How to use cannabis to gain confidence

Published Sep 24, 2019 12:05 p.m. ET
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The stereotypical stoner is usually the quiet and unmotivated type, which is why so few people think of the marijuana plant as a useful tool in helping to build confidence. However, while there are some weed strains that will make you feel lazy and so inebriated that you don’t really want to talk or head out in public, there are just as many that can help you to be the best version of yourself. The trick is knowing how and why it works so that it is easier to figure out how to use it in a way that benefits rather than exacerbating already prevalent issues.

How smoking weed helps to build confidence

We are living in a time where human interactions are becoming much less necessary to succeed in life. The age of the internet brought an exciting new wave of online positions, but it also came with a plethora of social media networks that seem to slowly be replacing the way that we used to interact, make connections, and gain confidence in dealing with those types of exchanges, which is believed to have led to the increase in social anxiety and depression cases seen within our medical care system. Both come paired with the unfortunate side effects of a massive lack of confidence.

Though it is nearly impossible to get by without this online assistance, with the majority of jobs and opportunities requiring online platforms just to apply, there are some things that can be done to improve the way that one feels, both when alone and while surrounded by dozens of one's closest friends. Both medical and recreational marijuana can be helpful for anyone who needs a little extra boost; The trick is finding the strains that will work.

The best cannabis strains for confidence will help you to relax just enough to let loose a little bit without hazing your mind to the point of having difficulty speaking or conversing when approached. They will also help you to feel uplifted, motivated and even more focused on the subject at hand, all of which, when combined, can truly help you to feel more confident, no matter what the situation at hand.

Unfortunately, there is no perfect strain for everyone, as each individual reacts differently to each strain.

Indica vs Sativa

One of the first things most customers look for is a Sativa or Indica label, as the industry has pushed stereotypes even further by using the common misconceptions surrounding Indica vs Sativa and using them to sell products. One of the most famous examples of this is, is with Indica strains that are often marketed towards experienced consumers who are looking for a good night’s sleep, where Sativa are sold on the ploy that they will all provide a lighter or more energetic buzz. Though novice users are most often recommended Sativa strains, more than Indica, these labels don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things.



CBD and THC are the two primary active cannabinoids that are believed to have the most effect on consumers, but the one that is best for building confidence will depend on the type of experience that you seek and your tolerance level. CBD is excellent for those who seek a non-psychoactive treatment, but THC is the most intense and often most helpful for providing complete relaxation, so you might need to experiment with a few different kinds of cannabis before finding the perfect one.

Why the right mindset is so important?

For some people, smoking weed can induce an intense and often uncomfortable sensation that certainly isn’t going to benefit confidence levels, but for thousands, the experience is soothing, relaxing, calming and even invigorating. The most important thing to remember is that you need to start out in the right frame of mind; It’s probably not a great idea to try smoking weed for the first time right before a big work meeting. Instead, a slow experimentation and incorporation of the effects will lead to the best chance of success.

The other critical point to keep in mind is that marijuana consumption can increase certain feelings and anxieties that might be present, so it’s a good idea to experiment in comfortable settings surrounding be people that you know and trust before prancing out into the world stoned and having an unexpected negative effect that works against what you are trying to accomplish.

Best cannabis strains for confidence

The best marijuana strains for confidence are going to produce some very specific effects that can help to loosen up and feel more comfortable in your own skin. For some, this requires a more intense level of sedation, while for others a microdose might be more than enough. Here we’ve listed different types of weed that are known to help with feeling more creative, relaxed, talkative and energetic, all of which can assist in building confidence.

  • Golden Tiger
  • Sky Master
  • Chem Crush
  • White Walrus
  • Aceh
  • East Coast Sour Diesel
  • Lemon Thai
  • Blaze
  • Dragon’s Breath
  • Tangier Chilly
Methods of using cannabis to stay motivated


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