In this day and age, when productivity is a premium, slowing down is not an option. And, in the face of seemingly insurmountable piles of tasks, turning to caffeine for an energy boost is the norm. That is also precisely why palpitations, jitters, anxiety, insomnia, and heartburn are becoming common - too much dependence on coffee to get through the day. In this regard, cannabis may serve as a better alternative, and these are the best strains for energy.
Choosing the Perfect Energizing Strain
Not all strains are created equal. Some are better suited for nighttime use due to relaxing properties. Others, one the other hand, are energizing and thus better suited for daytime use.
Moreover, strains that have similar cannabinoid profiles tend to differ in effects. Mostly, the difference is due to the presence of terpenes and its varying compositions.
It is, therefore, clear that ditching coffee in favor of cannabis is not so simple after all as it requires careful consideration of these four things:
Indica or Sativa?
Pure Indica strains and Indica-dominant hybrids exert relaxing effects ranging from merely calming to downright sedative. These strains are best used as a nightcap as it eases the mind and body into a blissful slumber.
Sativa strains and Sativa-dominant hybrids, in contrast, are energizing and can quickly enhance the mood, making it perfect pick-me-uppers. For combating fatigue, these are the ideal type of cannabis.
THC to CBD Ratio
THC is one of the two primary compounds found in cannabis. It is mainly responsible for the stimulating, euphoric high. The other one, CBD, is more valued for medicinal properties. Not only is it non-psychoactive, but it also counteracts THC, helping prevent overstimulation and adverse effects such as anxiety.
THC to CBD ratio is one of the factors to look into when choosing the best energy-boosting strains. For this purpose, 2:1 to 4:1 is the most ideal.
Terpenes are responsible for the distinct fragrance of cannabis. Moreover, a rich concentration of these aromatic compounds helps enhance the effects of THC and CBD.
There are over 20,000 terpenes identified. Cannabis as a species has more than a hundred of these. For energizing strains, two, in particular, should be in abundance.
Pinene. Best known for piney fragrance, it promotes alertness and increased energy levels.
Limonene. Besides exuding a citrusy, lemony scent, it is also a mood-enhancer, stress reliever, and energy-booster.
Some terpenes, on the other hand, should be avoided. Myrcene, for example, is one. It is sedating and counterproductive when seeking a stimulating experience.
Cannabis is biphasic - it can have opposite effects at low and high doses. Such nature is why dosing moderately should be, every single time - observed. In lower doses, Sativa strains high in THC are energizing. An excessive dose, on the other hand, can be sedating. Worse, it may even induce anxiousness.
6 Best Strains for Energy
Keeping daytime lethargy at bay without reaching for a cup of coffee can be challenging - but not when you have Homegrown Cannabis Co’s energizing strains at hand. Just a few puffs of these high-THC Sativa varieties will surely jolt the mind and body into action.
- Skunk Fast Version
Skunk is famed and named after its pungent, ammonia-like scent. Apart from such distinctive aroma, this strain cemented its legacy by exuding remarkable traits inherited from Mexican, Colombian, and Afghani landraces.
When dosed in moderation, this strain delivers an energizing, euphoric buzz that perks you up, promoting sociability and enhancing productivity. A soothing body high then complements the cerebral high. With 18% THC, it is quite potent yet manageable. However, it could induce a couch-lock on higher doses - which is not a bad thing as the mind and body sinks into bliss.
Skunk Fast Version is undemanding to tend to given its hardy and resilient nature. It is also perfect for impatient growers as it has a quick flowering time ranging only from 6 to 7 weeks. Even at such a rapid pace, the yield per square meter still reaches 400 grams. Outdoors, each plant produces 500 grams of dense, resin-caked buds.
- Amnesia Kush
With as much as 20% THC, Amnesia Kush imparts a mind-blowing and long-lasting Sativa high, elevating the mood and invigorating the mind. It floods the senses with euphoria and a burst of energy and thus could fuel you for hours. Also, expect to feel subtle tranquility enveloping the body after an hour or so.
Feminized Amnesia Kush is a medium-to-tall plant. Other than ensuring there is enough vertical space, it is quite easy to cultivate. It does not require more than the typical routine maintenance and naturally thrives with the right conditions. After some 8 to 10 weeks of flowering, it produces 600 grams per square meter (indoors) or 800 grams per plant (outdoors).
- Sweet Island
This tasty dessert strain, with sweet, grapefruit scent, is incredibly alluring. Over the years, it has developed quite a following. Mainly, that is due to its ability to induce an upbeat, energizing high. At 19% THC, even a moderate dose is enough to fuel you for hours, conquering mountain-loads of tasks. Following the soaring high is a mellow body buzz that does not cause a slowdown in physical activities.
Not only is Sweet Island Feminized delightful to savor. It is also gratifying to cultivate, especially when starting with seeds obtained from Homegrown Cannabis Co. For a Sativa-oriented plant, it qualifies as a beginner-friendly strain due to a hardy nature. After 8-10 weeks of flowering, it can yield around 300 grams per square meter (indoors) or 200 grams per plant (outdoors).
- Pure Haze
Pure Haze delivers an otherworldly, long-lasting, and exceptionally energizing high. Typical of its lineage, this powerhouse imparts off-the-roof energy boost, making it possible to get through the next several hours with vigor and optimism. It also inspires euphoria and a mellow, relaxing body high. However, given its 24% THC, it is best to go easy on the dosage to keep the effects pleasant and prevent anxiety from setting in.
Pure Haze feminized seeds are easy to germinate but can be challenging to raise. Despite the improvements made to make it more manageable, it remains to be quite temperamental compared to other Haze strains. Hence, this strain is best reserved for more experienced growers. After an incredibly long flowering period of 18 to 21 weeks, expect 500 grams of premium buds covered in glistening trichomes. Outdoors, each plant can yield up to 600 grams of gluey buds by December.
- Super Silver Haze
The combined elite genetics of Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze gave rise to an exceptional progeny that promotes an energetic, long-lasting euphoria. Super Silver Haze, brimming with 17% THC, is a reinvigorating strain that wards off fatigue, then complementing it with profound relaxation. Moreover, it frees the mind from melancholy - all while boosting creativity and productivity.
Homegrown Cannabis Co. offers Super Silver Haze as auto-flowering seeds. Among its notable growth patterns, apart from independence from light cycles, is rapid growth cycle. This easy-to-cultivate plant reaches full maturity 10-12 weeks after germinating. Indoors, it can produce a decent return of 300 grams per square meter. Outdoors, each plant can produce up to 170 grams of resinous buds.
- Orange Velvet x Cinderella 99
In need of a productivity boost but hate having caffeine jitters? Ditch the coffee and puff some Orange Velvet x Cinderella 99 buds. This energizing strain is perfect for starting the day with vigor and enthusiasm. Aside from brightening the day with mood-enhancing effects, it also heightens focus, making it easier to concentrate and get things done. Such uplifting and invigorating effects are due to its Sativa-dominant genetics and stellar THC levels.
Cultivation-wise, Orange Velvet x Cinderella 99 is a beginner-friendly strain. It sports a compact build that thrives in virtually any environment. Moreover, its excellent resistance to molds and sun-loving nature make it an ideal outdoor strain. To top it all off, its buds are a sight to behold with its generous coating of crystalline trichomes. When properly cared for, each square meter yields 300 to 350 grams of gluey buds after flowering for 10 to 12 weeks. Meanwhile, letting it bathe in the sun pushes the yields to up to 350 grams per plant.