Our advice is if you are studying keep a clear head and don’t smoke weed. Leafly though have product to sell so don’t let commonsense get in the way of capitalism !
If your focus needs sharpening…
Try Dutch Treat.
Most of us don’t intend to be several dabs deep for a test, but encoding specificity isn’t the only thing to take into consideration. If you’re more likely not to study at all while sober, then the question becomes how cannabis can help address the cause of that reluctance. For many, the issue is focus: In an era of ever-more-sophisticated attempts to grab our attention, textbooks and study guides are not gamified to compete with the likes of social media.
Though the wrong strain can be disastrous for focus, the right strain can help keep your mind on the task at hand. Dutch Treat can help slow the endless cycle of thought just enough to let you hone in on the primary task at hand. Also, pro tip with or without the Dutch Treat—put your phone away before you study (like, in a distant dresser drawer).
If you can’t stay in your chair…
Try Original Glue.
This strain is famous (as well as infamous) for gluing people to whatever they’re sitting on. This tends to be the couch, so the important thing here is to have your study station entirely set up before you hit this. Grab all your textbooks, your notes, your backpack, a glass of water, a blanket, whatever you’re going to need. Then get comfortable and get going on a long stretch of reading or review.
Again, having too much can undermine the efficacy of your efforts, but as with the focus issue above, if the alternative is not sitting down and studying at all, studying while slightly elevated is better than skipping it.
If you suffer from test-induced anxiety…
Try Grape Ape.
The principle of encoding specificity goes both ways: If studying is fine, but you find yourself using cannabis on test days just to deal with the nerves, you may want to be studying with it as well—preferably with the same strain. Choose something that will relax your mind and body while you study, and soothe your anxiety without putting you to sleep, such as Grape Ape.
Given that olfactory input is one of the things known to aid in recollection, there’s also a chance that experiencing Grape Ape’s uniquely pungent and complex grape-and-berry scent right before both studying and testing may help bring what you were studying back to the front of your mind, too.
If you just miss the ritual…
Maybe you’re accustomed to consuming every night, and the nights when you try to study sober leave you feeling like a fish out of water. Easy fix: A high-CBD strain like ACDC, of which you can smoke or vaporize a gram while hardly feeling the psychotropic effects. The familiarity of hitting the joint or Volcano bag will relax you and let you concentrate, and with your mind on whatever you’re committing to memory, you’ll hardly even notice the lack of intoxication.
Bonus: If you also choose to consume ACDC before your test, you may benefit from the anti-anxiety properties of CBD.
If you need an incentive…
Try Kosher Kush.
As we’ve noted, studying and THC don’t mix well for everyone. And again, that’s fine. But you can still let cannabis help you study, in the form of a classic carrot-style incentive.
Before a tough study night, or a big push on writing an essay, or most anything else you’re not looking forward to, check out your local cannabis shop for a top-shelf strain like Kosher Kush. Keep it sealed tight until a predetermined stopping point (otherwise that heavenly Kush aroma might make it hard to wait), then reward yourself for your efforts with a high that’s potent, mellow, and happy. It’ll relax your mind after a tough evening and drift you straight off to sleep so you’re fresh and ready for the next day, whatever it brings.