Every season demands a marijuana toke list, and summer is no exception. Whether you’re looking for a peppy sativa to liven up an August barbecue or a lazy indica for a day at the beach, some strains just taste, smell, and feel like summer.

In that spirit, here are the five best cannabis strains for July 2016. Get outside, get baked, and bake in the sun. Enjoy!

Black Jack

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This uplifting hybrid blend of Jack Herer sativa and Black Domina indica is perfect for a relaxed but happy July afternoon. Take a few hits, head out the door, grab some iced coffee, and zonk out at the park. Or spend a day at a baseball game feeding the munchies with overpriced hot dogs and watery beer.

Either way, Black Jack is one of the hottest cannabis strains for hot days. It traces its roots to the Bay Area, and what starts in California usually spreads fast, so if you can get your hands on Black Jack, try it soon.

Red Congolese

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Red Congolese is a potent, high-end sativa, a blend of Congolese Sativa and landraces from Mexico and Afghanistan. It’s one of the best cannabis strains available at any time of year, but it’s an especially good choice for staying alert during dreamy blue-sky days.

Red Congolese is also effective in treating depression, attention-deficit disorders, nerve pain, and dementia – and it’s hard to enjoy the great outdoors when you’re not feeling well.

Florida Juicy Fruit

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Florida Juicy Fruit is a bouncy, aromatic sativa, one of the best cannabis strains born in California, ideal for warm, active days and late, humid nights. Its ancestry includes a heavy genetic dose of Thai sativa with additional influences from an Afghan indica.

This strain is not new; it’s been around since at least the 1990s, when it became hugely popular in Miami. High in THC but low in CBD, this is a great choice for getting high in July, whether you’re mowing the lawn, relaxing at the beach, or hiking in the mountains.

Blue Dream

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Blue Dream
is an old standby that almost everyone has heard of, potheads and otherwise. But it’s an old standby for a reason. This perpetual favorite inspires lazy days staring at clouds in the sky or tanning in the backyard, and it just generally makes summer better.

Blue Dream remains one of the best and most popular cannabis strains on the West Coast, especially in Southern California, but it can be found almost everywhere else in the United States, including Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia, all places where marijuana is legal for any use.

Chem Dog

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Though Chem Dog (aka Chem Dawg) has been around for a while, it only reached its current stratospheric THC levels in recent months. Winner of the 2015 Cannabis Cup, this hybrid mix of OG Kush and Sour Diesel can flower with THC concentrations upwards of 30 percent. That’s a potent blast of weed, fall, winter, spring, or summer.

Chem Dog is best saved for dog days when there isn’t much happening. But be careful: With a strain this strong, you may need some help making your way to the nearest Dairy Queen.

Tell us: What’s your favorite summertime strain? Why? Leave a comment below.

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