These Are The 10 Best Strains for ADHD, Productivity and Focus

Many people are looking for alternate options to pharmaceuticals for the treatment of ADHD to avoid the longterm side effects of amphetamines. These are the best strains for focus and productivity.

May 19, 2018
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Strains for ADHD, productivity, and focus are in high demand because many people are ditching prescription pills like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse for cannabis. It’s a viable option because certain strains of weed can actually give people energy, mental stimulation, and focus. It’s a popular characteristic of sativa and sativa dominant-hybrid strains, which includes most of the strains for ADHD below.

Another thing to look out for while shopping for strains for ADHD and productivity is the cannabinoid and terpene profile. Certain cannabinoids, like THCV, are energizing and so great for focus. Similarly, particular terpenes, like limonene and pinene, are known for their uplifting effects. However, it’s important to look at the whole terpene profile of a strain. If a strain also has high levels of a sedating terpene like linalool, then it might not be as energizing as you would hope.

Many of the strains for ADHD below are high in energizing terpenes and smell citrusy and piney as a result.

Check out our 10 top picks for the best strains for ADHD to get you in the mood to focus.

10. Jack Herer

Jack Herer is a classic sativa strain and the “wake and bake” bud of choice for stoners around the world. It provides a stimulating and creative cerebral effect with a mild body high, to keep you focused and calm. Jack Herer was named after the famous cannabis activist who is also the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. This bud smells spicy and piney, probably because of its high levels of pinene and limonene.

9. Harlequin

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Although most of the strains for ADHD on this list are THC-rich sativa-dominant plants, we also decided to include some CBD-rich strains for those sensitive to THC. It’s not uncommon for high-THC plants to increase feelings of anxiety and paranoia. Although Harlequin is a sativa-dominant plant, it’s CBD: THC ration of 5:2 gives it a very mellow buzz that’s great to stay focused without increasing stress.

8. J1

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Of all the strains for ADHD on this list, J1 might be the most expensive, but it’s worth the extra cost. J1 is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a high level of THC that leaves you feeling upbeat and recharged, without the usual “raciness” that can come with sativa-dominant strains. Some of its mental clarity might be due to its heritage: this strain is a cross between Jack Herer and Skunk #1. J1 has a pungent and citrusy aroma, which many cannabis consumers also like for making extracts like rosin.


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Another high-CBD flower, we added ACDC to our list of strains for ADHD to give people a basically non-psychoactive option. That’s because ACDC has a 20:1 CBD: THC ratio, often testing as high as 24 percent CBD, while never exceeding 6 percent of THC. This hybrid strain is adored for its ability to increase productivity without intoxication. It’s popular among many medical cannabis patients with diverse conditions in order to stay medicated and active throughout the day.

6. Electric Lemon G

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Electric Lemon G has a sweet, citrusy, lemon scent and tastes very similar. This sativa dominant strain is popular for daytime use because of its bright, upbeat effects, also making it a great strain to get work done. People swear by its motivating effects and lack of fogginess, making it one of the best strains for ADHD.

5. Chocolope

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This sativa-dominant strain is hailed for its incredible chocolate-taste. Chocolope is the perfect wake and bake strain because the amazing flavor pairs excellently with a cup of coffee. The clear-headed high of Chocolope helps keep people motivated for hours, probably due to its high-THC content. It’s not only one of the best strains for ADHD, but many swear by Chocolope’s euphoric and energizing effects to help cope with depression and stress as well.

4. Tangie

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Tangie is a sativa-dominant strain popular for its uplifting effects and sweet tangerine aroma and flavor. The high is energizing and upbeat, which helps many fans of this citrusy flower stay alert and focused. Plus, a great list of strains for ADHD wouldn’t be complete without also mentioning Tangilope, a cross between Tangie and Chocolope. Tangilope is awesomely energizing and tastes like a chocolate covered orange. You really can’t go wrong with any of the three strains.

3. Green Crack

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A list of the best strains for ADHD would not be complete without Green Crack. This sativa dominant strain was named Green Crack for its unparalleled invigorating effects. It’s typically pretty potent, testing around 20 percent THC, but if you’re looking for a serious boost to your focus and productivity, Green Crack is sure to provide.

2. Lemon Haze

For many, Lemon Haze is their go-to strain for concentration. This upbeat sativa-dominant strain actually smells like lemon peel and provides a fresh, focused buzz to accompany its sharp taste. What’s more, many related “Haze” varieties, like Super Lemon Haze and Silver Haze, are also popular strains for ADHD. So if your choices are more limited, you can’t go wrong looking for any “Haze” strain to help you focus.

1. Durban Poison

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Our number one pick for best strains for ADHD is definitely Durban Poison. This pure sativa from South Africa has high levels of THC as well as THCV, another psychoactive cannabinoid. THCV provides a strong energizing effect that’s great for ADHD and productivity. THCV also has appetite-suppressant effects, so if you’re looking for “upper” strains that won’t give you the munchies, keep an out for THCV. Known as the “espresso” of cannabis, Durban Poison’s invigorating cannabinoid profile matched with its spicy and piney aroma and flavor make it the perfect strain to help you stay focused and productive for hours.

May 19, 2018