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Five Giggly Weed Strains to Smoke Before a Night at the Comedy Club
Seeing standup comedy live can be a sincerely transcendental experience when you blast off the right fat doink in the parking lot first. Admittedly, I don’t have much experience seeing comedy shows without being stoned to the bone. But having smoked and written about hundreds of strains, my opinion on this is heavily justified.
Varsity and freshman stoners alike know the right strain of weed can transform any night into the “best night of my life.” That’s true for the pajama strains, the cheerleader strains, and all the hybrids in between.
For a night of standup comedy shenanigans—like, just to throw it out there, Willamette Week‘s Funniest Five showcase at Revolution Hall on Dec. 3—I have some very specific strain suggestions that will have you cry-laughing even before you get to the venue.
Strawberry Cough is a delicious hybrid strain that produces a festive balance of lowered inhibitions and sparkly playfulness. One bowl grants the user an ability to laugh at anything and everything. For example, I recently rewatched the second Austin Powers movie after a bong hit of Strawberry Cough and I strongly felt it was God’s purest comedy.
Best way to consume: Bong hits and pipe draws will best preserve the nuanced berry, pepper, and pine flavors.
Where to find it: Lifted Northwest, 11121 SE Division St.
A perennial fave of sativa-forward hybrid lovers, Tangie has an unmistakable mood-elevating vibe, a good-time feeling that effortlessly provides both the motivation to undertake a whole night out and the euphoric, easy laughter necessary for an evening of live comedy. I once smoked a half-gram pre-roll of Tangie at my local park and ended up laughing for an hour because I walked past a guy sitting in a tree playing a pan flute. Comedy is where you find it, and Tangie is a magnifying glass for hilarity.
Best way to consume: Tangie’s flavor develops favorably in a joint or blunt.
Where to find it: Fidus PDX, 7501 SW Capitol Highway; Power Plant, 10215 SE Foster Road
Just like its namesake metropolitan hellscape, L.A. Confidential is overwhelming to the point of upset—but only at first. Once the initial roller coaster of lung-shattering sensory overload settles, the high transforms into a multifaceted, psychedelic trip that can be low-key transformative. Taking this high to a standup show will have you hunched over in a corner, laughing at your own absurdist deconstruction of a comedian’s entire act, which is a pretty standard stoner experience we should all have once in a while.
Best way to consume: A joint attached to a dramatic cigarette extender, dragging a skunky vapor trail all over the place.
Where to find it: Shango, 6033 NE Win Sivers Drive
When I’m shopping for “night out” weed, I often reach for Lemon Skunk. Why often and not always? Frankly, unlike other strains on this list, Lemon Skunk is a certified panty-dropper. If you’re attending a live comedy showcase as a date-night event and laughing already turns you on, this is the strain that’s going to encourage a super-hot, super-consensual closing of the deal.
Best way to consume: In small, shared bowls that preserve the strain’s tangy lemon flavor.
Where to find it: Lucky Lion, 7817 NE Halsey St.; Tetra Cannabis, 4011 SE Belmont St.
While the name doesn’t exactly conjure images of lighthearted laughter—especially when dabbing with a torch—it is merely a pretense. Green Crack is a deceptive misnomer for a strain with an elegant high. This is a textbook sativa, so expect a bright burst of energy that quickly dissolves into effervescent, lavish-feeling giggle fits. Bonus: Not only will it make every comedian your new favorite comic ever, whatever after-hours gross-out meal ends the night will be tantamount to a Michelin-starred plate.
Best way to consume: Out of a cheap glass pipe with a sketchy torch lighter.
Where to find it: Portland Canna Connection, 1515 SE 46th Ave.
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7 giggly cannabis strains for inducing laughing fits
In your experience, are there any particular cannabis strains that lead to more laughing fits than others? You might already know what your go-to giggly strain is, but we’ve got some recommendations for the next time you need a companion strain to that funny movie, comedy show, or time spent kicking back with friends.
With the help of Leafly user-submitted reviews, we uncovered the strains that consumers like yourself rated as most giggly.
Introduced by strong flavors of sour blueberry, Blue Diesel is a hybrid to elevate you to an uplifted and jovial mindset. Its nimble cerebral effects make Blue Diesel a perfect daytime companion strain, and the giddy euphoria is sure to bring on spells of laughter (unfortunately to an exaggerated degree for one Leafly reviewer).
“I laughed so hard that I threw up. And that made me laugh more.” – dead virgo, Leafly reviewer
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Laughing Buddha’s effects can be understood simply by reading its name: a relaxed state of mind gives way to joyful elation. With an earthy and herbal sage aroma, this strain helps you let go of stress and unlock a more lighthearted outlook on life. Laughing Buddha is a favorite for weekend nature excursions with friends, or for getting your day started with a smile.
“Made me feel like nothing could annoy me, I just laughed it off! Very giggly, and made me take myself less seriously.” – Rusto, Leafly reviewer
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A serious name for a not-so-serious strain, Church OG is a heavy powerhouse that’ll knock you into stupefied episodes of laughter. This OG Kush descendent packs a sleepy punch in large doses, so take this one slowly if bedtime is still far off.
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The effects produced by Chemdog’s high THC content can manifest in many ways, one of which is clearly fits of laughter. This one’s a personal favorite of mine for creative collaborations and chilling with close friends, since it lends both social and artistic energy.
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With a champion heritage from OG Kush and Sour Diesel, Sweet Diesel masterfully captures everything we love about sativas: a little boost of wakefulness, creative energy, social engagement, and nonstop giggles.
Sometimes the best way to unwind after a long, active week is to sit down with a sedating couch-lock strain and a Netflix comedy marathon. Black Diamond is a perfect match for lazy weekends or long bedrest recoveries that take a toll on your mood.
“One of the main things I noticed when I’m on this is that the smallest things trigger the biggest laughing spell you will ever see in yourself again. I swear I saw the funniest shit ever on it, and it was the first time any strain made me laugh for more than 20 minutes straight.” – Flutterbaked, Leafly reviewer
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First comes that unforgettable mango flavor, and then it’s all giggles. Few strains have more to offer the flavor enthusiast and the social butterfly alike than Mango Kush. Named for its strong fruity mango aroma, this hybrid keeps you chatty and upbeat for social outings or when you’re just kicking it with best friends.
“Two bowls put me and a buddy into a fit of giggles for a good 45 minutes while munching down on a bag of Cheetos. Then we got serious for a bit and had just about the most beautiful in-depth talk ever.” – neptunechillwave, Leafly reviewer
Which cannabis strains are most likely to put you in a giggly mood? Based on user-submitted reviews on Leafly, these seven strains sure will.