Best Weed Strains For Energy: Dealing With Fatigue
Common myth: Using cannabis can only result in low-motivation and couch-locking effects.
As many of you may know, there are many health benefits that can come with cannabis consumption.
In fact, alleviating fatigue is one of cannabis many healing traits. Many people do not know this as cannabis has a reputation for the ‘couch lock’ effect, where people experience extreme sedation or sleepiness.
However, the couch lock effect is not to be attributed to cannabis as a whole. Actually, this effect is only experienced with specific strains.
That’s right. Some strains put you to sleep while others have the potential to wake you up and leave you feeling particularly energized.
You may be familiar with the Indica / Sativa dichotomy. Indica’s are generally known to cause more relaxing effects while sativa’s are known to be uplifting and energizing.
However, it doesn’t end there…
Now, the difference in strains can be attributed to a number of different factors.
Cannabis has many different varieties and genetics that give way to the presence of different phytonutrients that cause varying effects.
For example, one strain may be high in specific cannabinoids and terpenes that cause sleepiness. For example, the presence of myrcene in high amounts in a strain will inevitably leave you feeling sleepy.
However, if you have a strain that is high in other cannabinoids other than CBD and THC, and it has CBG or limonene and pinene, this strain will leave you feeling energized and awake.
We’ll get more into the nitty gritty of all of this later.
There are many varieties of strains that provide an energetic or stimulating effect. The experience is similar to drinking black tea or coffee, though usually without the jitters or anxiety.
Here are 5 of the most popular strains of cannabis that will give you energy and reduce fatigue.
Best Weed Strains for Energy:
#1). Sour Diesel
One of the most well-known sativa strains, Sour Diesel is renowned for its energizing and stimulating effects.
Sour Diesel usually has a high percentages of THC and is commonly considered safe to use at the beginning of the day by those who have a bit of a tolerance. Keep in mind, due to its high amounts of THC, it can be very cerebrally stimulating.
For some this can cause anxiety. So, we recommend microdosing (taking smaller doses) if you are a beginner. For some, the cognitive effects of this flower could be a little too strong for a busy day.
The Role of Terpenes
Surprisingly, it’s not the high amounts of THC that makes this strain effective for relieving fatigue. It’s actually the terpenes which make this strain have such energizing effects.
Sour Diesel has high amounts of beta and alpha-pinene. These two terpenes give the cannabis a piney scent. Pinene can have energizing effects on its users. In addition it is also capable of enhancing focus and memory. This terpene is great for cognitive function.
Early lab research has found that pinene is a metabolite of an enzyme that plays a role in the degradation of the neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine.
This neurotransmitter is vital in memory, learning and retaining information, and widening attention spans, as well as providing other energetic effects.
If you are feeling sluggish, a pinene-rich strain may be of great service to you.
Best Weed Strains for Energy:
#2). Super Lemon Haze
As we mentioned, the effects of cannabis strains don’t end at Indica or Sativa. The energizing effects are in the name. Super Lemon Haze has high levels of the terpene limonene which gives it its brightening and enlivening effects.
Further, Super Lemon Haze is a hybrid strain that is also highly potent in THC. Hybrid strains are crossbreeds between Indica’s and Sativa’s.
It is considered to be a sativa-dominant strain that can provide some powerful effects. Those who have a developing tolerance to THC, can take this strain in the morning with or in lieu of a hot cup of coffee.
Super Lemon Haze, just like Sour Diesel, contains alpha-and beta-pinene. Although, the difference between the two strains lies in that Super Lemon Haze has high levels of limonene.
Like the name implies, limonene provides an invigorating citrus aroma with strains like Super Lemon Haze. Limonene creates an uplifting, yet calm effect that results in a clear-headed experience.
Furtheremore, its effects are similar to the sensation of smelling lemon extract for quick mental stimulation.
Best Weed Strains for Energy:
#3). Lemon CBD
In some cases, strains with higher percentages of CBD are thought to be more stimulating than those with heavy amounts of THC.
In combination with the right terpenes, high THC strains can quickly transform into a sedative.
However, CBD potent strains are famous for providing rapid boosts to one’s mood without any feeling of drowsiness.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most widely used cannabinoid found in cannabis.
In contrast to THC, CBD does not produce what we know as a cognitive “high”. So, those who are hoping to enjoy a morning wake and bake sesh that won’t interfere with cognitive functions, may appreciate this CBD strain.
Lemon CBD (sometimes called Lemon Aid) is known as an especially energizing CBD strain. This is largely due to the fact that this strain produces high amounts of limonene.
Limonene gives the flower a citrus-infused and all around brightening scent. Additionally, limonene can also produce a calm, yet energized and clear-headed sensation when inhaled.
“AMS” is an acronym for “anti-mold strain.” While this name may not be the most appealing, it comes from its particularly high levels of pinene.
Green House Seeds, the company responsible for the original genetics of the strain, noticed that the most prevalent terpene found in the plant is pinene.
Pinene is famous for its energizing and uplifting effects while also leaving users feeling calm and clear headed.
This strain has a high concentration of THC and is an indica/sativa hybrid. If you are looking to feel alert, yet at peace this strain is an excellent option.
#5). Charlotte’s Web
This strain boasts a powerful and beautiful history. Developed by the Stanley brothers in Colorado, it has been the catalyst to push and shift social movements around cannabis legislation.
Charlotte’s Web is high-CBD strain that was used to help treat and cure a young girl named Charlotte’s epilepsy.
Although most CBD strains are naturally invigorating, the higher the CBD levels, the more suitable they are to combat fatigue than others.
Charlotte’s Web is a very potent strain with high levels of CBD. Because of its high potency, it is primarily used in medical applications.
Not only does this plant feature extremely high levels of CBD, it also produces large amounts of pinene. Known for its sharp scent, sour taste, and focus-inducing effects, Charlotte’s Web is the perfect choice for those who want to eliminate fatigue without intoxication.
Best Weed Strains for Energy: Picking the Right Strain
While finding the best strain for energy or eliminating fatigue isn’t the easiest task, these few tips will point you in the right direction.
To summarize, pay attention to whether the strain is indica or sativa dominant, as well as the terpenes present in the plant.
A sativa-dominant strain will give you energzigin effects, but it can be overpowering if the strain naturally has high levels of THC. So, it is best to find a hybrid that is more sativa dominant due to the cannabinoids and terpenes present.
As far as terpenes go, look for pinene and limonene for energizing effects.
For example, a plant that is grown in one region may yield rich amounts of a particular terpene, but a similar strain grown in another area may yield different results.
Additionally, each person is different and reacts to cannabis strains in different ways.
Thankfully, at Sativa University we have compiled another list of highly recommended medicinal cannabis strains to check out.
The 5 previously mentioned strains listed in this article are solid options for people who are in need of an energy boost. Furthermore, because everyone reacts differently to cannabinoids, it may take some experimentation on your end to figure out which strain is the best for you when it comes to energy and fatigue.
Here are some helpful tips on how to determine which strains would work best for you:
1. Avoid strains that are high in myrcene and CBN (Cannabinols)
There are 2 major substances that make certain strains of cannabis more sedative than others.
The first one is a cannabinoid known as cannabinol (CBN).
CBN is a breakdown byproduct of psychoactive THC. As THC ages, it converts to CBN. The initial research suggests that CBN is a sedative. This may be beneficial for those who need more rest but won’t help those suffering from chronic fatigue.
Along with this, it may be best to steer clear of strains with high levels of the terpene myrcene as well.
Myrcene, just like CBN, is a powerful sedative. As we mentioned, it often takes the blame for the “couch-lock” and hypnotic properties of cannabis. Strains that are high in myrcene might be a bit too sedative for people who suffer from daytime fatigue.
2. Inhaled cannabis products can be more invigorating than edibles
Inhaled THC or CBD products are known to be less sedative than edible and oral preparations.
When eaten or otherwise taken orally, cannabis is processed differently by the body..
Smoking is felt more immediately than ingesting an edible. Edibles have to pass through the digestive tract which cause more potent and sedative effects than smoking herb.
You can either smoke raw flower or use a vaporizer. Vaping is sometimes considered to be safer than smoking raw flower because less carcinogens are present in the smoke.
3. Use products that have high levels of limonene or pinene.
Choose cannabis strains that undergo testing for their cannabinoid levels as well as their terpene content. Depending on the brand or dispensary selling the product, you should be able to ask your cannabis vendor for accurate lab tests that contain all of this information.
To be safe, only source from credible vendors that provide third-party lab tests.
As mentioned previously, terpenes are aromatic molecules that are responsible for giving different strains their unique effects.
In the quest for the most energetic strains, look for varieties high in pinene and limonene, while simultaneously being low in myrcene and CBN as well.
Naturally, each person reacts differently to each cannabis strain. There could be a variety of different strains that are able to help with clearing up brain fogginess as well as chronic fatigue.