Every weed smoker has had the experience: you’re smoking a joint at your computer, getting ready to do homework, when a video of a woman using her newborn baby like nunchucks materializes on your Facebook feed. Five hours, 30 youtube videos and 6 Wikipedia pages later you’ve gotten zero homework done, but now you’re a virtual expert on Russian Baby Dynamics Yoga.
In the age of mass-distraction, ADD and Adderall abuse, marijuana can be used as a tool to heighten focus, increase productivity and sharpen creativity.
While research on the benefits of marijuana for those with ADD and ADHD is not yet conclusive, some strains undoubtedly work better than others for intensifying focus.
These six strains, in our opinion, are some of the best:
Sour Diesel is probably the most recognizable brand of productivity-boosting bud. The Sativa-dominant strain is well known for its euphoric effects on users, and ability to combat depression. Since a positive frame of mind is a well-documented productivity booster, it’s conceivable that Sour Diesel’s ability to elevate one’s mood would also increase their capacity to focus. The cerebral, heady-high of Sour Diesel can also aid one’s creativity. Since Sour Diesel is Sativa-dominant, it’s a great energy booster, so users don’t have to worry about the “couch-lock” effect of other, Indica-dominant strains.
While the Indica-Sativa hybrid Cannadential isn’t necessarily an energy booster, it does target some of the other mental blocks associated with productivity: stress and anxiety. In excess, these two emotional states often lead to unorganized thought-patterns, not to mention a poorer quality of life. If your job requires you to face public scrutiny, or you’re the type of person who gets too caught up in what other people think, Cannadential can be a great confidence booster.
Cinex is the type of strain you’d want to smoke before running a marathon. Alternatively, if you’re running out of mental steam, this energy boosting, Sativa-dominant strain can help get you through the tail-end of a job that requires heavy mental lifting. The downside to Cinex’s energetic high, unfortunately, is an uptick in anxious thoughts. If you’re uncomfortable with that feeling you get after drinking one too many caffeinated beverages, Cinex might not be your bud of choice. However, this strain is also reported to have mood-elevating effects, so your experience might mostly come down to dosage. Our advice? Treat your self-diagnosed ADD by starting off slow and increase your dosage as necessary.
This high-CBD strain is a perfect fit for those looking to calm their nerves without clouding the mind. Due to the low THC content in Harle-Tsu, you’re unlikely to experience the heavy-eyed, mental fog that you’ll get from strains with high THC percentages.
Harle-Tsu will sharpen your mind without making your thoughts race, which makes it a great catalyst for creative work. If your productivity relies on your ability to relax, or you just don’t want to seem overly-stoned at work, this is the strain for you.
Shaman is a fragrant, Sativa-dominant strain that targets anxiety and depression—but be careful with your dosage. Shaman is a “grower,” and too much of this hyper-cerebral strain can be overwhelming. Still, if you’re looking to increase your energy and focus, Shaman offers a clean and uplifting high for a more organic feeling of concentration than the amphetamines typically used to treat ADD. This strain is ideal for physically exhausting, or repetitive tasks that require focus and stamina. Shaman is also a good option for treating chronic pain or depression.
Green Crack is another coffee-replacement strain that is a staple for daytime medicating. This Sativa-dominant strain is nearly unparalleled in its energy-boosting effects. If you’re sleep-deprived or uninspired, the mind-sharpening effects of Green Crack offer a creativity kick-start. It’s also a great strain for those experiencing the energy-sapping effects of depression by giving users bursts of euphoria with a mango taste profile and sharp-citrus scent. If all that isn’t good enough, legend has it Snoop Dogg coined its name.