The Sativa strain
Each day cannabis is becoming more and more popular. Cannabis is not only becoming well known by its users but also by people who are not using it. In the past, the plant had a negative connotation but recently, it is the latest hot cake in town with many states pushing hard to make it legal in their country.
If you come from a country where cannabis is legal either for medicinal or recreational use then it is high time for you to commit to being yourself and testing out your local cannabis dispensary. Once you arrive, you will soon realize that there are so many strains of cannabis that will be available for you to choose from, if you are not careful then you will end up getting confused.
However, you will realize that they are divided into three main categories; Sativa, Indica and Hybrid. Both Indica and Sativa strains have different characteristics while hybrid on the other hand possesses characteristics of both Sativa and Indica since it is a crossbreed of the two.
Depending on your needs and requirements you will be advised on the best strain to get for yourself by the budtenders at your local cannabis dispensary. In this article, we shall discuss more about the Sativa species and hopefully, it will answer some of your questions on this particular species.
What is Sativa?
Sativa belongs to the generation of the Cannaceae family that has varieties of both hemp and marijuana. Most Sativa strains do originate from states that are found near the equator such as Southeast Asia, Columbia, Thailand, and Mexico. The major reason behind this, is that most Sativa strains tend to do better and survive under warm weather environmental conditions.
Throughout history, Sativa plants have been cultivated and harvested for their seeds, fiber, and oil which are used for medicinal, industrial, and nutritional purposes. Up to date, still many Sativa strains grow wildly in tropical and humid areas across the globe.
Because of a distinct profile of terpenes in Sativa strains, that is responsible for the aromas that vary from peppery, sweet to earthy, piney, citrusy, and fruity the Sativa strains are best known for being highly pungent.
Does Sativa have any effects upon consumption?
Just like the other strains of the cannabis plant, the cannabis Sativa strain does possess effects when consumed. The very common known effect is the effect of feeling motivated and focused because of the high cannabinoid profile in the Sativa strain. This is because the cannabinoid interacts with the Endocannabinoid system of the human body (ECS) to bring about the mental effect on the brain.
Also, the Sativa species produces a cerebral euphoric feeling that brings about and promotes deep conversation and also enhanced creativity.
It’s stimulating nature makes it more suitable for use during the day, during artistic endeavors, and also best for use while in social network situations.
Here some of the most common effects that have been reported by the users of Sativa strains;
Uplifting– After consumption, the users have feelings of high with elevated moods hence causing happiness and giving them hope.
Energetic– Many of the consumers of this particular strain feel that their energy has been uplifted after smoking. Thus, makes them have feelings of socializing and going out.
Creativity– By consuming Sativa many consumers report that it influences their creativity levels.
Focusing– After using Sativa most consumers have a laser-like focus feeling, that helps them to have a deeper focus on the task at hand.
Inspiration– Consumption of a Sativa strain leaves the consumers motivated by providing them with a feeling of inspiration.
What are the uses of the Sativa strain?
Sativa strain has uplifting properties that are applied medicinally to help patients that are suffering from stress, mood swings, and mental challenges.
Also, Sativa strains that have higher THCV concentrations play a big role in uplifting appetite and the habits of eating thus promoting healthy living with healthy body composition.
Another very important use of the Sativa strain is that it is used to help individuals that are dealing with stress and anxiety, manage the conditions that enhance living a happy and healthy life.
What are some of the characteristics of the Sativa plants?
Sativa plants are usually slender and tall with broad finger-like leaves.
The Sativa plants usually grow a height that is twelve feet or more.
Sativa plants take a longer time to mature when compared to other cannabis strains.
Sativa strains typically possess lower concentrations of Cannabidiol (CBD) as compared to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels that are highest in terms of concentration.
worried about choosing the right cannabis strain?
Sometimes you might find difficulties in choosing the right cannabis strain for you. However, you should not worry anymore because here are some deciding factors that you should put into consideration before arriving at your final answer;
Know why you want to purchase– When you are aware of the condition that you want to reduce such as anxiety, then you will be able to narrow down the options that you have for purchase. Hence talk to the budtender at the dispensary about your conditions and he/she will help you find the best strain for you.
Know the tolerance of your body– It is quite crucial to choose a strain that your body will tolerate. Hence when purchasing it is good to start with some strains that have lower amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Medical history– Before introducing cannabis into your daily routine it is always important to consult your physician before taking any step, if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.
Method of consumption– Depending on the method of consumption, the cannabis that you choose will either cause immediate effects or it could take up to a few hours . Consumption techniques that involve burning or melting will typically affect you more immediately. Whereas consuming THC changes its molecular structure into THCA which typically takes up to an hour or longer to start feeling effects.
The Sativa strain typically has higher amounts of THC than CBD. Hence when opting to use you should be aware of the mind-altering effects that it will cause you.
And remember if you are under any medical prescription it is important to consult your physician before introducing cannabis into your everyday routine.