Humans have been devoted to weed for a lot longer than you might think – thousands of years, in fact. Controversial stereotypes given to the green stuff has made a research on its origins a challenge, but luckily things have changed in recent times. More formally known as cannabis Sativa, we now know a whole lot more about where it comes from and its effects. What does Sativa do to you? Today we’re taking you through, step by step, your Ultimate Guide to Sativa.
Before we get into all the nitty-gritty details, we’ll give you a quick rundown of what Sativa does. As one of the most popular strains alongside Indica, Sativa is used for its uplifting, energizing effects. It provides a “mind-high” rather than a “full-body high”, making it a popular daytime choice.
Got an important test tomorrow? Or perhaps a whole home to clean? Sativa is the one to reach for. That’s because it’s going to not only uplift your mood but also boosts creativity and helps you concentrate. We personally love a good Sativa strain for helping us on our creative ventures. It enhances our focus, giving us more energy to tick things off those pesky to-do lists. Sativa is also known for reducing symptoms of anxiety, pain and depression, but we’ll get more into that later.
If you’re already convinced or need a top-up as an existing Sativa supporter, then feel free to explore our wide range of Sativa products. If you’re keen to go even deeper on everything you need to know, then keep reading for your Ultimate Guide to Sativa.
What is Sativa?
Sativa is one of the most commonly known of marijuana plants, alongside Indica. Characteristics are quite obvious between the two once you know what to look out for. Sativa is a tall and skinny plant, while Indica is short and compact.
Sativa is found to have originated from East Asia. With the split of ancient basal cannabis and modern cannabis occurring around 12,000 years ago, marijuana is one of the first cultivated plants on Earth. We’re certainly not surprised that it’s managed to last this long.
Growing Sativa is quite straightforward, and a lot easier than it once was. Since it’s a tall grower, you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of space available before starting the process. It’s actually a great pick for beginner growers, as it’s naturally pest resistant and grows rapidly – more than some other strains. That being said, it is a little trickier if you’re going indoors due to its towering stature.
Check out these tips on how to grow Sativa:
- Keep things dry and avoid humidity, no matter if you’re growing indoors or outdoors. This will help prevent mould and pests from breeding, which can damage and eventually kill your plants if left unattended.
- Prune, prune, prune. These plants are tall and thin, so they can end up being quite weak. Prune often to help the plant flourish and maximize growth.
- Sativa likes sweetness, so throw several sources of sugar into the pot. This can be something like unsulphured molasses, which enhances microbes. In turn, this will help produce higher yields.
- Light is the key. This strain loves light, so keep it high and intense. With more light exposure, your plant will grow better and stronger. If you’re not growing outdoors, invest in a good lighting system to give your plants the best chance.
If growing this strain is something you’d be interested in, you’ll need to get started with the best quality seeds on the market to have the best chance at a healthy harvest. Especially if you’re a beginner.
Let’s take an even deeper look at Sativa’s effects, differences with the Indica plant, and the best strains you can buy on the Canadian market today.
Sativa and Indica Differences
Sativa and Indica are the two most popular and well-known types of marijuana. There are notable differences between these two strains, which we’ll break down for you.
Here’s a quick summary of what Sativa is all about:
- Gives more of a head-high that is uplifting, stimulating and energizing
- Helps you concentrate and focus on tasks at hand
- Boosts creativity
- Helps with social interactions
- Feelings of happiness and euphoria
- Best for daytime use to help you stay focused
- May help with symptoms of ADHD
- Feelings of deep relaxation
- Has a sedative effect
- Typically a couch-locking high
- Reduces symptoms of nausea
- Increases appetite
- Best for nighttime use to help you sleep
When it comes to determining the differences between Sativa and Indica, things can get a little blurry. In reality, classifying strains by these terms is more practical for growers than consumers. Not all Sativa strains offer an energizing effect, and not all Indica strains are intense couch-lockers.
How to Tell Between Sativa and Indica
Ahh, here’s where things aren’t so black-and-white. There are actually several things you need to look out for when determining whether your bud is Sativa or Indica.
For consumers, it’s far more beneficial to look further into each strain and its effects, rather than going solely off the fact that it’s Sativa or Indica. Classifying products this way offers a rough guide, hence why all online retailers do so, but you should always check further into each product. Look at reviews from other users, and take note of other information like its taste and intensity. In other words, check the THC levels for each strain before purchasing.
For example, take a look at our Ice Cream Haze flower. It’s technically a Hybrid, but its Sativa content is much higher than its Indica content – 80% and 20% respectively.
You’ll also notice its THC content: 22%. In combination with the high Sativa content, Ice Cream Haze is ideal for those who love the uplifting positivity of Sativa, but just enough so that they still feel relaxed. This is just one example of how important it is to carefully look at each individual product, without relying solely on the fact that it’s a Sativa or Indica strain.
If you do happen to want to look at things at a surface level, then we’ll break things down. Let’s explore the physical differences, differences in terms of the effects, as well distinctions between tastes.
- Tall plant
- Narrow, thin and tall leaves
- Long and thin buds
- Short plant
- Wide, bushy and short leaves
- Compact and solid buds
The effects of these two strains depend on a few factors other than the simple fact that they are Sativa and Indica. Not all Sativa strains make you hyper, and not all Indica strains make you sleepy.
THC and CBD are the two most popular cannabinoids and are the main determining factor behind marijuana’s recreational and medicinal effects.
THC is what gives you that couch-locking high in large amounts, while CBD does not give you a high and rather helps with relieving pain, anxiety, depression and other conditions over time.
While CBD is often prescribed for pain, THC is being used more and more often for relieving pain, anxiety and depression due to those euphoric feelings. Some people enjoy that intense sedative effect, which can temporarily relieve aches and pains. One of the easiest ways to determine between the two is to think of feelings vs. no feelings. THC is defined by what cannabis makes you feel, while CBD cannot be felt.
These are naturally occurring compounds within the cannabis plant, and they are said to affect cannabis strains depending on how much is incorporated. Marijuana contains over 150 types of terpenes, which are found inside the trichomes of the plant. The trichomes are those resinous glands on top of the buds.
Terpenes are crucial for a plant’s health and survival. As well as the aroma and taste, terpenes also enhance the colour of the leaves. While the physical beauty of a plant might not seem important to most, it actually plays an important role in deterring or attracting insects. Deterring is important for getting rid of pests while attracting is crucial for propagating pollen, which strengthens that plant’s immune system.
In the world of cannabis, terpenes seem to play a role in the effects of THC and CBD on the body. Some studies have found that terpenes enhance cannabinoid activity, but they’re still needs to be plenty more research to understand the relationship between marijuana and terpenes.
One of the main factors that affect how you’ll react to marijuana is yourself! Is it your first time? How much experience do you have with different strains and levels of THC? Do you suffer from anxiety? What is your metabolism like? All of these will affect how you react to your bud. You’ll probably react differently to the person sitting next to you, and vice versa.
Telling these two strains apart by their taste or aroma definitely isn’t an easy feat for beginners. This is where terpenes come into play, which as you’ll have learned from above, are a naturally occurring compound within the plant.
- Often earthy or fuel-y scents and tastes.
- Often sweet and fruity scents and tastes.
As mentioned, there is still much research to be done about terpenes and their effects on marijuana strains. But you can get a rough idea of each terpene and how it changes the aroma or taste of certain strains.
Which is Better for Anxiety?
Although it doesn’t work for everyone, many people turn to the effects of marijuana to help relieve anxiety, depression, pain, and other ailments. In 2020 alone, the most common reasons for an increase in cannabis use were 73% for relaxing, 65% out of boredom, 53% due to stress, and a massive 53% reported increasing marijuana use to help with anxiety.
Sativa is often preferred for its help with relieving anxiety. Due to its uplifting effects, users feel more energized to take on the day. It’s almost as if it distracts you from the anxiousness, instead of helping you redirect your energy towards doing the more important things in your life. Many users often take a hit of Sativa-heavy strains during the day when they want to get stuff done.
Does Sativa Work for Pain?
In 2020 alone, it’s estimated that over 7.6 million Canadians suffer from chronic pain. Medicinal marijuana has become one of the largest answers for those suffering from pain. Back pain, neck pain, headaches – many people swear by the green stuff to relieve their chronic ailments.
Although more research needs to be done, there have been studies on the effects of marijuana on pain. Sativa can help with pain, however, Indica appears to be the more popular option for pain relief. This is because of its overall body high. Nonetheless, the uplifting effects of Sativa can improve your mood, which can help with distracting from pain.
Sleepy or Hyper?
Another way to put this question: Is Sativa is a daytime or nighttime strain? Thanks to its stimulating effects, it is considered more of a daytime strain. Therefore, it will make you more hyper than sleepy. But as mentioned, it all depends on the individual strain, as some can help you through the day without making you hyper.
Best Sativa Strains
There are a plethora of excellent strains out there you can try. And the best part? They all offer different effects, tastes, and overall experiences. As an all-rounder, we can’t recommend enough the Grapefruit strain. It’s 100% Sativa, with a high THC content between 17% and 20%.
Here are the other best sellers:
- Jungle Cake
- Juicy Fruit
- Citrus Haze
- Tangerine Dream
- Texada Timewarp
- Russian Cream
You’ve made it to the end – which means you now know everything you need to answer: What does Sativa do to you? This strain is one of the most popular for a reason, thanks to its invigorating effects that help you focus and boost your mood. As an ideal daytime option, it’s a fan-favourite for those who need to get things done and don’t want the intense sedative effects of Indica. Just remember to always check individual strains and their effects, as some Sativa is less uplifting than others. And above all, enjoy.