Top 10 San Francisco Sativas

Top 10 San Francisco Sativas

Contributor: Matthew B. Barnett

Personally, I’m a huge fan of the thought-provoking, creative-inducing effects of a top-shelf sativa. The way these uplifting, euphoric strains enhance the mood of the consumer is next-level enjoyable. But it’s not always easy to know which sativa is best for your particular situation.

Which is why I’ve gone ahead and assembled a collection of the BEST sativas that can be found scattered across the greater Bay Area.

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Lemon Tree Pre-Roll - Budee

10. Lemon Tree

This potent sativa can be readily found in flower form, but it’s more commonly seen as a pre-roll at most dispensaries. But, regardless of its medium, this is one of the best sativas on the market – hands down.

Far too often, buds that claim to possess some sort of citrus aroma (and/or flavor) fall dramatically short of their fruit-inspired goals. But Lemon Tree is one of those powerfully fragrant strains that’s not even close to timid when it comes to sharing its aromatic profile with the world. The strength of these scents routinely fill up a room with enjoyable accents and lemon-y freshness.

But those pleasurable factors don’t end in the stench of this odorous strain, those familiar citrus notes are loud and proud in the flavor spectrum of this amazing sativa. It doesn’t even matter who grew or cultivated this product, these buds are always going to taste super crisp and refreshing – like smoking the ghost of a tall glass of lemonade.

To round out this incredible smoke session, the consumer is rewarded with a plethora of cerebrally-beneficial effects. One’s focus becomes razor sharp, and the wealth of creativity that soon follows is truly inspiring. If you ever see this tremendous strain on the menu, pick it up. You’ll be happy you did.

[You can find it at…]

*Weed On Wheels
Phone number: (510) 993-0995
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm (Mon-Fri), 12 pm – 8 pm (Sat), 10 am – 5 pm (Sun)

Phone number: (925) 953-2850
Hours: 9 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week

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Banjo - Green Door

9. Banjo

This is one of the more aptly named strains on the list – because this is one of those buds you can sit back and enjoy on a porch, as the sun goes down. The calm vibes from this country western bud are directly translated into the overall smoking experience this amazing sativa.

While the nugs, themselves, may not be on the cover of High Times any time soon, there’s still a lot to admire when gazing at these buds. There’s a fuzzy layering of THC-laden crystals that do nothing but please the inquisitive stoner’s eye inspecting these flowers. Brown and vibrant orange hairs escape from the dense nature of these nugs to make their presence known in the most glorious way.

And even though this instrument-inspired strain may have one assuming its aromatics would remind them of a dirt-covered farm – quite the opposite is true when sniffing these buds. There’s a bright, refreshing citrus component to this flower’s scent profile that is a delight on the senses.

It might not be a “winner” when it comes to taste, but the fast-acting effects of this Headband-esque sativa are incredible. Especially for those who are dealing with anxieties or depression of any sort. This is one of the more affordably dank options available at the moment, and I never hesitate to pick some up whenever I spot it on the menu.

[You can find it at…]

*Green Door
Address: 843 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone Number: (415) 541-9590
Hours: 9 am – 10 pm (Mon-Sat), 10 am – 8 pm (Sun)

Tangie OG pre-roll - Jingletown 2

8. Tangie OG

I’m partial to anything with OG in the title. These strains are consistently delivering a series of balanced, uplifting effects that always boost my mood – without weighing me down with any unwanted sedation. Which is always a strong indicator of a top-shelf sativa. And this citrus-sounding strain is able to accomplish that level of relief – and then some.

Each nug of this remarkable sativa is frosty from head-to-toe in trichome-heavy crystals. Seriously, every single centimeter of real estate is proudly sporting an array of glistening THC goodness. A smattering of orange hairs spring forth from the light green flowers, and the overall aesthetic of the strain is sincerely stunning.

What’s even better is this Tangerine sativa smells precisely like its intended fruity scent. Some sativas are too dry to emit any sort of enjoyable odors, but this strain is truly divine – and smells exactly like its fruity inspiration. Also, it tastes even better than it smells!

After only a few tokes of this bud, the consumer will start to feel a calming sense of creative comfort take over their mental space in the most enjoyable way. As I mentioned earlier, this is an OG sativa, and it’ll leave all who smoke it feeling productive – but in a super-chill fashion. And, honestly, what more could you ask for?

[You can find it at…]

*Jingletown Cannabis Club
Phone Number: (510) 210-1689
Hours: 12 pm – 9 pm, 7 days a week

Power Plant Pre-Roll - BUZZ Delivery

7. Power Plant

The second these super dense buds fall out of their container, it’s easy to see that this strain did not come to mess around. And with a name like Power Plant, it’s hard not to assume that this bud would pack a serious punch. Sure enough, it only takes a couple hits of this strong sativa before the consumer starts to feel the tremendously therapeutic benefits kick in.

Each thick nug is covered in a cacophony of light and dark green leaves. Betwixt them, are a healthy amount of orange hairs. All of whom fight to break through their incredibly dense confines of cannabis. There’s very little “give” when these buds are squeezed – and that sort of characteristic is always a telltale sign of dankness.

With such a title to this strain, I was assuming there would a stringent nature to this taste. Not the case. In fact, it’s quite a creamy, almost nutty flavor that makes the entire smoke session a smooth, cough-free experience.

Perhaps this sativa is called Power Plant because it energizes the mind and body of the consumer to get up and take on the world. Focus and euphoria work together in perfect harmony after smoking this strong sativa, and I can see it coming in handy as an ideal “wake and bake” strain.

[You can find it at…]

*Buzz Delivery
Phone number: (415) 855-5990
Hours: 12 pm – 8 pm, 7 days a week

Lemon Diesel Pre-Roll - FLOWSENT 2

6. Lemon Diesel

I’m unclear as to why, but there’s an awful lot of citrus flavored (and scented) sativa strains on the market – and I am in no way complaining about it. I find those fruity buds to be super refreshing – and this strain of thought-provoking awesomeness known as Lemon Diesel is no different.

To be completely honest, the exteriors of these buds aren’t exactly “eye-catching.” But that doesn’t mean they’re inferior. They have a standard light green coloring, and the amount of trichome covered hairs are on par for the average flower in this category. And even though there’s nothing super unique about this strain, that doesn’t mean it’s not packing a hidden burst of potency.

Needless to say, after smoking Lemon Diesel the consumer is quickly reminded of the old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” Such is the case with this sincerely scrumptious sativa. Much like its citrus counterparts, this fruity bud tastes (and smells) like its yellow-hued inspiration. And such a blend of pleasant smells and flavors only makes for an even more enjoyable smoke session.

Roughly a handful of tokes into the session, the consumer will notice that any anxieties they had lingering in their subconscious will slowly fade away into nothingness. Those feelings of worry are replaced with waves of inspiration and euphoria. And the functionality that coincides with this bud makes it a great daytime smoke.

[You can find it at…]

Phone number: (510) 545-4633
Hours: 10:30 am – 10 pm (Mon-Fri), 11 am – 10 pm (Sat), 12 pm – 9 pm (Sun)

Z Cube - Flower to the People 2

5. Z Cube

One of the main reasons people pick up sativas in the first place is to help them stay productive, without any sort of sedative effects. Any strain of bud that can enhance the focus of the consumer is more than deserving of a place on this list. And Z Cube is one of those buds that excels in helping the consumer achieve a higher level of focus throughout an otherwise busy day.

Boy, oh, boy are these suckers dense! Rock-like in appearance, these nugs are fairly attractive, in my professional opinion. There’s a lot of THC crystal coverage to be admired, and the onslaught of orange and brown hairs that present themselves at every angle are quite a sight to behold.

When brought closer to inhaling nostrils, the olfactory senses detect a swarm of pine and crisp woodland accents that are absolutely incredible. Those sharp accents make their way over to the flavor of this strain, and the entire smoke session proves to be a sincerely serene blend of smooth, tree-inspired tastes.

As I alluded to above, sativas are typically relied on for their ability to increase the focus of whoever is lucky enough to smoke it. And Z Cube seems to make that their main goal. Procrastination is impossible when smoking this upbeat, mood-boosting strain. And I can’t recommend it highly enough.

[You can find it at…]

*Flower to the People
Address: 70 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone Number: (628) 444-3441
Hours: 8 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week

Sour Apple Haze - Lakeside Remedy

4. Sour Caramelo

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more tastier-sounding sativa than this Sour Caramelo concoction. The level of implied flavor (and effects) that come along with such a braggadocious title are often impossible to live up to – but not with Sour Caramelo. They more than deliver on their implied promises of potency in every single way.

Dark and light green flowers intermingle with one another throughout the exterior of this impressive bud. Long, almost lanky strands of trichome-infused hair lurk their way toward the surface from beneath its concealed cannabis floral-home.

With such a unique name, it’s hard to really put a finger on the intriguing scent profile of this strain. There’s a faint whisper of citrus to be enjoyed, but there’s also a healthy amount of pine to be detected, as well. All in all, it was a very pleasant combination of scents that also made their way over into the taste of this strain.

Depression stands no chance against the optimistic, mood-boosting, super euphoric powers of Sour Caramelo. Within minutes, all the stresses that were plaguing my mental space evaporated, and I felt upbeat and productive for hours after the session ceased. This is one phenomenal strain that I’ll never pass up whenever my local dispensary has some in stock. It’s incredible!

[You can find it at…]

*Green Door
Address: 843 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone Number: (415) 541-9590
Hours: 9 am – 10 pm (Mon-Sat), 10 am – 8 pm (Sun)

Animal Mints Pre-Roll - Irie Care Delivery

3. Animal Mints

With a namesake implying a mixture of Animal Crackers and Mint, I was expecting a fully flavorful experience heading into my smoke session with Animal Mints. Sure enough, this sativa came through with a truly tasty experience that I easily consider one of the best in the game – currently.

When a consumer curiously grabs a nug of this awesome sativa to sniff, their nose will be pleased to see (or, smell, in this case) a ton of sugary accents, followed by a pine undertone, which makes up the majority of this aromatic profile. And those enjoyable notes show up in “flavor form” when it comes time to fire up this beautiful strain.

While some sativas are known to be “coughers” – this strain is super smooth. It’s so silky, it’s almost creamy, if I can be honest. Yes, there was a slight spice to be found in the taste of this bud, but it was nowhere near cringeworthy. In fact, it was quite enjoyable.

The instant boost of creativity and positivity that come along with this strain are unbeatable. The calming inspiration doesn’t wait long before launching the consumer into a state of blissful creation. There’s sincerely no downsides whatsoever to this sativa, and it’s more than worth its shockingly low price.

[You can find it at…]

*Irie Care Delivery
Phone number: (510) 328-8896
Hours: 11 am – 7 pm (Mon-Sat), CLOSED (Sun)

Alien OG Pre-Roll - QualiCanna 2

2. Alien OG

Ah, yes – another OG sativa. Only this one is “out of this world” with its flavor and effects. And it’s absolutely no slouch in the “Looks” department, either. Each one of these striking nugs is the epitome of cannabis perfection. There’s a healthy, light green hue to each flower – and the scattered THC-infused hairs that can easily be spotted throughout, are a strong signal of dankness.

Though the aromatics of this bud aren’t going to knock anyone’s proverbial “socks” off – there’s a decent amount of orange and citrus to be found. But, to be fair, those accents in the scent profile aren’t exactly the strongest in the game – not by a long shot. Which is totally fine. Especially considering how tasty this strain is.

As soon as one fires up Alien OG their taste buds become enraptured in a smooth, light, lemon-y cloud of cannabis. Each toke is tremendously smooth, so “coughers” needn’t worry before lighting up this amazing sativa.

The epicenter of effects set up shop right behind the forehead of the consumer, and the stress-relieving powers they release are nothing short of fantastic. Worries and anxieties take a hike, as uplifting productivity decides to take center stage in the mind of the consumer. This is one of those sativas that can turn a whole day around, and it’s absolutely deserving of this high ranking.

[You can find it at…]

Phone number: (510) 415-0060
Hours: 12 pm – 8 pm, 7 days a week

Sour Apple Haze - Lakeside Remedy

1. Sour Apple Haze

Typically, with top-shelf sativas, their exteriors find themselves on the “lighter” end of the spectrum. But Sour Apple Haze has decided to buck all of those color-coated stereotypes – because every centimeter of these nugs are dark and incredibly dank. This is one nug that could easily grace the cover of a magazine – without a doubt. It’s absolutely phenomenal.

A concert of various fruity accents, each laced with an intoxicating amount of sugar, make up the scent profile of this tremendous sativa. There’s even a bit of Diesel-like quality to the backend of each whiff – which serves as a satisfying treat for the olfactory senses.

While I assumed there would be a strong apple flavoring to this strain, I was surprised to see that my taste buds were enjoying an onslaught of deep cherry notes on each and every toke. Yes, there was a crisp pine afternote that’s worth mentioning, but the combination of these flavors worked wonders on my tongue – and made the overall experience a flavorful delight.

Any lingering mental issues the consumer may be battling with (be it depression, paranoia, anxiety, etc) are instantly eliminated the minute this awesome sativa makes its way into the mind. There’s also a decent amount of sedation to be felt in the eyes, but there’s no sleep-inducing aftereffects to prepare for.

This is, without any sort of exaggeration, the best sativa in the Bay Area. And it may even be the best weed in San Francisco at the moment. If you spot it on the menu at your local dispensary, grab it before it’s gone. If you don’t – someone else will. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this stellar sativa strain known as, Sour Apple Haze.

[You can find it at…]

*Lakeside Remedy
Phone number: (510) 415-0060
Hours: 12 pm – 8 pm, 7 days a week