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Cannabis and Movies: Which Strains Pair Best with Certain Genres?

Saturday June 9, 2018

M ovies and cannabis go together like peanut butter and jelly. A quality strain is going to enhance your viewing experience. They amplify the emotions and feelings of the film and even the adverse effects can become a positive under the ideal circumstance or genre.

Before you fire up your Netflix or step out to the theaters, scoop up a complementary cannabis strain to go along for the ride. These strains are a few of the best to pair with some of smokers’ favorite genres.

Best Strains for Comedy

It’s pretty safe to assume that if you’ve ever consumed marijuana before, then you’ve likely seen a comedy movie sometime too. From Cheech and Chong to Half Baked to anything with Seth Rogen in it and anything that makes you crack up. Really, though, you can put just about any movie you want in here. If cannabis makes you laugh, you could watch paint and bust a gut.

The ideal strain for a comedy is going to have you happy, uplifted and focused. Double Diesel might be the best possible strain. Most people feel a mix of high happiness and focus – a perfect blend for watching Chris Farley earn chicken wings. Blue Diesel ranks right up there as well. Maui is another worthy contender. Heads up, it may have you talking and giggling too much to watch the movie!

Best Strains for Horror

Horror isn’t a genre that’s for everyone, cannabis enthusiast or not, and that’s alright. An excellent horror film is going to have your heart pounding, palms sweaty and maybe even vomiting mom’s spaghetti. Sometimes, though, they’re heinous for poor acting and storylines. That’s ok, horror fans understand this, and even seek them out from time to time.

To enhance your horror movie experience, use a strain that will have your heart filled with a bit more anxiety without driving you overboard.

If you’re a major horror fan, you may want to throw in a little paranoia as well. In that case, get your hands on strains like Cindy 99 or White Widow. GG4 is another reliable option to keep you glued to the edge of your seat!

Best Strains for Action and Excitement

These two genres get hearts racing and that’s the way their fans like it. Nothing enhances a smoke session like throwing on John Wick, The Avengers, Seven or Rear Window. You could also throw on some classic kung fu, war or any of the Fast and the Furious movies – which now is only two sequels behind the Now That’s What I Call Music series for the record!

The best strains for these occasions call for a healthy dose of happiness and energy. A strain like Blue Dream will have you feeling happy with a splash of anxiety for those heart-pounding climaxes. For a likely increased experience, consider Maui Wowie or Sour Diesel. Both give you happiness with high levels of energy to keep you locked in on your next Wonder Woman or Black Panther viewing. Heads up, all three strains can leave you with a terrible case of dry eyes and mouth. Have your drinks and drops ready.

Best Strains for Documentaries and Foreign Films

Some people like to smoke to better hone in on their movie. If your Netflix queue is full of documentaries or you want to watch Pan’s Labyrinth, get your hands on strains that will keep you filled with strong doses of energy.

The ideal strain will also give you the ability to focus in on the minute details about Cropsey or catch every word on the bottom of the screen. Two strains to do the trick are Green Crack and Durban Poison. The two both give you a solid chance of zeroing in on your films.

Cannabis Goes Well with Other Genres and Strains Too

Of course, there are loads of alternative genres and strains for you to pair with. Mind-bending, trippy films work excellently with highly psychoactive strains like Super Silver Haze and Headband. Meanwhile, Skunk #1 and Super Lemon Haze are perfect for providing energy while feeling high levels of relaxation that work well for romantic films. So, whether you want a proper cry, or to let something else out, you better believe there’s a strain for it.

Just about any film can be paired with a strain that should enhance its experience. Do your research into your favorite flowers and see how they work with your favorite films. Then, if they don’t line up, mix up one or the other to see the outcome. Worst comes to worst, you fall asleep and have to re-watch the film. To be safe, maybe conduct your trial and error at home instead of blowing your cash at the movies. Happy viewing!

What’s your favorite strain for the movies and why? Comment below!

Many cannabis consumers also enjoy heading to the movie theater or catching a film from the couch on Netflix. But can cannabis help elevate your movie experience? Read more to find out some of the best strains to pair with specific genres.

Happy 4/20 2020: The Best Movies for the Best Strains of Weed

Because you’ve spent enough time with The Dude and Randall “Pink” Floyd

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This feature originally ran in April of 2015.

Happy holidaze to all you blog-reading stoners out there. It’s 4/20 and today is your day!

If you’ve planned accordingly, you’ve cleared your schedule, rolled some joints, and packed your bowl, ready for the day to begin. But hey, this time should be special. Why make it like every other 4/20, watching Pineapple Express, Dazed and Confused, The Big Lebowski or any other classic stoner film? We’ve all been there done that, and no disrespect to those iconic movies, but why not try something a little different?

This 4/20, we decided to look a little deeper. And by that I mean we referred to some real experts. Taking the High Times Top 10 Best Strains of 2014 (which looking at the list, is actually only nine, appropriately), Pat Levy and I found the perfect movie match for each of the winning strains.

So, instead of resorting to those quintessential flicks like every other year, relax into your love seats and learn about the top strains out there, and the movies that suit their delicate differences. Like my mom always said, every strain is like a snowflake, unique and unlike any other.

–Rebecca Bulnes
Contributing Writer

Durango OG

Rubber

Durango OG, aka DGOG, is an indica-heavy hybrid with a strong odor of rubber, so roll yourself a blunt of this popular kush strain and watch Quentin Dupieux’s 2010 absurdist comedy/horror Rubber. The film follows the adventures of Robert, a sentient tire who discovers he possesses psionic powers and becomes homicidal on his quest to follow a girl he falls for. It’s as out there of a concept as you can think of, and any kush smoker can tell you that your mind can get to some crazy places when you’ve been burning. The entire principle of Rubber is laid out early in the film when one of the main characters breaks the fourth wall to let the audience know that nothing that takes place in the film will happen for any particular reason, and after smoking an indica-dominant strain, you won’t have the mental capacity to search for reason, so this movie will be perfect for you. —Pat Levy

Dawgather

Bones

When a strain is called Dawgfather, you know we had to search the film career of the Doggfather to pair with it, and this heady sativa will go well with the laughably bad 2001 horror film Bones, which stars 420MVP Snoop Dogg. Snoop plays Jimmy Bones, the protector of his neighborhood who is gunned down by a corrupt cop. 20 years after his death, Jimmy is resurrected by some teens who have turned his rundown former home into a spooky nightclub, and he sets out to right the wrongs in his former stomping grounds and to seek revenge against those who betrayed him. The special effects are so delightfully bad, like your little cousin who is just getting a handle on Adobe After Effects bad, and Foxy Brown herself Pam Grier plays Bones’ former lover. Keep your eyes peeled for ER star and Christian Rapper Deezer D playing Stank, and roll up some stanky herbs to match. —Pat Levy

Quantum Kush

Watchmen

How can one movie live up to a title like Quantum Kush? This hybrid strain fulfills its name by being dank as hell and extremely long lasting. It relishes in the best qualities of a high level of THC while remaining relatively mellow despite its potency. Quantum Kush hits you right off the bat, and when it does, it hits strong, so it requires a movie that can keep up. Zach Snyder’s 2009 adaptation of Watchmen does just that. It’s packed – as heavy as your bowl should be – from the start with all the “wooaaaah” worthy slow motion shots a stoner could dream of and enough action to keep you from snoozing away your high. Since the kush itself is relentless in its endurance, Watchmen is truly its perfect match, being long enough to let the Quantum do its thing. The movie is mesmerizing to look at and just as intense as the strain itself, following the ethical quandaries of the masked vigilantes made famous in Alan Moore’s graphic novel of the same name. And if you’re not sold, just know that there’s a huge naked blue guy that floats around saying philosophical shit like, “Accidents happen. That’s what everyone says, but in the quantum universe there are no such things as accidents, only possibilities and probabilities folded into existence by perception.” So, yeah. —Rebecca Bulnes

It's national weed day! We found the perfect movie match for each of the winning strains to watch on 4/20.