7 Best Weed Strains for Energy – and more!
Terpenes are much more than the taste and flavour of your favourite bud. They’re the difference between an energetic high and a mellow one, and knowing them a little better will make your next session so much more personalised, you’ll forget that paranoia even exists.
In this article, we’ll cover the terpenes that deliver the most energetic high, and also look at those who provide a focused high that can be used for productivity.
If you’re an avid cannabis user, chances are you’ve experienced what it feels like to be heavily affected by the psychoactive effects of cannabis; whether it be from testing a new strain or outright smoking too much. It might’ve got you thinking about the possibility of using weed for energy, instead of cloudiness?
Of course being dazed isn’t always the preference – it can help you a great deal knowing which strains (and terpenes) to look out for in the future. Let’s get into terpenes – the real decision makers in the effects of cannabis.
When you hear the word “terpenes”, your mind probably automatically throws itself in the direction of plants, or parts thereof. And you wouldn’t be wrong; terpenes are strong-smelling chemical substances found in plants. They’re found in the plant’s essential oils, and are responsible for the famous tastes and smells of cannabis people have come to love so much.
The terpenes found in indica and sativa strains differ largely. Indica tends to release earthy, musky odours, while sativa has a sweet or fruity/tangy scent to it. In some cases, even a little spicy.
Their effects on the body is another big difference; so if you’re looking for energy, you’re most likely going to want to opt for a sativa strain. We cover 17 of the best cannabis strains for energy below.
The terpenes in cannabis also provide a variety of medicinal benefits, such as:
- Cancer treatment
What terpenes give you energy?
Limonene is the popular terpene found in the cannabis plant that has that fruity, zesty aroma associated with bursts of energy.
Another terpene to look out for is Valencene. The effects of valencene include euphoria, mood elevation, alertness, clarity and cognitive function.
Of course, cannabis strains can contain other terpenes along with the desired ones, which will mix up the effect it can have on you. See if you can get your hands on some limonene concentrates for the best results.
Limonene is responsible for increasing serotonin levels in the brain, which positively affects our mood. Since terpenes have different effects on our brain’s neurotransmitters, it’s safe to say that different strains will have different effects on our mood.
Limonene has no psychoactive effects on its own. It’s THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that’s responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, not a terpene.
Strains high in limonene:
- Lemon G
- Liberty Haze
- Emerald Jack
We’ve mentioned that terpenes are the chemical compounds found in cannabis plants that are responsible for the aroma, taste and effects on your mind and body. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to improve focus and attention.
However, they’re going to be consumed along with some other terpenes when consuming cannabis flower. Terpene concentrates are created by the process of distilling terpenes from the cannabis plant, using steam. These are sure to deliver peak performance of your desired terpenes.
7 Best Strains: Weed for energy
Sour Diesel – This very popular strain has been known to aid in depression symptoms, and has a mellow effect to go along with it. The energetic buzz is nicely rounded off with a good amount of calming myrcene.
Durban Poison – Sometimes referred to as “the espresso of cannabis strains” due to its famous mix of energising effects; Durban poison will wake you up but have a prominent high, leaving you relaxed yet creative, and clear-headed with an increased willingness for engagement.
Super Silver Haze – This is not the kind of strain you want to smoke before bed. Super Silver Haze is an energising strain that’ll keep you pumped throughout the day. It has a steady profile of limonene (energising) as well as myrcene (relaxed). It also contains caryophyllene, which has a laid back and euphoric feel to it. Chances are, you’ll be in an undefeatable good mood.
Green Crack – It’s not named that for nothing. This is a unique strain that will have you feeling lively and will most likely fuel your desire to get out with some friends, and can even induce non-stop laughter!
Green crack has often been labelled the ultimate strain for those who really need a kick to get active, and has the ability to kick anyone who turns it up a notch. The intensity of the high can be stimulating in a comfortable environment, but is often too much for the paranoia-prone user.
The strain contains limonene & valencene, aiding in mood elevation, alertness & cognitive functions. It also contains very little myrcene – a terpene that has some of the most relaxing effects. As its wacky name prescribes, green crack simply is weed for energy – and a popular one at that.
Jack Herer – This popular strain named after the cannabis activist and author ranks high on the energy scale amongst reviewers, with several noting it helped with depression symptoms. It possesses a unique yet delicate flavour, an outstanding, sometimes mind-boggling high and a host of uplifting and energising effects.
XJ-13 – This is also a very popular strain, and for good reason. XJ-13 is energising, and has been known to help you ease up, drop tension and enjoy life. It leaves you buzzing with newfound energy that enables you to take genuine pleasure in conversation, art and activities of any kind.
Harlequin – The Harlequin strain has a balanced 50/50 THC to CBD ratio; making it perfect for those who enjoy a calmer high, while still having energy in the reserve. Many people are sensitive to THC – it can make them anxious, paranoid or give them severe cases of common side effects such as drowsiness and dry eyes and mouth. The harlequin strain creates a feeling of weightlessness and has minimal cerebral effects. It’s an excellent choice for any tasks that require clear-headed cognition.
People have used Harlequin before workouts, saying that it helps them focus through the pain and maximises their workout. Some also report the strain to alleviate body aches, such as in the knees and lower back, and allows them to function at 100% capacity without the cloudiness that is so often reported in other strains. Harlequin has also been said to alleviate nausea.
What terpene is good for focus?
Pinene is well known to be one of the best terpenes for focus, and it’s closely related to terpinolene. Terpinolene has known effects on cerebral stimulation and heightened energy. Pinene also appears to have an impact on ADHD and similar focus related disorders on a genetic level.
Other terpenes good for focus are limonene and beta-caryophyllene.
10 Other strains that may give you energy
- Kali 47
- Orange Durban
- White Durban
- Guerilla Kush
- Bubba Fresh
- South Asian Sativa
- Super green crack
- G13 Diesel
- Super Jack
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