Weed and Motivation Problems
Motivation has always been an interesting topic to deal with in a dispensary context, as there is a pretty real stigma that people who smoke weed are more likely to do nothing and be lazy. I’ve had conversations with a good amount of parents about this, mostly concerned that if their children start smoking weed it could potentially ruin their lives because they won’t ever be motivated again. As someone who rarely stops creating things and is pretty constantly smoking marijuana, this stigma means very little to me, but it’s most likely because of how long I have had to incorporate smoking into my life.
But from a point of sale standpoint, generally if someone is looking for a product that will keep them active, most likely what they are going to want to buy is going to be a Sativa, the assumed energetic half of weed genetics. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learned from selling weed there is no guarantee that a Sativa will in fact give you the boost you’re looking for, and can sometimes still trick you into feeling like doing nothing. I had a few customers that were diehard Sativa users, one of which was a writer who specifically bought marijuana to help him focus on writing projects he was working on. While he never had any complaints about any of the strains we gave him we rarely had anything we could consider 100% Sativa, and there is a good chance that he was not quite under as much Sativa influence as he may have thought, but even just having the perception of, “This is a Sativa, it will keep me active,” is enough to propel someone forward.
This goes back to something I go over often, which is psychosomatic effects actually benefiting a user, or at least heavily modifying the experience. There is plenty to be said for having the assumption that weed can make you unproductive, as that mindset could even be half the battle when the time actually comes. While I don’t personally think that you have to be smoking the raciest Sativa to have a chance at being awake and active, sometimes that is the mentality you have to convey for someone to actually get the most out of those assumed effects. Half the battle is getting people in a better mental state to fully utilize their chemical options.
But even the most regular smoker can find themselves caught doing nothing for hours if they’re not careful. I personally have a few things I try to do to avoid this lull in productivity, most importantly is making sure I know what I need to be doing, lists on my laptop, timers on my phone that go off to remind me to do work, bookmark chains to pop open for new projects if I actually do run out of things to work on. But the most important thing to keep in mind is that it is ultimately up to you as the literal consumer, if you let yourself get into a state where you just don’t want to do anything, it’ll stick with you. You may be surprised to find that once you make yourself start a task, your high will more than carry you through it, maybe even getting you more invested than normal. The only way to get stuck in a couch is if you let yourself get stuck in a couch.
That being said, there are of course going to be instances where you may find yourself overwhelmed by the thought of doing anything while smoking, which some people prefer to use it primarily as a social task rather than a daily modifier, and to those people have at it. But if you are trying to be creative and productive while smoking there is plenty that you can do to start getting a better habit structure. Maybe don’t start off immediately trying to challenge an Indicas effects to see how much you can do, but after you’ve gotten used to trying to be productive you may find a Sativas energy is not actually what helps you produce what you want to.
Most importantly just focus on what is important to you. Marijuana is so heavily a mentality based drug, and it affects you based on your own decisions. If you get in the habit of using it as a tool to expand your creativity and production, the results will find their way to you. Now get up and go do something productive!