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Some swear that pot makes you lazy and unmotivated. But that’s not true. In fact, it’s far from it. While too many hits of the ganja can put you on your ass, having just the right amount can provide you with the energy you need to get things done. As with most things in life, it’s all in moderation. From encouraging you to roll out of bed to improving your focus, here are seven ways weed can actually help boost your productivity.

1. It gives you something to look forward to after a long day

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For some, just knowing that they can smoke as soon as the day is over is enough to motivate them to do their work. Once they get home and light that sweet, sweet herb, it makes it all worth it.

2. You have a reason to wake up with a smile

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Of course, no one looks forward to hearing that alarm going off first thing in the morning. But when you get to roll out of bed and start the day with weed, it’s not so bad. And when you pair your ganja with a fresh cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast, it’s utterly delightful.

3. Focusing on the task at hand is a breeze

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Conditions like ADD and ADHD make it impossible to concentrate on your daily tasks. And the medications that doctors commonly prescribe, Adderall being one of them, don’t exactly help either.

As for cannabis, not only does it chill you out, but it also improves your focus. That’s why those who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD often choose to self-medicate with weed rather than having to deal with the uncomfortable side effects that pills have to offer.

4. Pain stands no chance against the herb

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It’s hard to stay productive when you’re in pain. From those God awful period cramps to fibromyalgia, smoking a little pot can help relieve your aches and discomfort. And yes, there’s proof. According to a 2015 report conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), weed does indeed have pain-fighting abilities.

5. Smoking the right strains can give you an energetic high

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Smoking on a potent indica will make you sleepy and have you in serious couch-lock mode, which is no good if you have a busy day ahead. Sativas and hybrids, on the other hand, can both fight fatigue and motivate you to keep moving. From OG Kush to Blue Dream, here is an excellent list of uplifting strains that will get you going.

6. Keeps anxiety at bay

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Nothing distracts you more than anxiety. Between work and everyday life, all the stress that comes with each can be overwhelming. Thankfully, a proper dose of THC and CBD can help. To learn more about how this is possible, check out this article on how weed can defeat anxiety.

7. Allows you to think outside the box

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From time to time, a lack of creativity can get in the way of your work, especially if your profession calls for a heavy use of imagination and original ideas. Believe it or not, weed is scientifically proven to not only help you come up with new ideas, but also stimulate creative drive.

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