Sativa And Indica Strains Finding your perfect toke is difficult. After all, there are complex profiles involved. Cannabinoids, flavonoids and terp
Sativa And Indica Strains
Finding your perfect toke is difficult. After all, there are complex profiles involved. Cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes all come together to create the flavor and effects of each strain. While trial and error will get you there eventually, a little knowledge helps.
The best place to start is with the two main strain categories you’ll hear: sativa and indica. What does that mean and what does it really matter? 420 Pony breaks it down for you right here.
Sativa And Indica Strains: Species
Back to High School science class for a second. Cannabis is a genus within the larger family of Cannabaceae. These are the scientific classifications that define each plant. Within the genus Cannabis lies three species. Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis are all species or subtypes of cannabis.
As each stage of classification narrows down from family to genus to species, its characteristics narrow as well. For our purposes, this boils down to certain aspects of each strain. Cannabis sativa sprung up in the warmer climates of South America while indica grew in the highlands of India. The native growing environment affected each plant’s development in unique ways.
Sativa And Indica Strains: Sativa
Cannabis sativa is a fussier plant that prefers sunshine and warmth. It has long, narrow leaves comparatively.
The ‘high’ is more energetic even tending toward manic. Most people find it more cerebral as well.
Sativa And Indica Strains: Indica
On the other hand, Cannabis indica is hardier and thrives in cooler climates. It produces a strong body high, often called ‘couch lock’ weed. It can cause sleepiness and a general loss of concern over pointless tasks like the dishes. Spoiler alert: you still have to do them eventually.
Sativa And Indica Strains: Cannabis Ruderalis
Cannabis ruderalis does come into play with some hybrids (more about that later), but isn’t found on its own in the medical or recreational community. It is the hardiest of all of the strains. It’s name actually refers to its ability to spring up anywhere, even in the rubble.
Sativa And Indica Strains: Here’s Why None Of This Matters
Before you come for me, hear me out. I’m not saying none of this was ever true and pertinent. I’m just saying that it doesn’t matter anymore in the grand scheme. The reason gets summed up in one word: hybrids.
Hybridization is a win because it blends the most desirable characteristics of all of the strains. This essentially creates superstrains. These plants are often higher yielding, hardier, and produce specific effects.
However, because so many strains you hear about are hybrids, the question indica or sativa is less important than ever. The industry is turning toward effect and flavor profiles to describe strains, more like wines and craft beers. This is simply a more accurate way to describe today’s cannabis. Even if you know what percentages the hybrid breaks down to, it’s tricky to use that to predict effects.
If you do run across a nearly pure strain like Kali Mist, it helps to know it’s sativa. Otherwise, you’re best served asking questions about the effect, flavor and smell of the strains available.