Rich in terpenes like Limonene, Pinene, and Terpinolene, sativa strains are known for their uplifting and energizing effects that make for a great smoke sesh during the day. They’re often used therapeutically for energy, focus, mental clarity, fatigue, mood disorders, creativity and social anxiety during the fast-paced daytime hours. Whether you’re looking for an energetic boost in the morning or to put a little pep in your step for physical activity, social encounters, or long-winded meetings you’ll have trouble focusing on, sativas are for you. Below we’re breaking down the list of the most popular, best sativa strains in 2021 that are still common enough to find in many of your favorite dispensaries. 

1. Melonade

Best Sativa Strains
Melonade was given the title of best sativa strain after it took home 1st place at the Arizona Cannabis Cup

Melonade by Alien Labs took home 1st place for best Sativa at the 2021 Arizona Cannabis Cup. Made from a cross between Midwest Best and Watermelon Zkittlez with Lemon Tree, this happiness-amplifying strain boasts tropical melon, lemon, and citrus flavors that can keep your stubborn symptoms at bay all day long. Rich in terpenes like Limonene, Caryophyllene, and Myrcene and checking in between 20-25% THC, Melonade is a great choice for boosting your energy and leaving you feeling zen and euphoric. It has a notable focusing aspect that helps melt away stress and depression while also helping manage the symptoms of many attention disorders. 

2. White Runtz

Best Sativa Weed Strains
White Runtz’s claim as the best sativa weed strain in backed up by the numerous awards received in the past few years.

White Runtz by Cookies has taken home countless awards over the last few years for exceptional flavors, potency levels, and sativa-leaning effects. Made from a cross between Gelato and Zkittles and rich in Limonene terpenes, this strain tastes just like candy and sugar and hits like a train with up to 30% THC. This upbeat sativa is known for its happy and euphoric effects that leave you feeling tingly and ready for your day. It’s great for soothing away social anxiety and for washing away stress. Best of all its tingly effects are physically soothing against fatigue. 

3. Anslinger’s Demise

Best Sativa Marijuana Strains
Anslingers Demise

Anslinger’s Demise took home 2nd place for best sativa weed strain in the 2021 Arizona Cannabis Cup. Originally bred by Shango x True Harvest, this cross between 9lb Hammer, Amnesia Haze and Bruce Banner and then crossed again to 9lb Hammer left behind a strain that checks in upwards of 30%. With hints of fuel and citrus, this energizing strain is a popular choice for daytime relief on the go. It comes with a very potent cerebral euphoria that is great for boosting creativity and fighting stress and fatigue. Best of all, it’s named after the demise of Henry Anslinger, who fought against cannabis in the War on Drugs. 

4. Cereal Milk

Best Sativa Cannabis Strains

Cereal Milk by Limited Trees Genetics is a cross of Strawberry Lemonade and Thicc Mint Cookies. Unlike the indica-dominant version by Cookies, this version by the same name is a strong sativa that tastes just like the sugary milk at the bottom of a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Rich in Limonene terpenes and checking in at a massive 23-27% THC, this strain is sure to get you up and moving and keep you focused all day long. Great for a creative boost, this mellow strain is a great choice for stress relief and boosting happy feelings. If you suffer from fatigue or depression, have a bowl of Cereal Milk. 

5. Jenny Kush

Best Sativas
Jenny Kush

Bred by Aeriz, Jenny Kush took home 3rd place for best sativa at the 2021 Arizona Cannabis Cup. The strain is named after Jenny Monson, a cannabis activist who passed away in 2013. Rich in terpenes like Pinene, Caryophyllene, and Humulene, Jenny Kush offers a robust pine and citrus aroma, with a resinous fuel-tinged aftertaste. The strain tends to check in around 25-30% THC and is notably uplifting, focusing and euphoric. It’s a great choice for managing a variety of symptoms, including stress, depression, fatigue, and sour moods.

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