Best Strains for Playing Video Games
Published on 10/28/22
We've gone over the best video games to play while high, but what about the best strains to smoke while playing video games? If you're looking for the best strains for gaming experiences, you've come to the right place. We've put together a list of recommendations that'll pair beautifully with your favorite video games.
Why Weed and Video Games Pair So Well
If you are a fan of playing video games while high, you already know the answer to this question. If you haven't tried it yet, here's why you should take a stab at it. Video games are an immersive, often escapist experience that lets you dive deep into another world. Video games provide social connection and mental stimulus and cause the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine (the chemical that makes you feel good) in excess amounts. Video games make us feel good and give us a small escape. Sounds familiar to something else we talk about in this article, right? The right cannabis strains are known to increase social capacity, bring mental clarity and focus, and produce feelings of joy and outright euphoria. Pairing video games and weed makes sense.
The Best Ways to Smoke and Play Video Games
There are a few ways you can go about playing video games while high. We highly recommend two specific options. First, you can microdose. Get your vape pen, concentrates, or other smoking devices ready and have it on hand while you play, only taking small amounts at a time to ensure that you maintain a slight high, which is ideal for being able to follow along with storylines and stay focused with quick reflexes. If you get too high while playing video games, your performance is likely to drop - this isn't good for multiplayer, strategy, or highly technical games.
However, if you want to enjoy a full-immersion experience, you can opt to smoke ahead of time and get sufficiently high. For more immersive games (role playing games like Elder Scrolls: Skyrim come to mind), a more intense high can be precisely what you need to fully lose yourself in a game. We should note that there are a few things to consider if you're going to get sufficiently high while playing video games. You may need to take occasional breaks to:
- Smoke more
- Rest your eyes and recover from dry eye
- Run to the kitchen for a quick snack break
- Take a quick nap
The Best Strains for Video Games
Of course, there are many amazing cannabis strains for gaming, but there are a select few we believe to be most beneficial to the experience. Please find our tailored list below.
This popular hybrid is maybe the best strain for video games that require a lot of focus and energy. Blue Dream has a rich, sweet aroma and tastes like blueberries and other berry-forward fruits. It is a unique crossing of the Blueberry and Haze strains. Blue Dream comes in strong with roughly 18% THC, which quickly energizes and brings a heightened sense of creativity and focus. It provides intense cerebral stimulation with full-body relaxation at the same time, which means you can focus and sink into the couch at the same time. Because of these side effects, we highly recommend first-person shooters and real-time strategy games.
With a lower THC percentage of roughly 15%, White Widow provides a lot of energetic focus without much of the sleepy, fully-body high effects stereotypically associated with weed. It is a Hybrid strain created from breeding a South Indian Indica and a Brazilian Sativa landrace. It has a woody aroma and tastes earthy with spicy, almost herbal notes. White Widow is known to produce a talkative, creative, energetic high that brings about a fond sense of euphoria. Because of this, video gamers will appreciate being able to stay engaged in multiplayer games from franchises like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo.
This Indica strain, sporting 18% THC, is unlike the above mentioned strains. Critical Mass can, in small doses, bring about creativity and a calming effect. However, if you decide to smoke a bowl of this by yourself before a game session, you'll probably have difficulty keeping your eyes open or fully engaged. Because of this, we highly recommend either microdosing or diving into a roleplaying game for as long as you can before needing a nap. This strain is created by breeding Afghani and Skunk #1, and it has a pleasant spicy flavor with a traditional, skunky aroma.
One of the more popular strains currently on the market, Super Silver Haze, hits hard with 20% THC and energizing benefits. It is bred from Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze and has a spicy citrus flavor and a weed-heavy, skunky aroma. Its effects are incredible for most types of video gaming. You'll get a slight body high that'll keep you on the couch, but you'll still feel energized, creative, and positive. We suggest colorful and a little more technical games - a game like Witness or an Assassin's Creed title would pair very well with Super Silver Haze.
You've probably heard of this strain before and most likely watched the 2008 film that brought this one straight to the limelight, but did you know it's a fantastic video game companion? This Sativa-dominant strain has roughly 20% THC and is a cross between the Trainwreck and Hawaiian strains. It has a tropical aroma that tastes like pineapple, to no one's surprise. The best thing about this strain is that it brings a fun buzz that keeps you alert, talkative, and very happy. We suggest couch co-op games you can sink into and enjoy for hours, like Stardew Valley or Overcooked.
Are you a video gamer? Let us know your favorite strains to smoke while playing, what games you play while high, and how you prefer to smoke and play. Comment below!