What is the Best Strain for Productivity?
By Jennifer | November 15th, 2019
There are over 1,000 strains on the market.
Each serves a specific purpose, from killing pain to lowering stress and knocking out depression.
If you have trouble staying on task or lack the focus to complete your work, cannabis might help you out with that as well.
The best strain for productivity is right around the corner.
Let’s check it out!
The Best Strain for Productivity
- High yield
- Curbs psychological difficulties that kill productivity
- The munchies are a downside for some
- Award-winning strain
- Best for night time
- Dizziness and dry mouth may occur
- Beautiful, sweet buds
- High yield
- Flowering may take up to 11 weeks
- Beginner growers welcome
- Uplifting and energizing
- A case of dry mouth is common
- Resistant to mold
- Low maintenance
- Skunkiness may be a turn-off
A Legal Way to Focus
In recent years, pharmaceutical drugs for disorders like ADD have become more accessible — even for those not suffering from mental illness. Referred to as “smart drugs” or “study drugs” on high school and college campuses, the pills can be problematic.
These prescription drugs are expensive, not easy to obtain legally and may be extremely addictive.
Other side effects include an uptick in risk-taking behavior, sleeplessness and more.
This is where cannabis comes in.
While it’s not entirely exempt from any consequences, the side effects are much less severe than with your options above.
The legal status of cannabis has made it difficult for research to confirm the benefits of cannabis use. However, with time, we believe the link between cannabis and productivity will be unquestionable.
For other positive effects of cannabis, watch the video below.
Cannabis as an Alternative
You probably wouldn’t believe us at first, but with a properly chosen strain, Mary Jane could be an alternative, and more sustainable, answer to your dilemma.
We know, it’s typically correlated with the opposite, which is a lack of brain function, but studies show that’s not necessarily the case.
Worry about this only if you started consuming cannabis at a very young age and have abused it ever since.
If not, it shouldn’t be a concern.
In fact, many are defying this stereotype, and that will only increase.
It wasn’t until the last few years that we had such a broad expansion of legal cannabis options in the United States.
Thanks to all the states on board, many now have access to this all-natural plant that didn’t before — legally, at least.
How to Obtain Cannabis
If you’re not familiar with the marijuana laws, some states have legalized it for recreational use, such as California and Colorado. Other states allow use for medical purposes only, but obtaining your license isn’t too difficult.
Hop on down to your local cannabis “doctor” and explain your symptoms.
Qualifying conditions vary from state to state but for an idea, check out Michigan’s here.
Make sure to explain anything and everything that could benefit you in receiving your license.
Once you have your card, you’re granted access to the dispensaries within your state.
How to Choose the Best Strain for Productivity
If it all comes down to the strain, you might be wondering how to go about making an informed decision. We at Marijuana Seed Breeders lay it out for you as simply as possible.
There are two deciding factors in determining the best strains for productivity:
- Indica or Sativa
- THC content
Indica or Sativa?
One of those lies in the type of species — Indica or Sativa. Scientific research doesn’t back the nomenclature or divisions as such. However, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to help us out.
Because of this, dispensaries label their products as either Indica, Sativa or a mix of both.
Indica-dominant plants get a bad rep for placing you “ON the couch.”
They’re wonderful for relaxation, sleep, and chronic pain.
What Indica species aren’t great for is upping your energy and productivity levels.
Our 5 best strains for productivity are Sativa-dominant for this reason.
All of them are, at a minimum, 70 percent Sativa, up to 100 percent. The hybrids, or mixed plants, contain a remaining amount of Indica.
Sativa species provide that euphoric, energetic feeling you might associate with other (illegal) “uppers, which, to be clear, we don’t condone using”
Instead, the benefits of using a Sativa include:
- Suitable for daytime use.
- Increase in creativity.
- Uptick in productivity.
- Possible increase in serotonin (a neurotransmitter associated with mood).
- Anti-depressant qualities.
Oh yes, it’s where that discernable high comes from THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol (try saying that fast five times), is a chemical within the cannabis plant responsible for the psychoactive response in humans.
THC is only one out of 113 cannabinoids located in marijuana. Thanks to this beautiful compound, we get what we’re looking for — naturally and legally.
Each species contains a certain amount of THC. To receive productive results, our favorite species on this list have at least a 20 percent THC content.
This ensures that not only will your attention be stimulated, but you’ll enjoy the pleasurable effects cannabis provides.
Use Cannabis With Caution
If you abuse cannabis, the following may occur:
- Racing thoughts or paranoia. This is specifically the case with Sativa-dominant species. If taken in large quantities, it may provoke anxiety and stress, so less is more here. Start with small doses and adjust accordingly.
- Dangers of smoking. It’s an obvious one, but it must be said. Cigarette smoke may be worse than cannabis, but at the end of the day, it’s still smoking. Incessant coughing and increased risk for cancer may be among them.
To avoid the negative side effects of cannabis, we highly advise you to use it with caution. Note any drawbacks, monitor your dosage and chosen strains.
With time, we believe you’ll find the perfect balance.
For any questions or concerns, hit up your local cannabis doctor or dispensary. They’ll be more than happy to help.
Our best Strains for Productivity [Reviews]
We’ve finally arrived — are you ready to find out our 5 favorite buds?
Let’s dive right in:
Original Haze Feminized review
This widely-popular strain first received its accolades in the weed-heavy Netherlands. It’s a hybrid concocted with species hailing from Thailand, south of India, Mexico and Columbia.
Anyone who’s been smoking buds for a while will be familiar with haze and its siblings, including Amnesia Haze.
We obtained these seeds in the 90s, and they’ve been successful ever since. You may be wondering why this is? Well, not only is Haze a high-yield plant, but it’s a strong one at that. It’s a potent species containing 100 percent Sativa — the only pure option on our list.
It can aid in productivity and may also help reduce stress, kick depression’s butt and stimulate your appetite. The latter may not be positive for everyone, we know. However, for those who struggle with any psychological difficulties that curb your desire to eat, it will stimulate you back to the plate.
After about 9 to 11 weeks, any grower with a little experience will get to enjoy these buds and their potency. It does take some patience, but the fruits of your labor can be measured both indoors and out.
Curbs psychological difficulties that kill productivity
Potent (23 percent THC — a little goes a long way)
The munchies are a downside for some
Power Plant Feminized review
Power Plant is a powerful Sativa at 90 percent, with 10 percent Indica and originally comes from South Africa. It made its way to the Netherlands in the 90s and has been a staple in most coffee shops there ever since.
This species is easy to grow, making it a favorite for all the newbies out there. It grows both indoors and outdoors with a yield of 450 Gr. / 16 Oz per m2 / 11 ft2) or 700 Gr. / 25 Oz, respectively. Another upside here is the short flowering time of 8 to 9 weeks only.
Whether you choose to grow or simply enjoy the smoke, you’ll notice the buds are pretty in color and quite compact.
The taste of this species is unique with a peppery, sharp, yet sweet taste that lingers on the tongue. For many, this is a positive, though may take some getting used to.
Its usage can cover a multitude of conditions but is popular among those with chronic pain and depression. Smoke it day or night as it’s suitable for both.
Short flowering time
Uplifting and energizing
A case of dry mouth is common
Super Skunk Feminized review
If you have any experience with the ganja, you’ve heard the word “skunk” used to describe that distinct smell that the plant can give off. Take a whiff of this particular species, and you’ll know why it has the name.
At 80 percent Sativa and 20 percent Indica, Super Skunk is indeed skunky. You either love or hate the smell, so we can’t draw any conclusions here.
It’s a hybrid strain where Skunk 1 and Skunk-Afghan culminate into a potent delight. Both easy to grow and maintain, we appreciate this plant’s go-with-the-flow attitude. You’ll harvest it after about 9 to 10 weeks.
Stress, pain and lack of appetite can improve with the help of Super Skunk, and the 20 percent THC factor is a major benefit as well. You’ll find you’re able to function without being totally blown away into Neverland here, even though there is a relaxant quality to boot.
Do you live in a wet or humid climate? This strain is mold-resistant, making it a great choice for your collection. In this case, it might be best to grow it indoors where it’s just as suitable for success as it is out in the open air.
Prepare yourself for an earthy encounter, both in taste and aroma.
Induces happiness more than other strains
Resistant to mold
Skunkiness may be a turn-off
Green Revolution Regular review
Green Revolution is the highest yielding species in our list, coming in at around 950 Gr. / 19 Oz per m2 / 11 ft2 when grown outdoors. You get your bang for your buck, so to speak. Rated as an easy-to-grow species, you can’t go wrong here.
It brings together an old-school Haze edition called Super Silver Haze along with Shiva Skunk. The beautiful large buds this species produces makes it one for the books.
Think of a citrusy taste combined with sweetness. The smooth flavor is suitable for those that may otherwise be turned off by that skunk quality.
This strain provides a comfortable high you can enjoy both day and night, making it perfect for getting on with the tasks ahead of you. Your stress and depression levels may see a decrease here — the 20 percent Indica factor provides just enough relief, allowing the Sativa dominance to do its job.
The 2 percent of CBD in Green Revolution means it contains the most of any on this list. THC is important, yes, but this high CBD level is important where therapeutic quality is concerned. This is why you find medical oils made from it.
It’s a wonderful quality when you want to strike a balance between being blazed and down-to-earth. Furthermore, CBD can be very useful when treating other conditions such as inflammatory disorders.
Cannabis is often associated with being lazy and zoning out. On the contrary, choose the right strain and a fat blunt could help your productivity skyrocket.
5 Best Cannabis Strains for Staying Super Productive
The BEST way to stay 100% focused
When it comes to marijuana, there is one major misconception that irritates users. There is a prevailing belief among the uninformed that smoking weed will turn you into a slacking ‘stoner’ who stays on the sofa watching garbage and eating junk food.
In reality, there are specific marijuana strains capable of boosting your energy , creativity, and productivity. With these strains, you can finish that novel or poem, complete that presentation or simply get through a busy day with a spring in your step.
There is a long list of extremely successful, hardworking individuals who enjoy a toke or three; and that’s just in the celebrity world! Not everyone believes that weed helps productivity, however. Elon Musk is known as an eccentric billionaire, and also as the man most likely to become a real-life Bond villain.
During his interview on The Joe Rogan Experience, he smoked weed while admitting that he doesn’t find it good for his productivity. In contrast, stoner comic Seth Rogen said that weed was “something, honestly, that has facilitated a lot of my functionality.” Rogen, it seems, is typecast in movies as a stoned slacker when in reality, he works extremely hard.
How Can Marijuana Improve My Productivity?
In the modern era, it is increasingly difficult for employees to show any kind of creativity at work because the focus is entirely on productivity. One wonders what corporations would do if there were any evidence that marijuana could increase the productivity of their staff. What we have is a litany of testimony from people who have smoked weed on the job , and the results were incredible.
These individuals were coming up with amazing ideas, writing at warp speed and working up to 36 hours at a stretch! While we don’t recommend going to such extremes, it is interesting to note the positive impact of marijuana on productivity levels.
As things stand, marijuana has been scientifically linked to an increase in creativity. According to a 2012 article in Psychology Today , a 2011 study found an interesting link between cannabis and creativity. It suggested that cannabis produces psychotomimetic symptoms which increase our ability to connect concepts that are apparently unrelated. In other words, smoking marijuana improves your ability to ‘think outside the box.’
Unfortunately, there is a lack of concrete scientific evidence to support the link, but the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. The main issue is that academic research is spending far more time trying to prove that weed causes laziness rather than focusing on its capacity to improve creativity.
One oft-quoted study, by Miles et al. in 1974 , allowed six men to consume marijuana and found that their production decreased when the substance was readily available. What this study, and many more like it, don’t focus on is why this is the case. Rather than causing the men to work slower, what happens is that they focused on tasks other than the ones they were supposed to complete.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with their productivity; it was their focus that was the issue. Therefore, it is crucial to know which kinds of marijuana are best for productivity and focus.
A study by Gruber et al., published in Frontiers in Pharmacology in October 2016, found that weed could improve executive functioning skills in adults. According to Gruber, patients performed at a higher level when completing certain cognitive tasks after three months of medical marijuana treatment.
In many ways, the findings were not a surprise. In previous studies, it was discovered that anxiety interferes with executive function and attention. Therefore, if weed can relieve anxiety, the cognitive function of an individual will likely improve. Also, chronic pain hurts cognitive performance, particularly in tasks where executive function is required.
One interesting study looked at how medical marijuana laws impacted adults aged 51+. It was conducted by Nicholas and Maclean and published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management in February 2019. The main focus was to see how the legalization of pot impacted labor and work environments; with an emphasis on older adults.
In all, a survey was completed, which involved 100,000 people aged 51 or over who were also qualified for medical marijuana programs. The subjects reported an almost 5% decrease in pain and an almost 7% increase in incidents of ‘excellent health’. More pertinently, the study concluded that medical cannabis in legal states increases productivity in full-time jobs.
The researchers also wrote that the positives outweighed any negative side effects. Overall, the study made three principal findings:
- Medical marijuana laws led to improved self-assessed health and lower pain amongst older adults.
- Medical marijuana laws led to an increase in older adult labor supply.
- The effects of these laws are greatest in older adults with a health condition that qualifies them for legal marijuana use under existing state laws.
This is potentially crucial news for the older workforce. Sadly, it seems as if record numbers of people will have to work well beyond the ‘traditional’ retirement age. Financial stress is at record levels, and according to the AARP, 11% of Americans now believe they will have to work into their eighties. If we are forced to work to this age, having something that keeps productivity and motivation high is essential. Perhaps medical marijuana is an unexpected answer?
At present, the biggest problem we face in studying weed and productivity is the continuation of negative stereotypes. As the herb is associated with being lazy, academic research continues to focus on that alleged ‘fact,’ rather than looking at whether it can boost productivity.
Perhaps research from BD Analytics will help remove the notion that cannabis users are lazy and unmotivated. The firm surveyed marijuana users in California and Colorado in 2017. In California, the average income for weed users was almost $94,000 per annum, compared to just under $76,000 for those who reject the herb completely. Interestingly, 64% of weed users said they liked their job, compared to just 54% of respondents who abstained.
Choosing the Best Marijuana For Productivity
For a long time, we have focused on whether a strain is indica- or sativa-dominant . The belief is that indicas cause relaxation, whereas sativa strains are ideal for focus and energy. What we haven’t looked into much is the effects of terpenes . Over 200 terpenes have been identified in cannabis to date, and they not only impact the quality of the weed, but also the type of ‘high’ you can expect.
We know that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), but did you know that terpenes do as well? It is now believed that terpenes change the way cannabinoids influence the body. As well as allowing cannabinoids to cross the blood-brain barrier quickly, terpenes impact the duration and potency of the high.
Therefore, when choosing a cannabis strain for productivity, look at its terpene content. Terpenes such as myrcene are known for providing a sedative effect. Indica strains tend to contain a high percentage, which is why they are predominantly relaxing. In contrast, sativa strains usually have large concentrations of terpenes such as pinene and limonene. Now, let’s take a look at five great strains for productivity.
5 Best Marijuana Strains for Being Super Productive
1 – Haze (The #1 Marijuana Strain for Productivity)
Haze is a sativa-dominant hybrid that’s a cross of South Indian, Thai, Mexican, and South American Sativas. It was probably created in Santa Cruz, California, in the 1960s. As it is the product of four landraces , it provides the kind of body buzz that can keep a person active for hours. Its THC content of up to 23% means it is not a strain to be trifled with.
The cerebral buzz you get hits you like a train, and users report quickly feeling a burst of energy. Haze is also known to be an excellent stress-relieving strain that keeps you feeling uplifted and motivated, even on testing days. This strain is said to provide users with a sense of euphoria, and you may find it hard to sit still, such is your eagerness to get to work.
In the medical marijuana community, Haze is regarded as a fine Wake and Bake strain , which means it is used in the morning. It is the choice of weed lovers who want to feel uplifted and energized, rather than sedated and fatigued. If you have chronic stress, Haze could imbue you with a more positive attitude, and it is also associated with the munchies.
2 – Pucker (The Anti-Exhaustion Marijuana Strain)
This strain has yet to hit the mainstream, although it has become popular in Colorado. It is a cross of TK91 and Lemon G and contains 21% to 23% THC. It is a sativa-dominant hybrid that contains relatively large quantities of caryophyllene and limonene terpenes. To be honest, Pucker is not the best strain for focus, but it does a nice job of keeping fatigue at bay.
It doesn’t take you long to become filled with energy and motivation once you have consumed this strain. Pucker doesn’t do much to improve concentration, so it is best if you use it for menial tasks, rather than any jobs that require intense focus. Users say that this strain makes them hurry up, but in a fun way.
The main downside of this strain is the lack of availability. There are only a few dispensaries that sell Pucker at present, which is a real shame. If you can get your hands on it, you will find it useful if trying to treat anxiety, fatigue, headaches, and minor pains. Pucker is rather potent so novices should steer clear.
3 – Mango Kush (The Tasty Marijuana Strain)
You may be surprised to see an indica-dominant strain on the list, but Mango Kush is known for providing users with an initial burst of energy. Its exact origins are unknown, but it is believed to be a cross of Hindu Kush and a Mango Indica . It isn’t the most powerful strain, with THC levels ranging from 11% to 20%, but it provides you with a very pleasant high.
While Mango Kush is associated with evening use, it could be the right option in the late afternoon when your energy stores are depleted. It hits you with a feeling of euphoria early on, and you should feel energized right away. Of course, the indica side of the strain hits you later on and causes you to relax. If you want to use this strain, timing is everything! Use it too early, and you’ll feel sedated at work!
Mango Kush is known as a great healing strain and is used to treat chronic illnesses and pains, not to mention stress and anxiety. As we said earlier, it is best to take this in the mid to late afternoon as it will help you power through the next few hours. Then, once your tasks are finished for the day, the high helps to relax you.
4 – Strawberry Cough (The Ultra Potent Marijuana Strain)
The delicious aroma and flavor of this sativa-dominant strain can be disarming. Even its average THC levels, set at 18%, don’t make it seem like a potent strain. However, some breeders have created cuts with over 30%! Its origins are the subject of debate, although it is likely derived from the Haze strain.
If you use this strain, be warned! As the name suggests, you get the taste of strawberries, but you will also cough – a lot! This is due to the initial tingly sensation in the throat after using it. Once this feeling fades, it is replaced by a slow release of energy. Eventually, the sativa effects make themselves known and cause you to become more energized.
You will feel a delay in the effects, so don’t make the mistake of using too much at once. Strawberry Cough is often used by individuals suffering from stress, and it helps focus the mind on the tasks ahead of you. It is used to treat ADHD, ADD, and other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
5 – Super Sour Diesel (The Household Name Marijuana Strain)
This strain is one of the most popular on the market and is a cross of Sour Diesel and Super Silver Haze . It is an almost pure sativa with a THC content of up to 24%. As such, the powerful high could prove too much for novices. Indeed, even experienced users find that a little Super Silver Haze goes a long way.
This sativa is renowned for providing an uplift in mood, no matter how unmotivated you feel. Its effects come on quickly and provide you with a feeling of energy and zest. You can use it to get through a boring day, or wait until the evening and use its power to dance the night away with friends.
Users report feeling euphoric, and in most cases, you will be on your feet looking for something to do with the energy you now have. As well as being used to treat PTSD, ADD, and ADHD, Super Sour Diesel could help with muscle spasms, chronic pain, and headaches. However, it is a very popular recreational strain because of the energy it offers, along with the ‘feel good’ factor.
Final Thoughts About Marijuana and Productivity
Please ignore the foolish notion that marijuana somehow kills productivity and motivation. The truth is, if you choose the right strain for the right occasion, you’ll receive an energy boost that absolutely shocks you. Not only that, but you’ll also have a clear mind that is capable of carefully analyzing your tasks and ordering them in terms of priority. The right marijuana strain not only boosts productivity, but it also helps with creativity and motivation too.
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