Whenever you decide getting closer wether to a Marijuana recreational culture or a Cannabis way of medicine or meditation, this is the next question you ask:
Why is Sativa, and What is Indica for?
Pretty everywhere where marijuana is respected and is allowed by law, in every single seeds’ description, every grow-shop, every dispensary, every coffee-shop (whatever the legal weed delivery is called in your country). Everywhere the weed, except its exact speccy name, is labeled also: “Sativa”, “Indica”, “Skunk”… the latter we meet seldom these days.
How To Distinguish Sativa or Indica, and — Why?
This is the easy question, don’t be afraid of it too much. One my friend once told me a simple formula to catch the basic idea: Sativa is to laugh, and Indica is to sleep. Not only this, but it shows the idea pretty well, and easy to remember. ‘Skunk’ however is the indoor-breeders’ MIX of Indica and Sativa (wiki) taking its name from the animal due to a strong smell which these species provide. Just to note that there are only two main families: Indica and Sativa, and skunk is not a number three, but just used widely in the coffee-shops of Amsterdam.
Sativa gives a taller plant comparing to Indica which is more bushy. That is why breeders often add indica into mixture to get the ‘highness’ of sativa but the size of indica.
Many sources however point to the shape of a plant and teach us how to distinguish between Indica and Sativa when they are in a form of a plant… as if we meet plants daily on the streets or trotting around a jungle, as if there is much difference when a friend offers a puff and you refuse because of a wrong plant-family.
Here we go the cannabis leaves of Sativa (on the left) and Indica (on the right):
The main difference however is that SATIVA contains more of THC, not always but in general. This is why it is “for laughing”. Being the main psychoactive component of marijuana THC affects the brain, therefore you feel “higher” due to more amount of THC consumed. Even a little bit hallucinogenic it may be with strong strains, sources se-so, but to get that high from a regular marijuana is not easy, you’ll need to train yourself to feel your body well-enough and play with your brain and feelings (some people spend years in temples in India smoking religiously all the time… “hallucinogenic” is not that you see monsters all around right after one puff, don’t worry).
As for INDICA… It does not mean at all that you’re not high with Indica, it’s very fine too, but just contains (in general) more of CBD which is more applicable as medicine rather than THC, this CBD works for relaxation and other body-related stuff, and this is the reason why it is referred as “for sleep” and this is the reason why Indica is kind of more close originally to the basic idea of medical marijuana.
Summary – Indica and Sativa
PLANTS SATIVA is more straight and tall cannabis plant, loosely branched with long and narrow leaves, basically much more taller than a Cannabis Indica plant. While INDICA is more like a bush, densely branched and wider leaves (see the image to compare), and significantly lower in height. It’s said that Sativa can reach up to 10-20 feet height in the wild, and this is another reason why breeders mix both Indica and Sativa into the INDOOR strains to inherit the smaller height of Indica to keep the plants still lower than your growing space is.
THC / CBD INDICA contains in general more of CBD and less of THC. Therefore it is considered more for the medical use.
While SATIVA is like energetic and stimulating and it loads an extra activity into the brain, being more “trippy” so to say. It’s not that Indica does not provide a trip, but just contains less of THC. You can read the related article about THC tripping: THC: Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol
Growing INDICA is more often considered as an AMATEUR strain to grow your own Marijuana supply in a household. Don’t worry, you’ll be high enough, and you’ll get all medical effects too, Indica is not ‘bad’, but just EASIER, and it stands better against pests and climate conditions.
Easy to grow — the best offer for the beginner’s first try. Still enjoying the high-end cannabis strain in the end with a smooth aroma of coffee and nutmeg. From growers to beginner growers, the perfect choice!
Feminized — means that you get one trouble less. Yet, not autofem, which may mean you’re still on a beginner’s quest about the light-regimes.
50% of Sativa and 50% of INDICA mix, you get all-in-one this time before you choose your own preferences, what to grow, to smoke, to smell, even growing strains to create a specific mood. Yet, staying in the middle for awhile, is often perfect for starters to gain own errors.
Can reach up to 20% of THC. The high standard on the market.
Contains 0.3% of THC makes such one good for a MEDICAL use too. Most certainly CBD will be contrary high
8 weeks to flower Such shall mean: very fast. FOr indoor with a good care and light regime and nearly perfect temperatures, it’s 3-4 months – still considered fast enough. For outdoor growing for a regular weed in a regular green-house… up to 6 months, or about.
More of History
The terms of “Indica” and “Sativa” were suggested for the first time by French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1785. While his comparing the Cannabis plants grown in India which were used to produce highly psychoactive hashish for religious purpose, to those from Europe mainly used for ropes and cloth. Eventually he discovered that the latter was less psychoactive. And this is the very idea to differentiate “herb” and “marijuana” in legal terminology nowadays.
However, the modern breeders are already far from these initial classification. Most of strains are a mixture of two, and Indica may already contain good amount of brain-altering compounds, making scientists to debate to change the terminology. But for the everyday use, for the cannabis marketing and for the home-growing referring to cannabis plants as Indica or Sativa still works good.
Marijuana in Asia is traditionally a tough nut to crack by all means. For possession or consumption of marijuana in Asian countries (or simply for “being stoned” at times, like UAE law suggests to charge any amount in blood or urine as possession) the death sentence is still a “normal” experience along with a lack or none of distinguish between a joint, a kilo, a wild mushroom or a poppy seed in a breakfast bun. I have been once searched in Jakarta, Indonesia for — HAVING A TICKET TO AMSTERDAM! Ta-dah!! Be careful, they do not practice sense of humour.
While the western world is slowly cancelling the Prohibition (thank you, Barack Obama) since 2013 for 6 years already, the Asian nations controversially execute tourists and outlaw wild mushrooms in Indonesia (wow! how the mushrooms feel themselves I wonder), ruthlessly raid Ayurvedic shops in Sri Lanka — suddenly in 2015 after few thousand of years since these shops exist for sake of healing. Not to mention the tragic elimination of 4,000+ fellow-citizens by the name of “War on plants” in Philippines…
Earlier blogpost from 2018 — Weed in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh)
Yet, there is a hope! It is a biggest surprise for all the marijuana industry that namely South Korea and Thailand are now on the white side, or on the green side to be precise. I would never bet that any of these two would be ever the first in a whole Asia who allow medical marijuana use!
Medical Marijuana in Thailand
Democratic government in Thailand democratically voted “166” to “0” for allowing medical marijuana use. Right before the western New Year in the end of December 2019 stating that:
“This is a New Year’s gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the Thai people”, — Just a little bit ridiculous for the nation which celebrates a traditional new year on 14th of April, when Sun enters Aries according to the zodiac system… It is officially year 2562 now in Thailand… okay, whatever.
Thailand gains recognition nowadays as one of the leading countries in the region for medical care, offering very affordable prices for the very high level of treatment in dental care, pregnancy and birth care, cosmetic surgery (of course!) and organ transplantation, and, and, and — pretty everything. My personal experience is that they do have the best hospitals in the world: I was using one in Bangkok by the reason of birth-care and it was the outstanding experience, I must admit! and I’m already thinking why not make another baby and go to Thailand, especially if there’ll be weed, heh!
Besides, Thai people are a friendly-beyond-imaginable nation by themselves, at least until the day when they take a gun and go to streets to shoot those kids who traffic weed in a way of smoking a single joint. Anyway — you practically in love with the medical personnel and their level of professionalism and the way they are doing is state of the art I’d say. While tourism is already a huge and welcoming industry in Thailand, and the Thai weed strain is famous enough among stoners, I think they really-really have 200% chance to offer the coolest-ever dank-resorts, remarkable on the world map, hopefully, in the nearest future.
Medical Marijuana in South Korea
As for South Korea, the beautiful nation and the beautiful land, have just applied very recently the appropriate changes to the Narcotics Control Act in November 2018 becoming the first Asian nation allowing theoretical marijuana use. By that South Korea is overtaking Malaysia, the latter announced in September 2018 its desire to be the first Asian follower of US cannabis policy but occurred to be late and Korea wins the race!
Medical marijuana products in South Korea are supposed to be tightly restricted, but the law approval is already seen as a breakthrough in a country many believed would be the last. The Government intents to start import of THC and CBD-based medications in the first half of 2019, and the imported cannabis products by far must be approved by the health agencies in certain countries or EU and USA.
We all glad for things are changing in Asia whichever reasons have led them to the decision, and hopefully they’re keeping a clear intention to continue the liberation of plants in its world famous Asian way — at the full pace.
Related blogpost — Discover Happy Pizza, The Phenomena of Cambodia
It’s not well-spread information, and it even surprises us, that the weed is virtually legal in Cambodia, in a form of weed pizza. Technically speaking even in Amsterdam it is not much legal to the date to possess and consume, but imagine that in Cambodia it is ‘allowed’ to cultivate in a household a reasonable amount to use marijuana as a spice for cooking the traditional Cambodian food recipes. So weed is widely used, and this is the way how they offer the product to tourists without a hide.
Cambodia’s Weed Pizza Is Called Happy Pizza
It’s not easy to find all of the legal information about the weed pizza as soon as the official sources are mostly in their language, while other media sources state quite contradictorily to each other. Just do not let yourself to forget that the country is foreign to you, and like any country of the world it have its own issues. But it is so easy to forget everything in such a friendly place: We have tried once this weed pizza in Hospital Avenue in Seam Reap (a small touristic town in Cambodia by the border with Thailand), and it is an UNBELIEVABLE experience especially in the reality of Southeast Asia
They serve weed pizza stuffed and topped with marijuana leaves and flowers, they bring it to you with generously-dominating green colour. The digestion is slowing down the effect dramatically, and the weed of Cambodia – I must admit – is damn rich under the Cambodian Sun! And it is not exactly “cultivated” by the Western meaning, in other words, pretty wild… pretty wild… Some people over the cannabis blogs even suspect that the weed pizza providers add a small bit of opiates, which is also “virtually legal” for Cambodian traditional cooking recipes, and for cultural and religious ceremonies.
Seam Reap is a new hotspot for Marijuana tourists is becoming popular and is likely to grow one day to be a New Amsterdam of Asia
Okay, this weed pizza was a very cool experience anyway! No regret! No doubt!
Happy Elephants — Weed Pizza Providers
In the touristic places of Phnom Penh, the capital of the country (yet not the best city of the world to spend holidays), and Seam Reap, which is much-much better, a small touristic town next to Thailand border where the Angkor Watt rests in a jungle… the streets over there are flooded with the snack-bars and restaurants serving openly the weed pizza: Happy Angkor, Happy Elephant, Happy this and Happy that. And this is quite well-represented in the online maps too.
Use “Happy” As A Keyword When Ordering For Getting Your Potion of Weed Pizza
For expressing your intention clearly to restaurant’s staff you may openly use the wording “happy” while ordering the weed pizza. Use it in any way you wish, because they do really understand why you are there. Something like “make it happy” (the one we used), and they’ll understand you perfectly.
Otherwise they bring a regular pizza, which is also legal in Cambodia 😉