The pandemic hit us like a tsunami, upending every aspect of daily life. While few stones remained unturned, perhaps the most notable — and seemingly permanent — shift has been the workplace transition from the office to the living room.
This mass migration of workers has forever altered not only the way we work, but where work is done. Office building rents are at an all-time low, Zoom stocks are booming, Covid cases are on the rise, and many tech companies have already vowed to switch to remote work permanently.
Regardless of when this pandemic ends, the professional world is never going to return to the traditional model it once operated in, especially now that Covid has exposed that model as flawed and unnecessary to begin with. And with the rise of the gig economy, and the Millenial/Gen Z aversion to working for anyone but themselves, the shift to remote work had already begun. Covid just expedited what would have been a much longer journey into this present reality.
What to smoke when working from home
As a freelance cannabis journalist, I’ve been working from home (super stoned) my entire life. When most people think about productivity aids, stimulants like adderall, caffeine, and taurine come to mind. While those work, there’s a ton of downsides, health risks, addictive qualities, and general icky-ness associated with all of them.
But as crazy as it might sound, the right strain of weed can take the place of any productivity boosting stimulant, and do a way better job with no tax on your body and soul. To explore this concept of using weed to work from home, we spoke to a range of professionals, from artists to IT guys, about the strains they use to keep them going throughout the day.
Here are the best strains for working from home, according to people who are, well, working from home.
Jack Herer is a classic sativa strain named after the legendary cannabis activist that made a number of our professional’s lists. High in uplifting terpenes like limonene and pinene, sparkling buds that smell almost identical to Lemon Pledge produce a creative, exciting high perfect for getting shit done.
“When I’m working, I rely heavily on sativa-dominant strains like Jack Herer or Green Crack to get my brain moving,” said Renee Cotsis, a 26-year-old cannabis publicist based in New York City. “Smoking sativas throughout the work day helps me to keep my anxiety at bay while also staying laser-focused on what I need to get done.”
She continued. “Honestly, I have more productive days when I smoke throughout the work day vs. when I don’t. It really helps me tune out the noise in my brain and focus on the task at hand.”
A cross between Master Kush and Lemon Joy, Lemon Kush is another great strain that’s high in limonene. Just ask Cae Jones, a 25-year-old licensed budtender and self-taught horticulturist from Chicago who grows his own Lemon Kush to stay productive. “For productivity, for me at least, it’s all about what gets me comfortable,” he said.
“Usually, I love indicas any time of day, but the pandemic has been getting me into the sativa side of things. When I’m in a better mood, my focus is more precise, and I can analyze on a deeper level. Uplifting varieties of cannabis make the work that much easier, and I’ve found working from home with cannabis greatly improves my workflow.”
“I really love fruity and floral terpenes like limonene and terpinolene,” he continued. “That being said, I’ve been smoking a whole lot of Velvet Glove #4 from Columbia Care, Jack Herer, and my own homegrown Lemon Kush. Nothing is better than smoking weed you grew yourself. Enjoying my first harvest of Lemon Kush has definitely brightened my quarantine days.
Enya Leva, a 30-year-old visual artist from Portland, prefers to take the dreamier route when it comes to creating from home. “While a good portion of my work is admin, managing my print shop, emailing with clients and vendors, which I need to have a clear, sober head for, my actual illustration, painting, and design work I need to get into a flow state for,” she said. “That’s where the Blue Dream comes in.”
Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid whose cerebral and euphoric high has made it one of the most popular strains of all time. Great for creative work, thinking, and generally escaping the dark mundanity of our current existence, Blue Dream is perfect for creative projects — whether you’re getting paid to do them or not.
She continued, “With all that’s going on in the world, and my pre-existing anxiety, I like to micro-dose hits when I’m doing this type of work so that I can drown out all the noise and just get lost in the art process.”
Taylor Welch, AKA Deadhead, a 26-year-old vintage psychedelic clothing dealer based in Los Angeles, finds a similar flow state with Cereal Milk, one of the buzziest strains on the market right now.
“Work never stops for me, but I’m fortunate to have a platform where I can sell any given time of the day or night,” he said. “I’ve really been enjoying Cereal Milk as of lately.”
Cereal Milk is a new sativa-dominant strain from Cookies whose sweet, milky flavor, spectacular trichome coverage, and exciting high have made it a massive hit amongst weed heads in the know. He shared, “That strain helps me calm my crazy mind, and forces me to organize and become more methodical.”
Last but not least, we have one of my personal all-time favorite strains for working from home: Tangie. Coming from DNA Genetics in Amsterdam, Tangie is a remake of the classic 1990s bud Tangerine Dream. A cross between California Orange and a Skunk Hybrid, Tangie is responsible for the wave of orange-nosed flower that’s been hot in recent years.
Energizing, uplifting, and ultimately euphoric, it’s great for daytime use, capable of making even the glitchiest Zoom meeting bearable. Hicham, a 32-year-old account manager for an IT company in Amsterdam, relies on calming yet energetic strains like Tangie to get through long days without getting couch-locked, or worse, annoyed. “My days are quite long, from 8 AM to early in the evening, usually with two-hour-long customer calls throughout the day,” he said. “It’s a customer-facing job with high levels of interpersonal interaction.”
“During the day, I enjoy smoking something tasty, but not too strong so I am not tempted to crawl on the couch and watch TV … I go for strains like Tangie because it allows me to smoke a bit to get through people’s bullshit without freaking out or losing focus.”
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