Best Marijuana Strains for Productivity

April 20th 2016

The lazy stoner stereotype has led some people to assume that smoking cannabis always inhibits productivity. That's simply not the case. Certain strains (namely in the sativa family) can actually boost productivity and increase focus. That's why studies have shown that marijuana can serve as an effective treatment option for people with attention deficit disorders, as ATTN: previously reported.

But how do you know which strains will help you stay creative, alert, and productive? Sticking with a sativa — a type of cannabis that's associated with cerebral highs — is a good first step. That said, some strains are better than others, and the marijuana indexing site Leafly has compiled a list of the top strains for staying productive on pot. Leafly uses data from Steep Hill Labs, a cannabis analytics company, to determine medical effects based on the concentration of ingredients in each marijuana strain.

Here are the five best marijuana strains for productivity.

1. Green Crack

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This popular sativa is famous for its energetic, uplifting effect. Green Crack is a great choice if you're hoping to stay productive.

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2. Harlequin

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A sativa-dominant strain, Harlequin is unique because it has a variety of medical and recreational applications. Unlike many strains on the market, Harlequin has a high concentration of non-psychoactive CBD, an ingredient that makes it a fitting treatment option for people suffering from pain or inflammation, a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found.

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ACDC is another high-CBD strain, but this one contains such a large concentration of the non-psychoactive ingredient that it won't even get you "high" in the conventional sense of the word. Still, it's an effective, sativa-dominant hybrid that's used to boost productivity and treat pain, anxiety, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis, Leafly reports.

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4. Green Ribbon

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This strain is a 50/50 sativa and indica hybrid, but users report that the sativa side of the plant is the most noticeable in terms of effects. This strain generally contains a high concentration of THC — the main psychoactive ingredient of marijuana — and it's medically used to treat stress, depression, and pain, a University of California, San Francisco study found.

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5. Grapefruit

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Grapefruit is a potent sativa that gets its name from its distinctive, grapefruit-like taste. It's a great candidate for increasing focus and energy, but it also effectively treats migraine headaches, users claim.

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To learn more about the best strains for a variety of medical and recreational effects, check out Leafly.

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