The first few years of my smoking experiences were a waste. I had no idea what indica or sativa strains were. Back in the day we smoked “Reggie Miller” because we did not know any better. “Reggie Miller” was the term for regular/swag/garbage weed. When I began to learn the strain names I thought that those were simple monikers folks were making up to sell weed… WRONG, in my Charlie Murphy voice (RIP). Strains properly grown and named range a vast spectrum of flavors and effects. To answer the question, sativa cannabis strains energize the body, invigorate mental activity, spawn creativity, fuel the body to get active, and/or promote the mood of simply having a good time.
What are the physical characteristics of the sativa strain?
There are actual physical characteristics to sativa cannabis plants. Healthline informs us “sativa plants are tall and thin with finger-like leaves. They can grow taller than 12 feet, and they take longer to mature than some other types of cannabis”. These plants are typically grown in warm, dry, sunny climates. Most landrace sativa strains are near equatorial regions. Well, so what? What does that have to do with my smoking experience… I am glad you asked my 4:20 enthusiasts.
Many have moved away from labeling cannabis strains as simply sativa or indica. Full disclosure, I am not one of those “many”. Sativa vs. indica is a measure I still use but that is because I will look at strain’s parentage and know enough of strains to go on that information. However, many now simply look at the THC vs. CBD levels.
What is THC?| What are the different effects from a indica and/or sativa strain?
I do both. Sativas and indicas (strains associated with full-body effects, such as increasing deep relaxation and reducing insomnia) may both have high THC levels. However, often times indicas will have higher levels of CBD associated with physical and mental relaxation. High THC levels speak to the cerebral effects and not necessarily medical comforts. Going there begs the question what is THC? Healthline informs us, “THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis plants. It’s responsible for the “high” or state of euphoria associated with cannabis use and levels of THC have been (historically) increasing as growers try to create hybrids with a greater concentration of the compound. THC is what gets us “high”.
What is CBD?
Healthline again informs us “CBD is non-impairing or non-euphoric. It doesn’t cause a “high.” However, it may produce many physical benefits, such as reducing pain and nausea, preventing seizures, and easing migraines”. CBD is the component that allows cannabis to be medically prescribed.
A sativa strain often produces a “mind high,” or an energizing. Some say its an anxiety-reducing effect. If you use sativa-dominant strains, you may feel productive and creative, not relaxed and lethargic. For this reason, many will promote a sativa strain for daytime use. Experienced smokers may use these sativa strains to wake up and get the day going. The term for this is “wake and bake” … No not “shake and bake”, the racing team for Talladega Nights! If you are looking to try some sativa strains then grabbing some Jet Fuel or Durban Poison from Select Co-op or Damn Sour or Guava gas from Takoma Care and Wellness will teach you everything you need to know about sativa strains.