Does Sativa Help You Focus?


Many users swear that lighting up some herb—specifically cannabis sativa—helps them focus, and promotes both creativity and productivity. However, the science is divided over whether cannabis really does boost cognitive performance.

How Does Sativa Help With Focus?

There are two key components in cannabis that affect the body and mind in a way that helps a person focus. The first of these components are cannabinoids (or chemical substances) that interact with the body’s cannabinoid receptors, regulating how the cells communicate. Secondly, terpenes (or aromatic compounds) primarily determine the flavor and aroma of cannabis, as well as causing other effects.


Among the eighty to one hundred cannabinoids produced by cannabis, the two most important ones are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These are primarily responsible for the mind and body effects of cannabis, such as euphoria, dry mouth, or increased appetite.

Cannabis sativa contains a large amount of THC, which is the primary psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, and provides the “high” often associated with its use. It stimulates the mind, boosts energy, reduces anxiety, and increases focus.

Since cannabis is federally illegal, THC is also prohibited, except in states that have medical cannabis. So, if it’s detected in a drug test, you can get into trouble. That said, the effects of CBD on a drug test aren’t incriminating since it’s not an illegal or controlled substance. Plus, CBD doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects.


When choosing a strain, terpenes should be something to pay attention to; it affects how cannabis tastes and smells. Beyond what it does for the senses, terpenes also affect the body and mind. For example, linalool alleviates stress, and myrcene has sedative properties. Although these aren’t strictly related to focus, many believe that terpenes can help improve one’s mindset to be better positioned to do activities that require focus.

Other Effects Of Sativa

Increased focus is just one of the positive effects of cannabis sativa. It’s recommended for daytime use because it boosts energy, even helping people accomplish physical activities like workouts, hikes, or cleaning the house.

Cannabis sativa also promotes creativity—not just the artistic kind. Even corporate employees can enjoy better constructive thinking, allowing them to think outside the box.

Additionally, thanks to the amount of THC, cannabis sativa is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and has antioxidant properties. It also helps prevent or reduce vomiting.

The Debate On The Positive Effects of Cannabis

The science is divided as to whether cannabis sativa is good for the mind and body. Some research suggests that the evidence is consistent with the praises of regular herb users in that it acts as a stimulant. However, other studies claim that cannabis is detrimental to a person’s cognitive performance.

Let’s take a cue from the country’s increasing legalization of cannabis to agree that, when consumed responsibly, its pros outweigh its cons.

The Experience Is Subjective

All that said, it’s important to note that the effects of vaping cannabis sativa are subjective. What’s stimulating for some may induce anxiety in others. A strain that inspired a three-hour creative streak for one person, can leave another asleep for twelve hours straight.

For the best experience and to arrive at your desired effect from using cannabis, know the strain you’re consuming and the device you’re using. Most importantly, know your tolerance; start low and slow, and stop once you’ve hit that sweet spot.


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