Cannabis is becoming more and more mainstream, as plans to legalize the substance roll out across the United States and across the world. However, there is some dispute about whether marijuana should be legalized recreationally, or just medicinally.
As studies are released with increasing frequency regarding the benefits of marijuana, people’s attitudes are beginning to change. This is, in part, due to more education, with the general population learning that ‘cannabis’ is not a scary word – it simply refers to a natural plant. And, like other plants, there are different types.
Cannabis encompasses three species: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis. The first two species are very common in the type of cannabis we smoke or ingest, but over the years many hybrids have been developed. Since all three species have different properties, breeders have developed strains of the plant that achieve different goals.
In this article, we’re going to talk about the varieties that are best for delivering a dose of energy to your day. Whether you suffer from a condition that makes you tired such as Chronic Fatigue, or whether you’re just having one of those days, here are the 5 best cannabis strains to help you feel super energized.
Read on to find out what strains you should be taking to get an energy boost…
1. Super Lemon Haze – Sativa
Lemon Haze is an extremely popular strain among cannabis smokers, even winning first prize in 2008 and 2009 in the High Times Cannabis Cup. With a THC content of 20.5%, Super Lemon Haze was created by breeding together Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk. As its name suggests, this strain has a very citrusy scent and taste, with some undertones of pine. Its strong, lemon flavor is certain to wake you right up, with this strain giving a morning espresso a run for its money.
Features of Super Lemon Haze:
- Sativa-dominant, this strain is great for delivering a hit of energy
- Bred as a hybrid between Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk
- Has a predominantly citrusy aroma and flavor
- Has a growth period of 56-65 days
- THC content can be as high as 25%, meaning it may not be appropriate for novice smokers
- Suitable for regulating mood disorders (such as depression or anxiety), relieving pains or nausea, and overcoming migraines.
What is certain about Super Lemon Haze is that it is a great energizer, leaving users with a sense of euphoria after they light up. Some users also report a heightened sense of creativity too, which, when coupled with your increase in energy, could lead to some fruitful activities! However, some users report getting an attack of the munchies when they smoke up with this strain, so have some snacks handy.
2. Green Crack – Sativa
Want an interesting fact about Green Crack? Originally called ‘Cush’, this sativa-dominant strain was renamed ‘Green Crack’ by none other than Snoop Dogg himself. Of course, as the word ‘crack’ suggests, this strain delivers a pretty intense high. Despite the fact that its name might seem quite frightening, Green Crack is more likely to give you a brilliant cerebral high and lots of energy than panic attacks and mania. Physically, Green Crack appears like an Indica plant, but rest assured that it gives you the same buzzy high as any other sativa strain, but with an added hit of focus.
Features of Green Crack:
- Sativa-dominant, although it appears like an Indica variety when growing
- Its actual heritage is unknown, but some suspect that its lineage traces back to Skunk #1
- Possesses a fresh citrus scent with earthy undertones
- Allows for a very smooth smoke
- Apart from alleviating fatigue, this is said to be a good strain for managing anxiety and depression
- Grows in around 7-8 weeks
- Can be an extremely potent strain.
If you’re looking for an energy boost, this is the strain to deliver it. Make sure you don’t smoke Green Crack late at night, because you definitely won’t be sleeping. This strain delivers a huge energy boost, a good degree of euphoria, and may even help your creativity. Be aware, however, that the potency of Green Crack can lead it to have some psychedelic effects, making it a must-avoid for complete newbies; some users report paranoia and panic attacks due to the intensity of the high. A little goes a long way here, so smoke up within your limits and get ready to recharge!
3. Durban Poison – Sativa
Don’t panic when you see the name of this strain: Durban Poison is an excellent sativa strain cultivated in Africa and suited to such growing conditions. Although this strain is, again, much like an Indica plant in appearance of its structure, the long, tapered shape betrays its sativa nature. Durban Poison delivers a high that is almost entirely cerebral, ensuring that you will be insanely energized and active with no sign of couchlock. This energetic high lasts somewhere between 2 and 3 hours, so don’t take it right before bed time! Many users compare this strain to espresso, so take that as confirmation that you’ll be awake in no time.
Features of Durban Poison:
- 100% sativa
- Has a THC content of between 15% and 20%
- Possesses a pungent, dank scent with some hints of licorice
- Creates thick smoke
- Great for energizing, as well as treating depression, anxiety and PTSD
- Grows in around 8-9 weeks, and often has a higher than average yield
- Can have a very disorientating high the first time you use it.
With an intense cerebral high, Durban Poison will sharply boost your energy and creativity levels. This is a great strain if you want to feel more in touch with the world around you and unleash your creative side, or even just let yourself unwind with a group of friends. It will definitely help you accomplish everything on your to-do list, whether they be mundane chores or creative tasks. One downside, however, is that newcomers to marijuana may experience paranoia and jitters. As long as you know your limits, you’ll have fired through your chores before you even hit midday!
4. Sour Diesel – Sativa
Sometimes shortened to the name of Sour D, this very popular strain is named for its pungent aroma. Although it is 80% sativa, Sour Diesel also has some Indica genetics, making it popular with medical smokers as well as recreational users. This strain gives users a very pleasant headrush that can lead to a boost in energy, although don’t be surprised if you start to feel a little spacey. Thankfully, the Indica genetics anchor your soaring high with physical relaxation, but the balance means that you won’t end up in couchlock. The high usually lasts around 2-3 hours.
Features of Sour Diesel:
- 80% sativa, with some Indica genetics
- Boasts a strong THC content of between 20 and 25%
- Has a fuel-like scent which gives the strain its name – some find the taste too chemical and strong
- Flowers within 10 weeks when grown indoors
- The high lasts around 2-3 hours
- Produces a pleasant high with some physical relaxation, making it great for sufferers of anxiety.
The warm high that Sour Diesel produces means that it can generate a feeling of euphoria. Excellent for sufferers of mood disorders like depression and anxiety, Sour Diesel is an energizing strain that will increase creativity and relax the body as well as engaging the mind. This strain has a tendency to cause associative thinking, which is great for those who are looking for a creative energy boost. That said, it can be overwhelming for a few individuals who will experience the feeling of being out of control. Make sure to adjust your intake accordingly, and you’ll be in for a great high.
5. Jack Herer – Hybrid
Named for the American cannabis activist Jack Herer (a.k.a The Emperor of Hemp), this strain has secretive origins. It is thought, however, to be a hybrid of Haze, Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk, containing only 55% sativa. That said, it still has the sativa benefit of delivering a hit of energy to users, making it an extremely popular strain. In fact, it has won the Cannabis Cup a whopping total of nine times. This strain is definitely the ‘wake and bake’ kind, providing users with a powerful creative high that somehow manages to be also relaxing, making it ideal for a range of medical issues from mood disorders to chronic aches. A fairly low THC content when compared to other energizing strains makes Jack Herer the perfect option for cannabis newcomers.
Features of Jack Herer:
- Sativa-dominant, with 55% sativa
- THC content of between 15% and 24% THC, with an average of 17%
- Smells of citrus fruits like orange and lemon, with a hint of dank pine
- Creates a very smooth smoke that some describe as almost herbal
- Delivers an energizing, pleasant headrush
- Flowers within 10 weeks
- Excellent for newbie smokers.
Perfect for solo use, Jack Herer produces a calming head high that also packs a punch of energy, acting quickly after you light up. The initial tingle spreads throughout the body, relaxing every part of you without leading to a feeling of immobilization. In fact, you will likely feel inspired and creative, ready to get to work on whatever tasks you have lying around. The balance between cerebral and physical effects means that you will feel totally at ease but still in full control of your actions. All in all, you’re going to feel active when you smoke up some Jack Herer, so make sure your sessions are kept to mornings or busy afternoons.
If you’re looking to energize yourself without ingesting copious amounts of caffeine every day, look no further. There are hundreds and thousands of cannabis strains out there, all with different, unique properties. Above, we have detailed the 5 best strains to help curb your lethargy and help you feel more energized.
Whether you’re a marijuana novice looking for a gentle strain like Jack Herer to solve your problems, or a cannabis connoisseur in search of a hard-hitting energy high with a strain like Green Crack, there will certainly be a cannabis strain out there for you.
Please note that smoking marijuana is done so at your own discretion, so take heed of this advice and make sure you only smoke enough to indulge in the benefits that cannabis has to offer, without any of the less pleasant effects that come with over-medicating.