What tokers don’t care about during the Holidaze
There are approximately 50 million American adults that admit to consuming cannabis daily. Conversely, the average cannabis consumer does not truly understand the Cannabis genus. One of the most significant plants ever discovered comes in a slew of forms. Moreover, cannabis comes in a slew of species. This includes Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. The chances are that individuals have tried them both in their lifetime but don’t know how to discern one from the other properly. Quite frankly: Consumers don’t care about Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica anymore. Especially not during the month of 4/20.
Understanding Cannabis Sativa
The most known species of Cannabis is known as Cannabis Sativa. The Cannabis Sativa species is a native of Asia that was first identified as ‘Sativa’ in the early 1700s. The plant has been around longer than the previous date. Cannabis Sativa has been utilized as early as 2000 B.C. in China’s medicines thanks to Emperor Fu Hsi. This species of Cannabis is also praised for its ability to be converted into industrial hemp. Cannabis Sativa plants grow tall and slinky in stature with trim leaves. Sativa plants can grow as tall as 25 feet with the proper care and nutrients.
Additionally, the leaves that stem from the Cannabis Sativa genus are the most recognizable symbol associated with Cannabis known to man. Upon ingestion, Cannabis Sativa is known for its ‘head high’ effects. This is likely due to the terpene effects of the cannabinoid known as Limonene found in most Sativa strains. Limonene is a terpene that has been praised for its cerebral and uplifting effects. Head high refers to the euphoric, creative, and overall cerebral effects caused by Sativa strains.
Typical Cannabis Sativa strains
Some popular strains of Cannabis Sativa include:
- Sour Diesel
- Lemon Haze
- Maui Wowie
- Green Crack
Evaluating Cannabis Indica
The other species of Cannabis that is often the topic of discussion along with Sativa is known as Cannabis Indica. This species of Cannabis is a species native to Middle East countries. Cannabis Indica strains get most of their notable names from their geographical origin: the Hindu Kush Mountains. Cannabis Indica often grows in a bushy and portly fashion. This species of Cannabis often grows with a broadleaf pattern versus Cannabis Sativa.
Moreover, most Cannabis Indica strains can produce purple fluorescent buds depending on the climate it is accustomed to growing in. Cannabis strains derived from the Cannabis Indica species are known as ‘in-di-couch,’ thanks to its ability to provide an ultra-relaxing and sometimes heavy body high. This is due to the abundant amount of myrcene terpenes found in the species.
Common Cannabis Indica strains
Some common known Cannabis Indica strains include:
- Granddaddy Purple
- LA Confidential
- Death Star
- Afghan Kush
- Northern Lights #1
Why it doesn’t really matter anymore
Philosophically, all Cannabis you have ever encountered is a hybrid. No one strain embodies 100% of the Sativa Cannabis genomes nor 100% of the Indica Cannabis genomes. Since the discovery of Cannabis, it has been crossbred a million times over. Naturally, this will dilute any purities once available in the Cannabis gene pool. Big companies across the globe,, as well as misinformed Cannabis Advocates and influencers,, often spew false facts. Realistically, Cannabis is a spectrum. The chance of encountering a purebred Sativa or Indica strain is slim-to-none. Cannabis isn’t just Indica or Sativa, but instead is beautiful multiple hues of green. Summarily, consumers gravitate towards potent and pretty cannabis flowers. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon. Again: especially not this month.