What Is Sativa? Best Sativa Strains, Sativa Effects, And More
What Is Sativa?
Just like cannabis marijuana strains, cannabis hemp strains come primarily in three kinds - Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid (a combination of the first two).
Hemp, as we've covered already, is essentially the same cannabis plant as marijuana. When cannabis has high levels of THC, it's classified as marijuana. As long as THC remains below .3%, it's considered hemp. Hemp is legal in all 50 states, because with such low levels of THC, it doesn't have the same intoxicating "high" that marijuana does.
Many people think of Indica or Sativa in a pretty stereotypical way - smoking Indica knocks you out, and Sativa peps you up, for example. Indica strains give a "body high" and Sativa is for the mind.
While many strains do follow the "traditional" expectations, new research shows it isn't always so cut and dry. Chemical compounds in the plants themselves, such as the terpenes, or cannabinoids like CBD and CBG, play a bigger role in how the plant "acts" than the label of Indica or Sativa.
Sativa is, officially, a botanical distinction. Sativa plants are taller, with thinner leaves, and a fibrous stalk. They grow slower than Indica. It originated in warmer climates, and resembles the structure of many tropical plants (reaching to the sun and thinner). Indica, on the other hand, is a short, stout plant with a woody stalk designed for the rough Himalayan climate!
As we've already said, research shows that the specific effects of Sativa aren't cut and dry. Hemp (whether Indica or Sativa) has many reported benefits, like reduced risk of heart disease, help with PMS pain, reduced inflammation, and more.
While the compounds involved in each specific plant dictate the effect it will have, there are still some effects that you're more likely to see from Sativa.
- Sativa is thought of as "brain" food, while Indica is for the body.
- It may make you more creative or focused.
- It's good for a daytime smoke, and keeps you alert.
- Sativa can decrease anxiety and depression.
- It can also increase serotonin levels, for even more mental-health benefits. This can improve your mood and sleep habits, even though you may be more energetic initially.
- Typically, Sativa is recommended for more chronic pain, while Indica is better for acute pain that needs an immediate response.
Sativa Or Indica For Anxiety
Some people who smoke marijuana find that they're more likely to feel anxious when smoking Sativa. This is because Sativa tends to make the mind more alert, and "active" quickly turns into "racing." Some people avoid Sativa weed strains because this can be such an undesirable side effect.
However, it's worth noting that this is avoided by smoking strains that are low THC, high CBD - which is all hemp! So if you smoke hemp, rather than weed, you don't have to worry about this at all. Since hemp doesn't make you high to begin, there's no risk of an "anxious high".
When it comes to hemp, Sativa has better benefits for the mind. If you need to focus and are already prone to anxiety, smoking Sativa (which increases your serotonin levels) is your best option.
As always, please remember that our opinions do not replace medical advice. We are not medical professionals, and our advice isn't intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions. If you have an anxiety disorder, please consult a trained expert.
Just like the Sativa effects, individual strains are a combination of the hundreds of compounds that make them up. One strain might be earthy, while another has the flavor of jam.
As a general rule, Sativa buds are airy and fluffy. They aren't as dense as Indica strains usually are. The terpene profile usually gives Sativa strains a flavor that is more fruity or floral.
Best Sativa Strains
Green Dream is a Dreamland exclusive, available only here! With 12% CBD, it's perfect for calm, clear thoughts without being too strong. If you're an experienced smoker, this is a really pleasant strain. It's terpene rich and full of frosty, sticky trichomes.
Green Dream has gassy overtones, with a papaya nose. Perfect for day and night, as it won't put you to sleep, but it doesn't keep you awake, either.
Eden is perfect for relaxing and clearing your mind of stress. It has a fun, floral aroma that will leave you feeling like you're walking through a serene garden. It's energizing and calming, and is one of our best strains for fighting off anxiety or pain.
It's similar to the marijuana strain "The Chronic" in phenotype. It's light and fluffy and intensely calming, at 14% CBD.
Customer Howard Zwimmer gave it 5 stars, saying:
I'm impressed with how well this bud smokes. Very smooth, good flavor, burns nicely. Clearly cured by someone who knows what they're doing.
Cannoli is a Sativa dominant hybrid. Since it shares many of the Sativa features, we've included it here.
Cannoli is another exclusive to Dreamland. It has a tasty, sweet pastry finish and hints of vanilla. We recommend this one for people who often find themselves busy and overwhelmed - it can help you handle stress but keep you focused and energized when you still have a lot of work left to do!
At 13% CBD, this hemp gives you a sense of "chill". Once you try it, you'll want to keep some on hand for every time you start feeling flustered. What a tasty way to get some anxiety relief!