All of you are familiar with the classic stoner stereotype that is couch-locked after smoking a joint. Well, marijuana strains come in all shapes and sizes, and unlike what most people think, certain strains can give you a real energy boost.
These specific strains are perfect for fighting exhaustion, fatigue and simply help with getting you through that tiresome afternoon where you would kill for a bed and pillow.
What is Fatigue?
Fatigue is the term used to describe tiredness, exhaustion, and lethargy. It’s a physical or mental state when you are tired. According to some experts, 10% of people at any one time are suffering from persistent tiredness.
Fatigue is often divided into two categories; Physical fatigue and Mental fatigue.
Physical Fatigue Is a state where you simply don’t have the same energy levels to do what you are used to doing. For example, carrying something, pulling something or even day to day stuff like climbing the stairs.
Is a state where you simply cannot concentrate on things that you are usually used to doing. It’s a situation where you might feel tired and find it hard to keep your eyes open. You might find it hard to concentrate on something specific or find it hard to solve specific issues that require mental concentration.
What Causes Fatigue?
Fatigue is one of the conditions where it is so hard to determine the root of the problem, that often it isn’t even worth trying. It can be caused due to a specific lifestyle, a medical condition or even temporary stress. For example, if you have an important event coming up that you need to prepare for. Some of you parents out there are probably extremely familiar with fatigue, having small children that keep you up at night.
According to the NHS, there are a variety of reasons that may trigger fatigue, including;
Those that suffer from any of the following conditions may experience fatigue;
- Coeliac disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
- Underactive thyroid
- Glandular fever
- Chronic Pain
- Restless legs
- And the most common Anxiety.
Recent research has shown that 1 in 20 people that live in the U.K suffer from anxiety and in the U.S. 18% of the population suffer from anxiety. Furthermore, a recent survey showed 41% of employees from a spectrum of industries reported high levels of anxiety in the workplace. Just imagine the amount of fatigue going around.
Drugs or Medication
Many patients experience fatigue as a side-effect to pharmaceutical drugs that are prescribed for different medical conditions. For example, antidepressants, steroids, and sedatives can all cause certain levels of fatigue.
Day to day sleep problems
Sometimes, the cause of fatigue isn’t medical, but rather your body experiences a shift in its routine. For example, jet lag, unpleasant noises outside that are preventing you from sleeping or even working till late at night – something that your body isn’t used to.
Infections and diseases
Infections are also known to bring on fatigue. Diseases such as Malaria, various tropical diseases, infectious mononucleosis (glandular fever), TB (tuberculosis), Cytomegalovirus, HIV infection, hepatitis and the flu.
As so many different reasons can cause fatigue, it is often hard to diagnose the source of the problem. Fatigue isn’t always classed as the standard tiredness feeling that you are accustomed to and can be felt in any of the following ways:
- Aching or sore muscles
- Slower reflexes
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Lack of motivation
The best way to treat fatigue is to try to determine the underlying source of the problem and treat it accordingly. For example, those that are overweight might experience fatigue and may require a diet change or exercise regime. It is also best to try to get your body accustomed to some type of routine. This includes sleeping at the same time each day. Regulating your eating and drinking habits. Consuming less junk, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages and conducting physical activities, such as workouts.
Marijuana and Fatigue
Google “marijuana and fatigue” and you won’t find a lot of info, let alone medical research on the topic. That is because fatigue is such a broad condition, meaning it can be caused by so many different things, that it is more controversial that cannabis itself.
Thanks to technology, growers, and researchers in the field, specific marijuana strains have been developed and grown which can assist with treating fatigue.
In general Sativa, dominant strains are known to boost energy, creativity, and focus. If you suffer from tiredness or fatigue, then any of the following strains might assist. Be sure to consult with your physician before any form of marijuana consumption.
Jack Herer is a spicy-pine Sativa dominant strain that is known for giving its patients an incredible energy boost and mind-boggling high effects that are long lasting. Jack Herer packs an astounding 18-24% THC punch and will definitely knock you into action. It is perfect for individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety and is known to help those with fatigue.
Super Silver Haze
You can’t create a list of Sativa strains and not talk about Super Silver Haze. This supreme strain has been around for over 20 years and still lives up to its name. It is so popular that it has actually become iconic. Featuring 70% Sativa and only 30% Indica, this strain provides an energizing boost that will definitely hit the spot and keep you going like the energy bunny.
Blue Dream isn’t as old as the first two strains on this list but definitely, gives them some competition. It has become a favorite by cannabis lovers throughout the United States and all over the world. Containing 60% Sativa and THC content of up to 25%, this strain will deliver the goods. This strain is perfect for combating stress and chronic pain, two symptoms that are often associated with fatigue.
Just the name “Green Crack” makes most people overlook this strain, and trust us, you don’t know what you are missing. Green Crack is truly a marijuana strain that will have you hooked and always coming back for more. THC levels range around 15-20%. It is known for giving that exact amount of energy you need that won’t keep you awake but will get you through the day. It is used for a variety of conditions including, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and stress.
This is the last strain on our list and is known by many as one of the classics. Durban Poison is a pure Sativa Strain with THC content reaching as high as 26%. It is excellent at removing any mental or physical pain you might be experiencing and is well known for its effectiveness in treating stress, depression, and anxiety – conditions that are all related to fatigue.
While most strains will cause tiredness there are a few strains out there that have the opposite effect on your body, mentally and physically. Share your experience with us and tell us which strains work for you. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below on our Facebook Page.