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The 9 Best Strains for Focus

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By High There

February 14, 2021

There is nothing worse than having something really important to get done, yet absolutely zero motivation or focus to actually do the work. Knowing that your deadline is approaching but still struggling to find the drive to sit down and get it done can be detrimental to the overall performance in your school or work assignments. Some people are clinically diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which impacts their ability to focus on regular day-to-day tasks. These conditions are diagnosed by a doctor and usually treated with prescription drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, Dexedrine, etc. There have been controversial conversations around these prescriptions since people who are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD typically have lower levels of dopamine than people without these conditions. Due to the lower chemical levels of dopamine, they are typically more prone to becoming dependent on prescription drug doses and can create bad habits of depending on strong prescriptions from a young age.

Using Cannabis Strains for Focus

Everyone’s case is unique, however, if you are clinically diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or you simply cannot focus when work needs to get done and you are open to using marijuana it may provide some benefit for you. Many people are stuck believing that smoking marijuana makes you a lazy and useless piece of sh!t, but they fail to research the benefits smoking cannabis can have for certain individuals and situations. As we know, different marijuana strains affect the body and brain differently — producing a different high or functionality from person to person. Research has found that certain marijuana strains can help focus and productivity. Continue reading to discover a list of some of the best marijuana strains for focus, creativity, motivation, and concentration.

Make the Best Choice for You

When looking for a marijuana strain that will work for you, consider the following tips. The first thing to note is that what works for some people, may not work for you. The difference in THC and CBD levels may react differently from person-to-person, so it is best to try out several different strains before discovering the one that works best for you. Cannabis that has high THC levels usually gives people more of a head-high and can be more euphoric and whimsical feeling, while high CBD strains will produce a relaxing body-high sensation, without any euphoric feelings. THC-dominant strains can be too distracting for some people while relaxing for others. Whereas CBD-dominant strain effects may not be noticeable enough for some, but just enough for others. Balanced CBD and THC strains can help activate the mind without providing a very intense high.

The Best Cannabis Strains for Focus

You will need to address your own personality when it comes to picking a THC-dominant strain, a CBD-dominant strain, or a CBD/THC balanced strain. If you are struggling to focus because you are too hyped-up and distracted, you may want to choose a CBD-dominant or THC/CBD balanced strain to help bring your racing thoughts down. Whereas, if you are feeling sluggish, lazy, and unmotivated, you should choose a THC-dominant strain to help gain more energy and inspiration. Keeping track of how your body and mind are feeling at that specific time will help you make the choice of which strain of marijuana you should use.

sour diesel strain

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel’s cannabinoid profile is THC-dominant. Its primary terpenes are caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene making it an herbal, peppery, and citrusy cannabis strain. Sour Dielsel will have a peppery and citrus flavor and aroma. These terpenes remain mostly on the calming scale. Sour Diesel is recommended for people who need to focus because it can stimulate the brain in a way that makes your activities and tasks seem new and exciting. Since Sour Diesel’s THC content is high, smoking too much has the risk of overstimulating the frontal lobe, making it more difficult to focus. Start with small doses and see how it affects the things you are doing. Used correctly, Sour Diesel can be one of the best strains for focus.

Blue Dream

Ah yes, Blue dream. This sativa dominant strain is well known among both newbies and pros alike. This sativa is known for its relaxing and yet uplifting effects, thanks to its terpene profile with fruity terps from Blueberry parent and citrusy terpenes from the Haze side of its lineage. Blue Dream is known to produce an energetic, cerebral high that can definitely produce focus, but without the paranoia or anxiety that many sativa strains may produce. It’s a top choice for focusing and getting work done.

Durban Poison

Durban Poison is a sativa strain originating from Durban, in South Africa. It is often referred to as the “espresso of cannabis” thanks to its uplifting and energetic effects often reported by its users. Like other high THC sativa strains, overdoing it can have the opposite effect of focus, so going low and slow is key with a strain like Durban Poison. It’s often reported to be high in the rare cannabinoid THCV. Regardless, it’s one of the best strains for focus, energy and getting things done if you can dose appropriately.


Harlequin’s cannabinoid profile is balanced THC/CBD, making it a fairly risk-free choice for users wanting to improve focusing on their tasks and activities. Harlequin’s primary terpenes are myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene. These terpenes are all more on the calming scale making it a great choice for people who are distracted easily and cannot focus. This strain has higher levels of CBD than THC with a ratio of 5:2, so any euphoric feels will be at a minimum. Harlequin is a great option for users who want to avoid that ‘head-rush’ type of feeling.


Harle-Tsu’s cannabinoid profile is high CBD. Harle-Tsu’s primary terpenes are myrcene, terpinolene, and pinene. Myrcene and Pinene are both calming terpenes, while Terpinolene is an energizing terpene. Making it a great choice for concentration and keeping racing-thoughts at bay. This strain will keep you feeling clear-headed, and not produce intense intoxicating effects. Harle-Tsu is a hybrid cross of parent strains Harlequin and Sour Tsunami. This cannabis strain will not give you a cerebral high, but is a favorite in the cannabis community for focusing a specific task.


Black Jack’s cannabinoid profile is THC-Dominant with the primary terpenes being terpinolene, caryophyllene, and ocimene. Black Jack is a cross strain between Jack Herer and Black Domina. Cannabis users like this strain to help focus on a creative task as it provides intense cerebral stimulation, yet also remedies a distracted mind. If you want to avoid an intense cerebral high, this one may not be for you. You will be sure to have major creative high-times with this strain.


Cinex is one of the most energizing cannabis strains for focus with a limonene, caryophyllene, and pinene cannabinoid profile. Cinex is THC-Dominant and is a great option for users who like to wake-and-bake. The effects of Cinex are energizing, euphoric and concentrated. These effects can be quite intense if you are experiencing hyperactivity already, so be cautious and use in small doses to start.

green crack strain

Green Crack

Did you know that Snoop Dogg named this cannabis strain Green Crack because of its stimulating effects? Well now you do. As Snoop Dogg says, this strain is very stimulating and provides a very intense high. Green Crack is a THC-Dominant strain that’s primary terpenes are myrcene, caryophyllene, and ocimene. Like Cinex, this strain will be stimulating for creative tasks and provide motivation to a dull mind. Do not use this strain if you are experiencing hyperactivity already.

True OG

The final cannabis strain on our list is True OG. True OG is a THC-Dominant strain with primary terpenes of m yrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene. If you are looking for a strain to bring down any hyperactivity or distraction, True OG is cannabis users’ go-to. It can help you focus while reducing stress and any anxiety that may be occurring. Start with small doses to see if the effects of True OG will be manageable for you.


As always, make sure to test out these strains before committing to one. What works for some users, may not work for you. Start with small doses, especially if you are new to the cannabis community, and keep track of sensations you feel during your high. If you are looking for something to bring you more stimulation and energy, a THC-dominant cannabis strain will be more beneficial for you. We recommend either Cinex or Green Crack. If you are wanting something to calm you down, stick to something more high CBD or CBD/THC balanced like Harlequin or Harle-Tsu.

We would recommend smoking these strains via a joint or dab pen since the effects will be less intense than using a bong for instance. You don’t want to overdo it and then have the opposite effect of concentration and focus to occur. If you use the dab pen or joint method, you have more control over how much cannabis is being consumed at once making it easier to start with small doses if necessary. You want to maintain clear-headed when focusing on certain tasks, and if you start with a large dose of a strain you may not be used to, the intoxicating effects may be too much to handle.

Overall, these cannabis strains can be great alternatives for some people with attention disorders, or people who generally struggle with focus and concentration because cannabis sharpens the senses in the mind and body.

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