By Luke Sumpter

Boredom. We all experience that miserable state—but it doesn’t have to stay that way.There are a range of ways to tackle boredom, and cannabis certainly fits the bill for some people. Below, discover the science of boredom, then meet six specific cannabis strains that may help to alleviate it.

Why We Get Bored: A Quick Look at the Science

We all get bored from time to time. Some people are more prone to frequent bouts of boredom than others for numerous reasons, including genetic factors that impact our neurological state as well as environmental factors such as our job and access to external stimulation. Just like feelings of fear, happiness, joy, and guilt, we’ve all experienced the mind-numbing state of boredom—it typically occurs during drawn-out lectures, traffic jams, or when standing in a seemingly endless queue. But what exactly is the state of boredom? Why do we experience it at all?

Cannabis strains for boredom

The human brain thrives off of external sources of stimulation from the outside world. Our ancestors hunted, gathered, tilled, and built; this sustained state of preoccupation and busyness allowed them to constantly engage both their bodies and their minds. In the modern era, however, we often find ourselves in synthetic settings—office cubicles, crammed train carriages, standing in line—which place us in situations that temporarily starve our brains of adequate stimulation.

James Danckert, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has described boredom[1] as an “aggressively dissatisfying state”, one that differs from both apathy and depression in that people who experience it often have the motivation to escape it. Some people are wired in a way that makes them much more predisposed to boredom than others. A paper[2] published in 2012 explores the psychological factors that contribute to boredom, finding that conditions that affect attention, such as ADHD, are prime culprits.

However, although the state of boredom feels bad, it does have its upsides. Research suggests that boredom can boost creativity[3] in some individuals.

This unpleasant sensation seems to drive some minds to almost solve their way out of the issue and thrive when ample stimulation is restored. But despite this potential benefit, the experience of boredom itself sucks. So, how do you snap out of that bored state? Engaging in more meaningful tasks certainly helps, along with approaching more menial tasks from a new and more optimistic angle. But a novel option also exists: smoking weed. Continue reading to find out if using cannabis can help to tackle those tedious moments.

How Can Cannabis Help Counter Boredom?

Is cannabis really the cure for boredom? Well, “cure” is a strong word, but weed does seem to help some individuals overcome moments of droning dissatisfaction. There are a number of potential ways that the cannabis plant can assist in conquering boredom, and they all boil down to the phytochemical constituents within its flowers.

Most weed strains produce THC, the principal psychoactive component of cannabis, in abundance. This molecule underpins the cannabis high by causing an acute rise in dopamine[4] levels in the brain. As a feel-good neurochemical, dopamine essentially creates the opposite state of mind experienced during bouts of boredom, catalysing feelings of reward, stimulation, and motivation.

But THC doesn’t act alone when it comes to the effects of cannabis. The herb also produces an array of aromatic compounds known as terpenes. Not only do these molecules determine the flavor and aroma of each strain, but, through the entourage effect, they synergise with THC to influence the subjective psychoactive effect of each cultivar. Researchers have spent decades researching these volatile chemicals, and early findings suggest that they have the capacity to modulate mental processes and change the way we think and feel in a positive way.

So, the next time you’re bored and dealing with tedious circumstances, hitting a joint might just give you the motivation you need to finish that spreadsheet, start writing the assignment, or file your taxes. But which strains are the most effective for banishing boredom? Find out below!

The 6 Best Cannabis Strains for Boredom

Looking to boot boredom to the curb for a while? Well, we’ve got some fantastic cannabis varieties for you. These strains serve up entertaining effects that will get you feeling motivated and invigorated in no time.

1. Hyperion F1

Hyperion F1 swiftly eviscerates boredom by exerting a motivating, inspiring high. Plus, plants charge through the entire growing cycle in a mere 80–85 days. Sow seeds directly into 11-litre pots and watch sprouts emerge from the surface two days later. This speedy specimen will grow to around 10cm by the end of the first week of veg, featuring several sets of true leaves. Only two weeks later, plants will reach a height of around 50cm and begin transitioning into bloom.

Hyperion F1

During the first week or so of bloom, Hyperion F1 will stretch to a height of 90cm. Switch over to nutrients higher in potassium and phosphorus to assist flower development, and defoliate where necessary to expose each bud site to ample light. Flush your plants 1–2 weeks before harvest and watch your flowers mature into thick nuggets drenched with resin. Have enough stash jars to hand to store a large yield following a blooming phase of 50–55 days.

Hyperion F1 harnesses huge levels of THC to shift the gears of the mind out of a bored and jaded state, and into a state of ease and bliss. With each hit, you’ll experience a sense of motivation and enthusiasm take hold as you savour her earthy flavor.

Hyperion F1
23_genetic background_1 Amnesia x Lemon x Sin Tra Bajo Automatic
25_flowering time_1 50 - 55 days
29_THC_1 THC: Very high
22_Effect_1 Laughter, Motivating , Physically Relaxing, Sleepy
110_harvest 80 - 85 days after sprouting

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2. Trainwreck Auto

Trainwreck Auto is another fantastic option for those seeking to shed the shackles of boredom. Sow seeds directly into their final pots to avoid transplant stress further down the line. Keep plants indoors under a strong lamp during the first week and watch seedlings grow to 10cm. If you're planning on growing outdoors, you can now move plants to a sunny location after all risk of frost has passed. To fuel abundant leafy growth, administer liquid seaweed and fish emulsion to the substrate; to fight off pests and diseases, consider regular foliar applications of compost tea. Expect plants to reach a height of 80–100cm as they begin to enter the flowering phase.

Trianwreck Auto

During bloom, Trainwreck Auto stretches to 130–160cm and develops an open canopy that’s easy to manage. Plants send up one large central cola flanked by long secondary stems dotted with an abundance of bud sites. Trigger a flush during week 8 of the flowering phase and prepare to harvest up to 500g/m² indoors and 175g/plant outdoors during week 10.

Trainwreck Auto’s THC content of 19% and uplifting terpenes motivate the mind and inspire creativity. This strain serves as an effective daytime smoke when boredom strikes, and flavors of candy, earth, pepper, and pine make the experience all the more pleasant.

Trainwreck Auto
23_genetic background_1 Trainwreck x Big Skunk Auto
33_Yield indoors_1 16 to 19 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 3 to 4 feet
25_flowering time_1 8 - 10 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 19%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 80% Indica 15% Ruderalis 5%
34_yield outdoor_1 3 to 6 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 4 to 5 feet
27_harvest period_1 12 - 13 after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Clear, Motivating , Uplifting

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3. Pink Runtz

Equipped with huge levels of THC and sugary-sweet terpenes, Pink Runtz easily ranks as one of the best cannabis strains for overcoming boredom. Place seeds in a glass of room-temperature water for 12 hours and then transfer them into cell trays. Fire up a strong lamp after shoots emerge, and transplant seedlings into their final location once the leaves grow past the circumferences of the cells. Expect plants to reach a height of 30cm by week 3 of veg. Apply training techniques during this time if you’re aiming for a stealthy structure. Towards the end of the vegetative stage, trained plants will peak at 35cm, whereas their untrained counterparts will grow to 120–140cm.

Pink Runtz’s pre-flowers quickly develop into compact buds that boast a high density of trichomes. Plants stretch up to 150cm indoors and 180cm outdoors as the space between nodes increases. If humidity is high, thin out the canopy to decrease the risk of mold. Irrigate plants well in arid areas to facilitate optimal growth. Flush plants two weeks before harvest and get ready to pull in up to 475g/m² indoors and 450–500g/plant outdoors at the end of an 8–9-week blooming period. Wet trim the buds, dry them out, and place them into curing jars to unlock optimal flavor.

As the descendant of Gelato, Zkittlez, and Pink Panties, Pink Runtz packs a mighty THC content of 26%. Throw in some stimulating terpenes and tastes of pineapple, and you have yourself a cultivar that very rarely fails to send boredom packing.

Pink Runtz
23_genetic background_1 Gelato x Zkittlez x Pink Panties
33_Yield indoors_1 15 to 17 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 3 to 5 feet
25_flowering time_1 8 - 9 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 26%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 50% Indica 50%
34_yield outdoor_1 16 to 18 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 5 to 6 feet
27_harvest period_1 Middle of October
22_Effect_1 Laughter, Long Lasting , Uplifting

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4. NYC Sour D Auto

A collaborative strain between Royal Queen Seeds and Tyson 2.0, NYC Sour D Auto will have you feeling entertained and satisfied after just the first couple of hits. This variety thrives when planted directly in 11-litre pots. Sow seeds into the substrate with a pinch of mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobacteria, and mist well. Sprouts will emerge within a couple of days when exposed to temperatures of 25°C or higher. Maintain this temperature and illuminate them well, and your seedlings will grow to 10–15cm by the end of the second week of veg. Two weeks later, your plants will have grown to 80–100cm with pre-flowers emerging at the nodes.

You’ll notice aromas of citrus and diesel start to fill your growing space as flowers continue to swell. Apply generous feeds of worm tea, liquid seaweed, fish emulsion, and bloom nutrients to ensure a bulky and high-quality harvest. NYC Sour D Auto’s flowers mature into large and wide colas with huge clusters of pistillate flowers with few sugar leaves. Prepare to harvest up to 400–500g/m² indoors and 140–180g/plant outdoors after a growing cycle of 11–13 weeks.

The offspring of NY Diesel and Sour Diesel Auto, NYC Sour D Auto will invigorate your mind and make you wonder why you felt bored in the first place. Enjoy a motivating and euphoric high augmented by flavors of lime and diesel.

NYC Sour D Auto
23_genetic background_1 NY Diesel x Sour Diesel Auto
33_Yield indoors_1 16 to 19 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 3 feet
25_flowering time_1 8 - 10 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 21%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 70% Indica 25% Ruderalis 5%
34_yield outdoor_1 5 to 6 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 4 to 5 feet
27_harvest period_1 11 - 13 Weeks after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Euphoric, Motivating , Physically Relaxing

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5. Sundae Driver

Germinate Sundae Driver seeds using the paper towel method, and place seeds into cell trays once the emerging taproot reaches a length of 2–3cm. Transplant seedlings into their final location after the leaves outgrow the circumference of their cell. Place outdoor plants in a sunny location and use netting while plants are young to protect them against pests, birds, and small mammals. Plants will grow to 20–30cm by the third week of veg; apply training now to keep them more compact moving forward. They’ll start to transition into flowering as soon as the seasonal light starts to wane.

Untrained, Sundae Driver will surge to a height of 170cm during bloom. Her flowering time of 9–11 weeks will safely take her to the end of bloom in most growing regions. However, consider moving potted plants inside of greenhouses or indoors later in the season in colder regions. Flush plants during the final three weeks of flowering and watch buds take on a striking purple hue. Expect to pull in up to 500g/plant during early October.

Our breeders crossed parent strains Fruity Pebbles OG and Grape Pie to create this variety. Her THC content of 23% ignites a euphoric high that’ll pull you out of a cognitive slump. Enjoy flavors of blueberry, earth, fruit, and vanilla as her effects take hold.

Sundae Driver
23_genetic background_1 Fruity Pebbles OG x Grape Pie
33_Yield indoors_1 14 to 16 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 3 to 4 feet
25_flowering time_1 9 - 11 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 23%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 50% Indica 50%
34_yield outdoor_1 16 to 18 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 4 to 6 feet
27_harvest period_1 Early October
22_Effect_1 Balanced, Euphoric, Motivating

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6. Dance World

Dance World takes a different approach to tackling boredom, combining equal levels of THC and CBD. Start seeds in 11-litre pots and watch the sprouts of this compact photoperiod emerge 2–3 days later. This strain likes things warm, so keep plants indoors until all risk of frost has passed, and move pots into polytunnels and greenhouses if possible. Expect your plants to reach a height of 50–60cm by the end of the vegetative phase.

Dance World

Dance World will bloom for 9–11 weeks before reaching full maturity. Keep plants well-fed with high levels of phosphorus and potassium, and make the effort to thin out the canopy frequently in humid environments. Watch your plants stretch up to 120cm and prepare to harvest 400–450g/plant.

Born out of a cross between parent strains Dancehall 20 and Juanita la Lagrimosa, Dance World features THC and CBD concentrations of 12%. This perfect balance of both cannabinoids catalyses a motivating, creative, and clear-headed effect perfect for enduring menial tasks during the day.

Dance World
23_genetic background_1 Dancehall 20 x Juanita la Lagrímosa
33_Yield indoors_1 17 to 18 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 2 to 3 feet
25_flowering time_1 8 - 10 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 12%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 75% Indica 25%
34_yield outdoor_1 14 to 16 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 3 to 4 feet
27_harvest period_1 Early October
22_Effect_1 Creative, Motivating

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Bust Boredom With These Brilliant Buds

Don’t let boredom hold your mind hostage during the monotony of life. Finding new ways to approach your daily routine can make a world of difference, and cannabis could have a place in that strategy for some people. If the herb works for you, you’ll experience the best boredom-busting results using the buds above!

External Resources:
  1. The Science of Boredom | Live Science
  2. The Unengaged Mind: Defining Boredom in Terms of Attention - PubMed
  4. How does marijuana produce its effects? | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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