If you live in a temperate climate, some things just taste better in fall. While there’s certainly nothing stopping you from drinking mulled cider on a hot summer day or an ice-cold Arnold Palmer in the dead of winter, there’s something undeniably satisfying about associating some tastes and smells with specific seasons. Whether you’re looking to start hibernating early or trying to make the most of the tail end of summer, here’s our list of some of the best and most flavorful strains to welcome the onset of shorter days and cooler temperatures.
Popular hybrid Girl Scout Cookies, crossed between OG Kush and Durban Poison, is a heavy hitter that gives you the best of cerebral intensity and comfortable body melt. The taste is mostly citrus and earth, with just a little sweetness on the exhale. Girl Scout Cookies comes on full-force: feelings of sudden giddiness are common, which can escalate into full-on euphoria.
There’s also a trippy, psychedelic component to the physical high. While you may not get pinned down, you might get a kick out of little things like scratching an itch or showering. Depending on your area, this strain’s more innocent namesake — the baked goods that benefit the Girl Scouts of America — go on sale starting in September. But even if you can’t find Tagalongs or Thin Mints for your hibernation snacking, this strain should provide all the comfort you need for a brisk fall afternoon.
Tahoe OG is a hybrid strain with true West Coast cred. It is a cross between OG Kush and SFV OG and has all the heavy Kush properties of one parent with fresh ocean-grown flavor from both. The buds are large and very dense with a purple tint to the green leaves. The dried flowers have a fresh lemon scent with just a hint of chemical ammonia tang. When lit up, this strain smells slightly spicy. Smoke is surprisingly smooth and tastes dank and citrusy on exhale. The heavy body high ramps up quickly, melting away stress and tension.
Any mental stimulation comes in the form of hazy daydreaming, rather than intense focus.
Whether you’re home alone or kicking back with friends, this is definitely a better choice for nighttime. Take a toke and close your eyes – you can almost feel like you’re sipping hot cocoa in a Tahoe cabin as waves lap at the dock outside.
S.A.G.E. is a sativa-dominant hybrid crossed from an Afghani landrace and an original Haze strain. Its name refers to its appealing herbal scent, but is also an acronym for Sativa/Afghani Genetic Equilibrium. Buds of S.A.G.E. are very leafy but fluffy and loose like those of pure sativas. The deep sage scent of the buds makes for a herbal, woody taste with a hint of fruit. With equal parts cerebral buzz and body stone, S.A.G.E. comes on quickly. Users describe a mostly tranquil, lightheaded high that persists longer than average. These potent, well-rounded effects can lend themselves to either motivation for daytime tasks or to focused relaxation. This strain can be particularly creative, and its woody, earthy flavor profile is tailor-made for a daytime hike through some vibrant changing leaves.
Ewok is a crowd-pleasing hybrid with a good balance between head and mind that’ll leave you feeling like you’re swinging through the treetops of Endor. A cross between sativa-dominant Tahoe Alien and indica-heavy Albert Walker,
Ewok won Best Hybrid in the 2013 Cannabis Cup.
Woodsy pine and fresh citrus make up most of this strain’s scent profile, while some hashy undertones come through from the Afghani grandparent strain. Smoke is super smooth and has airy notes of lemon and tangerine. The high begins with a sharpening of the senses and a concentrated focus, great for vibing out with music or getting mundane tasks done. Within an hour, a more lazy, cloudy body high kicks in. This is an awesome daytime smoke but because of its later indica onset, don’t plan on being out and about in demanding circumstances for the duration of your high.
What could be a better tribute to the Skeketon King and mayor of Halloweentown than a bomb sativa hybrid? Jack Skellington is a cross between Killer Queen and Jack the Ripper that clears the mind and induces euphoria and introspective creativity. The pungent dried flowers smell fruity and citrusy and have a skunky diesel odor and taste when smoked.
Although higher doses can induce a state of confusion and mind-race, Jack Skellington can be a great choice to relieve stress and anxiety. The euphoric properties may also help regulate mood disorders, and some may find that it alleviates migraines and headaches. It can be very good for meditative purposes as well. Buds reportedly carry a THC of around 15%, making this strain a great daytime smoke for an afternoon of apple picking — or for some creative inspiration before a last-minute trip to the Halloween costume store.
Maple Leaf Indica is one of the more fragrant, flavorful indicas — its spicy flavor profile makes it a perfect first course (or second course, or dessert course, or palate cleanser) for Thanksgiving. An entirely pure Indica strain descended from an original Afghani landrace variety, Maple Leaf has a mildly skunky, piney aroma; the taste is more like incense and cloves with a sweet hint of maple in the background. This strain has a powerful body high that can knock out inexperienced users. Often described as narcotic and calming, Maple Leaf Indica also provides some subtle mental stimulation, making it suitable for meditation or a post-meal nap.
Many describe Maple Leaf Indica as a potent aphrodisiac
— it could be the perfect thing for a cozy, romantic weekend road trip.