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Try These Strains Before Attending Your Next Sporting Event

If you don’t get high before attending a sporting event, then you’re doing it all wrong. I mean, sure, you can have a good time while being sober, but you can have a great time while being lifted.

So with that said, I curated a list of suggested strains for you to indulge in, depending on which sport you’re going to see. Peep the list, use Leafly’s Finder to locate the dispensaries stocking these strains, purchase, and enjoy some good ol’ sportsball.

Strains to Pair With Exciting Sports (Basketball, Football, Soccer, Hockey)

Sports that fall under this category are the types of sports that include constant back and forth action, which keeps you engaged from start to finish. A big play is always looming, so you’re stuck to the edge of your seat because you don’t want to miss that big dunk or the chance to yell “GOOOOAAALLLLL” in the face of whoever’s sitting next to you. For that reason, you should indulge in strains that’ll have you uplifted and energetic, feeling hyped and ready for that big moment.


Candyland’s a high-THC, sativa-dominant hybrid that’ll have you super smacked without the paranoia. As a mix of Grandaddy Purple and Platinum GSC, it’s got an earthy type of scent and a sweet flavor, with effects that will have you uplifted, engaged, and in a whole entire world of euphoria. Smoke these before an exciting sport and those big plays will feel that much bigger.

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Green Crack

Everyone knows how good, energized, and focused Green Crack can make you feel. It’s one of those strains that you can smoke and power through the day like you drank 84 cold brews, so it’s perfect to smoke before a sporting event that you want to be locked into.

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Cotton Candy Kush

Cotton Candy Kush is another high-THC strain that leaves you feeling good, feeling great, feeling great, feeling good, like Outkast on “GhettoMusick.” As a mix of Power Plant and Lavender, its powerful effects are relaxing yet still energetic while inducing happiness, freedom, and overall euphoria, so you’ll be that much more excited when you see that Ronaldo bicycle kick for the game-winning goal live and in person.

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Stardawg is one of the best smelling, best tasting, most euphoric, most energetic, most everything strains I’ve ever come across. Gifted to me by LTRMN in Portland, I smoked this and walked around the city for hours, falling in love with everything and everybody. It’s definitely a strain I’d recommend smoking before a sporting event, because every single dunk, touchdown, and goal will likely feel like the greatest moment in sports history for you.

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Strains to Pair With Chill Sports (Baseball, Golf, Tennis)

Sports that fall under this category tend to be a lot more laid-back and reserved. Baseball games can be long and boring, and golf and tennis matches require damn near complete silence, with light clapping being the most excited you can get, so if you’re overly hyped at any of them, you may feel a bit uncomfortable or out-of-place. These strains will help you lean a little more towards the indica side of things.

Obama Kush

Obama Kush is a great indica with a relatively mild THC percentage that’ll chill you out without knocking you out. I smoked a gram joint of Obama Kush a few weeks ago and knocked out the entire first season of Girls Incarcerated on Netflix, which is still shorter than one full-length baseball game.

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Larry OG

Larry OG is a hybrid of OG Kush and SFV OG, whose indica effects will overtake your body and have you with your feet in the air like your Cares-to-Give Meter is at zero. Smoke a little of this and you’ll have no problem sitting through an entire round of golf, where the most exciting thing possible is a fox running across the course.

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Cheese is an indica-dominant hybrid that:

  1. actually smells like Cheese, which is wild; and
  2. will have you feeling relaxed while avoiding the sleepy sleepy nap nap state of mind.

You can smoke some Cheese and kick back in comfort for hours, so if you’re going to see one of the chill sports where everything’s deathly silent and calm, Cheese is a good strain to indulge in beforehand.

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Danté Jordan

Danté Jordan is a former member of the Leafly Subject Matter Expert team, and current freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture, strains, products, education, and everything else related to that lil’ green flower. Contact him at smokingwithdante on Instagram, or dantenetworks(at)gmail(dotcom). His website is www.dantejordan.com.

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