Strain Game

A Beginner's Guide to the Best Buds in Aspen

Our digital editor's expert recommendations on what to smoke for every ailment...or if you just plain want to get the giggles.

By Katie Shapiro Photography by Bernhard Donaubauer June 5, 2017 Published in the Summer 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

In the ever-expanding world of uplifting sativas, relaxing indicas, and the hybrids in between, cannabis comes in endless varieties more than ever before. Whether you're a novice trying to navigate your first trip to a dispensary or an expert looking for a specific effect, here are our picks for the nine best strains to try for the ultimate Rocky Mountain high. And trust us, we've smoked them all. 

Golden Goat
Sativa hybrid 

One of Colorado’s signature strains, with a potent lemon-grenadine flavor, it can benefit depression, fatigue, and migraines. Pictured above (top), $16/gram at Native Roots, 308 S. Hunter St., 

Blue Dream
Sativa hybrid

Known for its sweet blueberry taste and ability to balance full-body relaxation with cerebral stimulation, the California-originating, high-THC strain is popular among both newbies and vets for its gentle ease into a calm euphoria. Pictured above (middle), $20/gram at Silverpeak Apothecary, 520 E. Cooper Ave.,

Purple Diesel 
Sativa hybrid

This colorful flower is a favorite for daytime use for its uplifting, blissful high (warning: you will get the giggles), along with effective pain treatment. Pictured above (bottom), $10/gram at Best Day Ever, 520 E. Cooper Ave., 

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Headband Kush at Best Day Ever

Headband Kush

Smokers love this smooth strain for the subtle lemon flavor and long-lasting effects in combating stress and relieving pain; anticipate a relaxing “headband” halo of pressure around your crown. $10/gram at Best Day Ever, 520 E. Cooper Ave., 

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Stardawg at Best Day Ever


The anxiety-prone pick this sparkling, crystal-laced strain for its fast-acting, uplifting high that also fights stress and fatigue. $10/gram at Best Day Ever, 520 E. Cooper Ave., 

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Northern Lights at Silverpeak Apothecary

Northern Lights

First cultivated in Holland in 1985, the legend of this infamous strain lives on for its deep psychoactive effect, which works wonders in treating sore muscles, sleeplessness, and stress. $20/gram at Silverpeak Apothecary, 520 E. Cooper Ave.,

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Chemdawg at Silverpeak Apothecary


One of the more potent and pungent strains available, it gives an intense cerebral experience followed by a strong full-body high. $25/gram at Silverpeak Apothecary, 520 E. Cooper Ave., 

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Orange Herijuana at Native Roots

Orange Herijuana

This top-shelf variety is one of the dispensary’s highest-selling strains for its deeply sedative effect; smoke this fruity flower at the end of the day and say goodbye to pain, anxiety, and insomnia. $16/gram at Native Roots, 308 S. Hunter St., 

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Master Kush

Master Kush

This earthy, citrusy flower provides razor-sharp focus to elevate any activity while still providing the trademark full-body relaxation indicas are known for. $16/gram at Native Roots, 308 S. Hunter St., 

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