Every cannabis strain is different, which means the best time to consume each strain will vary, too. Some strains can help wake you up, while others will put you to sleep; some terpene profiles will sharpen your focus, while others will let your mind drift freely and de-stress.
Though you may wish to tweak your personal consumption strategy depending on your schedule, the following guide offers a few things to think about when choosing which strains to consume, as well as a few specific strain suggestions for morning, midday, and mid-afternoon consumption. Experiment with these and other cannabis varieties until you find the perfect sequence to fit your day-to-day life.
Best morning strains
You know those days when all you want to do is hit snooze over and over again? The right cannabis can counteract that. In the morning, look for something that’ll help you wake up, getting you energized and excited for the day ahead.
Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (15-20% on average)
A classic strain with dependably uplifting effects, Jack Herer can easily function as a caffeine alternative (or complement) on any morning you need an extra boost to get going. Its earthy, piney aromas provide a soothing aromatherapeutic buzz to help coax you fully into wakefulness.
Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (15-18% on average)
So named for its signature kick of energy, Green Crack is a great A.M. strain for many reasons, chief among them its ability to fend off stress and fatigue for hours while sharpening focus. Its fruity mix of flavors is laden with mango, making this strain ideal for a wake and bake alongside a balanced breakfast.
Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (17-22% on average)
For anyone who’s not naturally a morning person (yep, I’m raising my hand, too), this herbaceous Amsterdam fave acts fast to make the wake-up process painless. Simultaneously uplifting and relaxing, Dutch Treat is a perfect morning strain for weekdays and weekends alike.
Best midday strains
Right around high noon, you’re looking for a strain that’ll keep you coasting through your day and stave off any possibility of an early afternoon slump. We love these three.
Most common terpenes: Myrcene
Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (17-21% on average)
Many (if not most) aspects of everyday life call for creative problem solving, and Lemon Kush offers a shortcut to that perfect balance of creativity and positive thinking. If you know you’ll be facing a tricky task during the afternoon, consider a quick hit of Lemon Kush around lunchtime.
CBD Critical Mass
Most common terpenes: Myrcene
Cannabinoid profile: Balanced THC/CBD-dominant (5-7% THC on average; 8-11% CBD on average)
Thanks to a cannabinoid profile dependably expressing high levels of CBD, CBD Critical Mass is popular for addressing stress and physical pain while maintaining a high-functioning state of mental clarity. If too much THC makes it tough for you to focus, try a puff or two of CBD Critical Mass around midday.
Best afternoon strains
As work gives way to recreation, it’s 4:20 somewhere. The best afternoon strains are tailored to your specific plans, whether that means meeting up with friends, diving into personal projects, or simply heading home to hang on your own after a long day of work.
Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (16-22% on average)
The sweet-smelling Candyland pairs as naturally with friendly conversation as it does with creative individual pursuits like painting, writing, or making music. Whether you’re meeting up with others or unwinding on your own time, it’s hard to go wrong with this cheerful, open-minded strain during the afternoon.
Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant (14-19% on average)
For a traditional 4:20 sesh, bring a legendary strain like Blueberry to share. Blueberry’s storied history goes back to the 1970s, and there’s a reason it’s as popular today as it was then: Its effect profile is dominated by relaxation and happiness, making this a great strain to share with friends (or enjoy on your own) as you transition away from the work day.