December 17, 2021 3 min read
One of the most common questions is whether indica or sativa for hiking is best. Typically stoners reach for sativas since they are often considered more of a daytime strain and won’t put you to sleep, however there are many indicas that are great for hiking as well. If you’re a novice smoker, stick to a sativa. Seasoned tokers should only smoke an indica strain while hiking if they are familiar with the strain and know its effects. You do not want to be incapacitated out on the mountain. No matter what cannabis strain you choose, always start out slow and pick a hiking trail that you’ve done before and isn’t too challenging (steer clear of trails along sheer cliffs). If smoking and hiking solo, tell a friend what trail you’ll be on and when you expect to be back.
This extremely energizing pure sativa strain will help keep your endurance up throughout the entire hike with around 19% THC content. Originating from Durban, South Africa, Durban Poison is a very popular cannabis strain thanks to its uplifting and invigorating effects that is also known to inspire creativity. If you enjoy watercolor, drawing, or playing music, pack your art supplies (and a baggie of Durban Poison) to get inspired by the wilderness.
This award-winning daytime strain has the perfect combination of potency and effects. Honoring the country music star and pot lover, it’s no wonder that this sativa strain is preferred by artists and musicians. Willie Nelson’s effects are euphoric and inspiring, all while keeping the user clear-minded (a huge plus while out on the trail). One stoner who consumes Willie Nelson said that, "I smoked it right before going hiking with my friend and the euphoric/relaxing/joyous feelings that this strain gave me were just the perfect mix to make that hike one of my most memorable and enjoyable.”
Looking to awaken your mind? Green Crack is a potent sativa that produces a mental “buzz” of sorts that is described as a punch of energy combined with laser focus. Testing around 17% THC, this is a great weed strain for hiking since it is used to fight fatigue and destress. It also goes by the name Cush, Green Cush, and Mango Crack because of its fruity mango-like flavor profile.
Developed by cannabis activist Lawrence Ringo, Sour Tsunami is a legendary high CBD strain with around a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. This ratio is perfect for having a calming and stress-free experience throughout your hike with just a touch of mind-altering effects. Sour Tsunami is a sativa-dominant hybrid created by crossing Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel.
Also called Cindy and Cindy 99, this strong sativa will kick your butt if you aren’t ready for it. Chosen by hikers for its potent cerebral high, Cinderella 99 will give you a euphoric, dream-like high with hardly any body effects. The large white buds smell and taste like citrus and will help you fight fatigue on the return trip to the car.
Don’t let the name scare you away, Alaskan Thunderfuck (ATF) is actually one of the more relaxing strains on the list though it does have intense mental effects. It produces a powerful euphoric, happy effect that fires up the appetite, so don’t forget to pack extra munchie snacks to nibble on. With strong aromas of skunk, menthol, lemon, and pine, this herb will fit right into your forest surroundings.
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