There are two major types of cannabis plants that have different effects when smoked or eaten. When a strain is referred to as sativa or indica, it’s a hint at what kind of experience will follow a session. Aside from differences in appearance and growth patterns, sativa and indica strains are best known for their seemingly opposite effects on people. There are also strains that are combinations of both, which are called hybrid strains.
Sativa-dominant strains produce an energetic, uplifting buzz and noted mental effects including euphoria and creativity. On the other hand, indica strains have more physical effects and are useful for alleviating body pain and insomnia. This is the type of pot that induces drowsiness and deep relaxation. This is not the type of marijuana to smoke when you want to be alert and ready to handle business.
Most people find it easy to be productive in environments with low pressure and few stressors, but often struggle to find atmospheres that consistently provide that kind of emotional stability. Plus, it’s difficult to focus when distracted by anxiety, depression or pain from day to day. Luckily, there are strains that can help with common ailments and emotions that prevent productivity.
Take a look at these strains known for helping with mood, concentration and energy.
This hybrid strain is excellent for people who deal with stress or anxiety in the workplace. The balanced bud is a mix of Cannalope and L.A. Confidential and leaves smokers feeling energetic, euphoric and focused. This dense, tightly-packed strain has a fruity, berry taste with a woodsy smell profile. It provides a clear and highly-functional buzz — but don’t overdo it or the indica side may creep up and make it hard to leave the chair.
2. Mother’s Helper
In environments where focus has to go hand-in-hand with creativity, Mother’s Helper can help save the day. It provides a happy, creative feeling that still allows for concentration and productivity. This hybrid strain is a mix of Chocolope and Northern Lights #5, two buds known for boosting moods.
When it comes to identifying this strain, keep an eye out for big buds, a healthy sprinkling of crystals and an intense lemon taste. Although Skydog is known for providing an intense and relaxing high, it is still an activity-friendly strain that helps with stress and anxiety. Smokers will feel happy and attentive with a noticeable boost in mood.
4. Lemon Jack
Kiss annoying headaches and morning fatigue goodbye. Focus is the name of the game when it comes to this sativa strain that’s a mix between Jack Herer and Lemon Kush. Like its name suggests, this bud has a heavy lemon and citrus taste. Some people compare this high to having a cup of coffee — it’s potent and makes focusing a breeze with its energizing and uplifting qualities.
5. Green Goblin
This sativa strain is usually a combination of Northern Lights and Skunk #1, although some variations include Diesel. Either way, this is definitely a daytime strain thanks to its uplifting and euphoric qualities. The buzz can be a little dreamy, but it doesn’t detract from the focusing aspects of it that still promote alertness.
The air will be super fragrant after smoking this flowery, herbal strain. The sativa buds help with depression, stress and fatigue by being uplifting and energizing. It gives a pure, clean buzz with a body high that typically doesn’t interfere with productivity. It’s been known to produce euphoric, psychedelic feelings with some increased visual effects like colors seeming more vibrant. This would be a good strain for making art or for starting your day off on a high note.
7. Lavender Haze
Like the name suggests, this hybrid strain has a strong lavender taste and smell profile. The G-13 Haze and Lavender combo provides a light, balanced buzz that is easy-going yet lively enough to help with concentration. There is a bit of a body high but it won’t make it impossible to get it through a bustling, busy day after you smoke.
8. Silver Surfer
Grab this sativa-dominant, hybrid strain with very faint indica effects to help with motivation to get things done. A mix of Super Silver Haze and Blue Dream, these crystal-covered buds are great for meetings, group projects and other environments where it’s helpful to be upbeat and talkative. This strain is known to be highly stimulating with a very active buzz.
Trainwreck and White Widow make up this hybrid strain with a fresh, almost piney smell profile. The buzz from Permafrost is balanced and mellow which helps with full-body relaxation without inducing the dreaded couch lock. It has an earthy, herbal taste that packs a potent high that alleviates anxiety, increases sensory details and helps with attentiveness.
10. Afghan Diesel
If waking up on the wrong side of the bed is something that happens more often than not, this might be the answer to help temper those morning blues. The buds of this sativa-dominant strain smells like grapefruit and have a sweet, citrus taste. It has a light, smooth buzz that reduces depression and tension while leaving smokers alert yet peaceful. Toke light, though — some people report feelings of paranoia when smoking too much at one time.