Best Sativa Strains for Energy: Top 7 Picks

Sativa strains for energy

When seeking an energy boost, the key to optimizing your experience lies in choosing the right strain, and our guide on the best sativa strains for energy is your gateway to informed and personalized cannabis selections.

Energy-deficient? Every day feels like Monday morning? A proper dose of Sativa can fix that.

Of course, everyone’s metabolism is different. Some people will react better to one strain than others.

But if you need an energy boost, as a general rule, you should start with Sativa. Unlike Indica, which has a sedative effect, Sativa will more likely have that glorious-sip-of–morning-coffee effect.

Arm yourself with patience. You will have to experiment a lot, but once you find what suits you most, you will be rewarded with the best mood lifter ever.

To help you with your search, we prepared a list of best Sativa strains for energy. It can be an excellent starting point and, for the lucky ones among you, the search will end with one of our top seven suggestions.

Important Things to Remember

Before you begin this journey, there are certain things you need to have in mind. The main difference between the strains is the amount of THC and CBD. We have three possible options:

  • THC-dominant strain
  • CBD-dominant strain
  • THC/CBD-balanced strain

The ideal ratio between THC and CBD can be from 1:1 up to 20:1, depending on our metabolism. Anything above that can cause a feeling of anxiety, therefore you should avoid it.

THC-dominant Sativa can make you feel sleepy and give you a foggy head.

Balanced strains contain lower levels of THC, which means they can make you slightly high, stress-relieved, and provide you with much-needed energy.

Now, let’s see which Sativa strains are good for energy-boosting.

Top 7 Sativa Strains for Energy

Although they are generally known for their energy-lifting effect, not all Sativas will put you in a good mood. Cannabis components that have the main impact on your feelings are aromatic compounds, terpenes, and specific cannabinoids in each plant.

Super Lemon Haze

We will start with one with a zesty taste, able to keep you awake when you need it. This is an extremely popular plant that won many prizes. It is a cross between Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk, with up to 20% of THC.

As its name says, this is a citrusy plant and if you are a fan of that scent, don’t miss a chance to try it. Super Lemon Haze is a great energizer that will provide you with the right amount of euphoria and possibly spark some creativity, too.

Important information:

  • Primary terpenes: Beta-caryophyllene, terpinolene, humulene
  • Cannabinoid profile: 15 to 20% of THC
  • Taste: Fruity, minty, and peppery
  • Most common effects: Happy, creative, energetic

Green Crack Sativa

When you see the word “crack” in the name of the plant, you may assume it can get you pretty high. But you have no reason to worry if you use the right amount. It won’t cause a panic attack or anxiety. Instead, it will give you energy and put you in a better mood.

Our main advice for consuming this Sativa is to avoid it late at night. It can affect your sleep negatively, and you surely don’t want that. Keep in mind that little goes a long way, so use it carefully and get ready to be recharged.

Important information:

  • Primary terpenes: Myrcene, alpha pinene, beta-caryophyllene
  • Cannabinoid profile: 15 to 18% of THC
  • Taste: Herbal, sweet and a little bit citrusy
  • Most common effects: Extremely energetic, sleepless, creative

Sour Diesel Sativa

This plant is famous for its pleasant effect on the mind. It will relax you completely and fill you with energy. That feeling usually lasts for about two to three hours, and after that, you can be sure there won’t be any side effects.

This is an excellent choice for everyone who’s looking for some mood-lifting, since it can increase creativity and positively engage the mind. If you don’t have much experience with cannabis but you are determined to try Sour Diesel Sativa, start with the lowest amount; it can create an overwhelming feeling if you take too much.

Important information:

  • Primary terpenes: Beta-caryophyllene, limonene, myrcene
  • Cannabinoid profile: 16 to 20% of THC
  • Taste: Herbal and citrusy
  • Most common effects: Joyful, energized, relaxed

Durban Poison Sativa

This Sativa originated from Africa. So, if you are in a mood for an exotic plant, Durban Poison is a perfect choice.

When it comes to its structure, Durban is more like Indica. But no worries, it has a Sativa nature. You will feel energized and ready to seize the day in no time, without any negative effects.

If you are looking for something that will have an impact on your productivity, your search ends right here.

It has the power to affect your mood immediately and after two or three hours you will be back to “normal”, even able to take a nap (if it’s time for that), since it doesn’t affect sleep.

There is one drawback when it comes to Durban Poison, though. If you are a complete newbie, you might get over-enthusiastic which can lead to slightly paranoid feelings. But as long as you know your boundaries, there is nothing to worry about.

Important information:

  • Primary terpenes: Beta-caryophyllene, terpinolene, ocimene
  • Cannabinoid profile: 14 to 19% of THC
  • Taste: Herbal, fruity, minty
  • Most common effects: Energized, uplifted, cheerful

Harlequin Sativa

If you already know that you cannot tolerate higher percentages of THC, Harlequin Sativa is a safe choice for you. This plant will give you an interesting sensation, and still keep you firmly on the ground.

You will certainly feel energized and the feelings of dizziness, anxiety, and paranoia will be completely out of the picture. Many people use it on a daily basis, to help them with workouts, for example. It will keep you focused on your task and that feeling will last throughout the day.

Important information:

  • Primary terpenes: Myrcene, alpha pinene, beta-caryophyllene
  • Cannabinoid profile: 3 to 6% of THC
  • Taste: Herbal, pine, peppery
  • Most common effects: Soothing, energized, focused

Ghost Train Haze

This one is an excellent choice for experienced cannabis users. If you want to give Ghost Train Haze a try, you should be familiar with your metabolism and the way you react to different strains.

It is a THC-dominant plant that will not only energize you but also put you in the “speed” mood. You will have a feeling that you can do everything, right then and there. You can count on this euphoric feeling to last you during the day. So, if you are ready to experience new adventures while feeling carefree, you are invited to try the Ghost Train Haze.

Important information:

  • Primary terpenes: Myrcene, terpinolene, limonene
  • Cannabinoid profile: 14 to 19% of THC
  • Taste: Herbal, fruity, citrusy
  • Most common effects: Focused, energized, uplifted


XJ-13 is a Sativa with the most amazing citrusy taste. Here’s what pops to my mind when I talk about it: lemon, lime, tropical fruit, divine scent, amazing taste.

The flavor of this plant will make you experience stress differently. It will encircle you with positivity and fill you with energy.

XJ-13 came out as a result of the perfect combination. Combining Jack Herrer and G13 Haze we got this aromatic plant that causes us to feel happy, slightly euphoric and energized.

Even if you are just starting to use cannabis in your life, you can give this Sativa a try. The negative effects it may cause are not dangerous; the most common side effects people experience are dry mouth and eyes.

Important information:

  • Primary terpenes: Beta-caryophyllene, terpinolene, humulene
  • Cannabinoid profile: 15 to 18% of THC
  • Taste: Citrusy, pine, fruity
  • Most common effects: Energized, cheerful, slightly euphoric

What Is the Best Sativa for You?

As you can see, some strains can make you feel like you are having the best time of your life, while others won’t have a big effect on you at all. It all depends on your metabolism and your organism’s overall condition.

We can consider ourselves lucky to live in a time when so many options are available to us. Some of these amazing strains can boost energy in no time. Therefore, don’t be afraid to experiment and try different flowers to see which one is your best match. As long as you respect your limits, you have nothing to worry about.

About the author
Helena Miles

Experienced journalist with a decade-long experience of researching cannabis. She has been featured in many prominent outlets, such as The Growth Op, National Post and The Province.

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