20 Best Sativa Strains [2020]

In recent years, the benefits of cannabis have started to become more recognized by many worldwide which has resulted in more people trying it out. However, for those new to the world of cannabis, it can be overwhelming to choose the strain that best suits their needs.

For those who want to relax and calm down, then a great option would be a predominantly indica strain. However, for those looking for a boost in their energy levels or something that stimulates their creativity, then Sativa strains would be the most suitable for their needs.

With that said, here are the top 20 best Sativa strains on the market these days. Check them out below.

1.Sour Diesel

For experienced smokers, this particular strain is known for its uniquely sour flavor and diesel-like aroma. It’s a predominantly Sativa strain whose origins are thought to be from the genetic crossing of the Super Skunk and ChemDawg strains.

The Sour Diesel is well-known for its fast-acting ability to deliver energizing effects to its users which, when coupled with its dream-like effects, provides relief from several conditions. Medically, it can be used to alleviate symptoms of stress, pain, anxiety, and even depression.

It’s a versatile strain that can be grown both indoors and outdoors, taking at most 10 weeks to flower. It has a high THC level of around 20% which is a contributing factor to its energizing effects.

Features

  • Energizing and dream-like cerebral effects
  • Provides relief from anxiety, pain, depression, and stress
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 9 to 10 weeks
  • THC level: around 20%

 

#2.Amnesia Haze

This Sativa strain is considered one of the most common strains available these days, with many seed banks and dispensaries offering as part of their selection. It’s a pure and classic Sativa strain whose origins can be traced to Jamaican Landrace and South Asian strains.

It has an earthy as well as citrusy flavor that provides its users with an energetic buzz, allowing them to start their day off with a smile. Aside from boosting one’s energy, the Amnesia Haze also induces euphoric and happy feelings that help uplift one’s mood and stimulate one’s creativity. It’s also known to alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and even depression.

With its 17 to 22% THC content, the Amnesia Haze offers a potent and long-lasting buzz that you won’t soon forget.

Features

  • Energizing and euphoric effects
  • Alleviates stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 10 to 11 weeks
  • THC level: around 17 to 22%

 

3.Green Crack

Known for its potency and long-lasting buzz, the Green Crack strain offers highly energizing effects to its smokers. While the name can be misleading, this strain is purely a Sativa cannabis strain.

Aside from providing an energetic buzz to smokers, the Green Crack strain offers an invigorating effect that allows smokers to stay focused and full of energy throughout the day. As such, it’s most ideal for use during the daytime when most people would need the energy.

Due to its ability to uplift mood and energize, it’s often used to combat symptoms of stress, fatigue, and sometimes even depression. It contains a THC level of 17% which makes it a potent Sativa strain.

Features

  • Energizing and invigorating effects
  • Fights against symptoms of stress, fatigue, and depression
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 7 to 8 weeks
  • THC level: around 17%

 

4.Trainwreck

The Trainwreck strain is considered a highly potent strain that was the result of breeding several other sativa strains, particularly the genetics of Afghani, Thai, and Mexican strains. It has a distinctly sweet yet also spicy flavor that induces a cerebral high in users when smoked.

It’s a predominantly Sativa strain that stimulates creativity and uplifts one’s mood, making them feel happier and more relaxed while giving them a mental boost.

It also induces a buzz in the body and a euphoric effect that helps stimulate appetite and fight against symptoms of chronic pain, stress, and muscle spasms. However, since it provides a potent narcotic effect when smoked, novice smokers are advised against using this strain.

It contains a THC level of about 17%, making it a potent Sativa strain. It thrives in both indoor and outdoor growing environments, making it a versatile strain.

Features

  • Euphoric and stimulating yet relaxing effects
  • Fights against symptoms of muscle spasms, chronic pain, and stress
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 10 to 11 weeks
  • THC level: around 17%

 

5.Ghost Train Haze

Crossing the strains Ghost OG and Neville’s Wreck resulted in this potent Sativa strain that contains a THC level of about 28%. It has a distinct floral aroma and a sour taste that induces euphoric and energetic feelings when smoked.

It’s a great daytime strain that allows for increased energy levels that will help you get through the day.

In low doses, this potent Sativa strain is helpful at retaining focus and stimulating one’s creativity. At higher doses, it’s helpful at addressing symptoms of depression, pain, and loss of appetite. However, those prone to anxiety are advised against taking this strain.

It can be grown both indoors and outdoors but thrive more when grown in warmer outdoor climates.

Features

  • Euphoric and energizing effects
  • Low doses are best for focus and creativity
  • Higher doses are best for alleviating pain, depression, and appetite loss
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors but thrives best outdoors
  • Flowering time: 9 to 12 weeks
  • THC level: around 28%

 

6. Strawberry Cough

Named for its distinct strawberry flavor and overall fruity aroma, the Strawberry Cough strain is a hybrid that resulted from breeding a pure Haze male cannabis strain with a female Vermont Strawberry Fields indica strain.

In terms of its effects, the Strawberry Cough induces cerebral and energizing effects that are typical to the Sativa strains. It’s also helpful at uplifting one’s mood, producing euphoric feelings that will help fight against stress, anxiety, and depression.

It contains a THC level of up to 20% which makes it one of the more potent Sativa varieties out there. It thrives in a mostly indoor environment, requiring a warmer environment to grow properly.

Features

  • Energizing and euphoric cerebral effects that uplift one’s mood
  • Helps manage symptoms of extreme stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Grown and thrives in indoor environments
  • Flowering time: 9 weeks
  • THC level: around 20%

 

7.Purple Haze

The Purple Haze strain is considered legendary among all Sativa strains and not just because it has a Jimi Hendrix song dedicated to it. It has a THC level content of around 20%, making it a potent strain that gives smokers a long-lasting buzz.

Aside from this, it induces a happy and euphoric feeling when smoked as well as boosts one’s energy levels, stimulating their cognitive function and creativity. It helps manage feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, and sometimes pain.

It’s believed to be the result of crossing the strains Haze and Purple Thai, both of which passed their own unique features to this legendary strain.

It can be grown both indoors and outdoors, making it another versatile strain that many cultivators love.

Features

  • Energizing and euphoric effects
  • Helps manage feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, and pain
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 9 to 10 weeks
  • THC level: around 20%

 

8.Grapefruit

The Grapefruit Sativa strain is named as such because of its distinctly rich grapefruit taste as well as its citrus and tropical fruit aroma. This particular strain was the result of crossing a fast-flowering Thai Sativa strain with a clone of the strain Cinderella 99. 

It produces a high yield in a short time, and it can be grown indoors using specific training methods to manage its naturally tall height.

As a predominantly Sativa strain, the Grapefruit produces energizing effects when smoked, making it a great stress-reliever for when you need one. It induces a happy and euphoric feeling that helps alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. It can even help alleviate the pain felt from migraines.

It contains a slightly lower THC level at around 16%, but its effects are felt nonetheless.

Features

  • Energizing and stress-relieving effects
  • Helps with stress, anxiety, depression, and migraines
  • Mostly grown indoors with specific training methods
  • Flowering time: 8 to 9 weeks
  • THC level: around 16%

 

9.Laughing Buddha

The tall-growing Sativa Laughing Buddha is an award-winning Sativa strain that is the result of crossing Jamaican and Thai strains. It has a fruity smell and a sweet and slightly spicy taste that reflects its ability to uplift one’s mood and emotions.

This leaves smokers of this strain feeling happier and more upbeat, sometimes even giggly. It’s easy to grow, especially outdoors, and with its increased resistance to mold, cultivators need not worry about mold destroying their plants.

It induces a euphoric feeling as well as an energy rush that leaves users thinking more clearly and more focused. Its ability to uplift one’s mood makes it ideal for managing depression, anxiety, and stress. It contains a high THC level of about 22%, making it one of the most potent Sativa strains around.

Features

  • Energizing and euphoric effects that help focus and mood
  • Helps energize and combat symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Grown mostly outdoors with its high resistance to mold
  • Flowering time: 9 to 11 weeks
  • THC level: around 22%

 

10.Blue Dream

This predominantly Sativa hybrid strain is a world-renowned variety from California. The Blue Dream strain is the result of breeding the strains Haze and Blueberry, two strains that are famous in their own right.

It has a delicious lemon and blueberry taste which when combined with the piney aroma results in a long-lasting cerebral high that’s conducive to creativity and productivity. Despite its somewhat high level of THC content at around 18%, it’s a strain that both novice and veteran smokers can enjoy.

It’s a strain that’s helpful in alleviating feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s also used to help alleviate nausea and pain due to its high THC content. It induces a happy and euphoric feeling that helps uplift one’s mood.

It can be grown both indoors and outdoors, making it a suitable strain even for novice cultivators.

Features

  • Euphoric and stimulating effects
  • Helps uplift one’s mood and alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Also helps with pain and nausea due to its high THC content
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 9 to 10 weeks
  • THC level: around 18%

 

11.Super Lemon Haze

This predominantly Sativa hybrid strain resulted from the crossing of the famous Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk strains. The Super Lemon Haze is an award-winning strain that won the Cannabis Cup twice back to back.

It has a potent and long-lasting high that hits both the mind and body hard, inducing feelings of happiness and euphoria which help uplift the mood and boost energy levels. With its high THC content of 18%, it helps alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression while boosting energy levels that help you get through the day.

It has a sweet yet also tart flavor, similar to the Lemonheads candy, as well as a citrusy and zesty aroma that makes it appealing to many smokers.

Features

  • Euphoric and energy-boosting effects
  • Helps manage feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 10 weeks
  • THC level: around 18%

 

12.AK-47

The AK-47 Sativa strain is a classic in the cannabis community and legendary due to its ability to leave you feeling mellow and relaxed – effects that are more typical of indica varieties than Sativa.

Nevertheless, this strain that resulted from mixing the varieties of Afghani, Mexican, Colombian, and Thai offers a complex blend of taste as well as effects that will leave you wanting more. It has a long-lasting cerebral buzz that helps stimulate creativity and productivity, leaving you engaged and mentally alert while fully relaxed.

Its THC content of about 13 to 20% helps uplift the mood and relaxes the mind and body, allowing smokers to relieve stress and anxiety. 

Features

  • Calming yet also stimulating effects
  • Helps relieve stress and anxiety
  • Stimulates productivity and creativity
  • Outdoor growing conditions are most conducive
  • Flowering time: 8 to 9 weeks
  • THC level: 13 to 20%

 

13.Bruce Banner

Similar to its namesake, the Bruce Banner Sativa strain packs quite the punch in terms of effects. It’s an award-winning strain that contains an impressive THC level of about 28%, making it one of the most potent strains available these days.

Due to its high THC content, the buzz it produces tends to come on strong and fast but then it eventually settles down to induce a euphoric buzz that’s conducive to creativity and productivity. 

Although its effects are mostly felt in the mind, it does have some effect on the body, relaxing it enough to alleviate symptoms of stress, depression, and often pain as well. Despite this relaxing effect, it provides an energizing effect as well that keeps you mentally alert and focused throughout the day.

This strain is the result of crossing the Strawberry Diesel and OG Kush strains, and it can be easily grown both indoors and outdoors. This makes it a good option for both novice and veteran cultivators alike.

Features

  • Fast-acting and potent cerebral buzz
  • Energizing yet also calming effects that are conducive to creativity and productivity
  • Alleviates feelings of stress, depression, and pain
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 9 to 10 weeks
  • THC level: an impressive 28%

 

14.G-13 x Haze

Another classic Sativa hybrid, the G-13 Haze is the descendant of the well-known G-13, a strain that’s believed to have been developed in a US research facility in the 60s or 70s. Nevertheless, the G13 was then bred with a Haze strain which resulted in this Sativa-dominant strain.

Since it’s bred to provide a maximum level of potency, with a THC level of about 22 to 24%, beginner smokers are advised against smoking this strain the first time. It has a fruity tropical taste that helps induce euphoric feelings.

It helps stimulate one’s creativity and uplift one’s mood, allowing it to be used for alleviating stress, depression, and even pain. It produces a fast and high yield when cultivated indoors while it takes somewhat slower when grown outdoors.

Features

  • Euphoric and mood uplifting effects
  • Has a high potency and strong effects on the body
  • Helps alleviate stress, depression, and pain
  • Stimulates creativity 
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 9 to 11 weeks
  • THC level: 22 to 24%

 

15.Durban Poison

The Durban Poison is a pure Sativa strain that traces its origin in the South African port city, Durban. As a landrace strain, it’s a 100% pure Sativa strain which has become less common with the numerous hybrid varieties out there. 

As such, this strain contains a high THC level of around 18 to 26%, inducing feelings of euphoria, happiness, and uplifting moods. Moreover, it can also boost energy levels, making it a good strain for days when you need to be productive and alert. 

Due to its ability to uplift one’s mood, it can help combat feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety. Its effects are mostly cerebral in nature, and despite its high THC content, it’s actually quite friendly for beginner smokers. 

Features

  • Induces feelings of euphoria and happiness
  • Uplifts one’s mood and boosts energy levels
  • Helps increase productivity levels
  • Combats feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors
  • Flowering time: 8 to 9 weeks
  • THC level: around 18 to 26%

 

16.Red Dragon

Bred from a Pakistani indica strain and the Brazilian Utopia Haze, this predominantly Sativa strain contains a high THC level of up to 22%. As such, it provides a potent and long-lasting high that stimulates brain activity. This helps with productivity and creativity.

It induces feelings of happiness and euphoria as well as uplifts one’s mood. It’s been known to help combat feelings of depression and stress as well as pain. However, it’s not the best strain for those prone to anxiety as it may prove to be too much for some.

It features a fruity aroma that aligns with its euphoric effects. It’s a strain that grows best in indoor conditions.

Features

  • Induces feelings of euphoria and happiness
  • Uplifts one’s mood and improves focus and productivity
  • Combats feelings of stress, depression, and pain
  • Best grown indoors
  • Flowering time: 8 to 10 weeks
  • THC level: around 22%

 

17. Pineapple Express

With its tropical fruit scent of mango and apple, as well as its distinct cedar and pineapple taste, the Pineapple Express strain combines the best of both worlds, particularly the strains Hawaiian and Trainwreck. 

With a high THC level of about 20 to 26%, sometimes as high as 28%, this Sativa hybrid strain provides a hard-hitting buzz that energizes and induces feelings of euphoria and happiness that helps stimulate the mind while remaining calm at the same time.

It helps alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression due to its ability to uplift one’s mood and improve energy levels.

Features

  • Induces feelings of euphoria and happiness
  • Uplifts one’s mood and boosts energy levels
  • Helps alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Best grown indoors
  • Flowering time: 7 to 9 weeks
  • THC level: typically around 20 to 26%, sometimes as high as 28%

 

18.Casey Jones

Casey Jones is a predominantly Sativa hybrid strain that’s the result of crossing the strains Sour Diesel and Oriental Express. As such, it has a distinct sweet yet earthy taste with a hint of citrus.

It has a high level of THC at around 20% to produce potent effects that stimulate creativity and productivity due to its ability to boost energy levels and mental clarity. It also induces feelings of happiness and euphoria as well as uplifts one’s mood – characteristics that help battle feelings of stress, pain, and anxiety. It’s best grown indoors in controlled climates.

Features

  • Induces feelings of euphoria and happiness
  • Boosts energy levels and stimulates creativity
  • Helps increase productivity levels
  • Alleviates stress, pain, and anxiety
  • Best grown indoors with controlled climates
  • Flowering time: 10 to 11 weeks
  • THC level: around 20%

 

19.Maui Wowie or Maui Waui

Another classic Sativa strain, the Maui Wowie Sativa strain features a tropical flavor and scent that will certainly make you feel as if you were on an island. It’s a hybrid strain that’s the result of crossing a Mexican and Afghani strain and was brought to California.

It has a somewhat lightweight effect that serves to stimulate creativity and relieve one’s stressful feelings. It also helps boost energy levels and mental clarity, making it a good option for daytime use. 

It has a moderate amount of THC at 18% which helps alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Features

  • Induces feelings of euphoria and happiness
  • Boosts energy levels and stimulates creativity
  • Alleviates anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Can be grown both indoors and outdoors but requires nutrient-rich soil
  • Flowering time: 10 to 12 weeks
  • THC level: around 18%

 

20.Destroyer

A 100% pure Sativa strain, the Destroyer is the result of crossing the genetics of a Mexican/Colombian strain with the Meao Thai. Despite its striking name, the Destroyer offers a fruity and floral aroma and has a distinctly sweet ripe fruit flavor to it.

It produces psychoactive effects when smoked that’s combined with the mental alertness and clarity typical of Sativa strains. It has a high THC level of about 23% which is designed for more veteran cannabis users. 

Due to its ability to improve focus and concentration, it helps stimulate creativity as well as boost energy levels and induce feelings of euphoria. Because of this, it helps alleviate stress and feelings of depression. It thrives best in outdoor environments as indoor cultivation can pose more of a challenge even to the most seasoned growers.

Features

  • Induces psychedelic effects combined with mental clarity and euphoria
  • Boosts energy levels and stimulates creativity
  • Alleviates feelings of stress and depression
  • Best grown outdoors
  • Flowering time: 8 to 12 weeks
  • THC level: around 23%

Final Thoughts

Sativa strains are best known for their ability to boost energy levels and stimulate creativity and productivity, making them ideal for daytime use. They often contain higher levels of THC which can produce potent effects when smoked.

Being familiar with the most common Sativa strains can help you make a more informed decision when choosing what best suits your needs and preferences.