‘Sativa’ is one of three main ways cannabis strains are classified, along with ‘indica’ and ‘hybrid’. It’s an aging, imperfect classification system, but dispensaries offer sativa strains as the energetic counterpoint to indica strains, which are considered more sedative. Budtenders pitch sativa strains as offering energy, creativity, or focus, as compared to other types of weed that put you to sleep. Many patients also state in Leafly reviews that they use sativa strains to help them manage symptoms of mood disorders or other cognitive issues, including depression and ADHD.
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Most modern, popular strains are hybrids of indicas and sativa, so you’re unlikely to ever find a ‘pure’ sativa strain. Strains labeled ‘sativa’ comprise the smallest segment of the Leafly database, with 548 strains, versus 860 listed as indica strains, and 3,800 listed as hybrid strains.
Each person’s chemistry is different, but here are some super-popular, strong sativa strains to check out and see if the effect is right for your needs.
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- Tangie: The Tangie weed strain has strong orange citrus notes and reliably energetic, versatile, approachable effects. It came from Crockett Family Farms in California and is a national staple. Tangie powers many crosses to this day.
- Sour Diesel: Sour Diesel’s strong, uplifting effects and fuel/diesel aromas keep this old-school blockbuster sativa relevant to this day. The East Coast runs on Diesel, and Sour D powers hot hybrids like Apple Fritter.
- Super Lemon Haze: This old-school sativa from Europe continues to dominate sativa menus in dispensaries across the US, thanks to its light, lemony, grassy aroma, and strong energetic effects. All types of Haze strains provide energetic effects, fans report.
- Jack Herer: This classic sativa from Europe has fallen out of fashion with aficionados, but it still rules among sativas in the streets. It’s got a consistent, candy-sweetness and a vivid energetic effect that makes it a legend.
- Durban: Short for Durban Poison, this top-selling sativa references its hometown of Durban, South Africa. Durban is sweet with terpinolene, like Jack Herer. A 2022 study concluded that weed strong in the terpenes terpinolene plus myrcene represents the core of what it means to be a sativa strain.