5 Sativa Strains for an Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

We all know that feeling – the afternoon has rolled around, you’ve eaten lunch and now you’re settled in at your desk, your couch, or are trying to head back into work, all the while you’re feeling tired, full, sluggish – it’s the midday crash. At this point, most people go one of two directions – if possible, taking a nap is always a great option, but when that’s not a possibility most people turn to caffeine in the form of coffee or energy drinks to keep them going. However, some people instead turn to a third option – a few puffs off of potent and energizing sativa makes an excellent alternative pick-me-up.

Jack Herer

A famed sativa dominant strain, Jack Herer has won countless Cannabis Cup awards and is known worldwide since it’s creation in the 90s. This strain is a cross between a Haze strain, Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk to create a strain with the buzzing, relaxing and still alert effects of a sativa, with the heavy resin and crystal production of an indica strain.

Green Crack

Though the name may cause you to expect a dank strain best saved for the end of the day, the reality is that this strain is even known for its ability to fight through fatigue, stress and depression. Crossed between well-known sativa Skunk #1 and an unknown Afghani strain, this hybrid is known for a fruity flavor reminiscent of mango with effects that promote focus and provide an energetic burst with your buzz making a perfect midday option.


Not everyone who is looking for a better afternoon boost is looking for an afternoon buzz along with it – which is why a high CBD option like Harlequin is the perfect option in those cases. This extremely sativa dominant strain is a combination of Thai and Swiss landrace strains and is known for providing a clear-headed and alert effect while reducing feelings of pain, stress and anxiety, allowing you to energize while still being able to relax without feeling out of it.

Strawberry Cough

If you’re looking for something that is likely to come with a fit of giggles then Strawberry Cough is the sativa for you. This strain is known for causing uplifting feelings of euphoria and is an excellent choice if you find yourself under excessive stress – though like it’s namesake suggests, you should be prepared to cough when you spark up this berry flavored strain.

Sour Diesel

Another very well-known strain for regular consumers, Sour Diesel, also called Sour D, is a strong sativa dominant strain that is known for creating energizing and dreamlike effects. This strain is often used for fighting depression and is known to have long-lasting effects and was bred from Chemdog 91 and Super Skunk – two popular 90s strains.

Jillian Nelson