June 13, 2023 08:00 am ETEstimated Read Time: 6 Minutes
When you head to the dispensary this summer, you don’t want to be wasting time you could be spending hitting the waves, hiking the trails, or soaking up the summer sun because you have to shop the shelves in hopes of finding that perfect summer strain. You want to be prepared and ask for what you want by name!
If you are looking for the best summer strains to keep you uplifted, feeling social, and ready for those summer nights, you are in the right place! Let’s explore five cannabis strains that are perfect for summer.
What Makes a Great Summer Cannabis Strain?
Summertime is a very social, energetic, and vibrant time in the lives of many. Families vacation, beaches are filled, attractions are booked, and bonfires mesmerize the masses. Many people choose to elevate their summers with the wonderful plant known as cannabis. With so many strains to choose from, how does one even begin to know where to look for the perfect summer strain?
While it isn’t typical for strains to taste like BBQs or smell like a fresh summer afternoon rain, some strains can provide both the smells and tastes of summer. Summer is the season for amazing fruits like blackberries, blueberries, nectarines, raspberries, watermelons, peaches, plums, and more. Coincidentally, the terpenes that give these fruits and berries their unique flavors are also found in cannabis—terpenes such as geraniol, limonene, myrcene, and caryophyllene.
While terpenes may affect the flavor and aroma of strains as well as ultimately attribute to the effects they produce, it’s also important when looking for the perfect summer strain to think about cannabinoid content to ensure that you’re ready for whatever your summer days or summer nights may have in store.
The 5 Best Strains to Enjoy During the Summer
Ultimately, summer strains should help you be more social, pair well with activities that coincide with summer, such as sipping margaritas on the beach, and help you to feel more energized. Summer strains aren’t just about the perfect ones for daytime but also those summer nights. This means you also need options that help you relax and enjoy the simple things in life and spark your appetite for all the amazing food that summer brings!
Strawberry Diesel brings together two amazing strains, Strawberry Cough and NYC Diesel, to create a nearly perfectly balanced hybrid strain. On average, Strawberry Diesel boasts THC levels of around 20 to 24%. This perfect balance makes Strawberry Diesel an amazing summer strain, whether you are getting ready to head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun or looking for a way to relax your muscles and your mind after a weekend of house chores and entertaining friends.
The delectable, sweet berry and diesel-like flavors are also reflected within the same notes of this strain’s aroma. Consumers have reported Strawberry Diesel offers a very happy, euphoric, creative, and relaxing effect. This strain tends to have high concentrations of caryophyllene, limonene, myrcene, and geraniol terpenes that contribute to its overall smell, taste, and balanced effects. Strawberry Diesel is often utilized by medical cannabis patients to fight off insomnia, chronic pain, depression, nausea, PTSD, stress, loss of appetite, and much more.
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Tropical Heat is a combination of OG Kush Breath and Purple Punch genetics. Its evenly balanced hybrid and indica effects are welcome throughout the summer and all year round. If you can’t take the tropical heat or make it to the islands, bring the Tropical Heat home with this euphoric, uplifting, giggly, and sociable strain that has been shown to fight nausea, fatigue, stress, depression, and more.
When taking a draw from this strain, you can expect your taste buds to be tantalized by flavors that are reminiscent of the islands, such as mango, pineapple, citrus, and cherry, with slight sour undertones. Tropical Heat is dominant in the terpenes limonene, caryophyllene, and linalool which attribute to its creative, focused, and relaxing effects. On average, the THC concentration of Tropical Heat tends to range right around 25% with an average of 1% CBG content.
DJ Short’s Blueberry
Summers should be legendary, which requires a legendary-level cannabis strain known as DJ Short’s Blueberry. Not just any Blueberry will do. The terpene and cannabinoid profile of this proven breeder’s Blueberry lineage is unparalleled to anything else on the market that bares the Blueberry name. Powered by terpenes, caryophyllene, and myrcene, this strain offers exceptional flavor. You can expect strong notes of sweet blueberry to dance upon your taste buds as feelings of relaxation and euphoria take over your body from the heavy indica genetics of this impeccable strain.
It is said that this strain can melt away stress, depression, anxiety, and pain with ease. This predominantly indica variety of cannabis, which boasts an average THC content of around 18-22%, is best enjoyed when you can let your mind and body relax, allowing you to just indulge in the effects it produces.
Sunset Sherbet is a perfect summer sunset strain that will have you giggling, smiling, and perhaps even engaging in creative activities, as it is known to spark a need to create art within some! This indica-leaning hybrid is a combination of Girl Scout Cookies and Pink Panties lineage and offers an abundance of citrusy and peppery terpenes such as caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene.
The THC content of this strain averages around 15-19%, making it a potent yet balanced strain for night or day. Those with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, bipolar disorder, arthritis, and more report finding the relief they need from Sunset Sherbet. This summer, why not get mesmerized by mother nature and puff on a little Sunset Sherbet as you take in a sunset?
When you are after a full-bodied sativa, you can’t ever go wrong with Durban Poison. This true landrace strain is native to the Port of Durban, Africa, where it thrives in the hot summer months as it grows to perfection. This sativa strain is rich in terpenes, terpinolene, myrcene, and ocimene, giving it a very earthy aroma and flavor.
When you are ready to take on the day, no matter what that may bring, summer, winter, spring, or fall, Durban Poison is the strain to call upon. Consumers report feeling energetic, focused, and uplifted from the consumption of the infamous strain. THC content in Durban Poison averages 15-20% and has been known to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression, pain, nausea, migraines, and more.
These summery strains offer uplifting and balanced terpenes that contribute to their overall effects, and their flavor profiles echo the tastes of summer that you are sure to enjoy no matter where this summer may take you! Do you have a favorite summer strain that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments!
Ashley Priest is a patient, mother, entrepreneur, and activist that fights to end prohibition globally for a better future for all. Ashley has a passion for sharing education pertaining to the goddess plant known as cannabis. She believes that a single seed can tip the scales and that together through education we can end the stigma that is preventing cannabis from flowering to its full potential globally.
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