How to enjoy marijuana without ending up couch bound

Published Mar 31, 2019 09:20 a.m. ET

Cannabis is now a completely legal option for Canadians who might be looking to unwind after a long hard day at work. Unfortunately, marijuana is often associated with what is referred to as a “couch lock” sensation. Leaving user’s feeling unmotivated, sleepy, groggy, and just plain “in da couch” until they sleep it off. Luckily, there are many different cannabis strains that have entirely different effects that can help you to continue with a day as you normally would while also providing some much-needed stress relief. Every marijuana strain contains its unique genetics that has been passed down through generations of breeding. These origins influence the plant’s cannabinoid production which is why every kind of weed strain will offer different characteristics than other breeds.

Anticipating how a marijuana strain will affect you

Each breed of cannabis will have its genetic code that will influence how much of the most primary cannabinoids will be produced by a plant when it’s grown. It will also control the number and kinds of terpenes that will be found within a marijuana plant which change the smell and taste of the bud flowers. Some of these chemical components are powerful tools that are known to provide a lighter and more energetic effect that may even motivate you rather than leaving consumers sedated and lazy. There are three essential elements that aremostly responsible for how a marijuana strain might make you feel.

THC - Tetrahydrocannabinol is the cannabinoids that are responsible for the euphoric and psychoactive effects that consuming cannabis is most often paired with. Selective breeding over the last several generations has focused solely on the plant’s ability to produce massive amounts of THC resulting in hundreds of kinds of marijuana that are quite potent and often instill much more intense and sometimes overwhelming sensations of relaxation which can make you feel like you don’t want to move. Choosing a strain with lower amounts of THC will increase the chances of your experience being more uplifting, energetic, and motivated.  

CBD - These cannabinoids have been ignored for far too long, and as a result have been bred to minimal proportions within most of the marijuana strains that we know and love today. Research has shown that when cannabis contains higher amounts of CBD, the effects are generally much lighter. Scientists believe this is due to the way that CBD will coat the receptors within the endocannabinoid system before its able to interact with the THC essentially watering down its psychoactive effects in the process. Choosing a marijuana strain with a higher amount of CBD will be much less likely to cause couch lock.


Terpenes - Limonene is an oil compound that is found in many different species of plants, and some marijuana strains will make it in high amounts that can provide a therapeutic effect with the cloudy cerebral haze. They have even shown to have the ability to create what is called the entourage effect, which is where the level of comfort is provided without the presence of an intense buzz.

Marijuana strains that provide therapeutic effects without couch lock

Every type of cannabis will interact with everyone slightly differently than the next. Unfortunately, there is no real way to guarantee that any one marijuana strain will not make you feel lazy, but you will always have the best chances at achieving the ideal effects by selecting strains based on their chemical profiles and the characteristics that they are known for. Here are just a few delicious cannabis strains that should help to keep you going during that last few hours of the day.

  • Jack Herer
  • Kali Mist
  • Harlequin
  • Ghost Train Haze
  • Tour Tangie
  • Brainstorm Haze
  • Jillybean
  • XJ-13
  • Cinex
  • Mango Haze
  • Chocolope
  • Durban Poison
  • Super Lemon Haze
  • Green Crack


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