Top 10 Sativa Marijuana Strains of 2017 (So Far)

Here are the 10 most popular sativa-dominant marijuana strains so far in 2017.

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Super Silver Haze.

Recently we listed the top 10 marijuana strains so far in 2017. Now, we will be more specific by breaking down the top sativa-dominant strains.

Sativa marijuana strains have gained massive popularity in recent years; this popularity continues to grow as more people begin to understand the differences between sativa, indica and hybrid strains. Given that sativa strains are often great for daytime use, and great for a high without drowsiness, their popularity makes perfect sense. However, not all sativas are created equally, and here we list some of the best.

Without further ado, below are the top 10 most popular sativa marijuana strains so far this year (using data from Leafly):

Sour Diesel earns its place at the top with a unique and enjoyable taste, and a high that exemplifies why sativas are so loved: its heady with a nice, uplifting body buzz, and it accomplishes this without making you drowsy. It’s pretty much always an excellent choice.

With its sweet, citrus-like flavor and smell, and balanced high, Green Crack has shot into prominent in recent years. Many in the cannabis community, for good reason, are opposed to its name and believe that it does the marijuana movement no favors, but if you can look past that what you’ll find is an enjoyable smoke with an even, smooth high.

Jack Here, for good reason, is about as legendary a sativa strain as there is. Its prominence over the past couple decades haven’t prevented it from remaining popular to this day; even as legal cannabis takes hold across the country. Jack Herer is an excellent cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk; this results in piney flavor and smell that’s a complete joy to consume.

Durban Poison, which has African Sativa lineage, has gained worldwide notoriety for its sweet smell and energetic, uplifting high. As with many strains on this list, Durban Poison is perfect for daytime use or wake-and-bake sessions, making it a go-to strain for regular cannabis consumers.

According to Leafly: “Lemon Haze has been characterized as smelling of fresh peeled lemon slices with a similar taste. Its buds appear to be green and yellow with amber hairs on the trichomes, giving it the yellow tint. This strain’s THC has been measured at about 15-20% with a CBD of 0.38%.”

When Super Silver Haze debuted in the late 90s, it burst onto the cannabis scene; it was a first-place winner at each of the first three High Times Cannabis Cups in 97, 98 and 99. It has remained a well-loved and much-coveted marijuana strain ever since.

This sativa-dominant strain is a mix of Northern Lights, Skunk and Haze; all three much-respected strains in their own rights. This results in a sweet, earthy flavor and smell.

Strawberry Cough earns its name with a taste of sweet strawberries, with a backdrop of pine. This potent sativa-dominant strain has remained popular for years, even though its exact lineage is a bit of a mystery.

Alaskan Thunder Fuck. (Photo: TheNug.com)

ATF is known for its dense, kiefy nuggets. It’s also know for its relaxing and euphoric high. The headiness of this strain makes it more potent than many other sativa strains, but it’s uplifting enough to remain a solid daytime option.

Super Lemon Haze is a sativa-dominant hybrid; it’s a cross between Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze which has is a two time Cannabis Cup winner. As the name implies, the taste and smell is that of sweet lemons.

Maui Wowie, with its sweet, tropical flavor, has become known for its pleasant and smooth high. Excellent for relieving stress, this strain is far from the most potent sativa around, but is a joy to consume regardless.

 

Indica or Sativa: What’s the Difference?

What are the differences between indica and sativa marijuana strains?

(Photo: Leafscience.com)

When purchasing marijuana, you might notice that strains are separated into three types; sativa, indica and hybrid, which is a mix of the two. These different species have varying effects when consumed; they also grow slightly differently.

Indica Marijuana Strains

Indica strains tend to have a much stronger “head high” than sativas; this results in a relaxed experience that’s excellent for insomnia and pain relief. Most people find indicas a little too heavy to take during the day; at least if you plan to do much more than hang out at home and play video games (not necessarily a bad thing).

As a plant, indica marijuana strains tend to be shorter and wider than sativa plants, growing between 3.2 to 9.8 feet tall. Indica marijuana plants flower considerably faster than sativas, and are more easily influenced by an alternation of light cycles.

Below is a list of some of the most popular indica marijuana strains on the market:

  • Northern Lights

    Pineapple kush.
  • Pineapple Kush
  • ICE
  • OG Kush
  • Blue Mystic

 

Sativa Marijuana Strains

Sativa strains tend to be more popular than indica strains, especially among new consumers. They tend to have a much more energizer and uplifiting high; this makes it suitable for daytime use.

Although sativa strains aren’t as strong or “heavy” as indica strains, they still have vast medical value; they are particularly useful for anxiety, increasing appetite, reducing nausea and a large number of other things.

As a plant, sativa marijuana strains are taller and thinner than indica strains; in some cases they can reach up to 20 feet in length, though are more often somewhere between 8 and 12 feet.

Below is a list of some of the most popular sativa marijuana strains on the market:

  • Maui Waui

    Chocolope. (Photo: AllBud.com)
  • Chocolope
  • Laughing Buddha
  • Strawberry Cough
  • Amnesia Haze

 

Hybrid Marijuana Strains

Hybrid marijuana strains are a combination of sativa and indica. This may be a 50/50 split, or it may be more of an 80/20 split.

Below is a list of some of the most popular hybrid marijuana strains on the market:

  • Tahoe OG Kush

    Girl Scout Cookies.
  • Death Star
  • Mango Kush
  • Girl Scouts Cookies
  • Bruce Banner