What is Sativa?
By Daniel Gana
Indica vs. Sativa - is as hotly contested as Miller Lite’s Taste Great vs. Less Filling debate. The Indica vs. Sativa debate is not something we should expect to end anytime soon.
While the classification of cannabis as Indica or Sativa was proven out as an incomplete way of describing the cannabis plant or its chemovars, it is pertinent to note that Sativa and Indica still play a critical role in cannabis classification and describing the overall effect of cannabis flower.
Sativa effects are generally associated with the overall feeling derived from Sativa-dominant cannabis strains. This term is often used to describe the feeling of happiness and euphoria (head high) that accompany Sativa-dominant strains.
The high-energy effects of Sativas are often the most sought-after for cannabis use after pain relief. Some of the commonly encountered Sativa effects include but are not limited to the following:
- Increased concentration and focus
However, these effects can vary from person to person since our cannabis tolerance and endocannabinoid systems may differ.
Experiencing an enjoyable cannabis experience is all about experimentation. Start with a small dosage and go slow until you identify your cannabis sweet spot.
Sativa vs. Indica: What's the difference?
Indica and Sativa are used to describe the two main types of cannabis that are widely available on the market.
While Sativa is known for its energizing and uplifting effects, Indica is known for its soothing, sedating effects. Sativa is often used to help people feel more active and creative, while Indica is often used to help people relax and unwind.
Farmers and cultivators have found a way to create the perfect balance between Sativa and Indica strains. These are called Hybrids and they offer a combination of effects from both Sativa and Indica to varying degrees.
Sativa vs. Indica: Which is Better?
The answer to this question depends on the person and their preferences. While both Sativa and Indica can provide a variety of effects, what works for one person may not work for another. For example, many people find that Sativas help them feel more energized and motivated, but others find that Sativa-dominant strains leave them anxious or paranoid.
Meanwhile, plenty of cannabis lovers prefer an Indica cultivar at the end of the day to help them relax and to fall asleep. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to experiment and find the perfect strain for their individual needs.
What are the benefits of Sativas?
Sativa Effects on the Body
The energizing effect of Sativa strains can come in handy if you want to boost creativity, improve focus, and get some work done. Other possible Sativa effects on the body are listed below
- Pain relief
- May reduce nausea
- May reduce muscle spasms
Sativa Effects on the Brain
The antidepressant and anxiolytic role of THC, especially at low doses, have been reported by several researchers. This can lead to a calming effect that keeps users focused and ready to take on any task.
For instance, information from the American Heart Association shows that cannabinoid pathways may regulate neurotransmitter release, synaptic plasticity, and neurodevelopment.
Other possible Sativa effects on the brain include but are not limited to the following;
- Improved focus
How to Find the Perfect Sativa for You
Finding the perfect Sativa strain for you can be challenging, but it is possible. The first step is researching what strains are available and legal in your location. You can also talk to a budtender in your local dispensary and ask for their recommendations. Once you have narrowed down your choices, you can experiment with different strains to find the one that works best for you.
Some of the most commonly utilized Sativa-dominant strains are listed below;
- Durban Poison
- Sour Diesel
- Ghost Train Haze
- Amnesia Haze
- Jack Herer
- Super Sour Diesel
- Green Crack
- Blue Walker
- Purple Haze
- Lemon Haze
The Final Word on Sativa
Like any type of cannabis, there are pros and cons to using Sativa. On the plus side, Sativa is known for its energizing and uplifting effects, as well as its ability to help with depression, anxiety, and pain relief. On the downside, Sativa can sometimes cause anxiety and paranoia in some people, especially at high doses (usually above 50mg).
Cannabis tolerance can vary from person to person; hence, what may appear as a high dosage to one person may work as a moderate dosage in others. The most important thing is understanding your body chemistry and how you react to cannabinoids.
If you’re experimenting with cannabis strains or products, you might consider keeping a cannnabis journal to track your experiences and know which strains and formulations work best for you.