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.

 

Red Headed Stranger Marijuana Strain Overview

A beautiful mix between Haze and William’s Wonder, Red Headed Stranger should be no stranger to your stash.

red headed strangerRed Headed Stranger is an uplifting sativa-dominant strain with an absolutely energetic, body-buzzing type of high. Perfect for daytime use and wake-and-bake sessions, this strain is great to help you tackle whatever you might have going on that day. Many college students find its high to allow for greater focus when taking tests; musicians report the same thing when performing. Thankfully, the unique yet pleasant taste and smell make this an overall excellent strain.

Red Headed Stranger is great for helping with pain, depression and stress, among many other ailments.

Smell and taste:

  • Strong pine
  • Various herbs
  • A subtle peppery note

 

Reviews:

At the time of publication Red Headed Stranger has 51 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.6 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews):

“A great sativa! Uplifting, very cerebral effects thanks to the Haze heritage, but the Willy’s Wonder balances it nicely. A perfect day smoke. Not overly pungent, lightly citrus with earthy hints. Dense fluffy buds that glisten, it never disappoints.”

 

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, Leafly has a strain finder that can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying then Red Headed Stranger marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

 

Marijuana Strain Overview: Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade is a great day-time use sativa that’s a mix between Strawberry Cough and Lemon OG.

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(Photo: MedicalJane.com)

Strawberry Lemonade, a sativa-dominant strain, has an uplifting, almost energetic high to it that buzzes throughout the entire body. The taste is great, and perfectly matches its name. As one reviewer (deadlightbulb) on Leafly puts it, it’s like “a tornado made it way through a strawberry field, lemon tree farm and directly into my mouth.”

A concentrate made from the Strawberry Lemonade strain took 1st in High Times’ 2015 Denver Cannabis Cup as “Best Sativa Concentrate”.

This strain is great for those suffering from chronic pain, stress, depression, lack of appetite or anxiety.

Smell and taste:

  • Ripe strawberry
  • Tart lemonade

 

Reviews:

Strawberry Lemonade currently has 82 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.1 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews):

“This strain tastes is like a tornado made it way through a strawberry field, lemon tree farm and directly into my mouth. I can’t believe how much flavor this packs! Such a tantalizing terpene profile for this sativa. It is a powerfully uplifting sativa that will give you a very nice cerebral buzz. It was a bit harsh and did make me cough, but the aftertaste was like exhaling a sweetened lemon zest.”

 

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, Leafly has a strain finder that can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying then Strawberry Lemonade marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

 

Green Candy Marijuana Strain Overview

Green Candy is a sativa-dominant hybrid that smells and tastes great, and has a smooth uplifting high.

green candyAs its name implies, Green Candy is a mix between Green Crack and Candy Kush, two excellent strains in their own right. The combo is a worthy sativa that delivers a smooth, well-balanced high and an enjoyable taste and smell. The smell is pleasant enough that even those who typically dislike the smell of marijuana will likely find it pleasing; it smells of sweet pine, which is quite enjoyable.

Smell and taste:

  • Sugar
  • Pine

 

Reviews:

Green Candy currently has 82 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.3 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews):

“A very good Sativa effect. I was impressed with the taste and longevity of the effects. Was medicated for hours feeling very uplifted and happy. Took care of my anxiety and I had no problems doing day to day activities. Overall very good strain, I would definitely recommend giving it a try.”

 

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, Leafly has a strain finder that can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying then Green Candy marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

 

Seattle Cough Marijuana Strain Overview

Seattle Cough is an uplifting, energetic sativa-dominant strain.

(Photo: AllBud.com)

Seattle Cough is a clone of Dutch Cough, which itself is a mix of Northern Lights #5 and Haze #2. The high is that of a potent, energetic sativa. The high permeates throughout the body, bringing forth a nice buzzing feeling. This strain is excellent for daytime use and for those wanting a burst of creativity.

The smell and taste is extremely pleasant; sweet citrus mixes with pine, and the smooth is incredibly smooth.

Seattle Cough is great for depression, nausea, loss of appetite and stress, among many other things.

 

Smell and taste:

  • Sweet citrus
  • Earthy pine

 

Reviews:

Seattle Cough currently has 35 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.7 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews):

“70% Sativa dominant Seattle Cough has potent and powerful euphoric properties. Great for lifting your spirits , provoking deep thought or getting you motivated to accomplish any tasks. It will get you up and going, great for socializing, enjoying a walk with a friend (two legged or four), grooving to music or whatever. She has just enough indica in her to smooth out those aches and pains but not slow you down. The ex…”

 

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, Leafly has a strain finder that can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying then Seattle Cough marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

 

Wet Dream Marijuana Strain Overview

Despite a name that seems to indicate it may be best for night time use, the Wet Dream marijuana strain is an uplifting sativa.

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Wet Dream is an energetic sativa-dominant marijuana strain that is native to California. It’s a cross between two strains that are stables in the cannabis market; Blue Dream and Haze.

The results are a sativa with an uplifting body high that’s excellent for daytime use. It’s piney flavor and smell has hints of lemon and is thoroughly enjoyable to consume.

The top effects of the Wet Dream marijuana strain are:

  • Energy
  • Happiness
  • Increased Appetite and
  • Focus

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Pain management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of appetite and also
  • Stress

Reviews:

At the time of publication Wet Dream has 38 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.3 out of 5.

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, you may want to check out Leafly’s strain finder. This feature can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Wet Dream marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

Pineapple Express Marijuana Strain Overview

Pineapple Express is easily one of the most popularity marijuana strains in the U.S.; this is thanks in large part to the popularity of the Seth Rogan film of the same name.

Pineapple ExpressAlthough this sativa-dominant strain can thank a lot of its current popularity to the 2008 film, those who were consuming cannabis before it came out know that even prior to its release Pineapple Express was widely known and respected in the cannabis community.

The beautiful cross between Trainwreck and Hawaiian earns its name with a delicious taste and aroma. The flavor is often described as pineapple mixed with cedar. The high is energetic and longer lasting than many other sativa strains. Perfect for daytime use.

The top effects of the Pineapple Express marijuana strain are:

  • An energetic head and body high
  • Happiness
  • Increase in appetite and also
  • Creativity

 

Medical properties:

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Nausea and also
  • Headaches/migraines

 

Growing information:

Pineapple Express is a moderately difficult strain to grow with a typically high yield. Its flowering time is normally around two months
Click here for a beginner’s guide to growing this strain as well as others.

 

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational purposes, we suggest you check out Leafly’s strain finder; this uses your location to find the closet cannabis store/dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Pineapple Express marijuana strain. Click here for the strain finder.

Sour Diesel Marijuana Strain Overview

For many cannabis consumers, when they think of a good sativa, they think of Sour Diesel. Here’s a look at this tried-and-true marijuana strain.

sour dieselAlthough nailing down its exact lineage is difficult, Sour Diesel is believed to have descended from both Super Skunk and Chemdawg. Known for its strong, diesel-like smell, Sour Diesel is easily one of the most popular sativa strains on the market.

According to Leafly, the top effects of the Sour Diesel marijuana strain are:

  • Happy
  • Uplifted
  • Euphoric
  • Energetic and also
  • Relaxed

 

Medical properties:

Sour D is perfect for patients looking to medicate with the heavy high of indica strains. It may not be the best strain for insomnia, but it’s excellent at treating a large number of other ailments.

Below are the some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Pain
  • Fatigue and also
  • Lack of appetite

 

Growing information:

Sour diesel is a strain that has a longer flowering window than many others. Despite that, it’s a relatively easy strain to grow; though a tough one to completely master Below is some growing information specific to this strain:

      • Has a 70-80 day flowering window with a medium yield
      • Is best grown indoors, though take note that the plant does grow taller than a lot of other strains
      • Grows best in potted soil

 

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational purposes, we suggest you check out Leafly’s strain finder; this uses your location to find the closet cannabis store/dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Sour Diesel marijuana strain. Click here for the strain finder.

Indica or Sativa: What’s the Difference?

What are the differences between indica and sativa marijuana strains?

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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

 

Sativa vs. Indica vs. Hybrid: What’s the Difference

By Bailey Rahn, Leafly.com

When browsing Leafly or purchasing cannabis at a shop, you may notice strains are broken up into three distinct groups: indica, sativa, and hybrid.

Indica strains are known for being physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed. Sativas typically provide more invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects. Hybrids tend to fall somewhere in between the indica-sativa spectrum, depending on the traits they inherit from their parent strains.

Because of these perceived differences, medical patients using cannabis to treat their symptoms and conditions may also consider a strain’s classification. A patient suffering from fatigue or depression may use a sativa during the day, and another treating pain and insomnia will likely choose an indica strain at nighttime. High-CBD strains, which are preferred by patients treating seizures, anxiety, pain, and a few other conditions – may be of either category, but offer little to no psychoactive effects.

This classification has been around longer than you might think: early taxonomic distinctions between Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa began in the 18th century when differences between their structure and resin production were first noted. The hybrid category was adopted later on, as growers began mixing genetics from different geographic locations.

Indicas are believed to have originated in the Hindu Kush region near Afghanistan, where they developed thick coats of resin as protection against the harsh climate and conditions. Sativas thrive in temperate areas closer to the equator.

Indica vs. Sativa breakdown

Other Unique Attributes:

In addition to differences in geographic origin, sativa and indica cannabis strains have several other unique attributes:

  • Morphology – indica and sativa plants have differences in appearance.
  • Flowering time – sativa plants have a longer maturation cycle than indica plants.
  • Yields – Indica strains tend to produce heavier yields than sativa strains.
  • Flavor – Indica and sativa strains tend to have different flavor profiles

But to what extent do these classifications hold true? Ask almost any cannabis consumer to compare the indica Bubba Kush to a Sour Diesel sativa, and most will say there is a definite difference in effect. Take a look at how thousands of Leafly visitors have described the two:

Bubba Kush vs. Sour Diesel cannabis effects

Expectations:

Our expectations certainly play a role in how we experience any given strain, but this consistency is not insignificant. However, these expectations are sometimes over-generalized. Two types of cannabis compounds – cannabinoids and terpenes – hold most of the influence when it comes to effects. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are molecular structures with their own unique properties and medical benefits. Terpenes are the aromatic oils secreted in cannabis resin that modulate the effects of cannabinoids, and these too have their own set of effects. In this way, cannabis strains are the sum of smaller parts that may be passed on genetically. This helps explain the undeniable consistency in strain types, but there is still room for variation.

Let’s take Blue Dream as an example. Due to its sativa-dominant genetics, we expect Blue Dream to make us feel uplifted and energized. Sometimes, however, you’ll find a more indica-like phenotype. Or a strain that expresses characteristics we associate with indicas. Such as relaxing effects, a shorter flowering time, and a bushier plant structure. How the plant is grown can also affect the strain’s terpene and cannabinoid contents. More or less of either compound type may give rise to different physical sensations.

As more research is conducted, our understanding of cannabis classification is bound to evolve as we learn what chemical configurations will produce these so-called “sativa” and “indica” effects. Until then, there’s a wealth of user-submitted strain reviews to guide us to our next purchase.