Contrary to popular stereotypes, using cannabis does not automatically result in lazy, unproductive couchlock. In fact, certain cannabis strains are known for promoting energy and motivation. Which strains, you ask? The short answer: sativa.

How Does Cannabis Help With Energy?

Science helps us understand how using cannabis can lead to energized feelings and increased motivation. The CB-1 and CB-2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain are linked to dopamine levels. Increased dopamine production is linked to feeling pleasure or reward, which acts as a motivator.

Sativa, as opposed to indica, is more strongly tied to triggering the release of dopamine, offering a euphoric-like kick that one might associate with feeling energized. Furthermore, the cerebral high that comes with using sativa strains tends to lead to more focused – and often creative – activity.  

Keep reading to learn about some of the best sativa strains for energy!

9 Best Sativa Strains for Energy

Sativa-dominant strains can offer invigorating effects, and here we’ve outlined nine of the best sativa strains for energy.

Durban Poison

A full, bright sativa with a scent of sweet pine and a hint of mint and impeccable citrus taste, the effects of Durban Poison are incredibly euphoric and stimulating with bouts of intense energy and clear thought. Like all full sativas, this strain should be cautioned for those who are incredibly prone to anxiety.

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Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is an invigorating sativa named after its pungent, diesel-like aroma. This fast-acting strain delivers energizing, dreamy cerebral effects that help stress, pain, and depression fade away in long-lasting relief. This strain took root in the early 90s and is believed to have descended from Chemdawg, Northern Lights, and a Skunk phenotype.

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Super Lemon Haze

A sativa cross of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze, Super Lemon Haze is super fresh and potent. This cerebral sativa will create focus and concentration, and is great for early day use or when in need of alertness and focus.

Mango Haze

Mango Haze is an uplifting, fruity variety, exhibiting a distinctive mango aroma coupled with a buzzing cerebral sensation. For sativa effects that keep you awake and alert without inducing too many psychoactive properties, try CBD Mango Haze, which offers an even ratio of the CBD and THC cannabinoids.  

Red Congolese

The colorful palette of Red Congolese creates a complex profile of effects and flavors. The sativa genetics dominate the physical effects of Red Congolese, resulting in a weightless euphoria that promotes focus and mental clarity.

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Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express combines the potent and flavorful forces of parent strains Trainwreck and Hawaiian. The smell is likened to fresh apple and mango, with a taste of pineapple, pine, and cedar. This hard-hitting sativa provides a long-lasting energetic buzz perfect for productive afternoons and creative escapes.

Jack Herer

Jack Herer, named after the American cannabis activist sometimes called “The Emperor of Hemp,” is known as an energetic strain that clears the mind and increases creativity. It has a spicy and pine-like taste when smoked, and is said to uplift mentally and motivate physically.

Super Silver Haze

A hybrid of Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze, Super Silver Haze promotes an energetic, long-lasting euphoria. With a relaxing, yet focused high, this sativa inspires an uplifting sense of stress relief that also allows you to be your most productive self.

Strawberry Diesel

Strawberry Diesel is yet another sativa that produces upbeat, energetic effects, with the added bonus of smelling and tasting like fresh strawberries! With its invigorating notes of Sour Diesel, this strain offers a mellow yet potent high for users who want to reap the benefits of productivity while also enjoying recreational fun.

These are just a few of the best sativa strains that can provide a boost of energy. Stop by Medithrive to speak with our knowledgeable cannabis consultants or order online if you know exactly which sativa buzz you’re after.