Since Cannabis Sativa originated in tropical and equatorial regions, adapting to an environment that encourages rampant growth, sativa strains are naturally best-suited to outdoor cultivation. A greenhouse offers an excellent choice as well, but for the devoted sativa smoker who must grow indoors there are some strains that can be managed more easily indoors than others.
First is Super Silver Haze is a sativa descended from of the famed Skunk x Northern Lights x Haze and is a deservedly multi-first place cannabis cup winner, having won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Super Silver Haze has gone on to share its genetics with a number of fabulous strains, including the incredible Super Lemon Haze.
While Super Silver Haze is a hardy plant, resistant to mold, infections and disease as well as tolerant to mild abuse from growers, this is a sativa strain. As a sativa, Super Silver Haze tends to grow large; although some phenotypes aren’t as prone to growing out of control, most Super Silver Haze likes to stretch out. This makes it ideal for outdoor growth, but it requires additional care, training and trimming to manage its size indoors.
Super Silver Haze yields sticky, resinous buds that have a strong cerebral high and energetic body effects without much couch lock. Great for anxiety, nausea, stimulating the appetite, creativity and general daytime smoking, Super Silver Haze can be vegetated in as little as 4 weeks but can often take 16 – 20 weeks to complete its flowering cycle.
Up second, Kali Mist is a renowned sativa that is quite popular among cannabis connoisseurs. Although it is best suited to outdoor or greenhouse growth, proper management and topping or extensive training can keep Kali Mist manageable and yield excellent results indoors.
Best suited to daytime use, don’t smoke Kali Mist anywhere near bedtime as it’s quite mentally stimulating. Patients who are a touch on the manic or ADHD side may want to steer clear of this energizing strain, but for most users Kali Mist is perfect for daily use, imparting a sweet high that isn’t too intense and doesn’t disrupt your ability to work.
Flowering with Kali Mist can take a while, often 8 – 12 weeks or longer depending on the size of your plant, but be patient because your plants will put on a fair amount of weight during those extended weeks of flowering, and you’ll benefit all the more. Buds are delicious, with sweet scents, smooth smoke and loads of resin.
Finally, the third sativa is Lemon Haze, a strong sativa that is also available from some seed banks as an auto-flowering strain. Like most sativa strains, the Lemon Haze will need a longer flowering period than your average indica. Generally, Lemon Haze will complete flowering in 8 – 12 weeks, but the larger you let your plant grow the longer the flowering cycle will take.
Good things come to those who wait, however. Lemon Haze has been measured to reliably contain THC levels of 15 – 20%, and while it isn’t a heavy-weight champion of CBD production, this strain does reliably produce about .40% CBD. All in all, it’s a great sativa with strong cerebral effects that settle into a nice body high after a while.
The scent of Lemon Haze is pungent, especially during flowering, and you’ll find that its name is well deserved. The lemony scent remains when you cure and smoke the bud, giving your finished product a delightful fruity, citrus scent and taste. A fantastic strain for outdoor or greenhouse cultivation, Lemon Haze can be grown indoors but requires special management.