10 best marijuana strains to celebrate this Thanksgiving

Published Sep 22, 2019 09:00 a.m. ET
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Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving early in the month of October, only two weeks before Halloween, and while the season can be tones of fun, it can also be busy and stressful, especially for those who are dreading the family get-togethers. While it’s great to take the time out to reconnect with loved ones, not everyone gets along as well as we might hope. The stresses of overbearing parents, sibling rivalries, and other closely related issues compiled with far too much human interaction for introverts, and it’s really no surprise that so many people choose to self-medicate with cannabis at this time of year.

How some types of weed can help

Since there is plenty to do for this holiday, it is important to keep a clear head, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t relax. What it does influence is the types of weed that you should be choosing from. While some cannabis strains can help you to relax to the point of melting into the couch and falling asleep, others will help by offering a few benefits that compliment a family dinner much better.

  • Full body relaxation
  • Clear head
  • Increased focus
  • Boost in energy
  • Chattiness

Sativa vs Indica

It is a common misconception that either of these genetic lines holds any more value than its counterpart. Some people believe that Indica strains are only for night time and that they will all produce an intense euphoric high. Those same individuals fall victim to the myth of Sativa offering a lighter, more invigorating type of effect.  Hybrid strains are thought to offer a more even combination of the two, but the truth is so much more complicated than that. All three types of cannabis include strains that can put you to sleep, wake you up, or soothe you will a mellow buzz, hence the reason it is so important to research prior reviews and responses about the effects that any particular strain might offer before making a purchase.

Why marijuana is a safer alternative to alcohol

The reason that alcohol has such an intense effect that so often ends in vomiting is that it is a toxin that the body immediately begins working to remove from the bloodstream. When too much is drink, it can heavily impact one’s motor function, cognitive function, ability to make decisions, short- and long-term memory and ultimately poisoning the user.

Marijuana, on the other hand, is entirely non-toxic, as the amount required to reach a level of concern is impossible to consume in the span of time necessary. Though cannabis might impact some short-term memory, the effects are much more manageable, and there is less need for concern about overconsumption.

The best types of weed for Thanksgiving

The very best kinds of cannabis for a family gathering will help you to keep the conversation flowing, relax and enjoy yourself, all while keeping a clear head and the motivation needed to survive the endeavor. Below you will find 10 of the best types of weed from each category including Sativa strains, Hybrid strains and Indica strains.

Sativa strains

  • Alpha Blue
  • Hawaiian Haze
  • Blackberry Diesel
  • Jamaican Lion
  • Royal Haze
  • Cambodian
  • Panama Red
  • Carnival
  • Cosmic Collision
  • Pagoda

Hybrid Strains

  • Sugar Shack
  • Mean Misty
  • OG Sour Diesel
  • Rolls Choice
  • Wreckage
  • Mob Boss
  • Sour Lemon OG
  • Orange Diesel
  • Jenny Kush
  • Fire Alien Strawberry

Indica Strains

  • Peyote Cookies
  • Conspiracy Kush
  • Gutbuster
  • Deadwood
  • Athabasca
  • Khufu
  • Black Mamba
  • Nice Cherry
  • Purple Cotton Candy

Related Strains

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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative
Alpha Blue, aka Dream Diesel (or DD), is a combination of Blue Dream and Sour Diesel and a winner of numerous High Time Medical Cup awards.
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4.0
Effects: Aroused, Energetic, Relaxed, Sleepy, Tingly
Afghan Hawaiian is produced by Canadian LP OrganGram Inc and is an indica-dominant mix of UK Cheese and Lavender.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative
Blackberry Diesel is a cross between East Coast Sour Diesel and Plushberry. This strain is useful in treating chronic stress and depression.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Jamaican Lion is a high-CBD sativa strain that has lineage from Jamaican Yarders and Mountain Lion.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Royal Haze is bred by Dinafem who crossed Northern Lights, Skunk and Haze to deliver a great strain to use in the daytime.
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3.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Cambodian is a 100% pure strain grown in that region and is also known as a landrace.
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4.0
Effects: Creative, Energetic, Happy, Tingly, Uplifted
Panama Red is a pure sativa lineage from landrace strains, a great choice for beginners.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Ministry of Cannabis produces the sativa hybrid Carnival. This is a highly potent strain perfect for medicinal and recreational morning and daytime use.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Energetic, Giggly, Happy, Tingly, Uplifted
Panama Punch delivers fruitful flavours perfect for alleviating depression and stress.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Euphoric, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Cosmic Collision is a sativa-dominant strain derived from the crossing of Cosmic Charlie and Piña Collision. Fabulous potency and flavours are delivered from this strain.
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5.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Pagoda is a cross between Appalachia and Apollo 11 delivering a great strain for day or evening use.
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Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Sugar Shack is great for anyone who suffers from insomnia and lack of appetite.
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5.0
Effects: Energetic, Relaxed, Talkative, Tingly, Uplifted
Mean Misty is the genetic crossing of Secret Recipe and Blue Dream. Enjoy a strong berry aromatic experience with this strain.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Sleepy, Talkative
Rolls Choice comes from the breeding of OG Kush and Chemdawg.
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Effects: Energetic, Focused, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Wreckage, bred by T.H. Seeds is a well balanced sativa dominant hybrid.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative
Grindhouse Medical Seeds mixed Mob Boss by crossing ChemDawg D and Tang Tang.
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4.0
Effects: Aroused, Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative
Sour Lemon OG is a sativa-dominant hybrid using the crossing between California Sour and Lemon OG.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Focused, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative
Orange Diesel AKA Agent D combines Sour Diesel and Agent Orange for relieving stress.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Energetic, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative
Jenny Kush is bred by Rare Dankness with THC averaging around 15-20%
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Hungry, Relaxed, Talkative
Fire Alien Strawberry bred by OG Raskal Genetics produces amazing amounts of resin.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative
Peyote Cookies is the crossing of Cookies Kush and Peyote Purple, producing an easy to grow indica dominant strain developed by Barney's Farm.
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4.0
Effects: Happy, Hungry, Relaxed, Sleepy, Tingly
Conspiracy Kush is a cross of Obama Kush and Space Queen by Heroes of the Farm Genetics. It is a 70/30 indica dominant strain.
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4.0
Effects: Giggly, Happy, Relaxed, Sleepy, Tingly
Gutbuster is a creation of breeders Exotic Genetix who crossed their own two strains to create this 70% indica-dominant hybrid. The Washington State indica's mellowness is a welcomed indica effect on this strain.
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3.0
Effects: Giggly, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Deadwood, a cross between Bubba Kush and Sweet Pink Grapefruit, is a deep indica strain that aids sufferers of chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia while delivering a sweet spicy note.
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4.0
Effects: Giggly, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Pennywise provides the strain Athabasca, grown by a Canadian LP Aphria.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative
Khufu combines Cheese, Afghani #1, and SFV OG genetics to provide an indica dominant hybrid bred by The Devil's Harvest Seed Company.
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4.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
The grape taste and long-lasting effects of this Indica-dominant strain Black Mamba are known for its perfume aroma and beautiful grape taste.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Nice Cherry is an indica dominant strain bred from the crossing of Mr. Nice and Cherry for aiding pain and depression.
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4.0
Effects: Aroused, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Purple Cotton Candy is the crossing of Cotton Candy Kush and Grandaddy Purple. This strain is a calming indica hybrid perfect for evening use.

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