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10 Best Daytime Strains for Productivity

  • While the mainstream media may have convinced you that marijuana causes lethargy, this isn’t true of every strain.
  • If you’re looking to optimize your workday and reap the health benefits of medical cannabis, opt for strains like Mimosa, Blue Dream, Pineapple Express, and Golden Goat.
  • In addition, consider setting yourself up for success by staying hydrated and fed, nailing your dosage timing, and creating a productivity-friendly routine.

Whether you’re considering medical cannabis for anxiety treatment or another health condition, you may be worried about one of the most widely reported side effects of marijuana: lethargy.

Mainstream media has done an excellent job of curating the cannabis caricature—a sleepy, hungry couch potato. But this image simply isn’t a reality. Today’s wide range of cannabis options means that patients can leverage many different marijuana effects, including productivity and energy.

So, which strains should you try if you’re looking for productivity support during the day? We recommend strains like Mimosa, Golden Goat, and ACDC (if you’re looking for a CBD-dominant choice). But in this guide, we’re zooming in on ten strains you could use for a productive, action-packed day, as well as tips for finding your ideal strain.

How to Find Your Ideal Strain

When it comes to medical cannabis, experimentation is key—you might not respond to a strain the way everyone else does.

To make the most of your experimentation process, be sure to:

  • Talk to experts: Medical cannabis doctors and budtenders at your local marijuana pharmacy have the expertise and knowledge to help you find your ideal cannabinoid profile no matter what your health goals are.
  • Document everything: As you try new strains, be sure to jot down key details like the strain name, your administration method (e.g., vaping, edibles, tinctures), your dose, the time of day, and your results. This will help you identify patterns and narrow down your ideal product and procedure.
  • Repeat data collection: As a medical cannabis patient, you don’t just want an effective solution—you want a consistent one. To form a complete picture of your ideal product and process, repeat your experiments a few times to collect data with fidelity.

10 Strains for Productivity

Let’s dive into ten strains that might give you the productivity boost you need to knock out that assignment, brainstorm a new idea, or nail that client meeting.

#1 Mimosa

A productivity fan favorite is Mimosa—a morning pick-me-up sans boozy bubbles.

Patients report that Mimosa is helpful for:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Attention-deficit disorders like ADD and ADHD
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and appetite loss

This sativa-dominant hybrid is relatively high in THC, so we recommend dosing low and slow if you’re a newcomer to medical cannabis.

#2 Strawberry Gary

If you work in a creative industry or want a balanced, mellow productivity boost, consider Strawberry Gary: an indica-forward hybrid featuring THC concentrations in the high 20% range.

Patients report effects like:

  • Increased creativity
  • Energy and mood elevation
  • Euphoria

Like Mimosa, this is a strong strain, so consider starting at a low dose and increasing as needed.

#3 Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a long-time favorite among the cannabis community—it’s a Sativa-dominant hybrid with high THC content that offers a clear-headed high without being overstimulating.

While it’s appropriate for daytime use, its balanced effects make it an excellent candidate for any time of day. Like Strawberry Gary, it can induce creative thinking and elevated mood.

#4 Pineapple Express

Another sativa-dominant hybrid, Pineapple Express is a relatively common choice for patients looking for a particularly potent productivity pump.

Here are some highlights:

  • Patients report feeling energetic, pleasant, and attentive.
  • Pineapple Express features anywhere between 25 and 31% THC content.
  • The strain offers a relaxing comedown instead of a jarring change.

While its high THC content is something to consider, it likely only means you won’t need a large dose to experience its effects.

#5 Citrus Daydream

If you’re looking for a strain that will leave you feeling focused, creative, and generally elevated, Citrus Daydream may be your ideal choice. Citrus Daydream is a relative newcomer, but it offers a moderate THC concentration and widely reported positive effects on productivity.

In other words, it’s become a popular option for daytime users.

#6 Golden Goat

If you need a morning boost, consider Golden Goat—a Sativa-dominant hybrid with a striking appearance and aroma.

Patients report:

  • Increased energy
  • A cerebral, creative buzz
  • Improved motivation to be active

But, tread lightly and consider starting at a low dose. This is one of the few strains on this list with a few side effects to watch out for. At high doses, Golden Goat can cause hyper fixation: not always the best match, depending on your to-do list.

#7 Cuban Linx

Cuban Linx is an indica-forward hybrid offering the best of both worlds: a euphoric uplift with a mellow touch. In terms of effects, it’s not unlike Strawberry Gary (though the two have very different flavor profiles).

In addition to increasing productivity, patients often use it to treat concerns like:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Excessive stress

If you’re generally incompatible with sativas, need something consistent to treat anxiety, or simply don’t like the flavor or aroma of Strawberry Gary, Cuban Linx is likely a good match for you.

#8 Moonberry

Introspection and euphoria are among the highlights of Moonberry, another indica-forward strain for productivity. Interestingly, Moonberry is a hybrid of three strains: Gelato 33, Gelato 41, and Gelato 42.

While Moonberry is known for its sense of happy stimulation, patients should take it slow. Its hallmark introspective effect can lead to hyperfixation in large doses, so minimalism is recommended.


For patients looking to avoid the intoxicating effects associated with THC (even in small doses), a CBD-forward strain like ACDC is an exceptional match. A hybrid strain, ACDC offers relaxation and mood-boosting properties, as well as a notable uplifting effect.

If you can’t find ACDC at a cannabis pharmacy near you, don’t worry.

ACDC has been widely included in numerous hybrids, like:

  • Thunderstruck
  • Treasure Island
  • HarleSin
  • Incredible Power
  • TOCI
  • EMT
  • Valhalla
  • CBD Rich Blessing

#10 Harlequin

Harlequin offers another option for patients looking to leverage CBD’s energizing properties. With a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THCA (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid), this strain is perfect for a heads-down work session or an upbeat meeting with peers.

Patients generally report that Harlequin makes them feel:

  • Focused
  • Relaxed
  • Uplifted

So, even if you’re typically a THC-friendly cannabis user, this strain is worth a try for its marked effect on productivity and overall mood.

Productivity Tips for Medical Cannabis Patients

portrait man smilingIn addition to narrowing down one or more strains that work for you, you might also be able to boost your productivity by:

  • Nailing your dose timing: Different strains, methods, and doses can all vary in effect onset time; it’s hard to predict how long it will take a specific strain to kick in without trying it yourself. For peak productivity effects, experiment with timing (and even redosing throughout the day, if needed) to create an optimal routine.
  • Curating a productivity-friendly space: Using cannabis in a productivity-friendly space is critical, especially for some of the strains above that can potentially cause hyperfixation in higher doses. Try to keep your work area clear of potential distractions, put your phone on Do Not Disturb if possible, and keep must-haves (like your water bottle and a snack) within reach.
  • Meeting your care needs first: Simply put, it’s hard to focus on anything else if you’re still groggy from the night before, haven’t had enough water to drink, skipped breakfast, or missed your post-workout shower this morning. Before you commit to a productivity session, try to meet your own care needs first. With a full stomach, quenched thirst, a caffeine boost, and a fresh face, you’ll be much more comfortable when your workday begins.

TeleLeaf: Quality Care for Cannabis Patients

With all this talk of productivity and attention, you might be curious: can I get a medical card for ADHD, anxiety, or high stress? In many cases, the answer is yes.

When you’re ready to start your journey with cannabis, TeleLeaf is here to help. Our providers are cannabis-informed experts who can build a personalized care plan that works for you. And, anytime you have questions about your treatment regimen, our community is ready to lend a hand.

Explore your opportunities with medical marijuana—make an appointment with TeleLeaf today.


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