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By RQS Editorial Team

Cannabis is often associated with relaxation. The image that comes to mind for many is a red-eyed person sunk deep into a couch, their hand in a bag of chips. Although there are a variety of strains that will produce a deeply stoning effect, there are an equal amount that do the opposite. Many cannabis strains are stimulating, energetic, cerebral, and induce a cognitive high that boosts creativity, focus, and concentration.

What Are the Best Strains for Focus and Creativity?

These cannabis strains are ideal before sitting down for long periods of work, programming, writing, making music, and creating art. University students may find these strains of weed to help them study. Creative and athletic individuals alike may also use them to boost awareness, enter flow states, and possibly improve performance. This list has been carefully curated from our catalogue according to effect. It highlights cultivars that are clear, light, uplifting and primed for focus.

While sativa strains are primarily known for providing an energetic lift, indica-dominant hybrids also have their place on our list. Ultimately, the cannabinoid and terpene profile of a cultivar dictates whether it’s relaxing and/or stimulating. With that said, here are our top 5 best strains for focus.

1. Fruit Spirit

Let yourself be spirited away to a place of clarity and peace with Fruit Spirit. This 70% indica-dominant hybrid is derived from White Widow and Blueberry. And yes, she got it from her mama—her deliciously sweet flavour profile, that is. Despite being indica dominant, you'll find no couch-lock here. On the contrary, Fruit Spirit is excellent for users looking for a clear, uplifting head high. At ±18% THC, this cultivar's effects are impactful without being overwhelming. It's the perfect balance to put you in a clear headspace so you can stop overthinking and focus on the task at hand.

Fruit Spirit has a flowering period of just 9–10 weeks, which is pretty average for an indica-dominant strain. It grows best in warm, tropical climates, and we recommend a dry trim to help preserve those fruity blueberry flavours. When grown indoors, this plant errs on the shorter side, maxing out at 1m tall. However, Fruit Spirit can reach heights of 2m when grown outdoors. Growers can expect solid yields of 475–525g/plant outside and 375–425g/m² for indoor operations.

Fruit Spirit

Fruit Spirit
Blueberry x White Widow
375 - 425 gr/m2
80 - 120 cm
9 - 10 weeks
THC: 18%
Sativa 30% Indica 70%
475 - 525 gr/plant
175 - 220 cm
Early October

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2. Sweet Skunk Automatic

A mix of Early Skunk, Critical, and ruderalis, Sweet Skunk Automatic is a triple threat that logs in at 10% sativa, 60% indica, and 30% ruderalis. This strain has a taste and effects profile similar to Early Skunk, while Critical and ruderalis deliver added resilience. The result is a hardy plant that can grow in almost any environment. Users can expect a clear, uplifting high and pungent, earthy aromas with a sweet finish. Sweet Skunk Automatic has a moderate THC content that nevertheless packs a punch. However, its effects don't land too heavily, leaning instead toward a motivating boost of concentration and clarity.

This strain produces compact plants, even outdoors. With a height ranging from 40–100cm, Sweet Skunk Automatic is perfect for small balconies, gardens, or grow rooms with limited space. This intrepid little cultivar matures very quickly and is ready to harvest just 11–12 weeks after sprouting. With proper conditions and care, plants can yield 450g/m² indoors and 60–110g/plant outdoors.

Sweet Skunk

Sweet Skunk Automatic
Early Skunk x Critical x Ruderalis
400 - 450 gr/m2
40 - 80 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 15%
Sativa 10% Indica 60% Ruderalis 30%
60 - 110 gr/plant
60 - 100 cm
11 - 12 weeks after sprouting
Clear, Uplifting

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3. Royal Haze Automatic

Blessed with a royal pedigree, Royal Haze Automatic is a cross of two illustrious strains: Amnesia Haze and Kush. Amnesia Haze is the go-to sativa available in almost every coffeeshop in Amsterdam, while Kush contributes stabilising indica genetics famed the world over. The result is a hybrid with the best traits of both Haze and Kush. Royal Haze Auto offers a complex high with cerebral elements that lend themselves to creativity, motivation, and productivity. At the same time, a relaxing, stoning element helps to melt away tension and anxiety—a perfect strain for getting into that flow state.

Growers operating on the DL will appreciate the compact size of this cultivar. Reaching heights of just 65–85cm indoors, it's ideal for covert cultivation in small closets and converted containers. Under such conditions, this strain will produce up to 350g/m². Outdoors, it can reach heights of 150cm and yield 180g/plant. Royal Haze Auto is also a bit of a speed demon compared to other Haze varieties, sprinting from seed to harvest in only 12–13 weeks.

Royal Haze Auto

Royal Haze Automatic
Amnesia Haze x Skunk x Ruderalis
300 - 350 gr/m2
65 - 85 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 15%
Sativa 50% Indica 20% Ruderalis 30%
130 - 180 gr/plant
120 - 150 cm
12 - 13 after sprouting
Clear, Uplifting

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4. Stress Killer Automatic CBD

Stress Killer—the name says it all. The penultimate strain on our list offers a 1:1 THC:CBD content. The balance of cannabinoids produces a light and airy high that won't weigh you down or stir up anxiety. Stress Killer Automatic CBD is perfect for breaking cycles of procrastination and progressing through stressful tasks. Its sativa-dominant effects offer focus and clarity via relaxation—helping your mind to stop spinning so you can focus on more important things. A boost of motivation and clarity are mirrored in this strain's bright, citrusy aromas.

This incredibly versatile autoflowering cultivar is the child of Lemon Shining Silver Haze and Juanita la Lagrimosa. Grown indoors, plants reach a height of up to 140cm, with an impressive yield of 500g/m². Outdoors, they can tower up to 160cm with yields of 160g/plant. Stress Killer Automatic CBD grows best in a climate with long summers. With a short flowering time of 7–8 weeks, this strain will race from seed to harvest in around 11 weeks.

Stress Killer

Stress Killer Automatic CBD
Lemon Shining Silver Haze x Juanita la Lagrimosa x Ruderalis
450 - 500 gr/m2
90 – 140 cm
7 - 8 weeks
THC: 11%
Sativa 60% Indica 30% Ruderalis 10%
110 - 160 gr/plant
120 – 160 cm
11 - 12 weeks after sprouting
Clear, Focus

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5. Joanne's CBD

When focus is the goal, some people prefer to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC altogether, emphasising instead other cannabinoids. Enter Joanne's CBD—a polyhybrid strain that produces 13–18% cannabidiol (CBD) with minimal traces of THC. Its effects are clear and light, leaving you centred and focused, but not high. This strain is ideal for meditation and helping to switch focus away from daily stressors.

Joanne's CBD has quite the pedigree, as the child of Juanita la Lagrimosa and Session. Juanita is a High Times Cannabis Cup multi-award winner, thought to be the first ever strain to reach a CBD content of 15%. Session is an imposing hybrid that produces a colossal yield. The inclusion of Session boosts this cultivar's size and productivity over Juanita la Lagrimosa's modest yields. Indoors, Joanne's CBD will reach a middling height of 80–120cm with yields of 550g/m². Outdoors, however, it towers at 180cm, yielding up to 475g/plant. With a short 7–8-week flowering period, Joanne's CBD will quickly envelop you in serene clarity with sweet, fruity, peppery aromas.

Joanne's CBD

Joanne's CBD
Session x Juanita la Lagrimosa
500 - 550 gr/m2
80 - 120 cm
7 - 8 weeks
THC: 0,25 - 0,75%
Sativa 75% Indica 25%
425 - 475 gr/plant
140 - 180 cm
Early October
Clear, Light

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