Avoiding or Embracing Couch Lock from Cannabis

Couch lock
December 14, 2020

Couch lock is a pretty common side effect of smoking cannabis. It’s hardly one of the worst side effects of getting stoned, although in some cases, like if you were supposed to be doing something, it can be a slight inconvenience. That being said, if your aim in consuming cannabis was to relax then couch lock could actually be a good thing.

What Is Couch Lock?

Anyone who indulges in cannabis knows there are a variety of effects you can get from enjoying different strains of this aromatic, mind-altering plant. One such effect is aptly named couch lock. In simple terms, it can be equated to a feeling of complete physical relaxation that literally makes you feel like you are heavily sedated and ‘locked into the couch.’

Laying on the couch

Whether you are a cannabis connoisseur or new to the scene, the quick transition between feeling all warm and fuzzy to having your heavy limbs turn heavy as you tumble face-first into the couch may not be the high you expected… or even wanted. Regardless of your stoner experience, it might be a good idea to learn more about couch-lock before you indulge – so you are more prepared when or if it happens.

Want to curb the sensation of feeling couch-locked for hours? Looking forward to melting into your couch at the end of a long day? Would you rather avoid the effects altogether? We’ve got you covered! If you want to learn more about this debilitating, yet satisfying full-body high—read on! We’ve also compiled a few tips to ensure smoking potent couch lock-inducing strains will be a pleasurable experience—no matter how many hits you take!

What Causes Couch Lock?

Here’s the bottom line as it pertains to this smoker’s phenomenon… there seems to be no definitive scientific explanation that indicates the exact cause of couch lock. However, high THC strains such as Indica and Sativa that possess strong sedative properties could very well be the culprits responsible for the couch lock effect. 

Other marijuana enthusiasts place blame on a high concentration of myrcene (a terpene/organic compound found in cannabis plants) in various strains as the source for making you feel heavily sedated.

While many users don’t mind couch lock– especially because of the sedative effect, other stoners would prefer to prevent this feeling from sneaking up on them and rendering them inactive for hours. So, if you fall in the latter category of tokers, let’s take a look at the ways you can prevent it.

Preventing Couch Lock

If you aren’t prepared for the couch lock experience, chances are, you might just have to ride it out—especially if your goal was to feel creative, social, or energized. The good news is… there are a few things you can do to curb the effects when couch lock starts sneaking up on you.

Cup of coffee
  • Do a little research first – Learning about the variety of strains, especially those that contain higher levels of THC, can be invaluable in preventing the couch lock effect. If you are fortunate to have access to places where cannabis is sold legally, stop in a dispensary and speak with the vendor to learn about strains that contain more ‘uplifting’ properties than those that are primarily sedative.
  • Get yourself a soda! – Soft drinks are made with high levels of glucose (sugar) which is known to boost energy levels. Simply drinking a Coke or Pepsi might just do the trick in snapping you out of the daze you’re in.
  • Consume caffeine – Caffeine is a great pick-me-up known for boosting energy levels. Drinking a mug of your favorite coffee (espresso is best), sipping some strongly brewed tea, or even trying an energy drink like Red Bull should help you feel less like a zombie and more human again.
  • Offset your high with CBD – Since couch lock typically results from smoking cannabis strains with a high level of THC, cannabidiol (CBD) can help. Known for its ability to block CB1 receptors in the brain, CBD has the potential to ‘bring you back to life’ as it lessens the psychoactive effects of THC. Concentrated CBD, CBD oil, or a high CBD strain will all work well at counteracting couch lock.
  • Get moving! – The occurrence of couch lock is more likely to happen if you stay in one spot for too long. When you start feeling the effects of this high, get moving by taking a walk, doing some exercise, or even dancing around the room. You’ll not only feel more motivated, you might even get a second wind. 
  • Limit your intake – If you are a newbie (and, even if you’re not) you probably shouldn’t overindulge. Pacing yourself on your intake is also key in reducing the risk of experiencing couch lock.

The Best Strains for Avoiding Couch Lock

If your goal is to avoid the possibility of couch lock, you’ll want to stay away from higher concentrations of THC and super potent strains. Of course, avoiding couch lock altogether may be futile on occasion because it won’t only depend on the 400 plus active compounds in the different strains you might smoke—it will also depend on your own individual DNA and the control you have over the amount of hits you take.

Jack Herer Autoflower

  • Named after an iconic advocate for the legalization of cannabis, Jack Herer Autoflower is the perfect combination of both Sativa and Indica strains. With an aroma of spicy pines infused with the sweet taste of lemon, it’s a treat for the senses that uplifts your mood while keeping you in a blissful mental state for hours. Smokers love this strain because of its lower THC content. It is ideal for those who want to get their ‘creative juices flowing’ as it doesn’t tend to hinder the user’s mobility, can give them a satisfying shot of energy, and help keep them focused.

Bruce Banner Autoflower

  • Bruce Banner Autoflower offers its users a tasty berry-like sweetness with lower THC levels that still packs a powerful punch. It’s an excellent Indica dominant strain for indulging during daytime hours as it will elevate your mood and boost your creative thinking. Bruce Banner will not only help you avoid the effects of being a prisoner to your couch, it’s a terrific choice for any type of social event because of the positive energy and giggles it produces.

Orange Bud Feminized

  • If you are looking to avoid a smoker’s stupor, Orange Bud Feminized offers an active cerebral high that will keep you coming back for more! As one of the first original “skunk” varieties, this Indica-dominant strain is a favorite among cannabis connoisseurs. Aptly named after its taste and scent, Orange Bud creates a euphoric high that makes you feel livelier and more energetic while also boosting creative thinking. Just one or two tokes will also have you feeling a bit more sociable and chatty than usual. Just a word of caution… it’s best to limit your intake of this strain because the higher levels of THC have the potential to cause couch lock if you’ve consumed too much!

The Best Cannabis Strains to Experience Couch Lock 

While it may be true that many cannabis enthusiasts would prefer avoiding couch lock, there are those who wholeheartedly welcome the effects of totally chilling on the couch and tuning out the world. If couch lock is what you desire, here are a few strains that might interest you: 

Alien Gorilla Glue (feminized seeds)

  • Alien Gorilla Glue offers a sweet earthy high with up to 24% THC content. As a highly psychedelic Indica cannabis, it’s known for producing a strong euphoric feeling that will stimulate the mind while making your whole body feel soft and “jelly-like.” Within minutes of taking a hit, smokers can become completely immobilized—which is why many will seek the cozy comfort of their couch when experiencing this mind-bending strain.

Trainwreck (feminized seeds) 

  • Trainwreck without a doubt lives up to its name. With THC levels up to 25%, this Sativa strain can become overwhelming to its user—especially if you are a newbie. Take too much and you’ll feel like you’re riding on a speeding train that just can’t be stopped! It’s a creeper high that provides an intense psychedelic sensation that will beckon you to lay on your couch until the ride is over.

Critical Kush (feminized seeds)

  • Critical Kush seeds produce a profoundly relaxing experience. With a 22-26% THC level, this plant is considered one of the world’s top Indica strains. In small doses, it’s been known to eliminate body pains; but an increased dosage will either leave you a slave to your couch for hours or induce a much needed, restful sleep.

If you are interested in a more comprehensive list of high content THC “couch lock” cannabis strains that provide a sedative effect, you might want to check out these high THC seeds.

Whether you’re intentionally looking for a high that produces couch lock, just want to curb the effects, or want to avoid feeling like you are ‘one with the couch’ is really up to you. However, sometimes feeling the effects of couch lock will simply be unavoidable. So, if this is the case, you’re probably better off just sitting back, going with the flow, and enjoying the effects of a potent, full-body high!