Experts are divided on whether cannabis helps with focus, as it all depends on the use of cannabis, what kind of work the user is doing and what type of cannabis is being used.
Officially, the scientific jury is still out on whether or not cannabis helps with focus. Several studies seem to show that cannabis decreases motivation, but they are very limited and do not take into account all of the variables – for example, what type of work the user is performing and what type of cannabis is being used.
On the other hand, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests cannabis may help with focus and be more productive. Some sources even claim that cannabis can be used as an effective treatment for ADD/ADHD medication. Of course, this has yet to be tested, let alone proven. In any case, cannabis can help you focus – but if you choose the wrong strain, you could just as easily end up scatterbrained and couch-locked.
1. Sour Diesel
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A classic, Sour Diesel is one of Leafly’s all-time highest-rated strains. It’s euphoric and energizing, but also very strong. Inhale with caution.
Sour Diesel, otherwise known as Sour D, is a rejuvenating sativa-dominant strain named after the pungent diesel like aroma is delivered. It’s a fast-acting strain which delivers energizing, calming cerebral effects that have given Sour Diesel the legendary status it has today. Stress, pain, and depression fade away in long-lasting relief that’s why it makes this flower the go to for medical patients all around the world.
A CBD-dominant flower, so you won’t get much of a ‘high.’ If you’re trying to focus, this strain may be just what you’re looking for.
Meet the Harlequin strain, this beauty is a 75/25 sativa-dominant strain known for its content of CBD. A descendant of Colombian Gold, a Nepali indica, Thai and Swiss strains, Harlequin will provide you with a clear-headed high and alertness compliments of the sativa effects. Harlequin’s high levels of CBD make this strain one of the most effective out there for sufferers of anxiety and pain, well known to relax you without sedation and intoxication. You’ll may taste an earthy musk or a sweet mango flavor.
3. Green Crack
Don’t worry, it’s definitely cannabis. Said to have been named by Snoop Dogg himself, Green Crack is a well known strain. It may come on a little strong, so take baby steps if you aren’t a regular cannabis consumer. The strain is euphoric and energetic, with a classic Sativa-like citrus scent. And said to be a great daytime strain that may help some of you with fatigue, depression and stress. Also known as Strain Cush or Green Cush with a C!
4. Durban Poison
Durban poison, originating from the South African city, Durban. Expect a fruity, crisp-smelling strain known for it’s sharp, meditative highs to help you stay productive through your busy day, exercising and for when you’re getting creative thanks to the sativa high.
5. Super Lemon Haze
Super Lemon Haze is a hybrid, so you can expect a level of body high along with the head high. However, the strain is a hybrid, and isn’t overpowering. Just make sure you get Super Lemon Haze and not Super Lemon OG, the cousin of this strain.
This strain has a roughly 1:1 THC:CBD ratio, which makes it perfect for focus. Let your stressors melt away without sacrificing clarity to a THC high. Users have reported feelings of great relaxation, happy, uplifting and helps with pain, inflammation, anxiety and stress.
What To Look For
Above, are 6 of the most popular strains that are known to be good for a focused high. However, it’s far from an exhaustive list. What qualities do you look for in a strain? Let me know below in the comments!
- Pinene also found in pine trees (surprise) pinene is a terpene that can promote alertness and prevent any post-smoke sleepiness you may experience.
- Limonene is found in citrus, and it is one of the main compounds responsible for making sativas smell like… well, sativas. This strain can elevate your mood and boost your energy, so it’s essential for a strain to help you focus.
- THC:CBD ratio. This one is important, but the ideal ratio varies from person to person. If you’re trying to get work done, you probably don’t want to load up on so much THC that you can’t focus. However, you might not want to opt for a pure CBD strain, either. CBD can counteract many of THC’s side effects without annihilating the buzz entirely, and that buzz can sometimes provide a helpful energy boost; try different ratios to find out what you need.
When you’re looking for a new strain – whether for focus or for anything else – follow your nose. For focusing strains, you’ll want to look for light, citrusy, fruity scents. Avoid heavy, musky, earthy ones, as those strains are most likely much more like an indica.