Difference between Indica and Sativa
Although it may seem like it’s all the same, marijuana is an amazing little plant and comes in several different varieties. Although Cannabis is the genus which contains the species of marijuana, there are actually several different variations of the Cannabis plant. Two of the primary types of marijuana strains are Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa.
Indica plants are typically shorter, with few ever reaching past a few feet in height. The leaves are short and broad, and are typically a darker shade of green than other types of Cannabis. The coloration may even include hues of violet or brown. The plant itself has short branches loaded with dozens of marijuana sprouts which typically ripen early in the fall, although indica is capable of blossoming in colder temperatures.
The high associated with Cannabis indica is what many users would call a very “physical” high, typically leading to passing out or very intense sleepiness. However, this makes indica a good choice for pain and stress-relief, and typically promotes a very serene feeling. Some claim that indica can bring on a penetrating desire to enjoy music, television, or food, and can be a very relaxing, yet analytical experience. Still others classify the high associated with indica as “body stoned,” as opposed to “head stoned.”
Sativa can grow to incredible heights, often approaching 30 feet. The leaves are typically a lighter shade of green, with a long and slender shape. The lightness of the leaves can serve as an indication of the plant’s origin; lightly colored leaves tend to result from environments oversaturated in sunlight, and darker conditions will result in darker plants. As opposed to indica, the marijuana sprouts on a sativa plant are sparsely assembled but can often bunch up in blossoms several feet long.
The sativa high is described by most users as an infusion of alertness or even peppiness. Often times, sativa induces a “heady high,” causing an amplification of intellectual thought processes. For this reason, many users are fond of smoking sativa during the day or when they will need to remain somewhat functional. Strains of sativa with exceptionally high THC can take the heady experience to the extreme, possibly causing mild hallucinations.
Most users find ways to enjoy both indica and sativa, rather than claim allegiance to only one strain. Indica can be a great way to relax after a long day of work or at the end of a night of partying. Sativa is good for mellowing out while still retaining the ability to think and act somewhat precisely.
There are many cross-strains of marijuana resulting from fertilization between indica and sativa plants. This opens up many possibilities for the type of weed you want, as strains can be certain percentages of either type of plant. For instance, maybe you like the bodily relaxation that comes with an indica high but would like to remain somewhat alert. A 70% indica, 30% sativa mix might be the right plant for you. You can see how there are endless possibilities when it comes to cross-pollination. Just another of the many wonders of this incredible little plant.
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