With COVID restrictions waning, and summer solstice around the corner, the need to socialize is rising with the hot summer air. Most of us are feeling the urge to interact during fun, out-of-the-house adventures. It's a perfect time to sit lakeside, poolside, or riverside and smoke socially with friends. There are several popular selections from breeders who adorn their cross strains with novelty names. The seasoned smokers at Dutchie recommend you try the following cultivars this summer:
- Pineapple Express
- Sour Banana Sherbet
- Lilac Diesel
- Tropic Thunder
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Tropicanna Cookies
This selection has carried "hype" since the movie by the same name came out in 2008. The strain first became popular in Canada, where Aurora Cannabis produced it under the alias "Pierre Elliott." After the namesake movie came out, the buzz-worthy strain began production in the states. Its lineage stems from Hawaiian Landrace and Trainwreck. As the name implies, its nose is sour, and it emits smoke that does indeed taste like pineapple. Most consumers enjoy this strain for its stimulating effects. Pineapple Express is an ideal selection for outdoor enthusiasts. It can brighten and refine a person's perspective and boost their energy on a gorgeous day.
Sour Banana Sherbet
Following the tart taste of pineapple comes another sour, yet mouthwatering, treat. Sour Banana Sherbet has a sharp aroma, but a much sweeter taste. This award-winning strain is popular in Oregon, grown by Fox Hollow Flora.
Cannabis Now did a feature on the strain popular throughout the West Coast thanks to its prime breeding:
"Crockett (Family Farms) pollinated a multitude of females and made an array of possibilities choosing the (Banana OG x Sherbet) male to cross with the Sour D female creating the Sour Banana Sherbet."
The article spotlights this strain as one of the best for socializing and promoting productivity. That is probably due to its complex lineage with Sour Diesel as a parent strain. Sour Diesel is a cultivar that tends to boost energy and make people feel alert. Sour Banana Sherbet is a banana and fuel flavored cross of AJ's Sour Diesel and the sweet Banana Sherbet. The bold banana flavor is sweet and mixes well with the tangy diesel taste. The aroma of a cured bud is both sweet and sour, with just a hint of banana. The high from Sour Banana Sherbet can brighten any day with its uplifting and happy head high, relaxing the body. This variation tempers those typical Sour Diesel effects to a pleasant level for swimming, sunbathing, or chatting with friends.
When you think of Mimosa, most people think of the bubbly drink accompanying long weekend brunches with friends. The cannabis version boasts a similarly sweet taste like that of freshly squeezed orange juice. Indulge in Mimosa to enhance your social experience with friends. Most consumers report feeling chatty and blissful after smoking Mimosa.
Kaitlyn Weber, the Internal Communications Manager at Dutchie, likes Mimosa for its fruit-forward flavor and the lightly calming sensation of smoking this strain on a sunny day. She is pictured basking in the rays at Elk Lake in Central Oregon.
Brought to you by Symbiotic Genetics, this cross of Clementine and Purple Punch is a strain that provides positive social effects and a delightful citrus palate to match. Mimosa gets its fresh squeezed orange flavor from Clementine, while the Purple Punch genetics shine through with a grounding sense of relaxation as the high sets in. Mimosa is a bright and uplifting strain, making it the perfect choice for any celebration.
Redecan is a family-owned and operated cannabis producer in Canada that has recently put out a Lilac Diesel strain that continues to attract attention in these warmer months.
It fuses an earthy, floral smoke with chemical undertones. This selection is available throughout many provinces and states in the US as well.
Most users report feeling a sense of euphoria wash over them after indulging in Lilac Diesel, but this bliss also comes with heightened focus. It's a giggly strain that may make you feel like prancing through flower fields with friends.
Maui Wowie is the Hawaiian parent strain to this cross. Known as Tropic Thunder, this selection emits a floral nose and tropical flavor. It tends to produce a moderate level of THC and terpenes that make it a mellow smoke for any time of the day. Like the gentle beginning of a tropical thunderstorm, it can soothe those getting back into the social mood after a year of quarantine.
Barney's Farm in Amsterdam is home to many Cannabis Cup award-winning cultivars. Thanks to its owner, Barney's Farm began its cannabis growing in Asia and moved those seeds back to Amsterdam with a wealth of breeding knowledge. Their Strawberry Lemonade was initially bred from their own Lemon OG crossed with tasty Strawberry. The terpenes in this cultivar "make nostrils fizz, taste buds explode, and brains bubble." That is to say that it delights the senses on all levels, which helped the strain become popular in the US. It increases the giddy, warm feeling of socializing with your favorite companions.
For all the Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) lovers out there, Tropicanna Cookies provides a delightful summer twist on a classic, euphoric strain. This selection is a mouthwatering cross of GSC and Tangie. This strain's aroma and taste are both unreal. Its robust smoke is like the flavor of biting into a ripe tangerine lightly doused in powdered sugar. The exhale tends to linger so the user can savor each puff.
Tropicanna Cookies has gained traction from producers and consumers across the Northwest and made its way East in recent months. The bud structure is fluffy, but it appears intricate with the contrast of a deep purple hue and bright orange pistils. After smoking Tropicanna Cookies, users report feeling a pure sense of energy and creative confidence.
We think you should try out these strains for yourself. Now is the time to enjoy the human connection we have all been missing with a collective sense of joy. In the safe space of nature, sit around with your friends and reminisce about the pre-COVID times. Dutchie is here to provide you with fruity bouquets of consumable bliss to enhance these much-needed moments.