14 of the Best Activities to Stay Functionally High (with Weed Pairings)


One of the common stereotypes about cannabis consumers is that we just sit on the couch giggling.

And while there’s nothing wrong with relaxing and taking time to laugh–it’s actually encouraged–sometimes you just want to get something done. To check something off your list.

To be functionally high.

That doesn’t mean you have to jump on the treadmill or clean the house (though both can be great options if you’ve smoked an energizing strain).

It just feels good to know you put your time to purposeful use, especially if you constantly find yourself thinking about what to do instead of doing something… or browsing the Netflix menu screen instead of actually watching something.

Here are 14 ways to stay functionally high (and recommended weed pairings), from energy-intensive activities to creative projects you can do at home.

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Stay Active

Ditch the stoner stereotype, jump off the couch, and get ready to be productive.

1. Do some cooking

Durban Poison (Sativa)

  • Energetic, uplifting high to help you stay productive
  • Helps reduce stress without increasing your appetite

Whether you’re cooking for fun or doing meal prep to save time during the busy week, cooking lets you put marijuana energy to use in a way that can save you time and help you eat healthy all week long.

Aside from the irony of smoking a strain with “Poison” in the name while cooking food, Durban Poison’s energetic, productive high is ideal for spending a few hours in the kitchen. And it won’t increase your appetite (at least not more than any other strain), so you won’t end up eating all the ingredients before you’re done cooking.

2. Go for a hike or bike ride

Blue OG (Hybrid)

  • Euphoric, cerebral and physically relaxing high
  • Known to relieve pain and nausea

Feeling active after that last hit? What better way to spend an hour or two than checking out one of Boulder’s beautiful trails?

Blue OG delivers a cerebral high while relaxing the muscles and relieving pain and nausea, so you can enjoy your hike or ride longer and with less discomfort.

3. Go to the park

Aloha Limone (Hybrid)

  • Euphoric, physically floaty high
  • Can make you hungry (so bring a snack)

Boulder is full of beautiful, well-maintained parks where you can while away an afternoon. Lush grass, shady trees, covered picnic tables, basketball hoops… whatever you love doing outdoors (well, most things), it’s better at the park.

Aloha Limone brings a happy, tingly, giggly high that makes you want to get up and go. Whether you’re throwing around a ball or frisbee, doing yoga or looking for squirrels, this strain is great whether you’re headed out with friends or on your own.

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4. Start cleaning

Day Maker (Sativa)

  • Uplifting, energetic head high
  • Blended terpene profile for more flavor and aroma

If you love cleaning, this is an easy activity to choose. If you tend to put off cleaning until company is on the way, a bit of bud can make the job more enjoyable.

Day Maker’s uplifting, energetic mental buzz will keep you on your toes until the task is done. And with a blended terpene profile that delivers impressive flavor and aroma, you can enjoy the taste and smell of weed… instead of cleaning supplies.

5. Working

Sour Band (Hybrid)

  • Energetic, relaxing and euphoric high
  • Helps relieve tension while staying clear-headed

Not every job can be done while you’re high. But if your work allows for a bit of bud while you’re busy, the right strain can keep you motivated and focused for hours at a time.

Sour Band is more than just a potent, flavorful strain. It’s relaxing but energetic and feel-good head high is strong enough to relieve tension but clear-headed enough to let you stay focused on the task at hand.

6. Visit a museum or library

Chemodo Dragon (Hybrid)

  • Inspiring, active high
  • High levels of THC to

Going to the museum or library is a great way to exercise your mind, and the right weed can make an interesting trip absolutely mind-blowing.

Chemodo Dragon’s high THC levels and inspiring, active effects are ideal for enjoying a day at the museum or browsing your local library without getting too tired or wanting to lock yourself in front of the TV.

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Be Creative

Even if you never plan on showing your work to another living being, it can be fun to make something just for the sake of creating.

7. Make a craft

Sour Diesel (Sativa)

  • Energizing, uplifting and creative high
  • Often used to combat stress and depression

Grab some felt, paper and glue (or whatever you have lying around the house) and build something. Make something practical that you can use around the house, craft a gift for your nephew, or just work on a fun design because you like the way it looks.

With a fast-acting, energetic and uplifting high, Sour Diesel powers your mind and body with the energy and creativity you need to start a craft and see it through.

8. Draw or paint

Death Star (Indica)

  • Powerful high that combines sativa and indica effects
  • Slower onset to get in the creative zone before you’re distracted by Netflix

You don’t have to be a great artist to draw or paint. As Bob Ross says, “Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.”

Deathstar’s slow-building physical and mental high uplifts your creativity while relaxing the body so you can let your artwork flow freely.

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9. Drop a beat

Chemdawg 4 (Hybrid)

  • Happy, euphoric mental buzz that builds into a full-body high

Grab an instrument, load up your recording software, or just throw on a beat and try your hand at freestyling.

Chemdawg 4 delivers a fast-acting mental buzz that gets the creative juices flowing before settling into a full-body high that helps you feel every beat.

10. Record a video

Jack Herer (Sativa)

  • Happy, clear-headed high
  • Often used to fight stress, depression, pain and fatigue

You don’t have to publish on YouTube or stream a video live to try your hand at film-making. Film the scenes you need to tell a great story or just try new effects and find great angles to film the neighborhood raccoons.

11. Write a story or poem

Grand Daddy Purple (Indica)

  • Cerebral, relaxing high
  • Often used to reduce stress, pain and muscle spasms

If you’re more of a wordsmith than a musician or artist, power up your laptop or go traditional with a pen and pad of paper and let the ideas flow. Write something cathartic or go ridiculous.

Grand Daddy Purp delivers a dreamy buzz and heavy body high that will keep your body in one place while letting your mind (and ideas) float into the stratosphere.


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Be Entertained

Sometimes you just want to be entertained.

Instead of watching another movie or that new series you don’t really like anyway, try one of these options to change up your routine.

12. Catch a show

Original Glue – formerly known as GG4/Gorilla Glue (Hybrid)

  • Uplifting, euphoric mental high and heavy relaxation
  • Often used to treat

Boulder is full of iconic music venues, impressive theaters, and more talented local performers than you can count. What better way to spend your next high than getting out of the house and taking in a show.

Original Glue (f.k.a. GG4, Gorilla Glue) elevates your mind while locking you to your chair. Time your smoke session for just before a play or performance and you’ll be comfy and entertained for the full show. Tip: If you’re going to a concert without seating, you might prefer a lighter sativa, like Jack Herer or Sour Diesel.

13. Take a tour

Green Crack (Sativa)

  • Focused, invigorating mental high
  • Daytime strain often used to fight fatigue, stress and depression

Enjoy a Boulder walking tour, visit the Celestial Seasonings, or tour a local microbrewery. Get to know this beautiful city, and see it in a new light.

Green crack is a daytime sativa strain with an active mental buzz that keeps you focused and energized. It even helps fight fatigue (for longer tours).

14. Watch a foreign film

Grape Ape (Indica)

  • Carefree, relaxing high
  • Soothes stress and anxiety

So you don’t want to just watch another movie, but you don’t feel like going anywhere or expending a lot of effort. Why not check out a foreign language film?

Yes, you’ll probably have subtitles, but it’s just like when you throw on the closed captioning when you’re in a loud room (or snacking on loud chips). By the end of the film you won’t even remember you hate subtitles.

There are probably hundreds of options on your favorite streaming service, each one with a unique story (or a familiar story told in a unique way).

Grape Ape offers a relaxing, stress-free high that can even help with headaches, making it easy to fall into the movie–subtitles and all.

Staying Active Doesn't Mean You Can't Stay High

Whether you want to get up and go or clomp around the house, the right strain makes it easy to stay productive while you’re high.

What’s your favorite activity and strain when you want to be functionally high?

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