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What is Sativa Cannabis Flower?

If you’re a new cannabis shopper, there are two basic fundamentals you should know: the difference between Sativa strains of cannabis flower and Indica strains of cannabis flower. In this post, we’ll go over Sativa. 

What is Sativa?

Sativa is native to the hot, tropical climates surrounding the equator, including Mexico, Thailand, and Africa. Sativa strains can grow up to 20 feet tall in these areas! 

Sativa strains also typically have a higher THC to CBD ratio than Indicas do. The high THC content allows Sativa strains to produce an intense cerebral high and even psychedelic effects when taken in high dosages.

Popular Sativa strains include:

  • Jack Herer
  • Green Crack
  • Durban Poison
  • Sour Diesel
  • Super Silver Haze

Because of its uplifting effects, Sativa is often used to treat depression. Other medical uses include:

  • Improving the mood to alleviate symptoms of depression and/or anxiety
  • Boosting focus and creativity 
  • Increasing energy to reduce fatigue
  • Stimulating appetite
  • Pain relief

Although Sativa is not used as frequently as Indica for pain, they are useful for patients who need to be medicated during the day while still being productive and not in a sedative state.

When most people think of Sativa, they think of an uplifted, energized, cerebral high. When it comes to cultivation, Sativa is commonly used to describe a cannabis plant’s physical characteristics, or morphology, during its growth. 

Sativas are usually taller than Indicas and have long, thin leaves. Indica’s leaves are shorter with broad leaves. Sativas also take a lot longer to mature during the flowering stage — up to 100 days.

Sativa’s Effects

As we mentioned, within the cannabis community, Sativa is usually characterized as having uplifting effects. But, in reality, the effects of cannabis are based much more on the unique chemical profiles of each variety. What’s more, the effects of cannabis have a lot more to do with each individual user’s endocannabinoid system than the plant’s genetic lineage. Two people can take the same amount of the same strain and experience completely different effects based on the way each person’s endocannabinoid system interacts with the cannabis. Therefore, some users can feel sedated from Sativa, while others experience the stereotypical burst of energy and creativity.

Like any powerful medicine, cannabis has the potential to produce some unpleasant side effects as well, including:

  • Anxiety and paranoia — Lessen your chances of these side effects by only using marijuana in familiar surroundings with familiar people. If you do become anxious, remind yourself that it’s only temporary, and your high and anxiety will soon pass.
  • Insomnia — Combat this side effect by only using Sativa during the day.
  • Dizziness — Sit or lie down if a dizzy spell comes on.
  • The “munchies” — if you are not trying to gain weight, counter this by having healthy snacks available and distracting yourself with activities.
  • Dry mouth or “cotton mouth” — combat this by having plenty of water and other drinks on hand. You can also suck on hard candy. We recommend lemon flavor for the most effectiveness against dry mouth.

If you are worried about any of the above-mentioned side effects or have never tried Sativa before, your local budtender can help you choose an appropriate dose and type of sativa for the best results.