Summertime is here and you know what that means: It’s time for maxing and relaxing by the pool waters with the people you love. You’ll need snacks on deck, beverages in the cooler, and most importantly, cannabis all up in your body.

But which strains should come along? Great question, and lucky for you, I have great answers.

When it comes to choosing a cannabis strain, the main question is how do you want to feel? While cannabis strains interact with each individual’s body differently, these are five suggestions for you to test out to feel euphoric and relaxed.

Durban Poison

Chemical profile: High-THC, myrcene-dominant

Durban Poison is a classic strain said to originate in South Africa. It has a sharp piney aroma, complemented by hints of lemon and earthy undertones.

I had some Durb recently and ooohweee, it was damn tasty. The sweet flavor exploded on the inhale and left me feeling stimulated, yet also relaxed and creative. That type of high pairs well with chillin’ by the pool with a nice playlist or sketchbook.

Durban Poison commonly expresses a terpene profile led by myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene. On average, its THC percentage hovers around 14-18%, making it a good choice for consumers looking to avoid a heavy THC powerhouse.

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Wedding Cake

Chemical profile: High-THC, limonene-dominant

Wedding Cake is a cross between GSC and Cherry Pie. It has an earthy flavor accented by rich sweetness that makes it taste similar to—you guessed it—cake icing.

In my experience, Wedding Cake’s potency hits me with a heavy head rush that smooths out into a relaxing body high. It leaves me feeling chill, but not overpowered by the high. If you’re soaking your toes in the community pool, this is a perfect strain to try for boosting the experience.

Wedding Cake most commonly expresses itself as a limonene-dominant strain, also strongly influenced by myrcene and caryophyllene. Wedding Cake is a potent high-THC strain, ranging from 22- 24% THC on average.

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Gelato

Chemical profile: High-THC, caryophyllene-dominant

Gelato is a cross between Sherbert and Thin Mint GSC. It’s one of those newer strains that’ll be solidified as a legend in the game 20 years from now. Gelato has an almost a fruity flavor to it, no doubt coming from the Sherbert side of the family.

I love Gelato for the relaxing experience that leaves a goofy smile on my face. With a crisp flavor and pronounced effects, this is a great strain to share with friends who may be seeking the same experience.

Gelato’s average terpene profile features an abundance of caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene. Its THC percentages usually range between 17-20%.

Harlequin

Chemical profile: Balanced THC/CBD, myrcene-dominant

Just because you’re hanging out by the pool doesn’t mean you have to be supremely stoned, and Harlequin is a perfect example of why.

A descendant of Colombian GoldThai, and Swiss landrace strains, Harlequin delivers a floral and earthy aroma. Consumers tend to report a balanced, mild high and relaxing effects without sedation, though this will vary by consumer.

Harlequin commonly expresses itself as a myrcene-dominant strain, with strong influences of pinene and caryophyllene. A well-balanced strain, its average THC percentage ranges between 4-6% while its CBD percentage ranges between 8-10%. This is a perfect poolside smoke for anyone new to cannabis or those sensitive to THC.

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Original Glue

Chemical profile: High-THC, caryophyllene-dominant

Original Glue is a complex strain bred from Chem’s SisterSour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. It has earthy and gassy flavors that scream through the bag.

This is one of those strains that I break out and everyone in the circle gets excited because they know it’s potent and euphoric. You smoke this strain and it’s the definition of Cloud 9. If you intend to lay on a big swan floatie for hours as the sun cooks you like a breakfast pastry, Original Glue is an excellent strain to try.

Original Glue tends to produce high levels of caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene. On average, its THC percentage ranges from 17-22%. [Souce: Leafy]

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