Not all sativas are created equal. Some provide a clear-headed, focused experience that can help you get things done. Other strains often described as sativas can create a hazy or spacey sensation. Some strains can even promote feelings of racing thoughts, which can be uncomfortable for those with anxiety. If you’re looking for a euphoric, focused strain that will help you get things done, here are the top 11 clear-headed sativas.
1. Jack Herer
Jack Herer is one of the most famous sativas on the market. While Jack crosses are becoming more available in dispensaries, the original Jack Herer is a spunky sativa that can help you wake up and get to work. Jack Herer is a cross between Haze, Shiva Skunk, and Northern Lights.
The result is a happy and uplifting sativa that boasts around 18 to 20% THC. This potent bud makes for a great replacement for your morning cup of coffee. Withing minutes after your first taste, you’ll likely find that those sleepy mental cobwebs begin to clear out.
2 .Kali Mist
Kali Mist is a 90% sativa strain from Serious Seeds. This bud produces a very focused, clean, and upbeat sort of vibe with plenty of energy. The exact origins of this strain are unknown, but this mysterious flower has been a popular West Coast strain, winning a couple awards at High Times Cannabis Cups in the early 2000s.
In today’s environment, this strain may seem dated to some. However, featuring a moderate 15 to 18% THC, Kali Mist provides an all around jolly, pleasant high that is perfect for just about any daytime activity.
Cinex is a delightful hybrid cross of Cinderella 99 and Vortex. A lighthearted and happy flower, Cinex promotes a clear-headed vibe and plenty of giggles. Recommended for experienced consumers, Cinex can get quite potent. This strain is known to produce between 20 and 25% THC.
First bred in Vancouver, Washington, this strain is a Pacific Northwest favorite. In high doses, Cinex may cause some dreaminess, so keeping things in moderation is probably a good idea for those who want to get the most out of this bud’s clear-headed effects.
4. Durban Poison
Durban Poison is a speedy South African sativa with a delicious sweet, spicy, lemon aroma. When grown in the right conditions, this strain has a loud fragrance and a fast-hitting effect. In high doses, Durban Poison is one of those strains that can produce some raciness and ample creative thought.
Strong and powerful, this strain provides some serious energy. While many strains that fall under the sativa umbrella are comparable to a cup of coffee, Durban Poison is more like a double espresso. With around 22% THC on average, this bud is potent to boot.
Harlequin is one of the most clear-headed sativas around. Why? This strain has very low levels of THC. Instead, it’s high in cannabidiol (CBD), which doesn’t provide the same psychoactive high as it’s more famous counterpart.
While the majority of cannabis strains out there definitely alter memory and cognition, high-CBD cannabis strains provide a crystal clear, focused, and an anxiety free experience.
Flo is a delightful strain that hails from the Netherlands. Easy going and happy, it’s easy to go with the flow with this sweet, earthy flower. Unlike many strains on this list, Flo provides a clear-headed experience without producing too much energy. Durban Poison may hit like an espresso, but Flo is more like an alert yet manageable green tea.
Great for moderate consumers, Flo often produces about 16% THC. This strain is also not technically a sativa, rather it is a hybrid with effects that lean toward the cerebral, sativa side.
7. Purple Diesel
There are a couple of different varieties of Purple Diesel floating around. The most common is thought to be the Cali Connection cross between pre-98 Bubba Kush and Sour Diesel. Though technically a 50/50 hybrid, this strain produces uplifting mental effects that are perfect for the daytime or afternoon.
As a hybrid, this strain would be great for those who need something a little on the strong side to manage pain or other health conditions. However, this strain is not likely to make you feel super drowsy, especially if consumed in moderation. Rather, Purple Diesel is a powerful strain that allows you to concentrate with a peaceful attitude.
8. Super Lemon Haze
If you’re looking for some zip, you’ve found your match. Super Lemon Haze is a sativa-dominant creation from the legendary Green House Seeds. This strain may have originated in Holland, but it has quickly become a favorite in the United States as well.
Not only does this strain feature an invigorating, lemon aroma, but Super Lemon Haze provides an upbeat and revitalizing experience to those in need of some mental stimulation. Many find that the effects of this strain actually begin in the body, creating a mild sense of relaxation.
However, don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the zone with your work about 30 minutes after this stuff kicks in.
9. Critical Jack
Critical Jack is one of the many Jack Herer offspring available in dispensaries, coffee shops, and social clubs these days. A cross between the famous Herer and Critical +, this strain would make an excellent addition to a morning routine. Peppy, joyful, and pleasant, Critical Jack is a great before-work treat.
The strain has inherited much of the serene focus from Jack Herer, but perhaps slightly more physical relaxation and ease. Often featuring up to 18% THC, this bud is recommended for moderate and experienced cannabis consumers.
10. Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie is a classic that never gets old. This tropical delight has been making people smile for decades. This strain’s reputation is stellar. Many find that Maui Wowie promotes creativity, making it a good choice for those with artistic professions.
The effects also seem to walk the perfect line between physical relaxation and mental stimulation. Though this strain has been around for a while, the THC in this bud can get pretty darn high. It’s not uncommon for Maui Wowie to reach between 20 and 28% THC when grown by expert hands.
11. Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze is another sativa with a gold-star reputation. This stimulating sativa has won many an award, and it remains one of the most beloved sativas out there today. A cross between Nothern Lights, Haze, and Skunk No. 1, this strain is known for its powerful psychoactive high and energizing nature.
Focusing on chores or finishing up projects is a snap with this strain, as it’s clear-headed and stimulating high makes even the mundane silly and enjoyable. Take this strain with you on a night out with friends.