Lemons, oranges, grapefruits, limes — all these fruits are united in flavor and aroma by one special terpene: limonene. This compound is present in the oil of citrus peels, helping to imbue citrus zest with a combination of sweet, sour and bitter that smells and tastes so refreshing on hot summer days. Even better, limonene is a common terpene in some cannabis strains, ensuring you feel relaxed and revived during your daily toke, too.
If you are looking for a citrusy strain to sustain you all summer long, search no further than the following comprehensive list:
1. Super Lemon Haze
One of the best and brightest citrus strains is Super Lemon Haze. Incredibly energizing, this smooth and powerful strain is good for waking and baking, and since it is available basically everywhere, you can find it in dispensaries from Durango to Denali.
2. Tangerine Dream
A mixture of lavender and orange, Tangerine Dream is a bit more soothing than other citrus strains. Though still sativa-dominant and capable of keeping you energized, this strain goes down smooth, like a glass of orange juice.
3. Agent Orange
Named for its flavor — not for the dangerous chemical weapon used in the Vietnam War — Agent Orange has one of the strongest citrus scents of any strain. Plus, this strain is one of the more balanced hybrids within the citrus realm, providing happy and uplifting effects without an overwhelming about of THC.
LSD is almost like the Long Island Ice Tea of strains; it has a huge mix of cannabis terpenes: myrcene, terpinolene, pinene, caryophyllene, humulene, ocimene. Even so, LSD’s limonene content shines through, and its semi-psychedelic effects are a fun deviation from the typical marijuana high.
Clementine is sweet and citrusy like the teeny oranges that lend their name. Though Clementine is a sativa-dominant hybrid, this strain isn’t ideal if you have much to do. Instead, you should indulge in Clementine on a lazy summer weekend when you want to sit by the pool, get some sun and totally relax.
6. Lemon Skunk
Ranked among the top-10 strains of all time and lending its genetics to most citrus-dominant strains in existence, Lemon Skunk is often described as a “citrus bomb.” Another sativa, this strain is more beginner-friendly than others, owing largely to its age.
Most citrus strains smell and taste of lemon or orange, but Chernobyl has a distinctive lime aroma thanks to its mix of limonene, myrcene and terpinolene. Users report that this strain provides cerebral effects and high amounts of energy — great for summer daydreaming.
8. Rainbow Sherbert
In your freezer, rainbow sherbet is brightly colored with a citrusy, berry flavor — and that’s exactly what the strain Rainbow Sherbert is, too. Buds are all different colors, oranges, purples, greens and blues, and the sweet berry-citrus aroma is perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day.
9. Lemon Thai
Lemon Thai offers a mix of lemon and mint flavors, like the best lemonade. Taking after the Thai side of its family, this sativa strain is intensely cerebral, encouraging introspection and focus. Lemon Thai might be the perfect strain for a summer vacation, when you want to explore and be active but stay relaxed all the same.
10. Amnesia Haze
Though Amsterdam is known as a marijuana Mecca, not many strains originate from there — except Amnesia Haze. This crazy cross of genetics is intensely citrusy with a balance of earthiness, and despite its name, it doesn’t have much impact on memory. Instead, you will feel more creative and focused than usual, helping you get back into your summer hobbies.
A descendent of the mysterious G13 strain — believed to have been cooked up in a government grow op — XJ-13 is delightfully citrusy with additional notes of pine. This strain is great for beginners because it energizes without causing paranoia, a rare feat for a sativa.
Many experienced citrus-loving stoners have no doubt been looking for Tangie on this list. A beloved strain, Tangie is similar to Tangerine Dream but boasts a bit stronger of a sweet citrus pop. Absolutely not for beginners, Tangie will hit you hard and keep you locked to your couch for hours on end.
Even if you can’t make it to the beach this summer, the Hawaiian strain will take you there. With a high THC content and a sweet, tropical smell, Hawaiian is an old-school favorite that deserves a place in your summer stash.
14. Orange Kush
The only indica-dominant hybrid on this list, Orange Kush is dominantly orange in both color and flavor. Because citrus scents are so rare for indicas, this strain is incredibly notable and usually available at neighborhood dispensaries.
15. Skywalker OG
The offspring of two powerful, legendary strains, Skywalker OG is a balance of sweet and berry with sour and citrusy. This strain is another rare example of the citrusy indica, but its long-lasting euphoria hits many like a sativa.
16. Tropicana Cookies
With a strong orange juice smell and a peppery flavor that finishes like a buttery vanilla cookie, Tropicana Cookies is a complex strain. Fortunately, its relatively low THC content makes it one of the most delectable beginner-friendly strains, especially if you want a mild cerebral high that keeps you up and at ‘em all day.
Citrus is such a powerful and fun flavor that it isn’t difficult to find in strains around the country. Talk to your budtender for local citrus delicacies available at your dispensary today.