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Top 5 Sativa Cannabis Strains in 2022

2021 was a lot. Here’s hoping 2022 is a bit more…boring. 

And if it does turn out to be boring, you’ll be needing a lot of sativa on the grow to keep things that much more interesting. 

That’s because Cannabis Sativa is perfect for energy, focus and creativity. Unlike indica (or in-da-couch) cannabis, sativa strains are usually more of a head high than a body high. If you’re the kind of smoker who wants weed that keeps the day going as opposed to bringing it to an end, you’ll need a sativa

An excellent way to think of sativa is as “daytime weed” for daytime use, with its cannabinoids producing uplifting, euphoric effects.

What’s the Difference Between Indica and Sativa Cannabis?

While they may sound like complex botanical jargon, the terms ‘indica’ and ‘sativa’ are not particularly accurate scientifically and have become simple terms to categorize strain appearances and effects.

Most experienced cannabis connoisseurs will know what are considered to be the main differences – indicas are short, bushy plants with wide leaves, whilst sativas are essentially the opposite. Indica buds are dense and compact and produce a body high (the infamous couch lock effect), whilst sativa buds are airy, and give a more cerebral, energetic high. Whilst there is a certain amount of truth to this, research has increasingly shown that it’s far from being that simple.

Bear in mind that while these differences between indica and sativa are generally accepted in the cultivation community, there are exceptions to the rules with some strains.

As outlined above, indica varieties can normally be told apart from sativa’s by their short, bushy stature and broad leaves. Sativas on the other hand tend to be far taller with noticeably thinner leaves. There are also differences to be found in the buds produced by each variety – indica buds are typically more compact than the fluffy, wispy flowers of sativas. As well as these physical differences, indicas vary from sativas in other, less obvious, ways. Some of which are only apparent after their flowers have been consumed.

If you’ve consumed both 100% indica and 100% sativa varieties of cannabis, you’ll know that the different effects each can produce could hardly be more obvious. To oversimplify, indicas tend to have much more of an effect on a users’ body. They produce an intensely relaxing sensation. Causing users to become ‘couch-locked.’

This is no doubt where the lazy stoner stereotype originates. After all, we’ve all experienced what happens after a serious indica session. And how difficult it can seem to make that short trip to the fridge to satisfy your munchies.

Conversely, sativas, which are less abundant. Particularly in countries without a regulated market, are more likely to produce a feeling of euphoria in a user. The effects are widely referred to as a ‘head high’. They are more profoundly mental and cerebral than they are physical. Essentially, they are the polar opposite of indica’s couch-lock.

The other main difference between the two varieties is also the reason why – in prohibitionist states without legal dispensaries – it is usually far more difficult to get your hands on a decent sativa. To put it bluntly (no pun intended), sativas take a lot longer to grow than indicas. They are also not so well suited to indoor growing, thanks to their size. As a result, are not generally considered to be economically viable for cash-croppers and black market dealers.

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Now that we’ve covered the main differences between indicas and sativas, it’s time to throw a spanner in the works. 

As you have probably figured out by now, in today’s world it is becoming increasingly rare to come across a strain that is 100% indica or sativa. Most are what is known as a hybrid strain. What this means is that through the selective breeding of different strains from both varieties, growers have been able to pick and choose the traits and effects they want to be present in their new strain.

The utilization of selective breeding has led to the proliferation of hybrid strains, and for good reason. There are positives and benefits associated with both indica and sativa varieties. These are different from individual to individual. The ability to create strains that are almost tailor-made to each individual’s needs means that purely sativa or indica strains have become a lot less prevalent. Because of this, every hybrid strain will have unique effects and characteristics. But you can make a good guess as to what those will be by looking at the genetics of that particular strain and working backwards.

Hybrid strains are the most common weed strains on the market, but most are more indica or more sativa. So don’t be put off by a “hybrid” if you’re looking for sativa seeds.

The below 5 Seedsman strains are sativa-dominant hybrids. This means their effects when consumed are far more springy than sleepy. They’re also all relatively easy to grow, and produce bountiful buds when done correctly. 

#1 Green Crack Auto Fem

Green Crack Auto is a great strain for all growers. From novices and the connoisseur cannabis consumer in all sorts of climates. This sativa-dominant auto hybrid is fast, productive, flavoursome and imparts an energising, upbeat effect which is great for all social situations. 

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The taste of Green Crack Auto has a dominant mango citrusy flavour supported by floral and fruity notes, all of which are emphasised on the exhale. THC production is around 20%, with a low CBD of 0.7%. The overall effect is uplifting, accompanied by euphoric sensations and creative energy for those who possess such talents. Its positive nature makes it ideal in a range of social situations at any time of day.

#2 Bruce Banger FAST

Seedsman’s very own Bruce Banger is bred from an Original OG Kush and a Strawberry Diesel. The strain holds a classic diesel aroma from its Strawberry parent while retaining the exhilarating effects of its Kush lineage. A sativa-dominant strain, Bruce Banger is appropriate for daytime use; once the initial hit of power disappears, the user is left with a creative buzz that can last for hours.  

With powerfully euphoric effects, incredible taste, and dense nugs that pack a real punch, it’s no wonder this strain is one of the most popular in the world today. This FAST version is bred from selected earlier-finishing plants.

#3 Zkittlez Auto Fem

Zkittlez Auto is one of the very sweetest-tasting auto strains available anywhere. It is a sativa-dominant strain bred from Zkittlez (Grape x Grape Apple) crossed with a male Fruit Auto. Which is a remarkable fruity strain bred from Fruit Cheese Auto and Blueberry Auto.

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With a balanced THC level, it’s great for social situations and relaxing in front of the TV either alone or with company. It also has the added effect of helping to relieve chronic pain.

#4 Blue Dream

Blue Dream has established itself as a top strain in its home state of California. It has a reputation that is spreading far and wide. Blue Dream results from crossing Blueberry Ice with a unique U.S. Haze cut to produce a 70% sativa strain. It is popular amongst both commercial growers and the hardened enthusiast due to its yield and sheer quality.

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Blue Dream is exceptionally high in alpha-pinene, a mono-terpene that has many therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

#5 Jack Herer Auto Fem

This Seedsman version of the classic Jack Herer is resistant to a range of plant diseases, produces pretty good yields, and has a good psychoactive effect. Jack Herer Auto has a sweet, peppery taste.

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Its THC production is 16% with 0.5% CBD, giving a potent effect. It is truly one of the best sativa strains you can get. Melt it down into some edibles, trust us.

Sativa Cannabis Honourable Mentions

#1 Super Silver Haze

Super Silver Haze from Nirvana is a very potent, high-yielding strain that has been popular with Amsterdam coffee-shop customers since the early 1990s. It is a cross of the old-school strains Skunk #1, Northern Lights and Haze and is a strain that has won multiple awards.

This energizing strain is constantly at the top of best sativa lists, so it wouldn’t feel right to leave it off!

#2 Sour Diesel Auto

Original Sour Diesel Auto from FastBuds is a sativa-dominant auto-flowering plant. Based on the West Coast legend Sour Diesel. High THC, good yields and pungent terpenes make this strain a sure-fire winner. Highly pungent flavours of diesel, citrus with a marked sour background are present.

THC levels can go up to 21%. Providing an effect that is both soaring and cerebral, good for motivation, energy levels and creativity – altogether very sociable.

#3 Durban Poison

The OG. A pure sativa powerhouse. A landrace strain sought by stoners across the world for decades.

It’s one of the most popular strains in history, winner of multiple cannabis cups for its pure buzz and a cerebral high that makes Durban Poison the rightful king of sativa plants and marijuana strains in general.

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