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7 Stimulating Cannabis Strains for Your Next Hike

August 2, 2019
(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Just as there’s that perfect cannabis strain for chilling by the pool or watching your favorite movie, there’s a strain out there that makes the perfect companion for your next hike. When it comes to climbing mountains with your legs, you’ll want a strain that will have you feeling stimulated and energized.

So, we’ve put together a list of stimulating strains that’ll have you feeling elevated before you get elevated.


Primary terpenes: Caryophyllene, limonene, humulene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (17-22% on average)

Candyland is a cross between Bay Platinum Cookies and Granddaddy Purple. The result is a purple, frosty flower that delivers earthy, sour notes. With Candyland, most people report uplifting effects that make this strain the perfect one to puff on during your next hike.

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Primary terpenes: Limonene, pinene, caryophyllene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (19-24% on average)

Do you like opals and banaynays? If so, then Bananas may be the stimulating strain for your next outdoor adventure. This strain offers sweet tropical flavors of fruit, stemming from a limonene-dominant terpene profile.

Consumers seek Bananas for a multitude of reasons, but many report an energizing head high that kicks into blissful creativity. If energetic, blissful, and creative is the type of vibe you like to bring into the wilderness, grab this strain for the occasion.

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White Fire OG

Primary terpenes: Limonene, myrcene, caryophyllene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (18-23% on average)

A limonene-dominant cross between Fire OG and The White, White Fire OG offers a mix of sour, earthy, and diesel flavors. This potent strain hits with a powerful high, but for me, it’s uplifting and energetic. I can smoke this and write 87 pages of literary fireballs, go play basketball, or just stare at the sky for hours.

So, if you have a high THC tolerance and want to add a little pep in your hiking step, White Fire OG is an excellent option.

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Jack Herer

Primary terpenes: Terpinolene, caryophyllene, pinene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (16-20% on average)

Jack Herer is a world-renowned strain with an illustrious history. It combines a Haze hybrid with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk cross to produce a terpinolene-dominant terpene profile. It gives off complex flavors of earth, pine, and wood with a spicy kick reminiscent of many high-energy strains.


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Most consumers report clear-headed effects that leave them feeling uplifted and energized, though some have experienced a racy and anxious high with this strain (by some, I mean me).

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Strawberry Cough

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (16-19% on average)

Strawberry Cough is so tasty and delightful, especially on a sunny afternoon in nature. Dominant in the terpene myrcene, followed by pinene and caryophyllene, this strain’s terpene profile will blast your taste buds with the sweet berry flavors.

Strawberry Cough tends to enhance the senses while cerebral, uplifting effects blanket you with euphoria. If you want motivation for hiking in the form of a happy-go-lucky cannabis strain, this is it.

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Primary terpenes: Limonene, caryophyllene, pinene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (13-17% on average)

When it comes to strains that provide a boost of productive energy, Cinex is towards the top of my list. It offers earthy, lemon flavors brought forward by a terpene mix of limonene, caryophyllene, and pinene.


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With Cinex, consumers usually feel a clear-headed creative high that puts them in a productive zone. So if you’re looking for a strain to help push you through one of those rigorous hikes that in theory sounded fun, then this may be the strain for you.

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Bruce Banner

Primary terpenes: Caryophyllene, myrcene, limonene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (20-25% on average)

Bruce Banner is a potent strain with powerful effects. A cross of OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel, this strain gives off a diesel aroma with sweet and earthy undertones.

The effects of Bruce Banner tend to be strong, promoting a euphoric and creative buzz. With that comes a stimulating headspace that’ll have you ready to bench press 8 million pounds—or a nice eight mile hike on your favorite trail

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Dante Jordan

Dante Jordan is an Associate Subject Matter Expert for Leafly, where he specializes in informational and lifestyle content pertaining to cannabis strains and products. He also manages the Leafly strain database.

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  • Gammorean Barr

    bruce banner is amazing

  • wombat1980

    Motivation, energy, focus? My vote goes to “Alaskan Thunder Fuck. The best cannabis ever…..

    Evil Roy Slade Forever

    • Ha! Yes indeed. Had that when I was up in Alaska many moons ago and wowza. Have not seen it sold anywhere, is it an actual strain?

      • Replacement Lvl Commenter

        Matanuska Tundra aka Alaska Thunderfuck? is that what you’re thinking of? Sagarmartha Seeds out of A-dam offers it.

  • tomblank

    Limonene is a known muscle relaxant in refereed publications. Strains with high limonene are not going to be great for long hikes for those of us north of 40. Muscle relaxants don’t increase physical energy, they tend to decrease stamina. I can agree with Jack H, strawberry cough, and candyland, those are not high in limonene and are proven energizers. The rest presented here appear to be inferior to strains like green crack, red congolese, jamaican sativas like lambs bread, and others. This topic surely needs more scientific substance, less questionaire data from people who don’t even know what chemotype they are vaping/smoking.

  • ScumoftheUnivers

    The first stimulating strain to come to mind was green crack. How can you ever get more stimulated than with a strain engendering the namesake crack?