November 11th marks an important holiday that, all too often, flies under the radar—Veteran’s Day. Being that there are approximately 21.8 million U.S. Army veterans scattered around the country, there is, naturally, no shortage of former military men and women who now would like to enjoy the freedom of smoking weed. Whether it’s for the mentally alleviating effects in response to PTSD, a pain treatment for injuries sustained in battle or even just as a tool of recreation and relaxation, we can mostly agree that there are plenty of ways veterans can benefit from the use of cannabis.
So, in honor of all the brave men and women who risked their lives for our country, let’s take a look at the 10 best strains for veterans.
10. Liberty Haze
We’ll kick this off with a strain whose name itself exudes patriotism—Liberty Haze.
The extremely potent hybrid is great to smoke in the daytime. Experienced users will feel a sense of euphoria and a stimulating mental buzz, which is great if you have any activities planned for the day. However, with a 25 percent THC content, it might not be such a great idea for those who don’t smoke regularly. So if you’re prone to anxiety, or have a low tolerance to weed, you may want to try another on the list. If not, then go ahead and toke up and enjoy your holiday.
9. Pineapple Express
Despite containing a THC content as high as 20 percent, Pineapple Express won’t overstimulate the user. Instead, it will provide a surprisingly upbeat, yet relaxed high, perfect for getting the most out of the day. It’s great for anyone experiencing any symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, so if you’re still feeling some lingering effects from your time in the military, Pineapple Express could be a great way to lighten up the mood.
8. Northern Lights
Northern Lights is one of the more iconic strains of bud in recent memory. A powerful indica, it’s a mellow strain that will leave its users relaxed and carefree. The heavy hitting strain is also known to be great for depression, anxiety, PTSD and stress, so it could prove to be the ideal strain for a recovering veteran.
Blueberry is another powerful indica with mellow, yet uplifting effects. And despite its relaxing effects, you won’t be too burnt out before the day is complete. It’s also known to bring on a case of the munchies, so this would be an ideal strain to smoke if you’re planning on going out for a complimentary Veteran’s Day meal.
The hybrid Headband earns its moniker from the intense head-high that produces an oddly enjoyable pressure around the users head. Despite its cerebral effects, headband also creates a relaxing body high upon smoking. It has the ability to serve as both an adept pain reliever or stress reducer, so it’s naturally one of the 10 best strains for veterans, or really anyone for that matter.
5. Master Kush
Master Kush is an extremely potent indica that’s great for medical marijuana users. Its couch-like effects provide a relaxing, almost sedative high, so you’re going to want to smoke this one in the comfort of your own home. However, its physical effects serve as a great pain reliever for any pre-existing injuries. So if you have any old injuries and want to enjoy your Veteran’s Day relatively pain-free, this is definitely the strain for you.
If you’re not necessarily looking to get super stoned, but want some of the mood stabilizing effects of cannabis, Cannotonic is a wise choice. It’s a high CBD-strain at around 20 percent, and some medical forms of the strain don’t contain a high THC level, so you won’t feel many psychoactive effects. However, if you do want to get a little high, there’s also forms of the strain with a near even CBD: THC ratio that will give you the best of both worlds.
3. OG Kush
OG Kush is another popular strain and amongst the easiest to get a hold of on this list. The indica-dominant hybrid contains the couch-lock body effects of your typical indica, coupled with the upbeat, euphoric effects typical of a sativa. OG Kush is also a great strain for mood disorders as well as insomnia, a common effect of PTSD.
2. Blue Dream
Blue Dream is another ultra-popular strain, and the balanced hybrid is sure to give its user an ideal high. A slightly sativa-dominant strain, Blue Dream will give the users a relaxing, yet upbeat high. It’s great for social environments, and many medical patients use it for PTSD, anxiety and depression. Basically, if you’re looking for an instant mood-booster, Blue Dream is the strain of choice.
1. American Kush
A strain with the word ‘American’ has to be number one on this list, right?
In addition to its patriotic name, American Kush contains effects worthy of the top spot on the list of 10 best strains for veterans. Another indica-dominant hybrid with a 70:30 ratio, American Kush will provide its user with an ultra-relaxing, euphoric body high as well as a slight case of the munchies. It’s also a great strain to treat a variety of ailments such as chronic pain, migraines and muscle spasms, so if you’re a little banged up, American Kush should do the trick.
Final Hit: 10 Best Strains For Veterans
Clearly, there’s no shortage of viable strains for any veteran looking to partake in some good ol’ fashioned toking. Obviously, you are not limited to these 10 strains, but they are certainly good options. Really, it all comes down to preference, so if you know what kind of high you’re shooting for, this list can at least serve as a template of sorts.
If you think we missed anything, feel free to comment below!