Sativa Weed, Top 5 Strains
Today we’re going to talk about our top 5 sativa weed strains that we’ve tried and tested. Hopefully our experiences will help you learn about more about this particular kind of weed, and pick out that perfect sativa strain that you’ve been thinking of growing; learn how to get the best possible results with a few simple tips and tricks.
Sativa weed plant characteristics
Sativa weed is known for its large leaves that have thin, serrated edges, and they tend to be a beautifully light green color. They’re pretty easy to identify via their leaves -even from the first couple of leaves you should be able to tell if a plant is sativa or not; they are the complete opposite of indica strains.
They grow quite vigorously, growing up easily and growing over three meters tall when planted right outdoors. Indoors if you don’t tame them they may end up growing much too large to sustain. They have wide internodes and plenty of branches, allowing them to absorb light almost all around and given them a nice airy foliage. Their trunks and branches aren’t as sturdy as indica strains; they’re slightly elastic, which is why it’s necessary to use tutors in order to prevent breaking.
Growing sativa weed indoors and outdoors
Sativa plants are generally delicate plants that you need to treat quite carefully and with plenty of patience; learning to grow sativas can be tricky. Nowadays you can get high-percentage sativa plants that can be grown without many issues, although if you’re dealing with a pure sativa is generally isn’t the case.
It’s known to take much longer to grow, which is due to its incredibly long flowering period which is over 10 weeks, going over 15 weeks in some cases. This long flowering period is due to the fact sativas originally grew somewhere that had pretty regular amounts of sun all year and the time the sun is in the sky hardly varies, so flower growth is slow and progressive. This is why these strains aren’t usually grown indoors and we don’t recommend growing them indoors. In order to grow a sativa plant indoors is by setting it to flower with a 12/12h light period almost instantly so that you have a chance to control its growth a bit.
Growing sativa weed outdoors is a much more viable option; flowering periods are still long, and you may end up harvesting all the way in January, although you shouldn’t have any issues with it due to having much more space. You can allow them to grow however they want and get as large as they need to. Due to having been grown in incredibly humid areas that get a lot of rain, these types of plants have a natural resistance to humidity, fungi and rot – this is due to their airy, less-compact buds.
Sativa weed yield and effect
Sativa weed has always been known for their intense, potent, mental and sometimes psychotropic effects. It’s one of the most consumed cannabis for recreational smoking. It also produces incredibly mentally stimulating, physically active, creative, energetic, anti-depressant effects too. It can reach a point where it produces anxiety, which is due to its incredibly high THC content and low CBD content. We do not recommend using this type of cannabis for relaxing or sleeping.
Sativa strains aren’t the best yielders out there, as their buds grow out long and airy, containing very small calyces. This is a technique it uses to survive in hotter climates, and it turns quite a few people off of growing them; if you have the patience, they are worth it, and they’re perfect for breeding and growing new hybrid strains that produce potent and incredibly psychoactive effects.
Our TOP 5 Sativa Weed Strains
Mexican Sativa – Sensi Seeds
This was the first strain that I ever smoked and I remember it like it was yesterday. It can grow 3m tall over just one season and can easily produce over 1kg if planted in the ground with plenty of organic nutrients. This plant likes to grow without too much fuss, and not a lot of fertilizer; it prefers slow releasing mixes in the substrate rather than a liquid concoction. The best way to grow this plant is in some decent sunlight. Find your preferred spot and dig a hole, in which you’ll put 50L of light substrate and 3kg of worm hummus. When summer comes around (here in Spain, around the 21 st of June) then you’ll need to give the plant a dose of bat guan around the trunk. Dig a sort of moat around the trunk, at about 20cm, and scoop about 15 spoonfuls of bat guano into it.
After a month, repeat the dose and then your plant is set for the flowering period. You could also give your plant some Bio Bloom by BioBizz during the flowering period for that extra touch on your plants’ buds. This way, you’ll get a completely natural yield of amazingly tasty buds that give an energizing and happy high. The buds it grows are massive; you’ll hardly be able to see the trunk at all, and the branches are full of buds with teeny tiny drops of resin all over them; that makes this strain perfect for hash extractions of the utmost quality. It should be ready around mid-October and it’s great at dealing with unfortunate climates although it might suffer a bit in as far as yield; it prefers sunnier and warmer climates over cold and rainy ones.
Power Plant – Dutch Passion
This strain was recommended to me by my cousin, who went to Amsterdam and told me it was the best strain he’d ever tried. I fell in love with this strain due to how fast it flowers and its amazing buds. This plant has a strange color that not many other plants have; it has an almost radioactive green color to it. The buds are hard like rocks and have an exquisite aroma that’s hard to describe; you’ll just have to try it yourself. It grows quite nicely indoors, even better than outdoors due to how dense and heavy the buds are; they don’t deal too well with humidity.
When smoked the effect is much more relaxing than many other sativas, allowing you to relax your brain while still feeling active. It’s perfect for people that are stressed at work and need to get it off of their mind. Power Plant helps you to forget about stressful things and relaxes both body and mind, allowing you the mental energy to do more fun, relaxing activities. When planted outdoors it should be ready towards the end of September, which is pretty decent for a Sativa strain, although indoors it will take just 8 weeks to flower. It puts up quite well with decent amounts of fertilizers, and by using a mineral range of fertilizers you can get the absolute most out of the buds.
Bangi Haze – Ace Seeds
This is the perfect indoor Sativa weed. This strain flowers in just 10 weeks indoors and can easily reward growers with 500g per square meter. It’s a cross of different sativas that make up and extremely potent strain with a happy, energizing high with some nice fresh flavors. It’s amazing indoors, but it will also put up with almost any climate; from mid-summer sun to northern, rainy climates, this sativa weed strain is practically immune to oidium and botrytis.
Wherever you plant this beauty you’re guaranteed a pine-tree shaped plant. In indoor grows you can plant around 9 plants per square meter and you’ll need to flower them around 10-15 days after the growth begins or they’ll get much too tall. They feed quite nicely, and you can give it a nice full fertilizer chart without worrying about overdoing it right from the get go. It doesn’t need many anti-fungi products as it generally isn’t likely to get fungi in the first place, and you’ll need minimal insecticide before flowering begins. At the end of the flowering period you’ll have a plant with some extremely eye-catching colors that give it a special touch. The flavor is fresh and captivating, and the effect will no doubt induce fits of laughter in those that smoke it. This is a strain that everyone needs to try at least once.
Jamaican Dream – Eva Seeds
This is one of the fastest of the lot for flowering and it’s around 90% Sativa. This is one of the most preferred indoor grows with sativas, especially for grow tents. Indoors in a room you can grow pretty much any strain as you have the height available to you, but in grow tents you need to grow strains that are fast and have a compact structure so that light can reach them properly. Jamaican Dream is one of the few sativas that don’t need any sort of special taking care of; no pruning, no bending, no SCRoG. Simply grow them in 3L pots and transplant to 7L pots when flowering, after about 21 days of growth. It will only take another 55 to flower!
This strain loves heat and water; it grows quite fast but this means that it’s going to need a lot of nutrients to do so. If you’re able to keep these plants nice and green until their last day then you’ll get the maximum yield possible. It’s extremely important to keep control of the pH with this strain so that it can properly absorb all of the nutrients that it needs, avoiding any sort of deficiencies. If it starts getting too green you can reduce the amount of fertilizers being used, and if it starts going yellow then you’ll need to give it more. This strain has some amazingly impacting aromas when flowering, and especially when the buds are cured. The high is extremely uplifting, and it will give you a brainstorm of ideas thanks to its creative effect.
Kali Mist by Serious Seeds
This might just be the best sativa strain ever, and if you ask anyone that’s grown it they’d tell you the same thing; Kali Mist is strong, easy to grow although delicate when it comes to feeding, delicious and potent. It’s one of the most-grown sativa strains of all times. It’s a bit complicated to grow indoors due to how large it grows and its incredibly fast flowering period – in as far as actually feeding and taking care of it, it’s not that complicated. Due to how strong it grows and the growth spurt it produces during the flowering period, you can grow it under 12/12h right from the start. You can get great results using this method indoors without needing to worry about how tall it’s going to grow.
It can take up to 90 days to flower from start to finish, although some phenotypes may take just 70 days if you’re lucky. Get ready for some intense, aromatically delicious strains that have a mix of sweet, musky and incensed flavors. Its effect is quite impressive; you can smoke practically all day without needing to worry about getting tired or feeling too stoned, and its flavor never gets old – the perfect sativa!
There are hundreds of sativa weed strains that we love, but these are the ones that we’ve created a special bond with and stand out when we think of sativa strains. Of course, everyone has their own personal taste, and hopefully you’ve managed to find a strain on this list that sounds like it could be perfect for you. If you have any suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Author: Javier Chinesta
Translation: Ciara Murphy
In this article we deal with some of the best sativa weed strains that we've ever tried; the fastest, best tasting Sativa strains.
A Guide to Growing Sativa Strains Indoors
by Nebula Haze (with a big “Thank You” to alltatup who inspired this tutorial!)
Growing & Caring for Finicky Plants Strains Indoors
When it comes to growing cannabis indoors, there are two main varieties of photoperiod plants that are cultivated for their buds: Indica and Sativa strains. While Indica plants tend to stay small and manageable (which can be convenient for indoor growing), Sativa plants are typically a little tougher to care for indoors.
Sativa strains originated from hotter regions near the equator with long growing seasons, and as a result, they carry a few properties from their family history that can catch an indoor grower by surprise!
Example of two Sativa plants (Panama strain) grown indoors. Sativa strains produce big and tall plants that can get out of control quickly in a small grow space!
Sativa plants really thrive outdoors when they have unlimited space to grow!
Why do we still try to grow Sativa plants indoors if it’s tough? In part, because Sativa strains often have amazing and unique buds effects, and produce very high yields when done right 🙂
Note: It is rare to find a “pure” Sativa strain since that’s a loose definition, and nearly all marijuana strains available today are actually some sort of hybrid. The following tutorial is all about strains with a lot of Sativa plants in their ancestry and which carry a lot of common Sativa characteristics!
Typical Indica vs Typical Sativa plant
These two plants were grown indoors together under the same conditions from seed to harvest. The short Indica plant produced half the yields of the 5-foot Sativa! A big part of this is the fact that the Sativa plant got big enough to take full advantage of all the lights, while the Indica stayed short.
Sativa buds often have “foxtails” (buds grow in little towers) and/or may be relatively “wild” or leafy looking
Just for reference, this is what that same Sativa strain (Kaya Gold) looks like when buds are grown indoors under LED grow lights
This is what the buds of a “true” landrace Sativa looks like – basically all foxtails! Most available “Sativa” strains are actually hybrids with at least a little Indica genes mixed in to help increase bud density and improve overall structure.
Example of untrimmed, dried buds of a Blue Dream plant, a very popular Sativa-leaning cannabis hybrid that’s become well known for being easy to grow.
pic by Psychonaught
General Appearance of Sativa Plants
- Often have long, skinny leaves
- Generally stretchy appearance with lots of side branching and plenty of space between sets of leaves (as opposed to the short, squat Christmas tree shape of an Indica plant).
- Tend to grow tall and fast throughout their life, and may double or even triple in height after entering the flowering stage!
- Buds often have “foxtails” and may be loose or airy compared to Indica buds, which tend to be solid and dense. However, a well-bred Sativa strain can still often out-produce an Indica in the same conditions because everything about the plant grows so big and so fast.
Long, thin “fingers” on Sativa leaves, compared to Indica leaves which tend to be round and fat.
Sativa plants tend to grow tall, with lots of stem between leaves and extensive side branching
Sativa buds tend to give a more cerebral “in-your-head” effect than the more “body-based” Indica effects. Sativa buds may feel more energizing, so some people prefer Sativa strains for daytime use or in social settings.
A Sativa-based strain with a little bit of Indica genes
The buds from another “pure” Sativa strain – Although the buds are airy and a little strange looking, some of these old Sativa strains produce unique mental effects that you just don’t find anywhere else.
Dried leafy buds of a “pure” Sativa. Only a few decades ago in the USA, this type of cannabis was common! Now you’ll almost never see buds like this unless you grow them yourself.
Environment & Nutrients
- Sativa plants generally respond well to high levels of light and don’t mind a little heat, but can easily get stressed by cold temperatures
- Can be nutrient-sensitive, especially in dry heat, low light levels or if a plant does not have many leaves. Not uncommon to see nutrient burn or Nitrogen toxicity at standard-strength nutrient levels.
- It’s a good idea to give lower levels of Nitrogen if you see an N toxicity, this will help encourage as much bud growth as possible. You don’t want to give zero Nitrogen, but be on the lookout for dark green leaves and curled tips!
Example of buds on a Sativa plant that is suffering from a Nitrogen Toxicity (too much Nitrogen) in the flowering stage. Nitrogen “tells” the plant to focus on vegetative growth, and the plant keeps putting out more and more sugar leaves if given too much N in the flowering stage. These leaves will turn dark, bend, and eventually turn yellow again as the toxicity goes on.
Growing Tips – Vegetative Stage
- Sativa plants respond well to LST (low stress training), and are difficult to stress once they’re growing fast.
- If you’re naturally seeing a significant amount of stem between sets of leaves (as is common with many Sativa strains), defoliation can sometimes do more harm than good. With a stretchy plant, the buds and inside of the plant are often already as exposed as they need to be for optimum results. Defoliation is most effective at increasing yields of bushy plants where buds get hidden by leaves, which is much less common with Sativa strains than Indica strains!
You might not want to choose Sativa-based strains if you’re using a small grow space like this!
Example of a Sativa plant that’s 2 feet tall at only 5 weeks old, and already had to be topped to keep it short! This is a very typical vegetative growth structure for a Sativa plant.
Growing Tips – Flowering Stage
- Some Sativa strains may need 3 months in the flowering stage to be ready to harvest on the standard 12/12 flowering light schedule. In order to “hurry them along,” they may need longer than average nights until harvest, for example, an 11/13, 10/14 or even 8/16 light schedule!
- Can be more common to get hermies, especially under stress or close to harvest if buds are not pollinated. If buds appear mostly done and suddenly throw out a bunch of bananas (a type of hermie), it could mean it’s time to harvest
Sativa plant in the flowering stage – may grow with lots of stem between sets of leaves
If you initiate the flowering stage when the plant is still very small, you may end up with just one long bud like this
Example of the power of Sativa cannabis plants when they’re trained to grow flat and wide during the vegetative stage – look at all those huge Sativa colas that are all the same distance from the grow light! These plants still have several weeks of fattening left to go before harvest!
Sativa buds may be airier than Indica-leaning buds on average, but they make up for it with good yields, fast growth and soaring, memorable bud effects! This Sativa-leaning Chem Dawg strain grows mind-altering buds that feel “up” but still relaxing!
- Some Sativa strains have trichomes that may never turn amber even after months of flowering. If your plant has fully white trichomes, it’s possible it may be time to harvest even if no ambers are appearing.
- Harvest when trichomes are mostly cloudy with a few clears left for the most psychedelic effect
- Look below for two examples of trichomes from Sativa plants that are ready to harvest.
Trichomes should be mostly milky white with just a few clears for maximum potency! These buds are ready to be harvested, but it’s still on the early side because there are quite a few clear trichomes left.
These buds are smack in the middle of the harvest window. It has nearly all white trichomes and just a clear trichome here and there. You’ll notice even at this stage with nearly all white trichomes you don’t really see many if any amber trichomes (which you would generally see in an Indica plant by the time it hits this stage).
This is the main bud on a Sativa plant just before harvest. Sativa bud structure is often long and thin, almost like spears.
The resulting buds end up looking a little bit differently after they get trimmed from your standard Indica bud, which tends to grow more in “chunks”
Hopefully, you are now more prepared to grow your own Sativa marijuana plants indoors! The challenge of the strain will reward you!
Sativa cannabis strains are typically outdoor strains and originate from regions with long growing seasons. As a result, they can be tough to grow indoors. Learn what to expect, and how to get the most from your indoor-grown Sativa plant!