Tis the season for jolly Christmas songs and festive cannabis strains. If you're looking to put together a playlist and a puff-list for the holidays, check out our list of suggestions.
1. May all your Christmases be (green) and white
Is the weather ruining your dreams of a white Christmas? You can feast your eyes on a winter wonderland by gazing at Permafrost, a sativa-dominant hybrid with pine-green buds glazed with a coat of frosty trichome crystals.
This minty strain makes for a relaxing way to enjoy a night in after a stressful day of last-minute shopping. It's charming and calming, just like Bing Crosby in this classic Christmas flick:
2. Ave Marijuana
Santa Maria is as sweet, joyful and uplifting as its namesake. But instead of being meek and mild, this sativa-heavy strain energizes the mind and gets the creative juices flowing. Much like this unconventional take on a yuletide standard by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.
3. An Aloha State Christmas
Don't let the frosty appearance fool you. Hawaiian Snow is a citrusy strain bred from a trinity of potent sativas: Haze, Neville's Haze and Hawaiian Haze. Combined, they offer a jubilant high that's great for a sunny Christmas spent giggling with friends over a turkey luau:
4. The Marijuana Magi
No, the sativa-heavy 3 Kings hybrid isn't named after Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior. The name comes from the relaxing strain's three ancestors: Headband, Sour Diesel and OG Kush. But its pungent, earthy resinous scent is about as heavy as frankincense and myrrh:
5. Nutcracker Suite
For the grand finale, we turn to a quartet of strains with ties to the second act of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker," where the nut-crushing hero and Clara go to the Land of Sweets and enjoy four dancing desserts: candy, chocolate, coffee and tea.
For the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," there's no strain better than the sweet, fruity strain that bears the fairy's name. Much like the celesta in Tchaikovsky's orchestra, the Sugar Plum Fairy sativa produces an uplifting, cerebral high that's as potent as the holiday spirit.
For the lively chocolate dance, we have Chocolate Thunder, an energizing sativa that boosts concentration and creativity:
For the brooding coffee dance, we picked Cali Kush, a spicy, coffee-flavored strain that soothes both body and mind:
And if the taste of coffee's too heavy for you late in the evening, you can substitute with the tea-flavored strain The Black, a powerful, sleep-inducing indica from British Columbia: