Weed Word of the Week: Sativa

This series is meant to explain the various cannabis-related terms you may have heard. The following is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to condone the use or consumption of the term being defined. For more information, please refer to our disclaimer

If you’re not familiar with some of the nuances of cannabis, it’s common to assume that consuming it will offer the same effect no matter what you’re smoking, vaping or eating. But upon further exploration, you may notice that all the cleverly-named strains are often categorized as sativa, indica or a combination of the two which is referred to as a hybrid. These distinctions are not just arbitrary labels to confuse you – they’re indicative of the type of experience you can expect.

There are three types of cannabis plant species: cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis. Sativa plants are typically tall (some can reach up to 25 feet) and lanky with slender, narrow leaves that are known to grow best outdoors in temperate weather. The buds or flowers are usually looser or less dense than indica plants and often lighter in color, with lots of strains exhibiting a beautiful, bright green color with wisps of deep red or orange.

The effects of sativa tend to be more on the cerebral side and can stimulate lots of brain activity resulting in what’s commonly referred to as a “head high.” They’re known to produce the euphoric feelings of being carefree and happy, boosting energy and even increasing creativity. Sativas are said to produce a clear-headed high that can be uplifting and motivating, making them a good daytime choice for people who want to maintain their productivity or plan on being active throughout the day and avoid feeling sleepy, drained or sluggish.

Sativa strains have been said to help with fighting fatigue, reviving a dwindling appetite, reducing nausea, improving concentration and relieving symptoms associated with depression or other mood disorders to promote an overall sense of well-being.

Story by K. Astre

The preceding is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to condone the use or consumption of cannabis. For more information, please refer to our disclaimer

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