Being stuck at home or staying in for the weekend has ups and downs. Not wearing pants for days is a definite plus.
Lack of human interaction might seem like a perk, too, but that gets old quickly. Cannabis is a popular choice to help pass time, but not every strain is suited for a day at the crib. Sometimes you want a creative high for projects, calming effects for decompressing or focused energy for chores around the house.
Side effects you don't need? Overthinking, unconfined energy or overwhelming munchies.
Here are twenty strains that carried a mix of effects fitting for time spent inside, according to our strain reviewer, with limited anxiety and pigging out. It almost always brings users down in the end, causing loose limbs and excessive yawning.
The strain has been used for minor pain, eating and sleeping disorders, stress and headaches. A bowl or half-t quickly calms me enough to forget commuter stress or roommate issues without zapping my energy, but that eventually turns into stupid bliss and couch lock within the hour. The easygoing effects make it a great candidate for daytime and low-tolerance users. I got a short burst of energy — no more than twenty or thirty minutes — followed by groggy, unfocused giggles and intense munchies. Hardly what I expected from a Diesel, but it turned into a good strain for neck pain, an upset stomach and winding down before bed.
Lucky Charms Although lacking taste, this five-tool player with the appealing name creates a relaxing, efficient high perfect for winding down without becoming too giggly or immediately useless.
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Food will add to that sedation, though, and that gets difficult when Lucky Charms hits you with a third wave of munchies which will happen no matter how boring your diet is. Get your shit done before enjoying a bowl, because whether it comes in thirty minutes or two hours, the cliff dive is inevitable. Mandarin Cookies is sedating, best reserved for after work or nighttime, not as a pick-me-up. The calming effects are perfect for following a workout or staying in, and the strain has been used to treat anxiety, eating and sleeping disorders, pain and stress.
Limited but still enjoyable by itself, and versatile as a mixer with more powerful varieties. The intensifying high is somewhat rare for potent strains, mounting fifteen to twenty minutes after smoking and sending cocky stoners to sleep early.
Snuffleupagus for a lost day, because lack of productivity is a common and often sought-after aspect of the high. Do-Si-Dos Like most Cookies strains, Do-Si-Dos has a high potency that can be debilitating to the overzealous or uninitiated, so toke wisely.
Granola Funk Although it might be labeled a hybrid, I treat Granola Funk as a nighttime strain because of its calming effects on the mind and next-level THC potency. This calming, delicious strain has been used to treat anxiety, stress, eating disorders, insomnia and minor pain.
Although it can be a little heavy on the eyes, it typically increases creativity, with little loss of focus.
Panama Punch Some users report an initial energy burst after smoking Panama Punch, but a strong dose of lethargy can take over within an hour. The high is extremely blissful, however, devoid of paranoia and great at dissolving inhibitions. Tahoe Alien In some cases, Tahoe Alien can even attain decent CBD levels, making some commercial growers wonder if the strain was sent from above.
Used primarily in the afternoon and evening, Tahoe Alien is known as a pain and stress reliever in the cannabis community. I like to smoke mine after a long day or angst-filled Sunday before work starts again, as it helps calm my nerves and eases any anxious-stomach issues. The mental stimulation provides a boost in creativity despite a somewhat cloudy mindset, making focusing on more than than one task difficult.
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Although it causes time to move a little slower than your brain and makes you prone to cottonmouth, the strain is still very reliable in the daytime and for creative projects. Medical benefits have included treating exhaustion, stress, eating disorders and excessive apathy.
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