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7 cannabis strains with mind-focused effects

Published on October 15, 2019 · Last updated July 28, 2020

Ever notice that a cannabis consumer seeking a boost of creative stimulation and another searching for a means to manage chronic pain tend to reach for totally different strains? Theoretically explained by differences in strains’ cannabinoid and terpene profiles, many consumers feel that certain varieties of cannabis affect their mental and emotional processes, while others impact the body more physically.

Consumers seeking mental effects may include artists, creatives, or anyone who simply enjoys thinking about the world around them in a new way. For these purposes and more, we present the following strain recommendations to provide that perfect head high without gluing you to the couch.

Banana Split

Banana Split cannabis strain

Crossing Tangie with Banana Sherbert, Banana Split not only sounds (and tastes) delectable right off the bat, it can yield a balanced, productive head high with a positive impact on the mood and minimal slowing of the body.

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Lemon Meringue

Lemon Meringue cannabis terpenes

Equally tasty with a little more oomph, Lemon Meringue is packed with a skunky citrus flavor that carries through in both smoke and vapor. Its mental impact is experienced as an uplifting boost of energy, wakefulness, and good cheer. Most likely, all you’ll experience in the body is a nice little kick of motivation to pair with your new mindset.

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Chernobyl cannabis strain

Leading off with a bang of citrus aroma and a mouthful of flavor, Chernobyl soon gives way to a dreamy mental state that’ll feel like tying your mind to a balloon and letting it float skyward. Better yet, these mind-focused effects will last for several hours, making this a perfect evening or weekend mind strain.

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Super Jack

Super Jack cannabis strain

Bright and vivid, Super Jack’s high combines the best effects of two classic strains—Super Silver Haze and Jack Herer. Together they make for an experience marked by quick-moving thought, creative energy, and mental focus.

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Strawberry Cough

Euphoric and cerebral, Strawberry Cough is a rare high-energy strain that tends to steer clear of causing anxiety or paranoia. This makes for a finely balanced mental buzz that’s popular in social and solo settings alike. Meanwhile, the most pronounced body effect you’ll feel is that characteristic chest-expanding sensation on the inhale that gives Strawberry Cough its moniker.

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Dream Queen

Dream Queen cannabis strain

A cross of two cerebrally stimulating strains—trippy Space Queen and floaty Blue Dream—this flower’s mind-centric buzz is easy to love. Happy and dreamy yet quite functional, Dream Queen uplifts the mood and mind while leaving the body free to go about its business as usual.

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Cinderella 99

Cinderella 99 produces a triumvirate of mental effects: chill vibes, chattiness, and creative thinking. Popularly paired with studying, chores, and creative hobbies, Cindy 99 has a way of sharpening the mind and bringing excitement to even mundane tasks.

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Brett Konen
Brett Konen
Brett is a former editor at Leafly who loves travel, craft cocktails, and shining a spotlight on unique lifestyle trends.
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