Using marijuana for fun isn’t exactly a new trend, but now that it’s being legalized for recreational use in numerous states and across Canada, more people than ever are being introduced to the positive effects of THC.

What is THC?

Called, Tetrahydrocannabinol, if you’re into that, THC is the chemical in cannabis that gives people the feelings of euphoria that have made marijuana into a party consumption staple. It also helps to treat patients with stress, depression, anxiety and a host of other similar illnesses. Are you high with a case of the giggles? That’s the THC talking.

Before legalization, to many casual users, marijuana strains were rarely a consideration. Now that customers can walk into dispensaries, people are learning that not all pot is created equal. Like most plants, cannabis has been cultivated over time so that there are now hundreds, if not thousands of different strains of marijuana available. Each strain has different characteristics. Some have a very small amount of THC to help patients mediate pain without the high. Others were cultivated to have high amounts of THC for purely recreational purposes. Then there are the innumerable strains in between.

Right now, though, we’re giving you 10 specific strains to look for if your goal is a euphoric high and a case of the giggles:

Blue Diesel

Blue Diesel is itself a cross between two strains: NYC Diesel and Blueberry and has a THC content of between 16% and 23%. On top of smelling a lot like blueberries, this strain is known to relieve stress and leave the user’s mind and body relaxed and calm.

Chemdawg

OG Kush and Sour Diesel combine to make Chemdawg. With THC levels of 15 – 20%, Chemdawg is another can’t miss strain for someone looking to calm their mind and body. One of the most widely chosen strains, Chemdawg comes with a warning: This is a smelly strain. If you’re looking for subtlty, this one isn’t for you. If that isn’t an issue though, and you want a case of the sleepies, then Chemdawg away.

Laughing Buddha

Who would guess that a strain with laughing in the title might give people a case of the giggles? Everybody. Laughing Buddha will help push your stresses and troubles to the background and replace it with more positive vibes.

Black Diamond

Can’t sleep after a long work week, and just need to relax? Black Diamond’s reputation is a calming one, giving the user a case of the warm fuzzies, helping them to rest and relaxation. Black Diamond has also been known to cause a case of the munchies, so make sure you have plenty of snacks nearby.

Church OG

Another good choice for the sleep deprived is Church OG, which is a favorite strain among long time cannabis users. Known for its pleasant aromas and smooth smoke, Church OG has been reported to be the choice for people looking to relieve mental stress.

Rainbow

Rainbows have always been a symbol of happiness and good times. It stands to reason that their namesake strain would do the same. Rainbow brings a sweet and tropical flavor to the table, reminding users of pineapple. This is the strain for you if you’re looking for the euphoric, happy high without the accompanying body stone.

Mango Kush

Who isn’t addicted to the tangy sweetness of flavor that is the mango? This strain should appeal not only to the mango lover but is also the strain of choice for the party wallflower. Users regularly report feelings of cheerful chattiness, finding it easier to socialize, and to laugh with others.

Purple Kush

Relaxation and euphoria for the mind and body. That is what Purple Kush is best known for. So well known, in fact, that it often makes people’s top recommended list for sleeping disorder and anxiety.

Sweet Diesel

There are those who find the flavor and smell of the diesel strains to be overpowering, but who enjoy the overall effects of the strains. For those folks, Sweet Diesel is the go-to, providing an earthier smell and flavor. This strain is also known to boost energy and overall chattiness and is best enjoyed with others.

Pineapple Express

Thanks to James Franco and Seth Rogan, who made a movie about the strain, Pineapple Express is one of the best-known strains in North America. This strain’s mildly, fruity taste comes with a side of relief: pain relief, stress relief and tension relief.

A Strain for Everyone

Cannabis is a versatile plant, with many different strain variations. We’ve only scratched the surface here of what is available. While any of the strains listed above might be for everyone, but users are encouraged to explore for themselves.

Looking to grow your own? You can always find seeds at places like Crop King.