• Nicole Flanigan

5 Best Strains to Smoke Before A Hike in Colorado Springs

Welcome to Colorado - a state with some of the best hiking anywhere in the United States and some of the finest cannabis money can buy. If you live here in Colorado Springs, there's a good chance that you're majorly into the great outdoors and spend your time hanging out at Palmer Park, Cheyenne Mountain, Old Stage Road, and Pikes Peak National Forset. If you're a transplant (or a native, we don't judge), you're probably a pretty big fan of the weed scene, too. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of some of the best medical marijuana strains to try before you head out. Best of all, they're all available today at our three conveniently local dispensaries.

Please remember, it's dangerous (not to mention illegal) to smoke weed in the woods, so be sure to try these strains before you take off for the day, or try them in a portable terp pen!


Headbanger

Headbanger is a 70/30 sativa-dominant cross between Biker Kush and Sour Diesel. It took home a Cannabis Cup award in 2013 for its unique sour funk flavor and its potent burst of all-day energy. The strain is a great choice for getting in the right headspace for a hike, and encourages a sense of relaxed euphoria, happiness, and creative energy that can chase the blues away and leave you feeling invincible. Best of all, it can help manage symptoms of pain or sore muscles, allowing you to put your best foot forward on your next trek.


Pac-10

Pac-10 is an ultra-rare, super balanced 50/50 hybrid strain offering a good mix of physical and mental effects. The breeder is exceptionally secretive about its exact lineage, but we do know that the effects are perfect for any hybrid lover or anyone who wants a mellow high without sacrificing energy levels. Pac-10 is a great choice for a smoke sesh before a hike thanks to its clear-headed mental effects and relaxing body high that calms without couch-locking. It promotes a sense of mental clarity, motivation and energy that allows for good exercise or managing symptoms of depresison and chronic pain. Best of all, it won't tire you out so you can enjoy all of the amazing views Colorado Springs has to offer.


Flo

Flo is another great option, though it's sativa-leaning. This 60/40 sativa-dominant hybrid is the potent, flavorful lovechild of 2 original landrace strains - Purple Thai and Afghani. Flo's genetics make it a great medicine, as many of the effects take hold in the body, soothing sore muscles and battling pain and nausea. However, it also offers a really uplifting mental effect that promotes energy and a light, clear-headed high. It's a great choice for battling stress and fatigue, allowing you to get the most out of your time in the great outdoors without making you feel slow or sluggish.


Animal Roadkill #3

Animal Roadkill #3 is an ultra-rare phenotype strain that can only be found at The Epic Remedy. Our cut is a potent 50/50 hybrid cross between Animal Cookies and a phenotype of Afghani known as Skunk Spray. This one is a great choice for medical patients who need that extra-powerful physical medicine, as it tends to creep into the limbs and provide generous relaxation. While Animal Roadkill is a very soothing strain, it's still a great choice before a hike as it promotes a bright uplifted feeling, mental energy, and an overwhelming sense of calm and quiet joy. Smoke this one for a solo trip and really enjoy the sounds of nature.


Atomic Bud

Atomic Bud is an extremely energetic cross between OG Kush and Chemdawg. It's considered a 50/50 hybrid that offers a good mix of physical relief and mental effects that make it a great choice for a smoke sesh before spending some time outside. It has a uniquely lemony, spicy sour flavor that hits you like a Sour Warhead candy. The initial sensation is a bright burst of cerebral energy that creeps into the limbs, leaving you in a state of uplifted bliss with energy and no sluggish sleepiness.

All in all, Colorado Springs is one of the best places in the country for hiking, and it offers some of the best medical dispensaries in Colorado. The next time you're getting ready for a physical feat, try one of these Epic Remedy strains to find your feelgood and keep yourself mentally prepared for anything nature has to throw at you.

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