*disclaimer* First and foremost, until there is more scientific research done, there is no hard and fast rule on what a Sativa and an Indica is, but there is a lot of commonalities in both user experience and information published on the two different types of strains. The way a strain is grown (outdoor/indoor/hydro/soil) will affect its potency and development. Different breeders will create seeds with the same genetics, but a different outcome on profiles of the finished plant (think, same parents, but two completely different looking children). It is best to stick with this information as a “general rule” but not an end all, and discuss with your doctor what strains are most recommended for you, and give feedback to your doctor on what strains you find most helpful.
Sativa plants grow much taller, enjoy the heat, and have a skinnier leaf then their Indica counterpart.
Typically, a Sativa is considered a “daytime” strain. Known as happy and stimulating, most patients find they have more focus and attention with this type of cannabis, and it is a great strain for relieving depression, less ideal for pain relief and insomnia.
Sativa Cannabis received its name in 1753, from Carolus Linnaeus (Swedish “father of Botany). Sativa comes from the latin word for “cultivated”.
A cannabis plant with a heavier effect was discovered in 1785, and given the distinction of an “Indica” cannabis plant, so as not to confuse it with Cannabis Sativa.
The basic differences between Indica and Sativa dominant strains are actually very few. A recent article posted by rawstory.com indicated that the reason that Indica strains have more of a “couch-lock” affect is the elevated levels of the terpenoid myrcene in the Indica plant. This myrcene, similar to the one found in hoppy beer, is the reason for the heavier effect. A level below 0.4% doesn’t seem to effect the energetic effect of the cannabis, as the case with most sativa/sativa dominant plants.
Sativa’s are known to have a sweet, peppery smell or an earthy diesel fuel aroma. Check out on our flowers page to see what Sativa’s strains/hybrids we have available.