best strains for focus

The Best Cannabis Strains for Focus and Clarity

Friday July 5, 2019

I f you are anything like this author, you may struggle to get started and stay on task when there’s work to do. We all need help with feeling motivated sometimes. How many people can’t start their day without their morning coffee? Caffeine may work for some, but some of us are looking for a “greener” boost. We already know that different strains of cannabis have different effects ranging from sleepy to energetic, and from hazy-minded to sharp. So, when there’s work to be done, the strain you choose for your warm-up joint will make a big difference to how well you focus. Try out one of these clear-headed strains to boost your workflow.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is an impactful sativa that’s great if you want to fuel up to get some work done. It gets its name from its car oil smell and has an earthy and slightly sour taste when smoked. Some consumers don’t like the taste of Sour Diesel, but the stimulating and uplifting cerebral high it provides makes it a great option to promote focus.

Sour Diesel is strong with up to 25% THC, so take it slow with this strain. Overloading on THC, especially in varieties with a low CBD concentration, might negatively impact your ability to focus.

Green Crack

According to popular lore, Green Crack was named by cannabis legend, Snoop Dogg, after sampling the strain’s effects. Green Crack provides a euphoric and creative sativa high that can help boost inspiration. This makes Green Crack a good option for staying focused while tackling mundane tasks like dishes and laundry. Be aware that this is more of a mental than physical strain, so not great for those looking for physical relief. Be careful of your dosage if you are prone to anxiety, as Green Crack in high enough doses can make it worse.

Durban Poison

Durban Poison is an especially good choice if you are facing up to an intellectual task that requires mental focus. This strain leaves you with a clear-headed high that can make the world around you seem especially sharp. Some users have even described Durban Poison as “meditative.” This effect may be especially helpful for those who suffer from conditions like depression and ADHD, which can get in the way of focus. Durban Poison can be used for focus at any time of the day and might be best for consumers who don’t want a supremely citrusy sativa like Lemon Haze.

Lamb’s Bread

Lamb’s Bread provides an energetic boost and pleasant euphoria that makes it a great strain for productivity. The drive that this hybrid strain can provide makes it a good choice for morning smoke sessions, too. It’s also a favorite of artists and musicians for its creative cerebral high. Consumers with ADHD, PTSD, and bipolar disorder have reported finding Lamb’s Bread to be a particularly helpful strain for them.

Super Lemon Haze

Super Lemon Haze is a staple strain around the globe, and there’s a reason why it’s loved by so many. Not only is the strong fruity citrus flavor of this strain extremely enjoyable, but its stimulating hybrid high is unique.

Super Lemon Haze is known to provide consumers a creeping high that gives a strong stoned feeling in the body but is mentally stimulating at the same time. Fans of the strain recommend it for activities that are both physically and mentally stimulating, like exercise.

OG Kush

OG Kush gives consumers more of a head high than a body high, but it doesn’t make your mind race like some other sativas can. The uplift in mood and mental stimulation that this classic strain provides makes it a good choice for conversations or meetings. Consumers claim it also has the bonus effect of treating migraines, which is good news if your headaches get in the way of productivity.

Chem Dawg

Chem Dawg hits you fast and makes you hyper-aware of your surroundings. It can even feel slightly psychedelic at times. The initial head rush fades into a productive cerebral high that can even be introspective or social depending on the setting. This sativa-dominant hybrid has some indica in its genetics that gives it a physically relaxing effect but doesn’t lock you to the couch.

Maui Waui

The fast-acting mental high from this earthy sativa is sometimes described as “buzzy.” Maui Waui is physically motivating and energizing, which makes it a great daytime strain or caffeine replacement. This strain is best used to take on physical household tasks or errands, so consumers can take advantage of the physical stimulation this strain provides.

Choosing the Right Strain for You

As you might have observed, our list is comprised of mostly sativas, with only a few hybrids making an appearance and no pure indicas. Pure indica strains tend to have a more physical, tiring effect which can make it difficult to feel motivated to take on a new task. If you are turning to cannabis to help with focus and productivity, it’s also important to notice what prevents you from focusing. Do you struggle with ADHD? Do you have depression or chronic fatigue and struggle to feel motivated to start certain tasks? Does a physical problem like pain or headaches get in your way? The more specifically you can narrow down your problems with focus, the more accurately you can choose the right strain to help you.

Think about the skills required for the task you want to take on. Are you sitting down to study? Are you writing a paper? Do you have a long day of meetings? Attending a social function? The strains on our list have different strengths for different types of situations you may need to focus on. Before choosing, think about what skills you want to help boost that will help you with the task ahead.

Do you have any other recommendations or favorite strains for focus and productivity? We’d love to hear what your thoughts are. Let us know in the comments below!

Did you know that people use cannabis for motivation? It's true! There are many marijuana strains that are great for focus and clarity. Keep reading to learn more about the best cannabis strains for productivity.

8 of the best strains for focus

It’s 12:47 p.m. and you’ve got a whole heap of work that you’ve been avoiding. You know none of the tasks are too hard, but for some reason, you just can’t sit still and concentrate for long enough to do them. Still, sunlight is ticking, stress is mounting, and you know you’ll feel like hot garbage if you end the day with nothing to show for your time. You think to yourself, “All I need to do is smoke a little weed and I can zone in.”

Which strains are you picking?

There are plenty of cannabis strains that can help you focus. And with so many constant distractions in the world, I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to try them all. While I could never name every single one, here are eight that might help you block out the noise for long enough to get shit done.

White Fire OG

White Fire OG, also called WiFi OG, is a cross of Fire OG and The White. The nugs are light green and frosty with trichomes, and the smoke tastes like gassy pine needles — which is perfect for anyone that loves chemmy diesel flavors. On the high side, WiFi OG is great for people whose thoughts are always moving at 744 mph. It’s potent yet manageable high can help clear your mind of anything that’s not immediately in front of you.

Lemon Thai

Most strains with Thai genetics are good for a clear-headed high that can help you defeat procrastination. Lemon Thai is no different. A cross of a Thai landrace and a Hawaiian sativa, this citrusy strain is great for anyone who’s been caught with that middle-of-the-day lag that makes even simple tasks feel the most daunting. If you’re the type of consumer that likes to puff on a vape pen throughout the day, Lemon Thai is a great cart to have handy.

Jack Frost

When you’re talking strains that help you focus, it’s only right that we bring Jack to the table. A cross of the famed Jack Herer, Northern Lights #5, and White Widow, Jack Frost is for those who need to get dumb stoned to focus. It hits you with a potent high that’ll have you knocking out the day’s to-do list without issue. Like most strains with Jack genetics, it usually has a citrusy and earthy aroma, however some people report that it may also have a somewhat fruity smell to it.

Dutch Treat

Believed to be a cross of Northern Lights and Haze genetics, Dutch Treat pushes out strong piney terpenes that alert your senses in the same way walking through the forest on a hike does.

The delicious flavor is followed by a potent, clear-headed cerebral stimulation that many describe as the “hybrid high.” Old school and tasty, , Dutch Treat is a perfect suggestion for the dabbers.


As your cannabis knowledge bag gets deeper, you’ll learn that not every desired effect comes from THC. There are plenty of CBD strains out there that can help you focus too.

Canna-Tsu is a CBD-dominant cross of Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami. It has sweet, earthy flavors, and the effect is relaxing in the body. I get a little anxious sometimes, and anything with Cannatonic genetics usually chills me out in a way that smoking too much THC doesn’t. If you’re looking for something light and manageable, this (or either of its parents), are solid options.

Jah Goo

A lot of times, being able to focus isn’t about energizing yourself or clearing out your mind, it’s about relaxing your body. Jah Goo is a great strain for doing just that.

This cross of Goo and Purple Jasmine produces colorful flowers with purple hues and pink hairs, and a somewhat sweet and woody flavor. Its stoney high may be a little much for inexperienced consumers, but the vets may find it just right for that 10 am smoke before flipping the Go switch.

Bay Dream

If you love Granddaddy Purple then you might love Bay Dream too — it comes from the same breeders. Bay Dream, or GDP Bay Dream, is a cross of the beloved Blue Dream and a Bay 11 hybrid. Like Blue Dream, it has a sweet flavor profile, but also features woody and piney attributes. The cerebral high provides a nice, long-lasting euphoria that helps people get active for everything that needs to get done before 5 p.m.


Harle-Tsu is another CBD strain for consumers that don’t want to get high, but still want the benefits that come with smoking weed. As its name suggests, it is a cross of Harlequin and Sour Tsunami, two of the most well-known CBD flowers. If you’re here for taste, look elsewhere, as Harle-Tsu is pretty earthy and bland; but if you’re here for effects, this strain usually makes people feel relaxed in the body and focused in the mind.

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It's 12:47 p.m. and you've got a whole heap of work that you've been avoiding. Which strains are you picking?