Cannabis is an incredibly diverse plant that has been selectively bred in many different ways in order to produce a wide spectrum of effects for users to select from. Strains that lean towards the indica end of the spectrum tend to “stone” and relax the body, whereas sativas have an energizing and uplifting effect. The latter are great for recreational fun, yet they also serve as fantastic tools for boosting creativity and focus at work. Sativa-dominant strains have great potential for motivating people out of feelings of stress and anxiety.
Here are the top 10 uplifting cannabis strains for when you need an uplifting and energetic boost!
Jamaican Dream is as sativa-dominant a strain can get without being 100% pure. Her uplifting and buzzing high has won multiple awards within the cannabis world, including first place at the Slovakia Cannabis Cup in 2011. High THC levels of around 21% and a heavy sativa buzz produce a high that is fast-acting and incredibly energetic and motivating. This strain is one to roll up before working on creative projects such as writing, making music, or painting. Taking a hit of this strain before working out or playing sports will also help to boost focus and alertness.
The terpene profile within Jamaican Dream features mind-blowing flavors of tropical fruit, citrus, and strawberries. These lively tastes really work to complement the energizing nature of the high. Jamaican Dream has a medium growing difficulty and is best cultivated by those with some previous experience. She offers impressively large yields when grown both indoors and outdoors, and remains at a medium height throughout most of the grow cycle. Harvest time for outdoor strains occurs during October.
Chocolate Fondue sits firmly on the sativa end of the spectrum, featuring approximately 80% sativa genetics. She is the result of crossing parent strains Exodus UK Cheese and Chocolope, a match resulting in a strain with medium levels of THC. Chocolate Fondue offers the middle ground between mellow and overwhelming highs, making her a fantastic smoking option on days where you need to stay focused, but still want a bit of THC in your life. The high is uplifting and cerebral, with a hefty dose of euphoria. Her name derives from the sweet, chocolatey taste that each toke leaves on the taste buds.
The sativa genetics really show in Chocolate Fondue’s growth pattern. She grows tall and is definitely better suited to the outdoors, where plants can grow to their full potential and provide huge yields. If grown indoors, expect yields of around 600g/m². Get ready to harvest this strain after a flowering time of around 8–9 weeks.
Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze is a stunning combination of both the old-school and modern genetics of Super Silver Haze and Sour Diesel. This strain offers a hard-hitting and powerful high that will satisfy veteran smokers and potentially overwhelm novices. The high is extremely uplifting, motivating, and stimulating. A joint loaded with Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze is a great wake-and-bake option along with a cup of strong coffee to get a busy and demanding day started on the right foot. The flowers of this strain emit pungent aromas of citrus and pine.
Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze has quite a different stature to most sativa-dominant varieties, remaining at a medium height throughout her grow cycle. This smaller size makes her more manageable and a feasible option for indoor cultivation. Yields are often massive regardless of indoor or outdoor cultivation, with a flowering time of up to 12 weeks.
Panama Haze is oozing with sativa genetics. With levels ranging from between 90–100%, such a genetic makeup is certain to provide the electrical energy that this cannabis subspecies is known for. This strain’s sativa essence has garnered her much popularity within the worldwide cannabis scene. Such pure genetics have been passed down from a lineage involving Purple Haze, Green Haze, and F10 Panama Elite. Masterful breeding has resulted in respectable THC levels that can reach up to 23%. Such intense levels of the psychoactive cannabinoid offer a powerfully energetic high that borders on psychedelic.
Panama Haze puts her genetics on display whether grown indoors or outdoors, reaching towering heights. These weed trees are regarded as easy to grow due to their resistance to mold, mildew, and harsh temperatures.
Destroyer hasn’t earned its slightly intimidating title for nothing. High levels of THC work to decimate low moods and creative blocks. This pure sativa is the child of Mexican, Colombian, and Thai genetics. THC levels of 20% and CBD levels of 1% induce a strong and buzzy high that counters the stress of day-to-day life, catalyzing feelings of passion and motivation. She is the perfect daytime smoke for monotonous routines and hikes in nature. The scents and tastes of this strain are very comforting and refreshing, with lavender being particularly dominant within the mix.
Sativa purity causes this lady to grow to gigantic heights, becoming the centerpiece of any polyculture garden. She will reach her full potential when grown outdoors, but can be cultivated indoors considering space is available. She offers medium yields in both environments and is ready to harvest after a flowering period of up to 14 weeks.
Bruce Banner is a reference to the Hulk: big, green, and monstrous. These details describe this strain perfectly as she really is unique and even intimidating. Bruce Banner BX 2.0 was bred with only one thing in mind: pure psychoactive power. Lab results have revealed that this beast is capable of producing THC levels of up to 30%, creating a high that is loaded with energy and positivity at lower doses. Higher doses of this strain are very likely to border on the psychedelic and will certainly be too much for novice smokers. This strain is an excellent choice for making edibles if you’re really looking to blast off.
Bruce Banner BX 2.0 is a towering sativa that will require some pruning and maintenance. Yields are often massive after a flowering time of approximately 10 weeks. Harvest time for outdoor plants occurs during October.
Mickey Kush is a sativa-dominant lady featuring around 75% sativa genetics and 25% indica genetics. She stems from parent strains Jack The Ripper and Sweet Irish Kush, resulting in a strain with high levels of THC and unknown levels of CBD. This strain is certainly one that will kick you into gear during the daytime, erasing any feelings of boredom and procrastination.
Mickey Kush is of medium difficulty to cultivate. She grows to tall heights both indoors and outdoors, churning out medium yields. She has a rather brief flowering period of between 7–8 weeks.
This dark green beauty ticks all of the boxes for an uplifting and stimulating strain. She features 70% sativa genetics and has a complex lineage involving Northern Lights, Romulan, Purple Haze, Jamaican Lambsbread, Pluton, and Cinderella 99. This genetic cocktail has produced a mellow strain that soothes the soul. Jack The Ripper contains medium levels of THC, making her ideal for beginner smokers and those needing a light boost throughout the day, without becoming overly high. The euphoric and uplifting effects of this strain are well-matched with her delightful tastes of pine, fruit, and lemon.
Jack The Ripper is rather easy to grow and maintains a medium size throughout the grow cycle. This height makes her easy to manage indoors and also adds an element of stealth and privacy for those who require it.
Santa Muerte is a pure sativa variety that produces large and dense flowers that leak with psychoactive resin. Her THC level of 20% is enough to make even veteran stoners feel stimulated and exited. Her parent strains Mexican Sativa and Original Haze have graced her with desirable fruity flavors.
Santa Muerte is regarded as a difficult strain to grow, and is therefore best left to more experienced cultivators. Plants grown indoors put out yields of up to 600g/m², with outdoor counterparts pumping out massive harvests and growing to heights of around 2.3m.
The flowers of this strain are so coated with trichomes that they give off the appearance of jewels. Franco’s Lemon Cheese is a sativa-dominant hybrid that features 60% sativa genetics and 40% indica genetics, making her an uplifting strain that has an element of chill. Her parent strains Super Lemon Haze and Exodus Cheese have passed down scents and flavors of cheese and lemon. Her THC levels of 21% are enough to trigger a long-lasting and fast-acting high.
Franco’s Lemon Cheese grows to a medium height both indoors and outdoors, offering large yields in either setting. She features a flowering time of up to 11 weeks and will be ready to harvest during October/November.