With so many wonderful marijuana strains available on the market today, finding one that conforms to your stringent criteria of ‘best’ shouldn’t pose any significant challenge. In fact, if you have a lot of experience with different varieties of weed, you have probably already put together a list of best marijuana strains given your needs and preferences.

But what of the best marijuana strains for specific purposes? What are the best marijuana strains for maintaining mental clarity, for example?

One of the most important things you should know is that if mental clarity is a priority, the Sativas are your best bet. Providing a more mentally-centered or cerebral high than Indicas, Sativas are best suited for daytime use or when maintaining focus and clarity are required. Here we provide a rundown of some of the best marijuana strains for keeping sharp and mentally focused.

1. Durban Poison

durban poisonDurban Poison derives its name from the South African port city, where the strain is a popular crop. A Sativa of the purest sort, Durban Poison provides a potent mind-focused high that last a good long time. It is especially known for the intense euphoric and happy sensations that come on almost immediately after taking the first hit. Unlike other potent strains that tend to knock you out however, Durban Poison provides an energy boost that keeps you up and alert even while totally baked. The flavor of Durban Poison can be likened to that of pine with distinctive fruity notes.

2. Sour Jack

sour jack

Sour Jack is the offspring of two notable strains in the Sativa family: Sour Diesel and Jack Herer. Known for their potency, the two parent strains exhibit their finest qualities in Sour Jack. You could therefore expect every hit of Sour Jack to provide a delicious citrus flavor, and a smoothness that belies its sheer potency. Sour Jack also provides a very uplifting and energizing high that contrasts sharply the dreaded couch-lock effect. In fact, Sour Jack can even be used while engaging in sports or physical activity.

3. Green Crack

Green Crack

The formidably named Green Crack might put you off because of the association with the decidedly less-friendly drug, but you needn’t worry. Although having a hit of Green Crack will likely leave you wanting more and more, the results are not nearly as alarming as the notorious illicit street drug with which it shares the name. As potent a cerebral high as Green Crack provides, it is surprisingly short-lasting, which means that you will likely want to keep hitting it in order to keep the good vibes going. Nevertheless, Green Crack provides a pleasant enough sensation that the only effect you are likely to experience is an energetic high ideally suited for social gatherings.

4. Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express first came into widespread public attention in the wake of the smash Hollywood hit bearing its name. Although the cinematic version of the strain exhibited almost psychedelic properties, the real-world Pineapple Express isn’t quite as mind-numbing. In fact, Pineapple Express provides a pretty energetic high with none of the stupor and drowsiness that typifies most powerful cannabis strains. With a smooth, tropical fruit flavor and virtually no couch lock, Pineapple Express is a great choice for social settings.

headband5. Headband

Headband is a high-quality Sativa that is characterized by dense, dark-green buds with plenty of orange hairs. The nugs tend to be quite sizeable, which is a good thing, because you will definitely want plenty of it around! With a beguilingly sweet skunky smell that gives off hints of pine, Headband is a great choice for toking up without getting too down and out. Headband allows you to maintain focus and eases depression.

6. Tiger Blood OG

tiger blood ogA truly fine Indica of the highest order, Tiger Blood OG looks just as impressive as its name would suggest. Like most other OGs, this one boasts of plenty of bright orange hairs, so you know you are in for a treat even before you light up. The buds tend toward the large side, and they can be quite sticky and difficult to break up. Despite its imposing appearance however, Tiger Blood OG is remarkable at helping you maintain focus.

7. POG

pot of gold

A Sativa dominant strain, POG (Pot of Gold) is another high-quality hybrid that makes an excellent choice for those who want the high without the zombifying effects. A blend of the finest Hindu Kush and Skunk#1, this one looks quality from first sight. The buds aren’t really all that large compared to the other strains here, but they are very densely packed. Better still, each bud is positively loaded with trichomes, so you know you are in for a good time!

8. Kandy Skunk

Kandy SkunkOne of the very highest quality buds you could ever hope to come across, Kandy Skunk is a marvelous blend of Kandy Kush and Skunk#1. A Sativa dominant strain, this one also boasts of loads of orange trichomes. The smell it gives off is simply fantastic and reminiscent of hard candy. It has to be said that Kandy Skunk smoke is a bit harsh on the way in, but the high is definitely worth it.


9. Platinum Bubba Kush

Platinum Bubba Kush

Finally, we close out with another top-shelf bud. This Indica dominant hybrid consistently scores high marks in cannabis competitions from the United States to Europe, and for good reason. You get a bunch of orange trichomes that give a hint of the potency and flavor locked within, and you definitely won’t be disappointed. With a sweet candy-like flavor and skunky-sweet smell, Platinum Bubba Kush is what a good Kush is all about.

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Ben Walker writes for Stoner Things, covering the cannabis culture from a unique perspective. He doesn't just offer insights into the world of weed, but also provides hands-on reviews and tutorials for the latest products. With a decade of experience spanning cultivation and market trends, Ben advocates for informed and responsible cannabis use. His work goes beyond navigating the ever-changing cannabis landscape; it's about education and community development done right, coming from a place of knowledge and respect. If you want to stay up-to-date with cannabis trends and learn from an experienced guide, Ben's work is an invaluable resource.


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