One of the most common weed stereotypes is that cannabis users are lazy and unmotivated. While we now know this belief isn’t necessarily accurate (you aren’t a lazy stoner just because you smoke weed), we also know that some strains can leave you feeling sluggish. Fortunately, not all weed has this effect. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Does Weed Make You Lazy?
The association between weed and laziness may have something to do with the fact that various strains produce calming, relaxing effects. In some cases, these effects can make you feel sleepy or glued to your current location (a side effect known as “couch lock”). When you feel like this, you may have little to no motivation to get up, move around, or do much of anything.
It’s essential to note that although weed may make you feel lazy, it doesn’t inherently make you a lazy person. We all need time to relax and recharge. However, if a particular strain of cannabis is interfering with your ability to be productive or perform tasks that require attention, these side effects likely won’t be as desirable.
Tips to Minimize the Laziness Effect of Weed
Although weed can make you feel lethargic and unmotivated, that doesn’t mean you have to experience these side effects when you don’t want them. Here are a few tips to help you find weed that doesn’t make you lazy:
Look for Productive Weed Strains
Many strains of weed, often labeled “Indica” or “Indica-dominant,” have calming and relaxing effects on your mind and body. They help to slow you down, ease tension, and even promote sleep.
Other strains (Sativa and Sativa-dominant hybrids) have the opposite effect. They uplift and energize, helping to improve focus, increase motivation, and enhance creativity. If you want to avoid feeling lazy after using weed, look for strains that produce these types of effects.
Read the Label
Scan the information on product labels. Details like cannabinoid content and terpene profiles can help you pinpoint strains less likely to make you feel sluggish. For instance, terpenes like limonene and pinene help to open your airways, increase your blood flow, and boost your energy. Others, such as linalool and myrcene, promote relaxation, stress relief, and sleepiness.
Know Your Tolerance
THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for the high you feel after taking weed, can also produce relaxation and sleepiness. As such, ingesting too much weed can cause feelings of laziness. “Too much THC” depends on the individual, however. What’s too much for you may be too little or just right for another. If you’re particularly sensitive to THC, consider microdosing. Tiny doses can minimize unwanted side effects (including laziness) while still providing the desired results.
Watch What You Eat
For many users, weed has another unintended consequence — the munchies. Sudden weed-induced hunger can tempt you to reach for salty, fatty, or highly processed junk food. Although delicious, these foods can leave you feeling even lazier than before. Instead, if the munchies strike, provide your body with healthy, nutrient-dense snacks like fresh vegetables and hummus, apples and peanut butter, Greek yogurt, or toast with an avocado spread.
Find the Right Weed for All of Your Needs
At Campfire Cannabis, we offer a vast assortment of the highest-quality cannabis strains and product options in Massachusetts. Whether you’re looking to unwind and relax, boost energy and productivity, or do something else entirely, we have the products to help you achieve your goals. Visit our dispensary to browse our selection today!