The reality is that everyone aspires for happiness. It is, indeed, one of the primary motivating factors deeply ingrained into human nature. Science can explain this - endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin hormones released in the brain. Thus, when anxiety or depression hits, it strikes at the fabric of existence. At the forefront of the battle against these dreaded conditions are the most uplifting Sativa strains found in Homegrown Cannabis Co.
Mental or emotional issues, though, are not the only reasons for using uplifting strains. Numerous ailments cause physical discomfort and pains. The euphoric effects of cannabis, in this regard, augments the pain-killing abilities.
Lastly, these feel-good strains usher in the sense of happiness and thus could be of immense value in recreational and social settings.
Cannabis and Happiness
Indica strains are the most prevalent today and sought after for its relaxing qualities. However, it is Sativa strains that can more effectively induce reinvigorating euphoric effects. Specifically, it is the high levels of THC that alters the biochemical processes of the brain.
Found in the human body, especially the brain, is a complex cell-signaling system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). As shown by studies, THC mimics the chemical structure of anandamide - a naturally occurring endocannabinoid that functions as a pleasure-inducing neurotransmitter by binding with CB1 receptors in the ECS. Consequently, it blocks the inhibitory function of GABA - these are the neurotransmitters that suppress the production and release of dopamine.
Without this gatekeeping mechanism, the brain releases dopamine at a higher level than usual. It is in this manner that THC could make you feel euphoric by essentially hacking into the brain's pleasure and reward system.
Apart from that, research also suggests that ECS plays a crucial role in modulating emotional processes and mood regulation. Hence, manipulating it with THC may be beneficial in managing psychiatric disorders such as major depression.
As an alternative treatment, not all cannabis with high levels of THC have the same efficacy. Its effectiveness depends on several factors, including:
- THC level or potency
- Route of administration
- Frequency of use
- Anthropometric measurements
- Presence of other drugs in the system
7 Best Uplifting Sativa Strains
Battling depression, stress, fatigue, and burn out should not be a daily struggle. Found in the extensive catalog of Homegrown Cannabis Co. are some of the most uplifting strains in the world. Each one can quickly uplift the mood by inducing intense euphoria, thus jolting you from a stupor.
Such highly stimulating cerebral experience is mainly due to high concentrations of THC. Because of the potential to induce an intense and possibly overbearing high, the dosage should be low to moderate. Otherwise, it may lead to some adverse reactions.
- Green Crack
Green Crack is the perfect strain to wake up and feel revitalized. Not even a shot of espresso could rival its energy-boosting ability. Upon consumption and savoring its citrusy flavor, an energizing buzz invades the mind, clearing the head and unleashing creativity. A mellow, relaxing sensation that swarms into the body sometime later counteracts overstimulation. With up to 24% THC, it can provide hours of productivity and mental uplift.
This strain's majestic splendor and huge, resin-caked colas are practically irresistible. Although the denseness of the buds makes it prone to mold attacks, it is nonetheless quite easy to maintain correct environmental conditions to prevent such problems. In most cases, growing Homegrown Cannabis Co.'s feminized Green Crack seeds is reasonably straightforward. At 7-9 weeks flowering time, it is also relatively fast for a Sativa-leaning strain. Best of all, it is a generous yielder, producing up to 650 grams per square meter (indoors) or 800 grams per plant (outdoors).
- Skunk x Mazar
Skunk x Mazar is popular with seasoned connoisseurs craving for an exhilarating cannabis experience. With THC levels clocking in at 24%, it delivers a trippy, borderline psychedelic high that takes one for one hell of a euphoric ride. Such effects inevitably uplift dejected and burnt out souls. It does so by inducing pleasant sensations and giddiness, wrapping the mind in a hazy euphoria. That makes it an excellent aid in battling mental health concerns such as depression. Meanwhile, it also exerts relaxing effects that prevent overbearing cerebral exhilaration.
Cultivating feminized Skunk x Mazar is a no-sweat process. Apart from resilient and easy to manage nature, this plant is also inherently productive. When grown in a suitable indoor setup, expect to harvest 650 grams of resin-encrusted buds per square meter after 7 to 8 weeks of flowering. Meanwhile, cultivating it outdoors yields 500 grams of dense nugs per plant by early October.
- Purple Thai
Sleepyheads struggling to snap out of stupor will surely benefit from Purple Thai's immensely stimulating high. This excellent wake-and-bake strain, boasting of 20% THC, can kickstart physical activities while also promoting mental clarity and sharp focus. On top of that, it can unleash the creative side, thereby making it easier to come up with novel ideas.
Purple Thai is also a great party strain as it exerts profound mood-uplifting effects, making you feel upbeat, sociable, and talkative. For this reason, it is often the go-to strain of many patients struggling with social anxiety and depression.
Apart from vibrant purple hues and prolific trichome production, the high-yielding nature of female Purple Thai makes it sought after. Although cultivating it takes as long as 11 to 13 weeks and requires advanced know-how, all the effort, and the long wait is indeed worth it come harvest time. Indoors, expect up to 650 grams of resin-caked buds per square meter. Meanwhile, when planted in tropical locations, it produces up to 1000 grams of top-quality kush by late October or early November.
- Strawberry Cough
What better way to start the day than by puffing strawberry-flavored vapors? Strawberry Cough's invigorating high no doubt should appeal to fans of wake-and-bake strains. As one of the best Sativa of all time, this strain lives up to its reputation by exerting a happy and energetic high, kickstarting mornings on a positive note. Hence, it should not come as a surprise that it is a popular choice for uplifting relief from burn out and mood disorders such as depression.
Strawberry Cough feminized seeds are easy to germinate and cultivate due to its resilient nature. In exchange for a little attention, it flourishes and produces abundant harvests of dense buds coated in glistening trichomes. Once in full bloom, prepare to harvest 400 grams of bud per square meter (indoors) or 500 grams per plant (outdoors).
- Sour Lemon OG
Of legendary pedigree, Sour Lemon OG's exceptional parentage alone is enough to foretell its remarkable traits. From California Sour, it inherited the hard-hitting cerebral punch. Meanwhile, Lemon OG passed on calming and pain-killing properties. The combination of these fantastic traits makes it a well-rounded strain for recreational and medicinal use. Additionally, it exudes a sweet, citrusy fragrance to set the tone for an uplifting high.
By default, Sour Lemon OG grown from feminized seeds is non-finicky with requirements for growth. As such, it is quite easy to cultivate. However, its tall height might pose a challenge indoors. Nevertheless, an abundant yield of sticky, beautiful dense nugs is undoubtedly worth the effort. When grown indoors, the harvest reaches 350 to 400 grams per square meter after 10 to 11 weeks of flowering. Outdoors, each sun-grown plant can produce up to 500 grams of fresh buds around mid to late October.
- White Amnesia
Despite its rarity, White Amnesia is widely sought-after for its signature psychedelic kick. This Sativa-dominant hybrid blends the quintessential genes of the invigorating Amnesia Haze with that of the ever-robust Afghani. After, backcrossing with a Thai further enhanced the potency of its stimulating high. The result is an incredibly uplifting strain featuring up to 22% THC.
The superior horticultural traits of White Amnesia feminized seeds is a given. Its rich heritage ensures ease of cultivation and steadfast resistance to molds, pests, and diseases. Moreover, it is a high yielder that produces up to 600 grams of gluey, fragrant buds per square meter (indoors) or 700 grams per plant after 11 weeks of flowering.
- Critical Widow
The insanely potent Critical Widow does not fail to impress. With up to 27% THC, the euphoric cerebral stimulation catapults you into the clouds. Effectively, it eases the troubled mind and uplifts the mood. Owing to the influence of White Widow, it also relaxes the body, further contributing to the sense of elation.
For home cultivation, the feminized Critical Widow is quick flowering, easy to grow, and high-yielding. After just 7 to 9 weeks of flowering, expect to harvest 400 grams of resinous buds per square meter (indoors) or 500 grams per plant (outdoors).