As you may know, it can be difficult to explain the experience of getting high to someone who’s never tried weed. If you ask a seasoned stoner how many different ways cannabis can make you feel, they’ll generally tell you the myriad effects fall under a few umbrellas, such as energizing, uplifting, euphoric, relaxing, or sleepy. There are many different types of "weed highs" if you will.
If you ask a scientist how many different ways cannabis can make you feel, they’ll tell you an infinite amount that depends on multiple factors both relating to the strain and your mood. What is it about cannabis that makes you feel so many different effects?
General consensus is that the varied, subjective effects are due to THC causing different patterns of functional connectivity in the brain. The different effects come from how much these different patterns and connections talk to each other on any given day.
So, once you consume THC, your brain changes the way it talks to itself. Some parts of it may become more active than usual, causing you to feel energized or uplifted; others parts of it may become less active, causing you to feel relaxed or sleepy.
One interesting way to think of consuming marijuana and its effects is as a home stereo system. You’ve got one dial for the bass, one dial for the treble, one for the volume, and so on. Every dial is always tuned to something, and you’re just tuning them to different ratios depending on the strain you choose.
And with that, here are five of the best strains to set your dials to feeling energized, uplifted, euphoric, relaxed, or sleepy. We'll also categorize them by the types of weed highs they give off.
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Green Crack is a great example of a cannabis strain that usually adjusts a person’s knobs to a more energizing experience. Initially bred way back in the 1970s, it’s a legendary sativa that tastes like earthy citrus terpenes and is great for daytime use. Its three most common terpenes are myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.
Jack Herer was created in the Netherlands in the mid-1990s, where it was later distributed by Dutch pharmacies as a medical-grade strain. Since then, this spicy, pine-scented strain has taken home many awards for its quality.
Durban Poison has gained popularity worldwide for its sweet smell and energetic, uplifting effects. This is the perfect strain to help you stay productive through a busy day, when exploring the outdoors, or to lend a spark of creativity.
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If you want something uplifting, Sour Diesel is highly regarded by the medical cannabis community for its mood-blasting abilities. It’s a potent sativa-dominant hybrid created by crossing Chemdog and Super Skunk. Sour Diesel’s sour and gassy terpene profile features caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene.
Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze is made by crossing Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze. This creates a beautiful, sticky strain boasting an energetic, long-lasting body high. The uplifting effects are great for high stress or when suffering from a lack of appetite or nausea.
Tangie is a sativa marijuana strain made by crossing California Orange and Skunk-1. This strain is a very popular choice in Amsterdam and is spreading elsewhere.
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Though it can be extremely potent, OG Kush is still the perfect example of a long-lasting euphoric high that doesn’t much teeter toward feeling energizing or sleepy—you’ll just be stoned. OG Kush is the OG hybrid that swept California by storm in the 1990s and set the bar for many high-potency strains we smoke today. It has a flavor of earthy, sour, gassy, and skunky terpenes that we’ve come to identify as “kush,” which give way to an intense experience.
Girl Scout Cookies
GSC, also known as "Girl Scout Cookies," is an indica-dominant hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing OG Kush with Durban Poison. This popular strain produces euphoric effects, followed up by waves of full-body relaxation. One hit of GSC will leave you feeling happy, hungry, and de-stressed.
The Wedding Cake strain provides relaxing and euphoric effects that calm your body and mind. This strain has a rich and tangy flavor profile with undertones of earthy pepper. Medical marijuana patients choose Wedding Cake regularly to help relieve symptoms associated with pain, insomnia, and appetite loss.
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Blue Dream is another legendary hybrid that people use for its relaxing qualities, morale-boosting euphoria, and overall quality that brings a smile to your face. It’s a cross of Blueberry and Haze that produces a sweet, berry, terpene profile.
Apple Fritter, a true hybrid strain, is known for its powerful and relaxing high. Put out by Lumpy’s Flowers, Apple Fritter is a strain with unknown origins. Those who enjoy Apple Fritter say this strain allows you to enjoy your evening without losing your cool.
Purple Punch is a delicious dessert strain best suited for after dinner. Its effects can help with managing nausea, stress, minor body aches, and sleeplessness.
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If you’re talking sleepy strains, Granddaddy Purple is one of many that will tuck you in for a few hours. This indica crosses Purple Urkle and Big Bud and is famous for its purple appearance, and maybe more famous for its usually sedative high. Its most common terpenes are myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.
Blackberry Kush produces relaxing effects and is often recommended for pain management due to its strong body high. Blackberry Kush offers a hashy flavor profile with a jet fuel taste and aroma that is balanced out with sweet berries.
Bubba Kush, also known as "BK," "Bubba," and "Bubba OG Kush" is an indica marijuana strain that has gained notoriety for its heavy tranquilizing effects. From head to toe, muscles ease with heaviness as dreamy euphoria blankets the mind, crushing stress while bringing happy moods.
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