5 types of weed heights and the best strains for them


How do you explain the experience to someone who has never tried weed when it comes to getting up? Ask a seasoned stoner how many different types of cannabis you can feel and they will tell you the effects fall under a few umbrellas: energizing, uplifting, euphoric, relaxing, or sleepy.

Ask a scientist how many different types of cannabis you can feel and they will tell you an endless amount. But what about cannabis?

“Subjective effects are due to THC causing different patterns of functional connectivity in the brain … a measure of how much they talk to each other,” said Nick Jikomes, Leafly’s director of science and innovation and host of the Good Chemistry podcast.

Once you consume THC, your brain changes the way it talks to itself. Some parts of it may become more active than usual, making you feel energized or uplifted. other parts of it may become less active, making you feel relaxed or sleepy.

“Think of it as a home stereo,” said Jikomes. “You have one dial for bass and one dial for treble and one for volume, and so on. Each dial is always set to something, and you just set them to different ratios.”

And with that, here are five of the best strains to keep your dials energized, uplifted, euphoric, relaxed, or sleepy.


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Activated: Green Rift

Green cracked marijuana strainsGreen crack. (Leafly)

Green Crack is a prime example of a strain of cannabis that usually adapts a person’s buttons for an energizing experience. Bred back in the 1970s, it is a legendary sativa that tastes like earthy citrus terpenes and is great for daytime consumption. The three most common terpenes are myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.

Other energizing tribes are: Jack Herer and Durban Poison.

Raised: Sour Diesel

acidic diesel marijuana strainSour diesel. (Leafly)

If you want something uplifting, Sour Diesel is highly valued by the medical cannabis community for its moody abilities. It is a potent sativa dominant hybrid that is created by crossing Chemdog and Super Skunk. Sour Diesel’s acidic and gaseous terpene profile contains caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene.

Other uplifting strains are: Super Silver Haze and Tangie.

Euphoric: OG Kush

og kush marijuana strainAND Kush. (Courtesy Billy Ellyson)

While it can be extremely potent, OG Kush is still the perfect example of a long lasting euphoric high that doesn’t tend to feel energizing or sleepy by much – you will just get stoned.

OG Kush is the hybrid of all the hybrids that took California by storm in the 1990s and set the bar for many of the highly potent strains we smoke today. It has a taste of earthy, sour, gaseous and skunky terpenes that we call “Kush” that give way to an intense cerebral experience.

OG Kush’s terpene profile dominates in myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene.

Other euphoric spots are GSC and wedding cake.

Relaxed: blue dream

blue dream marijuana strainBlue dream. (Leafly)

Blue Dream is another legendary hybrid that people love for its relaxing properties, morally-boosting euphoria, and overall feel good high that puts a smile on your face. It’s a cross of blueberry and haze that creates a sweet berry-terpene profile that is dominant in myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.

Other relaxing strains are: Apple Fritter and Purple Punch.

Sleepy: Grandpa Lila

Grandfather purple marijuana strainGrandfather Lila. (Leafly)

Speaking of drowsy stress, Granddaddy Purple is one of many to keep you spellbound for a few hours. This indica crosses Purple Urkle and Big Bud and is famous for its purple flowers; and perhaps even more famous for its normally calming high. The most common terpenes are myrcene, pinene and caryophyllene.

Other sleepy strains are: Blackberry Kush and Bubba Kush.

Dante Jordan

Danté Jordan is a former member of the Leafly Subject Matter Expert team and is currently a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture, strains, products, education, and everything else related to this little green flower. Contact him at Smokingwithdante on Instagram or at dantenetworks (at) gmail (dotcom). His website is www.dantejordan.com.

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