As a user, when browsing cannabis strains or making a purchase at your local marijuana dispensary, you may notice that the cannabis ‘strains’ are usually divided into three distinct and main groups: Indica, Sativa, and hybrid. For the most time, cannabis consumers have interchangeably and casually used these marijuana types as a standard for predicting the preceding effects after ingestion. Sativa Strains are one of the ones that get talked about at length when we talk about strain types.
The terms Indica and Sativa started being used in the 1800s to describe the two most popular and distinct types of cannabis: Cannabis sativa was the strain with low THC/high CBD plant mainly found in Europe and Western Eurasia. These particular plants were largely used for their fiber and seeds. Cannabis indica, on the other hand, was used to describe the high THC varieties that were found in East Asia. This strain was commonly used for its fiber, seeds, and hashish.
Today, Sativa plants can have high THC varieties and they are (usually) identified by the plant’s tall stature, a narrow leaf profile, and relatively long, airy flowers or buds. After ingestion, the Sativa strain is associated with energy, creativity, focus, and euphoria. The Sativa plant needs a longer flowering time; as much as 12 to 13 weeks for some varieties of the plant. Sativa plants also tend to have lower yields due to how their bud is structured.
To date, there are almost 12,000 recorded strains with 646 registered cultivators; if we add the rare ones, it brings the total to over 12,400. However, many experts in the cannabis business would point out that there are significant similarities in the strains that are currently available. In most cases, customers will be looking for the desired outcome, so a wider selection of strains can potentially meet their recreational needs. For customers more accustomed to cannabis use, they should take the opportunity to smell each flower. The idea is that terpene profiles that smell good to the individual are more likely to have a positive benefit to that particular person.
Characteristics of Sativa
• Sativa refers to the (usually) tall, narrow-leaf marijuana strains of cannabis, thought to induce energizing effects after consumption.
• When used for medicinal purposes, Sativa strains are believed to treat mental conditions linked to depression, anxiety, and pain.
• The majority of cannabis Sativa strains are found mainly in hot and dry climates with long sunny days. These areas include Africa, Southeast Asia Central America, and western parts of Asia.
• In most cases, the Sativa cannabis strain has lower doses of CBD and higher doses of THC
• The Sativa cannabis strain often produces a “mind high,” or an energizing and anxiety-reducing effect. If you consume Sativa-dominant strains, you may feel more productive and creative, not mellow, relaxed, and lethargic. Because of its highly stimulating impact, you can consume a Sativa strain during the day
Many Types of Sativa Strains
if you want to try Sativas, it’s way more important to know the core cannabis genetics than it is to generalize the whole marijuana family. And with a few thousands of cannabis strains on the market; all giving different effects, it can be a little hard to choose which of the Sativas to try. Below is a selection of some of the best and most popular Sativa strains that are relatively easy to find. They are renowned for their THC content and highly praised in marijuana culture.
This Sativa strain was named after the celebrated cannabis activist and author, Jack Herer. This strain is known for giving a sharp mix of piney and spicy notes. When consumed, most people will experience a rush of cerebral energy that is great for all daytime activities. Looking to start your morning right with a proper head rush? Jack Herer will get the job done. This strain is also great for energy boosts during exercises. Jack Herer has been as a foundation for other popular Sativa strains such as Black Jack, Super Jack, and XJ-13.
As the name suggests, this Sativa strain hails from Durban, South Africa. Durban Poison is one of the best pure Sativa strains you can find. It’s popular for having very sticky buds that give a sweet, sometimes ammonia-like fragrance. As far as effects after ingestion, Durban Poison covers all the bases. Just a little smoke will have you feeling energized and ready for the day ahead. Too much of it can make you feel lethargic, so be aware. This strain is the best example of why you need to be mindful of how much you smoke, as too much of it will have you taking a deep slumber.
This strain is often recommended for anyone that wants to do creative activities like painting or crafting. Just one of the best, period.
Green Crack is another Sativa strain worth mentioning whenever there is a conversation about the best Sativa cannabis strains. Like most of the older strains, no one can confirm its genetics, but Green Crack is believed to be a hybrid of between a 1989 Super Sativa Seed Club, a Skunk 1, and an Asian landrace. The resulting strain produces dense, citrus-flavored buds that are loved by many for their citrus terpenes.
Though appealing to both the eyes and taste buds, the after-effects are the real reason so many weed connoisseurs respect the Green Crack. Usually, it hits you with a super rush of cerebral effects that slowly seep into the body.
If you’re looking for a stronger caffeine replacement or just something to make the chores more enjoyable, then put Green Crack on your list of worthy alternatives.
This is one of those strains that you either love to death or you’ve had lots of it and it’s starting to wear you out. Long story short; it’s an amazing Sativa strain and it should definitely be on your smoking bucket list. Your lungs should feel it at least once in your lifetime.
Tangie is another old-school Sativa that is a hybrid. It was created by crossing either California Orange with a Skunk hybrid or Tangerine Dream with a Skunk hybrid. The Tangie strain has an unmistakable orange scent that can also be felt directly in the smoke once burnt. So, if you’re into citrus-infused marijuana and citrus flavors, there’s no need to hunt for any other strain. In terms of after effects, Tangie has similar properties to the Durban Poison. You can find yourself feeling lethargic if you smoke too much. However, this is the case for almost all cannabis strains.
A small dose of Tangie will have you feeling quite active, uplifted, and focused, but too much will make you sleep for hours before it levels out.
Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze is popular for being a great strain to enjoy during the daytime. It gives the smoker an energetic boost, making them very active in the aftermath. This strain was created by crossing Shiva Skunk, Haze, and Northern Lights #5. The resulting Super Silver Haze gives you an earthy and citrusy strain that makes most smokers feel very energetic, aroused, sharp, and euphoric. The Super Silver Haze is best for immediate results if you want to get right to work after; as the energy, rush might be a little overwhelming if you don’t expend it.
Indica vs Sativa
Other than the physical properties of each strain, there are other ways to tell apart the 2 strains. However, you should note that isolated THC levels are identical whether it’s from an Indica plant or a Sativa plant. What makes each strain feel different is the combined aftereffect of the whole plant profile after smoking it.
Another important difference between these two strains of cannabis is in their medical effects and how they impact energy levels and productivity after consumption. Indica strain usually will decrease energy levels and is suited for consumption in the evening as a ‘nightcap’ after you’ve concluded the day’s work and activities.
Sativa strains, on the other hand, give an uplifting and cerebral high. They enhance your creativity and productivity. While not all strains of Sativa marijuana will make you feel energized, most consumers usually notice a tendency for Sativas to give a “head high,” an uplifting and stimulating effect. Consumers also often note that Sativas are very helpful in reducing stress or anxiety. Also, a large number of consumers enjoy Sativas to sharpen focus gain a temporary boost in creativity/motivation. Common after effects linked with Sativa strains include feeling joyful, energetic, uplifting, and euphoric. Because of these effects, Sativas are often said to be “daytime” strains; useful if you need to feel productive, creative, focused, and if you want to get any chores done.
Now that you’re aware of the differences between Sativa and Indica, you can make an informed decision about which type of marijuana you need for specific times and purposes. Such information is usually absent when consumers make purchases from the black market. Patients must be aware of the varying effects associated with each strain.
However, in today’s cannabis cultivation and marketplace, there are very few pure Indica or Sativa plants that are left. The majority of the produce that is available in the market is hybrid strains that are identified as either ‘Indica or Sativa dominant. Experts in the field tell us now that Indica, Sativa, and even hemp are simply different varieties of one genus, Cannabis