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.
Cannabis is either derived from indica strains, which are known for their sedative, relaxing and lethargic properties, or sativa, which offers more of a buzzy boost. Growers have been tinkering and cross-breeding for decades, so most strains are a combination of indica and sativa, known as a hybrid. 1. Sour Diesel
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.
2. Durban Poison
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.
3. 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.
A very well-rounded hybrid strain – 50 percent indica and 50 percent sativa – XJ-13 is an excellent wake n’ bake strain. Originating in Oakland, California, this strain provides an uplifting, yet relaxing buzz that imparts creativity and focus without the mind-racing element that other sativa-dominant strains impart.
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.
6. Island Sweet Skunk
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.
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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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