Sativa is a cannabis strain famous for its ability to uplift moods and stimulate the mind. The strain gives the user a ‘head’ high, unlike indica which produces ‘body’ high. This means that sativa’s high is felt in the brain while that of indica is felt in the body.
Sativa creates energy and makes the user very active. After consuming sativa, most people feel like walking around, cleaning, dancing, creating things, or doing something constructive. This is the exact opposite of indica, which calms the user and makes them want to sit on the couch all day watching TV.
Sativa should, therefore, be used during the day because it may cause insomnia at night. Stoners who’re susceptible to anxiousness and nervousness when they ingest marijuana should stay away from extremely potent sativas. Instead, they should go for sativa-dominant hybrids that have a little bit of indica features to neutralize the effects.
People who want stay alert and feel energized at the same time without feeling nervous may find some of the best highs in sativa.
How Does Sativa Work?
Researchers are yet to find out why different strains of marijuana create varied effects. However, they’ve investigated how CBD and THC, the most active compounds in marijuana, work.
To better understand how sativa works; let’s look at the effects of the various compounds available in cannabis sativa:
Tetrahydrocannabinol, also THC, is the compound behind the euphoric high felt after marijuana ingestion. THC does a very good job at relieving chronic pain and relaxing the muscles. The compound is also behind some of the unwanted effects of weed, such as nervousness, anxiousness, and jittery.
Sativa-dominant strains contain high THC levels. That’s why they produce potent head highs that can last for long hours.
Cannabidiol, also CBD, is yet another compound found in weed. The compound is non-psychoactive and one of its main functions is to work against the effects THC. CBD is mostly viewed as a calming compound because of its ability to neutralize THC’s psychoactive effects. It can also treat anxiety and is very effective when it comes to appetite and sleep stimulation.
Sativas tend to have higher levels of CBD than THC. Many people wonder how a strain with such high CBD levels can still stimulate the mind, energize the body, and uplift mood. Well, ever heard of terpenes?
Terpenes, also terpenoids, are compounds found in plants best known for their scented features. Marijuana terpenes have distinctive scent and can largely boost the effects of cannabis strains. Sativa contains tens of terpenes, which help boost the effects of THC. This explains why sativas can still energize and alter moods despite having high levels of CBD.
The Entourage Effect
Terpenes work as individual elements. Some have sedative, relaxation, and mood-uplifting features while others are perfect pain relievers. However, terpenes can also work with each other through a phenomenon called ‘the entourage effect’ to produce a variety of effects.
Similarly, terpenes also have the capacity to work with cannabinoids such as CBG, CBD, and THC among many others to produce a whole range of effects.
Scientists are in the process of determining how different marijuana terpenes and cannabinoids can be mixed in a variety of ratios to create a whole range of effects.
Medicinal Benefits of Sativa
The ability of sativa to produce highly specific effects makes it useful in the medical world. Sativa can help cure/manage the following diseases:
Sativa has the capacity to elevate mood. It also makes the user very active. As a result, the strain is very helpful when it comes to the treatment of depression. Research shows that sativa-dominant strains can act as natural antidepressants because of their high CBD levels.
Sativa helps relieve chronic pain thanks to its high THC levels. When consumed, THC releases energizing effects, which help with pain relief.
Because of its energizing effects, sativa is recommended to people with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Its effects help increase focus, making sativa-dominant strains very useful in tasks that require intense concentration.
People living with conditions such as anorexia and cancer lack desire for food. Sativa-dominant strains are perfect natural hunger stimulants, which makes them excellent for cancer patients.
Features of the Sativa Plant
Sativa plants have a lot of unique features. For instance, they are thin and perhaps the tallest cannabis plants. The height of sativa plants ranges from 6-20 feet. Because of their tendency to grow very tall, sativa plants are best grown outdoors.
The leaves of sativa plants are narrow and a little bit longer than those of indica. The branches grow far apart from each other and are usually loosely attached to the plant. This is quite the opposite of indica plants where the branches tend to grow close to each other creating a thick-bushy appearance.
Sativa plants take 2-3 months to grow and become ready for harvest. Although people can now grow and harvest sativa plants anywhere in the world, the plants are originally from warm parts of the world such as Thailand, Columbia, and Mexico. Sativa plants produce thick buds with a distinctive sweet-fruity scent.
Sativa is a marijuana strain known for its energizing and mood-altering effects. Sativa also has a host of medicinal uses including chronic pain relieve and management of depression, ADHD, and anxiety.
What is sativa known for?
Sativa is known for its characteristic ‘head’ high
How can I differentiate sativa buds from their indica counterparts?
Sativa buds have a fruity scent, while those of indica have a strong pungent smell.
Is it true that sativa makes you sleepy?
No. Sativa doesn’t make you sleepy. It has stimulating and energizing effects that will make you very active. You’ll want to walk around and get things done.