Trains & Strains
Take a toke then take a trip on these high-minded virtual rail experiences
You’ve rewatched all eight seasons of Game of Thrones. Made it to the end of Schitt’s Creek—“love that journey for me.” And mastered making puddings since viewing ten years’ worth of The Great British Baking Show—scrumptious! You’ve watched drag contests, crime mysteries and docs on everything under the sun. Now what?
As many parts of the world enter a third pandemic lockdown, we’ll all be seeking distractions to pass the time. Fortunately for the cannabis community, we’ve got just the ticket to ease your stay-at-home fatigue. Get high and settle in for a mesmerizing journey on one of the most relaxing forms of locomotion—train travel! We’ve paired glorious cabview train videos with the best strains for enjoying the ride. Melt into the hypnotic clickety-clack of the rails or hit play on our curated Trains & Strains Spotify playlist. Now get comfy ‘cause the train is about the depart… All aboard!
To enhance your experience, we've created a custom playlist on Spotify to accompany your virtual voyage. Cue this up, mute the video and press play just as you are about to depart. Have a nice trip!
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The Bernina Railway links St. Moritz, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy passing through the Bernina Pass. It is the highest railway crossing in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For summertime travel, we recommend pairing with 9lb Hammer for its deeply calming effects.
The Sarajevo–Ploče Railway line connects Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina with Ploče, Croatia on the Adriatic Coast. If you seek thrills, this trip includes 99 tunnels and 65 bridges. Follow the picturesque Neretva River Canyon and then head over the Bradina Pass, while smoking GG4 for a fully euphoric experience.
The Diakopto–Kalavryta Railway line joins the seaside town of Diakopto with Kalavryta in southern Greece. The steep climb of the cogwheel railway, inaugurated in 1896, takes passengers along the Vouraikos gorge, through tunnels and past the Mega Spilaio (Great Cave) monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Greece. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and old-world charm with a classic earthy Afghani strain.
The Nordland Line leaves Trondheim Central Station on an epic 728-kilometer journey through the stunning Norwegian countryside, pausing at historic stations, before passing through the Arctic Circle and arriving nine hours later in Bodø on the Norwegian Sea. If you have a little extra time, say 36 hours, try taking the route in each of the four seasons and watch as the landscape evolves. To truly capture the full friluftsliv experience, we recommend pairing your trip with Northern Lights.
For the full four-season experience check out this same ride during Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
The Wairarapa Line departs from Wellington, New Zealand, skirting the sparkling Wellington Harbour, before making its way through the Hutt Valley and the Remutaka Mountain Range. After passing through a long tunnel, the train is greeted by a spectacular view of Lake Wairarapa, as it continues through verdant farmland on to its destination, Masterton. Settle in for the voyage with Granddaddy Purple.
This leg of the West Highland Line departs from Crianlarich, carrying you into the broad wilds of Rannoch Moor where you’ll float over peat bogs that stretch to the far mountains. Just after passing Corrour, UK’s highest train station, keep an eye out for a lone sheep on the tracks (1:01:46) and then Ben Nevis, Scotland’s tallest peak before arriving at Fort William. As you marvel at the daunting landscape of mountains, steep-sided lochs and heather moors, light up with Girlscout Cookies for a happy full body relaxation.
If you love snow and want to experience the Alps wonderland, take the same Bernina Railway ride in winter and pair with Vanilla Frosting by Humboldt Seed Company for an uplifted mood.