Sativa Strains

What’s your favourite type of cannabis? Is it indica or sativa? Even if you have a preference, you might not know the distinct differences between indica vs sativa strains

You might have heard that indicas make consumers feel like laying “in da couch”, while sativas can make one feel motivated and energetic. But is that really true?

There are plenty of misconceptions about what distinguishes the various types of cannabis. In this article, we’re going to set the record straight, and clear up what cannabis sativa is all about.

Cannabis Indica Bud (for medicinal purposes)
Cannabis Indica Bud

Here’s what you need to know about sativa strains:

What is Sativa?

When you look at cannabis plants, you’ll notice the different physical characteristics of indica and sativa strains. Most cannabis sativa plants:

  • Have narrow and long leaves
  • Grow taller than indica strains (up to 20 feet or 6 meters tall!)
  • Appear light green in colour
  • Have longer growing cycles, with slightly smaller yields than indica strains. They also tend to grow better in warmer weather

It’s easy to spot the physical differences between sativa plants and indica plants. And these are just a few of the main cannabis sativa characteristics. 

But what about their reported effects? 

The age-old debate between sativa vs indica is somewhat of a myth. In many cases, consumer experiences have more to do with THC, CBD, and terpene content rather than the type of cannabis. While sativa strains can produce effects that they’re known for, they can also do the opposite.  

When you’re shopping for cannabis, we suggest paying closer attention to the THC and CBD content of the product rather than if it’s an indica or sativa. Many sativa strains have a high THC content, and a lower CBD content. The cannabinoid content of a strain will tell you more about its potential effects than whether it’s a sativa or indica.

History of Sativa

When was the cannabis sativa plant first officially identified? Its roots trace back to 1753, when Carl Linnaeus identified the C. sativa species of cannabis. The cannabis indica plant was not discovered until many years later. 

These days, it’s rare to find a pure sativa cannabis strain. Years of cross breeding cannabis plants means that most are hybrid strains, and often lean toward being either indica or sativa dominant. 

In recent years, we’ve learned more about how the cannabinoid profiles of various strains will affect consumers differently.

Reported Effects of Sativa Strains

Cannabis effects are different for everyone, and sativa strains are no exception. According to consumers, most strains of sativa tend to produce effects like:

  • Uplifting and euphoric effects
  • Creativity
  • Energy

Many cannabis consumers report that sativa creates cerebral effects; on the other hand, many find that indicas produce stronger body effects. Keep in mind that cannabis effects are highly subjective and variable. Your experience will vary based on the dosage, ROA (route of administration), and the type of strain that you choose. 

Cannabis products with a higher THC content will produce stronger psychoactive effects. We encourage all of our customers to practice responsible consumption of cannabis. 

What sorts of terpenes will you find in sativa plants? They tend to have high concentrations of pinene and limonene. These aromatic compounds give sativas a citrus-like scent. 

Examples of Sativa Strains

Curious about this citrus-scented strain? At Green Gaia, we offer a variety of sativa dominant strains. Here are a few popular sativa strains:

Blue Dream

This sativa dominant strain is one of the most well-known types of cannabis. A cross of Blueberry and Haze, it was originally cultivated in California. Blue Dream is grown by Pure Sunfarms; these cultivators use a modern growing technique to enhance the potency of their products. 

Mango Haze

Full of pinene and caryophyllene terpenes, Mango Haze combines its powerful aroma with a unique flavour. This strain has a higher CBD to THC ratio than most; it features 6-16% CBD and 4-11% THC. Each batch of this flower is hand-trimmed and hand-sorted. If you’d like, you can also pick up this strain in pre-rolled joints. 

Dried cannabis bud inside an opened coconut half - medical marij
Dried cannabis bud inside an opened coconut

Island Honey

This sweet-tasting cannabis sativa strain is a classic. Its terpene profile includes caryophyllene, myrcene, and humulene, which all contribute to its citrus and honey aroma. When you take a closer look at Island Honey, you’ll notice its emerald green leaves and amber pistils. With a THC content of 16-21%, this cannabis sativa has strong psychoactive properties. 

Shop our Selection of Sativa Strains

Want to learn more about sativa, indica, or hybrid strains? At Green Gaia, we’re always willing to answer questions from cannabis consumers. Visit one of our marijuana dispensaries to browse our wide selection of indica and sativa strains. 

Wondering which cannabis strain is right for you? Contact Green Gaia to speak with one of our team members.

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