Top 5 Sativa strains for 2014
As opposed to heavy indica strains, sativas are characterized by an energizing, uplifting and at times almost psychedelic high. Bred to achieve astronomical THC levels, many high end sativas in this selection come with more than 22% THC. Bordering on psychedelic realms, strong sativas can overwhelm those not used to their force. Although quickly on the strong side, the clarity of the sativa high makes for an ideal daytime smoke that doesn’t nail you to the couch for the rest of the afternoon.
Both indoors and outdoors, sativas take a few weeks longer to finish than indica strains. With approximately 12 weeks of flowering time, sativas are best suited for climates with abundant sun and mild autumns. Early and wet autumns can quickly spoil a harvest due to mold, although many sativas are quite mold resistant. Countries in the South such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, but also southern France, are perfectly suited for long flowering sativas. In well prepared soil, sativas like to grow tall, easily towering up to 1.5m, but under ideal circumstances even higher. Should height be a problem for you, it’s fairly easy to keep them smaller by topping them off. But still, prepare for a larger plant.
The same applies for the indoor grow room or tent. Sativas are perfect candidates for indoor grows, however, they need a bit more of a guiding hand as they tend to reach the upper height limits rather quickly. However, it’s possible to get good control over it. While indicas generally double in size once they are sent into flowering, sativas tend to triple in size. Therefore, if you switch them into a 12/12 light cycle while they are just 20 - 30 cm tall, you will most likely end up with a manageable height of around 1m. With additional steps, such as topping and Low Stress Training (LST), the plant can be managed even more efficiently.
Here are our 5 top-notch sativa strains:
1. Amnesia Haze
How could this strain not be number one? Amnesia Haze is an all-time favorite in Amsterdam’s coffee shops, and quickly became one of the most recognized sativa strains of all time. It won its first High Times Cannabis Cup in 2004, and has been going from strength to strength ever since. „Amnesia“ is no random name for this haze - indeed, under her influence you might have a hard time keeping track of your train of thought. While she is incredibly inspiring and creatively boosting, she’s one of those strains with which you come to realize the ultimate purpose of life, but then you forget about it.
Amnesia Haze is a monster of a plant (as would be expected from a first class sativa), and can really dominate a garden. She can grow in excess of 2m in height under the right conditions, and produce 600 – 650 grams of prime bud per plant. She is usually ready for harvest in the early days of October. She has a unique smell that’s easy to remember - sweet and lemony, with balanced earthy undertones. With an average THC content of 22%, Amnesia Haze can take you to the other side – she is a powerful mistress.
2. Kali Mist
Kali Mist is a very well-known almost pure sativa (90%) strain that comes from the master breeders of Serious Seeds; and as you know, anything worthy of the Serious Seeds name is something to be reckoned with – they are some of the finest Dutch breeders around. Kali Mist is no exception, having won 10 awards since its conception, among which many are 1st prizes. She delivers a very strong, energetic and clear-minded high, one that is said to be particularly enjoyed by women.
As would be expected of a near pure sativa strain, Kali Mist grows to towering heights when grown outdoors. She can also produce some good high yields, in excess of 500g per plant. Quite a late bloomer, Kali Mist is ready for harvest towards the end of November. She has a sweet and nutty taste that induces a very potent high. The THC content of Kali Mist tends to be in the region of 22%, so you know she is one of the big players.
3. Sour Diesel #2
Sour Diesel #2 is one of the original sour strains, and is one of the few sativa dominant varieties to come from the breeders at Humboldt Seeds from sunny California. Sour Diesel #2 is behind the success of the sour strains that have become so popular recently. This smelly powerhouse is the parent of many hybrids, so if you like sour - she’s the big momma.
Like all sativas, also Sour Diesel #2 will grow into towering queen of up to 2.5m, given the right conditions. However, with a flowering time of just 9 weeks she is a quick finisher, making her ideal for those in climates with shorter summers. As an early bloomer, she is usually ready for harvest around the end of September/beginning of October. Sour Diesel #2 has some very generous yields, ranging from 500 – 800g per plant in an optimal outdoor setting. As you would expect, the bud has a very earthy, sour and jet fuel like taste, with pleasant pine undertones. While her THC content of 16% is a bit lower than that of the other contenders, she still packs a punch. The high is long lasting, strong and mind centered, without any body effects whatsoever.
As the name suggest, she’s a heavy hitter. With almost 90% sativa genetics, she will induce an intense cerebral high that slowly, slowly fades out. However, what sets Trainwreck apart from other sativa strains is her indica body load. Along with the cerebral stimulation, she will most definitely bind you to the couch and tingle through your limbs. This rather unique combination is the reason with this strain is a favorite among medical users; it’s a complete high with cerebral rush and physical relaxation.
5. Jack Herer
While the above strains are all fairly recent creations from the last decade or so, Jack Herer is an old school sativa dominant strain that has gone down in history as one of the most decorated and renowned strains ever. Named after the activist and cannabis paragon Jack Herer, there could be no other fitting strain if you are looking to see what premium old-school weed was really all about. With 55% sativa genetics, Jack Herer isn’t as pure of a sativa as the previously presented strains, and yet it induces a superb, clear, potent and happy cerebral high.
When grown outdoors, Jack Herer can reach reasonable heights. However, this also comes with a massive yield: In optimal outdoor conditions, Jack Herer has been known to produce 1200g per plant! By all means, this is a very, very good yield. This bountiful harvest is usually ready towards the end of September, also making it an early bloomer. The bud itself has a predominantly pine flavor, with strong woody and earthy undertones. It produces a very potent high, that both encapsulates the best sativa and indica effects. You can expect a strong and clear head high that will leave you happy and uplifted, whilst the indica effects subtly and gently lower your body into bliss. The THC content of Jack Herer can vary between 20-24%, so it is certainly a strain for those in need of some power. If you choose this strain, you are sure to end up with a bit of cannabis history in your hands.
Amnesia Haze (Royal Queen Seeds) feminized € 27.00
Kali Mist (Serious Seeds) feminized/regular € 80.00
Amnesia Haze (Soma Seeds) feminized € 70.00
Sour Diesel 2 (Humboldt Seeds) feminized € 24.00
Trainwreck (Humboldt Seeds) feminized € 25.00
Jack Herer (Greenhouse Seeds) feminized € 17.00
Think Fast (Dutch Passion) feminized € 39.00
Blue Brilliant (Zambeza) feminized € 20.00
Amnesia Kush (Dinafem) feminized € 27.00