With the fall 2020 semester bearing down on us, the question of school reopening is on everyone’s mind. For many of us, online (or remote) learning is a mixed bag: It allows us to communicate with our teachers and peers, but the lack of human contact can make it hard to focus. For those students of legal age (and perhaps more to the point their parents!), help might come from an unlikely-sounding source: Cannabis.
Historically, “productivity” hasn’t been the first thing people have associated with cannabis. But the budding popularity of sativa and high-CBD cannabis means there are more strains for productivity than ever before. Here’s how they work, and why they might be a great choice for you.
Strains for Productivity: Cannabis and Online Learning
While the idea of using cannabis to help stay on track with schoolwork (or while your student is engaging in online learning) might sound counterintuitive, it might be time to reconsider what cannabis can do. While we’re always going to love to blissed-out euphoria of, say, a classic heavy kush, there’s much more to cannabis than merely its stony, body-centered high.
If you read our blog with any regularity, you know that we’re big on exploring the cannabis plant’s entire range of effects. Understanding the role of cannabinoids and terpenes—the major “essential ingredients” in cannabis—can help us choose strains for specific outcomes, like helping get us in the mood to clean, get centered, and fight pain.
Online learning is no different. While its goals are no different than in-person learning—absorbing lectures and internalizing the requirements and objectives of the class—the remote format can be uniquely challenged. We’re social creatures, and without the energizing back-and-forth and stimulation of being in the same room as your peers, no surprise that it can be hard to stay focused on online learning. But as you know, not all cannabis strains are alike. Here are some specific tips on choosing a strain suited to the challenges of online learning.
Strains for Productivity: Best Practices and Tips
While it probably wouldn’t make sense to go with a body-heavy indica or indica-dominant hybrid strain, sativas—known for their gentle cerebral stimulation and their tendency to heighten creativity—might be just the ticket for those who find it challenging to stay focused on their screens.
We can take it a step further. Knowing, for instance, that THC can interfere with short-term memory, we’d be more apt to steer you towards high-CBD strains instead. And then there’s the question of dosage. As we’ve written before, many of us actually derive greater benefit from less cannabis. That’s the general idea behind microdosing, or taking tiny doses of cannabis to access its health benefits (without fear of a head-clouding high).
In the end, of course, everyone is a bit different. Finding the best strains for productivity will be a highly personal choice, as will settling on dosing practices for the best results. If you’d like to learn more about using cannabis to boost your focus and productivity, we’d love to help. You know how to find us; reach out any time!
Ready to browse and find some good strains for productivity? Check out our Sherman Oaks dispensary menu.