Friday July 5, 2019

By Nicholas Demski


If you are anything like this author, you may struggle to get started and stay on task when there’s work to do. We all need help with feeling motivated sometimes. How many people can’t start their day without their morning coffee? Caffeine may work for some, but some of us are looking for a “greener” boost. We already know that different strains of cannabis have different effects ranging from sleepy to energetic, and from hazy-minded to sharp. So, when there’s work to be done, the strain you choose for your warm-up joint will make a big difference to how well you focus. Try out one of these clear-headed strains to boost your workflow.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is an impactful sativa that’s great if you want to fuel up to get some work done. It gets its name from its car oil smell and has an earthy and slightly sour taste when smoked. Some consumers don’t like the taste of Sour Diesel, but the stimulating and uplifting cerebral high it provides makes it a great option to promote focus.

Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel cannabis strain.

Sour Diesel is strong with up to 25% THC, so take it slow with this strain. Overloading on THC, especially in varieties with a low CBD concentration, might negatively impact your ability to focus.

Green Crack

According to popular lore, Green Crack was named by cannabis legend, Snoop Dogg, after sampling the strain’s effects. Green Crack provides a euphoric and creative sativa high that can help boost inspiration. This makes Green Crack a good option for staying focused while tackling mundane tasks like dishes and laundry. Be aware that this is more of a mental than physical strain, so not great for those looking for physical relief. Be careful of your dosage if you are prone to anxiety, as Green Crack in high enough doses can make it worse.

Durban Poison

Durban Poison is an especially good choice if you are facing up to an intellectual task that requires mental focus. This strain leaves you with a clear-headed high that can make the world around you seem especially sharp. Some users have even described Durban Poison as “meditative.” This effect may be especially helpful for those who suffer from conditions like depression and ADHD, which can get in the way of focus. Durban Poison can be used for focus at any time of the day and might be best for consumers who don’t want a supremely citrusy sativa like Lemon Haze.

Lamb’s Bread

Lamb’s Bread provides an energetic boost and pleasant euphoria that makes it a great strain for productivity. The drive that this hybrid strain can provide makes it a good choice for morning smoke sessions, too. It’s also a favorite of artists and musicians for its creative cerebral high. Consumers with ADHD, PTSD, and bipolar disorder have reported finding Lamb’s Bread to be a particularly helpful strain for them.

Super Lemon Haze

Super Lemon Haze is a staple strain around the globe, and there’s a reason why it’s loved by so many. Not only is the strong fruity citrus flavor of this strain extremely enjoyable, but its stimulating hybrid high is unique.

Super Lemon Haze
Super Lemon Haze cannabis strain.

Super Lemon Haze is known to provide consumers a creeping high that gives a strong stoned feeling in the body but is mentally stimulating at the same time. Fans of the strain recommend it for activities that are both physically and mentally stimulating, like exercise.

OG Kush

OG Kush gives consumers more of a head high than a body high, but it doesn’t make your mind race like some other sativas can. The uplift in mood and mental stimulation that this classic strain provides makes it a good choice for conversations or meetings. Consumers claim it also has the bonus effect of treating migraines, which is good news if your headaches get in the way of productivity.

Chem Dawg

Chem Dawg hits you fast and makes you hyper-aware of your surroundings. It can even feel slightly psychedelic at times. The initial head rush fades into a productive cerebral high that can even be introspective or social depending on the setting. This sativa-dominant hybrid has some indica in its genetics that gives it a physically relaxing effect but doesn’t lock you to the couch.

Maui Waui

The fast-acting mental high from this earthy sativa is sometimes described as “buzzy.” Maui Waui is physically motivating and energizing, which makes it a great daytime strain or caffeine replacement. This strain is best used to take on physical household tasks or errands, so consumers can take advantage of the physical stimulation this strain provides.

Choosing the Right Strain for You

As you might have observed, our list is comprised of mostly sativas, with only a few hybrids making an appearance and no pure indicas. Pure indica strains tend to have a more physical, tiring effect which can make it difficult to feel motivated to take on a new task. If you are turning to cannabis to help with focus and productivity, it’s also important to notice what prevents you from focusing. Do you struggle with ADHD? Do you have depression or chronic fatigue and struggle to feel motivated to start certain tasks? Does a physical problem like pain or headaches get in your way? The more specifically you can narrow down your problems with focus, the more accurately you can choose the right strain to help you.

Choosing the right cannabis strain can help you stay productive throughout the day. photo credit

Think about the skills required for the task you want to take on. Are you sitting down to study? Are you writing a paper? Do you have a long day of meetings? Attending a social function? The strains on our list have different strengths for different types of situations you may need to focus on. Before choosing, think about what skills you want to help boost that will help you with the task ahead.

Do you have any other recommendations or favorite strains for focus and productivity? We’d love to hear what your thoughts are. Let us know in the comments below!

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Nicholas Demski Nicholas Demski

As a former global educator, Nicholas uses his B.S. in biology to leverage his understanding of cannabinoid science into meaningful content for readers. For several years, Nicholas has written for several blogs, including Green Flower, and provided copywriting services for CBD and cannabis companies worldwide. He's also a Staff Writer for Terpenes and Testing Magazine, CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, and Extraction Magazine.

While Nicholas is a medical cannabis patient in Michigan, he has traveled from Spain to Colombia to Cambodia to see what cannabis is like around the world. He uses his background in science, world experience, and unique writing style to help people learn more about cannabis and cannabinoids at and on Instagram @Cannabiologist. You can also connect with Nicholas on his LinkedIn profile.

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