Casual smokers to black market buyers tend to be a little fuzzy on details when it comes to the question of “Indica or Sativa?”
Rather than shame people for not knowing these things, we think its more important to educate!
Explained by TheStreet.com, sativas are more of a cerebral high, while indica strains primarily provide a body high.
Indicas have always been described as a nighttime choice, good for relaxing the body for sleep. With a higher count of CBD, indicas are also supposed to help with pain relief, and it’s recommended for those who have anxiety or in need of an appetite boost.
Sativas are more of a daytime strain, help you feel more alert, help you concentrate on a task, or a physical activity. Sativa has a higher count for THC. Sativa’s terpenes also contain anti-depression and anti-inflammatory properties.
And simply put, a hybrid is the best of both worlds, indica and sativa, and are usually named in order of which strain side was more dominant.
TheStreet.com also explains that “despite popular belief, the effects cannabis gives you are likely more accurately attributable to cannabinoids and terpenes, compounds found in the cannabis plant, as opposed to the strains. And while some cannabinoids and terpenes may be found more commonly in an ‘indica’ or a ‘sativa,’ none are found exclusively in one consistently enough to say an indica and a sativa will definitively cause specific effects.”
A more in-depth dig of the two personalities of Marijuana, which comes from the Common Citizen booklet, the “Citizen’s Code”:
These short dense plants, whose leaves are broader and darker green than sativas, originated in the harsh climates of places like Afghanistan, India, and Turkey. To help survive the harsh growing conditions, indicas produce a sticky substance called trichomes that function as a defense mechanism and also produce hundreds of unknown cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that make strains unique. These are what give you that sedated, more relaxes feeling. As such, they can be effective remedies for anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms, and tremors. Not generally as a tall as sativas, indicas produce dense, thick flowers that give off flavors and aromas ranging from pungent skunk to sweet and fruity.
Sativa strains are more of a stimulant than their indica cousins. Originally grown in countries near the equator (Columbia, Mexico, Thailand), sativas thrive in hotter climates with longer daylight hours and plenty of sunshine. Sativas have a higher level of THC than indicas, which gives you that unique psychoactive high. They can stimulate the appetite. And since they give you that uplifting feeling, they can also relieve depression, migraines, chronic pain, and nausea. As plants, sativas grow tall and thin with narrow leaves that are light green. The flavors range from earthly to sweet and fruity.
Does the Strain Matter for Edibles?
Now, when it comes to edibles, this is a stickier territory. According to Leafly, they tested the question of if the strain of the product used to make an edible actually yields the effects of that strain when consumed, and they shared that their trials could not yield a straightforward yes or no answer. So we’re going to mark this one inconclusive. Most of the time, edibles are just great for knocking you on your ass if you consume more than 10mg at a time.
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