As we get deeper into fall, the end of daylight savings, and winter is just around the corner, it can be harder to keep our spirits up.
The days are short and there’s a lot of darkness which means we produce less vitamin D. This deficiency can affect our moods, energy levels, and even immunity. This can lead to many of us feeling the effects of seasonal depression.
Thankfully, because the endocannabinoid system regulates mood, among many things, cannabis can be a useful tool during the winter months to help regulate mood and energy levels. Plus, studies have shown THC actually reduces negativity in emotional processing.
Based on phenotype terpene profiles, we’ve put together a list of 5 of the best uplifting strains for the winter for mood boosting and stress relieving, all of which we carry at Mary Mart.
Viper Cookies by Kiona
Primary terpenes: pinene, beta-caryophyllene
High in THC, this sativa-dominant hybrid cultivated by Kiona has wonderfully uplifting qualities. It will leave you feeling happy and creative, and provide some much-needed euphoria on rainy days.
Pineapple by Burnwell
Primary terpenes: myrcene, caryophyllene, ocimene
This phenotype, grown by Burnwell, of Ed Rosenthal’s super bud is a perfectly balanced hybrid between the body and mind. It reminds us to slow down and self care, making it one of the best uplifting strains.
Catering to others may be quite overwhelming at times, especially during the holidays. Tokin’ some of this helps us to put ourselves first, as this is the foundation for providing for others.
Frida by Raven Grass
Primary terpenes: beta-caryophyllene, beta-myrcene, alpha-humulene
Bred by Raven Grass and named for artist Frida Kahlo, this 2:1 CBD indica-dominant strain is the best at eliminating stress and elevating mood.
With parentage including ACDC, it’s not highly sedative yet relaxes both body and mind. It can aid in depression/anxiety and chronic pain, among other things.
Not only is it a great strain to smoke on its own, but it also mixes well with others.
Gorilla Glue #4 by HempKings
Primary terpenes: myrcene, caryophyllene, limonene
If you’re having trouble relaxing and feeling down after a stressful day, try some Gorilla Glue #4 (GG4) from HempKings. Widely known as one of the best uplifting strains, it’s great at loosening tension in the body while lifting your mood.
Ice Cream Cake by Royal Tree
Primary terpenes: limonene, caryophyllene, myrcene
Bred by Royal Tree, this strain is a cross between two dynamite parent strains — Gelato 33 and Wedding Cake.
These beautiful and frosty buds provide super potent aromas of diesel and skunk. Popping open that lid will alert the entire room of the magic held in your hands.
Like GG4, it allows for a relaxing and stress-free time while making your way to bed.
You can find all these strains and more to help you get through the winter blues on our menu.
Although cannabis can be a great tool to utilize during this time, don’t forget to pay attention to your body/mind and your needs. Know when to see a doctor for help; reach out to a friend; when to take a relaxing bath or surround yourself with nature.
Whatever self-care methods you use, keeping your mood and energy balanced during this time takes mindfulness and a variety of tools.