Best Morning Strains

Coffee’s known to give you that “jolt” to start your day, but what about a toke of weed instead?

Read on to learn about the best morning weed strains and how they help give you a boost of energy to start the day.

What about mixing coffee with cannabis? We’ll talk about that, as well. 

Why are Some Cannabis Strains Best Toked During the Day?

When it comes to cannabis strains, you may find that some invigorate while others leave you couch-locked.

This is because different strains offer varying effects. The best morning strains to start your day with a boost of energy are sativas. They’re known for providing the productivity boost you need.

Sativa strains increase your energy, giving you that extra push to do things like work tasks, house chores, and certain outdoor activities.

Here are some of our other favorite sativas:

Other effects of sativa strains also include head-high and alertness, which give it that distinct effect of boosting your productivity and focus.

And on the complete opposite side of the spectrum, indica strains are known for their sedative effects (also known as couch lock).

Indicas are great for therapeutic use, but they also leave you relaxed and sleepy. A good indica will put you to sleep at the end of the day after the body-high wears off.

However, the effects of weed aren’t entirely determined by its strain. The other underlying factor is a strain’s terpenes.

Terpenes and Cannabis

Terpenes in marijuana are the chemical compound that gives strains their unique fragrant aroma and flavor that separates them from each other.

But did you know that terpenes are also the chemical responsible for the therapeutic impact of weed?

Not only that, terpenes such as limonene and α-Pinene(alpha-pinene) have been linked to being energy boosters. And wouldn’t you know, those two types are found more frequently in sativa strains.

In particular, limonene gives certain sativa strains that hint of lemon citrus that you get after a toke.

Outside of simply giving you an energy boost, other types of terpenes found in sativa make them the best strains to have in the morning.

Caryophyllene is one example. It can help against morning headaches, boost moods, calm nerves, and possibly even kill harmful bacteria.

The reason why terpenes have such different effects on the body has to do with the entourage effect, a kind of reaction between multiple different compounds in cannabis.

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Terpenes are especially influenced by this, changing their effects or making them more potent depending on the other types of chemical compounds present.

Best Weed Strains for Morning Use

If you’re ready to enjoy a morning strain for yourself, here’s a list of the best wake and bake strains to try.

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    Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll get a huge boost of energy throughout the day to keep you productive and focused.

    A word of advice – don’t smoke these at night unless you enjoy restlessness or insomnia.

    Jack Herer Strain

    jack herer strain
    Jack Herer Strain
    Plant type40% Indica 60% Sativa
    THCUp to 20%
    CBDInsignificant amounts
    DifficultyEasy
    ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean | Mold Resistant
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers9 weeks
    Yields16 to 18 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellEarthy | Fruity | Lemon | Pepper | Pine | Spicy | Woody
    EffectsCreative | Energetic | Euphoric | Happy | Uplifted

    This sativa-dominant hybrid strain is 55% sativa and is often described as ‘the perfect blend’ because of how it perks your mood, making you happy while providing a clear-headed high that lets you focus on daily tasks.

    Although it’s described similarly to a blend of joe, its taste is nowhere near the flavor of coffee.

    It has a predominantly earthy and woody taste, with only hints of lemon, pine, and pepper. There’s also this small hint of fruit salad and spice.

    The fragrance doesn’t stray too far from the taste, but the scent of pine and citrus is more pronounced.

    Overall, Jack Herer shows what a sativa strain is – rich in limonene –  which is where it gets its citrusy taste and fragrance.

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    Green Crack Strain

    green crack strain
    Plant type40% Indica 60% Sativa
    THCUp to 22%
    CBDInsignificant amount
    DifficultyModerate
    ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers10 weeks
    Yields18 to 20 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellCitrus | Earthy | Fruity | Pine | Sweet
    EffectsEnergetic | Euphoric | Happy | Uplifted

    The strong mental buzz and energetic high you get from smoking Green Crack really show off its 75% sativa genetics.

    Unlike other hybrids, this sativa-dominant strain doesn’t pull any punches in its effects. You get a strong and immediate head-high that will leave you feeling euphoric and joyful.

    However, despite its effects, you still feel comfortable and relaxed.

    Green Crack has an indiscernible citrus taste that pairs well with its fruity and sweet undertones.

    And the pleasant smell of mangoes and other sweet fruits only enhances the tropical island feel along with its effects.

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    Durban Poison Strain

    Durban Poison Strain
    Plant type100% Sativa
    THCUp to 20%
    CBDInsignificant amount
    ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean
    Plant sizeAverage
    Flowers8 weeks
    Yields18 to 21 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellCheese | Citrus | Earthy | Fruity | Skunky | Sweet
    EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Sleepy | Uplifted

    Durban Poison is the only pure sativa on this list.

    This popular strain is known worldwide because of its sharp sweetness in both taste and smell.

    Its flavor profile matches with its strong uplifting effects and energetic high, making it one of the best morning strains for shaking off fatigue and lethargy.

    Despite having an earthy taste, there’s also a sweetness that cuts through and leaves hints of pine and citrus.

    It also has a sweet aroma in its buds that only becomes more pronounced after smoking it.

    Durban Poison is ideal for those who wake up feeling fatigued and heavy.

    It is one of the best morning cannabis strains to help shake off that feeling while boosting your energy and elevating your mood.

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    Sour Diesel Strain

    sour diesel strain
    Sour Diesel Strain
    Plant type40% Indica 60% Sativa
    THCUp to 20% THC
    CBDInsignificant amounts
    DifficultyHard
    ClimateIndoors | Continental | Steppe | Mediterranean
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers10 weeks
    Yields16 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellDiesel | Earthy | Herbal | Lemon | Pungent | Sour
    EffectsEnergetic | Euphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Uplifted

    This rightfully named sativa-dominant strain has a notoriously fast-acting effect that leaves you wired and energized. It’s perfect if you’re stressed and are looking to get high but still be able to focus on your daily tasks.

    True to its name, this morning strain has the strong taste of diesel after a toke.

    Whatever sour hints there were will most likely be overpowered by its diesel flavor. It’s an acquired taste, but many have found it as their personal favorite.

    Its fragrance supposedly has hints of sour lemon and herbs, but of course, the pungent scent of diesel masks any other scent present.

    Overall, Sour Diesel won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. However, it’s great for relieving stress and keeping you energized all throughout the day.

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    Pineapple Express Strain

    pineapple express strain
    Pineapple Express Strain
    Plant type30% Indica 70% Sativa
    THCUp to 19%
    CBDInsignificant amount
    ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean 
    Plant sizeTall
    Flowers12 weeks
    Yields19 oz per 3x3ft
    Taste & SmellCitrus | Fruity | Sweet

    To finish this list of the best morning strains, I saved the most famous one for last. Pineapple Express earned its popularity chiefly because of the movie with the same name.

    Contrary to the movie, however, the effect of Pineapple Express is mellow.

    This strain delivers a clear-headed daytime high that helps in uplifting your mood and making that feeling last all throughout the day.

    Pineapple Express gets its name from the tropical flavors that you experience while smoking it. It has a strong tang of pineapple and mango. The strong aroma of the buds also has the same smells of sweet tropical fruits with a hint of earthiness.

    If you’re looking for a fruity strain that will start your day with a clear-headed high, this is the bud for you.

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    Pairing Cannabis with Coffee

    Since sativa is the stimulant counterpart of marijuana, you may have had ideas about mixing two stimulants to see their effects.

    You aren’t alone in that curiosity. What are the effects of combining cannabis and coffee?  Is it safe to mix the two?

    While there weren’t any studies that showed the adverse effects of mixing the two together, there was an interesting study about monkeys. 

    A 2014 study looked at the effects of squirrel monkeys given doses of THC that were given the option to keep receiving THC after receiving a chemical compound with the same effect of caffeine (MSX-3).

    The study showed that low doses of MSX-3 caused the monkeys to take less THC, and high doses of it made them give themselves more THC.

    This implied that caffeine in low doses could enhance your high, but it could result in the opposite effect in larger doses. This study, though, isn’t conclusive and, as a result, may not translate to humans.

    There’s also the fact that THC isn’t the only chemical found in cannabis; remember, there’s still CBD and terpenes to consider.

    If you’re still curious and are willing to try it out for yourself, then start slow. Enjoy only a few puffs and some sips before stepping it up.

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      Summary

      There are good reasons why people seek out the best weed strains for morning use: weed strains can offer a better buzz than coffee could ever imagine due to the stimulating effects the different types of terpenes offer.

      But why choose between coffee and cannabis when you can try both?

      FAQs About Morning Cannabis Strains

      Should you take CBD in the morning?

      If you’re the type that wakes up to the morning feeling lethargic and heavy-headed, then absolutely! CBD can help clear the fog in your head so you can start your day at 100%

      Are hybrid strains good for daytime use?

      Of course. Although hybrid strains are a mix of sativa and indica, they still give you that clear-head high and alertness you’re looking for in the morning. In fact, all of the featured strains we have on this list, except for Durban Poison, are all hybrid strains.

      What is microdosing?

      As the name suggests, microdosing is when you enjoy marijuana in small amounts. It’s prevalent with daytime users and is popular because it can deliver a noticeable high with fewer negative effects.

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