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While most people think smoking weed is purely for couch reasons, more marijuana consumers are starting to use the plant for productivity. Certain strains can help medical issues such as insomnia and eating disorders, but energy is one of the most sought-after effects of recreational pot right now.
Most daytime strains give users a buzzing, motivational high, inspiring us to finish chores around the house, get outdoors or tackle a creative project. Unfortunately, common side effects of energetic strains are anxiety and paranoia, neither of which are helpful in public or while making decisions. So to help you get up, get out and get something done today, here are twenty strains that are both uplifting and gentle on the psyche.
Just remember: Smoking marijuana affects everyone differently, so try these strains out slowly.
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That uptick expected from Diesel or Cough strains isn’t jolting, but what Strawberry Diesel’s high lacks in energy, it makes up for in focus. Delicious and uplifting without pushing you over the edge (though you can certainly do that yourself), the high is productive without heightening the nerves, allowing you to be creative, finish chores and deal with boring conversations.
While that fresh-squeezed smell of orange or grapefruit juice can be enjoyed and even beneficial in the morning, an extra glass of sugar and acid gets internally disruptive as we get older. I’m consistently two steps behind if I smoke Citrus Farmer all day, but one step blissfully ahead if I keep it limited to one bowl mid- to late morning.
Maybe it’s just the simpler genetics, or luck, that creates such a harmonious collision of old-school chronic with Chiesel. Initially uplifting, the high won’t taper off if you have something to concentrate on. and, unlike with many stimulating strains, that isn’t impossible to do with Chiesel. Any strain can give you the weirds if you smoke too much, but I rank Chiesel up there with some of the most productive highs I’ve ever had. The fact that it tastes like a weed charcuterie board doesn’t hurt, either.
Treat Tang Tang like coffee that makes you hungry instead of wanting to poop: A little is extremely blissful and productive, but too much is disorienting, and your wit drains by the second. I use it for stress, slight anxiety, neck pain and a touchy stomach.
Lemon Meringue’s head high can seem very intense initially, but it calms down quickly once you find something to focus on. Although that energy is best used for physical activity, the visual aspects and focus can also be fitting for a fun movie or thrilling read. The best part? The comedown is minimal, leaving you relatively unzomibified.
While the body feels a quick jolt of energy, the mind stays relatively calm, with some users even slowing down a bit mentally. That conflicting combination can be confusing at first, but can help with simple-minded tasks and exercise if dosed correctly. The strain’s medical benefits can include treating pain, glaucoma, headaches, eating disorders, stress and other minor forms of mental anguish.
Light on focus, Pucker’s high is all gusto. The energy and motivation put users in a hurry no matter the task at hand, but it’s a fun hurry. Concentration might be lacking, but anxiety is also light, making it a good option for daytime. Medical users have used Pucker to treat exhaustion, anxiety, mental anguish, minor pain and headaches.
A stupid, happy bliss is almost immediate, with an accompanying energy that can be difficult to contain without tasks or activities in front of you. The strain’s comedown isn’t too hard, but it does get stronger the more you consume. Mango Kush has been used to treat minor pain, headaches, muscle spasms, glaucoma, stress and minor mental anguish — and severe boredom.
Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze’s flavor may stack up with other old Haze strains, but the high is still relatively calm, despite its reputation. Although it causes time to move a little slower than your brain and makes you prone to cottonmouth, the strain is still very reliable in the daytime and for creative projects. Medical benefits have included treating exhaustion, stress, eating disorders and excessive apathy.
Sour Tangie isn’t quite as intense as Tangie, nor does it provide as much focus as Sour Diesel, but its high is more euphoric and relaxed than either, and it becomes very predictable after the first use. Its effects have been known to battle anxiety, depression and stress, eating disorders, nausea and minor pain.
This sativa’s unflappable yet active high is prime for daytime and outdoor fun, uplifting users without getting them lost in their own minds. It’s great for social use because of its tame-able effects, but it also eases minor pain, stress and appetite disorders.
Ecto-Cooler is a prime strain for daytime use, after-work fun or entertaining the after-party. Its energetic effects can relax the body’s daily aches and pains, providing euphoria without making the mind think too much. But stay a hit or two short of your limit and the strain can also be productive, allowing users to maintain focus during the rush. Medical benefits include treating exhaustion, stress, mental anguish, minor pain and nausea.
Although named after a powerful rifle, AK-47 doesn’t put a hole in your head. Its alert, euphoric effects are perfect for daytime chores and social activities, while its focus and slight body high keep the anxiety at bay. Still, a couple puffs too many will eventually bring a strong comedown. It’s been used to treat anxiety, exhaustion, stress, eating disorders and mental anguish.
Although it’s a CBD strain, Harlequin packs quite the sativa uplift, known for melting away pain and anxiety while easing stress and fatigue. The strain is much more popular for medical use than recreational, but its relaxing yet invigorating effects are a favorite for the productive smoker. Just remember to keep a water bottle with you: The cottonmouth is strong with this one.
Hercules carries the designation of an all-day strain, and rightly so. It stimulates the mind while loosening the body without draining either, making it great for sessions from morning to night, inside or outdoors. The strain can also have an array of medical benefits: It’s used to treat eye pain, eating disorders, anxiety, stress and other forms of mental anguish.
Even with the OG in its name and THC percentages reaching the low 20s, WiFi is one of my favorite daytime strains. It rarely causes drowsiness unless I smoke too much, and it’s great at leveling off caffeine and anxiety while inducing my appetite in the afternoon. Medical patients suffering from stress- and depression-related disorders, as well as chronic pain, nausea and exhaustion, can benefit from WiFi, thanks to its high potency and function-able buzz.
Some users report an initial energy burst after smoking Panama Punch, but a strong dose of lethargy can take over within an hour. The high is extremely blissful, however, devoid of paranoia and great at dissolving inhibitions. Its effects can treat sinus issues, headaches, eating disorders, minor pain and insomnia.
One of the easier landrace sativa highs to manage compared to Durban Poison’s drowsiness or Maui Wowie’s racy, anxious effects, Colombian Gold is sessionable and uplifting. Its energizing sativa high without paranoia and fatigue makes it a timeless all-day strain. Medical patients use it to treat appetite disorders, exhaustion, soreness and stress.
Considered close to a 70/30 hybrid, Citrus Sap uplifts like a shot in the arm or a morning toke, giving users a relaxed state of mind despite the powerful body high. That high THC content can be a double-edged sword, though, making tokers useless from a lack of focus or body debilitation until a nap kicks in. The strain has been used to treat pain, stress, headaches, anxiety, exhaustion and nausea.
Lamb’s Bread’s uplifting high is more clear than those of popular sativas such as Haze strains and even landraces like Durban Poison. A great daytime smoke for potheads and medical patients alike, the sativa is good for exhaustion, stress, anxiety and headaches, as well as for amplifying creativity and decreasing social inhibitions.
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Unfortunately, common side effects of energetic strains are anxiety and paranoia, neither of which are helpful in public or while making decisions. So to help you get up, get out and get something today, here are twenty strains we've reviewed that are both uplifting and gentle on the psyche.
5 Best Marijuana Strains for an Energy Boost
Cannabis is generally divided into three species: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. The first two species are prevalent in the types of cannabis we smoke or ingest. However, over the years, breeders have developed many hybrids. Breeding techniques are incredibly sophisticated in the modern era. It allows experts to create new strains with specific effects.
Marijuana has a reputation for causing the user to feel sleepy. In reality, you can find a strain capable of picking you up or ensuring total relaxation.
There is a suggestion that indica strains cause tiredness, while sativas perk you up. It is valid to an extent but doesn’t tell the whole story.
It seems as if the aromatic compounds, terpenes, and specific cannabinoids, impact how you feel. As it happens, sativa strains often contain terpenes that provide an energy boost. In contrast, indica varieties usually have more sedative-causing terpenes. However, not every indica helps you sleep, and not every sativa wakes you up.
In this article, we discuss the varieties that are best for delivering a dose of energy. You will find these strains useful, whether you are fatigued or merely having one of ‘those’ days. Read on to find out what strains you should take to get an energy boost.
1. Super Lemon Haze – Sativa
Super Lemon Haze is an extremely popular strain among cannabis smokers. It won first prize in 2008 and 2009 in the High Times Cannabis Cup. With a THC content of up to 22%, Super Lemon Haze is a cross of Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk.
As its name suggests, this strain has a very citrusy scent and taste, with some undertones of pine. Its robust and lemon flavor is sure to wake you up. Some users say this strain gives a morning espresso a run for its money.
Features of Super Lemon Haze:
- Sativa-dominant, this strain is excellent for delivering a hit of energy
- Bred as a hybrid between Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk
- Has a predominantly citrusy aroma and flavor
- Has a growth period of 56-65 days
- THC content can be as high as 22%, meaning it is not appropriate for novice smokers
- Suitable for regulating mood disorders (such as depression or anxiety), relieving pain or nausea symptoms, and overcoming migraines
Super Lemon Haze is a great energizer, leaving users with a sense of euphoria after they light up. Some users also report a heightened sense of creativity, too. When coupled with your increase in energy, this could lead to some productive activities! However, some users say they get an attack of the munchies, so have some snacks handy.
2. Green Crack – Sativa
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Want an interesting fact about Green Crack? Originally called ‘Green Kush,’ Snoop Dogg renamed this sativa-dominant strain ‘Green Crack.’ As the word ‘crack’ suggests, this strain delivers a pretty intense high – its name seems frightening! However, Green Crack is more likely to give you a cerebral high and energy than panic attacks and mania.
Physically, Green Crack appears like an indica plant. Rest assured, however, that it gives you the same buzzy high as any other sativa strain. Some users claim they feel more focused after using this variety of cannabis. Its THC content ranges from 13% to 21%.
Features of Green Crack:
- Sativa-dominant, although it appears like an indica variety when growing
- Its actual heritage is unknown, but some suspect that its lineage traces back to Skunk #1 and Sweet Leaf Indica
- Possesses a fresh citrus scent with earthy undertones
- Allows for a very smooth smoke
- Apart from alleviating fatigue, this is potentially a good strain for managing anxiety and depression
- Grows in around 7-8 weeks
- Some cuts are extremely potent
If you’re looking for an energy boost, this is the strain to deliver it. Make sure you don’t smoke Green Crack late at night, because it will negatively impact sleep. This strain produces a considerable energy boost, a reasonable degree of euphoria, and may even help your creativity.
Be aware, however, that the potency of Green Crack can cause psychedelic effects. Some users report paranoia and panic attacks due to the intensity of the high. A little goes a long way here, so smoke within your limits and get ready to recharge!
3. Durban Poison – Sativa
Durban Poison is an excellent sativa strain cultivated in Africa and suited to such growing conditions. Although this strain is like an indica plant in terms of structure, the long, tapered shape betrays its sativa nature. Durban Poison delivers a high that is almost entirely cerebral. It could help you become insanely energized and active with no sign of couchlock.
Its energetic high lasts somewhere between 2 and 3 hours, so don’t take it right before bedtime! Many users compare this strain to espresso, so take that as confirmation that you’ll be awake in no time.
Features of Durban Poison:
- 100% sativa
- Has a THC content of between 16% and 20%
- Possesses a pungent, dank scent with some hints of licorice
- Creates thick smoke
- Great for energizing, as well as helping with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD
- Grows in around 8-9 weeks, and often has a higher than average yield
- It can have a very disorientating high the first time you use it
With an intense cerebral high, Durban Poison could sharply boost your energy and productivity levels. This is a great strain if you want to unleash your creative side. It could help you accomplish everything on your to-do list, whether they are mundane chores or creative tasks. One downside is that newcomers to marijuana may experience paranoia and jitters. As long as you know your limits, you’ll have fired through your chores before you hit midday!
4. Sour Diesel – Sativa
Sometimes called Sour D, this prevalent strain is named for its pungent aroma. Although it is 70-80% sativa, Sour Diesel also has some indica genetics. This fact makes it popular with medical smokers as well as recreational users.
This strain gives users a very pleasant headrush that can lead to a boost in energy. However, you may also start to feel a little spacey. Thankfully, the indica genetics anchor your soaring high with physical relaxation. The balance means that you won’t succumb to couchlock. The high usually lasts around 2-3 hours.
Features of Sour Diesel:
- Sativa dominant with some indica genetics
- Boasts a strong THC content of up to 22%
- Has a fuel-like scent which gives the strain its name but some find the taste too chemical and strong
- Flowers within 10 weeks when grown indoors
- The high lasts around 2-3 hours
- Produces a pleasant high with some physical relaxation, making it great for sufferers of anxiety
The warm high that Sour Diesel produces means that it can generate a feeling of euphoria. It is excellent for sufferers of mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Sour Diesel is an energizing strain that will increase creativity and relax the body as well as engaging the mind.
This strain tends to cause associative thinking, excellent for those who are looking for a creative energy boost. It is potentially overwhelming for a few individuals who will suffer an ‘out of control’ feeling. Make sure to adjust your intake accordingly, and you’ll experience a great high.
5. Jack Herer – Hybrid
Named after the American cannabis activist Jack Herer (a.k.a The Emperor of Hemp), this strain has secretive origins. It is probably a hybrid of Haze, Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk. It can deliver a hit of energy to users, making it an extremely popular strain. In fact, it has won the Cannabis Cup a total of nine times.
This strain is of the ‘wake and bake’ variety. It provides users with a powerful creative high that is somehow relaxing. It is used for a range of medical issues, from mood disorders to chronic aches. A reasonably low THC content, when compared to other energizing strains, makes Jack Herer the perfect option for cannabis newcomers.
Features of Jack Herer:
- Slightly sativa-dominant
- A THC content of between 18% and 23%
- Smells of citrus fruits like orange and lemon, with a hint of dank pine
- Creates a very smooth smoke that some describe as almost herbal
- Delivers an energizing, pleasant headrush
- Flowers within 10 weeks
- Excellent for newbie smokers
Jack Herer produces a calming head high that packs a punch of energy, acting quickly after you light up. The initial tingle spreads throughout the body, relaxing every part of you without leading to a feeling of immobilization. You will likely feel inspired and creative, ready to work on whatever tasks you have to complete.
The balance between cerebral and physical effects means you will feel at ease but still in full control of your actions. Most users say they feel active when they consume Jack Herer. Therefore, it makes sense to enjoy it during morning or afternoon sessions.
Final Thoughts on Energetic Marijuana Strains
There are thousands of cannabis strains with unique properties. Above, we have detailed the five best strains to help curb your lethargy and help you feel more energized.
We believe this list holds something for everyone. If you’re a marijuana novice, you can try a ‘gentle’ strain like Jack Herer. Cannabis connoisseurs in search of a hard-hitting energy high may prefer Green Crack, and so on. Feel free to try a few, but take note of your limits.
You know that feeling when you simply can't get off the couch? Well these 5 strains will get you super energized and ready for action.