The holiday season may have you searching for a potent, high-quality bud to get you through the events, the food, and the busy times. Whether you’re looking to elevate the hall-decking experience or take the edge off stressful social gatherings, our seasonal strain guide will indeed have something for you.
This holiday season, we asked ourselves what cannabis strains are best for the annual hustle and bustle that the winter season can bring. Regardless of what you celebrate, everyone could use a bit of weed to lighten up their celebrations.
We have the perfect strain selection for those looking to find a calming strain that will stimulate their appetite. We’ve also covered you for others looking to dance the night away on New Year’s Eve. It would be wise to refrain from overdoing it, but a quick hit to decrease social anxiety and eliminate the stress could be the perfect addition to your festivities.
To help you navigate the holidays, whether it’s to deal with your family, bring extra enjoyment to your holiday activities, relax and rest, or spark creativity and motivation, here are a few strains to pair with this year’s holiday season.
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Our Top 12 Festive Cannabis Strains
Please read below for our recommended best strains for the holiday festivities of your dreams.
Sugar Cookie is a hybrid marijuana strain made from a cross between Blue Hawaiian, Crystal Gayle, and Sensi Star. Sugar Cookie offers relaxing body effects that settle you into a deep sleep. The flavor profile includes tropical fruit and sugary berries. The Sugar Cookie strain can help to help relieve insomnia and anxiety symptoms.
Christmas Tree is an Indica-dominant hybrid strain that will surely get you in the festive spirit. It has a sweet, earthy amora that will transport you straight to an evergreen forest. This herbal powerhouse is extraordinary for nighttime use, so roll up a little joint after the family has left on Christmas night. Its forest-green leaves are ornamented with amber hairs and subtle but potent trichomes. Christmas Tree will give you a euphoric body high that sends your stress out the door.
As the winter season returns, so do the tales of the infamous, icy Jack Frost, that this calming hybrid strain by Goldenseed is named after. The genetic background of this California Sativa-dominant breed is a combination of White Widow, Northern Lights, and Jack Herer.
Pair your holiday eggnog with this citrus and piney strain that offers a rush of euphoria as a wave of calm energy radiates throughout the body. Jack Frost is potent with high THC levels that can help you truly enjoy the extra time with family and endless holiday activities.
Santa Sativa is a 70/30 sativa-dominant hybrid strain by Dinafem Seed. It has a complex flavor and aroma of sour lemons, cedar, pine, and potent incense. Santa Sativa offers a unique terpene profile created from Haze #1 and Skunk and Northern Lights. The effects blend an uplifting buzz with mellow calm feelings that are long-lasting.
Apple Fritter weed strain, aka Apple Fritters, is a rare 50/50 balanced hybrid strain created by crossing parent strains of the classic Sour Apple and Animal Cookies strains. The Apple Fritter strain was on the High Times’ 2016 “World’s Strongest Strains” list due to its hard-hitting high and delicious flavor profile.
Right after the first hit, it’s easy to feel the euphoria and creativity flowing through your mind. Then, it moves into a relaxing and tingly whole-body high. Many consumers report this strain is perfect for lying on the couch and watching your favorite holiday movie or listening to a Bing Crosby Christmas record.
Sugar Plum Fairy is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain from the legendary breeders behind Pitbull. The Nutcracker-themed bud offered THC levels of up to 26 percent and was awarded at the 2004 Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards. An epic cross between Berkeley Blues and Hawaiian Haze Plum, its appealing tropical flavor profile and uplifting effects are commonly sought after. Sugar Plum can promote a positive, social and productive mood that can help with depression, mood disorders, and anxiety.
Permafrost is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain that offers an aroma and taste that may remind you of your Christmas tree’s winter pine and earthiness. This strain is reported to increase creativity, focus, and sensory processing, and its name comes from the frosty layer of crystal trichomes that collect on the flowers. Permafrost can help people with symptoms of autism, ADHD, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, and GI issues.
Jesus OG is a quick-acting, indica-dominant hybrid strain that may resonate with some people’s religious holiday practices. If not, that’s okay too. This potent hybrid strain offers mental clarity and body relaxation. Still, it can be powerful in influencing creativity from the psychedelic effects reported after consumption. The relaxing qualities of Jesus OG make it a recurring recommendation for treating depression, joint pain, and chronic stress.
Candy Cane is a classic Christmas candy and a tasty hybrid weed strain that users love. This Indica dominant strain cross three epic parent strains: AK-47, Mango, and White Widow. Its euphoric effects make it great for dealing with anxiety, stress, and muscle tension. Candy Cane has a powerful and long-lasting impact on calm and relaxation. A minty, sweet aroma and flavor profile will make you look for the holiday treat jar.
Stardawg, or Stardog, is a balanced hybrid strain named after the sparkingly star-like trichomes that glisten all over the buds. Created from a cross between Chemdog 4 and Tres Dawg, Stardawg is well-loved for its earthy pine flavors and sour diesel undertones. Stardawg’s effects are uplifting and may help medical marijuana patients treat symptoms associated with severe stress, chronic fatigue, and anxiety.
Red Haze is a potent sativa strain that provides an energy boost, focus, and motivation to complete your daily tasks. THC levels typically average between 20 and 22 percent; Red Haze is a combination of Neville’s Haze and a South American sativa strain. Olive green in complexion, brightened by the violet and red hues and deep amber pistils.
Kosher Kush, aka Kosher OG, is an indica marijuana strain from DNA Genetics. It originated in Los Angeles as a cloned strain and won the High Times Cannabis Cup’s Best Indica in 2010 and 2011 and Best Strain in 2011. Kosher Kush produces high levels of THC, around 21 percent. It has a unique earthy and fruity smell and is reported to have a delicious flavor profile.
Wrapping it Up
‘Tis the season for festive lights and decor, holiday cheer, delicious snacks and gatherings with friends, and a few unique holiday-themed weed strains. Cannabis has recently gained popularity and been legalized throughout half of the United States this year; however, it has been used as a medicine to help people connect and get into the yuletide spirit for centuries. We hope you enjoy our list of strains this winter season, and from our families to yours, Happy Holidays!