It can be hard to concentrate for many reasons, stress and anxiety chiefly amongst them. Stress can disrupt your train of thought, and make it hard to stay focused. When you have a heap of responsibilities to handle, they pile up on one another. This can make you less productive.
Can cannabis help you concentrate? The short answer is, sometimes! Getting things done can be easier when you’re a little high. Experiment with different strains of weed to see if there’s one that helps you stay motivated. THC-dominant strains can be focusing for some. If you find high-THC strains cause your mind to race, switch up the strain for a balanced THC:CBD product, or try a smaller dose.
What Science Says About Weed And Focus
There have been studies conducted on the effects of cannabis and concentration. However, they are not always conclusive. A study with ADHD patients done in 2008, showed that THC may be beneficial for concentration. It was once thought that ADHD was mainly a problem in children, but research has discovered that it can last into the adult years.
The benefits of marijuana use in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients have also been looked at. It seems in some patients, THC may help improve concentration and focus.
But what do these studies reveal for those that don’t have issues like dementia or ADHD? Researchers at the University of Georgia discovered that smoking marijuana could possibly increase motor skills for a short time (they also posit that it could cause long-term attention span issues). And Andrei Derbenev, an associate professor of physiology at Tulane University’s School of Medicine told Mashable that if a person feels less physical or mental pain because of their cannabis consumption, they might be more adept at focusing on a given task. One thing is certain: we need more studies on cannabis and its effects on the human body.
Weed Strain And Concentration
Many cannabis users claim that weed helps them focus. The two prominent terms used for weed strains are indica and sativa. Many people believe that indica strains are sedating, and sativas are energizing, and therefore a better choice for focus and clarity. However, as we explained in this article, those terms are not helpful or accurate, since most cannabis strains are actually hybrids.
So if indica and sativa aren’t necessarily useful terms to consider when purchasing cannabis, what are? Start with the cannabinoid content and terpene profiles. If you’re in a recreational market where testing is a requirement, lab results will be available and can be used to help guide you (ask for a Certificate of Analysis to get a detailed breakdown of both cannabinoid and terpene profiles). Considering the THC percentage, whether or not other cannabinoids such as CBN are present, and evaluating the terpene profile can give you an idea of what effects to expect from a specific variety. (Read our Terpene Guide to understand how terpenes contribute to the effects of cannabis.)
It may take some trial and error to find the perfect strain with the exact focusing effects you’re looking for. Keep a cannabis journal, and take notes as you sample a variety of strains. And let us know what you find that works for you!