The Science of Wake And Bake
Despite there being little science behind the concept of “wake-and-bake” it is a popular tradition among cannabis users. There are a few theories behind the benefits of cannabis upon waking.
One of these theories is that the intensity is just an illusion due to the brain still being partly in dreamland, making the buzz seem more intense. However, others note that when you smoke cannabis upon waking, the body has been without nutrients for anywhere from 6-12 hours, making the cannabis feel more potent. This is similar to the idea of drinking on an empty stomach. One key point of note is that when it comes to wake-and-bake, it is pointless to do so with an Indica strain as it would put you back to sleep. Morning toke sessions are best done with pure Sativa or Sativa-dominant strains.
While some researchers believe that wake-and-bake is a sign of cannabis addiction, this is simply not the case. Most individuals who partake in cannabis are either self-medicating or have been prescribed it as a treatment option. Anxious individuals who toke upon waking are merely giving themselves the power to get through their day, same with individuals suffering from PTSD, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression, muscle spasms or any number of countless other ailments.
That being said, it is important to remember to also eat a healthy breakfast, amidst the smoke, as cannabis is most effective when part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle!
Best Wake And Bake Strains
While any Sativa strain can be a suitable as wake-and-bake option, there are some that have been favorited by cannabis users time and time again for being perfect for a morning hit!
The inbreeding of Skunk #1 has produced one of the most popular Sativa-dominant strains around – Green Crack. The name of this strain came from Snoop Dogg himself, but some individuals still refer to it as “Green Crush” to avoid the cocaine reference. Regardless of the name, this strain is very potent with a sweet tropical and citrus flavor and dense, tight buds. The Sativa dominant genetics produce a particularly cerebral experience that is paired with a boost in mood and energy to help get your day started!
Green Crack is favored for sparking creativity and helping get things done, which makes it a great strain for individuals suffering from anxiety and depression who may need help getting up and going.
One of the most well-known strains in America, Jack Herer was named after cannabis activist. Originating in California, this strain is a Sativa-dominant hybrid that produces a distinctly heady high. The effects empower the user with euphoric, energetic and creative effects that can help you with your daily to-do list! Jack Herer is an excellent daytime option and is particularly beneficial to patients suffering from bipolar disorder, migraines, PTSD, ADHD and anxiety.
This strain is known by many names – Sour Diesel, Sour D, or Sour Deez. While the origin of this strain is somewhat deptable, the effects are not. As a 90% Sativa-dominant strain, Sour Diesel is effective at invigorating the mind while boosting creativity and energy. A perfect wake-and-bake option, Sour Diesel is sure to help you with any task! It is also an effective daytime medication for managing chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety.
Pineapple Express was created based on the iconic scene in the movie of the same name. The real strain is a Sativa-dominant hybrid with a funky citrus aroma and taste with hints of pineapple and pine tones. The effects are predominantly cerebral providing an energetic buzz to the user which is ideal for getting things done as well as for managing symptoms of anxiety, stress, chronic pain and even depression.
Ed Rosenthal discovered a Sativa strain in South Africa that he brought back to the United States in the 1970s. The inbreeding of this cannabis plant resulted in Durban Poison, a pure Sativa. This strain is extremely potent and hits with strong effects that produce a happy and creative cerebral high. This is a great wake-and-bake strain to help you power through your day and is effective treatment for depression, anxiety, chronic pain and nausea.
White Widow is a near-balanced hybrid created by crossing Brazil Sativa with South Indian Indica. This strain is popular around the world, particularly in Amsterdam, and has been referenced in television series and rap music. White Widow produces a predominantly cerebral high with subtle body effects. This strain is ideal for unwinding and relaxing while still maintaining mental clarity. Particularly good for depression, stress, chronic pain and PTSD this is a great daytime option.
Acapulco Gold is a Sativa-dominant hybrid that originated in Acapulco, Mexico. This strain has 80:20 Sativa/Indica genetics and high THC levels to produce a powerful cerebral experience that combines euphoria with a boost in energy and creativity. Excellent for managing anxiety, chronic pain and depression, Acapulco Gold can also help with headaches, nausea and PTSD.
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