September 8, 2020

Top 13 Best Sativa Strains in 2020

There are countless cannabis strains available world-wide, each having its unique effect and qualities such as taste, potency, and uses. These strains can be divided into three main categories; Indica and Sativa and Ruderalis.

Sativa strains are plants having finger-like, fine leaves that are grown in dry, hot climates. They usually have long flowering cycles and are good for daytime usages. 

Our Best Sativa Strains At A Glance:

  1. Blue Dream
  2. Super Silver Haze
  3. Sour Diesel
  4. AK-47
  5. Purple Haze
  6. Amnesia Haze
  7. Jack Herer
  8. Bruce Banner
  9. TrainWreck
  10. Maui Wowie
  11. LSD
  12. Pineapple Haze
  13. Chocolope

Benefits of the Sativa Strains

Sativa strains induce an uplifting, euphoric mood in the user. It has an energizing and relaxing effect. It helps in overcoming mental blocks and improve creativity. Unlike stimulants that can make the user lethargic, Sativa improves the productivity of the user. It is safe to use during daytime activities, so it can relieve daily stress and help improve the mood.

Medicinal Benefits of Sativa Strains

Sativa has numerous medicinal usages. First, it produces “munchies” in the user, helping people with a low appetite who have trouble finishing a good meal. People who have anxiety-related issues or suffer from depression can also benefit from this sativa strain as its euphoric effects can relieve those ailments.

Best Sativa Strains For You!

Following are some famous sativa strains in no particular order

1. Blue Dream

The Blue Dream is a potent sativa strain that averages between 17-24% THC which makes it a pretty high THC strain. It gives the user an uplifting cerebral high, motivating the users and pumps them up with positive energy. Its effects are accompanied by a relaxing body high that relieves you of the pain, giving a warm, numb feeling. This is why the blue dream is famous among people who suffer from chronic anxiety or physical ailments such as muscle spasms, physical pain, or injuries. Overall I would say this is probably one of the best sativa strains available!

It has a sweet blueberry-like and sugary taste that lasts long, even after smoking, which is quite simply the best! However, with a plethora of effects, caution is necessary, as Blue Dream can worsen pre-existing conditions if abused. 

The bud has dense, fluffy green nugs with amber and blue hair and deep blue hues. Its outside is coated with a fine layer of white, milky trichomes.

Strain Info:

  • Feeding: Good amount of nitrogen will make this plant happy
  • Flowering time: 8 weeks – 10 weeks, but usually around 9 weeks.
  • Yield: High
  • Difficulty level: Easy to cultivate
  • Temperature: Ideal temperature ranges is between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: It can have a higher yield outdoors, but indoor cultivation is also possible. If you’re new to growing, this might be your best bet!

2. Super Silver Haze

Crafted from the highest quality buds globally, the Super Silver Haze is considered one of the highest quality cannabis strains out there. This top-notch sativa strain is the perfect pick for anyone aiming to get an energy boost and focus. It uplifts the mood and gives a euphoric effect, thus living up to its reputation. It is also quite beneficial in helping patients to cope with depression and anxiety. It cures stress and anxiety, and patients having ADHD or PTSD can also feel more relaxed with regular use of this strain. It also assists in healthier eating in people who struggle to have a healthy appetite. It is also known to reduce chronic pain problems.

Its aroma is immensely pleasing but in a very unusual way. It has a skunky, sage-like spicy effect that brings your senses right down to earth. The Super Silver Haze has a hint of citrus, although the overall flavor is still earthy, sour, and spicy and one of the best that I’ve tasted. 

Its name originates from its appearance. The bud looks as if it’s heavily dusted in a snow coat that produces a silver shine that gives a beautiful color. It has green leaves that have a grey and pastel purple accent. 

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: Around nine weeks
  • Yield: High
  • Difficulty level: Hard to cultivate
  • Temperature: Ideal temperature ranges is between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: Both indoor and outdoor cultivation are possible. When cultivating indoors, the yield is around 10 ounces per square meter, while outdoor cultivation yields around 15 ounces per plant.

3. Sour Diesel

Commonly referred to as “Sour D,” the name of this sativa strain speaks for itself. Regular use of this strain blesses its smoker with vibrance and bubbling excitement. Its high comes in the form of a pleasant rush. It comes with a feeling of internal relaxation. Its euphoric effects help in reducing anxiety, depression, and mild stress. After smoking, the user can become somewhat reflective, and it may also lead to some inspiring creativity. Since it has strong physical and mental effects, it can act as a potent aphrodisiac. Its high usually lasts for about 3 hours.

As for its aroma, the name of the sativa strain speaks for itself. The term ‘diesel’ already gives an idea about the taste palate it provides. It has a skunky, pungent odor even among its other marijuana peers, making it even more notorious among dank people. 

 As for the flavor, one can expect some citrus fruits hidden inside it, thus being called ‘sour.’ During the smoke, the use of experiences and earthy flavor dashed with some hints of citric fruits. 

It has green leaves with orange pistils, and its nuggets are frosted with shining, tiny crystals.

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: Around ten weeks
  • Yield: Moderately high
  • Difficulty level: Hard
  • Temperature: Ideal temperature ranges are between 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: Can be grown indoors and outdoors. For the best outdoor cultivation, a semi-humid climate is needed. Its expected yield can be 42-56 ounces per plant.

4. AK-47

The AK-47 is a potent sativa strain that packs quite a punch. Containing a high amount of THC level and a reasonable amount of CBD, this strain is great for treating physical ailments. Giving you a sense of peacefulness makes you feel euphoric and uplifted. It can counter symptoms of anxiety and stress, while other uses included treatment of chronic aches.

If you are suffering from a poor sleep schedule, taking it 2-3 hours before bedtime will help relax your mind. Regular uses will help people with their insomnia, and more peaceful nights will follow. It causes the munchies and helps people who often feel nauseous or feel like vomiting. Its effects can last for almost 4 hours.

This sativa strain has a distinct aroma that smells a bit sour, followed by a little floral and earthy sensation.

The AK-47 has a lime green color with bright-red orange pistils. Due to its immense THC content, the buds of the AK-47 might look like a little silvery-white as well. The plant is tall in height and wide in width. 

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: 7-9 weeks
  • Yield: High
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Temperature: It requires a sunny and dry environment with temperatures between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: The indoor cultivation yields about 14 ounces per square meter while growing outdoors could get up to 14 ounces per plant. This is one our list of the best indoor sativa strains to grow due to it’s easy to grow indoor resilience.

5. Purple Haze

The Purple Haze sativa strain is widely known for its energizing effects. Equipped with long-lasting effects, a potent effect on the user, and the ability to act like a psychedelic, it is great recreational marijuana that can be shared with friends. It is a potent and effective aphrodisiac, so share it with your significant other to enjoy some quality time. Its effects include an uplift in the mood and energy, and because of its immediate effect, it can be great to use during the early daytimes to help improve the rest of the day. This is why it is known to be one of the best-known wake-and-bake strains out there. 

Having sharp, spicy notes, this strain has a blueberry-like aroma. It has a strong and earthy odor. After curing the purple haze’s buds, it reveals a smell with a tinge of berry. It has sweet, fruity flavors that remind you of a palate of grapes and berries. After inhaling, you can feel the spicy notes, and the fruit strain gives more of a grape-like flavor.

Like other sativa strains, the buds of Purple haze are coated in white trichomes. However, what sets the purple haze apart is its stunningly vibrant purple hue. Its size can vary from medium to large.

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: About nine weeks
  • Yield: High
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Temperature: It requires a sunny and dry environment with temperatures between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: This plant can be cultivated in both indoor and outdoor environments. Its yield is usually 19 ounces per square meter. This is one of the best because it is easily grown indoors and outdoors.
  • Feeding: Phosphorus feeding will help in maximizing this plants yield

6. Amnesia Haze

The Amnesia Haze is another potent cannabis strain that people around the world enjoy. It is ranked among the top cannabis strains out there. It has topped both the 2004 Cannabis Cup and the 2012 Sativa Cup. It has a rich THC level of about 21%. It produces strong surges of motivation and improves the user’s productivity. Although it is potent, it does not knock the person out, making it perfect for parties and social gatherings. Amnesia Haze can be used as a wake-and-bake or afternoon marijuana pick, so it gives you the energy to keep moving forward. Its smoke follows a blissful sensation, and unlike its name, you will not begin forgetting your stuff. Like other sativa dominant cannabis strains, it helps in coping with anxiety and depression. The inner happiness and bliss will make your day. It also helps with physical ailments and mood disorders.

It has a pungent, earthy smell that takes up the entire room it smoked in. It has citric, lemon, and pine-like flavor. Its taste is similar to its smell but a little bit sweeter.

Its leaves are green, sage-like in color with frosty and crystalline pistils, or tiny hair.  

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: 10-11 weeks.
  • Yield: High for a sativa strain.
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Temperature: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimal temperature needed.
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: Outdoor and indoor cultivation are both viable options. I would say this is slightly best for indoor cultivation.
  • Feeding: Compost tea spray will help prevent diseases as it can act as a good anti-pest agent. Its immunity can be boosted by feeding it with liquids directly.

7. Jack Herer

The Jack Herer is a sativa dominant, potent cannabis sativa strain that is famous for its medicinal usages. It’s very easy to cultivate, making it a big choice for beginners. Its effect starts sealing in your body immediately, giving you energy after a little puff, so It can be the go-to weed strain that is a suitable choice for people looking for something that gives an immediate uplift. It does you unconscious, so it is a good choice for people who do not want to feel lazy or overly relaxed as it wears down. It brings feelings of bliss and pleasure. Its medicinal benefits often deal with psychological disorders. It is known to assist people in dealing with ailments such as PTSD, chronic stress, and ADHD. For chronic pain or nauseous feeling, taking high quantities in the get-go will be beneficial. 

It has hints of piney, woodsy smell that truly connects you with nature. It reminds you of the of a damp, earthy aroma that you often find in forests. It has a sweet, pleasing flavor, just like its aroma.

 The Amnesia Haze has green leaves that are covered with orange pistils.

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: 8-9 weeks.
  • Yield: Low to moderate
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Hard
  • Temperature: A temperature between 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit is suitable for this plant
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: It can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Indoor growth needs hydroponic gardens to control the feeding and climate. Outdoor cultivation will yield great growth as well.
  • Feeding: Like all other sativa-dominant plants, this plant is vulnerable to heavy feeding. Silica-based foods will help to grow thicker stems that support the bud better. 

If you are a new cannabis user, the Jack Herer is a great option for you as it relaxes the mind and helps in great engaging conversations while maintaining a good sense of awareness.

8. Bruce Banner

Resembling the Incredible hulk in strength itself, the Bruce Banner cannabis is quite potent in its abilities. Having a whopping 27%, THC does wonder for chronic pain conditions and other ailments such as headaches. After having a smoke of the Bruce Banner, your brain will become more introspective. It uplifts the mood, heavily relaxing your body while the stress is slowly chipped away, replaced with a soothing, blissful buzz that is not tiresome. It can help with physical problems such as fatigue and migraines. It also busts anxiety and sadness, but caution is advised.  

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: 9 weeks.
  • Yield: Moderate to High
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Temperature: This strain can do well in milder climates. Maintaining temperatures between 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit would suffice. 
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: If it is cultivated outdoors, make sure to plant it in rain-free areas. Humidity should be kept down as well. Both indoor and outdoor cultivation can yield a good amount of the Banner. 
  • Feeding: Spraying with compost tea will help in preventing infections. Initially, a good amount of Nitrogen and CalMag will do. If it’s being cultivated in soil, the phosphorus-heavy feed will help it grow better. 

9. The Trainwreck

The Trainwreck is a hard hitter that is enriched with a hefty 22% THC content. The Trainwreck is known for its effects on the mind and body. Its initial effect is euphoric and uplifting and energizing. However, it is followed by an onset of tiredness. Your mind becomes relaxed and goes into a meditative state. This might make you feel sleepy, as well. Due to its ‘mind-bending’ effects, it is not a very suitable option for daytime smokers, but if you are looking to get rid of the negativity of a stressful day and unwind some anxiety, this is the go-to strain for you. It is ranked as one of the most potent cannabis strains as well. While it does assist with mental issues, it is quite good at healing physical ailments such as chronic pain, migraines, muscle spasms, and poor appetite. 

The Trainwreck’s scent can be overwhelming, occupying the room in which it’s present and you as well. It has a spicy, peppery flavor that gives a slight ting. It has a pungent and woodsy impact after some time of its consumption.

The buds of the Trainwreck look strong, healthy. They are neon green in color. It is covered in sultry orange or red pistils and covered with sticky frost.

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: 8 weeks.
  • Yield: High
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Temperature: 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit is the best temperature range to grow this strain. 
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: It has great and vigorous growth, so it is better to use it as an outdoor strain. 
  • Feeding: It can be fed with rich calcium, magnesium, and nitrogen feed. 

This strain will continue to win awards in the future due to its popularity and quality breed, so it should be a must-try on your list. 

10. Maui Wowie

The Maui Wowie is known to be one of the first cannabis strains enriched with high THC content. It is a Sativa dominant strain with a few benefits of the Indica strain as well, due to which it can be used for medicinal purposes. This weed is known to reduce stress, chronic depression, anxiety, etc. It can provide light body numbing sensations and the much common ‘munchies’ like other sativa strains, a good stimulating appetite in people who are anorexic.

The Maui Wowie gives an aroma of a tropical, sweet fruit, which is a reminiscent of a Hawaiian taste. The aroma of pineapple is also dominant in this strain. It has some earthy notes as well. Just like its aroma, its flavor is also sweet and pineapple-like. It gives citrusy, earthy tastes. 

It appears as a vibrant green hue mingled with orange pistils, which look beautiful and breathtaking. Its height can reach up to a whopping grow, if you need a more compact grow, then look at our short sativa strains.

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: 9-11 weeks.
  • Yield: Moderate to High
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Temperature: Keep the temperature between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: Since it can grow big, growing it outdoor in a big open space is the preferable option. It can easily handle rain and humid environment.    
  • Feeding: Light feeding is preferable for this cannabis strain. 

11. The LSD Marijuana

The LSD cannabis comes with a heavy sedating effect and a potent mind high. After smoking it, the user becomes deeply relaxed. It has fast, hard-hitting effects, so it is not a great option for novice users. This potent LSD is a mix of the Skunk#1 and Mazar I Sharif, a rare hybrid from Afghanistan. If taken in a high amount, it could induce a couch lock or reduce mobility. It is best to consume this strain before sleeping. You can easily zone out because of its strength, so it is not good for daytime usage. It can help with joint pain, anxiety, stress, and other physical body issues. 

It has a skunky smell with piney notes that overwhelm your senses. If you can take the potent effect of it, you can notice the blissful, pleasuring sweetness. It tastes of berries and bubble gums. 

It has dark, wintergreen colored dense buds. It has round and cone-shaped buds. 

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: 7-8 weeks.
  • Yield: High
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Temperature: 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit is just the right temperature. 
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: While indoor and outdoor cultivation are both good options, stay cautious of rainfall as mold can affect the buds.   
  • Feeding: Moderate spray of worm casting and bat guano 

12. Pineapple Haze

As the name suggests, this cannabis strain is actually a cross between Pineapple and Haze. This weed is a perfect daytime smoke to enjoy activities while staying conscious and aware of oneself. It has a good amount of THC, averaging between 15-22%. It has a euphoric, energizing effect on the user leaving them happy and content. However, this is a strong strain, so it should not be consumed quickly as one or two hits are enough to satisfy you. It gives a mild relaxation, which leads to pain relief and peace of mind. 

Since it’s a cross between pineapple and haze, its scent is dominated by the former. It also has some hints of haze, giving notes of mints a sage. Its smoke gives a citric, skunky flavor while exhaling. 

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: 9-10 weeks.
  • Yield: High
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Temperature: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimal temperature needed.
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: You can choose to take any growing options, indoors or outdoors.  
  • Feeding: Silica products will help the stem to grow large and support heavier buds. 

13. Chocolope

If you ever wished for smoke that gives you a chocolaty taste, the Chocolope strain is what you were looking for. It’s a combination of two other powerful Sativas, Chocolate Thai and Cannalope Haze. Averaging at about 18-23% of THC content, it has good medicinal applications. For many marijuana patients, the Chocolape is the go-to weed for relief for anxiety, stress, chronic pain, muscle spasms, and fatigue.

It has a delicious flavor, a reminiscent of a good coffee mug, and a small, rich taste of dark chocolate. It also offers earthy and pungent undertones. It is one of the sweetest cannabis around, but it does not feel the overly sweet or sugary candy-like flavor. It has a very natural, delightful taste, which makes it famous among its users. 

Its leaves have a healthy green shade with stretched, thick-stacked buds mounted on sturdy stems. 

Strain Info:

  • Flowering time: 8-9 weeks.
  • Yield: High
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Temperature: 68-80 degrees Fahrenheit is the best temperature for its cultivation.
  • Indoor/Outdoor growing: Outdoor cultivation is a more viable option. It needs a dry, warm climate. If it’s being cultivated inside, it will help protect the buds. 
  • Feeding: Light to moderate feeding is good for this plant.

Final Thoughts on the Best Sativa Strains:

All these sativa strains have many qualities that make them unique in their own way, like flavor, aroma, and potency. They are perfect for both recreational as well as medicinal usages. Some can act as a strong psychedelic that can induce strong cerebral high, sending you on a wild, internal journey of self-exploration. Other strains are great for daytime smoking and can help coping with daily challenges with a positive outlook and reduced problems.

All strains, when smoked in a recommended, safe amount, help in curing many body ailments such as physical problems like migraines, headaches, joint pains, chronic fatigue, etc. People who suffer from mental disorders such as PTSD, ADHD, stress disorders, or anxiety issues also benefit from these strains. While these strains have their benefits, caution is advised. The only adverse effects are experienced if they are consumed in massive quantities without any advice or care. 

Most of the strains are not hard to grow and yield a good amount that can be consumed easily. In general, warm and dry climates support its growth more with outdoor plantation favoring a higher yield.

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Jacob


Jacob is the owner and lead author here at BudInformer.com.  He's been involved in the cannabis growing industry since 2012.  Based outside of Denver, Colorado, his passion involves sharing his knowledge of growing and the cannabis industry.

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