereal Milk

Cereal Milk is a premium hybrid ideal for playing video games as it has the perfect balance between happy euphoria and relaxation without causing a couch lock.

The effects of Cereal Milk’s dominant terpenes, caryophyllene, and limonene, make it one of the best strains for gaming marijuana. Together they relieve stress, help with anxiety and enhance calmness and concentration.

A little Cereal Milk helps to clear the mind and relax the body, so you’re playing ‘in the zone,’ fully immersed in the game you’re in.

OG Kush

This strain is ideal for calmer games like Assassin’s Creed and Cyberpunk 2077. The humulene and beta-caryophyllene from the pepper are relaxing, but the pinene and limonene help with concentration and keep you awake.

OG Kush is one of the most popular strains in the gaming world, being an indica-dominant hybrid. Its sedative effects are just what you need if you want to get home and dominate your favorite video game.

OG Kush is famous for its pleasantly euphoric effects. These upbeat, heady effects are accompanied by a major Indica body high. While your mood may be light and airy, your body will probably be glued to the couch.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a great and very versatile strain. It is sativa-dominant, known for producing relaxing effects combined with cerebral euphoria, energy, and concentration. A complete mix of sensations.

This strain gives off a happy and upbeat vibe. It is not overly energetic or talkative, but still friendly and social. It won’t lull you to sleep or lock you on the couch. Blue Dream is an ideal strain for gaming sessions.

This strain provides a pleasant cerebral high with just the right amount of Indica body relaxation. Blue dream enhances creativity and imaginative thinking, ideal for games with stories that allow you to immerse yourself in them.

Durban Mango

Durban Mango is a popular strain for gamers. This fruity sativa strain is highly uplifting, allowing you to have a positive outlook no matter what the game throws at you, ideal for those gaming marathons where you may be glued to the video game for hours.

After a few tokes, be prepared for a gradual, upbeat mental high, along with a body high that won’t weigh you down.

Pineapple Express

This strain is probably one of the best known. And in the world of gaming, it is not far behind.

Pineapple Express is a hybrid known to offer consumers a higher concentration, as well as a happy high with a tropical flavor. Its main terpenes are pinene, limonene, and caryophyllene.

The high tends to start in the head, with a happy kick and a positive sense of well-being. Although sativa-dominant, the strain achieves a balance between body and mind.

Everything you do will be touched by a sort of relaxed, blissful, happy marijuana glow, and your favorite video games are no exception.

Jack Herer

Jack Herer is a happy and uplifting sativa with smooth body effects. Perfect for players who need an electric mental edge.

This strain has a woody, earthy smell with hints of citrus. Its terpene profile includes terpinolene, caryophyllene, and pinene. Terpinolene creates a clear-headed effect, while pinene helps keep you alert and focused on your game.

Its mental effects are leaning towards the intellectual, creative, and uplifting side while providing a mild body high. Jack Herer is perfect for playing video games because it produces cerebral effects that are energizing and increase concentration.


The AK-47 is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain perfect for players who need a balanced and complete effect.

It has a skunky and floral smell with hints of spice.

Its terpene profile contains myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene, and produces a powerful cerebral high for players who want to be alert and focused. AK-47 provides an upbeat, happy experience that fades into a sleepy physical relaxation.

At low doses, this strain can get the creative juices flowing. This plant is perfect for social activities or tasks of medium complexity, like playing your favorite video game. Ideal for games like Gears of War and CoD.

Strawberry Cough

If there is a cannabis strain that is ideal for video games, is Strawberry Cough. This strain perfectly combines clarity, lucidity, and elevated mood. It is a pair of VR goggles for the brain that enhances concentration.

Strawberry Cough is perfect for intellectually challenging games like Portal, as it helps you focus and think outside the box.

Expect to be energized and overcome by a sense of euphoria. Plus you’ll feel like you’re coughing up strawberries. This sativa produces an energetic and clear-headed experience. Although this strain is a sativa, it tends to provide a slight body high that promotes physical relaxation. In general, however, expect mental effects.

Final Opinion

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It all depends on your personal preference and the game you are playing. Usually, sativas are used for games that require more concentration, while indicas allow you to join the game as if you were on the screen.

These strains will enhance the overall gaming experience to such an extent that you may even think you are cheating.

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