Summer is the perfect season for camping. It doesn’t get much better than hot days melting into warm nights spent outside with friends and sleeping under the stars. One thing that does make camping even more awesome is taking Mary Jane along for the trip. Camping and cannabis go hand in hand, and if you’re a consumer it’s imperative you know the best strains to take with you. Check out the following cannabis strains that you’ll want to stock up on before heading into the wild. 

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Best Cannabis Strains for Camping

Willie Nelson

The strain is named after Willie NelsonWho wouldn’t want to take Willie Nelson camping? Winner of the 2005 Cannabis Cup, Willie Nelson is a pure sativa that was bred for the singer himself. With an extremely uplifting high, Willie Nelson is the perfect wake and bake strain to go with your morning campfire coffee. It’s an amazing strain for an extra energy boost that will inspire you to explore the world around you.

The effects of Willie Nelson are almost instant, offering an excited sense of euphoria and wellbeing. It’s also known to stimulate creativity, making it perfect for reflecting in a journal, taking pictures, or strumming on the guitar (no matter how bad you play). Best for daytime use, Willie Nelson is one of the best strains for getting your day started in the great outdoors. It’s also the perfect afternoon pick-me-up when you need some mid-day motivation. 

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With a sweet, earthy aroma this pungent strain is known to be excellent for relieving anxiety and stress, much like camping itself. It’s used commonly amongst medical patients to ease stress and tension, as well as manage depression and anxiety disorders. Whether camping with a group or headed for a solo adventure, the cerebral, uplifting high Willie Nelson offers is great for any outdoor escapade.

Alaskan Thunderfuck

Popular since the 70s, Alaskan Thunderfuck is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a woodsy aroma that will complement any kind of camping trip you embark on. It’s a piney strain, with hints of damp earth and an extremely pungent, skunky aroma. Famous for an extremely relaxing, yet completely euphoric high, Alaskan Thunderfuck is a strain you’re not going to forget.

After a couple hits of this sativa-dominant strain, you’ll want to wait a minute. Not only is Alaskan Thunderfuck potent af, but the high is a bit of a creeper. We promise it’s well worth the wait, though. Once the effects begin to grab hold, you may notice your senses becoming significantly heightened. And while it will give you a super sweet body buzz, it’s the cerebral effects that are most prominent. It’s awesome for inspiring good conversations between friends, which is a big part of what makes camping so cool. Alaskan Thunderfuck is a strain that will mellow you out while lifting you up, in that elevated, silly stoned kind of way.

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Alaskan Thunderfuck also inspires an energy that will lift you out of your camping chair or hammock and out on a hike. With a clear-headed, motivating high, this strain is not one to leave behind when going on a camping trip. It’s also great for easing mild to moderate stress and depression, enhancing a more present state of mind that allows you to enjoy the moment. Perfect for unwinding in Mother Nature.

Alien OG

Alien OGDefinitely not for the first-time smoker, Alien OG is one of the most potent strains you can find. It’s an indica-dominant hybrid that has reported THC levels of up to 28%. Alien OG is straight fire, and perfect for sitting around one while camping. Its heavy indica effects are best suited for evening use,  after a long day of rafting, hiking, cliff jumping, or just taking it easy at camp.

Here’s the thing about Alien OG. For an indica-dominant strain, the cerebral effects are fairly psychedelic. Whether camping in the mountains, desert, ocean, or somewhere in between, being outdoors away from the city lights offers some dope opportunity for stargazing. Alien OG is definitely a strain you’ll want close by if looking up at the nighttime sky is your thing. And honestly, if you’re camping, why wouldn’t it be?

This cross between Tahoe OG and Alien Kush is amazing for taking walks in nature, makes music sound like a symphony, and can stimulate some heady conversations. It’s one of the trippiest strains there is where colors are amplified, and time moves in a realm all its own. Great for alleviating depression, anxiety, and PTSD, Alien Kush is truly out of this world.


As the name would suggest, LSD is another strain with strong psychedelic attributes. For an indica, there is an uncommonly strong cerebral high with rather intense mental stimulation. After an hour or two when the cerebral effects wear off, the indica effects hit a bit harder with a body-numbing high perfect for an evening spent outside.

The earthy, pungent aroma with a hint of citrus pairs perfectly with the outdoors. It’s a long-lasting strain that will keep you comfortably numb for hours. One of the most popular attributes of LSD is its ability to completely mellow you out. It’s great for stress, anxiety, and depression, offering a welcomed reprieve from any stress you might be experiencing. It’s literally perfect for taking on a camping trip. Mellow and relaxing. Exactly what camping should be.

This is another strong strain that is not recommended for newbies. Even veteran smokers have attained that racing thoughts and slight paranoia can pop up. But if you want to delve into a bit more of a psychedelic experience on your next camping trip, LSD is absolutely a strain to take along.