When legendary jazz great, Billie Holliday, belted out the lyrics to the now famous George Gershwin tune, Summertime and the Living Is Easy, she could have very easily been signing about 21st century Colorado. While the fish may not be jumping and it’s doubtful that the cotton is high, you can rest assured that Colorado’s best strains of marijuana can help you enjoy the abundance of easy living activities our state has to offer.
I was the preverbal “kid in a candy store” with my first legal cannabis dispensary experience in Denver. My eyes were as big as saucers trying to take it all in. The idea of no longer having to purchase marijuana in the cloak and dagger cover of darkness, engaging in clandestine, secret behavior that might make a CIA agent envious; was instantly refreshing and liberating.
Colorado has some of the best strains of marijuana in the world for this summer. Marijuana typically comes in two dominant classes of cannabis: indica and sativa. Cannabis Indica is characterized by making you sleepy, relaxed, and coupled with the much-foretold case of the “munchies.” While on the other hand, Cannabis Sativa has an uplifting, creative and energizing effect. Nevertheless, it is uncommon to find a strain that is 100 percent either indica or sativa. It is typical that you’ll get a hybrid of the two.
There are a variety of strains that generate euphoria and have been found to have tremendous medical benefits. The psychoactive and non-psychoactive cannabinoid mix of many of this summer’s strains produces positive impacts with both the mind and body. However, different strains produce a wide range of feelings, attitudes, and mindsets including creativity, sereneness, tranquility, and peacefulness in individuals.
Peer-reviewed journals, medical studies, and trial programs conducted in recent years provides evidence that there has been a maturing in the outlook of medical science as it relates to cannabis. A groundbreaking research study, with marijuana used as a particular treatment, has been used with great effect on soldiers suffering from mental, emotional and physical trauma, including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) on US military veterans.
Top Marijuana Strains for Summer in Colorado:
1. Agent Orange
Buds have a citrusy smell and taste. Orange scented and a descendant of Orange Velvet. Uplifting cerebral high with body calming effects. Good for activities during the day.
2. Banana Kush
Fresh aroma of banana. A good, strong hybrid strain. Produces deep relaxation of body and mind.
3. Blue Dream
High yields, nice and hearty, easy for the new/novice grower, produces a highly energetic cerebral effect. Known to be mold resistant.
5. Bruce Banner
Great hybrid of Indica and Sativa, one of three varieties, produces euphoria.
6. Bubba Kush
Perfect for relaxation. Helps with sleep, sweet flavored. Produces both body and mind buzz. The perfect hybrid for cerebral high and relaxed effects.
7. Death Star
Smells like skunk, a relaxed high without feeling sleepy. Perfect for the night at home watching TV, or romantic evening.
Sativa dominant, energetic and uplifting, perfect for daytime use, boosts creativity and productivity. Known as the worker’s weed.
The secret strain, rumored to have been created by a government grow house. Earthy, sweet flavor that produces both a mellow body high. Perfect for an afternoon with friends and brunch.
10. Grape Ape
Characterized by purple buds. Extremely sweet with a grape flavor. Produces both relaxed mind and body high. Perfect for relieving pain, anxiety, and stress.
11. Green Crack
A long lasting, high energy effect. Sweet and tangy flavor with thick, bright green buds. Perfect for creative energy. Good when you need to focus.
13. Super Lemon Haze
This lemony, skunky cross with Super Silver is great for activities, touring around. It produces a clear-headedness along with a sense of euphoria. Perfect for parties and social events. Very citrusy flavor sort like Lemon Heads Candy.
Famous for its uplifting buzz, this strain has a sweet and tangy flavor. Great summer strain. Produces social attitude, can be associated with the “giggles.” Great way to stay up and not feel the need to sleep or nap in the afternoon.
15. Juicy Fruit
Very much like Strawberry Cough, it possesses a sweet aroma. Known to be a little heavier than most sativa strains.
16. Mango Kush
Sweet, spicy mix. Grown from a pineapple seed. Sativa dominant.
17. Northern Lights
Pure Indica strain, relaxing effects, euphoria, relieves stress and helps sleep.
Fruity finish with hazy effects. Excellent for treating pain or if you are ready to hit the sack.
19. Skywalker Kush
Heavily Kush flavored with an earthy, spicy, sour flavor.
20. Strawberry Cough
Sativa dominant of marijuana, produces a feeling of motivation and uplift with a head high rather than a body high, fluffy buds, and not as dense as others. Excellent for creativity.
This wide assortment of available strains in Colorado is perfect for the marijuana aficionado. No matter whether you’re looking to chill on the couch in front of the TV, party all night on the town, take a relaxing hike or engage in romance with that special someone, you’ll undoubtedly find the perfect strain to fit the occasion.