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Celebrating Independence Day in the U.S. means kicking back, enjoying the outdoors and commiserating about the heat during the hottest month of the year. In 2017, recreational cannabis legalization means more American can kick back with a relaxing indica or a peppy sativa, depending on how you celebrate.

Whether you’re choosing an old favorite or are using the weekend to try something new, the right strain can bring out the best in your chosen activities. People getting together with friends might look to a sativa-leaning hybrid to stay social and creative, and an indica is perfect if you plan on some serious hammock time. Either way, the typical backyard grilling fare will be able to meet the needs of the patriotic cannabis user..

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Because July is such a warm month in the U.S., be careful when selecting stronger sativas. Temperatures above 80 degrees can lead to increased blood pressure and heart rate, and some strains have been known to cause these side effects in new users. We’ve included some sativa-leaning hybrids in this list.

Juliet

This hybrid will be popular among sativa lovers with a sweet, berry flavor and some earthy undertones. If you’re looking for a sativa but want something more relaxing for the holiday, Juliet will keep you relaxed but with enough clarity that you can still carry on a conversation.

Close alternatives: NYC Diesel, Green Crack

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Chemdawg

This hybrid strain has spawned many alternatives, but the original is potent even for experienced users. Plan on this strain if you’ll be spending your weekend relaxing, but want more of a cerebral high. If you’ll be in the presence of those who aren’t fond of the smell of cannabis, know that Chemdawg has a pungent, fuel-like smell.

Close alternatives: Sour Poison, Mango Kush

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Lemon Kush

This strain is refreshing and fruity, perfect for a summer afternoon. Creativity and calmness are the hallmarks of this strain, and the earthy and fruity flavors will go well with your 4th of July snacks.

Close alternatives: Tangerine OG, Alien OG

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Tahoe OG

For an uplifting initial high followed by nap time, Tahoe OG can do both. In smaller amounts, it can feel more like a classic hybrid, with plenty of euphoria to go around. During longer sessions, it acts more like an indica with a pronounced full-body high. The earthy flavors go well with an afternoon spent in nature, should you need an escape from the festivities.

Close alternatives: Purple Kush, LA OG

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Platinum Girl Scout Cookies

If your 4th of July also includes some activities or chores, Platinum Girl Scout Cookies can help ease aches and pains while still providing an uplifting high. Compared to the classic Girl Scout Cookies, the Platinum strain magnifies the original: denser smoke, stronger flavors, and a strong body high that medical patients also love. This strain is great for the end of the day, after you’ve parted with friends and seen the fireworks.

Close alternatives: Blue Diesel, Bubblegum

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Agent Orange

Planning on having a smoke session with all of your closest friends? Agent Orange is the strain for you. It’s bright fruity flavors match the mood-enhancing effect which will leave you awake and talkative. A full-body tingle accompanies the high, but without the couch-lock that other strains offer.

Close alternatives: Chernobyl, Space Queen

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Lamb’s Bread

If you just have to have a sativa, Lamb’s Bread is a classic strain that those new to sativas can appreciate, and is a must-try for any sativa lover. You will feel clear-headed and ready to enjoy the long holiday weekend without feeling lethargic or dull.

Close alternatives: Purple Haze, Mother’s Finest

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