Sativa vs Indica — making the right choice, and why Cannabis Ruderalis is important playing its role

Cannabis is divided virtually into two groups: Indica and Sativa. This is where we start, the axiomatic rule. Nowadays the most of commercial strains are the mix of the two, however the wording stays and now it mostly indicate the future effects: calmness, thoughtfulness are for “indica”, where creativeness and energy is for “sativa”. Watching at 70% indica seeds label you understand the type of the highness it’ll deliver.

Everywhere where marijuana is respected and is allowed by law, in every single description of commercial marijuana seeds, every grow-shop, every dispensary, every coffee-shop (whatever the legal weed delivery is called in your country), everywhere weed is more labeled with: “Sativa”, “Indica” or both if it is a mix of both.

Understanding Sativa and Indica

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 very basic idea well enough and easy to remember.

SATIVA gives a taller plant comparing to INDICA which is more bushy, that is why breeders often add Indica into the mixture to get the ‘HIGHNESS’ of Sativa along with its height but the size of Indica.

Many sources 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 cannabis plants size of a human daily on the streets, except that you are somewhere in Sri Lanka. However I think it’s curious to know when a friend offers to light up one and you know the plant-family and see how go the effects.

Cannabis Leaves: SATIVA (on the left) and INDICA (on the right):

Indica Marijuana leaf vs Sativa Marijuana leaf as leaf shapes

Sativa leaf (on the left) and Indica leaf (on the right)

Sativa

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).

Indica

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. Such does not mean it shall not bring you HIGH, of course it can be and it is HIGH enough. However Indica is considered more as 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.

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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.

The modern breeders are already beyond this initial classification. Most of strains are a mixture of two. Indica in its turn is already bred to contain good amount of psychoactive compounds, making people to debate about changing the terminology. For everyday use referring to cannabis plants’ properties in Indica and Sativa terms is fine and totally universal.

What about Ruderalis

It is not Indica and it is not Sativa, not a mix of them, it’s Ruderalis has just appeared on the stage, frequently referred as a wild cannabis, comparing to the well-cultivated well-developed Indica- Sativa-based strains.

Suddenly, what a beautiful discovery, scientists have engineered the autoflower seeds out of the properties of Ruderalis, but how?

Ruderalis originates from the North where the climate is colder, by that these strains are less sensitive to the light regime, they flower by reaching the definite age rather than as a reaction on the rhythm of sun. Secondly, a shorter ‘summer’ (because it is colder)s made it evolve to flower in shorter terms. Already guess that the Ruderalis happened to fit idyllically for breeding out the “auto-flower cannabis strains”: mixing ruderalis with sativas and indicas to add the full set of commercially required properties they have resulted into what we know as autoflowering strains.

Fri, 04/Oct/19