What is Cannabis Sativa?
The Sativa high is often characterized as uplifting and energetic . The effects of a Sativa marijuana are mostly cerebral. They give a feeling of optimism and well – being, as well as providing a good measure of pain relief for certain symptoms. A few pure Sativas are also very high in THC content. They are known to have a quite spacey, or hallucinogenic, effect. Sativas are a good choice for daytime smoking.
Cannabis Sativa marijuana plants vary from about 6ft to over 25ft in height. Most varieties grow in the 8ft to I2ft range. The marijuana leaves are long and thin fingered and are light green , especially equatorial varieties, which have less chlorophyll and more yellow pigments in order to protect the plant from intense light. Temperate varieties are darker green. The marijuana leaves of some varieties yellow and fall off during maturity. The marijuana plants have long branches. The bottom ones may spread 4ft or more from the central stalk, rather like a conical Xmas tree shape. Its seed, chiefly used as caged-bird feed, is a valuable source of protein. The flowers (and to a lesser extent the leaves, stems, and seeds) contain psychoactive and physiologically active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are consumed for recreational, medicinal, and spiritual purposes. When so used, preparations of flowers (marijuana) and leaves and preparations derived from resinous extract (hashish) are consumed by smoking, vaporizing and oral ingestion. Historically, tinctures, teas, and ointments have also been common preparations.
Appearance and Smell
The marijuana buds are long and thin, far less densely populated than the Indica, although longer in length, sometimes stretching 3ft in or more along the branch. The stomas of the flowering bud may be tinged slightly purple in a cool climate but in a warmer environment will turn dark orange or even red. Maturation time varies considerably.
The Sativa high is often characterized as uplifting and energetic . The effects of a Sativa marijuana are mostly cerebral. They give a feeling of optimism and well – being, as well as providing a good measure of pain relief for certain symptoms. A few pure Sativas are also very high in THC content. They are known to have a quite spacey, or hallucinogenic, effect. Sativas are a good choice for daytime smoking. The marijuana produced by Sativa plants is generally higher in THC and lower in CBD than indica plants. This means marijuana from a pure Cannabis Sativa strain will produce a more clear headed, energetic type of high (when compared with marijuana from a Cannabis indica plant).
Interestingly, some people believe Sativa marijuana gives the user a euphoric head high, and indica marijuana gives a body high (tingly pins and needles feeling), while others feel it’s exactly the opposite.
The effects of certain strains of marijuna tend to vary between people. While each person’s experiences of the effects of marijuana intoxication seem to be different, they also seem to break down into various groups (or “types of stoners”, to which they are commonly referred).
Cannabis Sativa probably originated in Asia or Europe. It is now cultivated in most parts of the globe. When grown outdoors, some Sativa strains can grow to a height of 20-25 feet. Low THC midwestern varieties mature in August and September, while Equatorial varieties mature from November through to January. The marijuana buds require intense light to thicken and swell. Under the low light conditions found in the UK the marijuana buds are very skimpy and thin but are often very potent. Sativa marijuana buds smell sweet, fruity (Apple Pie comes to mind) and perfumed, and their smoke is usually smooth and easily inhaled. Sativas are found all over the world and include most of the commercial equatorial varieties such as Colombian,Mexican, Nigerian and South African where marijuana plants can be very potent.When smoking a Sativa the high is very Cerebral, you have a rush of energy, a buzz in the body and a great way of getting the housework done without vegging out.
Because of the great height of Sativa plants, they are most often used to produce hemp plants for the fiber content. A tall strain provides hemp farmers with longer strands of fiber (that are worth more money) than a short plant would.
The yield of Cannabis Sativa plants is usually lower than Cannabis indica plants of a similar height. Cannabis Sativa plants take more time to mature than indica plants, and are best suited to growing outdoors.
There are strains of Cannabis Sativa developed for growing indoors. If you decide on growing a Sativa plant indoors, look for an average or high yield indoor strain (if quantity is important)
Because Cannabis Sativa plants are not as bushy as Cannabis indica plants, you can grow them closer together (allowing more plants to grow in a given area).
An indica/Sativa mix will yield a larger crop that is not as tall as a pure Sativa, but THC level will be lower and CBD levels will be higher. Cannabinoids play an important part in the way you feel after consuming cannabis, THC is the primary (but not solitary) active chemical.