I decided it was time to branch out and try more relaxing “evening” strains, so I decided to start with a hybrid that my husband likes. He tends to prefer indica or hybrid, so I can always pawn it off on him if I don’t like it. So what’s the harm? Let’s break it down:
Consumption Method: Dry Herb Vape (Arizer Solo 2)
Genetics: Sour Apple x Animal Cookies (alleged)
Terpenes: Myrcene, Pinene, Ocimene
Scent: Sweet and earthy, like apples, pine, and dough
Taste: Peppery, light, apples, mild cheese, doughy
Feelings: Relaxed, blissful, tingly, floaty, twitchy (pleasant), giggly
Negative Effects: Felt like I needed to pee constantly
How Was the High?
I picked the perfect time to try a relaxing strain, because I was way over caffeinated and experiencing chest pains and anxiety. I did two 15-minute sessions on my Arizer to really get the relaxation going.
The first thing I noticed was that my heart rate slowed down. I was wearing a fitbit at the time and I could physically see this happening as I relaxed. The chest pains faded. My face felt heavy and pulled down around the mouth and temples. Then my head started feeling floaty.
Eventually, unlike all of the sativas I’ve tried, the tingly sensation moved down into my whole body. The full body tingles felt nice, but they convinced me I needed to pee constantly when I really didn’t. This is one of the effects of indicas that I’m not a huge fan of. However, I felt so blissful I didn’t care too much.
I felt really giggly, and my body was doing that twitching that happens when you’re really relaxed and drifting off to sleep, but I didn’t necessarily feel sleepy. I also didn’t get couch lock or feel heaviness in my body. In fact, it made me quite stimmy. I was playing with these squishy nee-doh things and vocally stimming with phrases I thought were funny. It was a nice middle ground between the uplifting and bubbly effects of sativa and the full-body high of an indica.
TL;DR – Did it Help Manage My Neurodivergence?
Overstimulation: Yes, 100%. I was feeling very anxious and this relaxed me immediately.
Understimulation: Yes, this one heightened the feeling of positive sensory input. I was physically stimming and it felt great.
Executive Function: N/A – Not the point here. I was trying to relax, not to function. I was able to function okay but I knew this wasn’t a “get it done” strain.
Focusing: N/A – Again, not the point here. It’s not a strain where you’re trying to use it for motivation.
Sleep: Yes – I had a pretty decent night’s sleep after. As a neurodivergent person my circadian rhythm is – excuse my French – completely fucked. When it wore off towards the end of the night I fell asleep pretty quickly.