Self-care can be as simple as breaking up into a video game after work or as complex as spending hours at home DIY spa day. For some people, self-care is 30 minutes of daily exercise; for others, it's talk therapy. For most, however, it is a broad combination of stimulating, centering, and calming efforts that can be improved in one way or another with a particular strain of cannabis.
Regardless of whether your "Self Care Sunday" is on a Tuesday evening or Friday afternoon, the goal remains the same: to revitalize your body, mind and spirit. And when cannabis is used carefully, it can fully maximize the restorative power of a correct mind – restoration sesh.
So if you need a personal TLC, consider one of these cognitively euphoric and physically calming loads for your next self-care day. A little self-love and a shot of weeds can go a long, long way.
Bred from LA Confidential and Snowcap, this hybrid strain is a little more Indian, but the high is reportedly just as bright and uplifting as the sunniest sativas, with a cool, calming physical relaxation that reflects its name. Consumers who prefer the invigorating effects of SnowLAnd report a stunning onset before it evolves into a creative, introspective, and powerfully euphoric yet extremely relaxing high.
The balanced profile of this strain allows the tribe to offer therapeutic uses including controlled muscle spasms, nausea, appetite stimulation, and relief from depression. And its tendency to make you giggle with a hot streak of artistic inspiration makes this the perfect strain for journaling, painting, gardening, or decorating.
Expect a rich diesel smell with notes of citrus and wood and a sweet exhale with tropical fruits.
A phenotype of perennial favorites Northern Lights and Haze, this popular strain is a favorite on its own for good reason. It's fantastically relaxing without being incapacitated, and its strong but restrained sativa genetics make for a swooning start that quickly fades and leaves a manageable calm in both the mind and body.
Dutch Treat fans report effects that cross the line between couch-lock and calm satisfaction. For those who want to take care of themselves through play, Dutch Treat can keep your body relaxed and elastic, while at the same time sharpening your senses so that playing feels at the highest level. Games aside, this exposure can supposedly ease the rough edges of a tough day, both mentally and physically, which most people appreciate. It is also a popular therapeutic strain used to treat migraines, chronic pain, neuropathy, and PTSD.
Expect a bold, fruity perfume and an earthy exhale of sweet wood with super delicate top notes of mint.
Great Silver Haze
If an elevated heart rate and a little sweat are part of your self-care routine, consider an energetic sativa hybrid with just enough indica genetics to encourage deeper than average exercise-induced self-introspection.
A cross of Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze, Super Silver Haze is reported to have a number of compelling Sativa properties, including spatial creative energy and euphoria, and therapeutic efficacy in managing fatigue, depression, and stress. Bottom line; A few hits of Super Silver Haze before a low-stakes yoga flow at home or upbeat aerobics in the bedroom could make these sukasanas and grapevines feel like an even more effective way of accessing some higher-self wisdom.
Expect a sour, skunky nose and a flavorful, sweet, herbaceous exhale.
Two strains known for their flavor, GSC and Orange Juice, were crossed to create Orange Cookies, a genetically balanced, highly responsive, crazy-delicious hybrid strain. Consumers love Orange Cookies for their reports on addressing a range of physical and mental wellness needs.
The body heights can be gently relaxing or slightly bubbly, depending on the state of rest, but the head heights are predominantly described as immeasurably euphoric. If your self-care includes meditations on gratitude, Orange Cookies can put you in just the right state of mind to enjoy your blessings.
Expect a sweet orange perfume and a grassy botanical exhale with notes of lemongrass and pink pepper.
Purple train wreck
The genetics of this hybrid strain may be slightly energetic, but it is by no means a fiery sativa. Many fans report a celebratory start that dissolves evenly into body and head heights that are significantly more relaxed. For canna-soiasts who use their self-care days to hit a psychological reset button, Purple Trainwreck may be the euphoric game changer they have been looking for.
Purple Trainwreck is a cross between Grandaddy Purple and Trainwreck. Reported therapeutic uses include treating ADHD, hyperactivity, depression, and chronic pain.
Expect a thick, complex scent that is coated with citrus, compost, botanicals, and store-bought candy. Exhaling is a correspondingly complex cloud of lemon herbs and overripe berries.
For those who want isolation from the outside world as a form of self-care, Cookie Wreck may provide the cashmere dissociation mood they need. Consumers who dig deep into their own interior space are the most beneficial effects of this strain. It's a balanced hybrid cross of GSC and Trainwreck, and has a cannabinoid profile that often contains modest percentages of CBD and CBG.
Cookie Wreck's body high can feel like a soft sedative, but the head high is often referred to as bright, focused, and clear, even a bit psychedelic. That said, you should prepare for a long-lasting high with pronounced psychotropic effects in the head and calming effects in the body.
Expect the sweet smell of sugar cookies and wood chips, a nutty, grassy exhale, and a vanilla aftertaste that lingers pleasantly on your nose and mouth.
At the intersection of self-care and self-enjoyment is MAC, a balanced mix of Alien Cookies, Starfighter and Columbian. MAC's reputation as a luxury strain is based on its reported effects, which include intense euphoria and a bone-deep relaxation that alleviates chronic pain without clouding the user's senses. In fact, fans of this strain report an awareness that could become overwhelming for novice smokers.
When you include MAC in a spa-style self-care day, your bubble bath is likely to feel even more foamy, your scalp massage more tingly, and your DIY pedicure more of an artistic endeavor than typical grooming.
Expect a humid, tropical funk scent with a hint of a bouquet of flowers and a spicy / sweet Diesel exhalation that leaves a hint of lemon essence.
Sunshine Daydream users routinely describe this cross between Bubbashine and Appalachia as a panacea for physical and mental relief. But more than these therapeutic uses, Sunshine Daydream is rocky as hell.
Genetically, it is based on indica, with effects that are so relaxing that regular consumers advise using this strain only before bed, despite the cheerful name. Head highs range from calm and appeased to downright sleepy, and body heights seem to leave tokens with tingly and lethargic effects.
Expect a strong perfume of fresh blueberries with moist edges and earthy undertones, as well as citrus, woody and gaseous exhalations.
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