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By Luke Sumpter

Modern life carries its share of stressors. Some days, it can feel impossible to escape the constant barrage of work deadlines, reminders, bills, and traffic jams. This can keep our body locked in a state of fight or flight, and it can be hard to break the cycle of overstimulation, stress, and anxiety. Still, it's important for long-term health to find ways to relax and reduce our stress response. Some people like to decompress through yoga, hiking, or meditation, while others like to smoke weed to relax the body while boosting creativity and states of clarity.

What Are the Best Strains for Relaxing?

So, what are the best strains of weed for relaxing after work? Indicas are traditionally associated with a soothing, stoning high; however, the effect has far less to do with strain type, and much more to do with the presence of certain cannabinoids and terpenes. With that in mind, here at Royal Queen Seeds, we've worked to thoroughly classify the strains in our catalogue by effect, in order to find the best weed for relaxation. Our final selection zeros in on cultivars that are powerful, stoned, physically relaxing, soothing, and long lasting.

It's time to turn off your notifications, spark up, and chill out. Here are our top 5 cannabis strains to relax with after you’ve finished your workday.

1. Special Queen 1

The first strain on our list has its roots in classic 90s Skunk. If you're looking for some relaxing weed that really takes the edge off, let us introduce you to Special Queen 1. The child of Skunk and Power Bud, this hybrid has a powerful pedigree. Special Queen 1 is a sativa-dominant strain, but offers physically relaxing effects that leave no trace of jitteriness. As a result, it's an attractive choice for even the most tense of stoners. Earthy and fruity notes round out the profile of this classic Skunk hybrid. Picture hotboxing after a stressful day, as our soothing queen envelopes you in a warm, uplifting glow.

Special Queen 1 is a low-maintenance cultivar with an impressive yield. Suitable for both soil and hydro setups, this tall, majestic plant will grow to 1.5m indoors, yielding around 500g/m² under a 600W light. Outdoors, it can reach heights of 3m, yielding upwards of 550g/plant. Suitable for northern climates, Special Queen 1 has a flowing time of about 8–9 weeks.

Special Queen 1

Special Queen 1
Power Bud x Skunk
500 - 550 gr/m2
80 - 140 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 18%
Sativa 50% Indica 50%
500 - 550 gr/plant
200 - 270 cm
Late September
Long Lasting , Physically Relaxing, Powerful

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2. Cookies Gelato

This mix of Girl Scout Cookies x Gelato 33 is a real treat. A 50/50 sativa/indica hybrid, Cookies Gelato produces balanced effects that target the mind and body. The headier aspects of the high offer an almost psychedelic level of euphoria and introspection. At the same time, a hefty body stone keeps you grounded and relaxed. Cookies Gelato bears impressive potency with 28% THC. This strain is therefore suitable for overworked stoners with a seasoned tolerance. Novices should exercise caution, as just one puff packs a considerable punch. When smoked judiciously, Cookies Gelato results in an extremely soothing and centred high.

Living up to its name, Cookies Gelato boasts a syrupy terpene profile and an abundance of dense buds exploding with trichomes. With a flowering time of 8–10 weeks, these plants produce a whopping 600g/m² when grown indoors, and 650g/plant outdoors. That's a big batch of Cookies (Gelato)!

Cookies Gelato

Cookies Gelato
Girl Scout Cookie X Gelato 33
550 - 600 gr/m2
90 - 130 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 28%
Sativa 50% Indica 50%
600 - 650 gr/plant
140 - 180 cm
Middle of October
Balanced, Calming, Physically Relaxing

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3. Watermelon

This tasty strain has one of the fruitiest terpene profiles in our catalogue. Our breeders tweaked Watermelon OG S1 to create our own Watermelon feminized strain. Watermelon is an indica-dominant hybrid that exudes distinct aromas of, you guessed it, watermelon. Let its abundant THC content of 22% lull you into a state of euphoric bliss. Be prepared for total couch-lock along with munchies and a quintessentially stoned feeling. Watermelon offers intense physical relaxation—a perfect strain for letting the tension melt out of your muscles.

Growers will be delighted by the thick layers of resin on Watermelon's iridescent, frosty buds. This cultivar performs well indoors and outdoors, reaching a height of 80–130cm and generating yields of 450–500g/m² in the former location. Outdoor yields can reach 500g/plant, with plants rising to a height of 2m. Cannabis chefs will love this strain's fruity aromas—the perfect addition to sweet weed treats.

Watermelon

Watermelon
Watermelon OG S1
450 - 500 gr/m2
80 - 130 cm
7 - 8 weeks
THC: 22%
Sativa 20% Indica 80%
450 - 500 gr/plant
150 - 200 cm
October
Calming, Physically Relaxing, Sleepy

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4. Somango XL

Dubbed "the beast" after years of critical acclaim, Somango XL is a fruity cultivar with a rock-solid reputation. This indica-dominant strain offers just enough invigoration to keep you relaxed without feeling lethargic. Its strong, euphoric high comes on quickly and lasts for hours, thanks to a medium–high THC content of 18%. Perfect for enhancing focus, this strain will leave you peaceful and serene (but not sluggish). If you're trying to figure out which strain of weed relaxes you without making you tired, Somango XL should be at the top of your list.

Recognisable by its tropical aromas, this cultivar is derived from Somango and Critical 47. The child of two robust strains known for their productivity, Somango XL produces massive buds. With a flowering time of 8–9 weeks, indoor yields from this compact plant often reach 575g/m², with outdoor yields of 600g/plant. However, because Somango XL grows so densely, take care to control humidity levels to prevent mould.

Somango XL

Somango XL
Somango x Critical 47
525 - 575 gr/m2
60 - 100 cm
8 - 10 weeks
THC: 18%
Sativa 25% Indica 75%
550 - 600 gr/plant
120 - 200 cm
Late September
Powerful , Stoned

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5. El Patron

El Patron is truly the boss of after-work strains. Derived from AMG and Shiva, this critically acclaimed cultivar won first place for "Common Weed Cultured in Soil" at the Highlife Cup. El Patron is a balanced hybrid with a 60% sativa, 40% indica split. Its effects begin with an invigorating head high before melting into a relaxing body high that maintains a cerebral undertone As such, El Patron is perfect for moments of peaceful self-reflection or chilled-out socialising after you’ve finished all your tasks for the day. Herbal, peppery aromas enhance this cultivar's cosy, relaxing vibes.

Growers will note that El Patron's indica genetics prevail, producing a stocky plant with lots of lateral growth. This strain grows best in climates with long summers, producing low-maintenance, resilient plants. Indoors and out, El Patron offers a medium yield after a flowering time of around 9–10 weeks.

El Patron

El Patron
AMG x Shiva
450 - 550 gr/m2
90 - 130 cm
9 - 10 weeks
THC: 22%
Sativa 60% Indica 40%
550 - 600 gr/plant
140 - 200 cm
Late October
Powerful , Stoned

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