best wake and bake strains

Royal Queen Seeds’ Guide To The Wake And Bake

We explain what it means to wake and bake and offer our top 5 suggestions for the best strains to do the trick. This practice is gaining popularity for the many benefits it offers when performed correctly.

“Wake and Bake” is a practice that has been gaining popularity and is becoming a celebrated ritual in its own right. What we mean is: there is a method behind this “madness.” It is more than just waking up and rushing to hit the bong. Any seasoned cannabis smoker will tell you just how easy it is to derail a perfectly good, productive day after roguely indulging in “just a quick toke.”

But a good wake and bake can actually improve your performance. Like with all things productive – preparation is key. Whether you plan to take the day off and chill in bed watching movies and TV, or if your goal is to go out into the world and get things done, putting a little thought into things can magically change the outcome.


Define your objectives. What do you want to get out of a wake and bake? Is it to have some time out from the world – do absolutely nothing all day long and just relax? In this case, the worst that can happen is remembering you have no food left in the house, forcing you to go to the grocery store – that would be a total buzzkill.

So, if you plan to set up camp on the couch, do it like you would an actual camping trip. How many meals will you have? Do you prefer cooking or ready-made oven solutions? How low is your stock of beverages? What are your favorite munchie snacks? Plan ahead of time and you will triple your enjoyment from your well-deserved, stress-free down time.

On the other hand, if your plan is to have an active and productive day, a good wake and bake can potentially boost creativity and increase your energy level. Be sure to choose your strain accordingly! The last thing you will want is to light a bowl containing a strong indica and become immediately overpowered by its sedative effects. Generally speaking, a pure or dominant sativa will pick you up, boost creativity and make you sharper and more focussed.


Remember hearing how weed makes you lazy? Depending on how you see things, this is partly true. Indicas tend to have more sedative, couch-locking effects. At first, this doesn’t seem very compatible with a wake and bake. But if you happen to suffer from crippling chronic pain or another medical condition, then an indica might be what you need to endure the first hours of each day. Even still, not all indicas provide the same effects.

Conversely, some smokers find sativas to be counterproductive. To them, smoking a potent sativa and going out into the world can induce a “head-lock.” It could be that the creative effects of the THC tip over into feelings of paranoia. Sativas generally carry fewer body highs, so depending on how you react to it, it may not fit your bill.

It really boils down to you knowing yourself and therefore determining which strains will work best for you in each situation. With so many indicas, sativas and hybrids out there, there is bound to be a perfect strain for everyone.

Here are the top 5 strains favoured by the majority of our wake’n’bakers.


Royal Jack Automatic is an homage to Jack Herer, both the man and the strain. If you do not know either, you owe it to yourself to look into both as they are legends in the world of weed. Royal Jack Automatic is the cross between the groundbreaking heavy yielder Jack Herer and a select ruderalis, making for an extraordinarily easy-to-grow variety. It is sativa-dominant with the typical uplifting cerebral qualities, but also inherits some Afghani genetics from the Skunk line, lending to one of the best indica highs around. For those sensitive to pure sativas, this is a great choice for a balanced and energising morning smoke.


Being a descendant of the Amnesia line and Lemon Skunk, this sativa-dom will feel like a strong morning coffee. The mind will wake up and thoughts will start flying. Some consider these effects to be considerably psychedelic. Although a bit of the Skunk #1 is in there to stabilise and maintain consistent yields, the small percentage of indica is barely noticeable. This is definitely a morning or day strain, as it is widely known to prevent sleep. It is quite potent at 21% THC, so go slow on this wake and bake to see how you get along with it.


With a THC level rated at 23%, both the novice and veteran wake and baker should handle with care. Technically sativa-dominant, Royal Cookies also contains significant amounts of indica genetics. This will ensure a predominant head-high, but an equally noticeable body stone as well. This well-balanced strain will provide the avid couch-locker an entry point into wake and bake territory, without going way overboard. This is an excellent choice for those who want to try something different than late night toking.


Sour Diesel is one of the most famous strains in this exciting new age of cannabis cultivation. It was developed in California and its reputation has since spread like wildfire. Sour D is known for growing wonderfully vigorous outdoors, as well as being the king of indoor cash-crops. This would have never happened were it not for the exquisite quality smoke it produces. For wake and bakers, it is an excellent choice as the sweet and sour tastes blend particularly well with morning coffee. It has a strong activating effect, yet doesn’t cause restlessness. It also includes a soothing and relaxing body high that won’t cripple your daily objectives. All in all, a well-rounded strain.


If it says Kush, you already know what to expect. This is an indica-dominant strain that wouldn’t immediately be considered a great candidate for a wake and bake. But in fact, it is. Pineapple Kush is perfect for those suffering from pain-related conditions and it acts as a great ally to help get you out of bed. Given that it has a high CBD to THC ratio, the effects should never become overwhelming. It has even been reported to help some ADHD patients feel relief from symptoms and help them better cope with daily activities. What better way to start the day on the right foot than with a Pineapple Kush-induced wake and bake?

As you can see, pure sativas aren’t the only choice for smoking a morning bowl. The main thing to consider is that there is no silver bullet. The best way to find out what works for you is to experiment. These general guidelines should give you a good idea, but not everything is set in stone.

A proper wake and bake should never negatively impact your day. In fact, it should bring you some kind of benefit. Be it a better mood, the ability to cope with issues you may have, or a boost in performance and concentration, wake and baking should be your partner in crime. If you try to wake and bake, but end up throwing in the towel and crawling back in bed for another round with The Sandman, we are sorry to inform you that you did not achieve its purpose.

If that happens, don’t beat yourself up. You should consider these “failures” a part of the process.

So go ahead – test out some strains and evaluate the outcomes. Try a few different varieties to see how it affects your wake and bake and soon enough, you will stumble across the perfect strain.

How to wake and bake the right way? From preparation stages to choosing the right strain, a wake and bake can quite literally make or break your day!

The 10 best weed strains to wake ‘n’ bake

There are few better ways to relax on your day off than sparking up a little bit of weed. But if you’re trying to get a little stoned and not blow you’re entire day away, you should put a little thought behind the cannabis strain you select.

As any seasoned stoner will tell you, different strains of cannabis offer various effects. Some are light and uplifting, while others can make you feel tired and groggy. But don’t worry, there are a ton of resources available to inform you exactly what you can expect from different strains.

Cannabis is either derived from indica strains, which are known for their sedative, relaxing and lethargic properties, or sativa, which offers more of a buzzy boost. Growers have been tinkering and cross-breeding for decades, so most strains are a combination of indica and sativa, known as a hybrid.

Dan Nelson, CEO of Wikileaf, the first price comparison engine for the legal and medical marijuana market, compiled this list of the best 10 cannabis strains to wake n’ bake, so that you can get a little buzz and still feel like a productive human.

Wake n Bake

1. Sour Diesel

Perhaps the most infamous “high energy sativa strain” available, Sour D is 90 percent sativa. It imparts energy, focus, mental stimulation and feelings of euphoria. Ideal for exercising, being social, working on creative projects or exploring the great outdoors.

2. Durban Poison

Hailing from the port town of Durban in South Africa, Durban Poison has been dubbed the “espresso of strains.” It’s a 100 percent sativa strain which makes it highly cerebral and stimulating in nature. Its energizing effects are being used to treat both ADD/ADHD and even depression and mood-related disorders. Go slow with this one, too many hits can easily lead to paranoia and a racing mind.

3. Green Crack

This one has been making the rounds on the medical scene since California’s first dispensaries started popping up in the mid to late 90’s. It was originally named “Crush” for the first two decades of its existence until none other than Snoop Dogg changed its name to “Green Crack” a few years back. As the name implies, this strain gives a very strong mental and energizing buzz even though it’s only 65 percent sativa.

4. XJ-13

A very well-rounded hybrid strain – 50 percent indica and 50 percent sativa – XJ-13 is an excellent wake n’ bake strain. Originating in Oakland, California, this strain provides an uplifting, yet relaxing buzz that imparts creativity and focus without the mind-racing element that other sativa-dominant strains impart.

5. White Widow

White Widow was a signature strain of the Amsterdam cafes of the early 1990s. It’s a heady sativa that was created by crossing a pure sativa strain native to Brazil with indica hybrids from southern India. At 60 percent sativa, this strain won’t make you too jittery, imparting relaxing focus and creativity to start your day off on a positive note.

6. Island Sweet Skunk

Starting with a perky upbeat high, this strain quickly mellows out with a nice body buzz. Although its nearly 80 percent sativa, its THC percentage is slightly lower than other sativa strains, preventing the onset of paranoia that other sativas can impart in higher doses or amongst novice users.

7. Haze

As one of the oldest and well-known sativa strains, Haze quickly became a building block strain that has passed on its superior genetics to countless other popular sativa strains. Haze has been well-loved by consumers and growers alike for it’s appetite-inducing properties along with its ability to impart happiness, the giggles, creativity and other highly desirable effects. Sitting at 80 percent sativa, Haze in its true form provides seemingly endless mental stimulation and energy. This is another strain to go slow with as one can easily wind up with a racing mind and feeling paranoia if consumed in higher doses.

8. Pineapple Express

A strain that needs no introduction, Pineapple Express is a 60 percent sativa strain that provides a very mellow buzz with a more subtle mental high. It won’t feel like you drank two cups of coffee, but you will be able to get work done and focus on tasks at hand. A perfect strain for reading, writing and/or working on creative projects.

A list of 10 cannabis strains perfect for waking n' baking.