The sheer number of weed varieties can often be overwhelming. You probably have had the thought, "Are these names just, like, made up?" But unless your delivery guy is some sus dude in yoga pants, the strains are probably legit, each with their own scent, flavor, and mind-bending effect. With some clutch assists from friends, artists, and Leafly—which is basically Yelp for marijuana—we picked eights strains that'll do you right whether you're trying to go out, stay in, or visit another planet entirely. Hybrids are in vogue, just fyi.
Tiara Thomas, artist: "It definitely depends on how I'm feeling. Sometimes I smoke Blue Dream in the studio, but when I'm trying to go about my day, I like Sour Diesel. It doesn't make me feel groggy, or heavy. I don't like chilling when I'm high. I like to chill, but I like to be able to operate in my day to day. Sour Diesel doesn't make me feel heavy."
Mira Gonzalez, writer: "I tend to prefer indicas because they are more 'down' which helps with my naturally anxious mind. If I'm in the mood for a sativa, I like super lemon haze, which actually smells like lemons. Super lemon haze would be something I would smoke in a social situation probably. The other day I smoked super lemon haze and danced to one direction for like 2 hours."
Waka Flocka Flame, rapper: "It's like a cross between Bubblegum and Girl Scout Cookies. It's serious. It's so fucking serious. If I had that everyday? Work would never be conducted. It's some West Coast shit, though—by the time it get to us its bullshit. Like some dried out, fake bullshit. I like the sweet-tasting. I don't like all that sour."
Kehlani, artist: "I'm a real smoker, so I smoke every hour. I like the taste of Cheese and the cleaner high. Rather than being sleepy and lazy, I felt good. I listen to a lot of my DJ friends' mixes, my DJ, superduperbreak, Filthy Rich Rog, and Soulection radio."
Nothing's Domenic Palermo: "The best weed I've ever smoked—which means I was so high I felt like I was on other drugs—was Amnesia Haze. A friend had some and we chain smoked joints, and it literally had no ceiling. Just got more high every time until I literally thought I was gonna die. like listening to almost anything [while high], but the sadder the better. Various Sun City Girls LPs stay on my turntable."
Jade De LaFleur, artist: "Blue Dream is my favorite because every time I've had it it's been super pleasurable and super mellow. I've been able to be super creative. I even wrote about it, in my single, "You Know I'm Down" while smoking that Blue Dream. I really love it. My hair is blue right now."
Antwon, rapper: Green Crack puts me on my ass. I'm usually useless. Smoking weed, I feel less stressed out and a lot happier. I think I'm more in touch with myself and my feelings. Things that would stress me out or make me mad usually slide off my back. I always come up with the craziest cadences and phrases when writing music, the weed helps."
Slutever's Rachel Gagliardi: I prefer hybrids so I get the best of both worlds. I love Girl Scout Cookies, it smells sweet and helps me relax. I always feel light, happy, and creative. It helps me take things a little less seriously, and to stop overthinking. My favorite music to listen to with a joint is this amazing tape I bought called Radio Afrique.