Work can get super stressful, but so can so many other factors in our lives. In this day and age, it’s easy to get worked up about a number of things, including work, relationships, family, and just keeping things ticking along smoothly. It’s no wonder that health professionals are having to recommend over and over that it’s important to take some time out for ourselves and take a night off every now and then.
For weed smokers, the events of a lazy night in could not be more obvious: smoke up a bowl or light up a joint and simply… unwind. Anybody who has smoked marijuana before (or consumed it by means of edibles or vaping) will tell you that it is an amazing stress reliever, and scientific research has also indicated its great stress-alleviating properties.
But, with so many cannabis strains out there, how do you know what’s best to smoke up for a lazy night in? There are some strains that will deliver a hit of energy and others that are great for partying, so obviously you will want to avoid these strains.
Luckily, we have put together our Top 5 marijuana strains for a lazy night in, taking all the confusion and wondering out of selecting the perfect variety for a relaxing evening. Read on to see our selection of the 5 best marijuana strains for a lazy night in.
1. Girl Scout Cookies – Indica
Heard of this strain before? We aren’t surprised, since GSC has a famous reputation both in its hometown of California and beyond. It has even won the Cannabis Cup before, so it’s no wonder that word has spread far and wide about this strain. Made from a blend of OG Kush and Durban Poison, this Indica variety is a very relaxing addition to any weed collection. It also has a very high THC content for an Indica (and even in general), so get ready to experience some pretty awesome effects.
Features of Girl Scout Cookies
- Indica-dominant (60% leaning), derived from OG Kush and Durban Poison.
- THC content of 25-28% (compared to the average Indica rating of 12.5%).
- Pleasant in appearance, with buds containing hues of green and purple, scattered with orange hairs.
- Possesses an earthy, rather sweet aroma.
- Has a growing period of around 10 weeks and an average yield.
- Possesses highly sedative properties thanks to the THC, and is also very beneficial for users of medical marijuana due to its 1% CBD and CBN.
Smoking the smooth, sweet smoke of Girl Scout Cookies will leave you feeling euphoric, which is why this strain is heralded as an epic stress-reliever. The high will hit both your head and your body, urging you into a deep state of mind whilst leaving you completely stuck on the couch. You’re likely to feel extremely giggly and also quire introspective, making this a great strain to smoke when enjoying a lazy night in with some buddies.
Users of this strain have reported immense relief from chronic pain and inflammation thanks to its sedative properties. It’s also, as we mentioned, amazing for stress, and even quite good for getting some sleep.
2. Purple Kush – Indica
A pure Indica variety, Purple Kush is sure to provide a full body high. In 2016, High Times magazine named this strain one of the Top 10 Kush Strains. It’s often used in production of hash due to its high yields, while the large quantity of trichomes give this plant a dewy white sheen. With an interesting concoction of flavors upon combustion, Purple Kush was derived in part from the Afghani strains of Central Asia, and exhibits many of the same properties. It is visually striking and also a great smoke, with some pretty impressive features.
Features of Purple Kush:
- 100% Indica, descending from Hindu Kush and Afghani.
- Possesses a THC content of up to 27%, with an average of 17.8%.
- The leaves range between green and purple.
- The flavor starts off very earthy and similar to sandalwood, with undertones of fruity, grape scents; the exhale combines a hash-like taste with that of grapes.
- The high that comes with Purple Kush usually lasts 2-3 hours.
- Plants flower within 8 weeks.
- Can be helpful with a range of medical conditions.
Although the peculiar hash/fruit aroma and taste can bring about a cough during smoking, the effects of this sedative-inducing Indica are worth it. Almost immediately, you will settle into a state of physical relaxation. The head high can be quite psychedelic, meaning that you will be able to really throw yourself into your surroundings and enjoy the senses of sight, sound, and touch. While you will be pretty knocked out in the physical sense, trust us when we say that you’ll definitely be happy!
Apparently, Purple Kush has the features required to be a potentially viable solution to chronic aches and pains, including the pain brought about by fibromyalgia. Furthermore, large doses might be a good way to treat severe insomnia.
3. Gorilla Glue – Hybrid
As the ‘glue’ in the name suggests, Gorilla Glue will leave you glued to your couch! Bred from a mixture of Chemdawg and Chocolate Diesel, this is a 50/50 hybrid strain that will deliver a very calming effect. A little goes a long way with Gorilla Glue, and a few hits will leave you totally trashed and couch-locked; if you’re a marijuana novice, perhaps give this strain a pass.
That said, if you’re a cannabis connoisseur, then this is the perfect strain for a lazy night in, even possessing the ability to get rid of pain and anxieties. Just make sure you don’t have any plans for the evening, because your to-do list is definitely getting cast aside!
Features of Gorilla Glue:
- Hybrid strain, balanced 50/50 between Sativa and Indica.
- Contains an average of 25% THC.
- Gorilla Glue has inherited notes of coffee and mocha in its taste from Chocolate Diesel, but it still has some more pungent tastes reminiscent of diesel that linger in your mouth long after smoking.
- A strong strain that takes effect very quickly and lasts quite long.
- Flowers in around 8-9 weeks.
- Provides a heavy sedative effect.
Since Gorilla Glue is such a strong strain, it hits hard. You’ll relax heavily, melting into the couch after smoking, and you’re likely to end up in fits of giggles. This high will unwind your mind and numb your body, washing away any aches and pains as well as alleviating your soul of any worries. These properties make Gorilla Glue an ideal strain for sufferers of mental ailments like depression and anxiety, and can even quell insomnia. Just be aware that you’re likely to struggle to find mental clarity; although, this is a desired effect for some.
Side effects with this strain include a very dry mouth as well as dry and itchy eyes. If you don’t have a tolerance for weed, you could experience paranoia, dizziness, or a headache, so be careful with your dosage!
4. Lemon Skunk – Sativa
While it is surprising that a sativa strain managed to sneak its way into this mix, we wanted to give people a relaxing weed option that wouldn’t put them to sleep so fast! An award-winning strain, Lemon Skunk was positioned among High Times’ top 10 strains in 2009.
Possessing an average THC content of 14.5%, some users describe its effects as energetic and creativity-inducing, but it also functions as a sedative. Sure, you might feel quite awake at first, but you might also get couch lock!
We recommend using this strain in the afternoon rather than the evening, giving you plenty of time to marathon a binge-worthy series on Netflix while you relax.
Features of Lemon Skunk:
- 60% sativa-leaning strain.
- THC content can reach up to 22%.
- It has a taste and aroma reminiscent of lemons, hence the name.
- Great for pain relief; it was even designed with migraines in mind.
- The THC content brings about a mood-elevating high.
- Grows in 55-65 days.
- Its sativa nature gives an energetic high, but other effects can be quite sedating.
Lemon Skunk delivers a euphoric high that often leaves users feeling quite creative. However, the effects it has on the body can make you experience couch lock as you enjoy a relaxing body high. The numbing sedative effect works wonders on chronic pain.
Although it is a sativa strain, meaning you might experience a thought-provoking, energetic high, smokers of Lemon Skunk still find themselves feeling relaxed – perfect for a lazy night in! Furthermore, inexperienced uses sometimes fall asleep an hour or two after smoking after the head high has worn off.
As well as delivering pain-relief, Lemon Skunk is said to relieve nausea that accompanies other conditions. However, there are some negative effects. Commonly, smokers endure a dry mouth and eyes. When the strain is used in high doses, some users might experience paranoia, anxiety and dizziness. That said, as long as you control your doses and know your limits, you should only reap the benefits of this strain.
5. OG Kush – Sativa
Mentioned above in our Girl Scout Cookies recommendation, this is a sativa strain – but only just. It is actually 55% sativa-leaning, meaning that it is not as powerful an energy boost as other sativa strains, which is why it has made it onto this list.
Despite its fame, OG Kush has unknown origins; it has pretty much been around forever. However, the THC content remains consistent at between 20-25%. If your lazy days involve indulging in your favorite activities, then don’t hesitate to light up some OG Kush. The cerebral head high will make sure you’re free of anxiety and 100% able to enjoy everything. Apparently, it’s a great way to enhance activities involving the body and mind, including video games.
Features of OG Kush:
- 55% sativa-dominant strain.
- Has an average THC content of around 22%, but can be up to 27%.
- The buds are silvery-white in appearance.
- In terms of aroma, OG Kush is quite earthy, with citrusy undertones – some say it reminds them of hoppy beer.
- The smoke tastes quite spicy, more like an Indica strain.
- Due to its pungency, the smell is quite strong and tends to linger – not ideal for being discreet!
- OG Kush flowers in 9 weeks.
- The head high makes it ideal for relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as having the potential to alleviate pain.
With a fairly strong THC content, the high from OG Kush tends to be quite cerebral. You might feel more focused, while some of the effects are slightly psychedelic. These effects can progress toward euphoria, as the lift in your mood will likely remove any symptoms of depression or anxiety. Although you won’t feel as focused as you would with a more sativa-dominant strain, OG Kush could be an ideal way to soothe attention deficit disorders such as ADHD. Some users have also reported pain relief from headaches and migraines.
Since it is a sativa strain with a high THC content, paranoia might be experienced if you smoke a really high dose. Some smokers have also said they experience cottonmouth, but this might be the price to pay for feeling insanely relaxed.
Final Thoughts on the Best Marijuana Strains for a Lazy Night In
Whether your lazy days involve indulging in your favorite activities, hanging with friends, or just lying around staring at the ceiling, there will be a marijuana strain that suits you in this list. These strains are all ones that are perfect for smoking in the evening, as they will all eventually put you to sleep for a good night’s rest.
As you can see, they also possess pain-relieving properties and have the ability to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, meaning that your time set aside to unwind definitely won’t be plagued with troubles and strifes.
So, take your pick of the bunch, head down to your local dispensary, and enjoy your evening! Just remember that marijuana use is always under your own discretion, so make sure you’re on the right side of the law and that you abide by your own limits.