There are few better ways to relax on your day off than sparking up a little bit of weed. But if you’re trying to get a little stoned and not blow you’re entire day away, you should put a little thought behind the cannabis strain you select.As any seasoned stoner will tell you, different strains of cannabis offer various effects. Some are light and uplifting, while others can make you feel tired and groggy. But don’t worry, there are a ton of resources available to inform you exactly what you can expect from different strains.
Say goodbye to the lie-in, and hello to the perfect wake and bake! Our list of the best strains to start your day will be the only pick me up you will need!
1. Sour Diesel
Perhaps the most infamous “high energy sativa strain” available, Sour D is 90 percent sativa. It imparts energy, focus, mental stimulation and feelings of euphoria. Ideal for exercising, being social, working on creative projects or exploring the great outdoors.
Great White Shark is bred from the indica Super Skunk, as well as South American and Indian sativa’s. This strain has some serious teeth, the effects are felt quickly and hit hard! It won’t knock you right out, but if you have a busy day ahead this might not be the best wake and bake strain for you.
Hailing from the port town of Durban in South Africa, Durban Poison has been dubbed the “espresso of strains.” It’s a 100 percent sativa strain which makes it highly cerebral and stimulating in nature. Its energizing effects are being used to treat both ADD/ADHD and even depression and mood-related disorders. Go slow with this one, too many hits can easily lead to paranoia and a racing mind.
4. Green Crack
This one has been making the rounds on the medical scene since California’s first dispensaries started popping up in the mid to late 90’s. It was originally named “Crush” for the first two decades of its existence until none other than Snoop Dogg changed its name to “Green Crack” a few years back. As the name implies, this strain gives a very strong mental and energizing buzz even though it’s only 65 percent sativa.
5. White Widow
White Widow was a signature strain of the Amsterdam cafes of the early 1990s. It’s a heady sativa that was created by crossing a pure sativa strain native to Brazil with indica hybrids from southern India. At 60 percent sativa, this strain won’t make you too jittery, imparting relaxing focus and creativity to start your day off on a positive note.
Starting with a perky upbeat high, this strain quickly mellows out with a nice body buzz. Although its nearly 80 percent sativa, its THC percentage is slightly lower than other sativa strains, preventing the onset of paranoia that other sativas can impart in higher doses or amongst novice users.
Citrus flavored sativa strains are some of the best for a wake and bake. The aroma alone will energize your mind and wake you up, the fresh taste and uplifting effects make it perfect for a morning session. Grapefruit is a descendant of Cinderella 99, bred for it’s unique flavor and textbook sativa characteristics.
As one of the oldest and well-known sativa strains, Haze quickly became a building block strain that has passed on its superior genetics to countless other popular sativa strains. Haze has been well-loved by consumers and growers alike for it’s appetite-inducing properties along with its ability to impart happiness, the giggles, creativity and other highly desirable effects. Sitting at 80 percent sativa, Haze in its true form provides seemingly endless mental stimulation and energy. This is another strain to go slow with as one can easily wind up with a racing mind and feeling paranoia if consumed in higher doses.
9. Pineapple Express
A strain that needs no introduction, Pineapple Express is a 60 percent sativa strain that provides a very mellow buzz with a more subtle mental high. It won’t feel like you drank two cups of coffee, but you will be able to get work done and focus on tasks at hand. A perfect strain for reading, writing and/or working on creative projects.
10. Agent Orange
This is a more balanced strain in terms of being a sativa or indica. Born from Orange Velvet and Jack the Ripper, Agent Orange has a complex, well-rounded high. Agent Orange has a mouthwatering orange-citrus aroma, an uplifting and motivating high and some notable indica effects as well.
11. Acapulco Gold
A strain that has been used medically for PTSD and general anxiety disorders, Acapulco Gold is roughly 80 percent sativa. The strain mixes a light cerebral high with a calming body high that combine to make a very uplifting and relaxing experience. As with most sativa-dominant strains, take one or two hits and wait before consuming more. The effects come on quickly and can be overwhelming to new users.
12. Moby Dick
White Widow and Haze gave birth to one of the strongest sativa strains on earth. Moby Dick is a legendary strain which originated in Amsterdam, the weed capital of the world. The sativa effects are powerful, and the THC content is through the roof! Similar to ATF, it’s a good strain for weekend mornings, but don’t expect to function like a ‘normal’ person afterwards.
13. Jack Herer
An award-winning strain that has won two High Times Cannabis Cups and 12 High Life Cups. Jack Herer is a well-balanced sativa strain named after the author/activist of the same name. Highly sought after for morning consumption, medical and recreational users both attest to it’s power to impart feelings of happiness, contentment, energy and creativity.
The fruity, chocolate flavor of Chocolope goes well with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea. A near 100 percent sativa, your mind will be buzzing after just a taste or two of this strain.
While Chocolope features a strong cerebral, euphoric uplift, it also tends to be quite arousing. If morning lovin’ is in the cards for you, this sativa is sure to add a little nudge in the right direction.
Chocolope can get pretty potent, with a THC content between 17 and 21 percent. Novice consumers might want to start slow with this bud.
15. Lemon Haze
When life gives you lemons, make some clouds. Lemon Haze is aptly named, each bud gives off a potent lemony aroma and has a distinct yellow tint. Born from Lemon Skunk and Silver Haze, Lemon Haze will give you a boost of energy followed by a long-lasting, uplifting high. The citrus flavor pairs well for early mornings, like a tall glass of orange juice with breakfast.