Whether you’re getting down with a favorite comedy or tuning in to some classic horror, finding the best cannabis strain to pair with your top flick pick can make or break a movie-watching experience. Strains steeped in creativity tend to highlight subtle messages you wouldn’t notice before a bong hit, while others can ruin a perfectly good film by making those little on-screen nuances glaringly distracting.
To find the most cerebral strains to pair with your next movie-of-choice, we dove down Leafly’s strain explorer and polished the options to bring you the best strains producing happy, giggly, creative, and focused highs that will complement a trip to the theater or lazy night in. Ditch the scrutiny with these top picks for high move-watching.
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Alice in Wonderland
Best for: Visual documentaries, heady dramas
Alice in Wonderland provides an elevated sensory experience, making it a favorite strain for creative pastimes, outdoor activities, a laid-back weekend, or daytime stress relief. Said to be a descendant of Willy’s Wonder, Alice in Wonderland opens up the mind and relaxes the body. It’s the best match for nature-filled documentaries and heady dramas that require focus with a soft, innovative edge.
Lemon Larry Lavender
Best for: Comedies, creative indie films
Lemon Larry Lavender is a stunningly flavorful cross of Larry OG and Lavender that offers sweet citrus aromas overlaid by velvety floral terpenes. Boasting loose sedative effects and an elevated state-of-mind, Lemon Larry Lavender is the perfect pairing with a night of comedy or buzzy indie films.
OG LA Affie
Best for: Paranormal horror
OG LA Affie from DNA Genetics is best known for parenting the famed LA Confidential. The aroma is a subtle blend of earthy and sweet, offering a lively buzz that holds up against scary movies and horror films. Gather your friends, load up a bowl, and try to keep yourself from hiding under the covers with this bold strain.
Best for: Educational documentaries
Chucky’s Bride is a cross of Exodus Cheese and Cinderella 99 that gives off an exotic mixture of sharp flavors. Cinderella 99’s tropical aroma of sweet citrus and pineapple blend with the pungent notes of skunky cheese. The unique terpene profile leads a charge of uplifting and creative effects that stimulate the mind with an imaginative punch that’s excellent for educational documentaries. Download something new, invite over your favorite people, and discuss what you learned over a joint or two.
Best for: Feel-good movies, creative indie films
Wookie is a tantalizing cross of Lavender and Appalachia. This odoriferous combination blends an intensely floral aroma with sour terpenes, creating a unique fragrance that is sure to fill the room. Lavender’s happy, relaxed effects press firmly up against Appalachia’s dreamy, cerebral effects, making Wookie a whimsical escape from stress and the best choice for a night in front the TV with an original indie film on hand. This tasty strain will make you think outside the box while watching something bright and new.
Best for: Light comedies
Laughing Buddha is an earthy cross between Thai and Jamaican strains with a sweet, fruity smell that’s broken up by hints of spice. Its rich smoke will leave consumers feeling happy, upbeat, and giggling. These effects make it a wonderful strain to fill up a joint and press play on a fun comedy or easy, light-hearted TV shows.
Best for: Unique dramas
Big Bull by Kannabia Seed Company is a squat indica with award-winning medicinal properties. This sweet, floral strain offers relaxing effects that are introspective and meditative, which translates to excellent dramas that are both unique and heavy.