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Twenty Strains That Are High on Energy and Low on Anxiety

Take it slow when smoking weed for productivity.
Take it slow when smoking weed for productivity. Herbert Fuego
While most people think smoking weed is purely for couch reasons, more marijuana consumers are starting to use the plant for productivity. Certain strains can help medical issues such as insomnia and eating disorders, but energy is one of the most sought-after effects of recreational pot right now.

Most daytime strains give users a buzzing, motivational high, inspiring us to finish chores around the house, get outdoors or tackle a creative project. Unfortunately, common side effects of energetic strains are anxiety and paranoia, neither of which are helpful in public or while making decisions. So to help you get up, get out and get something done today, here are twenty strains that are both uplifting and gentle on the psyche.

Just remember: Smoking marijuana affects everyone differently, so try these strains out slowly.
Strawberry Diesel - HERBERT FUEGO
Strawberry Diesel
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Strawberry Diesel
That uptick expected from Diesel or Cough strains isn’t jolting, but what Strawberry Diesel's high lacks in energy, it makes up for in focus. Delicious and uplifting without pushing you over the edge (though you can certainly do that yourself), the high is productive without heightening the nerves, allowing you to be creative, finish chores and deal with boring conversations.

click to enlarge Citrus Farmer is more popular in the Northwest but has a growing profile in Colorado. - HERBERT FUEGO
Citrus Farmer is more popular in the Northwest but has a growing profile in Colorado.
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Citrus Farmer
While that fresh-squeezed smell of orange or grapefruit juice can be enjoyed and even beneficial in the morning, an extra glass of sugar and acid gets internally disruptive as we get older. I'm consistently two steps behind if I smoke Citrus Farmer all day, but one step blissfully ahead if I keep it limited to one bowl mid- to late morning.


click to enlarge Chiesel is sought after for its rare productive high. - HERBERT FUEGO
Chiesel is sought after for its rare productive high.
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Chiesel
Maybe it's just the simpler genetics, or luck, that creates such a harmonious collision of old-school chronic with Chiesel. Initially uplifting, the high won't taper off if you have something to concentrate on...and, unlike with many stimulating strains, that isn't impossible to do with Chiesel. Any strain can give you the weirds if you smoke too much, but I rank Chiesel up there with some of the most productive highs I've ever had. The fact that it tastes like a weed charcuterie board doesn't hurt, either.

click to enlarge Tang Tang, and you'll hit the ground. - HERBERT FUEGO
Tang Tang, and you'll hit the ground.
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Tang Tang
Treat Tang Tang like coffee that makes you hungry instead of wanting to poop: A little is extremely blissful and productive, but too much is disorienting, and your wit drains by the second. I use it for stress, slight anxiety, neck pain and a touchy stomach.

click to enlarge Lemon Meringue - HERBERT FUEGO
Lemon Meringue
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Lemon Meringue
Lemon Meringue’s head high can seem very intense initially, but it calms down quickly once you find something to focus on. Although that energy is best used for physical activity, the visual aspects and focus can also be fitting for a fun movie or thrilling read. The best part? The comedown is minimal, leaving you relatively unzomibified.

click to enlarge Tangerine Power - HERBERT FUEGO
Tangerine Power
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Tangerine Power

While the body feels a quick jolt of energy, the mind stays relatively calm, with some users even slowing down a bit mentally. That conflicting combination can be confusing at first, but can help with simple-minded tasks and exercise if dosed correctly. The strain’s medical benefits can include treating pain, glaucoma, headaches, eating disorders, stress and other minor forms of mental anguish.

Pucker - HERBERT FUEGO
Pucker
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Pucker
Light on focus, Pucker’s high is all gusto. The energy and motivation put users in a hurry no matter the task at hand, but it’s a fun hurry. Concentration might be lacking, but anxiety is also light, making it a good option for daytime. Medical users have used Pucker to treat exhaustion, anxiety, mental anguish, minor pain and headaches.

click to enlarge Mango Kush - HERBERT FUEGO
Mango Kush
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Mango Kush
A stupid, happy bliss is almost immediate, with an accompanying energy that can be difficult to contain without tasks or activities in front of you. The strain's comedown isn't too hard, but it does get stronger the more you consume. Mango Kush has been used to treat minor pain, headaches, muscle spasms, glaucoma, stress and minor mental anguish — and severe boredom.

click to enlarge Super Silver Haze has been shining through Mason jars since the ’90s. - HERBERT FUEGO
Super Silver Haze has been shining through Mason jars since the ’90s.
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Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze’s flavor may stack up with other old Haze strains, but the high is still relatively calm, despite its reputation. Although it causes time to move a little slower than your brain and makes you prone to cottonmouth, the strain is still very reliable in the daytime and for creative projects. Medical benefits have included treating exhaustion, stress, eating disorders and excessive apathy.

click to enlarge Sour Tangie - HERBERT FUEGO
Sour Tangie
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Sour Tangie
Sour Tangie isn’t quite as intense as Tangie, nor does it provide as much focus as Sour Diesel, but its high is more euphoric and relaxed than either, and it becomes very predictable after the first use. Its effects have been known to battle anxiety, depression and stress, eating disorders, nausea and minor pain.

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