Unlike other industries, which can reach across state borders to access new markets in different states and cities, each state with legal recreational or medical marijuana has its own, insular industry. This is to mollify the Federal Government, which continues to classify marijuana as a dangerous, exceedingly illegal Schedule I drug. Though you might find legendary strains around the country, newer strains are only available in individual states — and cultivators in some states, like Washington, put in work to make well-known strains the best that they can be.
It should hardly be surprising that the first state to legalize adult-use marijuana boasts some of the best weed strains on the market. Here are some weed strains that you definitely need to sample in Washington as soon as possible:
Like so many legendary strains, the origins of Purple Punch are a mystery, but the Seattle-based farmer House of Cultivar is unequivocally perfected this delightful indica. The buds alone are tiny works of art, with pockets of green amidst the purple and a glittering icing of trichomes. As its name suggests, Purple Punch will knock you out, so you should reserve this strain for a lazy rainy Washington weekend when you have nowhere to go but the couch — or better yet, your bed.
Another strain that dates to way back in kush culture, Pink Panther started to fall out of favor — until Seattle growers Dama reinvigorated it. With genetics related to the Norcal purple line but aesthetics that skew beautifully red in hue, Pink Panther is one of the best hybrids on the market. It will help you feel relaxed and euphoric but keep you clear-headed and energetic enough to start the day right. With Pink Panther, Dama is showing other growers around the U.S. what quality strains look like.
These days, it is almost impossible to find a true sativa strain — but Chocolope by GABRIEL comes close. Sourcing its genetics from the chocolate strains popular in the 1980s as well as the infamous Mexican landrace strain Cannalope Haze, Chocolope wraps your body in a delightfully sweet, euphoric high. It is worth your time to search Washington high and low, from pot shops in Spokane to recreational dispensaries in Tacoma, for this top-tier strain from a top-tier grower in the heart of Washington.
If you are partial to a head high that makes you buzz with energy, you need to try Allen Wrench by Artizen, a grower on the outskirts of Olympia. Allen Wrench is a fantastic tool for lifting your spirits when you are feeling blue; the high hits fast and hard, alleviating depressive feelings and giving you enough energy to complete any activity. One of the best ways to enjoy Allen Wrench is to partake before embarking on a gorgeous Washington State hike.
Another winner from Artizen, Dutchberry is a sweet, citrusy strain that derives from Dutch Treat and a Blueberry variant. While this strain is a sativa, it doesn’t provide enough energy or focus to be good as a wake-n-bake; instead, you should set Dutch berry aside for an evening of relaxed socialization — when you want to unwind in a fit of giggles.
Seatown Lemon Haze
You might have heard of Super Lemon Haze, a strain legendary for its strong citrus flavor and its balanced high. Seatown Lemon Haze is a worthy descendent unique to Washington State, born and bred by Western Cultured in Seattle. Unlike other sativas, Seatown Lemon Haze doesn’t rob you of your senses; instead, it gives you euphoric energy while allowing you to focus on any tasks at hand.
Though Narnia isn’t an old strain, it has been given new life as one of the flagship strains for Soulshine Cannabis, a cultivator out of Renton, Washington. Smoking Narnia is like stepping through that wardrobe: One minute you are living life as normal, and the next you are in a charming fantasy world that keeps you smiling. Narnia’s high endures, so you should only indulge in this strain when you have plenty of time to sit back, relax and explore its creative landscape.
Chem Cookies is a much-beloved combination of legendary strains Chemdawg and Girl Scout Cookies, dreamed up and developed by Subdued Excitement (SUBX) just south of the Canadian border. SUBX is easily one of Washington’s highest quality grass producers, and their product often sells out fast. If you can find this diesel-smelling deep indica, you better stock up.
It should go without saying that you should invest in whatever strains make you happy, wherever you might be. However, if you are looking for something new to sample — and you happen to live in Washington State — these eight strains will do you good.
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