Getting through a long study session is enough to tax any brain. If you've got tests coming up or a big project to study for, no doubt you're nose-deep in books (and online resources), and don't have time for anything else. However, the anxiety and the challenge of staying focused on your task can get in the way of your actual productivity.
When you're mentally exhausted and/ or crazy anxious when you need to keep studying, one interesting solution is a little of the ol' ganja. While cannabis The right amount of the right sativa strain can actually activate your creativity and your ability to focus on your study material with a clear mind and sharp note-taking.
But, at the dispensary, what are the best weed strains for studying. Picking any jar of sparkling buds in the shop, and you might find yourself with a sleepy indica. The best strains for studying will always be clear-headed sativas. Your budtender can help you find what's in stock, but we are also here to share the best strains on the market for studying and creative work.
Seeking A Clear-Headed Sativa
What is a clear-headed sativa? Cannabis comes in many forms, but is mainly separated between Indica and Sativa. Indica, tends to have a heavier body high with sleepier, hungrier effects. Sativa, on the other hand, is more "cerebral" which means you feel it in your mind more than your body.
Some Sativas make you pleasantly scatterbrained, but some are extremely focusing. On the right clear-headed sativa, you can pull an all-nighter, feel renewed interest in your topic, and feel refreshed in the morning. Here are some of the benefits of the right Sativa for studying.
- Relaxing and Focusing
- Mental Quiet vs Mental Speed
- Remove the Static of Stress
Strain Families to Study
No matter what's in your local dispensary, you can usually find a good Sativa if you know the "family name" of the strain you desire. In our recommendations today, you will see all four of these great Sativa parents represented in the naming scheme:
These four sativa-family weed strains are favored because of their energizing and focusing balance of terpenes.
The Best Weed Strains for Studying
1) Jack Herer
Jack Herer is named after a famous cannabis author and pro-weed activist. It is known to be extremely energizing, and many find that this particular strain of Jack sativas can be quite focusing, as well. Jack Herer is great for creative work and routine work, and can help improve the memory of thost studying by increasing just how interesting everything seems to be.
Jack Herer has also been reported to as particularly helpful with depression and low mood as well, which will help you stay cheery through an all-nighter.
2) Durban Poison
For many, Durban Poison is an all-time go-to sativa. This gem, cultivated originally in South Africa, has a nice balance of THC and THCV that is quite energizing. THCV acts as an appetite suppressant, as well, so you are less likely to find yourself binge-eating from the library snack machine to stay awake.
Durban Poison is often referred to as a shot of espresso in cannabis form, and its high-powered energy will help to keep you up through long and challenging study sessions where yawns would usually win the day.
3) Super Lemon Haze
Lemon-themed cannabis strains are almost always clear-headed and crisp sativas (or energetic hybrids), while "Haze" family sativas tend to be excellent for focus. This makes Lemon Haze and its daughter-strain Super Lemon Haze especially well-known for providing that boost of energy and focus that you need to study. The light citrus flavor - powered by the Limonene terpene - naturally helps to wake up your mind. It actually smells like fresh lemon peels.
4) Sour Diesel
The Sour Diesel strain is best known for energy and creativity rather than focus. If your study session includes composing prose or building a creative project, then Sour Diesel might be the perfect strain for your all-nighter. This is actually a strongly sativa-leaning hybrid, with some of the relaxing and mind-freeing effects of an Indica blended with the powerfully energetic strains of Diesel.
ACDC is a CBD hybrid that may be ideal for students in need of muscle and pain relief in addition to studying focus. ACDC is known to provide a mood-lifting euphoria while minimizing your perception of bad thoughts or feelings. The ACDC strain has often been praised for it's focus-enhancing abilities by pairing with CBD to remove the "stress static" that often slows you down during a long study session. If you're looking for energy without intense intoxication, ACDC is a great choice.
6) Green Crack
The amusingly named Green Crack is a powerful Sativa strain known to be quite potent and extremely energizing. Green Crack has been lauded as excellent for both focus and energy bo providing a kick to your motivation with that signature cannabis reduction of stress about anything outside your study room. Green Crack is also simply fun to say and to share with friends over a study-break snack.
Harlequin is another high-CBD strain option that is well known for reducing anxiety - which can be extremely useful when studying. More relaxing than other Sativas, Harlequin is great for a long quiet study session where you want to maintain your cool rather than charging through a stack of assignments or rapid-firing flashcards. If you want to take your time without getting bored or fidgety, Harlequin is a great strain to hack your brain.
Tangie, short for Tangerine, represents its light and citrusy smell and tangerine flavor. Many describe Tangie as a very upbeat strain that will get you awake, alert, and focused through the toughest study session. Tangie is almost always also listed with an honorable mention to it's daughter-strain, Tangelope - a blend of Tangie and Chocolope that many say perfects the effects.
9) Electric Lemon G
Another lemon favorite, Electric Lemon G is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a light, lemon smell and flavor. It is known for a positive and high-energy high and many people swear by it's lack of brain-fogging while providing an uplifting experience. Electric Lemon G is great for studying, but it's also great for rocking out, cleaning the house, and checking other items off your to-do list in a relentless burst of positive energy.
10) Cinderella 99
Last to the ball is Cinderella 99, said to have come originally from Jack Herer seeds planted by the Brothers Grimm. They named the plant "Princess" and crossed it with Shiva Skunk to get this beautiful gem; a classic hybrid with a two-step high. Enjoy the initial relaxing drift as you unwind for your smoke break, followed by a burst of energy and motivation. Cinderella makes you feel unstoppable and ready to take on the world, even if it's mental heavy lifting.