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Friday January 27, 2017

By Michael Walters

420 Culture

With February around the corner, the cold winter months are slowly nearing an end. If you’re feeling cooped up or ready for a change in seasons, you might find yourself in a bit of a funk. As many as 20% of people experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) during the winter time, and it can bring unpleasant feelings of stress, angst and depression. For those who don’t suffer from SAD, the dark and gloomy winter days can still be taxing. Amidst the dullness and frigid temperatures there is some good news though; cannabis can help!

We’ve culled the six best strains to help you get through the final stretch of winter and enter the spring season with a delightful demeanor. From frustration and stress to achy muscles and sleeplessness - there’s the perfect strain out there to help you make the most out of this time of year. Don’t get bogged down with seasonal woes, get baked instead!

Blue Dream for Relaxation

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain, providing both a gentle head high and full-body relaxation. It’s the perfect alternative to a full-body massage in the case your budget or schedule doesn’t allow for a relaxing session. Treat yourself to a spa-like experience with Blue Dream. It’s perfect for dealing with heavy traffic, forgetting that it gets dark at 5 pm and getting rid of those winter chills. Blue Dream has a higher THC level and is recommended for more experienced marijuana users looking for a relaxing escape. When you dabble with Blue Dream, your body feels like it’s melting away while your mind is calm and mellow.

AC/DC to Ease Anxiety

Get acquainted with AC/DC, an excellent choice for sufferers looking for anxiety relief, minus the major psychoactive effects. AC/DC is particularly high in CBD levels (non-psychoactive properties) and low in THC levels (psychoactive properties) making it an easy-to-use strain during the winter to help take the edge off without feeling out of control. It produces a warming sedation effect to help you feel relaxed and anxiety-free, while still allowing you to get through the day without feeling extremely high. It’s also a great source of anxiety-ease for those needing to deal with social situations like office networking and company events. 

Sour Diesel to Stay Laser-Focused

Chances are, you’ve heard of Sour Diesel. It is one of the most popular and highly-recommended strains to help treat ADD and ADHD due to its ability to help the user focus on tasks and activities at hand. It’s the perfect strain to help you stay motivated during the winter lull.

Due to Sour Diesel’s speedy effect, it’s important to be mindful of dosing. In the right amount, Sour Diesel can help you focus, organize and be productive. But in the case of overconsumption on this potent sativa, you might experience undesirable effects like paranoia and a racing mind, so always be sure to know your limit and consume responsibly!

Durban Poison to Increase Energy & Keep Going Strong

Durban Poison is an amazing strain to indulge in during the winter months if you’re looking for an extra boost of energy. It’s a rare, unadulterated strain (no cross-breeding) that provides a big burst of energy - dissimilar to the stereotypical couch potato pot effects.

It’s the go-to strain to help you find your second wind and finish out the winter strong. Use Durban Poison when you’re feeling tired or lazy and you’ll experience uplifting effects instantaneously! If you have a big day at work to plan for, have an important event to be excited about or just plain want to uplift your senses, Durban is for you!

Blackberry Kush for Pain Relief from Winter Aches

Winter can be brutal on your muscles and joints. Chilly temperatures run rampant and dry air howls through the swirling winds. When the aches and pains of a cold winter build up, Blackberry Kush is a great remedy.

Blackberry Kush is high in THC and is an excellent strain to relieve pain. By numbing the body and reducing muscle inflammation, this strain will get you feeling nice and comfortable in no time. With Blackberry Kush, you’ll feel muscle relaxation, sleepiness, and a heavy body-high. If bears smoked cannabis, this would be their go-to before hibernation.

Avoid Sleepless Nights With Grand Daddy Purps

Grand Daddy Purps is a crossed indica strain consisting of Purple Urkle and Big Bud. This is the perfect strain to help induce sleep and relaxation thanks to its dreamlike,  euphoric properties. Often used to treat insomnia, Grand Daddy Purps is an excellent choice to help you grab some ZZZs this winter even if you’re suffering from physical pain, emotional stress and/or SAD. With this strain, you can put the planning ideas and mental lists to rest so that your body can get some well-deserved rest.

Stay Happy and Sane This Holiday Season

Don’t let the trail end of winter get the best of you this year. Stay on your game and treat yourself to a stress-free, relaxing and/or productive end of winter by medicating with the proper strains. From Sour Diesel to Grand Daddy Purps, there’s a strain out there for every ailment.

What's YOUR favorite strain to enhance mood?


Michael Walters Michael Walters

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric, Michael started his journey in the cannabis industry managing content, communications, and technical writing for one of Colorado's largest dispensary chains. In 2016, Michael pivoted to the ancillary sector to become PotGuide's Content Manager and was responsible for overseeing all of PotGuide’s editorial endeavors and content marketing strategies. Now, Michael is PotGuide's Director of Content & Marketing, focusing his efforts toward new educational content and exciting media endeavors.

With a life-long passion for cannabis knowledge and education, Michael devoted himself to becoming a subject matter expert on marijuana at an early age. Now, Michael has worked in the marijuana industry for over four years helping break down negative stigma and promoting safe cannabis practices. An avid consumer himself, Michael has worked tirelessly to improve content marketing strategies for cannabis businesses and is devoted to creating meaningful content that is useful to a wide variety of marijuana consumers. Follow Michael on LinkedIn and Instagram for updates and insights.

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