Cannabis and the whole concept of being productive have had a somewhat contentious relationship in many people’s minds for a long time. Since its initial prohibition people have sworn that using cannabis made you less productive and lazy. We now know that this is not really the case. Or at least it’s not that simple. It is not so much that smoking weed makes you lazy or want to nothing all day; its that it can make you alright with the idea of doing nothing.
Cannabis is incredible in its ability to spur creativity and lift our moods. A lot of people feel that it helps enhance various experiences in their day to day life. However, with that said, if your day consists of doing nothing, cannabis can make it more tolerable. Which, in some cases, is great! Relaxing and chilling out is necessary for a complete life, in my opinion. The reality is though, life is not about doing nothing all day. It’s about experiencing what the world has to offer.
If cannabis is enabling you to be inactive, even when you want to be productive, then that’s an issue. Remaining productive and active can play such a significant role in your mental health. It’s not a matter of having to stop smoking cannabis. It’s about finding ways to stay productive so that you can truly get the most of your day.
I don’t write this as a lecture or from a holier-than-thou place, but rather as someone who has experienced both sides of the spectrum. I have spent months doing nothing, sitting in the dark most of the day, smoking weed and wondering why I was feeling depressed. I’d find ways to blame everything else but my inactivity, including weed.
After endless trial and error over way too many years, I learned that my problem was that I was not getting anything done with my days. And therefore I’d go to bed feeling somewhat incomplete. I started trying to finish at least one task a day. At first, it was hard to break out of my routine of extreme laziness as I had mastered it over so many years. I could have gone pro. However, after a few days, I began to enjoy it. Smoking weed, while I did the tasks, made them all the more interesting. Chores that I previously dreaded were now a fun challenge when high. Turns out I’d been using weed wrong all along. More than anything, the sense of satisfaction and even pride when I’d end my day knowing I got something done was the real reward.
This is not to say I don’t still enjoy smoking weed and practicing the art of nothing. Some of my best ideas have come from staring at a spot on my wall for 15 minutes. As I said before, relaxing is necessary. That said, being productive in life is also a necessary party of being a grown-up, so why not make it a bit more fun with some killer weed! It’s up to us to fight against the stereotype of lazy stoners!
Choosing the Right Strain
Nowadays, if you’re after a certain feeling, you don’t just focus on Indica or Sativa. Choosing a strain based on the assumption that “Sativa energizes and Indica relaxes” is no longer accurate. To get a better prediction of effects, don’t just focus on the labels, but instead, take a look at the strain’s cannabinoid and terpene profiles. They hold the key to the “expected effects.”
Let’s say you happened to choose a strain that, more than just boosted your energy, also sparked your creativity and focus as well. How can you take advantage of these effects? The right strain can keep you moving and help keep your mind off of the things that stress you out. You can channel the increased energy, focus, and creativity toward something more positive, rather than wallowing in your problems.
In addition to this, doing something positive and proactive while high can also help calm down nerves and anxiety. This is especially important if you’re prone to feeling anxious or are sensitive to the adverse side effects of too much cannabis
Cannabis alters the way we perceive time. It also makes us feel happier since it can increase our dopamine level; the feel-good hormone. These positive effects boost our mood and energy and allow us to easily handle boring and tiresome chores.
So, how can you stay productive while high?
Let me preface this list by saying that ALL the suggested activities, like pretty much most things in life, are improved by adding music. Blasting some of your favourite tunes, or even an interesting podcast can help the time pass quickly while keeping you entertained.
Cleaning Your Home
For some, cleaning is the highlight of their week. For everyone else, its an unfortunate necessity. Organizing a cluttered home, folding clothes, giving your floors and walls a good cleaning – these are all very tedious activities. However, smoke a small bowl or a couple of hits from a joint before you begin next time. You may find yourself more inspired and motivated to be productive, with these tedious chores becoming something fun.
A task that often gets ignored is cleaning your smoking devices/area. Bongs have an amazing ability to get pretty nasty again almost immediately after cleaning them. Bongwater smells like how I imagine the satan’s sweat would and gets warm and stale quickly. Washing your glass bongs with 99% isopropanol and sea salt can help break away built-up tar. You can also tidy up your smoking area as well. Clean up empty bags and stems and spruce up your spot a bit. You will be surprised how much it improves the next smoke sesh.
Practicing your Artform
Feeling like your muse left you and you’re stuck with your unfinished project? Then now’s the time, when all the creative juice is flowing, to get on with it and finish your project.
Some cannabis strains, especially those that contain high pinene levels, have the ability to not only spark creativity but improve focus as well. These high-pinene cannabis strains also help clear the mind, make you more alert, and enhance short-term memory. The creative and stimulating high can wake your muse up and inspire you to be more creative.
With the right strain and state of mind, you might even be able to write more pages for your novel, edit your screenplay, finish your painting, or perfect your drawing. You might be able to come up with a new chord progression or even a new song! Anything is possible when your mind is clear, open, focused, and overflowing with creative juice.
Make sure to know your tolerance and don’t get frustrated if you can’t get those creative juices flowing right away. It may be a matter of using a little more or a little less cannabis next time.
It’s no secret that there are many famous people who have used cannabis to boost their creativity and focus. Cannabis was a big part of Bob Marley’s life. Steve Jobs admitted to using cannabis to feel relaxed, creative, and inspired. Amedeo Modigliani, a famous Italian painter and sculptor, used cannabis recreationally, as well.
Are you one of those people who hate working out? If you are, then now’s the best time to get on that dreaded treadmill of yours and start putting some serious use to it.
There are many types of exercises that can benefit from a little weed, as discussed in our previous blog. Boring, repetitive exercises like treadmill, elliptical trainers, yoga, stationary bicycle, Zumba, and even low-impact cardio exercises can be way more fun, maybe even interesting, with a few puffs of your favorite strain.
Cannabis, although unable to boost strength, can make a dull workout routine enjoyable and more pleasurable. It helps release more happy hormones, so you feel more motivated, energized, and interested in completing the whole program.
Cannabis, since it has powerful relaxing and analgesic effects, also helps relieve post-exercise joint and muscle pain and inflammation. These effects can help prevent the development of muscle spasms and cramps. It can also speed up your post-exercise recovery process.
Be aware though, there are certain types of activities and exercises that require extreme caution when under the influence of cannabis. These exercises involve fast thinking, quick reflexes, agility, and speed. Cannabis can impair reflexes and speed so make sure your safety, and the safety of those around you, is always the top priority. That said, there are many martial arts whose participants actively use cannabis in their practice and sparring.
Products that Boost Focus, Creativity, Motivation, and Productivity
Not all strains boost brainpower. Some strains induce couch-lock, a very relaxing, soothing, and sedating sensation that can knock you to sleep.
To help you get started, we have created a list of our top three strains to use. These are known to energize and boost creativity and productivity.
Pure, 100% Sativa known for its potent energizing and uplifting effects. It is also popular for the way it enhances creativity and focus.
Purple Green Crack God
This strain tastes as beautiful as it looks. Perfect for getting chores done during the day with extra oomph in your step.
Sativa-dominant Hybrid at 90% Sativa and 10% Indica. This strain is a favorite of many for its clear mental stimulation as well as a relaxing body high.
MOTA THC Sour Squares
Perfect for micro-dosing on the go or at home, these edibles can make arduous tasks a whole lot more fun.
In choosing a good strain, always take a look at its cannabinoid and terpene profile. If you don’t want potent THC effects, then there are high-CBD products to choose from. Just make sure that these strains contain high levels of energizing and mind-clearing terpenes like pinene, limonene, and caryophyllene that allow you to be more productive with your time.
Are these effects the same for everyone?
Cannabis affects people in different ways. Many do report increased focus, motivation, creativity, and productivity while high.
Cannabis also isn’t a miracle cure for a lack of motivation or laziness, though. In fact, it can embolden lethargy and inactivity. Even if you use the right strain, cannabis won’t help you be more productive if you allow yourself to be lazy and just as unmotivated. If there are other factors contributing to those things, then you owe it to yourself to address those problems. There is no shame in asking for help or support and your mental health should be paramount. Cannabis will not transform your life. It can, however, help you along the way while you seek to improve yourself.