The erroneous assumption that marijuana makes you tired and couch-locked continues to spread across the nation. In reality, there are hundreds of marijuana strains capable of providing you with an energy boost that helps get you through the day. Unlike coffee and sugar which provide you with short-term energy followed by the jitters, certain weed strains last for hours and help you stay productive and focused.
According to Safety and Health Magazine, almost 40% of American workers sleep less than seven hours a night. Did you know that a person who sleeps 4-5 hours a day is roughly as alert as someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.08? One study, in fact, found that 16% of employees fell asleep while driving and 27% slept on the job.
The bottom line is that we live in an era where sleep is no longer emphasized, and thus our work performance suffers. Weed can certainly help you with insomnia, but other strains can also get you through a hard day’s work after a bad night’s sleep. We don’t recommend it (natural sleep is the best), but if you need an energy boost during the day, look for sativa or hybrid strains with a bias towards sativa.
Here are five of the best strains you’ll find to keep you productive and energetic all day long.
1 – Durban Poison (The Fatigue Killing Marijuana Strain)
This pure Sativa strain is ‘poison’ for fatigue, and is so effective that many users prefer it to a cup of coffee in the morning! It has a THC content of up to 20% and is named after an African flower from the city of Durban. It was discovered by a marijuana activist from the United States who brought it to America in the 1970s.
One of the best aspects of Durban Poison is its rapid effects – within minutes of smoking it, you should feel inspired, invigorated, energized, and ready to take on the world. It has long since been a friend of artistic types, but it is also great if you work in a boring old office! This strain also ensures that you become more curious about everything, which could be an asset or a hindrance in the workplace.
Additionally, you’ll also feel the pine flavor almost immediately, and it leaves a pleasant citrus aftertaste. With a THC content of up to 26%, though, it is not for newbies! Overall, Durban Poison is great for energy, and is an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, and stress.
2 – Green Crack (The Marijuana Strain Capable of Causing Laughing Fits)
You need to be careful with this strong Sativa dominant (75%) hybrid because it has been known to cause uncontrollable fits of laughter! Don’t be fooled by the name, though – Green Crack is entirely marijuana, and the strain is championed by Snoop Dogg himself! It comes from a cross of Skunk #1 and Sweet Leaf, and apparently, it was initially called Green Kush until Snoop renamed it.
With a THC content of up to 21%, Green Crack is a potent strain that also happens to be one of the world’s most popular sativas. Once you smoke it, you’ll experience a strong cerebral high which brings about joyful and euphoric feelings. It is also a killer morning strain because it helps you remain focused while giving you a burst of energy that lasts for hours on end.
Unlike indica strains which can cause your mind to fog, Green Crack promotes focus which makes it the perfect choice if you’re in for a long, dull day at work. It should also help boost your creativity, and unlike so many other strains, it actually does NOT cause the munchies.
3 – Ghost Train Haze (The Feel-Good Marijuana Strain)
First and foremost, this isn’t a good strain for cannabis newcomers because it is one of the most potent and fast-acting strains around. With a THC content of up to 27%, Ghost Train Haze really hits you like a train! It is a Sativa dominant (80%) hybrid created as a cross between Ghost OG and Nevil’s Wreck.
If you aren’t used to the effects of marijuana, this strain could cause you to burst out laughing, and in some cases, users have reported lying on the floor and giggling uncontrollably! While this would certainly make your day interesting, it probably wouldn’t do much for your promotion prospects. Also, if you take too high of a dose, you will become hazy, cloudy, and unproductive.
As a result, the key to Ghost Train Haze is correct dosage – when you consume the right amount, it will make you feel awake, stimulated, and energized. If you’re not a morning person, a small amount of this strain can help clear your mind and get you ready for the day. It is also one of the best strains for creativity.
4 – Chocolope (The Rich and Delicious Marijuana Strain)
This Sativa dominant hybrid (90%) is like a chocolate-flavored coffee in terms of hitting you with energy in the morning. It is the go-to energizing strain for a lot of creative individuals, and it is also one of the best ‘wake and bake’ strains out there, meaning that you can include it when making delicious hash brownies — after a few bites, you will have the energy and motivation to do pretty much anything!
Its THC content is approximately 19% which means it is strong, but not earth-shatteringly so. As a result, you can use this marijuana strain even if you’re an inexperienced cannabis user. Once you’ve had some Chocolope, you should feel uplifted and focused as the strong cerebral head high lasts for hours. Instead of clouding the mind, however, it instills an invigorating feeling of focus and drive.
Few marijuana strains on Earth compete with Chocolope in terms of taste and scent – if you’re the type that is reluctant to wake up, light up a joint with this strain and reward yourself with the sweet chocolatey notes that carry a touch of nuttiness. It tastes akin to chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, which of course makes it the perfect addition to desserts. Chocolope morning muffin, anyone?
5 – Jack Herer (The Marijuana Strain Named After a Literary Great)
Jack Herer is sometimes known as the ‘Emperor of Hemp,’ and is the author of the world-famous non-fiction work, The Emperor Wears No Clothes (published in 1985). This Sativa dominant hybrid (55%) is named after Herer himself, and is often praised as the ‘perfect blend,’ being a cross of Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk.
It is a pretty strong strain with a THC content of up to 23%, so you should feel a happy and vivid high after smoking Jack Herer. Despite its strength, however, you will not feel overpowered. Also, although it is only mildly Sativa dominant, this strain offers an exceptional cerebral high that slowly works its way down the body, but never threatens to couch-lock.
As well as being the perfect start to your day, Jack Herer is an excellent choice if you need something to energize you for a social occasion – the pine and spice scent is an olfactory treat, and you also get a hint of citrus. It offers a spicy taste with the merest hint of pepper, and some users claim they get a tropical fruit salad taste, which sounds absolutely lovely.
Final Thoughts on Energizing Marijuana Strains
If you’re suffering from fatigue and need something to give you a kick-start in the morning, a Sativa dominant marijuana strain such as one of the five we mentioned above, could work as well – if not better – than a cup of coffee. If you insist on going to work in a tired state, not only will your productivity level drop, you also increase the risk of getting injured in a workplace accident.
And lastly, forget about those ridiculous marijuana ‘stoner’ stereotypes – the right weed strain can give you a tremendous boost in energy, creativity, and motivation, which in turn helps you outperform your ‘clean living’ peers!