The Sativa Guide.
With legal marijuana in Canada on the immediate horizon and the buzz around cannabis hitting a fever pitch, some new comers may be hearing the words ‘sativa’ ‘indica’ and ‘hybrid’ being thrown around. Many of us that have been around marijuana for a long time, or be dedicated to the cannabis community may have some clue (or already be very knowledgable about these types) as to what these differences are and how they can drastically effect selecting the right strain for you. Cannabis sativa (as referred to by the almighty wikipedia) is an annual herbaceous flowering plant indigenous to eastern Asia but now of cosmopolitan distribution due to widespread cultivation. It has been cultivated throughout recorded history, used as a source of industrial fiber, seed oil, food, recreation, religious and spiritual moods and medicine. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use. The species was first classified by Carl Linnaeus in 1753.
One of the biggest differences between Sativa strains and its sisters Hemp and Indica, is that most pure Sativa strains do not produce CBD (or at least less of it). Because of the illegality of marijuana, tests can be skewed (for instance well known sativa strains such as Durbin poison have been tested to have very few actual characteristics of their categories).
Originally grown in hot countries nearer the equator because of the need for heat and long daylight hours, Sativa plants are now grown pretty much anywhere people grow weed. The plants tend to grow very tall. In the correct conditions, and if allowed, they can reach towering heights of 20 ft tall! They take longer to grown than any other category of cannabis but can produce large yield in the form of long, loose crown style buds if the cultivated has the patience. The leaves of the sativa plant are longer and spindly to soak up as much light as possible.
The buds of the sativa plant grow close to the stock and much like the leaves they are long. They may look large but sativa buds are generally loose and light by weight. Paler green and often crystal covered, the buds are commonly wispy in appearance and feature red or purple colouring or “hair”.
Often regarded as “the daytime strains” the uplifting , energetic effects are the easiest way to know you’re puffing on the big S. Productivity,functional, creative, energy are the most reported attributes of the high. Sativa strains have even been reported as counteracting fatigue! Given the creative nature of the high has made these strains very popular amongst the thinkers, artists, and musicians. The tendency to induce laughter and carry conversation makes this the obvious choice for social butterflies and situations.
Categories aside, its truly the cannabinoids THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) that cause the various feelings in the body and brain when ingesting marijuana.
THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis. It’s been shown to be an appetite stimulant and has been reported to help with nausea and vomiting. CBD is a cannabinoid that has very little psychoactive effect and can actually make the ‘high’ caused by THC more tolerable.
If you’re looking for a tasty, easy smoking daytime brain buzz, sativa may be for you!