Whether you consume cannabis recreationally or for medicinal purposes, there has never been a better time to be an enthusiast of the herb.
With legalisation continuing to sweep more states in the US and Canada and even Europe somewhat easing it’s cannabis consumption laws – cannabis has truly become the ‘wonder drug’ of choice nowadays. It’s medical and therapeutic benefits alone have been hailed time and time again, complete with scientific research backing it all up – and many myths about it being a dangerous herb have also been dispelled.
Anyone who claims they are a cannabis connoisseur already knows that there are many wonderful ways to consume it. You can have your favourite strain in an edible or just do it the old-fashioned way which is to smoke it.
However, quite possibly one of the best ways to have it nowadays is through a vaporiser, with many celebrities carrying their favourite herb in a stylish vape device.
Why Vape the Herb?
Today, vaporisation is considered one of the safest ways to consume cannabis, whether you’re doing it for kicks or to remedy a health condition. The process involves slowly heating up the herb to a just below combustion temperature – which means you’re inhaling more of the good stuff with longer lasting effects, and none of the harmful by-products which are inadvertently consumed when you have it in a joint, spliff or bong.
At the end of the day vaping is a safer, fun, more effective and even more discreet way of having your favourite strain, especially when you’re on the go.
In light of this wildly popular tradition, we’ve put together a list of some of the best cannabis strains which you can use with a vaporiser.
Best Strains to use in a Vaporiser
Anybody who has had enough experience smoking or consuming marijuana in other forms knows that strains can distinctly differ from each other. If you go to any dispensary or online store, one of the first things you must decide is whether you want to buy a Sativa, Indica or hybrid strain.
Those who are more inclined towards enjoying soothing and calming effects typically settle for Indica strains while those chasing revitalising and energising effects tend to go for Sativa strains. Hybrids offer a combination of both in either equal proportions or more skewed towards one strain, offering users some really amazing and unique experiences.
Here are some of the best strains you can start vaping now:
Blue Dream has become a very popular and widely consumed sativa-dominant hybrid strain, offering a relaxing and wonderful high. Found both in concentrate and flower form, it offers a hint of blueberry with a little sweetness added, making for a very unique and refreshing flavour. It’s considered the perfect strain by many enthusiasts when it comes to vaping for the first time.
Originating in California, it’s hailed as one of the OG (original gangster) west coast strains, made by cross-breeding Sativa Haze and Blueberry Indica.
It’s not only ideal for newcomers to the vaping scene but also cannabis veterans who want to enjoy a steady and balanced high. The high THC content provides a gentle and euphoric high while the CBD and CBN offer a host of medicinal as well as therapeutic benefits. In fact, Blue Dream is commonly used to treat a variety of ailments including nausea, depression, stress and pain.
As we speak, Sour Diesel is considered one of the best strains to vape and borrows its uniquely interesting name from the fact that it contains an element of citrus in its flavour while also offering a distinct high-octane fuel-like aroma.
Cannabis enthusiasts commonly refer to it as ‘Sour D’ because of the pungent high octane fuel aroma that has become synonymous with it. Being a sativa strain, it offers very energising effects, with users often reporting that they feel very relaxed and happy after smoking it.
However, the feeling of euphoria is not as pronounced and long-lasting when compared to other sativa strains, which is why people love vaping it throughout the day. Sour D actually dates back to the early 90s when it was made by combining Super Skunk and Chemdog91.
Boasting fantastic mood-uplifting properties, it is also used by medical cannabis users for its ability to relieve chronic pain, stress and depression.
Acapulco Gold has received nothing but praise and appreciation from medical and recreational users all across the world. In fact, many describe it as ‘having a very special dinner in an upscale restaurant’.
The strain has been appropriately named according to its birthplace of Acapulco, Mexico, and is adored by cannabis users of all ages, no matter what their vaping goals are. The strain has been known to offer a feeling of unparalleled bliss and gentle euphoria, making it a top favourite among recreational users.
However, its medicinal benefits such as the reduction of fatigue, chronic pain and nausea have also made it equally popular among medical marijuana users.
Purple Kush is an Indica hybrid originating in Oakland, California, and made by cross-breeding Purple Afghani and Hindu Kush. It’s easily identifiable among cannabis veterans owing to its dense buds and purple leaves.
This Indica strain is considered a very potent one, which means newcomers to vaping should exercise caution – the 17% THC count is enough to cause couch lock and a good amount of sedation – so it’s probably best to have it in the evening only, and in relatively small doses at first.
Vapers have described the experience as an ‘opiate-like mind-body high’ with potent and long-lasting effects. Recreational and medical users alike continue to vape it as a way to stimulate the appetitive, promote better sleep, find relief from pain or simply calm the mind and relax the body.
Granddaddy Purple is an Indica-dominant hybrid made by cross-breeding Big Bud and Purple Urkle. Since its inception in 2003, it has become highly popular due to its strong pain relief properties and potency.
As the name implies, Granddaddy Purple boasts thick, dense purple buds, all coated in orange hairs and resin. The aroma of berries and grapes is ever present, and the strain comes highly recommended for its sedative properties – accompanied by a strong mind and body high. This is due to its Indica-dominance which delivers euphoria but with a good dose of relaxation, making it ideal for night time use.
Medical cannabis users have praised it not just for its sedative properties but also its ability to help control muscle spasms, insomnia, stress, pain and loss of appetite.
Afghan Kush happens to be one of the most well-known and oldest OG cannabis strains, with its legendary roots going back to the Hindu Kush Mountains around the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Being an Indica strain, it is known for its powerful sedative properties and relaxing effect. It is certainly not a daytime strain unless you don’t mind going through an episode of couch lock.
Owing to its strong effects, it is often taken to remedy insomnia and appetite loss, as well as pain, stress and depression.
Lemon Haze is a Sativa-dominant strain, getting its name due to the unique smell of freshly peeled lemons which is beyond refreshing and relaxing, to say the least. Containing a good 15-20% THC, it’s great for recreational use, elevating users to a next level of euphoria and full mind-body relaxation.
However, it does offer medicinal benefits as well, helping with conditions like insomnia, stress and depression. Even though it isn’t the best strain on this list to remedy pain, it can still help deal with moderate amounts of pain.
White Widow Shatter
While shatter is a cannabis concentrate consumed only by those who have built a very high tolerance to the herb’s high-THC effects, White Widow itself is a fantastic strain, whose effects are amplified even further when concentrated with shatter.
Being a hybrid strain, and engineered by cross-breeding a South Indian resin-heavy India with a Brazilian native landrace strain – White Widow is an excellent choice for vapers who want to enjoy immediate therapeutic benefits, such as relief from pain, depression and stress.
Girl Scout Cookies
Also known as GSC, Girl Scout Cookies is a Sativa-dominant hybrid which produces lovely green buds bathed in orange hairs. A multiple Cannabis Cup winner, the strain’s buds are well-known for their strong and sweet aroma along with earthy hints.
Being high in THC, GSC offers a very uplifting cerebral high and full mind-body sedation. Not only that, but it energises the creative mind and encourages social interaction, no matter how introverted the user may be.
It’s also good for relieving stress, depression and chronic pain, and equally effective at stimulating the appetite.
The Final Vape
All the strains mentioned above are just a small handful of the varieties of Indicas, Sativas and hybrids that can be enjoyed in a vaporiser. All of them offer unique euphoric experiences and a number of therapeutic benefits – spoiling users for choice and also protecting them from some of the harmful effects of smoking cannabis.