June 20th marks the official first day of summer
and you can admit it, this year will look a bit different than previous years.
Just a few months ago, you likely envisioned yourself spending the summer of 2020 working on that golden tan, late nights partying with your friends and milking hangovers. Well, we have some good news and some bad news.
Unless you’ve recently suffered a “greenout” (the stoner’s version of a blackout) or have gone off the grid completely, you've already figured out the bad news. We’re in the middle of some wild times worldwide and the traditional, idyllic summer is likely not in the cards for most of us.
With everything else aside, some good news is that the cannabis industry is still booming! Even amidst national shutdowns, cannabis has been deemed “essential” in all states with cannabis programs. The irony that something that our federal government deems “illegal” has also been deemed “essential” is not lost on us.
Even more good news: We have a list of the top cannabis strains for what is shaping up to be a long, hot summer. Let’s take a look at how you can beat the heat with some of the most popular cannabis strains of Summer 2020.
Though the Clementine strain has been around for a few years, it has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. The THC content of Clementine is a little lower than your typical cannabis strain but that isn’t a bad thing! Its dominant fruity flavor with a touch of mint and hint of pepper makes this sativa dominant strain a perfectly energizing option for day smoking. With its THC content in the 13-19% range, it is less likely to induce couch-lock. Users of this strain report that it provides a head high which is great for use when focus is still required. You may want to check if your source has Clementine in an extract form since it has a history of awards in the Sativa extract category. Clementine is a derivative Lemon Skunk and Tangie, you’ll recognize this if consuming in flower form as Clementine maintains those vibrant orange hairs and a heavy presence of trichome crystals.
If you thought the aforementioned Clementine sounds like an awesome strain until you got to the part about lower than average THC, Mimosa might be just what you’re looking for. A child of Purple Punch and Clementine, Mimosa packs an earthy, pine scent meshed with a citrusy and herbal background. Mimosa typically falls into the 18-22% THC content so this is definitely a strain that you may want to avoid when you have things that need to get accomplished during the day. In the same point, you will likely want to avoid this strain before bed. Users note that this strain provides more of a euphoric body high. Those who have been fortunate enough to have access to Mimosa routinely report that the scent is the first thing that grabs their attention. If you find that you often catch a case of the munchies, there is also substantial evidence that this strain is a great option to avoid overdoing it in the snack department.
Humboldt Seed Company has hit another homerun with their Indica dominant Blueberry Muffin strain. They’ve bred Purple Panty Dropper with Blueberry strains to create this sought-after Summer strain. After one hit, you’ll understand why your local dispensary usually sells out of this one minutes after it hits the shelves. Though it has an average level of THC (14-18%), even long-time cannabis consumers report that the high from this strain is nothing to scoff at. When you open a container of Blueberry Muffins cannabis, the first thing you will notice is the scent which is identical to fresh baked blueberry muffins. Even prior to releasing the delicious scents of this strain, its deep purple buds will typically be a giveaway that you’re dealing with something unique. A great choice this summer whether you’re spending the day knocking out some yardwork or simply chilling at the pool.
Cookies n’ Cream
Much like Clementine, Cookies n’ Cream has been circulating the market for a few years and is seeing a burst in popularity recently. This hybrid cross from Exotic Genetix is the lovechild of Girl Scout Cookies and Starfighter. This higher THC content strain (18-23%) has an abundance of peppery Caryophyllene, along with citrus and herbal aromas. This terpene combo leads to a sweet taste in this Cannabis Cup hybrid winner as reported by users. Even though it is technically a hybrid strain, you may want to avoid consuming early in the day as users report sleep induction as one of the effects, especially when consumed in copious amounts. The buds are typically frosty with trichomes, ready to share their magic with you. This is a great strain for an end of the day smoke session, especially if you have some aches and pains from summertime activities or are feeling a little restless!
This is probably the only wedding cake you’re going to be consuming this summer but rest assured, you won’t be let down (and is a lot less hassle than going to an actual wedding)! This strain can pack a punch with a THC level up to 24% so you certainly need to proceed with caution. That said, the average THC content is more along the lines of 20%, still not the tamest of strains by any means but much more manageable than 24%! This Indica dominant phenotype from Seed Junky Genetics exudes earthy flavors spanning from a terpene profile of Limonene, Caryophyllene and Myrcene. Its mellow taste is followed by a calm focus and boost in creativity and introspective thoughts as reported by users. This should be your go-to strain on evenings when you want to smoke but aren’t ready to go to bed. This would be a great choice to pair with watching the Perseids meteor shower this summer (August 12-13th). Oh, did we mention that a lot of folks report libido boosts from this strain…so maybe you should bring a friend for the meteor shower.
So there's our lineup of our favorite summer strains. Light 'em up with hemp wick to enhance the natural flavors even more. 💨 Let us know if you've tried any and what you think in the comments below!