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The Most Common Cannabis Sativa Strains and Their Effects


Not all weed is created equal, and not all cannabis sativa or indica strains are created equal. Like fine wines or cheeses, cannabis is meant to be sampled, tasted, explored, and discovered. With so many diverse strains with various flavors, strengths, and effects, the world of weed is an exciting one to uncover. In this article, we’ll explore today’s most common cannabis sativa strains and their effects. 

What is Cannabis Sativa?

First off, let’s discuss what exactly “sativa” is, and how it differs from its sibling weed “indica”. When you go into a dispensary, their flower is usually broken up into two categories: sativa or indica. Not only do the lighter, brighter sativa plants look a little different from coarse and dense indica ones, but their effects are different. 

Euphoric, energizing, uplifting, and creative. These are the main keywords people use to describe cannabis sativa, unlike indica with its stronger body high, making it famous for gluing people to their couch. If you’re looking for flower that keeps you active and motivated throughout the day, indica may not be your friend. That’s why more and more people are gravitating toward cannabis sativa. It can give them the “high” effect, while being able to stay productive and uplifted. 

Cannabis sativa plants tend to be bigger, taller plants with longer fan leaves. They grow slower than indica plants, and do best in hot, sunny, dry climates. For this reason, most cannabis sativa strains tend to originate from South America or Southeast Asia. Cannabis sativa is known to be very pungent, citrusy, and earthy due the terpene profiles of its many various strains. 

What’s in a Strain?

This leads us to our next discussion: strains. A strain is simply a variety of the cannabis plant. And all strains fall into either the sativa, indica, or hybrid (combination of the two) category.  According to Medical News Today, there are over 700 cannabis strains that exist today! More strains are being discovered, developed and grown all the time, so this number is only growing. That’s a lot of weed to sample and learn about! Sativa has a number of famous knock-out all-star strains, some of which have been popular since way back in the 1960s. Let’s take a look. 

Five Most Common Cannabis Sativa Strains 

  • Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Gold: the OG head ringer. Like a fine meal at a Michelin-star restaurant. Dating back to the hippie era of the 1960s, this strain has the reputation of being one of the best sativa strains ever created. While its popularity continues to surge, sadly it is becoming harder to find. Originally grown in Acapulco, Mexico, it is noted for its motivating, energizing, and euphoric effects. People suffering from PTSD and anxiety also report this strain alleviates negative symptoms. 

  • Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel, also known as Sour D or Sour Deez, evokes dreamy, happy, active, and cerebral effects for users. According to its users, it also reduces physical pains and inflammation. Citrusy and skunky in its odors, and light green and dense in its appearance, this strain is an absolute out-of-this-world blast! Sour Diesel also has great medical benefits like the alleviation of stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression

  • Durban Poison

Hailing originally from Durban, South Africa, Durban Poison’s flavour is uniquely citrus mixed with spicy hashish.  Bold, sticky, and highly psychoactive, the strain offers a bright, clear, focused, and uplifting buzz to its users, and alleviates stress, pain, and anxiety as well. Some users report that the strain can amplify the senses, making everything a little more vivid and dream-like in the world

  • Green Crack

Previously named “Cush”, Green Crack was renamed by none other than Snoop Dogg after he experienced this sativa-dominant strain’s energizing effects. It’s a great strain to enhance your mood and appreciate your surroundings. It’s an incredibly potent strain, so not much is needed to feel the effects. Users report that they love how smooth the strain’s smoke is, and the citrusy flavor with woodsy and earthy undertones. 

  • Jack Herer

Jack Herer, also known as “The Jack” or “Jack Premium”, is famous for its lucid, blissful, relaxed, expressive, and very creative effects. Named after a famous cannabis activist and author, and created in the 90s in Amsterdam, it is recognized globally as a medical-grade strain. Its terpene profile provides a richly pungent orange and lemon profile with a subtle hit of dank pine that leaves a spicy-floral aftertaste. People tend to love this strain at dinner parties: it’s known to liven up any conversation and to give everyone the giggles. 

Sativa Benefits

Flower enthusiasts love sativa strains for the mental burst of inspiration and the heart-expanding euphoria that they offer. Especially for people who are creative, sativa cannabis tends to open up new pathways of thought, ideas, and creative expression. And amazingly, with all that energy that sativa offers, clarity and focus are likewise usually reported. Hence why “day stoners” love to use sativa. You can enjoy the high while staying on-task. 

Sativa strains are also very good at treating the symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and chronic pain. 

Other medicinal uses of sativa cannabis are:

  • Mood improvement to alleviate depression and anxiety.
  • More concentration and creativity
  • more energy to reduce fatigue
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Pain relief

Final Words

With more than 700 cannabis strains out there, there’s plenty to discover in the world of weed. The potential benefits of cannabis sativa are numerous. If you’re interested in our own awesome sativa strain, check it out here. Tier1 has a great selection of cannabis, contact us today!

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